The latest trend in the fashion industry is the subscription box. Offering clothing, shoes, and accessories, these boxes are a fun and convenient way to add the latest styles to your closet with little effort.
Most of these boxes are sent on a monthly basis, although there are some variances depending on the service. These subscriptions can help fashion savvy consumers to stay on top of the latest trends while providing seasonally-appropriate clothing without the added commitment or worry of suffering from buyers remorse. Some boxes provide items for rent while others are available for purchase only. Depending on the details of the service, shipping costs and styling fees might apply, so it is always a good idea to check the fine print before committing to the subscription. Here are some of the leading subscription boxes on the market today, all designed to appeal to your overall style and to increase your fashion sense:
1 - LE TOTE
For as little as $70 per month, women can choose to rent a variety of clothing pieces and accessories. If you like the pieces and would like to keep them, you can choose to buy any of the items in your box for a discounted price. Simply send back the items that you do not want to keep permanently. Le Tote offers a multitude of name brand designers such as Kate Spade, Free the People, and Calvin Klein. Users can opt in or out of the accessories option and they can also choose to either choose their own selections or be surprised.
2 - STITCH FIX
Stitch Fix prides itself on the personal service it offers to its customers. After filling out an online profile, you are matched with a personal stylist dedicated to selecting items to meet all of your personal needs and tastes. Users can select how often they receive their fix. Each fix contains five pieces of clothing or accessories. Subscribers will then have three days to decide which items to keep and which to send back. Stitch Fix makes it tempting to keep all of the items with a substantial discount if you keep the entire box. Each box has a $20 styling fee but this can be applied to any item purchased, making it a free service as long as you buy at least one of the five items. Stitch Fix Men and Stitch Fix Kids are options for those men and children looking to join in on the fun.
3 - FRANK AND OAK
This upscale subscription box distinguishes itself with its sustainable line of clothing designed in Canada of all places. Also, unlike some other services, Frank and Oak allows its Style Plan users to view the box prior to shipment. Users can customize the box to their liking, increasing the chance that they will love everything that arrives in the shipment. This type of service is ideal for those customers who tend to be pickier with their fashion preferences and do not want to be surprised with the selections. Frank and Oak is available to men and women in the United States.
4 - FABLETICS
Active women delight in the offerings of Fabletics, a subscription box designed by actress Kate Hudson. Each month, subscribers can choose from a variety of workout and active apparel. Users get to choose their outfit by mixing and matching from the new collection. If you decide you do not want to buy anything that month, you have until the 5th to cancel. If you do not cancel and you do not choose anything, your credit rolls over to the next month.
5 - TRUNK CLUB
Owned and operated by Nordstrom, Trunk Club delivers the high level of service and apparel you would expect from the premium retailer. After filling out a short survey online, a personal stylist will call the customers to discuss personal needs and preferences. The stylist will put together the trunk but users have the ability to sign off on all items before it is shipped. A $25 styling fee will be credited to any purchases made. Although the boxes are not sent monthly as standard operation, subscribers can request to have them shipped at regular intervals.
6 - MENLO HOUSE
This men's only subscription box switches things up a bit. Rather than sending items to choose from each month, the club sends its members two to three items for a flat $60 fee. The specially curated items are picked based on an extensive online survey detailing sizing and personal tastes. Items include products by Five Four, Grand AC, and New Republic. With style profiles ranging from forward to casual to classic, there is something for every man choosing Menlo House.