How to Shop Online and Try at Home

Today is the day Amazon Prime rolls out a new, higher price point. If free and fast shipping wasn’t enough to justify the $119/year membership, there’s a little something called Amazon Prime Wardrobe that’ll sweeten the deal.

Amazon’s Prime Wardrobe is the old-school shopper’s dream — shop at home in your jammies without giving up the try-on process. Offering a wide collection of stylish clothing, shoes, and jewelry, Prime Wardrobe allows you to test-drive pieces before you commit to paying for them. Don’t like an item? Simply return it in the re-sealable box with preprinted shipping label that the order came in. Love the item? Keep it and Amazon will charge you for it.

The Good

Overall, I give Prime Wardrobe a big thumbs up. Having the opportunity to try on clothing before paying for encourages us to step out of our comfort zone and test out new styles or looks. Also, Amazon doesn’t do a great job with its product photos. And sometimes I wonder if the clothes actually look better “in person” than they do online. Well, Prime Wardrobe lets you answer that question without consequence.

Amazon also makes the deal a little sweeter by offering incentives to buy. Keep just three or four items from your box and you’ll receive a 10 percent discount. Keep five or more items and enjoy a 20 percent discount.

There is no upfront charge and you only pay for the pieces you keep. Another perk? Amazon’s newest service is completely free for Prime members – meaning no extra fees. Do you hear that music playing? Yeah, that’s the sound of something free.

The Bad

No service comes without a few downsides. The biggest is for non-Prime members, who don’t have access to Prime Wardrobe at all. And, even if you are a Prime member, you need to get invited or request an invitation to join.

Another drawback? As with Prime free shipping, not every garment on Amazon qualifies for try-before-you-buy.

Our Top Amazon Prime Wardrobe Picks

Amazon has announced that Prime Wardrobe will feature more than 1 million fashion items. Here’s a peek at some of the pieces on our shopping list:

Levi’s Classic Trucker Jackets

Levi jacket on Amazon Prime Wardrobe

In line with the denim trend of the season, this Classic Trucker Jacket ($50) offers a chic and casual look with waist side tabs for an adjustable fit. While you can’t go wrong with blue denim, you’ll also find this jacket in white.

Steve Madden Daisie Dress Pump

Pink heels from Amazon Prime Wardrobe

I know people regularly buy shoes online — hello, Zappos — but isn’t it so much better to try them on first?

Pastels are dominating the spring season and these lavender suede pumps  ($100) by Steve Madden fit the bill. With its pointed toe and classic stiletto heel, the Daisie is the perfect addition to your dressier spring ensembles.

Kenneth Cole Strappy Wrap Sandal

yellow strappy sandals from Amazon Prime Wardrobe

One of the newest arrivals to hit the Prime Wardrobe is these Kenneth Cole Strappy Wrap Sandals ($110). The lemon color is bright and airy – perfect for the warmer weather. The tassel detailing makes these sandals even more stylish.

I love the idea of skipping the lines at the mall in favor of Prime Wardrobe. And maybe even pouring a big ole glass of wine to enjoy while I shop, without having to worry too much about buyer’s remorse. Yeah, Amazon Prime Wardrobe isn’t too different from online shopping with free returns — but there’s something about paying for it after you try it on that just feels right. So I’m saying yes to Amazon Prime Wardrobe.  What do you think?

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