Trunk Club Review – Women’s Clothing Subscription Service
Trunk Club is a stylist box owned by Nordstrom, and it’s similar to Stitch Fix. (It’s not a monthly subscription though – you can schedule your boxes as frequently as you like). Up until recently they only styled for men, but they’ve opened it up for women as well! They have a waitlist right now, but they’re slowly opening it up for women to try.
Unlike Stitch Fix (the women’s stylist service), there is no upfront stylist fee. You sign up and you get a call from your stylist. Personally, I didn’t love this part because 1) phone calls are something I totally didn’t realize would become so difficult with a newborn! My goodness, you have to time them just right and hope baby sleeps the whole conversation, and 2) I really prefer to do everything online since talking on the phone gives me a little anxiety! Plus, digitally is just easier to me. However, my stylist Emily Lytle was really sweet and made everything really comfortable so it wasn’t bad.
I let my stylist know what kind of clothing I was looking for as well as the brand/size of some of my favorite, best-fitting pieces of clothing I already own.
(One thing to note – I just said my size number in my favorite brand of jeans since they don’t work off measurements, just typical women’s sizing numbers [which we all know can be so different across brands and frustrating in general]. She didn’t prompt me for a waist size measurement and the higher-end pants she sent me are sized in measurements, so she had a lot of guessing room between the two sizing methods and ended up sending me sizes that were too small. I know now to clear that up in my feedback!)
She then sent me a link with the items she had picked out for me and I had 24 hours to reject any item I definitely didn’t want for her to replace with something else, and then the rest would ship.
And then the Trunk Club box arrived a day or two later via FedEx!
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The Box: Trunk Club
The Cost: Depends completely on what items you keep
The Products: Men and women’s clothing and accessories curated to your taste.
Ships to: US
Delivered via: FedEx. (Which is nice because you can also schedule a free pickup of the items you don’t want to keep via FedEx through the service).
It was so fun to open up this giant box and have so many things to try!
Trunks come with an info sheet with a note from your stylist, return instructions, and a list of all items in your trunk and their prices.
Here’s the list of my items and their prices.
Sandra Ingrish Sleeveless Double Layer Crepe Blouse – Cost to Keep: $58 (On Sale at Nordstrom.com for $34.80)
I like this top a lot! I really wasn’t sure the double layer would be flattering but it’s actually pretty nice! I love the color as well. When I looked the garment up, I found that it’s actually on sale at Nordstrom.com. I had asked my stylist about price matching and she said that Nordstrom.com is the only place they’ll match to, since they’re owned by Nordstrom.
AG ‘The Prima’ Mid Rise Cigarette Jeans – Cost to Keep: $142.40
These jeans were great, except they were too small. Like I mentioned in the beginning of this review, I didn’t give my stylist a waist measurement size to go off of, just what size my current favorite pair of jeans are, which use the typical women’s even-number sizing. This discrepancy meant more guesswork for my stylist, so these jeans fit great everywhere except the waist.
I know I just had a baby but I’m actually back into my pre-pregnancy sizes, and these would have been a size or two too small before I was pregnant, anyway. Obviously, though, being pregnant and giving birth still changes the shape/size of your hips (both your bones and fat) in general, so I’m sure that complicates sizing for pants for me now, too.
Trouvé ‘Everyday’ V-Neck Sweater – Cost to Keep: $68
I liked this top okay. The color is great for Fall, but the fit is weird for me. The sleeves were just a little shorter than I like and I didn’t feel good in the baggier fit of this top.
Paige Denim ‘Manhattan’ Baby Bootcut Jeans (Georgie) – Cost to Keep: $193
Oh, did I love these jeans! They were stretchy, high-quality, flattering, a great wash… but I had the same issue with the size in the hips that I did with the black cigarette pants. Even before being pregnant, the waist would have been a size or two too small for me, plus I’m still figuring out my post-baby hips.
Blondo ‘Valli’ Waterproof Ankle Bootie – Cost to Keep: $149.95
I’m wearing these boots in the previous photo. I love these! They’re a really beautiful neutral and the heel is a great height. Plus, they’re waterproof, which is a total win for suede!
Zella ‘Neo’ Wraparound Cardigan – Cost to Keep: $68
This was a really interesting top – the front doesn’t open at all. You put this cardigan over your head and have a really long piece of fabric hanging down that you twist like an infinity scarf and put it around your neck to make the top look like this. I wasn’t sure what to think at first but I actually really like it and find it quite flattering. The material is really nice, as well.
Hinge Ombré Fringe Cape – Cost to Keep: $78
Capes and ponchos and such are things I’ve always steered clear of because I’ve never found them to be flattering ever. I almost scoffed when I pulled this out of the box but this must be a magical cape or something because I’m actually really happy with how it fits and looks! Maybe I just had to get the design and proportions just right?
Vince Camuto Petite Pleat Front V-Neck Top – Cost to Keep: $69
My info card says this top is the petite version of this top, which is confusing to me because I am the opposite of petite. At 6’ tall, I can’t usually even try to get away with petite items. The length of this top doesn’t hit me too terribly, but I wish I could have seen the regular version. Regardless, I didn’t even really like the style of this top, either – too billowy for me.
Ivanka Trump ‘Chic’ Flat – Cost to Keep: $99.95
I’m wearing these shoes in the previous photo and I have to say I have never known how sexy and chic pointed-toed shoes make a girl feel. I loved the look of these, but these were too narrow for my feet (even though I don’t normally have to wear specifically “wide” shoes).
Trouvé ‘Everyday’ V-Neck Sweater – Cost to Keep: $68
This is the same sweater as the red one earlier, just in blue. I adore this color but I still have the same issues with the style/fit.
Madewell Chambray Boyfriend Shirt – Cost to Keep: $79.50
I actually don’t own any chambray shirts, so I was interested in seeing how I felt about this. I like the way it looks in this photo but in person it felt boxier than I like due to the boyfriend style. I definitely prefer my waist to be more accented, but now I know to keep an eye out for a chambray top with darts/a women’s fit!
Barbour Beadnell Quilted Liner – Cost to Keep: $99
This vest is another item I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to like, but it’s actually not bad! It’s still not my style but it was good to try something new and find out it’s not as bad as I thought it’d be.
cupcakes and cashmere ‘Shrine’ Button Front Shirt – Cost to Keep $100
A good white button down is a great staple to have in every wardrobe. However, this one just isn’t that perfectly fitting staple I need, and I’d want it to be perfect for that cost.
Halogen Long Nep Yarn Cardigan – Cost to Keep: $78
This is my favorite item in the whole box! It’s a beautiful color, a great length, flatteringly fitted, and super comfortable. It’s definitely Fall here in Michigan now, so a new cardigan is totally seasonally appropriate.
Trouvé Faux Leather Front Leggings – Cost to Keep: $78
I loved the look and feel of these leggings but unfortunately I couldn’t get them on all the way.
Verdict: I enjoyed my first experience with Trunk Club for women! I’m only keeping 2 items from this trunk. Most of that is due to my personal budget, but also I didn’t love the style or fit of most things, which can be somewhat expected from the very first box from any styling subscription. That’s likely to improve with feedback and future boxes though. I’m a little bummed there were no dresses in my trunk, though – I would have liked to see a couple. I did have a little sticker shock with some of the items, but everything is from Nordstrom so that’s a little expected, too. Plus, the higher price tags definitely correlate with the high quality of every item.
Ultimately, I really like this service. The Trunk Club site is really easy to use to give feedback on all of your items, and they make shipping back your items easy (and free). You just schedule a pickup from FedEx. In summary, this is a high-cost box, but it also is a very high-end service. I also like that there is zero cost for the whole experience – just pay for what you want to keep.
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