My Honest Review of Bombfell, A Men’s Clothing Subscription
My Bombfell Review
Is this men's clothing subscription worth it?
Bombfell is a personal styling subscription for guys. Members fill out a quick survey about their size and preferences, then get up to five items, like jeans, shirts, tees, pants, and even accessories, on a regular basis (monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly). Because it’s a styling service, everything is picked just for you by a Bombfell stylist. And while there is a non-refundable $20 styling fee with each shipment, you’re only charged for the pieces you keep. (The $20 styling fee goes towards whatever you keep.) Each Bombfell shipment includes a free shipping label so you can send back what you don’t want at the end of your try-on period.
I liked what I got from Bombfell, and getting started with their personal styling service is pretty fast and easy. I think Bombfell could be a great solution for guys who don’t like shopping (or don’t have the time to do it), as long as Bombfell fits with their sizing, budget, and aesthetic.
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The Subscription: Bombfell
The Cost: $20 styling fee per monthly, bi-monthly, or seasonal shipment, which goes towards the cost of whatever you choose to keep. The average cost per clothing/accessory item is $79, though you can request items that best fit your budget when you sign up.
What You Get: Up to five contemporary men’s clothing and accessory items chosen by a personal stylist to fit your tastes. Bombfell describes its aesthetic as “men’s casualwear,” which includes “the stuff in between what you wear at home on the couch and a full-blown suit. The clothes you’ll wear to dinner, to work, out on a date, or on the weekends.”
Brands Include: Original Penguin, Tommy Bahama, Lucky Brand, Mavi, Levi’s, as well as up-and-coming names.
Other Perks: Bombfell members earn points on purchases they make (including styling fees) that go towards savings on future purchases.
Ships to: United States, US territories, APO/DPO/FPO addresses. Orders ship via USPS or FedEx, depending on destination.
What is Bombfell?
Bombfell is a styling service for men’s clothes. It works a lot like other personal styling subscriptions you may have heard of, like Stitch Fix and Trunk Club. When you sign up, you’ll fill out a quick survey about your sizing and style preferences. Then, a Bombfell stylist will put together a collection of clothing and accessories that match what you’re looking for. You get to see what you’re getting 48 hours before the order ships, and you can ask your stylist to change things up if you want. Once your order ships and gets to you, you’ll have 7 days to try things on and decide what you want to keep. Return what you don’t love, and only pay for what you do. There’s a $20 styling fee for each shipment, but that goes towards your final total. Bombfell gives a discount for keeping 2 or more items, too.
Is it a subscription?
So, unlike services like Stitch Fix and Trunk Club, Bombfell’s default is monthly shipments. (With the other services, you can choose to schedule recurring shipments, or just do a one-off order.) Now, once you’re signed up, you can go into your account and adjust things a little bit. There’s a “Frequency settings” section of your account where you can set your shipments to arrive monthly, every other month, or every 3 months. You can also reschedule a shipment in the “Orders” section of your account, or pause your subscription in the “Manage Subscription” section.
The point is, there is some flexibility, but you are signing up for a subscription with Bombfell.
How It Works
Like many personal styling programs, Bombfell starts with a style “quiz” that collects your sizing, style, and budget preferences.
Sizing & Fit
It’s cool how detailed they get about getting your fit right. It’s not just about your number sizes—they ask about your body shape, too, and how you like specific types of clothes to fit.
The questions about style are more visual. It’s nice to be able to just point to something and say “Yeah, this is good,” or “No, I wouldn’t wear that,” instead of having to describe your style in words. (If you struggle with style already, coming up with the right words for what you like/dislike can be kind of hard.)
You also get the opportunity to note how much you prefer to spend on individual types of items. (You can also hit “No Thanks” for certain items, and they’ll avoid them for you.)
(If you’re wondering whether Bombfell is a good value for your budget, take a second to peruse this screen in particular. It’s helpful to see how much they’ll be asking for each individual piece they send you. Again, you don’t have to buy anything from the box, but you obviously want options that could work for you.)
Picking Your Items
It’s the stylist’s job to do the shopping for you, but you do get to tell your stylist if there are types of clothes they should focus on in your upcoming order. Each order comes with up to 5 items, and you can use these handy dropdowns to note specific pieces you’re looking for (or if you’d rather leave the picking totally up to your stylist). There’s also a spot to leave a note for your stylist about particular likes, dislikes, or needs. I liked having the chance to customize my order this way.
Another thing I like about Bombfell is that you do get to preview what’s coming in your order before it ships out. (You can see they noted my “Next Preview Date” at the top of this screen.) If there’s anything you really dislike, you can note that your stylist should swap it out for something else. Getting to “veto” items like this helps better the chances that I get clothes I actually like (and that I won’t have to worry about returning).
At-Home Try-On Period
I’ve gotten Bombfell orders in boxes and in plastic shipping envelopes before. I think it just depends on what/how much is inside. They arrive via USPS or FedEx, which works for my needs just fine.
The important thing to remember is that the date your order is delivered counts as day one of your at-home try-on period. What’s an at-home try-on period? Basically, that’s the window of time a personal styling service gives you to try on what you got, decide what (if anything) you want to keep, and get the rest back in the mail. The length of try-on periods varies a lot between personal styling services—some are 5 days long, some are only 3. I appreciate that Bombfell gives me 7 whole days to try things out.
But note that is 7 days, not business days/weekdays. Just days. And if I don’t get my returns dropped in the mail by the 7th day, I’ll get charged for the entire cost of the order. You can see when your try-on period ends in your account—I recommend checking that out and setting a calendar reminder, maybe leaving yourself a sticky note on the fridge… whatever you need to make sure you remember that deadline!
Before your try-on period ends, you’ll also want to hop into your account and “Checkout.” Checking out just lets Bombfell know what you’re keeping and what they can expect back. Note “Keep It” for anything you want to hang on to, and you’ll be charged for those items the following day. Remember that your $20 styling fee goes towards anything you choose to keep. But also remember that if you return everything, you won’t get that $20 styling fee back. (It’s a non-refundable fee that’s attached to each shipment you get.)
Speaking of returns, every order comes with a return shipping envelope (which is huge and makes packing up bulky clothes pretty simple) and a prepaid return label. (Hooray for free shipping both ways!) It is a FedEx label, though, and Bombfell recommends dropping it off at an actual FedEx location (rather than a dropbox, which can result in delays). According to their FAQ, you can email [email protected] to have them send you a free USPS label if that’s easier.
One last thing about at-home try-on—even though you’re at home, the rules work the same as if you were in a fitting room at a store. Returns can’t be worn out and about (nor washed), and all the tags need to be intact. (Don’t snip them!)
The Bombfell FAQ says you should get your returns in the mail within 3 days of your checking out:
If tracking on the included prepaid return label does not update for 3 days after you’ve requested returns to indicate they’ve been dropped off, you will be charged for the cost of any unpaid items that you had requested a return for. (We’ll email you a reminder to drop off your returns if you still haven’t dropped them off).
Bombfell defines their clothes as “the stuff in between what you wear at home on the couch and a full-blown suit. The clothes you’ll wear to dinner, to work, out on a date, or on the weekends.” As you can tell by the outfits served up by the style quiz, their aesthetic is pretty classic—if you’re looking for really edgy styles, you might want to look elsewhere.
Some of the brands they’ve featured include:
- Original Penguin
- Tommy Bahama
- Lucky Brand
… as well as an assortment of smaller or up-and-coming brand names.
Here’s a quick glimpse at some pieces I’ve gotten in past Bombfell orders:
And just so you can get an idea of the variety, here are some looks our reviewer Rob got in his Bombfell boxes.
You can also read our monthly Bombfell reviews to get our take on individual shipments we’ve received, including the items we got, how they fit, the quality, and whether they matched our preferences. See them all here.
Returns, Cancellations, & More
I talked a little bit about returns in the How It Works section, but I’ll go a little more in depth for you here.
Once you’re done with your at-home try-on period, remember to “Checkout” via your account. (Doing so lets Bombfell know what to charge you for and what you’ll be sending back). Then, you’ll want to pack up and return your Bombfell order. They include a FedEx prepaid label in each box, which has detailed return instructions on the back of the page. (Again, you can email [email protected] to have them send you a prepaid USPS label if that’s more convenient.)
Returns have to be checked in by FedEx or USPS by the 7th day of your try-on period to avoid any unwanted charges to your account. That’s why Bombfell recommends handing your package to an actual person (either your postal worker or someone at a FedEx location) rather than just dropping it in a dropbox.
Okay, but what if you forget about your return until the last minute? You really should place your return by the last day of your try-on period, but you do have a little bit of wiggle room if something goes wrong:
- Return your unwanted items within the at-home try-on period. >> Only be charged for what you keep, minus your $20 styling fee.
- Return your unwanted items after the end of the at-home try-on period, but within 30 days of your delivery date. >> Receive a charge on your account for your entire order, then be refunded (to your original payment method) for your returned items once the returns are processed. (The $20 styling fee will not be refunded.)
- Return your unwanted items between 30 and 90 days of your delivery date. >> Receive a refund in store credit minus a restocking fee per item (25% of the retail price). (The $20 styling fee will not be refunded.)
In other words, you technically can return items up to 90 days after your delivery date, but you’ll incur some unwanted charges. The way to get the best experience with Bombfell is to place your return before the end of your 7-day try-on period.
Skipping & Pausing
One nice thing about Bombfell is that you can reschedule orders if you’re not in the mood, or if shopping just isn’t in your budget at that month. When you’re all signed up, you can adjust your delivery schedule via the Orders section of your account. If you want to take a more long-term break, you can pause your subscription in the Manage Subscription section of your account.
Cancelling Your Account
Maybe you give Bombfell a try and figure out it’s just not for you. To completely cancel your subscription, you can go to their account cancelation page or shoot an email to [email protected] to get started.
Would I recommend Bombfell?
I liked Bombfell, and I can see myself continuing with their monthly subscription. It honestly reminds me a lot of Stitch Fix, since the two companies work in basically the same way. The real difference is that Stitch Fix doesn’t automatically opt you into a subscription plan—you can order Stitch Fix on a one-time basis OR do a subscription. When you sign up for Bombfell, on the other hand, you have to pick from a monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly plan. But Bombfell makes it pretty easy to delay your upcoming shipments or pause your subscription if it doesn’t work for you, so you still have plenty of flexibility.
Of course, the clothes are the most important thing. Personally, I like Bombfell’s stuff—the clothes are good quality, comfortable, and fit with what I like to wear. If you’re someone who doesn’t love shopping or just doesn’t have the time, Bombfell could be a nice solution for you.
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