Whether you’re always on the go, have trouble picking out styles, or just want to upgrade your closet, Frank and Oak is the perfect solution. This stylist subscription service offers high end, chic, and high-quality pieces! Having tried some of their competitors, I figured I’d give them a shot and share an honest Frank and Oak review.
In this review, I’ll be covering their styles, prices, quality, and my overall experience with the subscription. Let’s dive in!
What is Frank and Oak?
Frank and Oak was founded in 2009 with the goal to change how online shopping was done, all while being ethical and sustainable. They’re a clothing company with brick and mortar locations that also offers a stylist subscription box.
“Frank And Oak’s priority is using eco-conscious materials and methods for our products along with ethical practices throughout our supply chain to make quality clothing that lasts (along with mindful packaging, store design, and more). With poor factory conditions around the world and the threat of irreversible climate change, we fully recognize the urgency to do our part in taking care of people and the planet.”
How Does the Style Plan Work?
Frank and Oak’s Style plan is a styling service that provides you with 3–5 items every month. all picked by a real personal stylist specifically based on your personal preferences.
To start things off, you go through a very intuitive questionnaire that takes about 7 minutes and asks a ton of questions (but trust me, this is a good thing). Some of these other clothing subscriptions I’ve tried just quickly throw together their style questionnaires.
With Frank and Oak, you can tell that they took the time to come up with what could be one of the best style profiles out there.
What you can expect on your questionnaire:
- Passions (this didn’t really resonate with me, but I’m sure there’s a reason for it)
- Why you subscribed (time, fashion IQ, etc.)
- Basic questions (age, height, weight)
- Sizes for each type of clothing
- Describing your style (you will be taken through a series of images to help the stylist best understand what styles you like)
- Brands you currently wear
- Budget – This is a big part of the questionnaire that you don’t want to skip! Since the price ranges vary drastically on their site, it’s important that you help your stylist set a baseline in pricing. They will ask you what you’re currently spending on different types of pieces now so that they can make sure to come as close to matching it as possible.
How Much Does the Style Plan Cost?
This depends on how much you keep from your box each month. Typically, the total cost of a box will range from $150 – $250 (depending on the price of each item). Items range from $29–$149, which will vary depending on how you answered the budget portion of your questionnaire.
They also charge a $25 styling fee, but this gets applied towards anything you keep from your box (unless you don’t keep anything, then you don’t get it back).
One thing I LOVE about Frank Oak is that you will have the opportunity to go into your account 48 hours prior to your box sending out and see what the stylist put together for you! Many other stylist services I’ve tried don’t offer this perk.
If you don’t like something, you can switch it out with something you like better. Sometimes I’m looking for something specific, so this gives me the opportunity to get it.
Plus, if you want to shop on the site in between boxes, you’ll receive up to an additional 20% off. I’ve never done this, but might be great for someone looking to stock up.
Pro tip: Add a few cheaper items to your first box. That way, if all else fails, you can return everything except for the cheapest item. Since the first box is $25 off, you will essentially try the service for free while receiving a free (or nearly free) item!
Returning Your Box
Frank and Oak offer free returns on everything in your box up to 30 days! If you don’t like something, just ship it back. However, if you decide not to keep anything in your box, you will be charged the $25 styling fee.
Pro tip: You have 30 days to process the return and 10 days after that to actually ship it.
Skipping a Month
There are often times where I don’t want to spend money on new clothes, so I will just skip a month. You can skip as many months as you’d like without being charged.
My Genuine Reviews of Frank and Oak
Overall, the prices are a little high, but reasonable for the quality of clothing you get. I’d say that of something you’d get at Neiman Marcus or Bloomingdales. I also like that the company is ethical and environmentally friendly, especially in this fast fashion era.
Since everything they offer is from their personal brand, styles aren’t too crazy. That said, I enjoy the minimalistic clothing they have and always end up liking a few items in my box.
The return process is really easy and convenient (they send you a return package that’s already paid for, you simply put everything inside and mail it back).
I do have to admit there have been multiple occasions where I didn’t want to keep the items, but they fit so well and were so comfortable that I wanted to keep them. This progressively gets worse overtime since the brand does such a good job at fitting your style.
Aside from this, I was a little bummed at the prices. Being an avid deal-finder and thrift-shopper, I felt that I was paying too much for the clothes in this service. However, this is something you need to let go of when you want to use these convenient stylist subscriptions.
Overall, if you’re someone that already spends a little more on clothes, this is definitely something to try. They even offer $25 off your first box!
My boyfriend got the male version of their box so he could give his own Frank and Oak review as well. Here is his input:
“I’m not a huge fan of shopping online – when I do shop, it’s usually in the clearance section of Sacks Off 5th. I was definitely hesitant to try, especially knowing I might get stuck with a styling fee of $25. When I found out the first box was $25 off, I figured I might as well try it out.
My first box was $175 in total. I felt this was on the high side, but it pretty much got me an entire outfit. I felt the quality was just as good as some of the other high end brands I wear.
The look and feel matched my current wardrobe so the stylist did pretty well. They didn’t get it 100% right, but I feel like that’s pretty hard to do. I kept 3 out of 4 items in my box.”
To sum it up, Frank and Oak can be a wonderful way to shop, but it really depends on the person. If you’re someone who’s always hunting for the best deals and sales, it probably isn’t the best choice for you. But, if you’re a busy mom who wants an easier way to shop, you could easily love this service!
Since they offer your first box for $25 off, I’d definitely recommend trying it out if you’re interested.