ModCloth Clothing + Shoes Stylish Surprise Review – July 2018


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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-$25! Stylish Surprise is always such a fun way to try out clothes you may not choose to buy for yourself. It is a total mystery until the unboxing; however, you do get to choose which size and category of items you’d like to receive (tops, bottoms, jewelry, etc.). My reactions from picks I received in the past range from adoration to outrage, but the potential value and surprise element is what keeps me coming back for more!

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In the past, Stylish Surprise has sold out in my size almost immediately; this time around, I am shocked because the sale was on for four days and all the dress sizes were still available! I bring up dresses for an example, because before they were always the first to go. The great thing about Stylish Surprise is that you never have to wait too long for another event to pop up. If you miss or opt out this time, you can sign up for our subscription box alerts here, so you can be notified when the next one is live.

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About ModCloth Stylish Surprise

The Box: ModCloth Stylish Surprise

Here are the categories available this time:

  • Stylish Surprise Dresses – $25.00 each, sizes XXS-4X
  • Stylish Surprise Shoes – $20.00 each, sizes 5-11
  • Stylish Surprise Tops – $15.00 each, sizes XS-4X
  • Stylish Surprise Bottoms – $20.00 each, sizes XS-4X
  • Stylish Surprise Accessories – $10.00 each, one size
  • Stylish Surprise Home Decor – $10.00 each, no options here
  • Stylish Surprise Jewelry – $10.00 each, no options here

ModCloth Stylish Surprise Dresses, Bottoms, and Shoes Unboxing

These cards are used to show who packed the order, and they also provide #MyModCloth to show off your new “duds” on social media. The flipside just has a nice little compliment on it (thanks!).

The invoice lists the categories you ordered from and your size choices; the price listed is for the surprise category purchased, not the retail price of the item they sent to you. I was able to order a bottom, dress, and shoe Stylish Surprise, and I was shocked that my sizes were still available a few days after ordering. I did notice a significant price hike in some of the categories (shoes were $10, dresses were $20 and bottoms were $20 in the past), and maybe that is why, but I usually have to jump on their website and frantically order to get exactly what I want.

ModCloth Stylish Surprise Bottoms, Size Medium – Cost $20: English Factory Striped Pleated Skirt Retail Value $65 (sold out)

Receiving a midi skirt in the Stylish Surprise Bottoms category during summer is like winning the lotto! What a treat! This skirt is 95% polyester, and although the fabric was pretty weighted, the flowiness made it breathable. Spandex makes up the remaining 5%, providing the waistband with a comfortable stretch to it. The length and colors were giving me fall vibes, so I paired it with a long sleeved shirt, even though it was about 85 degrees out. Whether you’re heading to a festival or a nice dinner, I really think this skirt could be so easy to dress up or down with accessories. The pleats threw me off at first along with the horizontal stripes, but high waisted styling prevented either detail from looking unflattering. Wearing this flowy skirt made me feel so girly, and I loved every minute!

ModCloth Stylish Surprise Dresses, Size Medium – Cost $25, Estimated Value $75?

I based the $75 value based on other dresses by ModCloth with a similar style. The white trim on this navy dress made me feel like a sailor (ahoy!), but unfortunately, I did not have a sailor hat to accessorize appropriately. ModCloth’s vintage-inspired dresses are my absolute favorite, and this one is no exception! Every detail, including the cutesy white bow, the soft cotton fabric, and the belled out skirt gave it a romantic feel; there is only one feature missing: pockets! Who doesn’t love a dress with pockets?! Although the pockets were amiss, I can really appreciate the adjustable straps, which really play a big supporting role for me. I also prefer a dress to have a bit of stretch instead of a long zipper in the back (or both!), but I didn’t feel like it was too tight or uncomfortable. This Stylish Surprise really stole the show, and I can’t wait to wear it to the next picnic or outdoorsy gettogether.

ModCloth Stylish Surprise Shoes, Size 7.5 – Cost $20: Madeline Bluebell Boots – Retail Value $79 (found here for $46)

Boot shopping is so hard for me because calf girth and height are definitely not in my favor, but this pair zip OVER my jeans and land just under my knee. The large metal buckle adds just enough simple detail, and the one-inch heel makes them very comfortable to walk in. Again, this pick for a summer Stylish Surprise shoe was not seasonally appropriate, so I went for a very casual fall look. I was always afraid to approach the riding boot style, fearing they would make my legs look shorter/wider, but these boots are making me want to branch out. Madeline Bluebell Boots are composed of manmade materials, so I think I will try to get my wear out of them in the fall more so than our typically wet PA winter.

Verdict: Even though not every item was explicitly meant for summer wear, I am so thrilled with this ModCloth Stylish Surprise experience! I am disappointed about the prices going up, but luckily all of the pieces I received will be staples for me. Even though I wouldn’t have necessarily sought each item out, had it not been chosen for me (gotta love the surprise element in this situation), I was happy to try some new styles. The skirt and dress are no longer available online to see if they are also on sale, but the value in the box was definitely worth the cost; the total retail value adds up to $219–a steal! Although this is not always the case (two summers ago I received a woven elf sweater dress.. Christmas in July, anyone?!), I will always give in to this mystery box!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get these items? Stylish Surprise is no longer available. You can sign up for updates and alerts on this subscription here to be notified when the next sale is live.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $65.00 + $7.99 US shipping (free shipping is available for US orders over $75.00) and received $219 worth of products ($185 if you consider the boot’s sale price).

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Written by Abby Holsinger

Abby Holsinger

Abby has been a box enthusiast since July 2011, finding her calling with Birchbox. That was the start of a new era for Abby, because she is now hooked on the subscription box life; she loves the idea of receiving (several) thoughtful treats from genius curators such as Lisa Sugar and Rachel Zoe. A few other loves of hers would be her dog named Bill Murray, Bill Murray and chocolate babka.

Posted in ModCloth Stylish Surprise Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: ModCloth Stylish Surprise | 14 comments

14 Comments

  1. I got this amazing plaid coat with a fur lined hood in medium but unfortunately I have broad shoulders and it doesn’t fit. 🙁 I need to find someone who wants a swap!

  2. You really got lucky! Everything looks great on you and I love the boots. My last shoe surprise was black stilettos…..no thanks.

    • Thank you! I usually get boots with 4 inch heels, lol. These were definitely a step up!

  3. You look great in everything! I also got the navy dress and I love it. I actually loved everything I got except I got these lovely tallbrown boots but I’m plus sized so they don’t zip up. I got another pretty dress, a skirt, and a cardigan. I am upset they raised their prices but overall I was happy this time.

  4. You really scored! Love your styling & the items.

    • Thank you! I was lucky I had some nice pieces to work with 🙂

  5. I ordered 2 items for apartment/décor. I’m super unhappy. They sent me 2 ROLLS OF TAPE. Literally TWO lame tape dispensers. There is NO way those items were worth the sale price on their best day-I’m completely done with ModCloth. I understand duplicates may happen but come on-the person that packed them looked at two inexpensive rolls of tape and put them in the same box. Lazy and cheap.

    • I’ve had really good experiences calling ModCloth’s customer service for getting dupes in my Stylish Surprise boxes. Nobody needs two pairs of bright red shorty shorts! Hopefully they can sort it things out for you, too.

  6. I’ve never got this lucky. If I thought I would get stuff like this, I wouldn’t mind the higher prices, but it was just too much of a risk.

    • I am so relieved I got all good items, which helps me justify the new prices, but I know that is not always the case!

  7. First timer stylish surprise-er here! I received the same dress and let me tell you I was VERY pleasantly surprised! It is totally my style and fits like a glove.
    My 12 year old daughter loves it too (I told her next round she can select a category for herself).

  8. Wow, you really lucked out! All of those items look super cute on you.

    I usually avoid dresses, bottoms, and even shoes because the sizings are typically way off for me. I stuck with accessories and house goods this time but the values were really low. I am usually disappointed in my selections with Stylish Surprise but that doesn’t seem to stop me from repurchasing!

    • lol I always come back, too! I never tried the home goods or accessories, but I’ve been so tempted!

    • Thank you! I never tried any home goods or accessories, but I’ve always been so tempted!

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