The Next Best
Is the Frank And Oak Subscription Box Worth It? Here's Our Verdict
We've all had a morning or two wishing we could wake up to a personal stylist who chooses our outfit of the day. After filling out a simple survey, you may find that Frank And Oak is the stylist you've been missing.
How It Works
Frank And Oak is a Canadian clothing company that was founded in 2012 by childhood friends, Ethan Song and Hicham Ratnani, who have a passion for fashion. Since their humble beginnings of designing clothes in a broom closet, the owners have grown their brand into one committed to sustainable products and charitable causes. While you can purchase individual items on the website, Frank And Oak also launched a Style Plan subscription box, which includes three stylish pieces—from clothing to shoes to accessories—every month.
I like supporting brands that value the environment and philanthropy, so I was curious to try some Frank And Oak styles myself. The process is pretty simple. All you have to do is fill out a short survey (this only took me five minutes) about your fashion and size preferences, and the rest is up to their trained stylists. Within a day or two you'll get an email with a list of items selected just for you. This is your chance to look everything over, and if you see an item you don't like, you can swap it out for something else.
When I opened my preview, my eyes were instantly drawn to the periwinkle floral blouse and denim dress. The pleated pants selected for me were something I wouldn't usually pick myself, but I thought why not give it a try? Overall I was pleased with my stylist's selections but was curious to see more. I was allowed to view three new options for each item, and could "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" their picks to give my stylist a better idea of what I liked. (Although I stayed with what my stylist initially chose for me, I wish there were more options to choose from if I had wanted to swap something out.) After confirming my picks, my box was shipped the next day and arrived three days later. All together this process only took five days from when I filled out the survey to when I received my Style Plan box, and the website was super easy to navigate.
I have a curvy body type, so I ordered the blouse in a medium, and the dress and pants in a large. The blouse fit perfectly, and I wore it to work with dark-wash jeans and sandals the next day to show it off. The pants are a little big in the waist, but since it comes with a belt it's still doable and fits nicely around my hips and butt. The fabric bunches up at the crotch when I walk, which is the only reason I wasn't thrilled about these pants. I don't think this style works well with my body type since I'm short and curvy, but I decided to keep them because I knew a smaller size wouldn't fit. With the right top and shoes these pants can easily become a go-to for the office as well.
The denim dress is what I was looking forward to the most, and unfortunately it was too big. But Frank And Oak gives you seven days to send back anything you don't like, exchange it for something else, or get a new size for free. I used the same box and the shipping label they provided me to send back the dress, making it free and convenient to do. I sent it back on August 16 and received an email letting me know my Frank And Oak account had been refunded on September 7 (about three weeks). I was then able to order the dress in a medium, which took 10 more days to arrive—but once I got it I was in love. The medium fit a little too snug around the hips for my liking, but looked great everywhere else. Plus, it looked a lot better than the large so it wasn't a deal-breaker for me. I paired it with a white turtleneck tee, Adidas sneakers, and my Garmin Smartwatch for a laid-back look.
Overall, the sizing was a bit frustrating for me because I felt like I was in between a medium and a large when it came to the dress and pants. I recommend using the Frank And Oak size chart and comparing it to your own measurements to pick the best option for you. Remember, you can always send it back for free if you need to.
My box cost $203.50, which saved me $35 if I had purchased each garment separately. All the clothes in my box were made with durable, high-quality fabric, and for anyone who values high-end fashion, this box is totally worth it!