- A monthly subscription box for MDSCollection goes for S$29.90 with free local shipping
- Homegrown subscription service StyleTheory offers subscribers the widest selection with over 40,000 designer threads and 2,200 designer bags
- Popular options such as CURATEUR by Rachel Zoe and Elizabeth & Clarke don’t include free international shipping, which could set you back an additional S$33
A wardrobe filled with clothes you mostly don’t wear is so 2020. With sustainable fashion on the rise — and an overall focus on being kinder to the environment while cutting back on impulse purchases — an alternative exists for the more fickle ones among us.
Fashion subscription boxes are a fuss-free means of getting new pieces on the cheap, and with some of these boxes offering clothes on a rental basis, you’ll get a fresh wardrobe update monthly without hurting the wallet.
For your convenience, we’ve rounded up the best fashion subscription boxes (with prices), and what to expect in each of them. You might also want to consider getting a rewards credit card in Singapore to maximise cashback on your spending.
Comparison Between Fashion Subscription Boxes in Singapore
|Fashion Subscription Box||Price||What You’ll Get||Why We Love It||Why We Don’t||Who It’s Best For|
|MDS Collections||From S$29.90/box||
||Minimum three-month subscription required||Students and young working adults|
|HerVelvetVase Moodbox||From S$50/box||
||A one-time exchange is applicable on three-month subscriptions; six-month subscriptions are offered up to three exchanges||
||Anyone who loves customised surprises|
||Students and working adults|
|Elizabeth & Clarke||From S$80/box||
||The modern working woman|
|CURATEUR by Rachel Zoe||From S$116/box||
||With over 200 reviewers on the official CURATEUR site, subscribers rave about the quality of the received items||The high cost of shipping: it’s dependent on international rates, duties and taxes||Anyone who wants variety and a taste of American fashion designer Rachel Zoe’s edits|
Prices above are accurate as of 14 Feb 2021, rounded to the closest dollar, and converted from USD to SGD based on the rate of US$1 = S$1.32.
HerVelvetVase is a Singapore-born label whose everyday pieces are perfect for women of all body shapes and sizes, whether hourglass or athletic. Its physical and online stores include basics and smart work outfits — think casual blouses, maxi dresses, tailored blazers and jumpsuits — and accessories, bags and shoes.
The HerVelvetVase Moodbox, then, runs on a one-month, three-month, or six-month subscription cycle across three tiers: Mini-Me, Regular Me, and Super Me. Each box features handpicked clothing and/or jewellery, and a one-time exchange is allowed if you commit minimally to a three-month subscription. For a one-off S$50 mood box, you’ll receive S$88 worth of items, making it quite the steal — and perfect for anyone who loves personalised surprises.
From professional work pieces and cocktail dresses to relaxed, casual outfits, StyleTheory is an easy go-to,given it has an extensive selection of over 40,000 designer pieces and 2,200 designer bags for your picking. It’s a neat way of looking stylish with preloved pieces that are dry-cleaned and delivered for free within one working day of your order.
To get started, you’ll have to download the app and register — there’s no minimum commitment period, and for a S$59/month box, you’ll be allowed to choose up to three pieces. Once you’ve selected them, check out and look forward to receiving your pieces. These can be worn and kept for as long as you like; if they aren’t a fit or quite your style, you’re free to return and swap them for another three pieces per month. Take note, though: to cancel your monthly subscription, you’ll need to do it one week before your next billing date.
Elizabeth & Clarke
This New York-based womenswear brand offers chic staples for the modern working woman — and that means quality, pressed shirts made from vegan silk, which is in itself unstainable so you won’t have to worry about accidental sauce splashes leaving a (literal) mark.
A subscription plan starts from S$80/box of one shirt which is shipped seasonally, or every three months. You’ll be given the option to choose any style of your choice up to two weeks prior to the shipping date; we also like that there’s no commitment period, so you’re able to cancel or pause your subscription at any point.
Take note, though: a rather steep shipping fee of around S$33 applies per box to Singapore — including for returns and exchanges — making this a pricier alternative next to the other fashion subscription boxes featured here.
You’ll find this homegrown brand’s physical stores across Singapore — but MDS Collections is equally well-known for its monthly subscription clothing service, which was supposedly the first to be introduced in the country. Here’s how a subscription works: boxes start from S$29.90, which entitles you to one credit a month to redeem on most pieces in its online store. There’s additionally a loyalty points system, so you’re granted one point for every S$1 spent on an item. For instance, if you use your one credit to purchase a S$29.90 piece, you’ll be given 29 points. These points can eventually be used to redeem cash vouchers worth up to S$50.
With some 600 styles dropping monthly, you’ll likely be spoilt for choice; if nothing takes your fancy, however, these credits are stackable and don’t expire, so you can use them at a later time. And if you’ve changed your mind about a purchase, you’re free to return it — one credit will then be reissued to your account. A caveat, though: you’ll have to commit to the subscription plan for a minimum period of three months. Still, we like that there are free local shipping and a flat shipping fee of S$3.99 for subscribers located outside of Singapore.
CURATEUR by Rachel Zoe
Here’s an easy way to borrow style cues from American fashion designer Rachel Zoe: through CURATEUR, a self-styled lifestyle membership programme formerly known as Box of Style. Each box is sent seasonally, and while you can opt for the pay-per-season plan, it’s the annual membership plan that will offer the biggest discounts. For instance, a one-off, pay-per-season box will set you back S$135/box, whereas opting for the annual subscription costs S$464/four boxes, which works out to just S$116/box.
Prior to shipping, you’ll be given the option to pick from one of two items — think hats or accessories — to complete a five-piece seasonal curation. Unfortunately, shipping to Singapore is calculated depending on international rates, duties and taxes, so that’s something to keep in mind prior to committing to the annual plan.
Having sorted the woes of a dull wardrobe, consider stretching your dollar further by putting your money in one of the best savings accounts in Singapore. Your wallet will thank you for it in the long run.Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in