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The latest company to join the clothing subscription box craze is FabFitFun with their aptly named FabFitFun Style clothing subscription box. I am writing this post, as this serivce is offered by the same company as the FabFitFun Fall Box 2018, I reviewed previously.
I hate clothes shopping, and even setting foot inside a mall raises my stress levels, so anything that makes the task of shopping for clothes easier, I’m all for it. Especially when I can try things on in the comfort of my own home.
How It Works:
Similar to other monthly clothing subscription boxes, like Stitch Fix, FabFitFun requires that you fill out a style questionnaire, and pay a $20 “styling fee.”
You are then assigned a stylist, who selects items for you based on your style profile and specified budget. The $20 Styling Fee will be applied any selections that you choose to keep from your box, and if you decide to purchase everything you received, you will also receive a 25% discount on the final price. Now that’s a sweet deal if I do say so myself.
The service gives you three days from the date of receipt of your shipment to try everything on, and finalize your order.
What Was In My Box:
I first filled out my FabFitFun Style questionnaire on October 5, 2018, and within about a week and a half, I had already been assigned a stylist and charged my first $20 styling fee. My first box shipped nearly a week later.
My shipment contained a fun mix of five different stylish Fall items, which also included a purse to tie it all together.
Item: Madison West Vegan Leather Distressed Saddle Bag
Description: A distressed tan faux leather shoulder bag. The flap has a double-sided zipper with plenty of storage. The inner compartment has a zip closure, with side zip compartment, and small side pocket for keys. Bottom of the main compartment features a zipper for slight expansion in storage in the main compartment. Additional small zipper compartment on the back of the bag.
Keep or Return: I have to admit when I first saw this bag I had no interest in it at all until I started writing this post. Now after looking at it further, I must admit it has a fair amount of storage for its size. I love the color, and it has a nice feel to it, especially for it not being real leather. While I have fallen in love with this bag, I regretfully have to send it back, because I currently do not need yet another purse, and there are not enough funds in the budget to add another bag to my collection.
Item: Sweet Rain Cross Front Floral Woven Top – M
Description: A deep chocolate brown floral cap sleeve top. Top features a button closure at the back of the neck, and v-neck front with a delicate crisscross design. Side slits at the waist allow for a lightweight, fun and flowy fit with skinny jeans, or even a skirt.
Keep or Return: While I loved the color of this top as soon as I took it out of the box, it was the that concerned me. As a Breast Cancer survivor, who has gone through a bilateral mastectomy, as well as reconstruction surgery with permanent implants, I can no longer wear low cut tops like this, as I don’t have the natural cleavage I had before cancer entering my life. This top also was a bit tight-fitting on me, specifically around the belly, as that is where I carry the majority of my extra weight. Trying it on made me feel self-conscious, and reminded me that I need to work on losing those extra pounds that I put on post Breast Cancer. I don’t blame my stylist at all for this pick, as she did not know about my Breast Cancer background.
Item: Kut from the Cloth Mia High Waist Skinny Jeans – 6
Description: A classic dark wash high waisted ultra skinny jean in Goodly Dark Indigo rinse. Cotton/Poly/Elastane blend with a 10″ rise. Classic 5 pocket styling. On trend, and a must-have wardrobe staple for every closet.
Keep or Return: As a boot cut lover for many years, I just recently started adding skinny leg jeans to my wardrobe, and I have to admit I have fallen in love with them. 7 for all Mankind is one of my current favorites. So when I saw a pair of skinny leg jeans in my box, I was hopeful yet hesitant due to the high waisted style. Majority of my jeans are mid-rise, which falls just below the belly button area.
While high waists are coming back into style, sadly this was just not the pair of jeans for me. As I said before, I carry the majority of my weight around my waist area, which makes finding a good fitting pair of jeans somewhat tricky. Trying these jeans on was a bit of a struggle. They felt like tight-fitting spandex around my ankles, and while I was able to button them, they weren’t particularly comfortable, or flattering to my current build. So they will be going back.
Item: Dreamers Drape Front Open Knit Charcoal Grey Cardigan – M/L
Description: A lightweight, yet, oh so cozy, an open front cardigan that pairs perfectly with skinny jeans. Cotton/Rayon blend, with classic lines and no pockets.
Keep or Return: I immediately fell in love with this cardigan the first time I placed my hands on it, and I was sold on this sweater as soon as I tried it on. Having tried other clothing subscription boxes in the past, I have always had the luck of falling in love with usually the most expensive item in the box. In this case, I was surprisingly lucky in the fact that this cardigan was nowhere near as expensive as I was expecting it to be, and affordable after my $20 style credit is applied. Sure I already have a fair amount of cardigans in my closet, but I just couldn’t let this one go. It will pair perfectly with the jeans I already have in my wardrobe and is loose fitting enough to put a long sleeve tee under and still be perfectly comfortable. While I don’t need yet another cardigan, I couldn’t bear to part with this one. So it will be my one keeper out of the box.
Item: Miracle Kyoto Knot Back Sweater – M/L
Description: A lightweight knit v-neck sweater with a trendy back knot designed to pair with skinny jeans for a casual look for fall.
Keep or Return: As soon as I took this sweater out of the box, I was already hesitant about how comfortable it would be once I put it on. While I liked the classic v-neck front and the lightweight knit material, I did not like the back of this sweater, seen in the photo, in the least. The knot was very uncomfortable when standing, so I can’t possibly imagine that it would be any better when sitting in a chair. I’m all for trying new trends, but this one just happened to be a miss for me, so this sweater will be going back.
How to Join:
At this time, the FabFitFun Style subscription box is currently in its Pilot stage, so it is only open to existing FabFitFun Members. But that doesn’t mean you need to miss out! Just visit my FabFitFun website, and sign up for your first FabFitFun subscription box. Once you’re a member, you should start receiving emails from FabFitFun with details on how to apply for the Style Clothing Subscription Box. I know they are rolling this service out slowly, so if you don’t receive an email, no worries, FabFitFun support can help you out.
Is FabFitFun Style Worth the Money?
I’m the type of person who loves surprises and prefers to do all her shopping online. So it should come as no surprise that I love the excitement of getting subscription boxes in the mail. That’s just one of the many reasons why I’m a FabFitFun member. I have used clothing subscription services in the past, Stitch Fix specifically, and the items I received were just too expensive for my budget.
I like FabFitFun Style because they gave me a budget option, and if I chose to keep all the items I received, it would have cost me less than $200, Stitch Fix, on the other hand, has cost well over $300 for the same amount of items. The affordability of this FabFitFun box subscription box makes it a much better deal in my opinion. I already completed the checkout process for this box, and have already opted in to receive another shipment in a few months time.
There is currently no obligation to continue receiving the FabFitFun style boxes if you choose to sign up. I like the opportunity to try out new styles, in the comfort of my home, that I normally may not even consider in the store. If this sounds like you, I highly encourage you to give them a try. You have nothing to lose, and a variety of new wardrobe favorites to gain.