Wow, this week totally turned into an unofficial reviewing clothes subscription boxes week. Sorry about that – usually I try to give you a cornucopia of mixed subjects… but outside forces mixed everything up. I promise to get back on track with a cute kiddo post tomorrow!
As you all know, I’ve been loving my monthly Stitch Fix deliveries for a while now, so when I heard about The Ms. Collection, a clothing rental subscription box, I was intrigued.
What is The Ms. Collection?
Straight from the press release: The Ms. Collection offers fashionable, everyday pieces for rent with the option to buy at up to 40% off. Women who are looking to switch up their style can subscribe to one of three collections – Ms. Play (casual looks for $39 a month), Ms. Business (business professional pieces for $45 a month) and Ms. Details (accessories for $35 a month). Each month your stylist will send you 3 – 5 pieces from the collection you chose. You get to keep the pieces for a month to mix and match with your own wardrobe. At the end of the month, you can either return the pack or buy any pieces that you have fallen in love with.
I thought it was a fun concept so I decided to try the Ms. Play pack for $39. I figured that since I typically like to mix in more casual pieces with my everyday work clothes, it would get the best bang for the buck.
I filled out my profile and waited for my box to arrive.
Here’s what I received in my first box:
Striped shirt with leather details – Banana Republic ($49.50)
Gray jeans – Ralph Lauren Jeans ($71.00)
Blue sweater – New York & Company ($49.95)
Gray sweater vest – Hive & Honey ($60)
Total Retail Value According to The Ms. Collection: $230.45*
Although nothing really jumped out at me, I decided to be a good little blogger and try everything on for you. Oh and this was before I dyed my hair to it’s current color…
There was really nothing WRONG with any of the clothes, they just weren’t me. At all. After gamely trying them on for the pictures, I packed them up and sent them back since I didn’t want to wear any of the pieces in my real life. My contact at The Ms. Collection was really great though and asked for my super honest feedback so that they could try again with another box.
Here’s what I received in my second box:
Pink blouse – Daniel Rainn ($58.00)
Medium blue blouse – Style & Co ($45.00)
Royal blue blouse – Lush ($38.00)
Black and cream sweatshirt – Ralph Lauren Active ($110.00)
Total Retail Value according to The Ms. Collection: $251.00*
The beautiful assortment of colors was right up my alley. However, the box was still not a good fit for me… style-wise and fit-wise. Also – and this could totally be a ‘me’ thing – all the items had an odor to them that really bothered me. It was most likely the fragrance of the detergent they use to launder the items, but to me it was reminiscent of the smell of thrift stores (which I love for the shopping bargains, I just don’t want walk around smelling like a thrift store).
Here’s a better look at each piece:
The only item I received in my second box that I would have possibly worn is the pink Daniel Rainn shirt. However, um… it was still kind of ugly. The two blue blouses fit really odd, making them unwearable. As for the sweatshirt, it was not my style at all.
I really wanted to like The Ms. Collection, but all-in-all it just didn’t work for me. My original thought was that they would be a great way to mix clothes into your wardrobe when you’re in the middle of changing sizes — like if you’re dieting down and don’t want to commit to buying a new wardrobe. However, I just wasn’t impressed at all with the items they sent me.
What do you think of The Ms. Collection? Would you rent clothes to mix-up your wardrobe each month?
2/27/15 Update: After reading my review, my contact at The Ms. Collection provided me with the retail values of each item and asked/heavily recommended that I add them to my post. So, there you go. Look at me being so accommodating.
Psssst…If you like checking out what other people receive in their clothing subscription boxes, I have a couple quick links for you! Here are all my Stitch Fix Reviews and here are all my Trunk Club Reviews. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and I was not compensated in any way to write it. I did receive two boxes from The Ms Collection for free to try out, but all opinions are my own.