This style box is from Material World. It is NOT a subscription service, so you can order one box and just be done forever, which is always a big perk (you don't have to worry about making sure you have canceled by a due date or anything else like that). It's similar to Stitch Fix in that you pay a small "styling fee" (in this case $29) but it gets credited toward any item that you decide to purchase, so you only lose the styling fee if you end up hating everything.
But unlike Stitch Fix, you have some control here to make sure that you receive SOMETHING you like! It's less risky because after your stylist has selected items for you, you receive an email from Material World with a link and you can go and SELECT from her choices, which items you want sent (or you can still opt to be completely surprised, if you enjoy that). There are 10 choices, and you receive 5. You can also mix and match. For example: You can select 2 items and have the stylist pick the other 3.
I chose all 5 of my items, because, well, I'm like that. I loved being able to choose them, and honestly, all 10 choices were amazing, so it was pretty hard.
But, before I go into the contents of my box, the BIG THING that makes Material World stand out is that all your items are DESIGNER! Valentino, Alexander Wang, Tibi, Balenciaga...
You might be thinking, "Oh dear god, that's got to be expensive."
Honestly, it's about the same price point as your mid-tier Stitch Fix items! In fact, the total cost of my box was not different than some of my Stitch Fix boxes!
Because the items are all excellent condition, gently used designer items! Including items that are new with tags, like some of mine were! All of the items are consigned (and yes, you can sell your items to Material World for cash or credit with them, I'll get to that at the end). So the price points are really reasonable, but you're getting couture and designer pieces. Also, if you are concerned about "sustainable" and "environmentally friendly" fashion, this is right up your alley!
If you're concerned about the "ick" factor of buying "used" items, trust me, these are not gross. This is not like shopping at your neighborhood Goodwill. They only sell items that are LIKE NEW or New w/tags.
But since photos are worth more than words, let's get to what I received from Material World.
Note: I am on the tail end of recovering from my eye surgery, so my face is still a little steroid-puffy, the light hurts, and I am not allowed to wear makeup yet, so be kind!
The first item I'll show you is this striped shirt dress from T by Alexander Wang. PERFECT for spring, I love love love love love it! It's not a petite size, but it's a little bit shorter than I prefer, but I'll forgive it because everything else is just so perfect. I love stripes, and the tie on the front gives it that extra something.
I surprisingly ended up REALLY liking this weird skirt. It makes no sense. I mean, it's ridiculous. It looks like a home ec project gone wrong, but yes, I decided to keep it. I know, right? You guys can all make fun of me for wearing it, but I give zero Fs. It's definitely not a boring or basic skirt! I'll take the bizarre couture!
It's slightly large on me, but ultimately, I like that it's a bit weird. Yes, there is beading, quilting, embroidery, and freakin' FRINGE on that thing. And I am feeling AAAAALLLLLLLL of it.
But now on to the price point of these items.
In case it's hard to read the text in the image, here are the prices of the items individually, before discounts and my styling fee being credited:
- T by Alexander Wang striped shirt dress: $95
- Yohji Yamamoto skirt: $80
- Theory knit striped top: $62
- Matta velvet blazer: $75
- Tibi white jacket (they call it a blazer on there): $105
Just like most other style boxes out there, Material World gives you a discount if you buy all of the items, and that discount is 20%. Note that on the actual paper receipt, they haven't subtracted the style fee yet, so my total was actually cheaper than the $333 listed there. It was $304, which is not that much more than a Stitch Fix box. Material World's prices are very reasonable in my opinion, and especially considering that these are high end brands.
The only downside is that it can take a couple of weeks for your stylist to actually get you styled, so you have to be patient. Unlike other style boxes, they don't use algorithms to pick thing for you. It is all done manually, by a human. All of it. BUT, I think that means you get more personalized service. But that does mean waiting longer, so don't expect to sign up and get a box three days later.
I highly encourage my fashionista friends to try out Material World, and everyone who uses my link will receive a gift card from yours truly because I heart all of my readers <3
I know this was a longer post, but I hope it was informative and you enjoyed seeing what I received!
See you tomorrow!