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Trunk Club for Women Subscription Review – January 2018

Sara McClelland
BySara McClellandJan 28, 2018 | 5 comments
Trunk Club
3.4 overall rating
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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.

Trunk Club January 2018 box closed on its side

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 January 2018 open

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!

Trunk Club January 2018 box unpacked

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Trunk Club January 2018 review

About Trunk Club

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." The $25 styling fee is waived if you use a Nordstrom credit or debit card.

Trunk Club Women's January 2018 Review

Trunk Club January 2018 packet envelope

Trunk Club January 2018 return label

My box arrived with a packet of info and shipping materials for anything I decide to return.

Trunk Club January 2018 letter

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! Each month, we chat about specific requests and she tailors an assortment from there. They send 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!

Trunk Club January 2018 invoice

One request this month was to send fewer options. I like to shop, but receiving 10-12 items was a bit daunting and I wanted to experience a smaller curation. There's also a list of what was sent, along with pricing if I decide to keep anything.

Jeffrey Campbell Arcita Slide Sandal, size 8 - Cost to keep: $149.94

I recently let Kaley know that I'm ready to try some springtime styles in the midst of an up and down cold winter. I anticipated receiving transitional pieces, however, these slides are not what I had in mind. The blush suede and 2" heel height are perfect, but the rest is not for me - now or into the spring and summer. I've never been a fan of pearls, so the heel accent is a bit over the top, even for a funky shoe enthusiast such as myself! At a steep price point, I will definitely be sending this option back to Trunk Club.

BP. Bar Charm Necklace - Cost to keep: $14.00

This goldtone necklace is so simple and the quality is good, if not better than its low cost. I tend to wear more statement pieces, so the under 2" gold bar on a delicate chain is definitely a departure from what's already in my closet - but always a good thing with clothing subscription boxes. Even at the low cost, I've seen similar pieces from a regional artisan and would rather spend my money supporting them, even if that means spending a bit more.

Lush Knot Front Shirt, size S - Cost to keep: $39.00

This 100% rayon top is definitely my favorite item in this month's box! I love the carefree attitude it exudes and love that Kaley sent me a purple-hued option. I literally do not own anything purple and the lilac shade mixed with floral pattern is really beautiful on. The deep v-neck is met with 5 buttons down the front and finished with a knotted tie at the waist. I would likely wear a camisole underneath to ensure a little more coverage, but overall, this item is a winner! I also love it in the cinnamon color option!

BP. Denim Trucker Jacket, size S - Cost to keep: $69.00

Denim jackets have never been my thing - not even in the 90s. However, they're trendy and I wanted to give this one a chance when I saw it in my Trunk Club preview. In person, I'm disappointed by the cut. Don't get me wrong, the 100% cotton is super thick and the quality is no joke. However, that thickness makes it a bit too boxy for my frame. The shredding and tears are cool, but unfortunately, I have no desire to keep this option.

Mimi Chica Faux Suede Camisole Tank, size M - Cost to keep: $29.00

I'll be honest, this inclusion feels a little random compared to my style preferences. I do appreciate Kaley sending a lower price-pointed top (if I chose to keep this, I'd only be spending $4.00 after my styling fee is deducted). The steel grey faux suede is super soft and I could envision dressing this up, tucked into a patterned pencil skirt. There's a v-neck in the front and back, which is nicely supported by the adjustable spaghetti straps. All said, this option doesn't really fit into my day-to-day and I just don't think there's a need to keep it.

Free People Magic Dance Kimono, one size - Cost to keep: $58.00

Oh, pretty kimono! So carefree and cool! The floral paisley pattern on this 100% rayon is gorgeous and totally different than anything else I own. The kimono has a silky hand feel and an oversized fit, as I would expect.

The arm sleeve exists thanks to about three inches of stitching...and that's it! That being said, the kimono easily falls off my narrow shoulders, which is a bit of a bummer. This piece is absolutely worth the $58.00 price point, but I'm on the fence about keeping it.

Topshop Moto 'Joni' Super Skinny Jeans, size 28 - Cost to keep: $65.00

I always welcome denim in clothing subscription boxes! Especially pairs with no rips and tears because I went a little overboard last year with buying distressed denim. However, this cotton/polyester/elastane pair arrived with a slew of issues, despite the high-rise and cropped silhouette I was excited about. First being that even though Kaley sized up, my 12-year-old self wouldn't be able to fit into these! I typically have to size up 2-3 sizes with European brands regardless of the number and these are no exception. The other issue I have is that in my Trunk Club preview, the model is wearing a very dark washed pair of jeans with yellow topstitching - the only color option on Nordstrom. These are more of a medium wash with blue top-stitching and look nothing like what I previewed. What's up with that? It's obvious, but these are going back!

Verdict: I have been receiving Trunk Club for well over a year and normally super happy about the process, beginning to end. However, this is the second month in a row I've been more disappointed than excited about the selection sent. I was happy to receive a smaller assortment of items and you can tell Kaley put together a couple thoughtful outfits - they just didn't hit the nail on the head for my personal style. As always, I'll provide feedback to her for next month and still looking forward to my next box!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Trunk Club curates its boxes based on each individual’s preferences as well as what’s available. What you get might not be the same as what I got, but you also might get something that fits your style and body even better than the looks above! Sign up and see what they choose for you!

Value Breakdown: This box cost $25 with free shipping and returns. The total retail value of the 7 items inside is $423.94 and an average of $60.56 per item (MUCH lower than the last box). The cost of each item is listed alongside it above, but if I choose to keep anything, the $25 cost of the box would also be applied to the purchase.

Check out all of our Trunk Club reviews and the Women's Clothing Subscription Box Directory!

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Sara McClelland
Sara McClelland
Sara received a gift subscription to Birchbox in 2013 and has been intrigued by (ok, obsessed with) discovery and fashion boxes ever since. Her basset hound, Oliver, is a huge fan of Barkbox, too.

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Nicole Rieder

I am so surprised those shoes are Jeffrey Campbells?! They just are almost too matronly with the pearl accents! That lilac top is so cute on you, though!

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I usually don’t like kimonos but that one is so pretty and flattering. I definitely think the kimono is the winner. The top is cool but it will be at the rack in a couple of months…just due to the brand.

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Those shoes are so tacky! The two tops are all I’d consider keeping. Not worth the styling fee since you can find those tops for cheap at a variety of stores.

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I agree that was a disappointing Trunk. It seems almost like they just grabbed some things they were trying to get rid of! The exception to that is definitely the kimono. I always find that I love most things Free People. The kimono is so unique and beautiful, I think you should keep it. I was surprised by the price point, given that Free People is generally an expensive brand.

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Sara McClelland

Totally agree, Aimee! I was equally surprised by the under $60 price for the kimono!

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