Trunk Club Plus Size Subscription Box Review – September 2017
Trunk Club is a clothing styling service for both men and women. Subscribers work closely with their stylist to find ideal pieces that are then sent as a trunk to try on and possibly purchase. Trunks can be ordered as often as you like, whether that be once, monthly, or quarterly! Trunk Club goes at your pace!
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
The Products: 7-10 clothing items hand-selected by a stylist for you to try on at home. Items may include clothing, shoes, and accessories.
Ships to: Their website states that they ship to the contiguous 48 states only, for free, but it also states that there is a shipping and return fee to ship to Alaska and Hawaii. They do not ship internationally.
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!
Enclosed with the selections my stylist, Stefania, chose for me was this crisp envelope; it included a sweet note from my stylist with suggestions for styling, an invoice for everything in the box, a shipping label, and tape to use to reseal my box for returned items. I find these all tremendously handy and useful.
My month’s trunk arrived to me in its elegant Trunk Club trademark suitcase; the details in its design are just top notch! I always am fond of the incredibly personalized details in their packaging, especially the note from my stylist and itemized invoice.
I shared my Pinterest board with Stefania in chat after the last trunk club to inspire her in selecting pieces for me.
Bell Sleeve Shift with Flounce by Eliza J, Size 22w — Cost to Keep $158
This may be my favorite thing Stefania has sent me in one of my trunks! This dress is chic, yet feels earthy– like something that would have been worn by a flower child in the 60s. The material does not have much stretch, but this dress’s cut is perfect. The see-through texture overlay adds a flirty elegance. I initially was not impressed with the sleeves, but that was till I lifted my arm and saw how amazingly they drape. This dress is giving me strong Sharon Tate and Stevie Nicks vibes. I wanted to twirl around in this dress all night. I paired this stunner with my new favorite Torrid heels and some tassel earrings from H&M, but I could see this being styled with a floppy hat and cowboy boots or booties. The only thing preventing me from making this a permanent piece in my wardrobe is the price. The cost is just too rich for my blood. It is going to be sad to see this dress go!
Fit Flair Fluttered dress by Addition Elle Love and Legend, Size 22w – Cost to Keep $98
This dress reminds me of something that Winona Ryder wore in the movie, Reality Bites; it has a very vintage yet modern style. Don’t be surprised if you see me in a gas station dancing to “My Sharona” in this one. I like the romantic and flirty qualities of this dress, but find the slit details on the chest to be a strange contrast. The A-line cut paired with the ribbon belt at the waist lend to the ultra-femme silhouette of this item. This dress can be worn in warmer months with strappy heels or in the cooler months with a cardigan, tights, and a cute pair of oxfords or booties.
Btn Back Print Knit by Daniel Rainn, Size 3x – Cost to Keep $69
This top conjures up memories of my mom when I was a kid. I remember her having a top similar in style. This top’s color palette is robust and warm, the epitome of Indian Summer. It is made of stretchy, soft, cotton knit t-shirt material. The back has a surprise row of buttons for an interesting and unexpected detail. This shirt would look great paired with skinny denim jeans, a stack of bangles, turquoise ring, a corduroy jacket with Sherpa collar, and cowboy boots for an earthy bohemian look.
Velvet Ankle Trouser by Sejour, Size 24W – Cost to Keep $99
I try to be open-minded with all my boxes and the selections picked for me, but these pants are a big NO. The tall, lean model on Nordstrom’s site looks great in these, but that could be because we have very different body types. The pants length hit my 5’6 frame awkwardly and the flare is not terribly flattering. The pockets on these pants jut out due to my hips and belly in a very unappealing way. I liked the velvet material, but it had no stretch which probably lent to my issues with fit in my midsection These definitely weren’t my cup of tea, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t be someone else’s dream pants. These would look great on a tall babe or someone narrower in the hips than me! I could see these paired with cute open-toed mules and an embroidered satin souvenir jacket.
Crop Bomber Jacket in Pink by City Chic, Size XXLW — Cost to Keep $89 (Now on sale on Nordstrom site for $53.40)
When I was at Curvy Con in NYC a few weeks ago, I was tempted by the siren song of a dusty pink faux fur coat at the Roaman’s booth. Since then, I have been seeing varieties of mauve pinks everywhere! This jacket is a great example of this trendy color at its best. This cool toned pink jacket would look great paired with a t-shirt and jeans, but I automatically wanted to pair it with a leopard dress of mine. I love the bomber/varsity style jacket trend and this cropped version is very flattering. The material isn’t all that stretchy aside from the rib knit trim, but the cut is ample enough that it doesn’t need to be. I feel as though the sleeves could be a tad more tapered, but overall, I really liked this jacket.
I sent my stylist, Stefania, my Pinterest in last month’s feedback; I think she got the cue that I am a big fan of animal print! I love the black and white leopard print on this Vince Camuto jacket, but unlike the City Chic bomber jacket, the length is too long and overwhelms my figure. This jacket is cute and sporty, but the price is a bit steep. I feel as though I have seen similar style jackets at retailers like Forever 21 for far less money. The jacket is well made; the fabric is not too thick which makes it ideal for fall and spring months. I opted to pair this with a red skirt, graphic crop top, and some saddle shoes. I could see this being styled with a casual dress and sneakers, but could also be dressed up with strappy heels and a bodycon dress for a contrasting, yet chic look.
Verdict: The selections in this box were truly hit or miss. My two favorites were the bell sleeved shift dress and the dusty pink bomber jacket. These two were choices I probably wouldn’t have picked for myself, but upon trying both on I fell in love with them. The velvet pants and the leopard bomber were the two pieces I liked the least due to fit and style. I was pleased that my stylist, Stefania, branched out into some vivid prints and colors this month from the feedback I provided her. We often use the app to discuss what I think of my trunk and talk about wants for upcoming trunks. I love the personalization I receive from Stefania and Trunk Club. I also really like that stylists can arrange UPS pickups at your home for free! Most subscription services offer a bag with free shipping label that you can drop off at the post office, but the free UPS pickup is such a convenience and a luxury! Touches like these make Trunk Club’s customer service a step above the rest!
What do you think of Trunk Club?