Clothing Subscription

How Much Do Clothing Subscription Boxes Cost?

If you like to look stylish but hate hitting the clothing stores or looking through seemingly endless online shops, you may be tempted to try out a clothing subscription service such as Stitch Fix. These services take your information, including precise measurements and clothing preferences, and then send items to your door. In theory, you get quality clothes that fit you and your lifestyle at an affordable price. But how much do these services actually cost you? Before you sign up, you need to understand the financial details.

Stitch Fix

How much you pay for Stitch Fix depends on you. When you sign up, you fill out a style profile that includes your preferences and the prices you are comfortable paying for clothing. You will be charged a $20 styling fee right before your personal stylist begins picking out clothing to send you. That $20 will be applied to your purchases from your box, though, so you get back the money if you buy something. If you choose to take the entire box, you get a 25% discount.

You don’t have to keep anything, however, and shipping is free both ways. You just send back what you don’t want and keep the rest. You manage these purchases by logging into your account on the website.

Le Tote

At Le Tote, you pay a monthly subscription price to rent stylish clothing. You pick out your plan, which determines how many items you get, look at styling recommendations and then pick what you want shipped. You wear what you like for as many times as you like, and then ship items back in a prepaid envelope. If you want to keep something, you can buy it for up to 50% off retail. Once you return your tote, you’ll soon get a new one. Monthly memberships start at $69 per month for Classic and $79 month for Maternity. Read our full Le Tote review here.

Trunk Club

Trunk Club works much the same way as Stitch Fix does, but their styling fee is $25. That amount is also applied to your first purchase and waived entirely for Nordstrom card members. They offer Nordstrom price matching within 14 days of purchase. You can also get a Trunk Preview of the items chosen by the stylist and ask for items to be dropped or swapped. We review Trunk Club for you here.

RTR Unlimited

Rent the Runway Unlimited offers you a chance to rent designer clothing without breaking the bank. The Unlimited plan is $159 per month (unless there is a special) and lets you keep four items on constant rotation and gives you unlimited swaps and unlimited items from 500 brands. They also offer an $89 per month plan that allows you four items for the month and one swap. You get free shipping, dry cleaning and rental insurance.

For many women, the price and flexibility of these plans make financial sense, especially for work wardrobes and special occasions. Just be careful to read the fine print.

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