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Trunk Club for Women Subscription Review – February 2017

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Trunk Club is a clothing styling service for both women and men. Similar to Stitchfix, subscribers fill out a detailed style profile which, in turn, your assigned stylist uses to handpick clothes, shoes, and accessories. There is a $25 styling fee which is credited towards whatever you decide to keep.

The quality of this box is incredible! It looks like a suitcase trunk and is made of thick cardboard. There’s a handle at the top of the box which was great when carrying the box around my house.

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Trunk Club is a Nordstrom company, and they send similar brands that range in the $75-300 range. In the style profile, you can choose your preferred price range for each category (ie. $50-100, $100-200, or $200+)

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The Subscription Box: Trunk Club

The Cost: $25 styling fee, credited towards any items you choose to keep, plus the cost of whatever you keep. Shipping and returns are free.

The Products: Clothing, shoes, and accessories hand-selected by your stylist for you to try on at home

Ships to: Contiguous 48 states for free. Alaska and Hawaii (shipping and return fees apply)

Good to Know: Trunk Club carries sizes XS – 3X. Check out Anna’s plus size reviews here!

Also good to know: Trunk Club price matches “within 14 days of purchase exclusively to Nordstrom.”

Check out all of our Trunk Club reviews and the Women’s Clothing Subscription Box Directory!

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My box arrived with a packet of info and shipping materials for anything I decide to return.

When I originally completed my style profile, I was matched to a stylist, Kaley. In January, we discussed my profile and I shared her on my Pinterest board for style inspiration! Since this is my second trunk, I chatted Kaley that I wanted to order another box and she sent me a preview of what she curated. At that point, I was able to remove items I already had similars of or that I didn’t foresee wanting and replacements were included.

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Here’s a list of what was sent, along with pricing if I decide to keep anything. They also sent instructions of what to do next, including providing Kaley feedback using their app. You are given five business days to try everything on and ship back whatever you do not want to keep. You can also ask for an extension if you need more time.

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On the back of the booklet is instruction for returning the items I don’t want to keep, along with a prepaid shipping label. I can drop my box back off at any UPS location, or I can schedule a free pickup through the Trunk Club app or website!

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Free People WildFlower Fields Printed Tunic – Cost to keep: $108

This tunic was my favorite pick Kaley sent me to preview and I am just as happy with it in person. The top is 100% rayon and constructed with three different floral prints. I really love the patterns and fit. There’s front and back gathering that creates a trapeze silhouette and although I paired it here with black denim, I would totally rock this top with last month’s faux leather leggings that I kept!

Hudson Jeans ‘Barbara’ High Rise Skinny Jeans in Black – Cost to keep: $165

I am always excited to try new denim, but these are an immediate no-go. They are my normal size and have a lot of stretch, but fit extremely tight, likely due to them being a viscose/cotton/polyester blend. They are also a bit long, which I’ve become used to with higher-end denim. Unfortunately, I can’t get comfortable in these, so they will definitely be returned.

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I really love how the patterns and colors compliment each other and can see wearing this top now and again in the fall. There is a button front that stops at the chest, so for extra coverage, I layered a bodysuit underneath.

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There’s also a subtle flare at the wrist with this boho-inspired bell sleeve. Love!

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The tag calls out that these jeans are high-waist, but they hit below my belly button and I feel they are a low rise – much lower than I prefer. There’s a cute Hudson Jeans branding button on the pocket, though!

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Halogen Rosina Wedge – Cost to keep: $99.95

These wedges are another box favorite. They are constructed of a soft burgundy suede with a geometric pattern laser cut. The wedge heels are 3″, but there’s a 1/2″ platform, so they are comfortable to walk in. And the back buckle allows for some adjustment depending on how secure you want them to feel on. The only downside is the chemical smell wafting from the shoe box. I’ve aired them out for the last few days and the smell is just as strong as when I opened the box. Overall, these are good quality, but I don’t love them enough to invest $100 on a seasonal (and quite smelly) shoe.

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Free People Midnight Bomber Jacket – Cost to keep $78

Ah, I really want to love this jacket! The shade of pastel pink is really pretty and the sateen finish would be a different addition to my wardrobe. However, the fit is a bit unflattering and long for my torso and arms. I can envision pairing this with boyfriend denim during the day and wearing it during a spring night out, over a tank dress.

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There are great details on this jacket. In addition to side pockets, there’s a sturdy front zipper and button tab closure. I also like that the waist and sleeve hems are made of a similar colored ribbing. Overall, it’s a great item, I just don’t know if it’s right for me.

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Chelsea28 Drop Waist Romper – Cost to keep: $89

This black polyester romper is very sheer on top, so I’ve layered a bodysuit underneath. There’s a drop waist, which allows for the top to blouse nicely. There’s also a lace-up front and bell sleeve and feels very boho-inspired festival-wear to me. I’m not opposed to rompers, but let’s be honest: they’re a lot of work! And having to add a layer underneath to combat the sheerness just adds to the complexity.

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In addition to a back keyhole closure, the lace-up in the front will loosen up more than enough to slip this on and off.

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Sam Edelman Gretchen Gladiator Sandal – Cost to keep: $109.95

I paired the romper with these Sam Edelman sandals, a favorite shoe brand of mine. In the preview, I was super excited to get these (and the pink colorway at Nordstrom is beautiful!), but in reality, I don’t think they’re a good pick for me. I love a statement shoe and to be fair, they consist of really awesome details, from embroidery and a leather toe ring, to cute poms. However, the gladiator strapping is throwing me off. The braiding and tassels are beautiful, but I feel like they’re going to untie at any moment.

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Here’s a closer look at the details. The strapping can be worn so that the tassels lay in the back or front. There’s a lot of versatility!

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cupcakes and cashmere Belinda Drape Jacket – Cost to keep: $150

Now, THIS is exciting to me! This olive-green jacket is constructed of 100% Tencel and is equal parts blazer and jacket. It’s comfortable and super easy to wear, although I think it looks better buttoned at the waist and then cinched with the drawstring. Open it feels a bit messy to me, rather than slouchy and cool.

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I like the rolled sleeves, simple flap pockets and that it hits at the hips. The downside is the price. I live in a climate that is cold through March, mild April and May, and then gets hot by June, so I don’t think I can justify spending $150 on an item that I can only wear for a limited period of time. This is a classic piece I would have for a long time, so I’m a bit on the fence about keeping it.

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Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee – Cost to keep: $24.50

This is the least expensive item in this month’s box and kind of perfect heading into spring and summer. The tee is 100% cotton and a nice shade of ivory, with 1/2″ black horizontal stripes. In addition to the v-neck, there’s a pocket on the left chest.

Current/Elliott The Stiletto Denim – Cost to keep $208

I paired the tee with these beautiful celadon-colored skinny denim. I was so excited when I pulled these out of the box – they are a great color and they’re ankle length – perfect for spring! On, they are a bit tight, despite being my normal size. However, they’re much more comfortable than the Hudson Jeans I also received and are really good quality. Despite being the most expensive item in the box, I wouldn’t hesitate purchasing these, except for the fact they are low rise. I have a thick middle and prefer the support of high waisted denim. So, unfortunately, the short rise is a deal breaker for me.

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I think the v-neck is the perfect depth and the pocket is a nice touch. This is an easy, casual wear and the cotton quality is great (and what you would expect for a Madewell item).

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The denim has straightforward details including a button and zipper fly and front and back pockets. No frills, but the color is super cool.

Verdict: Overall, I continue to be very pleased with Trunk Club‘s service. My stylist, Kaley did another great job picking items based on all the personal style info and feedback from last month that I shared with her. I feel like she understands what I am looking for and some great transitional/seasonal options arrived at my doorstep. I will definitely keep the tunic and am pondering the olive green jacket. For $25, I found Trunk Club to be an easy process start to finish, and a low-risk way to discovering brands and trends.

What do you think of Trunk Club? What did you receive this month?

Written by Sara McClelland

Sara McClelland

Sara received a gift subscription to Birchbox in 2013 and has been intrigued by (ok, obsessed with) discovery and fashion boxes ever since. Her basset hound, Oliver, is a huge fan of Barkbox, too.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

28 Comments

  1. I really like the green jeans,the V neck tee and the green jacket on you. I think where the jeans hit you are more flattering than if they were higher waisted.

  2. The olive green jacket would make a great piece for fall too. That color is one of my favorites and your weather sounds like mine, so you probably have nice falls, where you don’t need a really heavy jacket. I will say the pink bomber jacket is very cute on you, you look great in pink!

  3. I have a longer cut of Cupcakes and Cashmere coat and it wears beautifully and washes well. I never spent that much on a coat before but now I wear it ALL THE TIME.

  4. I think the green jacket looks fantastic on you – and so does the pink one!

    But of course, what matters is how *you* feel in them and if you think you’ll get use out of them.

  5. I own the pink version of the sandals and they are indeed hard to wear. The straps constantly slip down the leg, the leather thickness prevents having a secure knot and the tassels drag the ground more often than not. I love how they look (considering I paid full price for them last year, I had better!) but they’re incredibly complicated to wear.

  6. The jacket looks fantastic on you, and I’m guessing you would get mire use out of it then you initially think!

  7. If the quality of the green jacket matches the price; keep it. It’s classic and fairly timeless, that color goes with literally anything and is super flattering with your personal coloring, and the style is extremely versatile. I see it being something that you rotate into use for years and years. 🙂

  8. Your middle definitely does not look thick in either of these jeans. You did waist close-ups and you looked pretty fit. I think they look great on you, probably because they aren’t creating a horizontal line across what you think is a problem area (it’s not, at least not from what I see in the pics). I thought all this stuff looked great on you, but since most of it is a little pricey, I wouldn’t keep what I don’t love. It doesn’t look like they give you a discount for keeping the whole thing? That’s kind of good, because there’s no incentive to keep stuff you don’t like. Keeping the whole box because of a discount sends a message to the stylist that you really like everything.

    • You are correct – Trunk Club does not offer a discount for keeping the entire box! I like your perspective about the incentive other clothing services offer. Thankfully, you can provide a lot of feedback to Trunk Club (and they promptly follow-up for the feedback too!) about what you like and dislike. Thanks, Bonnie!

  9. Has anyone asked to change stylists? I got two trunks and they were pretty terrible, especially the second one. I’d like to try again with a new stylist but I don’t know how to go about that except for messaging my current stylist, which I’m scared to do because it feels mean. Any tips?

    • Hi Mary,
      I just found this info on their FAQ page: “If you ever decide that things aren’t quite working out with your current stylist, just email [email protected] and we’ll connect you with someone new right away.”

      • Thank you, Sarah!

  10. Sara,
    Have you tried Stitch Fix, and if so, how does Trunk Club compare in terms of pricing and clothing styles?

    • Yes, I started reviewing both at the same time and found that the initial style quizzes were very similar, although Trunk Club is upfront in telling you they will be sending Nordstrom brands, so I was expecting the clothing to be slightly higher-end. My personal style is better reflected in what TC sends, likely because I’ve chatted several times with my stylist. The quality of Stitch Fix clothing is fine, but what they’ve sent hasn’t matched my style very well.

      As far as pricing, the styling fee is $20 for Stitch Fix vs $25 for Trunk Club, but with TC, you get a preview and can discuss as much as you’d like with your stylist. Prices for Stitch Fix clothing ranges $40-60, while I’ve found Trunk Club to be in the $60-100 range.

      Check out our Stitch Fix reviews (Anna also started reviewing recently!) http://www.mysubscriptionaddiction.com/category/stitchfix-reviews

  11. I would love this if they offered an option to keep everything for 1 price, like $200 or something in that ballpark (maybe even $300).

  12. Love the floral top on you, a keeper.

    • Thanks! Yes, for sure 🙂

  13. I am going to try this and see how it works for me. My taste is totally different from yours (and I probably would spend $100 on seasonal shoes that only got worn 3-4 times in a season) but I am chatting with the stylist now and it already seems more personal than Stitch Fix.

    • Ragan,
      How are the prices for this one compared to Stitch Fix? I have had a few “fixes,” and I find most of their clothing to be conservative and expensive, although I have made a Pinterest board and I have sent many notes to my stylist. I wonder if I should try Trunk Club.

      • Amy, in my experience the prices are comparable to higher. You can specify how much you want to spend and I’m sure they could put together a box of items priced like Stitchfix. One advantage of Trunk Club is that you preview what your stylist has picked out and the preview includes the prices so you can reject anything that’s more than you want to spend. I do think Trunk Club offers edgier styles than Stitchfix so you’d probably be happy with that side of it.

        • Agree with Mary! The styling fee is $20 for Stitch Fix vs $25 for Trunk Club, but with TC, you get a preview and can discuss as much as you’d like with your stylist. Prices for Stitch Fix clothing ranges $40-60, while I’ve found Trunk Club to be in the $60-100 range.

          • Sara,
            Although I indicated “the cheaper the better” for my price range in Stitch Fix, I keep getting $68 dresses (OK, one of which I did buy because it fit perfectly and I so want this to work out!), $50 leggings, & $78 sweaters and tops. There was a $98 pair of leggings, but I could not justify that price.

          • Sara, I can’t think if anyone that shoulder detail on the pink jacket would work on except maybe a hanger!

            The green jeans actually look good!

      • I haven’t gotten my first preview yet for Trunk Club (just signed up today) but Sara’s prices pictured above are similar to what Stitch Fix was sending me.

        I don’t think Stitch Fix paid the least bit of attention to my Pinterest board or comments. Or even to my clothing size…

        • I have heard that Stitch Fix stylists only have about 15 minutes to review each person to “style” them, and of course they are further limited by what’s in stock. It seems like Trunk Club has a lot more stock to work with, and potentially more time.

          • Fifteen minutes? That is terrible! 🙁

        • Ragan,
          Everything from Stitch Fix has fit me perfectly. I am apparently a solid size M in everything. I keep getting higher-priced items, $68 and up. My first fix was a total miss, so they gave me a new stylist for the second fix, which was OK. I asked to keep that stylist but for the third fix, they did not honor my request, and everything was a total miss, so I e-mailed again, and they said they’ll send another fix next week with my requested stylist (who was Sarah, I think she got my style sense).

          • Stitch Fix kept sending me things that were way too big.

            I did know my size because I’d been out shopping — at multiple stores, trying on multiple brands.

            There may have been some vanity sizing going on with the garments, though. At the time I had SF, I was a 4. But they sent me a dress that fit more like an 8 (as in, I could put it on over my clothes and it was still loose), even though it had a 4 label in it.

            The legs in the pants were often too long for me, as well. And they’d send me v-necked faux wrap shirts (which normally I love) that hung really wide open on the chest (showing bra cups, not just straps).

            They absolutely never got my style sense right. I don’t know how many ways I can say “I don’t wear neutrals or dark colors” but I am sure I tried most of them. I quit after three fixes, only having kept one dress.

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