Trunk Club for Women: Review: #1

Trunk Club for Women: Review

This week my first Trunk Club package came and I want to share with you a little about this service and, of course, show you the items that were sent! If you haven’t yet heard of Trunk Club, it might be because up until recently it was strictly a ‘Men’s Only’ clothing service. Fortunately they saw the value in styling us women and have jumped on the bandwagon! It is similar to Stitch Fix but with big differences. This isn’t a comparison post, though you can read through any of my Stitch Fix Review posts and probably gather enough info to come up with your own conclusions about the pros and cons of both services. As I continue to utilize both services for my closet I will eventually do a comparison post for you. 

First, let me give you a little review of what Trunk Club is and how it works, and then I’ll share my first experience with you and give you a peek at what I received in my trunk!

Trunk Club:

1. Sign up and take a very brief style survey. You’ll fill out a personal profile and provide your stylist with links to your Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, etc.

2. Your stylist will handpick a selection of items for you to review online. After you provide your feedback, and your trunk is finalized, it’s shipped directly to your house.

3. You have 5 days to try on and decide on which items to keep. They provide you with shipping labels and tape strips so when you’re ready to ship the rest back, you schedule a pickup with UPS.

4. Fees: A $25 home try-on fee is charged to your account per trunk and this cash is credited towards any purchase you make.

What to Expect:

Your stylist is YOURS. Like, forever. She (or he) will want to get to know you. My stylist sent me an email with very specific style questions. Additionally, your stylist will expect communication via a telephone call, which I came to realize is a necessary and required part of this service (even though I could have done without). On the other hand, if that’s your thing, you can call your stylist whenever you want.

The clothing inventory is pulled from NORDSTROM, so there’s a vast selection at a wide range of price points. Be sure to point out to your stylist where you’d like to stay, price-wise or you will receive a $300 cashmere sweater.

You will be sent 10-15 pieces ranging from tops, bottoms, shoes, scarves, and accessories. Really, ask for anything. During your preview you can remove items from your trunk and they won’t be sent. Your stylist may add new items for you before sending so some of what you receive is a surprise.

Ask for a trunk whenever you want. This is more of a concierge service than a scheduled delivery. If requesting a trunk for a specific event allow enough time for communication and for your stylist to pull pieces and ship.

If you are interested and want to try Trunk Club out for yourself, please let me refer you: Click here to sign up!

Trunk Club for Women: Review #1

Trunk Club February 2016: Review #1

My first experience with Trunk Club has been kind of rocky. I signed up, filled out my profile, and then waited. I found the website to be incredibly difficult to navigate and just kind of useless in general. It is still primarily a men’s service and there’s almost nothing on the website that indicates that women can sign-up too. I don’t need to log-in much because my stylist primarily emails when she needs to communicate.

A day or so after I signed up, I received an email from her with a ton of questions about sizing, style, and wants so I filled that out and sent it back.Then she said she’d be giving me a call, the first of which I missed and then I didn’t hear from her for 2 weeks…..

I contacted support and asked for help getting in touch with her, I just assumed she was on vacation or something. I heard back from someone immediately but not from my stylist for another week. Finally, after we talked on the phone (brief conversation that was kind of unnecessary because I had answered all the same questions in the email, but painless nonetheless) she got right to work on putting together my first trunk.

The first preview was pretty scary. There were white wide-leg trousers reminiscent of Olivia Pope (I’m 5’3″), a cashmere sweater and a lace top both reaching $300, a crop top, stilettos (I have to run around a hospital all day), and flared jeans (kind of regret declining them now… maybe this fall). I think my stylist realized she missed the mark when I accepted only 3 items and she axed the entire trunk and started a new one.

The next preview was far more on mark, much closer to my own personal style. Here are the items I “removed” from my trunk before she sent it:

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I didn’t like the lace top. I did like the stripe top, but not for $79. This trunk was also supposed to include this faux leather jacket, but didn’t. I think that was a mistake on Trunk Club’s behalf. I’m not sure that I have feelings either way about it being left out but my stylist had asked me to keep an open mind so I did leave it in my trunk during the preview:

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These next two items DID arrive in my trunk but I didn’t photograph them for you. The army print skinny jeans were not my style. They were tight, I needed a size up but even then I felt absolutely ridiculous with them on. The white skinny jeans were way too big on me, sigh. I guess I’m still on the hunt for white skinny jeans…

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Now, let’s get to the fun stuff! Here’s the trunk. Mine showed up from UPS with a big tear in the box. Fortunately, no clothes were destroyed.

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I thought the garments were wrapped beautifully. I also love how simple the guide and list of items is. They conveniently provide a return label and tape strips, along with the website to go to to schedule a UPS pickup.

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Paige Denim ‘Transcend- Skyline’ Crop Skinny Jeans Zora $189 and Free People ‘Sheila’ Drapey Wrap Front Knit Top $68

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Don’t you love this top? I asked for a wrap top and pinned the one making its rounds from Stitch Fix. I knew the second I saw this in my preview I’d love it! It’s a keeper. The jeans I love too. They are a little snug in the waist, I’m usually a size 4/27 in jeans and these are 25. I did email my stylist before the trunk was shipped about pant size but she kept all sizes the same. I couldn’t pay nearly $200 for jeans I might not fit in half the month 😉 The army print pants were even smaller, 24’s – I’m not sure what she was thinking. I was just proud I could button them.

Halogen Scoop Neck Woven Tank $39 and Paige Denim ‘Transcend-Skyline’ Crop Skinny Jeans Zora $189

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This spring-y top was another favorite of mine and I liked the price too. It’ll be good for work and summer. I messaged my stylist to see if she could send it in a smaller size for a better fit and she said it didn’t but did choose several similar tops and offered to ship them to me (pretty great, right?). I think I’ll just keep this one. I paired it with the same jeans as above.

Madewell ‘Landmark’ Texture Sweater $79.50 and Paige Denim ‘Transcend – Skyline’ Crop Skinny Jeans Zora $189

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This sweater is pretty. I love the zipper details. It seems like it might work as a layering sweater so I kind of want it for that too, I’m keeping it.

Free People ‘Long Beach’ Tank $20 and Paige Denim ‘Transcend-Skyline’ Crop Skinny Jeans Zora $189

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My preview showed that this tank was a tan color but when it showed up it was just white. I actually kind of wanted the tan/beige one. I don’t really think I need the white one.

Two by Vince Camuto Mixed Media Jewel Neck Tunic $59

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I’m keeping this top too. I’m already planning of ways to wear it. I think I’ll pair it with my green cargo vest next!

Two by Vince Camuto White Denim Vest $89

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I wasn’t really into this white denim vest and it was too big. I had trouble finding stuff to pair it with too so I’m sending it back.

Free People ‘Crumpette’ Crop Eyelet Sweatshirt $108

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I could never wear this in normal life. The eyelets reveal everything, including a strapless bra. I’m also essentially past the age where crop tops are appropriate, especially given my career. However, if I had a beach vacation coming up I would consider this because it’s the perfect “walking on the beach” top. Especially for someone like me, who’s always cold and a sweatshirt on the beach isn’t all that uncommon. The price is a little high though, I’m sending it back.

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So what do you guys think? Will you be giving this service a try? I’m hoping for better fits in my next trunk as well as pieces that are a little closer to my own personal style, which I realize just will take some time. Fortunately, my stylist is permanently mine, which I love. Stay tuned for my next review, I am going to be asking for a ton of SPRING styles in my next trunk!

If you are interested and want to try Trunk Club out for yourself, please let me refer you: Click here to sign up!

Thanks for stopping by!

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