CHC Vintage Clothing Subscription Box Review – November 2018

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CHC Vintage is a vintage fashion subscription box. Choose a dress box or a t-shirt and jewelry box. For the dress box, you can also choose from categories like “90s Grunge,” “Bohemian,” “Vintage Prints,” “Romantic,” and “Minimalist.” You can see some examples of what the CHC Vintage folks consider to belong to each category on the sign-up page.

This review is of the Romantic Dress, $39.99 a month, box. 

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.)

About CHC Vintage

The Subscription Box: CHC Vintage

The Cost: $39.99/month (save with longer subscriptions)

The Products: One vintage dress curated just for you (after choosing size and style, there are additional questions like what colors would you never wear, what occasions would you want the dress for, what lengths you prefer, etc.).

Ships to: U.S. for free and Worldwide for an additional cost

CHC Vintage November 2018 Review

When you sign up you fill out a customer style survey where you answer questions about your personal style so each subscriber gets a dress that’s customized just for them. Let’s see what I received this month!

I love that they send a handwritten note to go along with your dress. This note explained a bit about the piece that I received which is from the 80’s/90’s era and they give me lots of different styling options from casual weekend wear to a dressy Thanksgiving look!

Jessica Howard Dress, Size ? (Tag was removed)

The first thing I noticed about this dress was that it looked very new and in great condition. The fabric is made of polyester and rayon so it has a bit of a shine to it and is very soft. The top knit layer is very thin and it has a polyester lining underneath. While the fabric is thin, the built-in cardigan type layer adds a lot of weight to it because it is so much fabric. When I first put this on, I definitely felt like it was something that you would wear to church because it just had a very modest feel to it with the silhouette and simple gray color. They recommended tying a loose knot in the center and playing around with it a bit and I tried a side knot, but it pulled the fabric too much from the other side for it to work. I actually like it open more than I thought I would, but overall, this dress actually just feels too modern for me. I think if I was still teaching that I would definitely be able to wear this to work comfortably, but as for a casual weekend look, I still have a lot of playing around to do! I tried some necklaces, but I felt like it looked a bit awkward since there was already so much fabric at the bust. The only moto jacket I have is brown and looked odd with it, but I could see how black accessories could definitely change the look.

Here are some close-ups. You can see that this is actually a sleeveless dress with the top layer attached at the top of the strap. The bodice of the dress is really simple, no real shape to it and the fabric is slightly heathered with ribbing. So how would you style this? I’m ready for your tips and suggestions!

UPDATE: Nicole from CHC Vintage was kind enough to send me a second dress for November and I think this one has a much more vintage vibe than the first did. It is also much more my style! This is a knit dress that resembles a sweater, although it is sleeveless. I am dying to pair it with a turtleneck to really keep with the vintage vibe!

The cardigan that I paired it with is actually the same camel color that’s in the dress, so I thought they went well together. I tried to make it feel more festive with my green leggings, but I definitely need to find some different shoes to wear with it. Overall, this is much more vintage and really cute. I could definitely see myself wearing it out to holiday parties!

Verdict: I’m not sure how I feel about this month’s pick from CHC Vintage. The dress did not have a real vintage vibe for me like the others I have received and I’m not sure this is totally my style this time. I don’t completely dislike it, but I can’t imagine wearing it out comfortably at this point. They recommended layering and I think if I find some pieces that will give this dress some more edge, that I might be able to make it work for a more casual look. This was another dress that was in great condition and feels like it’s built to last, but it’s definitely not my favorite that I’ve received. With that being said, I am still having a lot of fun with this $39.99 subscription and I enjoy seeing what they send each month. 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you subscribe today? No, every box is different based on your style and size preferences.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $39.99, including free shipping, and I received one vintage dress.

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Written by Brandi Dowell

Brandi Dowell

Brandi has loved the idea of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013. Finding new products to test out and possibly fall in love with has always excited her. Now, as a mother of 3, she loves discovering new products that can help make parenting a little easier! Her favorites are FabFitFun and Target Baby boxes.

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  1. I like modest clothing 🤷‍♀️ I think the dress is flattering both ways although I’m partial to the tie-front styles. I wear clothes like that doing errands because dresses are easy to throw on and go.

    I don’t think this is vintage though.

  2. I would add some chunky turquoise/silver jewelry and black boots to give it a little edge and take away the ‘corporate’ feel. I agree with someone else who said separating the two piece might give them more versatility. s

  3. I like that dress on you, and especially with the jacket draped open. The jacket’s draping has a romantic look, to me, except for the color! I’d add it over a hot pink, or more subdued, cranberry top. With a long, sparkly pendant!

    Don’t separate the jacket from the dress, unless you decide to keep it; but it would look wonderful with contrasting colors underneath. The dress fits beautifully, and could then be worn with other tops, like one of the many patterned kimonos.

  4. TY for all the fabulous reviews..spoilers… news…coupons..I appreciate them because getting some for presents.☮🦋☮

  5. I actually LOVE the dress on you… if it were in black, not grey, I think it would have a different feel to it, it is the color that is making it corporate/business…

  6. I honestly don’t think this is vintage. I have a Jessica Howard dress with the same tag that is new within the last few years. It’s cute but definitely not romantic!

  7. Modern isn’t the word I would use. Dowdy? Yup. You have a great figure, this isn’t at all flattering. I would send it back and let them try again.

  8. Maybe a wide belt in either metallic or black? Possible under the bust or just under the cardigans when it’s open you’ll have a little variation. Pink accessories also tend to look cute with grey.

    • Wide belt is a good idea! I’ll have to play around with that! Thanks! 🙂

  9. On what planet is that considered “romantic”? It fits you great but the only place I would wear that would be work or church.

  10. Hi Brandi! This is Nicole at CHC Vintage. We exchange any dress for any reason. If you don’t feel like you are going to wear this piece or just don’t like it, send it back and we will replace it. This dress feels modern because the 90s are really on trend. True vintage dates up to 1998 right now and vintage dresses are not always the classic aline, full skirts of the midcentury that commonly known as “vintage”. This piece is in our romantic category because of the delicate ribbing and draping details. Thanks for the great reviews!

    • Hi Nicole! Thanks so much for providing that information! Agh! Vintage dating to 1998 makes me feel so old though! Lol. I’m definitely going to play around with this dress some more, but I love that subscribers have the option to exchange any dress! I’ll definitely make sure to note that in future reviews! 🙂

    • Well this is excellent customer service!

      • Yes, this IS excellent customer service. Nice work, CHC Vintage. I hope other subscription services take not of how you handled this.

  11. Hi Brandi! This is Nicole with CHC Vintage. Sometimes we take fashion risks with our subscribers. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. All of our dresses are completely exchangeable for any reason. The 90s are totally back right now, which is what might make this piece feel more modern. Although the classic, aline, full skirt of the midcentury is what most people think of as “vintage” true vintage actually goes as far as 1998 right now, but its not everyone’s style and that’s ok. This piece is in our romantic category because of the delicate ribbing and draping details, although it would fall into our minimalist category as well. If you don’t feel like this is a piece that you will wear, we would gladly exchange for another dress. Thanks for the great reviews!

  12. Maybe we need to decide what vintage means…. like how “old” does it need to be? I think they were right about it being 90s, only because of the fabric. The ribbed polyester is very much 90s. I had a lot of it haha

  13. I agree this doesn’t look vintage at all. I would wear it so that the front piece drapes more at your sides, with a long statement necklace, opaque tights and an ankle bootie. I think that’ll make it look a little less “corporate”.

    • Nude pantyhose! Any other color screams “little girl”.

      • Personally I think if it’s a “nude pantyhose” it needs to be a seamed. I feel I never see nude pantyhose unless there is some interest to them. I don’t think opaque black is little girl at all.

      • OH dear.

      • I am 41 and I wear red and navy and zebra print tights. To work. At a law firm.

        • I LOVE that! I have a few pair of crazy wolford ones I love. One is a nude with a graduated fishnet design over the top and they are just beautiful. House of Holland used to do the most beautiful designs but I haven’t checked them lately.

  14. No vintage vibe and no romantic vibe, but you look like an office professional in this. Add a red statement brooch or a red and gold necklace, and you’re in business! Pearls would work as well. This says corporate to me. Definitely keep it! Thanks for sharing the photos with us.

    • That’s exactly what I thought, too! It looks great but it’s unmistakably corporate. Maybe the best thing would be to snip away the jacket from the dress and wear/style each separately.

    • Yes, definitely an office vibe! I like the idea of adding some red! Thanks, Julia! 🙂

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