The Best Men’s Clothing Subscription Boxes of 2023 to Upgrade Your Wardrobe
Google “men’s clothing subscription boxes” and you’ll find no shortage of options. Style subscriptions like the now defunct Trunk Club helped make these box delivery systems a thing a decade ago, and there are now roughly as many mail-order menswear services as there are podcasts for them to advertise on. All of them offer roughly the same deal: you fill out an uncomfortably probing style quiz about your lifestyle and body shape and spending habits; a personal stylist or algorithm or some combination of the two magically conjures up your “style profile”; and, finally, you’re only charged for the items you decide to keep. Easy-peasy, right?
Here’s the thing: if you’re even a semi-regular reader of this site—if you come to us to brush up on hot sneaker drops, or the waviest new labels to check out, or whatever’s popping off in Paris right now—these men’s clothing subscription boxes are probably not for you. That is, most of these boxes aren’t going to put you on the cutting edge of fashion. They will, however, help you develop a roster of rock-solid foundational basics for a small membership fee.
So if you hate shopping with an absolute passion but still need to look somewhat presentable, these services will be your jam. If you earnestly want to hone a sense of personal style and have zero idea where to start, well, buy a subscription to GQ…and then maybe consider signing up for one of these boxes, too. And sure, if you already know your where your style preferences lie you might occasionally receive something in a subscription box that you love and wouldn’t have considered otherwise—but it’s probably still safer to just shop for yourself and pick out stuff you’ll definitely like (and know is in your price range).
To help you separate the wheat from the chaff, we spent months testing the patience and limits of our office mail department by signing up for as many of these clothing subscription boxes as we could. Here are our thoughts on the cream of the crop, from high-end monthly goodies to extremely affordable basics that you simply can’t beat at the price point.
Best Men’s Clothing Subscription Boxes Shopping Guide
For Special Occasions: Taelor, $88/month
For the Aspiring Trend-Setter: Trendy Butler, $65/month
For Frugal-Minded Menswear Guys: Menlo Club, $60/month
For a Full-On Lifestyle Makeover: Bespoke Post, $49/box
For Everyday Socks (and Undies): Stance, $19/month
For Underwear With a Cheeky Twist: MeUndies, $18/month
The Other Contender: Stitch Fix, $20/box
For Accessories Specialists: Sprezzabox, $28/month
For Horology Buffs: Watch Gang, $75/month
The Shameless Plug: GQ Box, $50/box
For Special Occasions: Taelor
Pricing: $88/month Delivery Frequency: 2x/month Items Per Box: 4
If you’re a frequent reader of GQ.com, you already know you don’t need an excuse to get dressed up. But if your social calendar is suddenly crammed with the type of events that make the clothing in your closet seem a little lackluster, Taelor is a great platform to help you spruce them up. The upscale rental service curates a selection of fits with the help of a personal stylist assigned to you (and a little AI wizardry), pulling from an archive of polished basics—think luxe knits, double-breasted blazers, and sharp trousers—from the likes of Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, and Ralph Lauren. (Your subscription also covers all cleaning costs). And if you just need to own that blazer after wearing it for a few weeks straight, you can buy it for up 70% off its retail price. That umpteenth cocktail hour never stood a chance.
For the Aspiring Trend-Setter: Trendy Butler
Pricing: $65/month Delivery Frequency: 1x/month Items Per Box: 2
Were you the first in your group chat to joyfully embrace the jorts resurgence, and are still trying to convince your homies that clogs are, in fact, an it shoe? If you answered yes to one or both of those questions, you know that it can be hard to be the token “fashion guy” in your friend group. Sigh. That’s where Trendy Butler comes in. For $65 a month, this styling service delivers wardrobe staples straight to your door. Full disclosure: you’re not going to find any hidden gems from bleeding-edge brands like Eckhaus Latta or Martine Rose here, but you will find pieces that can easily transition from basic to not-quite-so-basic with the right zhuzhing. The next time your swagless pal texts you in a panic for some last-minute style advice, send him a link to Trendy Butler and be done with it.
$65.00, Trendy Butler
For the Frugal-Minded Menswear Guy: Menlo Club
Pricing: $60/month Delivery Frequency: 1x/month Items Per Box: 2-3
For a flat rate of $60 a month, Menlo Club will send you a couple of items from their roster of in-house labels—the best known of which is New Republic, the shoemaker behind some of our fave sub-$100 Chelsea boots and white sneakers. Beyond the rock-solid footwear, expect to find some trendier bits (like a camo rugby shirt or cropped cargo cords) and style-forward-ish activewear and athleisure in the mix. This is stuff you probably won’t wear all the time and definitely won’t own forever, but might do the trick if you’re looking for an affordable way to freshen up your fit rotation once a month. One thing worth noting, though: Menlo Club doesn’t do returns (though you can exchange items for size), so what you get is what you keep.
$60.00, Menlo House
For a Full-On Lifestyle Makeover: Bespoke Post
Pricing: $49/box for members, $70/box for non-members Delivery Frequency: 1x/month Items Per Box: Varies
Bespoke Post boasts a fairly extensive selection of fan favorite brands you’re probably familiar with if Huckberry is in your bookmarks bar, along with a few you might not have heard of, too. The site proudly touts its commitment to supporting under-the-radar brands and small businesses, and offers exclusive deals on a whole bunch of ’em—typically for well below retail prices.
Each one of BP’s boxes comes centered around a specific story or theme, with the express intent of introducing you to something you haven’t seen before. The brand releases a handful of new boxes every month so there’s always a fresh influx of products on its site, and you can opt to switch or skip a box entirely every time around. Aside from high quality, outdoors-y clothing items, BP also stocks grooming products, spirits, and the type of leisure gear you’d associate with the sort of person who gets excited about terry-cloth tees from Rhythm and sturdy button-ups from Taylor Stitch. If that sounds like you, congratulations: you’ve officially found your subscription service soulmate.
If you’re not entirely convinced, for an extra 10 bucks you can try your first box without formally subscribing and then make a decision based on the experience.
$49.00, Bespoke Post
For Everyday Socks (and Undies): Stance
Pricing: $19/month Delivery Frequency: 1x/month Items Per Box: 1
Let’s set the scene: It’s the end of the month and you’re running perilously low on underwear and/or socks. It’s already late on Sunday evening, and doing laundry seems like a drag. We’ve all been there before. If it’s a scenario that feels all-too-familiar these days, Stance’s socks and underwear subscription service might be for you. The specialty sock brand and one-time official sponsor of the NBA lets you pick and choose a pair each month from its deep selection of styles—or, if that’s too much effort, they’ll do it for you. (Though, it should be noted, if you opt to receive only one pair—no matter who chooses it—you’re prolonging laundry duty for about a day. At most.)
And there’s not much more to it than that. The whole process is mercifully simple and straightforward—unlike doing laundry. Peruse the brand’s offerings to pinpoint the options that are right for you, or put your fate in Team Stance’s hands and hope you don’t end up with a pair of socks/undies you’re going to dread reaching for when more optimal choices are lying at the bottom of the hamper.
For Underwear With a Cheeky Twist: MeUndies
Pricing: $18/month Delivery Frequency: 1x/month Items Per Box: 1
Hear us out: MeUndies might be best known for its outlandish designs–pizza print boxers, anyone?!—but, as it turns out, it also offers a killer assortment of sturdy basics. The brand’s signature “no-roll” waistband ensures your underwear doesn’t bunch in the back, while the soft modal fabric prevents any uncomfortable chaffing. You can opt to receive a fresh pair with the cheekiest of designs (no judgment here, pal), or elect to get a pair of everyday undies you probably won’t cringe at six months down the road. The selection process is pretty thorough: first you decide on the cut (boxer brief, boxer brief with fly, regular ol’ boxer or brief, trunk), then the fabric (original or a breathable, quick-drying material), and then, finally, the print.
The Other Contender: Stitch Fix
Pricing: $20/box which will be applied towards any items you choose to keep. If you decide to keep everything, you’ll receive 25% off the entire box. Delivery Frequency: 1x/month Items Per Box: Varies
Stitch Fix is another subscription service that work on the same basic model as the rest: fill out a form, work with a stylist, receive a box of clothes, pay a $20 styling fee that gets applied toward anything you choose to keep. The stuff they sent us was…totally fine. Solid. Maybe a little dad-ish—and not necessarily in the cool way. Stitch Fix serves up a mix of low-to-midrange brands you’ve seen in malls (Original Penguin, Jack & Jones, Tommy Bahama) and a few generically-named ones you haven’t (7Diamonds, Hawker Rye). They’re totally workable options if you aren’t really looking to push any boundaries with your style and just need clothes for clothes’ sake. But for just a little more dough, we’d probably choose Trunk Club over it any day of the week.
$20.00, Stitch Fix
For Accessories Specialists: Sprezzabox
Pricing: $28/month Delivery Frequency: 1x/month Items Per Box: 6
Sprezzabox exists to help you accessorize like a pro. If you’re the type of dude who has no trouble at all getting dressed but tends to falter a touch when it comes to the finishing touches, this is the monthly box for you. (Assuming, of course, you can look past the name.) Each month, Sprezzabox will deliver a selection of accessories—think ties, socks, and various grooming accoutrements—curated by its team of stylists and delivered straight to your door.
After signing up for a new monthly subscription, you’ll have the option to choose which type of box you’re into—a process that repeats itself at the end of every four weeks. If you don’t have time to choose, or don’t care enough to, the brand will pick a new, duplicate-free box for you. The site’s offerings skew towards the more basic side of classic menswear (you probably won’t find any funky foulard ties here) but if you’re looking to spice up your back-to-work wardrobe with minimal effort this certainly isn’t the worst place to start.
For Horology Buffs: Watch Gang
Pricing: $75/month Delivery Frequency: 1x/month Items Per Box: 1
At GQ HQ, our love for watches—from brands big and small, expensive and not—runs deep. But collecting the rare Swiss grails you ogle on the timeline can quickly add up—usually, at least. Staring at $75 a month, Watch Gang, a relatively new entrant in the space, will send you a classic timepiece from the likes of Seiko or Miyota, and might ignite the flames of your own lifelong passion in the process. When founder Matthew Gallagher started wearing his dad’s vintage Rolex, he realized it was more than a glitzy accessory with an absurd sticker price—it was a bona fide family heirloom he could pass down to his own kids, too. Because Watch Gang is a mystery subscription service, you won’t have a say in which ticker you receive, BUT, each week one lucky subscriber will find themselves the owner of a brand new Rolex, a fitting tribute to the story that inspired Watch Gang’s inception.
$75.00, Watch Gang
The Shameless Plug: GQ Box
Pricing: $50/box or $190/year (promo: Use code SAVE20 for $20 off any subscription) Delivery Frequency: Quarterly Items Per Box: Varies
OK, OK: our quarterly Box isn’t strictly a clothing subscription service. It’s better! For a mere $50 (or even less if you buy a year’s supply), we pack in well over $200 worth of our editors’ go-to style, grooming, and lifestyle products for the season. For summertime, that means a killer pair of shades, a mineral-enriched natural deodorant, a next-level toothbrush, and way, way more. Sign up and let us make your life a little cooler and more stylish—one crate at a time.
The Summer 2023 GQ Box
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