- Clothing subscriptions are the new way to shop
- Learn what’s great about Stitch Fix, Rent The Runway, Trunk Club and more
Building your dream wardrobe has never been easier, thanks to today’s popular subscription services. From clothing to shoes to accessories, there seems to be a service for just about anything that your wardrobe may lack.
But with the growing number of these subscription services flooding the market, many seem to add clutter to your life instead of convenience. Some of these services tend to inundate you with, well, more stuff instead of tailoring the items to your exact needs. And for those who hate shopping (or cleaning out our closets), more stuff seems like a problem rather than a solution.
So, how do you know which subscription services are the best for you?
That’s where we come in. We’ve rounded up six of the most popular services that will save you time and money. No matter what your wardrobe may be lacking, these services will help tailor your orders to fill in any voids and save you that dreaded trip to the mall. Scroll down to check them out.
1. Frank and Oak (from $25; frankandoak.com)
Montreal-based brand Frank and Oak is just as budget- and eco-friendly as it is stylish. With a strong commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, the service uses ethically sourced and sustainably made fabrics produced by certified manufacturing partners from around the world. It aims to produce stylish products with substance and quality, and its newest subscription service does just that. (It was named one of CNN Underscored’s Best Products of 2018.) “Style Plan” is Frank and Oak’s monthly subscription box full of exclusive pieces that are personally selected for you by one of their stylists. All you have to do is fill out a short questionnaire on your style, color, budget and fit preferences as well as your dislikes. Each box comes with three on-trend items ranging from $29 to $149 (helping you save up to 20% off their regularly priced items). The best part: There’s no monthly fee and you can cancel at any time. All you pay is a $25 styling fee per box, which is credited toward any items you choose to keep.
2. Rent the Runway Unlimited ($159 per month; rentherunway.com)
If you love shopping for designer styles or wish you could afford them, Rent the Runway Unlimited is the subscription plan for you. Boasting an impressive roster of over 500 designer labels, this plan allows you to rent up to four fabulous styles at a time. It even gives you the option to swap pieces out at any time you wish. Not only are unlimited style options available to you, but the plan also comes with tons of perks such as two-day free shipping, free dry cleaning and members-only discounts for purchases of any rentals that you really love and want to keep. For only $159 a month, you can completely refresh your wardrobe with designer labels at a fraction of their retail prices. Now that’s something your wallet will thank you for.
3. Stitch Fix (from $20; stitchfix.com)
If you’re stuck in a style rut or simply don’t have time to read up on the latest trends, much less go shopping for them, then you’re going to want to check out the popular personal styling service called Stitch Fix. No matter your gender, age, size, style or budget, Stitch Fix will help you find pieces that you love and feel great in. It offers sizes 0 to 24W, petite and maternity styles for women; sizes 28 to 48W for men; and clothing sizes 2T to 14 for kids. All you have to do is fill out a quick style profile which is then shared with a personal stylist. The stylist handpicks pieces to fit your needs based on your profile, and they’re sent directly to your doorstep (with a free return label included). You then have three days to try out your new items and return whatever you don’t like. With each order, your stylist will use your feedback to perfect your sizing, fit and style preferences. There’s no subscription required, allowing you to choose when and how often you place orders.
4. Bombfell (from $20; bombfell.com)
Similar to Stitch Fix, Bombfell is a personal styling service, but for men’s clothing only. After filling out a quiz on your fit and personal taste, you’re assigned a trained personal stylist, who will work with you to meet your wardrobe needs. Whether you’re looking for polished workwear pieces, trendy weekend wear or updates to staple items, your dedicated stylist will help you find your favorite brands, fits and styles at the click of a button. One of the company’s unique services is that it allows you to approve every order before it even ships, so you know exactly what to expect and can make changes before receiving. Bombfell starts at $20 for the styling fee, with an average price point of about $89 per item. You get a full week to try your items on and decide which pieces to keep, if any. Shipping is free both ways. What’s even better is that the more items you decide to keep, the bigger the discount you receive.
5. Mott & Bow (from $96; mottandbow.com)
If you ask people what item of clothing they dread shopping for the most, many will tell you denim. Between absurdly marked-up prices, strange fabrics and crazy sizing (nowadays each brand seems to have its own version of a size chart), shopping for denim can be, well, disappointing and stressful. If you’re looking to avoid spending hours in a dressing room trying on endless pairs of jeans, spending a fortune on a pair that fits just OK, or wasting your money on styles that stretch out after one wear, let us introduce you to Mott & Bow. Starting at just $96, Mott & Bow offers premium-quality jeans for men and women that elevate, lift and fit in all the right places. Thanks to the home try-on service, you order your first pair and can choose a second waist size for free. They’ll ship you both pairs to try on at your convenience. Once you’re satisfied with your fit, you send back the one that doesn’t fit for free with a prepaid label.
6. Trunk Club (from $25; trunkclub.com)
If you don’t necessarily like the commitment aspect of a subscription service, then Nordstrom’s Trunk Club may be a perfect fit for you. Unlike many subscription services that send you monthly boxes, Trunk Club allows you to select when you want to receive your bespoke box, or “Trunk,” of goods. You can schedule your box to arrive monthly, seasonally or simply whenever you feel the urge to shop. As with Stitch Fix and Bombfell, you’re set up with a dedicated expert stylist who works with you to curate your items based on your style preferences, either online or in person at one of six locations called “Clubhouses.” Available for both men and women, items typically range from $40 to $300, with boots, outerwear and seasonal essentials averaging around $90. Once your stylist is ready, Trunk Club sends your box of curated looks straight to your door for free (and returns are free, too). Should you choose to visit a clubhouse, you can try on your clothes and take them home with you the same day. The service even offers custom-made clothing for guys.