ModCloth Stylish Surprise Box Review – October 2017
A few times a year, ModCloth launches their “Stylish Surprise”, which are mystery items you can buy at a deep discount. We’re talking typically pricier pieces for around $10-$20! Buying a Stylish Surprise is sort of like buying a blind box toy—you’ll know the category of item you’re buying (like dresses, apparel, shoes, outerwear, swim, etc.) and what size you’ve chosen, but you’ll only find out what exact piece you’re getting when you open your box. There are usually a wide range of styles and aesthetics in the mix, so what you wind up with is totally random… and a total surprise!
The thing about Stylish Surprise is that items go fast. We’re talking sold-out-in-hours fast. The Stylish Surprises I shopped for this review is now done and sold out, but there always seems to be another Stylish Surprise event right around the corner. Check out the items I got to see the kind of mix of products you can expect and stay tuned for updates!
FYI: Dresses, Tops, Bottoms, and Swimwear categories are still available for purchase in most sizes!
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The Box: ModCloth Stylish Surprise
Here were the categories this time:
- Stylish Surprise Dresses – $20.00 each, sizes XXS-4X
- Stylish Surprise Outerwear – $15.00 each, sizes XS-4X
- Stylish Surprise Swim – $10.00 each, sizes XS-4X
- Stylish Surprise Shoes – $10.00 each, sizes 5-11
- Stylish Surprise Tops – $15.00 each, sizes XS-4X
- Stylish Surprise Bottoms – $15.00 each, sizes XS-4X
- Stylish Surprise Accessories – $5.00 each, one size
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I caught Stylish Surprise in time to nab a top, a dress, and a bottoms item in my size. Unfortunately, when my order arrived, my invoice was correct, but my box included two tops and a bottom. No dress. (Sad face!) It was a bummer, for sure, but Emily, the ModCloth Customer Care specialist I chatted with, was awesome and credited a full refund for the dress I didn’t receive right back to my credit card. I didn’t even have to return the extra shirt! While I would’ve loved to get a surprise dress, I’m glad I have my money back to spend on a style I know I want. (At the time this review was written, my dress size is still available for Stylish Surprise, so I could even just dive in and place another order!)
Stylish Surprise Tee, Size Medium – Cost $15.00, Value $29.99
My closet is filled with graphic tees, and I wear them almost every day. So I was excited to find one in my shipment! This look is pretty cute, though it’s made from a 95% rayon, 5% spandex blend that feels like a loose, sort of shapeless jersey. I usually like wearing cotton-blend tees that have just the slightest bit more structure to them, but I did love how soft and effortless this tee was to wear. I’ll have to be choosy about when I wear this tee—it’s a message that will work great for a casual date night at the movies, but not so well when I’m out and about running errands in my city. (I don’t want to censor my style for cat-callers, but I also don’t want to invite them, either, y’know what I mean?)
Stylish Surprise Top, Size Medium – Cost $15.00, Value $19.99 (Retail Value $29.99)
This next top is one I might not have picked for myself, but that I’m actually pretty pleased with. It’s 85% polyester, 15% rayon and black and gray (very me), but the cut of the sleeves and lace-like trim gives it a bohemian vibe. If you read my reviews, you know that I like to dabble in boho looks, but in small ways. (A little fringe here, a 70s silhouette there, but well… you’ll never see me in paisley, if that makes sense, haha!) This top is perfect for those days when I want my outfit to be a little more romantic and carefree. I left the hem out in the photos to show about how long the top is, but it looks really awesome on me when tucked into a skirt or high-waisted jeans. (Truth be told, I tuck basically everything I own into high-waisted bottoms. What can I say? It’s my thing!)
Stylish Surprise Bottoms (Romper), Size Large – Cost $15.00, Value $15.97 (Retail Value $49.99)
I don’t know what it is, but I am always so pleased with how rompers fit me! This one was super comfortable, not just because the jersey fabric (95% rayon, 5% spandex) was super soft and forgiving, but because the look fit my body really nicely. I like that it has a waistline, and the pockets are awesome (though the fabric is thin enough that whatever you put in there is bound to stick out or weight that side of the garment down). I don’t wear a ton of blue (I wore it so much as a little kid—to match the eyes, y’know?—that I got bored of it after awhile), but this pretty sapphire color reminded me how fun it can be. I was also really happy with how well the front stayed shut! I might need a little tape if I plan to take this out dancing, but if I’m heading to something low-key like a dinner date, I won’t be constantly pinching the two sides closed over and over!
Verdict: Despite the shipping snafu, I ended up pretty happy with this ModCloth Stylish Surprise! I will say that none of these products would’ve been my first picks, had I been shopping around on the ModCloth site. But it’s fun to roll the dice and discover something new. If you’re up for the risk, the reward can be pretty huge—these pieces cost $45.00 via Stylish Surprise, but even if I’d caught them on sale on the site, they would’ve cost me $65.95.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get these items? I can’t say for sure which pieces you’ll get (that’s the surprise!), but at the time this was written, there were still Stylish Surprise dresses, tops, bottoms, and swimwear items available in select sizes. Go check ’em out while they last!
Value Breakdown: I paid $45.00 for this box + $5.99 US shipping (free shipping is available for US orders over $75.00) and received $65.95 worth of products. So, proportionally, I paid about $11.60 per item.
What do you think about ModCloth’s Stylish Surprise this time around? What did you get?