Trunk Club vs Stitch Fix
Same: They are both online services that send out boxes of clothing and accessories to be previewed and tried on at home. Send back what you don’t like and only pay for what you keep. That’s where the similarities stop.
Different: Trunk Club allows you to work with your own personal stylist. You can chat with her on the phone, via email or (this is my favorite!) the Trunk Club App has a chat feature built into it where you can correspond with your stylist. I spent about 20 minutes on the phone with my stylist, Gretchen, talking to her about what kinds of clothes I love, what my needs are in my wardrobe and what I do/don’t want people to notice about my body.
Different: Stitch Fix is subscription based, but does have the option to receive their boxes by request. With Trunk Club you get to choose how often you receive a box. It can be once a year or even by request. There aren’t any schedules beyond what you choose. I’m on a “by request” right now and plan to ask for another one soon to stock up for spring.
Different: Your Trunk Club stylist curates a box with up to 15 items in it to send to you based on info you’ve given your stylist. Stitch Fix sends 5. Then your stylist sends you a preview of what’s in your trunk. You can go through and provide feedback on each item or request that an item won’t be sent if it’s something you just don’t want. For instance, I turned down the dress with the ruffle because it was too short for my taste and the chambray shirt because I had just recently purchased something similar.
Different: With Trunk Club there is zero cost if you choose not to keep anything from the trunk. With Stitch Fix, there’s a styling fee and if you don’t buy anything from your box you’re out the fee. If you do the fee is applied to your purchase.
Different: An extensive range of sizes is available through Trunk Club, including plus sizes and petite.
Different: All items come from Nordstrom. If an item from your trunk is on sale at Nordstrom, you’ll be able to purchase it at the sale price.
I got my Trunk on Monday this week. It was full of basics because that is absolutely what I’m in need of right now. I’ve seen the trunks of some of the other girls and they got all kinds of fun stuff in their boxes. I’ll work on adding some of that into my next trunk.
You can go check out my inaugural public Facebook video where I recorded my box. I might have squeed just a teensy.
I turned down three items before my crate was sent, so I received 12. My stylist was a bit busy and didn’t have time to sub in other items, so I chose to go ahead and have it shipped with 12.
I decided to keep 4 things: the Hue leggings, the black pencil skirt, the light wash ankle jeans and the purple tunic. I have a serious love of purple right now!
I really wanted to love the dresses (So Jackie O!) but with the neckline that high it made the girls look droopy. So I think I’m going to be looking for dresses with either a V neckline or a scooped neckline. There was also a flare on the dress that jumped out right at the widest part of my hips making me look wider. So those were a no. But I loved how comfortable they were and that I could have mixed and matched items with those and the skirts. So the idea is good, but the execution didn’t work out for me.
The pencil skirts were awesome. And a little pricey for my budget. So I only got one. I went with black because fashion is so fickle about navy blue, although I personally love it. The skirt feels like it will last absolutely forever. It’s a knit similar to the Traveler’s line at Chico’s. So, no wrinkles and super comfy, but with more structure and weight so it won’t show every bump and jiggle. Because nobody wants to see that. And because the waistline is so stretchy, I could wear it up higher or pull it lower depending on the look I’m going for. It’s almost like two skirts for the price of one.
The peasant top and the striped tunic button up were so cute, but once on they were rather tragic. My narrow shoulders got lost in the peasant top and the button up’s sleeves were really long and a bit wide in the shoulders on me so they ended up making me look frumpy. Not what I was going for. I’m going to keep trying on the tunic tops. Loved the purple one though! It fit just right and has the comfort of a tee but is taking it up a notch.
The leggings. Hue leggings are wonderful. I usually buy leggings in the $10 range, but I just loved they how these felt. They are so comfy and fit like a dream with no binding at the waist. And that wide waistband won’t roll at all. Also, I pinky promise there will be no LAP (leggings as pants) incidents in my life.
Let’s talk about Treasure + Bond jeans for a minute. Usually I have to try on no less than 10 pairs of jeans to find one pair that is “meh” and will do. I put on those light wash ankle jeans and it’s like they were made for me. Custom tailored just for me. I could not even believe it. They are so comfortable, don’t ride down in the back or have too high a rise, and all the pockets are in just the right places. They’re a little pricier than I usually go on jeans at $80, but not much more, especially given the fantastic fit. I liked the white jeans that were in the trunk, too, but decided I would wait on those. I’ll probably ask her to send a white pair like these blue ones that I’m keeping.
My one piece of advice for people wanting to try out is Trunk Club is this…the more feedback you give your stylist, the better she will be at curating your trunk. Do you have a fashion board on Pinterest? Share it with her. Can you spend a few minutes poking around the Nordstrom website? Share a few links of things you might want to see in your trunk. Do you have a specific price point that you need to stick to? Tell her. I’m not a girl who’s used to dropping hundreds of dollars on clothes, so I told her that up front and she honored it.
So there you have it. Trunk Club vs. Stitch Fix…my two cents worth. Have you ever used an online subscription service to order clothes? I’d love to hear about it! What did you love? What did you hate? What’s held you back from trying them out?