If you have any kind of social media account or listen to podcasts you’ve probably seen/heard ads for subscription clothing boxes like Stitch Fix, Le Tote, or Nordstrom’s Trunk Club. I talked a bit about Trunk Club on Friday Faves a couple of weeks ago, but wanted to do a full review because I’m really excited about my experience with them!
Basically, you go online and fill out a profile, then a stylist sends you a box with clothing and accessories tailored to your size/tastes/needs. You send back anything you don’t want and pay for the items you want to keep. It’s a great idea if you’re the type of person who doesn’t enjoy shopping (not me), if you’re looking to try some new styles you might not normally seek out, or you just don’t have time to scour tons of sites and stores for new season outfits or something for a specific event (me).
After some lousy experiences with Stitch Fix I decided to give Trunk Club a shot. The biggest selling points for me:
1. No styling fee if you have a Nordstrom card (it’s $25 otherwise, which is applied to anything you purchase). With Stitch Fix, I lost the $20 styling fee twice because there was nothing in the box that fit me or the styles weren’t what I asked for, so I was pretty adamant about never using them again. With Trunk Club there’s no risk involved since I’m a Nordstrom cardholder.
2. You approve/reject the items in your trunk ahead of time instead of everything being a surprise. This is a HUGE improvement on Stitch Fix because you likely won’t get a box full of things you hate.
3. You get to chat via instant message or phone with your Trunk Club stylist in advance, telling them the different things you are looking for, likes/dislikes, price points, etc., which is another thing you can’t do with Stitch Fix (you can send your stylist a message saying what you are looking for, but there’s no back-and-forth interaction).
Of course when I was asked who my style icon was I said The Duchess of Cambridge, so I was excited to see if any Kate-inspired pieces would show up in my trunk. One day after I signed up for Trunk Club I got an email from my stylist that my trunk was ready to review. I’ll admit, there were a few things in there that I thought “no way,” like some really ugly mules, and black jeans that cost almost $200, so I rejected those items. But I did like most of things in the initial trunk options and they were in line with what I asked to receive.
You can opt to have your stylist send a few surprise things to replace the items you reject, or just send what you asked for from the trunk. I figured the more the merrier, so I opted for the additional items after I rejected some. I ended up with 12 items in my trunk: two pairs of pants, two dresses, 6 tops, 1 pair of shoes, and a pair of earrings:
Sidenote: the Hinge cardigan is now on sale for 40% off – it looked nice, but I didn’t even try it on because I thought $89 was outrageous for such a basic sweater.
In the end, I didn’t keep anything in my trunk (which is why I don’t have pictures of me wearing anything) but I did take advantage of the exchange feature. A few of the items didn’t fit well, like the shoes and the jeans, but I am all over the place in terms of size, depending on the brand. With the rest, I just didn’t like how the clothes looked on me versus the online pictures, or I thought they were too pricey (the earrings and sweater, especially). Luckily, of the items I did like, I was able to switch them for something that suited me better.
The black jeans weren’t available in the next size up for an exchange, but my stylist found a very similar (and cheaper!) pair and I ended up keeping those when they arrived. They’re the Emma ankle skinny jeans from STS Blue. I hate shopping for jeans with a passion, so finding a new pair of black jeans without trying on 100 pairs was a priority for this trunk I’m super happy with the ones my stylist found, they’re really stretchy and comfy and under $50!
And I loved the BP Perfect Shirt in terms of fit and comfort, but the vertical-striped pattern and washed out color looked terrible on me. Luckily, I was easily able to exchange the shirt for a black-and-white gingham check version that looks like Kate’s gingham boyfriend shirt from GAP. The exchange was processed quickly and I love my shirt! It looks great under a solid black sweater.
The return/checkout process was super easy. You go on the Trunk Club site and under each item you click whether you are keeping it, returning it, or exchanging it, and there are boxes to tick for feedback such as “too big” or “too expensive,” as well as a comment box so you can give detailed feedback to your stylist.
After you click what you’re returning/exchanging, a box pops up where you can schedule a UPS pickup, so you don’t even need to leave your house to return the trunk. Just slap the label on your trunk (they even give you adhesive strips to close it) and be done with it. I was expecting to have to drop it off at Nordstrom or the UPS store, so that was a big win for me because I would drive around with it in my car for a week otherwise. #lazy
Overall I would definitely recommend checking out Trunk Club over other stylist boxes. The ability to return everything so easily made it a no-hassle experience, and I found two things I was really looking for: a smart casual shirt and black jeans. I also learned that the big ruffle trend wasn’t for me (hey, I tried!) so that was a good lesson in itself. I have an event in the spring and haven’t been able to find a top to match the maxi skirt I bought at Anthropologie, so my stylist is on the case. I’ll report back when I get my next trunk!
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