I kept hearing about clothing subscription boxes all around Youtube, and Trunk Club stood out to me cause it was affiliated with a store that i’m sure everyone has heard of…Nordstrom. I’m careful buying online so that name recognition made me feel more comfortable buying from them cause i knew there was a higher probability they had quality clothes they were sending vs not. I also liked the process where i choose what i like and only keep and pay for what I don’t send back to them.
I knew the price point was going to be high (…yeah…Nordstrom!) but I guess it didn’t occur to me just how high. Definitely for me personally, this was only a belated birthday treat to myself cause this isn’t something that everyone can afford on a regular basis. With $100 shoes and skirts in this box…yeah be prepared for the sticker shock.
THE WAY IT WORKS
So you create an account on the site, then you start by putting in details about yourself including size, height, weight, garment sizes and your measurements. After that there is also a spot to input your pinterest boards so that the stylist can review your clothing pins to get your taste. My stylist chose what she thought I might like, it was the same day I got my trunk ‘overview’ within their message board on my account. There were areas where you noted liked, or didn’t like and why. So i rejected about 3 or 4 items but instead of another round of reviewing the trunk, it went straight into she would review my feedback then based on that make a final determination of what to send me. Five days later, my box arrived.
You have to admit, the packaging is kinda neat where it looks like a textured trunk with a handle. Inside were nicely folded pile of clothing tied with twill ribbon. The shoes were in a shoe box. Inside was a personalized note that explained the process clearly, and also a price sheet of each of the items.
It was a pretty good mixture of things and another good thing about these boxes, is trying to find colors you normally wouldn’t pick for yourself even though the only ‘color’ in this box was a rust colored silky blouse. Which I think the color works on me, but I didn’t love that style of blouse.
When your stylist knows your box arrives, you get an overview of some ideas on how to pair the clothing together in outfits. So I tried on each one to see how it looked.
OUTFIT ONE – Meh…
Looks a bit frumpy on me. I liked the skirt, but I think was an inch too small for me.
OUTFIT TWO – So So
I think this shirt to me goes better with jeans. At this point I really was sold on the cardigan. The jeans however were close to a pair I already have.
OUTFIT THREE & SIX – Definitely not! lol
Outfit three and six were so bad, i’m not even posting photos! Three consisted of the jeans, and the rusty blouse without a cover. Six consisted of the grey skirt with the blouse. Which meant that I couldn’t see keeping the blouse if I had to wear it always with some sort of cardigan.
OUTFIT FOUR – Shirt not my style
This shirt style seems to work better with hair up rather than down because of the choker bit around the neck. I liked it ‘sort of’ but knew I wouldn’t wear it enough to warrant me actually buying it.
OUTFIT FIVE – Shirt not my style
Well…thats the point of these boxes…trying styles you wouldn’t normally wear and yeah…this definitely wasn’t me. To frilly and very large.
MY STYLE – The two items I kept
So after all that, the last thing I tried on were the leggings and I have to say, me not having any leggings I now know the obsession with them. So comfy! Pairing them with some ballet flats, and a white tunic length camisole…this is more my style. I’ve worn the cardigan numerous times but i found I haven’t worn the leggings so i hope to over winter cause they are warm enough too I think.
After I made my decision on the same night, I folded and piled everything back into the box that they came in, and in the folder, they give you an already printed ups label and two strips of tape to return shipping for free.
I took care to make sure the clothes were folded and tied up as nice as I received them.
It was fun, but for me a treat. I can’t see doing this on a regular basis and that conclusion has nothing to do with Trunk Club itself. The prices on the clothes were very expensive so if you have that kind of money, I can see this being a fun service to have a stylist send you things to try and test out. I realized though, styles do come and go so i’d rather spend less on nice clothes (salvation army, second hand stores, and clearance sales) than alot on one or two pieces that as soon as i wash them accidentally the wrong way they are ruined which has happened to me before. Luckily, if I wash instead of dry clean a name brand skirt, I’m only losing $2…not $50.