ModCloth's Stylish Surprise: March 2014


Many of you have heard of ModCloth, I'm sure! If not, it's a vintage- and retro-inspired online retailer and one of my favorite places to pick up unique clothing items. At the end of summer and again at the end of winter, they host their "Stylish Surprise" promotion. You pay a set price, pick your size (if applicable), and they'll send you something random! They have apparel, shoes, accessories, and apartment items available. Apparel and shoes are $10 per item (down from $15 in previous promotions; I hope this is a permanent change!), and accessories and apartment items are $5 each. The catch is that you don't get to tell them what you want or your style. They basically have stacks of older items not really organized in any way that get shipped out, and they're final sale. I think it's brilliant for cleaning out their warehouse, because they still make a little bit on the items even though they're old and no longer on the website (in most cases), and the element of surprise really excites people (including me!).

There are actually still some Stylish Surprises apparel items left in size small, which is surprising! Normally they sell out very quickly. They must've had a lot this time around. If you're interested in placing an order and never have before, you can use this link to get $15 off your order of $50+ (and I get $15 also!). If you're interested in reading about/seeing what I got in past Stylish Surprise promotions, you can read about my November haul here and my October haul here!


As usual, Melody inspected my box to make sure everything was a-ok! The girls love it when I open a new box on the floor.


This time around, I bought four apparel items and one pair of shoes. I wanted free shipping (min. $50 purchase), so purchasing five things at $10 each seemed the most logical way to do that. (The apartment items were already sold out and I didn't want any accessories this time.) Here's what I got!


My first thought when I saw the sequins and fabric: I got a prom dress. After seeing the length, it seems more like a homecoming dress to me, but it's still a party dress nonetheless. Sadly, at this point in my life I don't really have a use for a dress like this, so this one won't be staying around. This is the Sterling Showers Dress, and it originally retailed for $94.99.


I saw this dress and immediately recognized it. It's not often that I recognize my Stylish Surprise items, but I guess I've been on ModCloth enough the past few months to finally recognize one! (Normally I've never seen it or heard of it until I have it, haha.) I was most excited for this dress, but it's too tight in the waist for me and does not have stretch. I am so bummed out. This is the Cheery Cordials Dress and was originally $99.99.


I love navy, so I was looking forward to this dress, until I held it up. I've never really been a fan of wrap-style dresses on me, and this one was a tad large in the bust and too long to look good on me. Sigh. This is the Demure All I Want Dress in Navy and was originally $104.99.


My last apparel item is yet another dress! This is my fifth time participating in the Stylish Surprise promo and all of my apparel items have been dresses. Can't say I'm complaining, though! I was indifferent with this dress. Chris really liked this one when I tried it on, but I decided that I wouldn't buy it if I had seen it on the website, so this is also a no. This is the Graphite for Your Right Dress, and it originally retailed for $74.99.


My one shoe Stylish Surprise turned out to be these pink and floral oxfords with some crochet detail over the floral pattern. They're not really my style, unfortunately. These are the A Study in Scenery Flat and were originally $34.99. The interesting thing about these shoes, if you go to the item page, is that the price shown is the original price with no reductions. That means these shoes sold out before they had a chance to go on sale! That surprised me, but hopefully it means it won't be too hard to find a new home for them.

All in all, it was a disappointing haul for me. Nothing was really my style, and the one item I was really excited about doesn't even fit! Everything came to a total of about $410, which is not bad at all! I spent only 12% of their total original retail prices. I'll probably still participate in future promos because it's so fun to see what I get. I was really holding out for a nice coat or boots this time since we are coming right off of winter (and I'm tempted to order more to see if I can get a coat because by some miracle they haven't sold out yet)!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Be sure to check out my previous Stylish Surprise posts if you want more! :) xo