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CLOTHING BOX SUBSCRIPTIONS: WHAT THEY CHARGE, WHAT YOU GET

Subscription boxes are popping up everywhere. You’ve probably seen your friends post about them on Facebook or heard your co-workers discuss over the water cooler.

We’re particularly intrigued by clothing boxes. Taking online shopping a step further, these companies provide personal style recommendations and in some cases let you try the clothes before you buy.  It saves you time, and you avoid shopping malls, where inevitably you will wind up purchasing more than you intended.  (Target cover charge, anyone?)

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FABLETICS VIP MEMBERSHIP

Price:  Exercise outfits starting at $49.95.

Delivery: Free on orders costing more than $49.95.

The Scoop: A new-ish athletic line started by actress Kate Hudson. Take a quick style quiz, then shop your personalized outfit picks. Outfits are typically 2-3 pieces including a combination of bottoms, tops, jackets, sports bras and headbands. Skip any month and cancel at any time.

Extras: Get your first outfit for just $25. Earn VIP rewards points for purchases. Get access to VIP sales.

What people are saying: Fabletics’ own study finds that 91 percent of members said they would recommend Fabletics to family and friends. Top reasons members love Fabletics are quality and unbeatable prices, and amazing value.

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STITCH FIX

Price: $20 styling fee (can be applied to clothing purchase) plus the cost of clothing

Delivery: Free shipping and returns

The Scoop: Complete a personal style profile so your stylist can get to know you. Receive five personalized clothing items shipped right to your door. Decide what you want to buy and send back the rest. Fashion designer Rachel Zoe serves as chief stylist.

Extras: Get 25 percent off if you decide to keep all five items.

What people are saying: On stitchfix.com, customer Raven says, “I’ve been receiving Stitch Fix to my doorstep for almost four years now. It’s been a highlight of my month forever these days … coming home and seeing that package waiting for my at my doorstep, and this month’s was no different!”

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SHOE DAZZLE VIP MEMBERSHIP

Price: Starting at $39.95.

Delivery: Free shipping and exchanges on purchases costing more than $39.95.

The Scoop: Take a style quick to create your style profile. Stylists will send your picks at the beginning of each month. Skip any month and cancel at any time.

Extras: Get access to exclusive sales, previews and events.

What people are saying: ShoeDazzle also commissions it’s own customer satisfaction survey, with 94% of customers reporting they would recommend the service to family or friends. The No. 1 reason VIP members love ShoeDazzle shoes is their style, and customers scored product quality 4.7 stars out of 5.

If you’re not in a position to make a commitment to fill your closet, you may be interested in a rental clothing service.

And there are plenty of low-cost subscription boxes that make great gifts!