The 5 Best Sustainable Clothing Monthly Subscription Boxes
My mail is pretty lame. It’s credit card offers, water and power bills, sometimes my college alumni magazine, but rarely anything too exciting. I try to avoid online clothes shopping and reduce my Amazon purchases (Repeat after me: “I do not need another facial serum. I do not need another sheet mask for my feet.) So I went on a hunt to see what companies can bring me joy via my mailbox while keeping me away from overconsumption and focused on my slow fashion journey.
Meet the companies bringing sustainability to the monthly subscription box world.
“A personal styling service delivering pre-owned designer items at up to 90% off retail.”
Material Box provides pre-owned designer items at 90% off retail chosen by personal stylists. Think secondhand T by Alexander Wang, Max Mara, Issey Miyake, and Common Projects. Each month you receive 5 pre-owned items with free shipping both ways for a $29 styling fee. The fee is credited if you buy at least one item.
Material World pairs you with a personal stylist based on how you fill out your style profile. Check out Material World’s homepage (and above!) to see example customers, their styles, and what they receive in their boxes.
Price: $29 styling fee per box. Items in boxes range from ~ $60 - $400. The styling fee will be credited if you buy an item.
A Curated Thrift
“A thrift clothing box subscription, curated by the founder of @fashionrewrite (an eco-style blog).”
A Curated Thrift is a subscription box company run by Julia Meadows from @fashionrewrite. She and her team scour the local thrift shops weekly for those few one-of-a-kind pieces based off your style questionnaire she provides during the signup process.
You can choose between 3 box options:
“My Thrift Box” - This box includes 2 thrifted clothing pieces sent directly to your door.
Price: $44.95 a month.
“My Deluxe Box”: Julia will curate 4 pieces that can be worn together as a mini collection.
“My Vintage Box”: You select from 4 different eras when you sign up. This box includes 1 unique vintage clothing.
Each box comes with free shipping back in case you need to return or exchange. (There are no returns for International shipping.)
And We Evolve
“Subscription box for secondhand fashion (sizes 0-20!) Enjoy Anthro, Madewell, Levi’s, vintage & more!”
And We Evolve provides 6 secondhand items in each of its boxes. Brands aren’t all sustainable but avoiding buying new is always good. Brands include Anthropologie, Madewell, J.Crew, Banana Republic, Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, Boden, Lilly Pulitzer, and more.
Fun fact: Their members range in age from 21-71 and they represent 40 US states.
Price: You can do a one-time fee of $49 for the AWE Sampler of 3 items or straight to $99 for the AWE Box, the signature product with 6 items, and choose to receive monthly or quarterly.
Frank and Oak’s Style Plan
“Clothing brand designed in Canada made using low-impact materials and methods that do good for our planet.”
The Montreal-based men and women’s clothing company now has a monthly subscription box, with 20% off in-store and online item prices.
Each month, their expert stylists and “algorithm” (do not know exactly what the algorithm entails) choose quality, eco-conscious clothes (3 items total) from their brand’s selection. You then can actually preview the box and confirm their picks or fine-tune it yourself. If you aren’t feeling the options you can skip that month’s box. Once you receive the box, you have 7 days to decide what you keep.
Price: No monthly fee. Skip a month anytime (it's free). Each monthly box is subject to a $25 styling fee if you return the entire box. Items range from $29-$149.
Wearwell Conscious Style
“Consciously made clothing, chosen just for you.”
Just tell Wearwell know about your style, your causes, your sizing, and your budget. They take it from there. You’ll receive a link in your email each month to your virtual storefront where you can browse the 6 items your stylist chose for you. With each piece, you’ll get the story of exactly how it’s making a difference in the ways you care about. (Which is pretty awesome education tie-in.)
Price: $8.50/month. You can apply your membership cost to any item you’d like to purchase.
Now go out there and get that fun mail!