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We Tried Different Clothing Subscription Boxes So You Don't Have To — Here's What We Learned

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Hey party people! Hannah and Kayla comin' at ya hot to tell you all about our experiences trying out various clothing subscription boxes.

Hannah loves shopping and has missed being able to visit stores and try on clothes during the pandemic. Kayla hates shopping and would be thrilled if she never had to set foot inside of a department store ever again. So, we decided to try out StitchFix, Nordstrom Trunk Club, and thredUP to see if we could find clothes that fit our style, price range, and comfort level.

First up: StitchFix ($20)

Stitch Fix is a personal styling service that ships clothes to your door and offers free returns. After taking some styling quizzes and swiping through looks, you can schedule a box! Your stylist will then send you 10 potential items based on your preferences, and you can pick five to get shipped right to you. Then, you can try on the pieces, keep what you love, and return what you don't. The $20 shipping charge then gets subtracted from your grand total if you decide to keep anything.

Hannah's box:

Tribal Fia Straight Print Pull On Trouser — $58

Pair of printed pants, next to a woman wearing the pants and a t-shirt

Nine Britton Dalia Brushed Knit Top — $44

Striped sweater, next to a woman wearing the sweater and leggings

Vigoss Lola Straight Leg Jean — $68

Jeans, next to a woman wearing the jeans and a t-shirt

Intimately by Free People Hayley Racerback Lounge Brami — $28, and Pink Clover Esperanza Double Pocket Open Cardigan — $48

A tank top, a woman wearing a sweater, tank, and leggings, and a sweater

Next up, Kayla's box!

Zia Tie Back Blouse — $42

WEST KEI Allura Knot Detail Blouse — $42

Bowie 3/4 Sleeve Dolman Knit Top — $58, and Jacueline Skinny Pant — $78

B Collection by BOBEAU Quinton Brushed Knit Cozy Joggers — $54

A pair of dark colored jogger pants.

Next: Nordstrom Trunk Club ($25)

Nordstrom has their own contactless shopping option now too, called Trunk Club. You fill out your sizes and preferences, then you get to schedule a trunk! You are then shown a trunk of 10 items, and you can decide if you want to keep or change those items out. You can even opt for a brand-new trunk. Whenever you are satisfied, you can get the trunk shipped to you for $25. If you decide to keep any of the clothes, the $25 will be subtracted from your grand total.

Hannah's box:

Treasure & Bond Rib Tank — $25, 4th & Reckless Beckett Belted Jacket — $75, Liverpool Los Angeles Ripped Cuffed High Waist Girlfriend Jeans— $98, and Steve Madden Michigan Sneaker — $79.95

A black tank and dog, a blue jacket, jeans, and sneakers

Here I am flexing this fit:

Woman outside posing in a blazer and jeans

Topshop Denim Shirt Jacket — $75, and AllSaints Coni Cotton Tank — $69

Brown denim shirt and a white tank top

I paired these tops with the jeans and shoes from the previous outfit:

woman outside wearing jeans, white shirt and shoes, and denim jacket

Daydreamer Pink Floyd Weekend Graphic Tee — $74

Tshirt, next to a woman posing in the shirt

River Island Frill Waist Minidress — $70, Topshop Ruched Leather Flap Shoulder Bag — $65, and SPANX Faux Leather Moto Leggings — $110.

Ruffled dress, a small purse, and black leggings

And here comes Kayla rocking her looks!

Reformation Rio Sweatshirt — $68, and Quay Australia High Key Mini 57mm Aviator Sunglasses — $65

Daydreamer Def Leppard On the Prowl Graphic Tee — $74 and Quay Australia High Key Mini 57mm Aviator Sunglasses — $65

Topshop Crop Hoodie — $65 and Ray-Ban Icons 50mm Round Metal Sunglasses — $161

Madewell Perfect Vintage Step Hem Jeans — $98

A pair of light wash jeans

Finally: thredUP ($10)

ThredUp is an online consignment and thrift store. You can shop regularly, or opt for one of their goody boxes, which is what we tried! The goody boxes cost $10 for shipping, and if you keep any clothes, you get that $10 subtracted from your total. They send you 10 items, then you get to try them on, keep your favorites, and return what you don't want.

Hannah's box:

Urban Outfitters Long Sleeve Blouse — $19.99 and Vera & Lucy Bodysuit — $19.99

Red crop top and black bodysuit

Level 99 Jeans — $22.99 and Unbranded Jeans — $16.99

animal print pants and jeans

Assorted Brands Casual Dress — $17.99 and Assorted Brands Casual Dress — $17.99

Green dress and a black and white polka dotted dress

AaKaa Sleeveless Blouse — $16.99 and Hanes X Karla Short Sleeve T-Shirt — $20.99

Floral tank top and a white cropped t-shirt

The Limited Casual Pants — $16.99 and Gap Jeans — $24.99

Black slacks and a pair of faded jeans

And finally, Kayla's box!

Jones Studio Long Sleeve Blouse — $60 and Lucky Brand Denim Shorts — $70

Nike Pullover Hoodie — $78

Old Navy Casual Dress — $40

A short sleeve long green dress

Banana Republic Short Sleeve Blouse — $55

A blue shirt with red checks on it.

Tommy Hillfiger Jeans — $99

A pair of flared jeans

Final thoughts:

Kayla: This experience was actually really fun! I'm so not a shopping person and always dread going to the mall to sift through racks upon racks of clothes. However, these boxes took some of that anxiety away and allowed me to have complete control over the looks I received. Most of the clothes I tried on were a nice mix of my own personal style with some cool curveballs thrown in. While I didn't keep the majority of the clothes, the pieces I did keep are super cute and comfortable. My only complaint would be that the boxes as a whole didn't come with enough choices for a plus-size person. Even after sending in a questionnaire in which I broke down my size to the nearest inch, a lot of the pants were still sent in smaller sizes, which isn't ideal, and the tops could be tight in certain places, like my bust or arms. Overall, I think subscription boxes are perfect for my fellow non-shoppers out there and it's a good way to get outside of your comfort zone.

Hannah: I really enjoyed trying out these services! It's no secret that I love shopping, so it was super interesting to learn about these boxes and find some cute new items! Online shopping still isn't my preferred method, just because sizing can be so wonky. Like Kayla, even though I filled out my exact sizes, some of the clothes just didn't fit. But I was lucky in the sense that I found quite a few pieces I loved, and therefore was willing to keep. I'd be down to experiment with all of these subscription boxes again, but so far, Stitch Fix has been my favorite. Yes, I've already ordered more boxes. If you're looking to try something new and are down to invest in some new pieces for your wardrobe, pick a service and give it a go!