The beginning of the year is ripe for
self-reflection and evaluation of the things that surround you. Come January, we begin to question our habits and possessions — are we living our lives in the most optimal way? Do we really need all of this stuff? For we shopping enthusiasts, the answer is often a hard no: we spend a lot of time agonizing over garments in stores, spending too much money, and filling our wardrobes with stuff we don’t wear. So we often find ourselves looking for a better, more efficient, and more streamlined way to shop for clothes — and the solution often exists in the form of a clothing subscription service. Available in a variety of prices and frequencies, the “subscription” model of shopping runs the gamut; from monthly-fee memberships where customers can constantly rotate their closets (like Rent the Runway) to the “shop at home” structure where shoppers can receive boxes for small fees and pay only for what they keep (like Amazon’s Prime Wardrobe). Maybe you’re simply not a fan of the brick-and-mortar experience and want to test out clothing from the privacy of your bedroom, or you’re craving sartorial variety but lack the space, budget, and/or desire to own more stuff than you need. No matter your situation, there’s definitely a subscription service out there for you. We found 14 of them and broke them down by cost, sizing availability, and overall vibe; so that you can decide which one is best to serve you in 2020. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. All product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Cost
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Petite, standard, and plus
Too many to name, but current Shopping team favorites include Ganni, Khaite, Rachel Comey, and Sandy Liang
The sultan of subscription. The totem of temporary. How to describe the fashion rental service that started it all? Since launching in 2009, Rent the Runway has continued to innovate new ways to keep “the closet in the cloud” — and has a
one billion dollar-valuation
to show for it. With
three rental tiers available
depending on customers’ needs and
hundreds of designers
to choose from,
Pleated Mixed Floral Dress, $, available at
Rent The Runway More Cost:
$20 per box (can be applied to purchases)
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A host of in-house labels sit alongside affordable plus-size brands like Rachel Rachel Roy.
This plus-size focused e-tailer offers both style and activewear boxes, in addition to an assortment of covetable, off-the-rack ready-to-wear (for those not ready to commit to #boxlyfe). A quiz involving a lot of questions about size, proportion, common clothing fit issues, and lifestyle help stylists select five pieces at a time to send to customers, which they can purchase or return free of charge.
RACHEL Rachel Roy
Avens Sweater, $, available at
Dia & Co. More Cost:
Pay only for the items you keep; $25 styling fee if the entire box is returned
XS - XL
The label’s in-house designs will appeal to customers of classic, minimal brands like COS, Everlane, and Uniqlo
Fans of the casual-but-intentional vibe will appreciate Frank & Oak’s restrained styling and low-impact manufacturing practices — the Montreal, Canada-based company is a
certified B Corp
that uses recycled denim, hemp, and wool (among other eco-friendly fabrics) to make their clothing. Shop off the rack, or sign up for a no-fee subscription service that will send you up to four items per month — ranging in price from $29 to $149 — that you can choose to keep or return.
Frank & Oak
The Expedition Puffer in Navy, $, available at
Frank & Oak More Cost:
Prime Wardrobe is included with a standard Prime membership; Personal Shopper is an extra $4.99 per month
Petite, standard, and plus
The typical Amazon cornucopia of labels, from the site’s ever-multiplying in-house imprints (Daily Ritual, The Drop) to classic faves (Levi’s, adidas) to the “emerging” contingent (
Not only does Amazon offer
— where customers can receive up to eight items at a time and pay only for what they keep — they recently added a
“Personal Shopper” feature
in which members to receive a pre-curated box which they can preview before it ships. Intrigued? Our intrepid reporter Ray Lowe took the
service for a spin over the summer
to say — check out her in-depth review if you’re thinking about signing up.
Davey Knee High Boot, $, available at
Amazon More Cost:
$99 - $248 per month, depending on commitment
Standard, plus, and maternity
Easy-wearing contemporary brands like BB Dakota, Boden, Lacausa, Rag & Bone, and Yumi Kim
After selecting your preference for standard or maternity clothing and taking a visual “styling quiz” where you can indicate a preference for styles, colors, and silhouettes, you can browse Armoire’s tailored selection. After choosing four items, they’ll be shipped to you at no extra charge. You can swap them out with the provided pre-paid packaging. If you find yourself falling in love with something, members have the option to purchase rented items at a discount.
Long Sleeve Ruffle Button-Up Top, $, available at
Armoire More Cost:
No membership fee; $20 fee per box that can be applied to purchases
0 - 24W, petite, and maternity
Kate Spade, Madewell, The North Face, and Eloquii
This family-friendly subscription service offers a variety of sizes and brands for men, women, and kids; making this a great choice for anyone who needs to outfit every member of the household. You can choose automatic deliveries at a variety of cadences (2-3 weeks, every month, every other month, or every three months) or just order a box when you feel like you need a refresh. After completing a “Style Quiz” and receiving a stylist-curated box, you have three days to decide what to buy and what to return — with all shipping costs covered, of course.
$99 (or $349 for the year)
Different labels are featured every month; previous boxes have included Eddie Borgo, For Love and Lemons, La Mer, Lorac, and Missoni Home
Rather than removing the burden of choice for harried, overwhelmed shoppers, Rachel Zoe’s monthly deliveries are mini-exercises in discovery. The longtime Hollywood stylist and lifestyle impresario has lent her curatorial skills to a mixed bag of stylish gifts from a group of luxury brands with a handpicked feel. Spanning fashion, beauty, and even home, the box’s monthly contents are usually valued around $500, and great for anyone who cherishes the unique.
$40 “styling fee” per box that can be applied to purchases; pay for what you keep (most items start at $60)
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Rebecca Minkoff, Equipment, Kate Spade, Tibi
on body type, size, fit preferences, style, career, family,
, color and print preferences, and even your social media presence, DailyLook
provides you a wealth of options
from wearable, in-demand contemporary brands. You can choose your box frequency (anywhere from monthly to a one-time deal) and can receive up to 12 items at a time. Unlike the constantly-rotating model of some other subscription boxes, this is designed for shopping convenience rather than constant variety — you have five days to decide what to keep (and purchase) and what to return.
$88 per month
Petite, standard, plus, and maternity
The best of the URBN group, along with beloved indies like Farm Rio, Intentionally Blank, LoveShackFancy, and Rolla’s
When URBN (parent company to Urban Outfitters, Free People, and Anthropologie)
launched their subscription service in July
, rental enthusiasts rejoiced, as a much-needed cool factor entered the space. Along with the three in-house labels mentioned above, URBN’s envious assortment of indie imprints are heavily in the mix, and — are you ready for this? — there’s a
very full-fledged vintage section
. Squee! How are we ever going to choose just six items a month?
Euphrates Dyed Tunic Dress, $, available at
Nuuly KIM SHUI
SoHo Saturday Midi, $, available at
Nuuly More Cost:
Free for the first 30 days; $69 per month after trial
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Everything from casual,
wear-all-weekend separates from ModCloth
Vince Camuto’s sleek, work-friendly duds
Founded in 2011, this plus-size subscription service is one of the elder stateswomen of the retail-rental kingdom. Similar to Rent the Runway, members pay a monthly fee for unlimited access to endlessly swappable styles that they can keep for as long as they like — and, if they get really attached, purchase at a discount.
Multicolored Stripe Black Fit-And-Flare Dress, $, available at
Gywnnie Bee More Cost:
Starting at $79 per month for classic; $89 for maternity
0 - 16; maternity
BCBG Generation, French Connection, Levi’s, Gorjana
A classic subscription service offering both standard and maternity sizing, Le Tote gives customers the option of a monthly or a bi-monthly box, for those who get bored easily. With a mix of clothing and accessories in its inventory, Le Tote offers anywhere from eight to 15 pieces per box. Beloved items can be purchased at a discount, and you can pause your subscription at any time.
Starting at $59 per month
S - XL
Cool unknowns sit alongside French Connection, Kensie, and Line & Dot
This relative newbie offers a
cheerful, easy-to-wear rotation of colorful separates
from brands both emerging and established. After signing up, you can build a “virtual closet” and receive three pieces at a time from your wardrobe, exchanging as often as you like.
Manzu Cord Wide-Leg Pants, $, available at
Haverdash More Cost:
No membership fee; $25 styling fee per box that can be applied to purchases
0 - 24 (and petites)
Nordstrom’s vast, endlessly wearable assortment
We’re automatically rooting for Nordstrom’s subscription-box service based on our existing love for the behemoth department store and its expertly-curated assortment of all the best brands under the sun. Customers can choose the frequency of their shipments, which are edited based on a style quiz and conversations with Trunk Club’s stylists. Each shipment can contain up to 10 items, and there’s a five-day window to decide whether or not the chosen items are keepers.
$125 per box
Okay, we’re fudging this one a little — a DIY knitting kit won’t
streamline the shopping experience or keep your closet count to a minimum. But! Madrid-based company We Are Knitters offers a seasonal subscription box that comes with a big haul of yarn (in the color of your choice), supplies, and a selection of just-released patterns from their vast array. The fun part? There’s always an unexpected extra in the kit — this month it’s the We Are Knitters magazine and a 2020 knitting calendar. There’s no annual commitment — simply purchase the box when WAK announces the quarterly launches via email and social media.
We Are Knitters
Winter Subscription Box, $, available at
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