If you’re looking for a new way to shop, why not try fashion subscription boxes? Stitch Fix and Wantable are two options that let you try clothes on without having to commit to buying them. They both have stylists who select clothes for you to try out based on your responses to a style survey. Wantable has boxes for either everyday wear or athletic wear, while Stitch Fix focuses on everyday apparel.
Wantable includes a detailed survey, and gives customers the chance to request specific items. Stitch Fix is less precise with its styling, but it has a huge range of brands to choose from. If you don’t mind surprises, Stitch Fix gives you the chance to try out new trends at reasonable prices. Otherwise, Wantable allows you to explore your style in the comfort of your home.
Stitch Fix and Wantable are both personal styling services, which means they use stylists to pick out clothes for you. Their goal is to help you save time and energy on shopping instead of browsing through a store or the vast online marketplace without any direction. Your box includes clothes and accessories all in your size, ideally catered to your personal style.
With the help of a professional, you might find new clothes and styles that are perfect for you, even if you wouldn’t have considered them yourself.
When you first sign up for Stitch Fix, you’ll need to fill out a quick style survey to give the company everything they need to know before they style you. The survey asks for your size, height, weight, and any unusual proportions you might have. They also ask some general questions about your style, so they know what kind of clothes to include for you to look at.
Stitch Fix includes 5 items in each box, and it’s usually a mix of clothes and accessories. They offer styling for men, women, and even children.
When you’re ready to make your returns, check out online with whatever you want to buy, and pack the rest into the prepaid shipping envelope. You can drop if off at the post office or schedule a pickup from your home, for extra convenience.
Wantable’s style survey is pretty detailed, giving you the opportunity to express a preference on fabrics, colors, and fit. One of their options is the Active Edit, which includes workout clothes, athleisure clothes, and lounge clothes. This one is available for both men and women. The other is the Style Edit, which includes everyday clothes for women.
Wantable describes itself as a try-before-you-buy system. When you get your box, you aren’t committing to a purchase. You can request specific items if you want to, or leave it all up to your stylist.
You’ll receive 7 items total in your box. If you find something you love, but it’s not the right size, you can exchange it for another size for free. I haven’t seen any other subscription boxes that offer this option, so this is pretty exciting.
When you’re ready to make your returns, just check out online and pay for the items you want to keep. After that, you can ship your returns in the prepaid envelope.
Here are the pros:
- Items in box go great together
- 25% discount on entire box
- Easily extend try-on period
In general, Stitch Fix does a great job of putting together boxes that have lots of items that all go together. This is helpful when you’re trying things on, but it also encourages you to keep more items. If you keep all five, you get a 25% discount on everything in the box.
Stitch Fix lets you extend the 5-day try-on period without any fuss, which is great for busy people. All you need to do is click a button. Their website is easy to navigate, and you can easily find important sections. That means you can easily schedule, reschedule, or cancel a Fix box.
And now for the cons:
- Inconsistent quality
- Generic styling
Since Stitch Fix offers such a wide price range, it’s no surprise that quality can be inconsistent. I wish that they’d be a little choosier when it comes to items they decide to feature in their boxes, though.
The styling also feels somewhat generic, and not as catered to individuals as it could be. I’ve seen plenty of customer complaints that boxes have included items they specifically asked SF not to include.
First, let’s talk pros:
- Unique style quiz
- Discount on 5+ items
- Request specific items
The style quiz for Wantable is a little more detailed than other style quizzes, which gives it an edge in terms of finding clothes for you. They ask you to rank items, and they avoid sending anything you’ve marked as a “dislike.” I like being able to differentiate between something I like and something I love.
If you order five or more items, you get an automatic 20% discount on whatever you buy. That’s a nice bonus. Finally, you get a little more control over Wantable than most boxes because you can browse items and make requests. You aren’t guaranteed to get your requests, but your stylist will find similar items whenever possible.
Here are the cons:
- No box previews
- Lackluster themed boxes
One feature that would improve the service is a box preview. As of right now, you can’t preview your box until after it ships.
The service offers themed boxes, but only one per month. The themes I’ve seen from them don’t seem very relevant in terms of season or trends, so I wonder how well those are connecting with customers.
Both of these services carry clothes from lots of different brands, so prices will vary. In general, Stitch Fix has more affordable clothing options, but also has high-end brands. Wantable has more expensive brands, on average, without as many budget options. During the style survey, both companies ask for your approximate budget to gauge what items they should send to you.
Stitch Fix includes a base styling fee of $20, but the fee goes toward any clothing you end up buying. The SF website says that the price range for their items is from $20 to $300. You can decide which end of the range they’ll send you by giving them a budget estimate. They have plenty of budget options compared to other subscription services. You can set your budget anywhere from “The cheaper the better” to $200+.
Wantable charges $20 for its styling fee, and that money is credited toward anything you buy from your Edit. The company lists its price range as about $50-100 per item. You can set your budget for different categories from $50 to $150+. For example, I only want to pay about $50 for tops, but I’m willing to splurge a little for jackets around $100.
Since these are styling services, they both aim to carry a diverse range of brands and styles. Stitch Fix carries many brands, but does especially well with casual, trendy pieces. Wantable has some brand overlap with Stitch Fix, but it seems to carry several brands that specialize in bold, eye-catching looks. Both of these services are size-inclusive, carrying sizes 0 to 24W.
This company has a wide range of options, possibly the most out of any subscription service.
From cheaper brands to luxury ones, they even have several exclusive clothing lines, for both men and women. What you receive depends on the budget you indicate you’re working with.
Some of the clothes they send seem cheaply made, so keep an eye out for quality issues.
Wantable carries hundreds of brands, including familiar favorites like Alternative Apparel, Kensie, and Cupcakes and Cashmere. They even have their own clothing line, which seems to have plenty of basics. They seem to carry a lot of great denim.
The company features a variety of styles, from feminine, flowy pieces to more structured ones. Before you purchase a box, you can take a look at their Stream, which shows available clothing. A brief scroll through just showed me basket weave sweaters, a faux suede jacket, and plenty of leggings.
Wantable’s detailed styling is best if you know what you want. They have fun, exciting brands and styles. They also set themselves apart with a dedicated Active Edit, so you can try on stylish workout gear and activewear. The price is a little higher, but the stylists for Wantable seem attentive and dedicated. The stylists make a huge difference for services like this, and I think Wantable does the best job at delivering what customers ask for.
Stitch Fix is a well-established styling service with more affordable options and tons of brands behind it. However, the styling and clothing quality isn’t as reliable. If you want to sample the latest trends, this service is a good choice.