Today I received my eyelet swim suit from Vintage Suits by Mary today. This is the suit I had ordered way back at Viva two whole months ago. When I pre-ordered it, I was told it would only take a month to receive it. I willingly obliged, knowing I should receive it before the swimming season began.
I began to wonder what happened about a week after I was supposed to receive my suit. A week after that, I sent the owner, Mary, an email asking what was up. She replied quickly, and said the suit would be going out in the next few days, as it was just getting finished up. I figured okay, sometimes things come up, and I gave it some more time.
Another two weeks later, I had still not received my suit. It had been a full two months, double the allotted time frame. I sent another email to Mary, this time a little more terse than before, stating that if I did not receive the suit by the 15th of June (for a trip to Florida I will be going on soon), I would need my money back and I would invest in a suit elsewhere. In the next day or so, I received an email back from her, saying:
Imagine my surprise when I got this email from you, since I sent out your order shortly after your last email! I looked into it, and apparently the order was “misrouted” (whatever that means), and was not ever delivered. It possibly will eventually be delivered to you, in which case you may keep it. In the meantime, I came to work immediately after our sample sale yesterday and made you another suit. I have already mailed it, and your tracking number is 910115013471139516XXXX. I’m sorry about all of this, it rarely happens, but occasionally the mail gets sent to the weirdest places.
Okay, I have a few questions here. First, if the first suit did get “misrouted”, then how did she know it got misrouted? She must have had the tracking number. And if she had the tracking number, why was it not given to me initially? I just did not understand that, and I felt as if something was awry in that explanation. But I checked the tracking number religiously, and indeed my new suit she made again was resent. I received it in a few days, no issues.
As soon as I opened the package, I investigated the suit, checking its quality and seeing if there might be anything wrong with it. I found the suit to be quite sturdy, and the bottoms were actually fairly heavy, which I felt at least denoted decent fabric quality
However, I found two issues that I deemed to be problematic. First, the straps on the top are entirely too long, and being that I have big girls to reign in, offer absolutely no support for my chest. It’s basically like I wasn’t wearing a top at all. I knew as soon as I saw those straps I would have to shorten them. Luckily, I know how I could maneuver that without damaging the aesthetic of the suit too much.
Second, that bling in the middle of the top? Yeah, that’s a pin. I could take it right off if I wanted to. And I also know that it will start to rust after a few dips, as it’s not plastic, but metal. I am disappointed in this, as I felt like it was such a stunning part of the suit. It may be fine if you just want to lounge pool side, but I actually love to swim, and a swim suit is to most likely swim in, am I right?
I must say I do love the overall look and design of the suit – the eyelet fabric with the flesh tone underneath gives a classy yet sexy vintage vibe. The suit also has an authentic vintage cut to it, which can be hard to find sometimes. But I must say I was very disappointed in how it took such a long time to get to me, and that I had to basically give an ultimatum to receive my suit. Also, the weird explanation puzzles me as well. Just frustrating, but I am glad I have my suit now, and this is all over. I would probably never pre-order from this company again, but I would probably try to order a suit from Etsy from them, if some of ten are already made. But from what I know, the majority are custom made, so I would hesitate about ordering again. Not saying I would, not saying I wouldn’t. I would check other outlets and shops first to see if they had a similar version of what I liked before returning.
Have any of you ordered from Vintage Suits by Mary before? What were your experiences?