Trunk Club is a highly personalized clothing service. Unlike Stitch Fix, Trunk Club was originally designed just for men. After Nordstrom acquired Trunk Club last year, the company made some changes and started styling women also. While there are a lot of similarities to Stitch Fix, Trunk Club is a more complete, more personalized service (though I am by no means breaking up with Stitch Fix).
After going back and forth, I figured I had nothing to lose. Plus, I’m trying to re-vamp my wardrobe. Out with the old and in with the new, right? So here’s how I ended up cheating on Stitch Fix…
Let’s start with the personalization.
Upon signing up, you take a short “style quiz” so that the Trunk Club stylist can assess your likes and dislikes. You also input all of your sizes. After that, your stylist will contact you according to your preference – for me, I chose email. My stylist Casey Easley then sent me a friendly email with a pretty long questionnaire to fill out at my leisure. It had questions about my measurements, preferences, style, work/personal schedules, price points, and clothing that I already own.
The questionnaire ended up taking me almost two months to finish, as I adjusted to a new work schedule and kept getting distracted in general. You can also choose to give this information over a phone call; I just prefer email so that I can think about all of my answers. Once I finally got it filled out, Casey then put together a Trunk for me and sent me a Trunk preview.
The great thing about the preview (even though I like Stitch Fix’s element of surprise) is that you can choose to remove things you don’t like before they get shipped to you. If you do remove anything, you just make a note in the comments section explaining to your stylist (1) why you removed them and (2) what you’d rather see.
Finally, you get a shipping confirmation. And voilá! You get your Trunk!
Let’s talk about the Trunk.
Trunks average around 15 items. This can include tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, shoes, jewelry, purses, bras and accessories. It’s a lot to go through! I really like that with your Trunk, your stylist creates outfits for you. At the same time, you can mix and match the clothing with pieces you already have in your wardrobe.
The scary part about having all of these items? The cost.
I had heard a lot of rumors about Trunks’ price tags running very very high. After much debate, I decided to try it for myself and see what the damage would be. In the questionnaire that I filled out, I made note of my price points for each type of clothing. 15 items can add up pretty fast, but Casey did a pretty good job of staying within my requests. For me, wanting to purchase 2-3 items per Trunk would make it a fantastic service.
Let’s go ahead and get started…
Here’s my Trunk Club Reveal numero uno:
• Pleione Mixed Media V-Neck Tunic in Teal ($58) • Love By Design Faux Fur Vest in Brown ($68) • NYDJ ‘Alina’ Colored Stretch Skinny Jeans ($110) • TOMS ‘Leila’ Ankle Bootie in Black ($138.95)
Thoughts: Top- I love the color and stretchy, comfy fabric of the tunic. However, I’m a little worried how easy it would be to keep the wrinkles out! Vest- I’m just not a fur person (faux or real) and this doesn’t do anything for me. Pants- These fit great in the legs and were super soft, but the fit in the waist was too small. Booties- I’ve been searching for black booties everywhere and actually really like these, but I’m not crazy about the price tag.
• Pleione Beaded A-Line Shift Dress in Red ($78) • Vince Camuto ‘Conley Buckle’ Open Toe Bootie in Black ($148.95) • Love by Design Faux Fur Vest in Brown ($68)
Thoughts: Dress- I love the sequin detail on the armholes, but I feel like this dress looks much cuter on than hanger than in person. Shoes- Adorable, but can I handle the height?
• 1.State Cheetah Print Popover Dress ($129) • Vince Camuto ‘Conley Buckle’ Open Toe Bootie in Black ($148.95)
Thoughts: Dress- Surprisingly, I really like the fit of this dress. I usually only wear neutrals, or a pop of solid color, so this print might be a stretch.
• Maggy London Jersey Faux Wrap Dress in Black ($98)
Thoughts: Dress- The top of the dress is very ill-fitting and much too tight. If I had taken a picture of me trying to lift my arms up, you’d understand what I mean.
• Vince Camuto Pleat V-Neck Blouse in Coral ($69) • NYDJ ‘Alina’ Colored Stretch Skinny Jeans ($110) • TOMS ‘Leila’ Ankle Bootie in Black ($138.95)
Thoughts: Top- Love the color and the fit, but not so crazy about the sheer-ness.
• Felicity & Coco Pleated Back Chiffon & Crepe Shift Dress in Navy ($108) • Vince Camuto ‘Conley Buckle’ Open Toe Bootie in Black ($148.95)
Thoughts: Dress- I don’t think this one does anything for me, although I do like the color.
• Halogen Ottoman Knit V-Neck Peplum Top in Navy ($68) • Paige Denim ‘Transcend – Verdugo’ Crop Skinny Jeans Lamont ($179) • Halogen ‘Olson’ Pointy Toe Studded T-Strap Flat ($89.95)
Thoughts: This was by far the strangest outfit for me. Top- I really can’t get over the cheerleader uniform fabric, and I don’t think the peplum is very flattering on me? Pants– Cropped pants on me feel extra short, since it’s hard enough for me to find pants that are long enough in the first place! Shoes– Looking at the picture, they actually don’t look as weird as they felt on my feet. Hm…
• Bobeau Flocked Floral Top ($54) • Vince Camuto Side Zip Skinny Pants ($89) • Vince Camuto ‘Conley Buckle’ Open Toe Bootie in Black ($148.95)
Thoughts: This was the outfit that surprised me the most. The black flowers on the top are actually velvety, and the top itself pretty short in length (on purpose). Top- Still undecided on this one, but it might be growing on me. Pants- The waistband is a big piece of elastic! Super comfy, but the pleat makes them look dressier – would I have enough to wear with them?
Here’s a close-up of the shoes:
And the complete price list:
The awesome part about Trunk Club is that there are no extra fees or costs. There’s no styling fee and no return shipping fee. You simply keep (and pay for) what you want. Overall, I was very happy with my first Trunk Club experience – even though I’m still undecided what I should keep or send back. Either way, I’ll be leaving feedback for Casey soon, and requesting another Trunk soon after!
What should I keep??
Let me know in the comments below!