Going shopping can be a chore, especially if you don’t like trying on clothes or don’t know what clothes to try on. Searching the racks for that hidden gem can also be time-consuming. This is why online clothing subscriptions are so important to your wardrobe. There are plenty of options to spice up your wardrobe, including many that fit a particular lifestyle. Some of the best clothing subscription boxes includewomen’s clothing, men’s clothing, personal styling services, clothing rentals, maternity clothing and more.
A quick Google search will return dozens of subscription companies – many with names you probably don’t recognize. Each has its own unique features, but all services ultimately work the same way.
Deciding on a specific service depends on your needs, style preference and budget. Want a monthly box? Or will it be something quarterly? Do you want to buy or rent clothes? Do you want a personal stylist or an algorithm? Do you want brand new clothes or are you comfortable with thrift? Do you eschew fast fashion in favor of something more sustainable? Do you have favorite brands you want to stick with? All of these questions are important, but the most important thing to know about any of these services is that even experienced stylists can’t read your mind. The more information you can provide about your personal style and what you like (and don’t like), the better your curated box of clothes will be.
I’ve tried a few clothing subscription boxes and will update as I try more. Here are the best clothing subscription boxes for 2022.
As a Stitch Fix user, I can report a positive experience with this particular clothing subscription option. I’m always excited to receive a box that you can customize to come in whatever frequency fits your schedule and budget – no membership fee or monthly subscription required. My account is linked to one of my Pinterest boards so my stylist can get more ideas of what I like and she always leaves me a thoughtful note in the box which is a nice personal touch. The style cards included in each box also show different ways to pair each piece (and often with staples you probably already have in your closet). My advice though is don’t pay cash for an item if you aren’t Sure you will wear it quite often.
Register online or in the app (available for iOS or Android). Fill out a detailed style profile, including your sizes, whether you hate or love shopping, whether you wear heels, what parts of your body you like to flaunt, and more. Stitch Fix offers style boxes for men, women, and kids, and lets you set your preferred price between $25 and $500 per item (kids items start at $10 per item). When I signed up I chose the lowest price range and in my last box none of my items went over $60. You pay a $20 styling fee when the box is assembled, you have three days to try on the outfit, and you can return anything you don’t want or don’t like. The $20 fee applies to whatever you keep, and if you don’t keep anything, you only pay that fee. If you love your box and keep everything, you’ll also get 25% off Buy Everything.
Stitch Fix also has a direct purchase option called Shop Your Looks. At the top of the app, click Shop Fix & Style. This allows you to shop individual items—pants, shoes, accessories, and more—to match a piece you already own. They can be ordered without additional packaging.
Although the average American women’s clothing size is between 16-18, many stores still carry smaller sizes. This can make for an unpleasant and discouraging shopping experience.
But the stylish service of Dia & Co. it defies the often limited and drab options that make up extended sizes. The service offers sizes 14-32. My box was full of bright, colorful things – blouses, dresses, skirts, jeans, even a hair clip. I always struggle to find jeans that fit my waist and hips, and Dia did it. The box also mixed classic pieces like the polka dot blue wrap dress with more colorful, patterned pieces that stepped outside my comfort zone.
To use Dia & Co., you first need to take a style quiz that asks you about your sizes, how your clothes usually fit, your style preferences, and your preferred price range for items like tops, pants, and dresses. You will pay a $20 styling fee to assemble the box. When the box arrives, you can buy what you like and return what you don’t. The $20 fee applies to everything you keep. You can order style boxes to best fit your plan—monthly subscription, bimonthly, or customized frequency—as long as you try on the clothes and return them within five days. If you love your box and keep everything, you’ll also get 25% off Buy Everything. There’s also a boutique if you’re not quite ready to try the whole box.
The Menlo Club consignment combines several aspects of menswear: clothes, shoes and sports. As with many boxes, you first take a style quiz and then receive two items of clothing per month in the mail. Menlo clothing is casual enough to wear on its own if you’re a more subtle dresser, but the more items you buy, the more you can put together new outfits and step out of your fashion comfort zone. Plus, the Menlo store, where anyone can shop without an account, often has good sales on designer brands — like $58 pants for $10. If you’re a member, you’ll also get 25% off in store.
My husband’s Menlo Club package consisted of dark jeans and a white long-sleeved helmet. His style is very laid back so these items would easily fit into his wardrobe. Jeans would be easy to dress up or wear casually. Since she usually wears dark colors, the white was a nice change.
Menlo’s membership costs $60 a month and it’s easy to cancel (or skip a month) if you find it’s not for you—just do it before you’re billed that month. Menlo doesn’t offer package returns, but you can exchange items if something doesn’t fit. You can also subscribe to a seasonal membership where a package is delivered every three months for $75.
Stylogic is a clothing subscription service that offers women’s sizes 12 to 36. What I loved most about it was how quickly the service picked up on my style based solely on my style profile. I also liked that each box provided a complete outfit, whereas other services tend to include pieces that may or may not go together. Stylogic included a skirt, a sweater, a top, a pair of shoes and a bracelet. The outfit matched my style and was still a bit adventurous.
The Stylogic box contains five items and you have seven days to try it. There is a $20 styling fee that applies to whatever you keep, and if you don’t keep anything, you only pay that fee. If you love your box and keep everything, you get 20% off.
Each Trendy Butler clothing subscription includes at least two pieces of clothing from brands such as Eleven Paris, Civil Society, Zanerobe, WeSC and Superdry to complete your wardrobe. My husband’s sample package included three items: a gray long-sleeve shirt, a navy button-down, and a pair of navy pants. The items were able to work together and could easily integrate into his closet without going too far beyond his comfort zone.
Packages cost $65 per month with no styling fee – you keep everything. Payment from the credit card on your account is debited on the day the order is placed and on the same day of the following month. Trendy Butler also has an online store where you can purchase specific pieces with your account.
If something doesn’t work in your box, Trendy Butler offers returns (not refunds) and exchanges for members via their support email. You must have received the items within the last 60 days, explain why the items don’t work for Trendy Butler to improve your profile, and have the clothing in “unworn condition” with tags. If the items meet these criteria, you will be sent a prepaid return label.