Trunk Club for Women Subscription Review – August 2017
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.
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+)
The items in this box are reflective of my style and price preferences, so your Trunk Club may be completely different!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
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.”
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
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. We discussed my profile and I shared her on my Pinterest board for style inspiration! When we chatted a couple weeks ago, I mentioned that my mindset is all about fall and I am looking for super unique options (“my style but elevated.”). After Kaley curated a box, she sent me a preview. 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 instead.
Here’s a list of what was sent, along with pricing if I decide to keep anything. Oh boy, 10 items this month! 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.
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!
Hinge Surplice Sack Dress, size S – Cost to keep: $89
My eyes lit up when I saw this dress and the beautiful fall floral pattern against the cream. Unfortunately, I am unable to find this item on Nordstrom’s site, but found additional Hinge styles that are just as lovely; Hello, Button Front Dress!). The overall silhouette is perfect for the slinky fabric it’s made of. There’s a purposeful loose fit in the bodice and dolman sleeves and the hem falls at the ankle. There’s a serious 70’s boho vibe I love about this dress, but I’m not sure I’m carefree enough to pull this off! Here’s why:
The only thing keeping this dress together is the elastic waist. The wrapped v-neck AND wrapped skirt are only stitched at the waist so one wrong move and I’m totally exposed. Could I wear a slip underneath? Sure. Could I have this tailored to ensure the top and skirt don’t move too much? Of course. But for $89, I want to be able to just wear something without having to worry about anything else. So, needless to say, I’m on the fence about keeping this.
I love that Kaley sent several transitional items that could be mixed and matched and worn together. Here’s the first head to toe outfit!
Pleione Pleat Inset French Terry Top, size XS – Cost to keep: $69
If you follow my clothing reviews, it’s clear I’m a fan of peplum and interesting waist details. So, there is no surprise Kaley would send me this French-terry pullover with cotton pleated peplum. For $69, the value is absolutely there. The navy sweatshirt is a polyester/cotton blend and thick yet soft. And the pinstripe pleated peplum is made of 100% cotton and reminds me of button-down shirting fabric. Even though it’s a bit more preppy than my typical style, I’m happy she sent this to try on.
I’m digging the navy, light blue, and white cotton combination!
Paige Denim ‘Transcend Verdugo’ Ankle Skinny Jeans, size 27 – Cost to keep: $179
I’m a fan of Paige Denim, so was happy to see a classic pair of jeans included in this month’s Trunk Club. A lot of distressed pairs were sent my way this summer, so it’s nice to see a clean and slightly faded pair instead. They are a rayon/cotton/polyester/spandex blend so soft with a comfortable stretch. The 9″ rise fits a little lower on my waist than preferred. Other than that, this pair is a win if you’re OK with spending over $150.
TOMS Majorca Peep Toe Bootie, size 8 – Cost to keep: $108.95
I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never tried a pair of TOMS shoes on before. I know, there’s no excuse! I’m in awe of their ever-increasing assortment diversity and the charitable emphasis on their brand. So, receiving a pair of booties is super exciting. This pair is made of their “toffee” suede and has diamond cut-outs throughout. I especially love the tassel that hangs from the side zipper pull and also think the peep toe is great for right now. Although the 3″ heel is comfortable walking around in, the overall bootie feels big on. I’d love to try TOMS again in the future, but sadly these will need to be sent back.
Caslon Side Slit Cowl Neck Tunic, size XS – Cost to keep: $69
Is burgundy supposed to be as popular this year as it was last year? It’s a color I like to wear but always wonder how long trends are going to stretch. I digress. This tunic-length sweater arrived in a size smaller than I typically wear, but I’m glad. It fits like a glove and is really comfortable on. It is made of a Vicose/rayon/polyester/wool blend but feels good quality and worth the $69 price tag. Overall, this would be a classic add to my closet.
The cowl is seriously substantial! There’s about 14″ of fabric length that creates a very layered cowl – perfect for a crisp fall day.
I like the side slits although I think they’re more decorative than functional because the fabrics thinness is not constricting despite the smaller size.
BP Moto Leggings, size S – Cost to keep: $39
Paired with the sweater are these 95% cotton/5% spandex leggings. They’re black but purposely faded looking with pleating on the front of each thigh. I know BP is Nordstrom’s junior and normally less expensive brand, but I was seriously surprised at the low price tag.
The pleating is perfect and I really like the moto-vibe they give off. Despite their trendiness, I think these could be worn in a multitude of ways and excited to add something easy to wear to my wardrobe!
Chelsea28 Kaylee Embellished Faux Leather Tote – Cost to keep: $119
I was happy to see a bag was included this month. I’m always open to new work bags and this one would definitely fit the bill. It’s 14.5″ W x 13″ H x 5.5″ D, so extremely roomy inside. There’s also a 9″ pouch that can detach from the main tote to be stored in other bags, etc. I tend to use these simple pouches as a clutch when I don’t want to carry a bag.
The bag is made of a higher quality polyurethane, with a slight texture to make it look like tan leather. There are laser cut-outs along with silver studs to create a floral-esque pattern. This isn’t really my style but the overall quality is admirable.
Along with a shoulder strap, there is a sturdy magnet closure.
Here’s an image to give you an idea of the size. It’s really substantial!
And here’s the last outfit, including a top from this month’s Golden Tote!
Madewell Side Zip Bomber Jacket, size S – Cost to keep: $128
I like Madewell and was suprirsed to see their label on this bomber-style jacket. Maybe because of the pink nylon? Either way, this jacket is super sweet, but unlikely a piece I will keep. The quality of the nylon, matching ribbed cuffs, lining, and zipper is there for the $128 price tag, but I’m not crazy about this look on me. It’s cute, but unlikely a jacket I would reach for that often.
I’m definitely impressed, though, and like the monochromatic look, including the matching pink lining.
Articles of Society Sarah Ankle Skinny Jeans, size 27 – Cost to keep $59
I am unable to find the gray colorway on Nordstrom’s site, so I linked to the black variation. These jeans are my favorite item in this month’s box and I’m kind of not surprised because I equally loved the Articles of Society that Kaley included in my May box. This pair is a slightly thicker denim with a bit of stretch. I love the gray fading and the fact that there’s no leg distressing. This is a stylish looking pair of jeans in a color I surprisingly don’t own yet.
The fray at the hem is a great detail and I especially like that there’s a line of stitching right at the fray so I don’t have to worry about it unraveling further. It also easily fits over booties thanks to the denim’s stretch. For $59 (before the $25 styling fee is deducted), I’d be foolish to not keep these!
1.State Jacend Zip Bootie, size 8 – Cost to keep: $129.94
Second to denim, booties are a must have in my wardrobe, so I’m glad to see such a classic pair of suede ankle boots. They are the softest suede I’ve ever felt – the description on Nordstrom site is spot on when they say “velvety.” There’s a 2.5″ heel and side zipper to easily put them on, and overall they’re super comfortable. Really there’s nothing stopping me from keeping these…except for the price tag. I know they’re worth the $130, but that’s a bit steep for me. I need a little extra pizzazz to win me over.
Verdict: Wow! That was a lot to try on this month! I’m happy with this month’s Trunk Club, but it wasn’t my favorite. I like that Kaley sent transitional pieces that could be mixed and match, but there is a “must keep it” factor that was missing this month. I associate August with fond back to school shopping memories with my mom and so I tend to feel frivolous heading into fall. Even though I didn’t find anything super unique in this month’s box, I will definitely keep the Article Of Society jeans and BP leggings and considering theHinge Surplice Sack dress. Trunk Club is still my favorite box to receive each month and I definitely look forward to next month.
For the $25 styling fee (which includes free shipping and returns), I feel Trunk Club is an easy process start to finish and a low-risk way to discovering high-quality brands and trends. You will definitely pay more out of pocket for the styles you keep, but you’re guaranteed Nordstrom brands.
What do you think of Trunk Club? What did you receive this month?