Trash Club by Divine Trash Vintage Fashion Subscription Box Review – February 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 February 2018 Review
Oh my gosh, I am so excited to share what I got in this month’s Trash Club package! Let’s take a look:
I love a good fashion subscription. Y’know what I love even more? A fashion subscription with a sustainable angle! Its name might suggest otherwise, but Trash Club actually helps keep clothes out of landfills by reselling them rather than pitching ’em. (By reusing clothing rather than selling new items, they’re also cutting down on resources and waste that come from clothing manufacturing!) As someone who’s trying to be more environmentally conscious, I love the idea of having a greener closet. Plus, I’ve long been a fan of vintage style. Vintage shopping almost always lands you with something quirky, a little offbeat, and best of all, super unique.
Just so you know, the process of signing up for Trash Club is a lot of fun. The brand is irreverent in an awesome Broad City sort of way, and that cool, fresh, devil-may-care tone shows up all over their site—and their sign up process! For instance, instead of asking for your age, they’ll hit you with questions like “What year did you come out of your mom?” I totally honor how that vibe isn’t for everyone. But it’s 100% on point for my personality!
One cool thing about the sign-up process is how thorough it is. They get crucial info like sizing, height, weight, and gender identity, but they also ask you to wax poetically about your style, your body shape, and what you like to wear. They even have a cool little widget where you’re shown laydowns (like Polyvore boards) of different styles of outfits, and you click to remove ones you dislike. Something about eliminating outfits you don’t like feels soooo much easier than thinking up things you do like!
One last thing before we get to the clothes—this matchbook! Matchbooks with names of restaurants or stores or other businesses are a really retro advertising tool. It’s a fitting way to advertise this vintage shop!
Probably my faaaavorite part about this subscription is that each piece thus far has come with a handwritten note from the folks at Divine Trash. Not only is it a thoughtful, personal touch, but I get the feeling that these fashion fans and I could be very good friends. I’m losing it over the line “Thank you, Harry Acton, for making such an amazing party collectible.” (FYI, the very retro tag of the top reads “HARRY ACTON FOR PARTY COLLECTABLES”.) Hilarious. Divine Trash team, want to get pizza sometime? You seem rad.
Rainbow Dolman Sleeve Sequin Sweater
Tada! Here it is! Right now, you’re either going “YAAAS! AMAZING!” or are gasping in horror. Hey, rainbow sequins are divisive! I get it! And sure, this top doesn’t have the most crowd-pleasing cut, either. The sleeves are wide and wing-like, and the edges of the top—the cuffs of the sleeves, the waistband—are elasticized so that when the top is laying flat, it looks like some kind of elaborate sequined balloon. But oh wow. I kind of love it.
Let’s break things down here. First, the top seems like it’s made from some kind of crocheted yarn. If you look closely, you can see that there are gaps between the clusters of jewel-toned sequins. I’m rocking it with a black bra, but if you were feeling more modest, a cami underneath would do the trick. The fiber part of the equation is black and pretty soft so that once you’ve gotten past the scratchy process of putting it on, it’s surprisingly comfortable to wear. There are a few hues of sequins, including silver, evergreen, magenta, sapphire, and garnet, which appear in stripes around the entirety of the top. The waistband is about 2 inches wide, and while yes, it does like to shimmy up to my natural waist, it’s not overly tight or clingy. For being so bold and glitzy, this top feels like something I could wear day-to-day.
Okay, now let’s talk styling. If you’re a regular reader of my clothing reviews, you know that I tend towards a minimalist approach to dressing. Neutral colors. Versatile, classic pieces. Clean, go-with-everything lines. Minimalist, this top is not. But it reminds me of the wildly out-of-the-ordinary pieces I’d wear in my bolder college days. (Remember when shiny American Apparel leggings were all the rage? Yeah. I had them in multiple colors.) Sure, at first, I was like oh wow, what do I wear with this? But after putting it on and seeing how it fits (and feeling how incredibly FUN I feel wearing it), I realized that it’s more versatile than you’d think. I wore it with some high-waisted wide-leg pants above to keep the attention on the top, but I also considered these combos:
- Sequined top over a pale-blue Oxford button down and classic khaki pants, almost like it’s a fancy sweater vest.
- Sequined top with one of those voluminous long black tulle skirts for a party.
- Sequined top with a high-waisted dark wash knee-length denim skirt, plus white booties, and big hoop earrings for a disco vibe.
The secret, I think, is to complement that cinched-in waistband with a high-waisted… anything. Once you get that silhouette down, it can act as a personality-packed centerpiece in so many looks!
The Verdict: I am so in love with Divine Trash! I do wish it was just a smidge less expensive, but I also 100% understand that a lot of the $30.00 cost is about curation—finding good-condition, well-fitting, unique vintage items that fit your style can take time and energy. As someone who doesn’t have as much time for all the treasure-hunting I used to do back in college/my early 20s, I appreciate that Divine Trash is there to do the legwork for me. Also, remember that the item I got was picked to fit my style profile (and I think it did a fantastic job). If you’re looking at this sequined top going “Oh no, not for me!”, keep in mind that you can ask for less quirky looks. I wanted things from both ends of the spectrum—this month was big and bold, but last month, I got a jacket that had much more of an understated, Madewell-inspired style to it.
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 sequined top—so that means it must be worth at least $30.00. I feel like I’ve seen similar pieces for under $30.00, but I also understand that at least some of the cost goes towards the curation/styling service aspect of the subscription.
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What do you think of Trash Club by Divine Trash? Do you like shopping secondhand?