Most people like to try on clothes before buying them. Sizes tend to vary by label, so it is always best to check the fit before putting any money down. Because of this, online shopping has always been a game of chance. If the clothing does not turn out as expected, the hassle of returning an article of clothing is usually enough to keep it in the back of the closet. Amazon Prime Wardrobe is a new service that aims to simplify the whole process and encourage more online sales.
First announced in June 2017, Amazon Prime Wardrobe is the latest benefit for being a Prime member. And now, it would appear that a growing number of members may be privy to this virtual wardrobe. Per a recent slew of social media posts, including some from an Amazon account and folks who worked on the service, Amazon Prime Wardrobe could finally be coming out of beta in the coming weeks.
In a since-deleted tweet (Amazon has to maintain some secrecy, of course), an employee wrote, “Amazon Prime Wardrobe is officially launched! Hooray! It’s been a fun project to work on.” Apparently, this isn’t quite the case, as it’s the service remains in invite-only mode. However, the Amazon Fashion team has apparently begun offering invitations to more and more customers, who will be able to “shop from our great selection of brands for women, men, kids and baby,” per an Amazon spokesperson.
It is unclear as of yet how many people previously had access to the service, and how many have access now.
To get started, users need to pick out at least three items and up to 15 from more than 1 million different Amazon Fashion options from brands including Calvin Klein, Levi’s, Adidas, and more. Clothes, shoes, and accessories for both kids and adults fill the Prime Wardrobe box without any sort of upfront cost, and are organized first by the wearer (men, women, babies) and then by style, occasion, or various curated collections.
When the box arrives, users have seven days to try on the clothing. If something does not fit or it does not look as good as expected, users can either schedule a free pickup or drop off the resealable box at a nearby UPS store. A prepaid shipping label ensures that the service comes at no cost. Alternatively, users save money depending on how many items they keep. Keeping three or four items earns 10 percent off everything. Five or more earns 20 percent off. Prime members only pay afterward for the items they keep. You will have seven days to try everything on, and you can order up to eight items at a time. Despite the fact that Prime Wardrobe is part of the Prime family, don’t expect two-day shipping. Given that boxes pull pieces from various places, they may take up to six days to ship.
With the speed and simplicity of Prime Wardrobe, people could become much more comfortable with online purchases. According to comScore, digital spending on apparel has grown from 15.4 percent in 2013 to 17 percent in 2016. This new service brings the dressing room to the home, without any sort of inconvenience or upfront commitment.
Similar services already exist such as Trunk Club, but these include items that appear to have a 10 to 15 percent markup to cover the costs. Amazon Prime Wardrobe gets a leg up by seamlessly weaving itself into the existing Prime benefits.
Prime Wardrobe is still in beta but users are encouraged to sign up here to be notified when the program launches.
Updated on April 13: Amazon Prime Wardrobe extends an invitation to a growing number of users.
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