Clothing apps are a fascinating trend.
Long gone are the days when your style options were limited to the items in your wardrobe. Now, you can use digital programs to extend the range of your threads, as long as you’re fine with the subscription price. Be prepared: some of the top options are more than $100 a month!
Still, some people may find even that worth the price. Others may simply be interested in how these websites work out of pure curiosity (sure, it killed the cat, but we strongly argue that curiosity makes the world go round).
Top 4 clothing apps
Stitch Fix is the current leader of “online personal styling services.” As the name implies, you can expect great personalization and attention to detail!
So, how does it work?
Before anything else, you’ll run through an expansive questionnaire that asks you everything from your sizes (you may want to be prepared with an internet guide if you’re new to this) to your clothing and brand preferences. This is your “Style Profile,” and it’ll help their designers pick out options!
After this, you can choose when to receive your “Fixes.” Based on this information, the website will generate an initial shipment date.
After that, your journey begins! At the frequency you set, you’ll receive your regular fixes, which cost $20 each. You can send everything back without paying a dime (they provide free return shipping) or buy anything that stands out to you. The original $20 will even go toward that purchase, and there’s a 25% discount for buying all items!
New styles introduced at your pace, for a small fee without return shipping cost…whether you love clothes or simply have too little time for shopping, what’s not to like?
Rent the Runway (RTR) takes a different approach, intended to put excellent but unnoticed clothing items to good use. Rather than providing new options for purchase, this program offers varying levels of clothing rentals that range from a few outfits to constant rentals in perpetuity.
(Note: whereas Stitch Fix has sections for women, men, and children, RTR focuses exclusively on women.)
If you’re looking for a one-time rental, you can visit the main page and search through an enormous list of clothing and accessories. Be warned, a one-time rental has its own set cost.
However, if you’re looking for the subscription, there are two options: Update and Unlimited, which cost $90 and $160 respectively. Updated offers a monthly change of 4 or more pieces. Unlimited adds more clothing options and allows any number of pieces on rotation whenever you wish. It’s far more expensive, but lives up to the name “Unlimited”!
ThreadBeast caters mainly to men, with a mix of business casual and streetwear. The styles are generally comfortable, everyday looks, and are intended to be rentals. All in all, not a bad deal:
When you begin, prepare for a Style Profile questionnaire similar to Stitch Fix. Unlike theirs, however, the questions appear sequentially, rather than page after page. Also, the process runs faster and includes an option to input your Instagram link. The stylist choosing your clothes will use the your pictures to pick options!
Once that’s all finished, you’ll be ready to receive the first shipment, which generally arrives within two weeks of your first order. The styles might look something like these posts from their Facebook page:
If these styles look great to you, consider using ThreadBeast!
Armoire combines a few aspects we’ve seen already, for a wholly unique experience you might love.
Targeted exclusively at women, the program offers unlimited clothing rentals (4 pieces at a time, adding more will increase the cost) that can be changed out at any time during the month. You can buy what you want, ship back and forth absolutely free, and exchange anything that doesn’t fit. The cost: $150 per month.
Much akin to Stitch Fix and ThreadBeast, you’ll be able to choose your style. Get ready for a friendly box-selection window that begins with your preferences, then runs through your dislikes, and finally sizes.
When you have your subscription and log your preferences, you can begin to choose whatever you wish for the first shipment. Any four items!
While this shares many similarities to Rent the Runway’s “Ultimate” subscription, the ability to log preferences and pay $10 less per month may seal the deal for some. Look into both; they’re great services!
Quick suggestion: someone should make a clothing website called Tie Fighters, exclusively for ties. Just saying.
(Make it happen, readers.)
Thanks for joining us! We hope that clothing aficionados will be interested in one or more of these websites, and casual readers will find a compelling option in something they didn’t expect.