Hi Ladies, it is time for another Stylish Surprise from Modcloth.  No wonder I always get excited for these reviews; Stylish Surprises are not very frequent. You need to snatch them up soon after they become available, and this time around I was able to order two clothing SS boxes, and one shoe box. ($10 each) This is the second time I ordered these surprise grab bags, and seriously loved all three items I received; what are the odds! 🙂 Here is my initial Modcloth SS Review, and most recent ones, dress, and knit top. 

UPDATE MARCH 2017: Shop the latest Stylish Surprises Here!!!

Modcloth Stylish Surprise 2014
Modcloth Stylish Surprise april 2014

If you are not familiar with Modcloth, it is a super cute (and now huge ) online boutique with an underlying vintage and retro vibe. They carry a ton of original brands, and really unique  pretty, and whimsical pieces from clothing, to shoes and even home accessories.

What I always notice about Modcloth, is that they really are great at building a community for, and from their loyal customers. ( I think this goes both ways, people return for more as Modcloth is so welcoming and inclusive) Modcloth has a style gallery with thousands of pictures customers upload; where they can get feedback with likes and have followers. There is also Be The Buyer section where customers influence what Modcloth will carry in the future. To me they are just an amazing business model, and an all over fun place to shop at.

Have you ever tried Modcloth’s Stylish Surprise? What pieces did you get?

Let’s have a closer look at my latest Modcloth Stylish Surprise. As I mentioned, Modcloth does these mystery boxes occasionally. I believe it is usually when seasons turn, and when they have extra merchandise from the previous season.

I gave names to the pieces myself as there was no product name on the receipt; just numbers. The first part is the brands.

Mata Traders Origami Dress ( was $84.99 now $28.99 at Mata Traders online shop) This dress was the first out of the box and not surprisingly it is sold out at Modcloth. I was able to find the dress at the brand’s website on sale. It also does not come as a shock that the dress is already discounted ( supporting my claim of end of season items).  However I paid only $10 for this dress and this is still a great deal in my book, considering the dress goes for almost three times what I paid for even on sale.

Modcloth Sylish Surprise Dress 2014
Modcloth Stylish Surprise Dress 2014

The cutest details of the dress are without hesitation the origami print ( total nostalgia- when I was in elementary school there was a TV show where a lady thought origami to kids. I loved it, bought the special papers and would follow along and create smt. new each week! 🙂  and the tiered skirt. I also love the waist area with that cute fabric, which acts as a built- in belt, defining the waist. All the better!

Modcloth Stylish Surprise 2014
Modcloth Stylish Surprise April 2014

I paired the dress with a Banana Republic mini cross body bag ( very similar to this  Frye at Urban Outfitters) , and shoes with a tiny wedge from DSW. (very similar to this at Nordstrom) This dress, even with all the little details, felt unfussy to me. I didn’t want to make it smt, it wasn’t. It felt like high heels, and fancy clutches would be a tad too much.

Style tip: Sometimes you can take your cue for accessorizing from your main piece depending on what it makes you feel. Here I felt this dress was a pretty version of an easy day dress; I didn’t want to complicate it. I used an almost flat summery wedge, and a cute but unassuming mini cross body, to continue this feeling I got, and ended up with what I find to be a pretty and casual look.

Modcloth Stylish Surprise Boots 2014
Modcloth Stylish Surprise Boots 2014

Breckelle’s Knee-High Lace up Boots New Ladies Tan Leatherette Knee High Military Lace up Boot with side Zip ($49.95) Once again, these lace-up boots I got, were no longer on sale at Modcloth. I was able to locate it for you ladies on Amazon in case you want more details, again on sale down from original price $75.

I have to admit that at first when I saw that I got boots; while I already was in a total spring &summer state of mind; it was a bit disappointing. I kept seeing these really pretty Mary Janes/sandals/pumps other girls got on instagram, and was hoping for one of those. This all changed when I put the boots on though, over my skinny jeans. The fit over my legs is spot on, the style goes with jeans, and leggings, as well as short skirts/shorts if that’s more your style, and the heel is perfect; not too flat. For $10 I got a $50 boots ( sale price) and that’s one heck of a deal!

Modcloth Stylish Surprise Boots
Modcloth Stylish Surprise Boots

A closer look at the detailing of the boots.

Modcloth Stylish Surprise April 2014
Modcloth Stylish Surprise April 2014

I wear this type of an outfit, almost always, in some part of my day. A loose top, skinny jeans/leggings, and usually booties. I think these lace-ups have been a welcome addition to this uniform and added so much interest to it with its shape, and details. The knit is from last year’s Zara summer collection, pants are BCBG generation, and the bag is Sarah Wells carry-all; for which there still is a 15% of unique code for theboxqueen readers. (until the end of April)

Modcloth Stylish Surprise Lace Peplum Top
Modcloth Stylish Surprise Lace Peplum Top

Lulumari Lace Peplum Top ( Lined all the way on the front side) Unfortunately I couldn’t find this at an actual online store. I came across it at a couple swap groups, and pinterest. From what I gathered, based on other Lulumari pieces for sale, I estimate the original price to be between $30- $40. I found a great, super cute alternative at Macy’s though!

I think I saved the best for last; if not the best, at least the most original Stylish Surprise piece I received this time around. For one it’s LACE people; lately I am in love with lace. Secondly it’s peplum; and not just any peplum, the flattering kind. ( we all need a bit of extra help, I certainly do! This peplum hides mommy tummy) But the real surprise is on the back, just scroll down,

Modcloth Stylish Surprise Lulumari Lace Peplum Top
Modcloth Stylish Surprise Lulumari Lace Peplum Top

Ta-daaa down to the waist it is sheer lace, pretty fancy, no? One con could be that you either need to wear a backless bra for this, ( like I did) or you can wear a lace bandeau inside. As expected from such a glam top, I went all out with high heels, my favorite skirt from Stitch Fix I got a while ago ( seen in this Stitch Fix review ), and a metallic clutch.

UPDATE: Here is my latest Modcloth Stylish Surprise Review from October ’14.

UPDATE 2: March 31st 2015- You can purchase latest Stylish Surprise live here!! Act fast, it’ll sell out.

Hope you enjoyed my review! What did you gals think of the pieces I received? Did you get a Modcloth Stylish surprise this spring? Spill the beans on your pretties pls! <3 Cont. down

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Have an amazing week lovelies, XOXO,


I am linking up with fab parties Manic Monday at More Pieces of Me and On the Daily ExpressStyle Sessions, and Random Wednesday.

PS: I purchased all my Stylish Surprises myself. This post includes my affiliate links and if you choose to use them thanks so much! <3

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  • What a pretty pinky dress that first one is, looks great with the blue shoes! Found you through Style Sessions linkup! Px

    • Hi again Porcelina so happy you stopped by! <3 I really like that red dress too, has a very easy vibe to it, perfect for everyday! XOXO, Elif

  • I love the dress and top you got! I managed to pick up a few stylish surprises last month, and I liked most of them, but I wish I’d received and cute pink dress like that. 🙂

    • Aren’t they pretty? 🙂 I was SO happy to see those two right out of the box, and loved styling them even more! Now I am super curious to see what you got, have to come and see if you have them up! XOXO, Elif

  • These are all great pieces! I always love the way you style everything! You really capitalize on these subscription boxes and that’s awesome bc it makes your wardrobe unique!

    • No kidding hahaha! Because I got used to these boxes I guess, they don’t seem like a lot to me but now that you mentioned yeah I get a lot of pieces from them hehe <3 I agree mixed with what I already have and shop for, they do add some uniqueness to my closet, and have I mentioned before I love pretty mysteries ( probably a million times :-))) Thx my dear, Hugs and Kisses, Elif

  • Andrea Karwandy

    Love your items! I definitely feel some envy right now (you saw my items so I’m sure you understand why haha). That dress especially is so cute.

    • Thx Andrea, and I feel for you and completely understand <3<3 I would have been disappointed too ( at least you scored some cool boots though) Hope you'll have much better luck next time lovely! <3<3 XOXO, Elif

  • fashionguru

    I loved all 3 pieces. The dress is so pretty in pink fits you perfect! the boots look very comfy and eye catching. And finally the lace peplum so sexy yet elegant. You really received good pieces for that price. Do you have referrals to Modcloth?

    • That’s what I thought for what I paid everything I received were such great deals <3 yes my referrals are included here, thx so much for asking! You are so sweet. XOXO, Elif

  • Tban

    Oh my God Elif! That top is just gorgeous. I am sure it will turn the heads your way! And the dress so summery. The color and the pattern is adorable. And for the prices you paid, i agree you got a great deal on these pieces.

    • I thought the top was the most original piece out of the three too. <3 The back is really cute, a bit tough to wear as you need a backless bra or a bralette but luckily I have both of those. 🙂 Certainly great prices for all three! Thx so much for sharing my excitement pretty lady <3 XOXO, Elif

  • Those are incredible pieces! I’ve done the Stylish Surprise once before – about a year ago, actually – and received two adorable sun dresses that I love. Nothing is more exciting than being surprised with fashion, especially when you’re getting a great deal!

    • Yesss fashion surprises that are such amazing deals are just so exciting! I wish they did Stylish Surprises more often. Now I feel like I want to see those sundresses Karen <3 XOXO, Elif

  • Elif, you have incredible luck/karma with these boxes and I love seeing what you get! The print on the first dress is perfection (I, too, have a love of origami birds, including earrings in that exact shape) and I love your lace up boots. Total score! I got two clothing items from this round of Stylish Surprises and was happy with my selections, too! http://www.laurenrutlin.com/2014/04/fashionably-surprised.html

    • Lauren so good to see you 🙂 You made me smile, hope that luck continues :))) It’s true too so far I’ve really not received anything I was very un happy with though I’ve received some just ok pieces I liked making work with styling. <3 I will go see yours soon, so curious! XOXO, Elif

  • Rachel G

    Whoa!! I’ve never been in time to catch a Modcloth Stylish surprise but you definitely got great pieces! Honestly my favorite is the pink dress!

    • Rachel I have a feeling you would like Modcloth’s stylish surprises; they have very unique pieces and lots of cute dresses with a vintage spin. ( like the pink dress) I always try to catch them the moment I hear about them. 🙂 XOXO, Elif

  • MBK

    İ like the lace top but see-thru is not exactly my style. Very elegant though. Pink dress is very cute but my favorite is the boots. They look comfortable and very fashionable. Casual elegance!

    • Welcome to theboxqueen MBK 🙂 I do understand the lace top concern; the front of it is totally lined but the back is a bit challenging and needs just the right garments. The boots were a nice surprise as at first I was not sure expecting cute spring shoes and after trying the boots on I was super happy to see how comfy and cute they were! Thx so much for stopping by dear! XOXO, Elif

  • You look so beautiful with all the outfits! Looking at what you received from the mystery box, makes me want to have one for myself, but I can’t purchase to the UK.

    Lu ❤ http://www.balgarka.co.uk

    • I wish all these fun boxes shipped to UK too! They are so much fun especially if you can find the right match! Thx lovely lady for the sweetness! <3 XOXO, Elif

  • Such cute outfits! I love ModCloth! Their clothes are so unique and fun!

    • Modcloth really is the best in terms of uniqueness 🙂 So happy to have gotten pieces I like this go around of SS. Have you ever tried stylish Surprise? XOXO, Elif

  • Nuray

    That lace peplum top is gorgeous. I love your Modcloth posts. Very unique pieces and love your styling as always!

  • Jackie

    I’ve never used ModCloth before, but just signed up after I read this :), is there a way to get notified about the StylishSurprises? Or do you just have to lurk on the website haha

  • Staci Y.

    how do you find out about the stylish surprise boxes? i got an email about one in march and i ordered a box but now i never see any emails about them anymore.



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