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ModaBox Clothing Subscription Box Review – January 2017

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ModaBox is a new women’s styling service! They aim to make shopping more fun and provide clothing that helps you feel more empowered and confident.

Here’s how it works: When you sign up, you take an extensive style profile quiz and select a box tier. Then, you’ll get matched with a stylist who will contact you and talk with you about what your wardrobe needs and wants are, and then he or she will style your box. When you get your box, you get 5-7 days (depending on your box tier) to try everything on at home and see how it fits into your current wardrobe. Then just send what you don’t choose to buy back in their included prepaid bag.

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The box tiers offered by ModaBox are the Select box (2 outfits, 10% off to keep everything), the Premiere box (4 outfits, 15% off to keep everything), or the Luxe box (6+ outfits, 20% off to keep everything).

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This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

This review is of the Premier box. 

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The Subscription Box: ModaBox Clothing

The Cost: You pay for the items you keep, but you do pay an initial box deposit ($175 for the Select box, $200 for the Premiere box, and $350 for the Luxe box), but the deposit is 100% applied towards your purchase or 100% refunded in full the day they process your returns.

The Products: Customized outfits selected for you by your ModaBox stylist, sizes 1-12 and XS-XL.

  • The “Select” box contains 2 outfits (5-day try-on period, 10% off full box purchase)
  • The “Premier” box contains 4 outfits (7-day try-on period, 15% off full box purchase)
  • The “Luxe” box contains 6+ outfits (7-day try-on period, 20% off full box purchase)

Ships to: U.S.

Check out the Women’s Clothing Subscription Box Directory and make sure to add ModaBox to your subscription list or wishlist!

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Every box includes an envelope with some info and packing papers inside.

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My stylist wrote me a little note! I like that he clarified his vision for my box.

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The other side of the note was a step-by-step of what to do next. I like that they encourage you to have fun mixing and matching the items with your current wardrobe! That way, you’ll already have some ideas for styling whatever you keep.

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And next was a packing sheet with all the information about each item they sent me and the cost to keep each one. Everything adds up to $992.50. With the 15% discount for keeping everything, the total would come to $843.63.

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Something that caught my eye is that they help you donate gently worn professional items just by sending them back in with your returns! I love that they make donating so easy.

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They wrap each outfit up in tissue paper to keep them organized for you.

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Here’s my first outfit!

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Tommy Hilfiger Masters Knit Dress – Cost to Keep: $98.50

This dress is a navy knit fabric with some subtle cable-knit-esque detailing. There’s also two silver buttons on each shoulder. The fabric is very thick and stretchy, and it’s a great length for me. I like the classic silhouette, too. This dress definitely feels high quality, but I’m not sure it works well with the rest of my wardrobe so I don’t think I’ll keep it.

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Jones New York Combo Zipper Jacket – Cost to Keep: $99.50

I like this jacket alright, but I don’t think it really does much for me. I like the fabric mixing and the asymmetrical zipper, though. I’d probably personally dress this jacket down to work for me, but something about it feels like it would work a little better on someone a little older than me.

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Time for my second outfit!

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Chaus NY Cable Knit Combo Cardigan – Cost to Keep: $89

I liked this sweater the second I pulled it out of the box, but I kind of love it after having tried it on for a while! The material is soft and is definitely a royal blue but I like how it’s a little more complex because the knit is a mix of blue and gray (you can see this a little better in the previous photo). I love this color and think it’d go really well with my wardrobe!

Buffalo Movement Suprcharge Jeans – Cost to Keep: $99

For $100, I really wanted to love these jeans. Unfortunately, the material and fit didn’t wow me. The fit was pretty good but the length was just barely where I’d wear them for flats. If I cuffed them, they looked way cute, though.

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Calvin Klein Lace Side Details Top – Cost to Keep: $39.50

I love this top! The color is perfect for my taste and complexion and the lace details are a special extra touch. This is so comfortable and easy to wear!

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Outfit #3… My favorite one!

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Faith & Joy Jackie O Collar Floral Top – Cost to Keep: $49

NYDJ Original Slimm Fit Jeans – Cost to Keep: $134

I was totally feeling this outfit. I love NYDJ, but I already have a really nice pair of black skinny jeans that I don’t wear enough to justify a second pair. But this outfit was spectacular and I definitely need this top!

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This top has a “Jackie O” neckline, which is so chic, a pretty floral print, and a hi-lo hemline.

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The back of the shirt is designed so flatteringly, too! The pleats add extra flowiness to the back and emphasize a flattering silhouette.

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Premise ¾ Buttons Detail Cardigan – Cost to Keep: $58

The layering item with this outfit is this lovely gray ¾ sleeve cardigan. The fabric is one of the softest things ever, and I love how there is some ribbing detail on the sleeves, front draping, and around the waist.

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The length is perfect, too. There’s also three buttons detailing the cuffs.

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And now for the last outfit….

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Vince Camuto Midnight  Paint Blouse – Cost to Keep: $69 (on sale; originally $89)

This outfit is very classy and would be perfect if I worked in an office. This blouse is lightweight and sheer so I needed a camisole underneath. The cuffs button so I can wear them long or rolled up some. The print isn’t my favorite but it definitely isn’t bad. If you can’t already tell, this shirt is just okay for me – not a keeper.

Badgley Mischka Quilted LTR Skirt – Cost to Keep: $147.50 (on sale; originally $295)

Uh, I adore this skirt. I’ve never liked how I look in pencil skirts, but the little flare at the bottom of this one is everything I’ve needed in a knee-length professional skirt! The quilted fabric has quite a bit of stretch, which is good because it was a little snug on my hips. I also love the leather detail at the waist. I’m undecided with this – It’s pricey for it to not be something that fits me perfectly, or to be something that is snug enough to make me not reach for it. I think I need to wear it around the house a little bit more to reassess the stretch and comfort level.

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Calvin Klein Suede Drape Vest – Cost to Keep: $109.50

This gorgeous eggplant vest is the layering item for this outfit. The front of the vest is suede and the back is ribbed, so it’s extra comfortable and well-fitting. This outfit is definitely not something I’d think to put together but I don’t know if I hate it. I don’t care for it for myself, though, or in my wardrobe. I’m just not a vest person, no matter how pretty this piece is.

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Here’s a better look at the skirt – I haven’t seen something like this around, and I think it’s stunning.

Verdict: I had a lot of fun with my very first ModaBox! My stylist was very communicative, friendly, and helpful. He chose mostly more professional/dressy items for me than I wear on a day-to-day basis, but I felt great in the clothing he sent! The fit was spot on, save for a couple small things with the jeans and the skirt, which I’m quite impressed with for the first box from a styling sub.

As far as the pricing level goes, ModaBox feels like it’s more on a Trunk Club level to me, especially because of the amount of clothing you get per box. Individual item prices seem maybe somewhere between Trunk Club and Stitch Fix, depending on where you have your personal budget set. The quality of the clothing was all good or great, and I know I’m definitely keeping a couple things. My main criticism is that I do feel like the pre-shipment box deposit is something that could deter many people from giving them a go, even though it’s either applied to your purchase or fully refunded with your returns (no styling or shipping fees taken out or anything). I know it’s to protect them, but I think other boxes have found ways to work without something like that.

What do you think about ModaBox?

Written by Haley Faye

Haley Faye

Haley Faye first discovered Beauty Army and Birchbox in 2012 and instantly fell hard and fast for the world of subscription boxes. Over the years of writing for MSA she has found many subscriptions to fuel her addiction, but her favorites include fashion, geeky, beauty, and mom/baby boxes to share with her son.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

18 Comments

  1. I realize a lot of people are put off by the cost, but this sub includes great designer stuff! The only other way you’ll get your hands on that stuff without paying a lot more is a rental site/sub. I think it’s a good value, but yes, it’s a lot to lay out every month.

  2. This is very intriguing! I love the option to donate used clothes through them too. I might have to check this out for my birthday. 🙂

  3. The $175 up front will definitely keep me from trying this- I don’t have that kind of money to just tie up without getting something right away for it

  4. The Jackie O shirt and that Skirt are amazing, especially that skirt ! The “upfront” box fee will keep me from considering this subscription, which may be a good thing. The vest with that shirt and skirt combo was hideous, I’m sorry.

    • “hideous” was exactly what I thought too.

      That Jackie O shirt though- holy wow!

  5. I agree with u Haley & some of the others that the upfront fee is what’s stopping me from trying this! And like u said other companies find a way around this. I do like the fact that they send SO many complete outfits that are sectioned together.

  6. If they don’t add a styling fee, then I am OK with the idea of an upfront deposit, especially since they send more than the value of the deposit anyway. Having the clothes on hand and knowing that some of it at least is technically already paid for may be a trick to get people to keep something, but it’s better than a nonrefundable styling fee geared to the same principle.

    What I like best about this is every piece had some sort of distinctive detail to make it more interesting. A little button or an unusual but still classy insert makes me happy. I hope you do more reviews of this box!

  7. Keep that skirt!! It’s gorgeous and TOTALLY flattering on you! This is something WAY outside of my budget. I LOVE that you can donate items in the return bag. That’s really awesome. Again, you really look great in the skirt!

  8. Picturing Haley directing traffic in a hurricane while wearing that pencil skirt. 😉

  9. The floral shirt, grey sweater, and purple shirt are my favorites on you. I can’t believe everything fits so well. I would like to try a clothing sub but I have such difficulty finding clothes that fit well. I would be surprised if I received anything that fit. Also, the prices would have to be better.

  10. I think some of the pieces are quite lovely, in particular the Faith & Joy Jackie O Collar Floral Top and the Tommy Hilfiger Masters Knit Dress. However, for the most part, I think the majority of the items chosen were just a bit mature looking for you.

  11. The Tommy Hilfiger dress looks amazing on you!

  12. Your stylist did a great job choosing colors — everything looks beautiful on you! The only miss is the vest. The piece itself is very pretty, but it doesn’t go with that outfit at ALL. It covers the beautiful line and details of the skirt and just looks sloppy. Honestly, I don’t even think that last outfit needs a layering piece. Sometimes a perfect skirt and blouse combination stands on its own.

  13. The Jackie o top with the floral pattern And the purple lace shirt are beautiful on you! Great review!

  14. Haley — I love your reviews ! I love the idea of these clothing boxes, but I’m far too particular (and frugal) for the subs that are out there. (Maybe if there were a Lands’ End box – I love all things LE !!)

    They sent you great pieces/outfits though — even if the prices are a little up there if you don’t need corporate attire. I’d love to see what they do for you for a more “business casual” design.

  15. Ummmmm, is your husband a brain surgeon??? Who could afford any of these things?! I’ll stick with the thrift store…

  16. It’s too expensive! There needs to be a clothing subscription with lower-priced items.

  17. I’m still looking for just the right clothing subscription. I do work in an office and need professional attire, but the pieces shown are mostly not my taste (which, admittedly, is unusual — I think I could direct traffic in a hurricane in a lot of my clothes).

    I think you’re right, the up-front fee can scare people off. It is certainly making me hesitate.

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