My friends have been buzzing on Facebook about Trunk Club for awhile. Trunk Club is a clothing service – a stylist shops for you, picks out some clothes and sends them along for you to try.
It’s a lot like Stitch Fix, which I’ve been doing for years, but it also differs in many ways.
Personal Stylist: you have a personal stylist with Trunk Club, as you do with Stitch Fix, but it’s much more personal and customized with Trunk Club. My stylist Gretchen, reached out weeks before my first box appeared via email.
She asked if we could chat on the phone, so we did. We spent a good twenty minutes on the phone talking about my sizing, style and day-to-day wear. Stitch Fix gives you a personal stylist but the stylist changes from box to box. Clearly, having the same stylist is an improvement as they can hone in on what’s good for YOU and learn from misses in boxes as you go along.
Pricing: No doubt about it, Trunk Club clothes cost more money. You don’t pay any sort of styling fee, so that’s a bonus. (With Stitch Fix, it’s $20 for each box regardless of what you keep or not. If you keep clothing, the $20 is deducted from your overall price)
The pieces are more costly than Stitch Fix though. Gretchen did mention this on the phone and said they were Nordstrom prices. I shop at Nordstrom and it’s nice for a quality piece or two but I can’t imagine keeping an entire box from Truck Club because it would cost in the thousands. Here’s the price sheet from my own box. Almost everything is over $100 per item:
I just have a hard time spending $200 on a top I know I’m not going to wear all that much. I have an easier time wrapping my head around spending $100-150 on a dress than some of these t-shirts too.
Quality: The quality of the clothing was definitely nicer from Trunk Club, not shocking given the prices.
Here’s some of the items I received in my box. I had mentioned wanting a few dresses as I have a few events coming up.
I thought this one above was cute. Definitely a nice quality – it has a nice slip material under neath and it’s not something I’d normally pick out for myself. It was a teeny bit long though so I’d always have to wear big wedges or heels when wearing it unless I felt like getting it to the local tailor to bring it up an inch or two.
I liked this one more in the box than I did once it was on my body. We’re headed to Hawaii this summer so I thought it might be a good option for that but once it was on… meh? I didn’t love it.
This one is super cute and it has a really fun bow in the back (pictured below) but it was CRAZY long on me. I had to put the highest heels on that I own just to show it to you all and it still went down to touch the floor. I just don’t want spend more money to get it hemmed so I’ll most likely sent it back…
This one above is probably my favorite. It was very light and has a slip that comes to my knees and seems like a good dress up or down dress. I can see myself wearing this with a white cardigan.
I also mentioned to Gretchen how I seem to have more pants and bottoms than I do tops. Tops are a challenge for me, I don’t know why. I seem to always end up buying pants, skirts or dresses when I’m out and about so Gretchen included a lot of tops for me to choose from. Here’s a few pictured. My professional photographer (who also goes by the name of “husband”) had to take a conference call so these photos are selfies and not as nice.
The cheapest shirt in the bunch is $98. I just can’t do it for what are basically t-shirts and one blouse so I’ll be sending these back.
I’m still on the fence about this one below – this one seems a little more versatile. It’sby Paige and $159:
So. Bottom line – having a personal stylist is kind of awesome. I didn’t adore anything in my box so I’m not sure what I will be keeping. But I would think the more I go, the better my stylist will get to know me and my tastes. Sometimes it’s hard to get out and shopping for yourself, so in that regard this service can’t be beat.
Have you usedTrunk Clubyet? Check it out for yourself – there’s no fee, if you don’t like anything, you can of course send it back. Let me know what you think.