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American Eagle Clothing Rental Subscription – Should We Review It?

UPDATE: The American Eagle Style Drop service has ended as of January 2020.

American Eagle has a new Clothing Rental Subscription: American Eagle Style Drop!

The Subscription Box: American Eagle Style Drop

The Cost: $49.95 a month for 3 pieces out at a time.  

The Products:  “American Eagle Style Drop is an online monthly subscription rental service that gives you access to hundreds of American Eagle looks for one flat fee. It works on a set-of-3 concept. This service allows our Closet to become your Closet. Subscriptions include unlimited shipping and exchanges for a flat monthly fee.”

Ships to: USA

What do you think of this new subscription box? Would you American Eagle clothing? Want to see it reviewed?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

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Comments (32)

  1. I just cancelled my membership. Although it was exciting to try new clothes from a company I like, the turnaround time on shipments was too long. I always clicked the “notify return” option to try to get my next box even sooner and it did not speed up the process at all. It always took 3 business days to get the box “packed” and another 2 business days to receive the shipment. If I didn’t love the items or they didn’t fit, I would have to wait an entire another week to receive the next box. To pay $50 and have half of the month spent waiting on the product was not a good way to spend my money.

    Love the company, don’t love the subscription.

  2. I actually already subscribe. It’s somewhat worth it but probably not for the reasons American Eagle is hoping. I find that a lot of their clothes after I wash them a few times (on delicate in cold water without drying!) still tend to lose their original form/shape/coloring. I like that they dry clean the clothes in between and that I can keep getting new things without only wearing it a few times without that “new fuzzy sweater” feeling everyone loves.

  3. Considering the American Eagle brand and only three pieces of clothing, $50 should be the cost of the box TO KEEP, not rent. One can put together a name brand outfit for $50 at closeout/overstock retailers. This is absurd. It will go the way of the Oreo box. Does Oreo even exist still?

  4. Although I’d love to see exactly why they think people would want to rent their clothing, I have found that their quality is average, their prices inflated for what they offer, and most of their styles are suited to a certain (less-than-C-cup) body shape.
    I look forward to pretty much any new review, but I think this one will be a joke.

  5. The clothing subscriptions I am most interested in seeing reviewed (that I don’t think have been yet) are Allume and Liberty Capsule. Especially Liberty Capsule, as the price point is pretty high to go in blind. I’m hoping if I can get away with just not buying many clothes this year (shouldn’t be too hard as I am pretty stocked right now, and got some great pieces from Gwynnie Bee last year) then maybe I can excuse spending the money for an annual next year when I hopefully have lost my pregnancy weight.

    I like online shopping and am used to finding great deals, but as a busy mom I don’t have the hours to hunt up clearance sales anymore. For that reason Allume looks interesting to me – having someone else put together a lookbook and lots of options all in one place for me to pick from.

    I don’t think I would be interested in the AE rental, though. As others have mentioned it is easy enough to find three pieces on sale to keep for $50, so I don’t think the value would be there. Also my general wardrobe is on the dressy side so if I get a rental I want nicer church or event wear than basics.

  6. I think that if you could manage to do at least a couple shipments in a month, a one month trial might be worth reviewing for some readers. Mainly to see how fast the shipping/return turnaround is and the quality/ variety of the rentals vs in store.

    • I have AE Style Drop. I shop there every month spending about $150+ on new clothes just because I like to change it up and not wear the same outfits a lot. The shipping speeds are REALLY annoying. Once you mark that you returned your last shipment they “begin boxing it up!” which takes 3 days. Once it ships, thats another 2-3 business days. So its about a week of having no new clothes when you decide to return a box. I loved everything in my first box but now am annoyingly waiting for my second.

  7. I would like to see it reviewed please.

  8. I think it would be worth reviewing at least for a quarter to let your readers know how fast they ship and any potential issues.

    • Here’s an answer I got from their support (I’m a subscriber) when I complained about shipping times:

      1) We typically maintain a 2-3 day processing time prior to a shipment and USPS takes 2-4 business day to deliver. While 3 days is the maximum time it can take for a shipment to be processed and shipped out, it may, however, ship out much earlier as well. Similarly, USPS can deliver within 1-2 business days or sooner.

      Upon checking, I see your first shipment was shipped out within 46 hours and was delivered within 3 business days, within the stipulated timeframe.

      I can totally understand your concern regarding the turnaround on shipments and would like to share that, using our Return Notification feature, members are easily able to receive 3-4 shipments in a month, may be more. Just remember to return notify all 3 items together as soon as you are ready to return the garments, and our system will trigger your next shipment immediately. This means, even before the returned garments are received physically at the warehouse, your next shipment would be already out.

  9. I agree with everyone else, that it wouldn’t be worth the cost. I generally only buy AE jeans, and definitely only when they’re on sale. The quality isn’t matched by the cost. Most of my jeans only last about a year, and then the stretch on them gives out and I have weird wrinkles across them. But I still buy them because they’re one of the very few brands I’ve found that fit my body.

    So that being said, I am not sure how well rented pieces would hold up to many other people’s wear and tear

    • Hang dry them always. The dryer ruins the spandex over time.

  10. Nope. Not worth the cost, I’ll echo the $50 better spent on buying stuff on sale. $600 a year and not getting to keep anything is a hard pass.

  11. This looks silly. I like their jeans a lot, but I also buy them from platos closet gently used for like $10 a pair so I don’t have to worry about them shrinking in the wash after the first time or anything. As everyone else has said, shopping their sales or buying their jeans as I do, you could buy the three pieces for the same or less of a price and keep them instead.
    The only thing I could see this being good for is if you didn’t want to overload your closet and you’d rather give back the items when you no longer wish to wear them.
    I don’t care to see this reviewed.

  12. I think if they want anyone to try it they’ll need to come up with a promo code all the other rental services offer promotions on the first month and deals. I wouldn’t mind seeing it reviewed to see what they send.

    • You actually get to pick what products they send. You get to select from around 100-150 pieces of clothing in their “collections” and then you can make items a “priority” to get it in your next shipment. Given the low volume of people signing up, I got my “priority” items. I got two pairs of jeans I picked out and a white sweater I really liked. All came looking brand new (which they may be because I wouldn’t be shocked if I was the only subscriber lol!) and the sweater still had that fuzzy new sweater feeling.

  13. I don’t think this needs to be reviewed. AE is pretty basic, and that price is not worth it.

  14. I’d be super curious to see what they send, but like everyone else said, their pieces are super affordable so I don’t know how renting for $50/month is going to work. After a year ($600) you could own a TON of American Eagle pieces!

    • Not a ton! Only 36 pieces. So be careful before you subscribe.

      • She’s saying that with the cost of the rental subscription for a year($600) instead you could have purchased many AE items instead of just renting them.

  15. I’m not interested in seeing this reviewed. I really can’t see this being successful, unless their angle is renting to kids who are still growing. Their prices are pretty affordable so I’d rather just buy from them online or at the mall, and keep what I get.

  16. Their clothes are affordable, no reason to pay so much to rent it. The price is way too high considering I could just buy 3 items for less.

    • Completely agree. You can buy AE clothes on sale for the cost of this box. Also their clothes aren’t the best quality so they won’t hold up to lots of wear. I actually buy a lot of clothes there for my two sons. They have the only jeans that fit my kid. AE is a great store for teens but not for rental.

  17. I think the price is ridiculous for renting the clothes. You can shop their sales and get them for around the same price, probably cheaper. The clothes you’d probably get are probably clothes that have been clearanced, anyways.
    I know it says unlimited, but by the time you get the one set, ship those back, wait for them to process, ship out another set, and repeat that would probably take around the entire month or close to it.

    • This is not true. They have a service that allows you to tell them when you ship out the items to send them back and then they start sending out your new box immediately with 2 day shipping.

  18. Yes, please. I tend to wear casual clothes and would love to see more casual friendly clothing subs.

  19. Yes please! I am so tiny and their jeans are the only ones that fit me so i would love to see what all they send!

  20. $50 for renting American Eagle clothes seems like a lot. I’m pretty sure I could shop their sales and buy 3 pieces to keep for the same price.

    • I was thinking the same thing; everything there is pretty affordable. I also pick up really great pieces on sale for my girls. I’m not sure why you’d want to rent their apparel.

    • Yes exactly, who would pay for this? They’re constantly having sales and/or or sending out coupons, for $50 you could easily buy 3 pieces of clothing including a pair of jeans/shorts. The fact it’s just to rent is ridiculous. Now, if this subscription were $50 to keep the 3 pieces you get to pick out then I would definitely be interested.

      • This is what I was thinking! Sales would definitely allow you to own 3 pieces for $50, so the rental fee sounds like a total waste of money to me.

      • I agree. If it was $50 to own three new pieces, it would be a lot more appealing, but even then I wouldn’t want to do it every month. I think a quarterly sub for 3 pieces for $50 would be great.

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