It’s one thing to pick an outfit for an interview, but it’s an entirely different task to keep your wardrobe updated and fresh.
But let’s be honest – we don’t all have the time or the money to head to our favorite department store every month to reload our stash of ties, jewelry, pants, blouses, shoes and shirts. In years past, a lack of online options meant that you had to spend a few hours every month finding clothes and accessories to keep things fresh.
Nowadays, you have a wide selection of online retailers from which to choose the clothes that best fit your style and your workplace dress code.
We’re going to review a few of those websites, included subscription services that send you monthly combinations of accessories.
For the Gentlemen: SprezzaBox
SprezzaBox offers two different subscription prices: $25 a month if you pay a year’s worth of deliveries up front ($300), or $28 a month.
Their service delivers one box a month that has 5-7 items like ties, pocket squares, tie tacks and grooming products. You’ll also occasionally get items like sunglasses and watches, as well as lifestyle products like wine stoppers and corkscrews.
You won’t know what’s in your box until it arrives, but Sprezza’s stylists assure you that their hand-selected items are as stylish as they are affordable.
In terms of value, several of the company’s most recent boxes were priced at more than $100 when each individual item was valued. In that sense, these boxes offer great value.
Here’s an example of the contents of a recent box called “The Chelsea”:
- Pocket Square
- Wine Pourer & Stopper
According to Sprezza, the box was worth $112.
As you can see, Sprezza’s boxes offer a wide variety of items, but not all of them are fashion related. However, the fashion items they do feature tend to be stylish and current, which are two things you want out of your wardrobe.
Here’s what subscription review site A Year of Boxes wrote about Sprezza:
“What can I tell you about SprezzaBox that I haven’t already told you? This subscription box is definitely on my ‘favorites’ list, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I’ve seen men’s subscription boxes come and go, but this one has consistently delivered great boxes since they opened their doors, and I don’t see them going anywhere anytime soon.”
For the Ladies: RocksBox
RocksBox is a jewelry-only subscription service whose unique feature is that recipients “borrow” the jewelry for $19 a month. If you like your jewelry and want to keep it, you can purchase the piece at the RocksBox price. If you’re ready for a new set of jewelry, you can send all your items back and receive fresh pieces.
One of the things that really stands out about this subscription service is the personalization that comes with every box. The type of pieces you receive are based on a style quiz you take when you sign up. From there, RocksBox stylists put your box together and add a personalized note.
Style website Nylon said RocksBox is their favorite subscription service, calling the competition a “no contest.”
“RocksBox won our hearts with no contest,” Nylon wrote. “Not only does the service let you try before you buy, everything down to the packaging and personalized insert card was smartly put together, fresh and trendy.”
Final Thoughts on Workplace Dress Codes, Instruments and More
We hope that our series on workplace dress codes and tips helped you get a better understanding of how to approach your work wardrobe and, for employers, how to create a dress code that communicates your company’s own brand of professionalism.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned through our research, it’s that from an employee’s perspective the way you dress shouldn’t be an afterthought. Your wardrobe can strengthen your standing as a reliable, organized employee, or it can reinforce others’ views about your lack of organization and attention to detail.
While we’ve spent a good bit of time talking clothes and accessories, don’t forget that your office serves the same purpose as your wardrobe. You want something comfortable, well made and representative of who you are as a company.
You also want individual spaces where employees can have a sense of privacy and identity. Stop by the OBEX Product page to browse our latest products, all of which can be easily installed onto your existing desk layout.