Trash Club by Divine Trash Vintage Fashion Subscription Box Review – January 2018
Trash Club by Divine Trash Vintage is a fashion subscription box that sends you a new vintage treasure each month. Run by two women out of Missoula, Montana, this awesomely irreverent styling service is the answer for people whose tastes aren’t satisfied by more mainstream subscriptions. As they put it on their site, “If you want to be a badass with an unconventional vibe or a trendsetter that is constantly fielding “where did you get that???”, then you have come to right place, my friend!”
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About Trash Club by Divine Trash Vintage Fashion Subscription Box
The Subscription Box: Trash Club by Divine Trash Vintage
The Cost: $30.00 per month + free US shipping
The Products: Great-quality vintage clothing and accessories curated to your size and preferences
Ships to: US for free. If you’re shipping internationally, contact the Divine Trash crew first.
Trash Club by Divine Trash Vintage January 2018 Review
This is my first time trying a secondhand fashion subscription, and I am so excited! Here’s what Trash Club is all about:
I first heard about Divine Trash’s subscription box via my beloved BUST Magazine (I can’t WAIT to read the Greta Gerwig issue!) and had to check it out. While I love the convenience of styling services, the eco-conscious part of my brain is really attracted to the idea of secondhand clothing styling services. (I’ll be reviewing one of the new ThredUp Goody Boxes soon…) I’ve spent so much of my very young adulthood bopping around thrift stores, and I have a few go-to consignment shops I visit regularly nowadays. In my experience, secondhand clothes can be just as amazing as things I’d buy new, but unlike new items, they don’t tax the earth with more manufacturing, plus you’re saving a piece of perfectly good clothing from heading to the landfill. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about showing up at a party wearing the same top that nine other friends also bought at the mall that weekend. (That was the main reason I was a thrift store fan in college—I went to a small school in a small town, and if it was at the local Target, you’d better believe 20 other people on campus owned it.)
The process of signing up for Trash Club is super fun. If you can’t tell by the name, this subscription has a little irreverent edge to it and that vibe shows up in everything the Trash Club folks do. The site is full of hilarious, dry humor and slang, and the style profile you fill out has questions like “What year did you come out of your mom?” It’s probably an acquired taste for some, but for me, it’s delightfully weird. I feel like Ilana from Broad City is taking me shopping, which is basically my dream, so…
I didn’t expect the profile to be as thorough as it was, but I was really impressed! There’s a chance to note height and weight, gender identity, the coming-out-of-your-mom thing, and even to riff about your body shape and what you most love to wear or want to try. They even have a cool little widget where you’re shown laydowns (like Polyvore boards, if you’re hip to those) of different styles of outfits, and you click to remove ones you dislike. It’s a cool way to narrow things down and visually show what you like to wear. I recently read that Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up book and really enjoyed mentally (and sometimes verbally) saying “These clothes do NOT spark joy!” as I trashed the not-me looks.
Okay, let’s talk about the box itself. First, there’s the info card above, which includes amazing recommendations of where to wear my cool new duds. Then, we have this retro book of matches! How cool is this? Matchbooks used to be as popular an advertising tool as getting your product in an Instagram post, and the fact that this vintage-minded company nodded to the past with its promotional goodies is so clever to me. Plus, this candle lover is always in need of matches, so it’s a useful bit of ephemera for me!
Before we get to the star of the show, I wanted to point out my one of my favorite parts about this box—this little, handwritten note on the back of the garment tag! Lots of styling services include a note from the person that curated the box, but I’ve yet to see one that’s handwritten. This subscription has a lot of edge to it, but this thoughtful, personal touch tells me there’s a lot of heart behind this business, too. Like, I want to meet these women! I want to hang out!
Olive-Green Army-Style Jacket
Not to keep you waiting any longer… THIS is the amazing item I got in my first shipment! Are you picking up on the Freaks-and-Geeks-Lindsay-Weir vibes I am serving, because I am serving a LOT of them in this jacket. I’ve long loved army-ish jackets, but surprisingly enough, this thrift store lover has never actually bought one for herself. Most of them end up looking too big and bulky on me. But this army-style jacket (I’m not sure it’s a legit army jacket, and I don’t want to assume…) is awesome. I’ve been enjoying playing with oversized shapes on top of more tailored silhouettes (which I noted in my profile, by the way), and this jacket is perfect for that task. Look how cute it looks over a fitted tee and skinny jeans!
Do you like my fashionable hair-tie-as-bracelet look? I know, it’s very chic.
Oh, another great thing about secondhand clothing is that it already has the soft, well-worn feeling right off the bat. This jacket is in amazing shape (there was a stray thread maybe, but all of the seams and stitching is tip-top) and it wears like a dream. Part of the reason the fit is so good is that it’s got plenty of structure, but it’s just worn out enough to hang more casually over my broad shoulders. It feels like a pair of high-quality jeans you’ve worn for a decade, so now they’re dreamy soft and barely stiff at all.
Really the only fly in the ointment here is that the sleeves are suuuper long.
But I unconsciously scrunch nearly ever sleeve that I wear, so a long sleeve is no worry for me. I’ve been wearing this cuffed at about a 3/4 length, but it also looks mighty nice in the “JCrew cuff” that Emily helped me create. (You basically do one giant cuff up to your elbow, then cuff that up on top of itself, so that the hem of the sleeve pops out.) You learn something new every day, I tell ya.
The Verdict: I feel like I wrote so much about just one item, but folks, it’s because I am so smitten with this jacket! I’m really impressed by how well the Divine Trash crew nailed my style and size on the first try. I’ve been wearing this around like a cardigan, but once spring hits, I’ll be happily using it as my go-to jacket. I’ve got oodles of pins and patches that might suit this jacket well, too. It doesn’t specify on the Divine Trash site whether you get just one item per month or if there’s a possibility for multiple smaller looks, but I can confidently say that this jacket is worth at least $30.00 to me. I’m so stoked to have discovered this subscription—every part of it, from the quirky name to the wacky site copy is right up my alley. The jacket is a perfect fit for my bod, and the subscription is a perfect fit for my personality!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? You can definitely subscribe, but what you get will be super unique, both because it’s vintage and because it’s picked specifically for your tastes! According to Divine Trash, Trash Club packages will ship within a week of your charge.
Value Breakdown: This box cost $30.00 with free US shipping. There was just one item inside—the jacket—so that means it must be worth at least $30.00. Personally, I feel like if I found something similar, quality and fit-wise, it’d be at a place like Madewell, and it’d be way more expensive than $30.00. So I feel like I got a lot of value from this order!
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What do you think of Trash Club by Divine Trash? Do you like shopping secondhand?