Building a well-rounded wardrobe takes time and money, but there's a little something that makes it easier. Enter stage left: the best clothing subscription boxes.
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to fill in any gaps in your closet without breaking the bank, investing in curated monthly or quarterly fashion deliveries is the way to go. Aside from giving your wardrobe a much-needed face-lift, the best services on the market will offer guidance from a stylist to ensure that your pieces align with your dressing needs — something you cannot always get when shopping à la carte. And, if you are looking for options that cater to specific parts of your closet, well, they have boxes for that, too.
Whether you are starting over from scratch or planning to slowly phase in new pieces before completely filtering out styles that no longer work for you, it is important to take stock of what you currently have first. That way, you can determine what you need. Subscription services like Stitch-Fix and DAILYLOOK begin by gathering more general information about your personal style, sizing, and other details about what you are looking for. Getting started is as easy as answering a few questions or taking a short quiz!
From there, you have a few different options for the stylized package of clothing, shoes, and accessories you'll receive. The final package will not only build out complete looks but also add to what you already own. A win-win.
For more details on all ten of the best clothing subscription services on the market — how they work and why they’re worth every penny — keep reading.
Stitch-Fix starts with a short yet effective style quiz required for every new customer. It asks a mix of super-simple questions about your shopping and dressing habits as well as more detailed questions about what you hope to get out of the service. Basically, share what you want and Stitch-Fix will do its very best to give it to you.
From there, you can adjust your answers according to your specific preferences — i.e.prices, brands, clothing categories. And the best part? You control how much you want to spend. Once you decide on a general price range, you’ll pay a $20 fee for your stylist to start piecing together your box (that essentially gets credited to your final purchase.) Then when you actually get your delivery, you pay for what you like and return what you don’t. No subscription is necessary. It really is that simple.
This Canadian brand is known for its balance between style and sustainability. The result? Functional designs with what it calls “minimal impact on the planet we love”. In addition to an assortment of shoppable styles, Frank and Oak has its own take on clothing subscription boxes called the “Style Plan.”
Here’s how it works: You start by answering a few questions and then, thanks to stylists and the brand’s algorithm, every month you’ll get a preview of your box before it ships. This way you can make any changes to the picks or skip receiving the box altogether if you so choose. The best part? If you do, it won’t cost you a penny. It’s also worth mentioning that there’s no monthly subscription fee!
Trunk Club is known for its satellite "Clubhouses" that popped up all around the country — Chicago, New York, Los Angeles... really, you name it. Owned by mega-retailer Nordstrom, the personal shopping service offers both men and women access to thousands of top brands.
Unlike most other services, Trunk Club allows you to enjoy its curated boxes without a membership subscription, which means you have the freedom to order whenever you feel like it. To get started, all you need to do is take a pretty standard style quiz and then pay a $25 styling fee (that, yes, will go towards your final purchase.)
If you are into thrifting and scouring your local vintage shops, take the second-hand approach and opt for thredUP’s Goody Box. You’ll pay a $10 styling fee that will be applied towards any of the ten (like-new) pieces you will receive.
Customers have the option to shop according to themes – think, seasonal, trendy, and activewear edits – to help narrow your search. Whether they're gently worn or NWT (translation: New with tags), most styles are from popular brand names like J. Crew, Madewell, and Dr. Martens, to name a few.
If it’s just your top drawer that needs a refresh, Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty line is a no-brainer. The XTRA VIP exclusive program has a long list of benefits that are worth the $49.95 membership fee. In addition to a monthly VIP members credit (that don’t expire), perks include lingerie bundle offers, early access to the latest product launches, up to a 25% discount on all styles, free shipping over $49, the ability to use Afterpay’s split payment method, and more. You also have the option to skip a month of your subscription and pick it back up when you’re ready!
If you aren’t sold on the idea of clothing rental, Le Tote may just change your mind. Much like more traditional services, upon signing up you can start browsing available styles you want to rent. Shoppers are charged the same flat fee starting at $59 for the classic package to $79 for maternity pieces. Once you get your tote of curated styles, you have the green light to wear them as often as you want.
What sets Le Tote apart is that if you decide to keep any of the clothes or accessories, you’ll get 50% off the retail price. Le Tote features brands you may be familiar with, like Nike, Calvin Klein, Free People. But don’t worry, there’s no pressure to keep the floral-print dress you rented for that wedding at the end of summer, just return it and anything else that doesn’t have a forever home in your closet!
To get started, DAILYLOOK asks all the important stuff – like your style, price, and lifestyle preferences – via a personalized quiz to ensure your curated box is on point. If you’re not a fan of shopping and you want to take the guesswork out of picking out your clothes, this is the service for you.
As far as pricing is concerned, there’s a $40 styling fee (per box) that will go towards any of the items that you decide you’ll keep. Fans of contemporary brands like Tibi, J Brand, and Paige will love the 12-piece offering every month priced from $60 and up. As reflected in Business Insider’s review of the clothing subscription service, “The cost is worth it — it’s highly likely you’ll find something you love and the convenience is unparalleled”. Need I say more?
You may formerly know Curateur as Rachel Zoe’s Box of Style. New name aside, Curateur has the same high-end product options as it did before the big rebrand a few months ago. Customers can pick one of two membership packages — the quarterly, which is priced at $99.99, or the annual package, down to $349.99 from $399.99.
You’ll get a glimpse at its five-piece seasonal edit, where you can customize it with the products you love and ditch the ones you’re not into. Becoming a member also means unlocking awards and shopping the brand’s exclusive "Shoppe" at your disposal in between shipments.
Gwynnie Bee isn’t your average clothing rental business. No, it’s a cool clothing subscription service. But seriously, if you’re the type of person who’s always booked and busy but can’t always get around to finding that perfect outfit to commemorate the occasion, GB is for you.
The brand wants to be that stylish BFF who lets you raid their closet any time you want. Start by customizing your style and size profile before sifting through the expansive offering of clothing and accessories. Whether you’re putting together your Thanksgiving look for the living room or need a dress for a last-minute birthday dinner, you’re guaranteed to find something that you like.
With Wantable you have a few different subscriptions, or edits, to choose from: Women’s style, women’s active, and men’s active. Once you land on a boxed edit, you just take a short quiz so that stylists can pick out the best pieces to fit your specific needs. This requires a $20 fee that can be applied to your future finds. Each edit comes with a seven-piece assortment of items. You have five days to try on the styles in your box and decide what you want to keep and return or exchange the rest.
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