With various companies rolling out their eventual return-to-office plans, you’re likely thinking more about back-to-work apparel — what’s sharp, what’s trending, and what you’ll feel your best in after a year of lounge wear. (It’s a real shame that sweatshirts and leggings don’t cut it in most corporate settings.) (Single tear emoji.) But if the idea of rebuilding your work wardrobe after a year on the couch is daunting, we have a solution. Clothing subscription services offer a more efficient, streamlined way to shop for back-to-work clothes — no prolonged mall trips looking for that elusive pair of slacks needed.
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 16 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 best when it comes to your back-to-work wardrobe.
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Cost: Starts at $69 for first trial month
Sizing: Petite, standard, and plus
Brand mix: Too many to name, but current Shopping team favorites include Ganni, Khaite, Rachel Comey, and Sandy Liang
The sultan of subscription. The titan of temporary. La reina of rentals. 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 (along with one-time rentals) and hundreds of designers to choose from, it remains the go-to for fashion magpies looking to switch up their wardrobes for a song.
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Cost: $79/month; items you want to keep are available at a discount
Sizing: 14 - 28
Brand Mix: All of the plus-size brand’s irresistibly colorful, on-trend goods
For less than $80 per month, you can get access to all of Eloquii — the ruffled tops! The ultra-cropped sweaters! The floral dresses! — as often as you want, thanks to unlimited rentals of four pieces at a time. The beloved brand offers new arrivals on a weekly basis, so it’s easy to keep your closet in a constant state of refresh — and if there’s anything you get truly attached to, you can purchase it with a members-only discount.
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Cost: No membership fee; $20 fee per box that can be applied to purchases
Sizing: 0 - 24W, petite, and maternity
Brand mix: 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.
Shop Stitch Fix
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Cost: $88 per month
Sizing: Petite, standard, plus, and maternity
Brand mix: 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 2019, 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?
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Cost: $40 “styling fee” per box that can be applied to purchases; pay for what you keep (most items start at $60)
Sizing: 0 - 12
Brand Mix: Rebecca Minkoff, Equipment, Kate Spade, Tibi
After an exhaustive quiz on body type, size, fit preferences, style, career, family, shopping habits, 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.
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Frank & Oak
Cost: Pay only for the items you keep; $25 styling fee if the entire box is returned
Sizing: XS - XL
Brand Mix: 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.
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Cost: Starting at $59 per month
Sizing: S - XL
Brand mix: Cool up-and-comers sit alongside Wildfang, 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.
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Cost: No membership fee; $25 styling fee per box that can be applied to purchases
Sizing: 0 - 28W (plus petites and maternity)
Brand Mix: Everything from Nordstrom’s vast, endlessly wearable assortment
We’re automatically rooting for Nordstrom’s subscription-box service based on our existing love for the high-low 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.
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Dia & Co.
Cost: $20 per box (can be applied to purchases)
Sizing: 14 - 32
Brand Mix: A host of in-house labels sit alongside affordable plus-size brands like FILA and 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.
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Amazon Prime Wardrobe and Personal Shopper
Cost: Prime Wardrobe is included with a standard Prime membership; Personal Shopper is an extra $4.99 per month
Sizing: Petite, standard, and plus
Brand mix: 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 (Orolay, Verdusa).
Not only does Amazon offer Prime Wardrobe — where customers can receive up to eight items at a time and pay only for what they keep — they also offer a “Personal Shopper” app that enables members to receive a pre-curated box that can be previewed before it ships. Intrigued? Our intrepid reporter Ray Lowe took the service for a spin and had lots to say — check out her in-depth review if you’re thinking about signing up.
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Cost: Free for the first 30 days; $69 per month after trial
Sizing: 0 - 32
Brand Mix: Everything from casual, wear-all-weekend separates from ModCloth to 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.
Shop Gywnnie Bee
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Brand Mix: Vince
For a more luxurious experience, Cali brand Vince offers its own clothing subscription service that’s a flat $160 per month with free shipping both ways. Within that monthly fee, you can rent four items at a time — a trove that includes back-to-work knits, drapey dresses, trendy trousers, chic outerwear, and more — and wear them as much as you like. Want to permanently keep a Vince item? You have the option to buy it at a discounted price.
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Banana Republic Style Passport
Brand Mix: Banana Republic
Banana Republic is a go-to for event-friendly apparel, whether you need a new outfit for a big meeting or big date. So, it makes total sense that the retailer would embark on its own clothing subscription service. At $75 a month, you can rent any three items at a time — perhaps a back-to-work office dress, a flouncy blouse, or a weekend-ready lounge jumpsuit, to name a few options — which you can enjoy for however long you please. Once you send back a piece (with free shipping) the service will automatically dispatch whatever is queued up in your “Closet.” A huge perk? There’s no need to wash or dry clean anything, even if you’ve worn an item to pit-stained levels. Just sayin’.
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Cost: Starting at $59 per month for classic; $79 for maternity
Sizing: 0 - 16; maternity
Brand Mix: 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.
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Cost: $69 - $249 per month, depending on commitment
Sizing: Standard, plus, and maternity
Brand mix: Easy-wearing contemporary brands like BB Dakota, Boden, Lacausa, Rag & Bone, and Yumi Kim
Armoire’s rental-only model is similar to Rent the Runway’s: 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.
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Curateur by Rachel Zoe
Cost: $99 (or $349 for the year)
Brand Mix: Different labels are featured every month; previous boxes have included Eddie Borgo, For Love and Lemons, La Mer, Lorac, and Missoni Home
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.