Trunk Club Review #2 – Women’s Clothing Subscription Service
Trunk Club is a stylist box owned by Nordstrom, and it’s similar to Stitch Fix. (It’s not a monthly subscription though – you can schedule your boxes as frequently as you like). Up until recently they only styled for men, but they’ve opened it up for women as well! They have a waitlist right now, but they’re slowly opening it up for women to try.
Unlike Stitch Fix (the women’s stylist service), there is no upfront stylist fee. You sign up and you get a call from your stylist. Personally, I didn’t love this part because 1) phone calls are something I totally didn’t realize would become so difficult with a newborn! My goodness, you have to time them just right and hope baby sleeps the whole conversation, and 2) I really prefer to do everything online since talking on the phone gives me a little anxiety! Plus, digitally is just easier to me. However, my stylist Emily Lytle was really sweet and made everything really comfortable so it wasn’t bad.
I let my stylist know what kind of clothing I was looking for as well as the brand/size of some of my favorite, best-fitting pieces of clothing I already own.
She then sent me a link with the items she had picked out for me and I had 24 hours to reject any item I definitely didn’t want for her to replace with something else, and then the rest would ship.
And then the Trunk Club box arrived a day or two later via FedEx!
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The Box: Trunk Club
The Cost: Depends completely on what items you keep
The Products: Men and women’s clothing and accessories curated to your taste.
Ships to: US
Delivered via: FedEx. (Which is nice because you can also schedule a free pickup of the items you don’t want to keep via FedEx through the service).
Trunks come with an info sheet with a note from your stylist, return instructions, a return label, tape pieces to close your trunk back up, and a list of all items in your trunk and their prices.
Polka Dot Popover Top (Madewell) – Cost to Keep: $79.50
I like the way this top looks in the photo, but when I had it on I wasn’t a fan. It felt too boxy and, although it had a nice button-down detail, it doesn’t go down far enough for me to be able to nurse my son easily. I like the color a lot, though.
‘Hidden Hills’ Straight Leg Stretch Jeans Fountain (Paige Denim) – Cost to Keep: $169
These jeans are nice. The material feels a little thin, but they look good and have some flattering stretch to them.
Peasant Blouse (Sandra) – Cost to Keep: $69
Unfortunately, this blouse is not my style at all. I don’t care for the “boho,” flowy, crochet-detail kinds of tops.
Sleeveless Cowl Neck Tunic (Halogen) – Cost to Keep: $78
This tunic is very soft – it felt like a long (sleeveless) sweater. I like the style (especially paired with leggings), but I’m not sure how I’d wear it. It’s a warmer design so I’d want to wear it in the cooler months, but I don’t think I could wear a sweater over top of this. I also didn’t want any high-necked items in my trunks.
Faux Leather Skinny Pants (BLANKNYC) – Cost to Keep: $98
I like the way these look, but (like last time’s faux-leather leggings), they really don’t fit right. I got them on, and I like the length okay, but the rise was way too low and the waistband was too tight to be flattering.
Side Zip Long V-Neck Cardigan (Halogen) – Cost to Keep: $78
In my last trunk, I had a cardigan almost identical to this one. I loved it, and almost bought it, but after having it on for a couple minutes, I realized that I didn’t like how the thick material wore (it seemed like it was stretching out and also wrinkling easily), and I thought it’d be hard to clean. I mentioned this when giving feedback to my stylist last time, so I thought it was funny she sent me an almost identical cardigan with a different material! This one is a thinner knit and is really comfy. I love it! (It also has a zipper detail on the sides by the hips – sorry I forgot to grab a photo of that, but you can see it if you click through the item’s link!)
Two-Tone Wool Blend Cape (MICHAEL Michael Kors) – Cost to Keep: $198
I do have to give my stylist and Trunk Club credit for opening my eyes to capes. I never thought I’d like them, but this trunk and my last one both contained capes I actually like! This one is a thick wool blend and very warm – and it looks so chic! Unfortunately, the price is quite high for something I don’t really think I’d wear all that much (especially here in Michigan when it gets so cold and blustery).
‘Leila’ Ankle Bootie (TOMS) – Cost to Keep: $138.95 (currently on sale for $104.21)
How cute are these booties? The leather was really buttery soft and the heel is a nice height. However, I thought I was lucky with my feet not changing sizes at all during pregnancy but here I am, 3 months post-partum, and my feet feel like they grew overnight! So these didn’t fit, unfortunately. They’re really cute, though!
Verdict: This was my second experience with Trunk Club Women. To be honest, I didn’t enjoy this one as much as my first. With my first box, a lot of things just really weren’t my style, but that’s to be expected with the first box from a styling service. However, after thorough feedback and a second phone call with my stylist I thought things would be more what I was looking for than they were here, especially since there were some specific things I asked to see and didn’t. Also, the last trunk I had 15 items, and, this time, I only have 8. There’s not a set number of items advertised to be sent in each trunk (or a set value bracket – my trunk last time was worth over $1,400 in total, and this one adds up to $908.45), but it was still a little surprising to open up and find half the number of items I received in my first trunk (they send you a link to preview the items before they send your trunk and I initially thought there was an issue with my webpage not loading because of how few items there were compared to last time). I also didn’t really feel like my stylist was enthusiastic or made me excited about getting my second trunk.
I did have a little sticker shock with some of the items, but everything is from Nordstrom so that’s a little expected, too. Plus, the higher price tags definitely correlate with the high quality of every item!
Ultimately, there are a lot of great things about this service to keep in mind, as well: the thoroughness of the feedback and customer service, the fact that to return the box all you have to do is click a button to schedule a FedEx pick-up, there’s no cost to this experience since you only pay for what you keep and there’s no styling fee, and it is overall a high-end styling service.
What do you think of Trunk Club?