Trunk Club for Women Subscription Review – September 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! After requesting a fall-centric box, Kaley curated a box and 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. 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. 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!
My first outfit includes a sweater, pair of jeans, and pair of shoes from this month’s box!
BP. V-Neck Tunic, size S – Cost to keep: $45.00
The first of a couple sweaters is this beige cotton/acrylic tunic-style from Nordstrom’s junior brand, BP. It’s basic in shape with a deep v-neck that can be comfortably worn with or without a camisole or underlayer. I like the sweater’s lightweight soft hand feel and quality knitting. It seems a bit more sophisticated than what I would expect from this brand, which is good because it feels more age-appropriate for me.
Madewell 9 Hi-Rise Skinny with Rip Knees Jeans, size 27 – Cost to keep: $135.00
The only bottoms sent this month are a cotton/polyester/Elastane-blended blue washed denim with lots of tears and rips and a little stretch. There is a high waist which is comfortable and the jeans fit true to size overall. Personally, I’m a bit burned out on ultra-ripped denim, so I’ll likely pass on keeping these, but I do really like the tears along the frayed hem. Madewell is such a great brand, so I hope to receive different styles from them in the future!
BP. Milo Loafer Mule, size 8 – Cost to keep: $79.95
I was happy to see a lower-priced backless loafer since I passed on the last pair sent from Trunk Club. This pretty blush pair are also by BP, exclusive to Nordstrom. The leather is soft, fit well, and have thick padding in the sole, which makes them comfortable while walking around.
The squared toe is paired with silver hardware, which feels very classic and a tad traditional.
And here are the loafers on! I definitely like these, but not sure I really want to invest $79.95 (or $54.95 after the styling fee is deducted) in a more spring or summery pair of shoes. There are so many cutes boots out there right now, you know?
Madewell Side Lace-Up Cardigan, size S – Cost to keep: $98.00
And another Madewell item this month! This cardigan has a gray and white marled knit made cotton, viscose, and nylon. It’s not as heavyweight or soft as I would expect from this brand…or the price. Even so, there’s a slouchy fit with wide sleeves, pockets, and open front.
Each side slit is laced with matching gray ties. The ends turn into tassels and this cool detail gives off a very boho-esque vibe. This is my favorite part about this item, but sadly it’s not enough to encourage me to keep this sweater for $98 (or $73 after the styling fee is deducted).
Sperry Saltwater Tide Wedge Boots, size 8 – Cost to keep $129.94
I like that Trunk Club sent a more utilitarian boot option, while still remaining on-trend. I have a lower quality boot that is similar looking but in all-black, so I like that they sent an all-cream variation to try. The Sperry quality is very apparent too. The upper boot is a wool-like material that is lined with microfleece. The foot is rubber on the outside but also lined with microfleece on the inside. Overall these boots fit true to size and are super warm, and not to mention, waterproof.
There’s a cool leather detail on the back that allows for the laces to loop through and cross-over the front. Instead of having to undo the laces to put the boots on or take them off, there’s a handy back zipper that allows for the laces to stay put. I love that this detail provides some ease, especially when thinking about having to quickly take them off after coming home from walking through wet snow, etc.
These boots are among the priciest items sent this month, but they overall the best investment piece included.
Panacea Stick Tribal Necklace – Cost to keep: $28.00
I really like when clothing subscription boxes also include accessories and jewelry because they tend to send pieces I would normally not pick myself. Case in point is this starburst bib necklace. Matte gold bars and beads create a subtle statement and the gold chain is finished with a lobster clasp and extra link extension to adjust the length.
Here is the necklace on. It has a nice weight, but not too heavy on, and I like how the bars shorten as the necklace rounds. It’s perfect to layer over a crew or v-neck top and the quality of this piece is definitely worth the $28.00 price tag.
Vince Camuto Long Sleeve Crew Colorblock Sweater Dress, size S – Cost to keep: $128.00
When I received this month’s box preview from Kaley, I was immediately drawn to this dress first. I love the geometric color blocking and vintage flair. In person, the quality of the knitting and fit is good, but truthfully I don’t feel it matches the $128 price tag. The chunky knit is made of 100% acrylic, so the hand feel is a little rough and cheap – similar to what I would expect from a fast-fashion lower-priced clothing chain. The higher price tag is definitely coming from the brand name. If the knit was comprised of a different fabrication (aka something not totally synthetic), I would almost definitely keep this, even with the $100+ cost.
I like how the asymmetrical pattern is mirrored on the back.
BP. Smocked Off The Shoulder Top, size S – Cost to keep: $45.00
Conversely, when I saw this top in my preview, I thought maybe I should swap it for something else, but decided to keep it in the trunk in case the quality was awesome. Sadly, I’m pretty disappointed by this piece. Also from BP, the price is great, but it is made from 100% polyester and super cheap feeling. The striping is matched and the neck and sleeve smocking are stitched well, but the right spaghetti strap is almost an inch longer than the left and is not adjustable. I would absolutely have to have this tailored so the right strap sits on my shoulder, but since I’m already on the fence about off-the-shoulder tops, I don’t love this enough to keep it.
Nordstrom Lingerie Long Wrap Cardigan, size S – Cost to keep: $68.00
Last up this month is a viscose/nylon knit cardigan that has a cool wrap feature in the front. There is a lot of fabric to this cardigan, especially in the front, but it feels comfortable and cozy on and fits true to size. I especially like the longer back – it’s perfect to pair with leggings.
Here’s a little snapshot of how this cardigan wraps:
The front is actually completely open and has two long sides that button together where they meet. Instead of unbuttoning, I pulled the sweater over my head to put my arms through the sleeves.
Once the cardigan is on, pull up the long sides and twist like you’re putting on an infinity scarf.
Voila! A crisscrossed draping results after pulling the sides over your head.
The buttoned detail sits on the back of your neck.
Verdict: This month was met with more personal style misses than hits, but I’m happy to see fall-centric pieces and balanced price points. To be fair, each item meets my style profile, but there’s something about almost each item that misses the mark in motivating me to keep the majority. However, 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?