Second Subscription Lingerie Box is a Bust

A few days back, I reviewed a subscription Lingerie Box called Adore Me.  I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and value I got out of the first month of the subscription, and I loved the style I received.

I also decided to try another box called “Wantable”.  Wantable is a blind subscription box.  They choose 3-5 lingerie items for you based on your preferences.

You put in your clothing sizes and then go through a process of selecting all your preferences.  I’m going to take you through mine because it is very relevant to the results.

First you select what type of items you prefer to receive.  They said you will mostly receive the items you love, some of what you like, and none of what you dislike.


I selected that I was most interested in bras and lingerie.  I said I dislike hosiery and socks because, well, screw footwear!

Then it asks what colors you like.

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The colorful ones really scared me, so I voted those down and the basic up.

And then it asked the feel of what you want.

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I voted polished up and left sexy as a “like,” because, well, reasons.

Then five days later, a box arrived at my door step.  It was about the size of a Birchbox, which didn’t seem large enough to have intimates in it.

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So I was a bit nervous.

And then I opened the box and found four items stuffed together tightly inside.  As I reveal what I received, remember my preferences from above.

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I received a bright yellow thong, two sleep tank tops, and a pair of floral sleep shorts.

The first thing I could think was about how cheap the quality of the material felt.  The Adore Me set felt so high quality, so this was disappointing.

Both boxes cost the same.  (Though my first month of Adore Me was only $25–there was no discount on my Wantable box).

Even though they were both $40, the Wantable box had 4 items in it, whereas the Adore Me box had 2 items.  So from a quantity perspective, I could understand why the quality would be less.

But the Adore Me product was also a bra–something that tends to be high priced, and this box contained items that tend to be priced much more cheaply.

I really like kitschy things, and my favorite sleep shorts have monkeys all over them.  But I was really disappointed by these:

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I’ve recently loved my monkey shorts to death, so I want to pick up some sleep shorts.  But I’d rather not wear these, even with no other option.

It is more difficult to tell in the photo, but the fabric is very faded looking.  It looks a lot like the $5 clothing you’d find in the back of a discount store–which in itself is fine–but you are paying $10 a piece basically with this box.

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My favorite item was the black tank top.  It felt more high quality than the other items and was soft.  I’d wear it, but black tank tops are also easy to come by. The striped tank top was a bit sheer–which would be fine if it were a bit more… er, sexy.

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The underwear looked like a cheap version of the Victoria’s Secret Lacie Thong.

According to the pricing sheet, it retails at $12 and I was getting it for $7.74.  The Lacie Thong runs about $11 a pair, so this did not give me a lot of confidence in the retail prices being accurate (or rather, reasonable).

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But the part that disappointed me the most was that it didn’t seem to take any of my preferences into consideration.  I got canary yellow (though they were called lime green) panties and floral prints when I requested the more muted options.  And while they made it sound like the primary items you’d receive are what you loved, I didn’t receive any from my love categories.

The other disappointment is that the items I received did not resemble the items on their website–even vaguely.  With things like this, I always expect to be disappointed, just in case. But in this case, I was stunned at how low quality my items were.

So am I going to continue with them?  Surprisingly, yes.  Because there is one more aspect I want to try out.  They let you rate your boxes and what you think of the items you get.  I want to see what happens when I give them my honest opinion–does it make a difference, or is it more of the same?

About Jeanne Marie Hoffman

Former bartender, still a geek. One equal part each cookies, liberty, football, music, travel, libations. Stir vigorously. +Jeanne Marie Hoffman Jeanne on Twitter

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