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Trunk Club Men Subscription Box Review – December 2018

Eric Cadman
ByEric CadmanDec 18, 2018 | 5 comments

Trunk Club
3.4 overall rating
62 Ratings | 16 Reviews

Trunk Club is a clothing styling service for both men and women. Subscribers work closely with their stylist to find ideal pieces that are then sent as a trunk to try on and possibly purchase. Trunks can be ordered as often as you like, whether that be once, monthly, or quarterly - Trunk Club goes at your pace.

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+)

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About Trunk Club Men

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

The Products: 7-10 clothing items hand-selected by a stylist for you to try on at home. Items may include clothing, shoes, and accessories.

Ships to: Their website states that they ship to the contiguous 48 states only, for free, but it also states that there is a shipping and return fee to ship to Alaska and Hawaii.  They do not ship internationally.

Good to Know: Trunk Club price matches "within 14 days of purchase exclusively to Nordstrom."

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

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December 2018 Trunk Club Men Review

With the snow now falling, it was the perfect time for cozy sweaters - and Trunk Club delivered just that.

There's a little bit of legwork to get up and running with Trunk Club. You'll go through a series of questions to create your profile:

It starts with this standard question to get a baseline of why you're trying the service. Next, you'll pick the basic look you strive for:

After this, you go more in-depth with how you like clothing to fit, along with dislikes:


Then you'll go through your shopping tendencies:

Got it? Good! Let's go!

They're offering gift cards for the holidays to make it easy to gift.

You'll want to go through and find this information. This is what you'll need to ship back the items you do not want to keep.

The Rail - Broken Pattern Cotton Blend Cardigan - Cost To Keep $69.50

Let's start with this colorful cardigan.

While this was warm and cozy, the design of this was not for me. In the end, I just couldn't see myself wearing this in any circumstance - so it was one of my returns this month.

1901 -Fremont Flat Front Slim Fit Stretch Chino Pants - Cost To Keep $69.50

The accompanying pants are a slim fit chino from 1901. While I enjoy a nice chino, I really have this personal dislike of side pockets, they tend to flap open like elephant ears when I wear pants like this, again - while these are my style and comfortable - I had to send them back.

Børn - Elk II Chukka Boot - Cost To Keep $99

Look at these beautiful boots! These were probably the highlight of the box for me - I'm always on the lookout for some nice looking boots that I can wear during winter, or that are nice enough that I could wear to a more formal event too - this hit that sweet spot.

I thought these looked pretty dang good - and more importantly, fit very nicely on my foot - I almost immediately decided to keep these.

Nordstrom Men's Shop - V-Neck Merino Wool Sweater - Cost To Keep $79.50

This Merino Wool sweater was light, soft, and breathable - but the fit was just way off and did my body no favors! This left me a bit disappointed because I do really like that color (it felt very appropriate for the holidays), but the fit is everything, and this one missed.

Mizzen+Main - Belmar Trim Fit Check Performance Sport Shirt - Cost To Keep $125

This was the most unique of the bunch. While it seems very straightforward, the fabric, cuffs, and neckline were totally different than anything I have triedo n before.

It's a bit hard to describe, but the cuffs and collar were just super rigid and strong - almost like the brim of a ballcap - it was a bit odd since I couldn't even reshape them. I like the look of this one and could live with the collar/cuffs, but I just don't need anything like this at the moment - so, again, it was a return.

Nordstrom Men's Shop - Cable Knit Crewneck Sweater - Cost to Keep $79.50

If you've read this far, you probably think that I've basically returned everything, but fear not - this was a keeper. I'm actually wearing this cable knit sweater as I'm writing this review. The fit was nice and it was just all types of cozy - perfect to wear around the house or to something a little more formal.

1901 - Fisherman Sweater - Cost to Keep $47.70

Speaking of cozy sweaters, Trunk Club was able to nail down two great sweater options for me this month. This sweater had a bit more of a loose fit compared to the Nordstrom option above, it's also a tad bit thinner while still being cozy.

This cable knit sweater was designs all across the front and back. It was an easy keep for me.

Nordstrom Men's Shop - Tech-Smart Slim Fit Multi Pane Sport Shirt - $69.50

I did receive a second dress shirt option this month, this time from the Nordstrom brand. Again, I actually like the look and fit of this one, but I'm just not in need of a new dress shirt at the moment.

Happy Socks - Holiday Gnome Socks - Cost to Keep $12

The last item in the box is a pair of holiday gnome socks from Happy Feet.

The toes and the ankle have a glittery look to them.

These were comfortable in the cold weather - so why not grab a pair of socks for upcoming holiday parties?

Verdict: This delivery was a bit of a miss as the majority of items were sent back. I think that's part of the process, though, so it's important to use their feedback tool to improve the next shipment. There's even a Trunk preview to get out in front of things, had I used that, I could have avoided getting the dress shirts that I just don't need at the moment.

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!

Value Breakdown: This box cost $25, along with the cost of the pieces you decide to keep - Shipping is free both ways.  The total retail value of the items inside my shipment today is $711.20 (a few items were on sale), which is an average of $71.12 per item. The price per piece is listed alongside each product above.

What do you think of my latest Trunk Club? Did I make the right calls with keeping or sending back clothing?

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Eric Cadman
Eric Cadman
Eric is the co-founder of My Subscription Addiction. He's been hooked on geek subscription boxes since 2012 thanks to Loot Crate and Nerd Block. Geek boxes sparked his desire for collecting Funko Pops and comic book statues!

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Those chinos were way too long too! You look great in the last two sweaters and the socks are so fun.

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I’m jealous that the price point is so much better for men’s clothes, per norm. All three of the pullover sweaters are just my cup of tea. Hmm, I wonder if my stylist could send me some men’s sweaters, instead?

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Great review as always. I loved the simple: Let’s start with this colorful cardigan. No further explanation needed lol. What is with that strange squiggle down the side of it, is that the broken part? Very odd and so glad you sent that back! Lookin good!

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Eric Cadman

Right? The squiggle is so weird but also intentional for some reason. There was a lot to unpack there.

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Best review line ever: “I just couldn’t see myself wearing this in any circumstance”.
That’s kind and gentle MSA speak for “Wow, how much do I hate this?” hahah

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