Fashion subscription services are slowly but surely revolutionizing the way that women shop. Nowadays, there are many women's clothing subscription box options that allow you to frequently refresh and update your closet. As well as being super convenient, these boxes often feature the latest designers and the most swoon-worthy seasonal styles.
How It Works
Simply sign up to the website and take the style quiz so that the Stitch Fix stylists can determine your size, price, and design preferences. Once Stitch Fix has all the relevant details, the company will send you a box of five items. You pay for what you decide to keep, then you just send back what you don't want within three days free of charge. Moreover, you can schedule deliveries for every two to three weeks, every month, every other month, or every three months. You can also opt to receive a single box.
Stitch Fix offer exclusive styles and brands such as Nine West, Citizens of Humanity, and Sam Edelman in sizes 0 to 24W and XS to 3X, as well as petite sizes.
Each monthly subscription box has a $20 "styling fee" and contains items that range from $25 to $400 each. However, the styling fee is credited towards any items that you decide to purchase. Furthermore, you'll receive 25 percent off your total if you decide to keep all items.
Stitch Fix is generally considered a fun and affordable clothing subscription service.
- Pros - The company provides you with feedback cards, allowing you to tell your stylist what you did and didn't like about your box so that your selection can be improved upon next time. They also put a styling card in your box to help you put together cute outfits.
- Cons - The Stitch Fix accessories are quite expensive and you can often find better value for money elsewhere. Plus, even if you don't like anything in one of your boxes, you still have to pay the $20 styling fee.
Le Tote is similar to Stitch Fix with a few differences. You can rent and wear the latest fashions without the obligation to purchase.
How It Works
Fill out a style quiz and you'll be recommended items by a Le Tote stylist, which consist of three pieces of clothing and two accessories. However, you can modify the suggestions and choose what actually ships. You can wear and return these items in a prepaid envelope within a one-month period. If you do decide to purchase anything, you will be given a discounted retail price. As soon as you return the pieces that you don't want from one box, you can schedule another delivery.
Le Tote has an exclusive capsule collection with designer Olivia Culpo, and also offers brands like Free People, Rebecca Minkoff, and Kate Spade New York. Their sizes range from 2 to 16, XS to XXL, plus maternity.
Le Tote boxes cost $69 per month for standard sizes and $79 for maternity clothing, with an optional $5 insurance charge to cover any damage.
Le Tote is praised for being a good value for money clothing subscription service, considering the variety of designer items you could potentially receive and wear within a one-month period.
- Pros - If you buy your whole tote, then you'll receive next month's tote for free. You also get 15 percent off your first tote.
- Cons - As soon as you receive your tote, or sometimes before, you'll receive an email alert prompting you to try your items and send back anything you don't want straight away. In addition, they recommend an initial size for you, which can be incorrect.
Rent the Runway
Trying out a multitude of designers and styles has never been easier with the Rent the Runway monthly subscription service.
How It Works
Rent The Runway offers two monthly plans. The most popular plan is Unlimited whereby you can rent unlimited pieces, keep them as long as you want, and exchange them as often as you like. Then the other plan is called Update, where you rent four pieces at one time but you can exchange them within the month. You can also rent one item at $30 for four or eight days. Fallen in love with an item? You can purchase it at a members-only discount if you're on the Unlimited or Update plan.
Choose from thousands of designers including Proenza Schouler, Elizabeth and James, and Vince in sizes 0 to 22. Rent the Runway has everything from casual clothing and basics to office and occasion wear.
The Unlimited plan costs $139 per month and the Update plan costs $89 per month.
The majority of reviews from women who have already used Rent The Runway are extremely positive.
- Pros - The best thing about Rent The Runway is the fact that you can try out many luxury pieces for less on a monthly basis. Some items are even worth up to $40,000! You don't have to worry about dry cleaning or shipping costs either as both are completely free.
- Con - Rent The Runway is one of the most expensive clothing subscription services, which might not suit fashionistas with a low amount of disposable income.
Specializing in plus sizes, Gwynnie Bee allows you to rent or buy on-trend pieces on a monthly basis.
How It Works
Choose a plan with your desired number of items and they'll be sent to you within a few days. You can add items from curated collections or that are shown on the website by brand to your virtual closet, then Gwynnie Bee will choose items and send them. You can flag certain styles as 'priority.' You can then exchange these items as much as you'd like within the one-month period and, if you decide that you don't want to keep anything at the end, merely ship them back for free.
There are 2,000+ styles and 150+ brands on offer (such as Kiyonna, City Chic, and Karen Kane) in sizes 10 to 32.
You can get the cheapest plan for $69 for two items, then the next plan up is $95 for three items.
Sometimes shopping for plus-size clothing can be challenging, but Gwynnie Bee makes it easy to grab fashionable plus size pieces on a budget.
- Pros - You can get a free 30-day trial to Gwynnie Bee. If you decide you don't like their service, you can cancel anytime. You also don't have to worry about dry cleaning as the company will wash worn items for you.
- Cons - You can choose items you want the company to prioritize sending to you; however, if you're thinking about purchasing something, you won't receive a pricing card for the item until your box arrives.
Finding the Right Service
It's easy to understand why women's clothing subscription boxes have gained more popularity in recent years. The best way to figure out if a clothing subscription service fits in with you and your lifestyle is to try one! In fact, experiment with a few, as you might find that you like more one than another.