Y'all ready for an unsponsored review of one of the coolest styling services around? Buckle in, babes, because we're talking about Trunk Club today.
How It Works
Trunk Club is a personal styling club much like Stitch Fix, with the exception that you get a lot more say in what's coming in your box. After you get paired with a stylist, they'll reach out and chat with you about your style, then put together a "virtual" trunk for you to review. You pick the items you'd like to have shipped, and leave feedback for the items you didn't care for. They fill the rest of the trunk with some surprises (you can sneak a peek on the app if you can't wait!) and it's at your door just a few days later. ETA: When I signed up initially, a Trunk was free. It appears now there may be a $25 "try-on" fee, but that money goes towards whatever you buy.
I got a call from my stylist Mariel last week to talk about what my style was, what I had that I loved, and what sort of things I was looking for. We discussed my love for my Stuart Weitzman boots, black and white in general, and needing pieces that work for work, weekend, and most seasons. Within just a few minutes, she's sent me my first trunk preview on the website. She'd gotten a lot right with just a short chat, so I made some edits and comments and the trunk was shipped out the next day.
The packaging on these trunks is serious! It's a huge trunk-like box packed neatly with clothes and shoes for you to try on at home, then send back within five days. You only pay for what you keep, and you're under no obligation to keep any of it! The more trunks you order, and the more feedback you give your stylist, the better they can style you each time. Mariel packed a trunk full of SUPER cute tops and jeans to help me transition from summer to fall, and three pairs of shoes. Prices ranged from $68-$318 per piece, but you can set your specific budget with your stylist to receive more or less expensive items.
What I Kept
This silk star blouse from Equipment (designed by Kate Moss!) was super soft! I've always loved Equipment's silk, and I'm a sucker for a star print, so this one was a quick favorite. At $278 it's a big splurge, but I recently cleaned out at least five star print items from my closet that were cheap and falling apart, so it'll get some good wear (and look so cute under sweaters).
I've been wearing the same black turtleneck for YEARS and let's just say, it's looking a little ragged. And small. You can tell by my face that I was fully obsessed with this one from Halogen as soon as I put it on! It's a cashmere & wool blend, so it's super soft and really light. At only $99, it seemed like a no-brainer. I actually took it off and put it directly on a hanger.
What I Liked
These boots from Jeffery Campbell ($174.95) were really funky. I loved the deep slits on the side and the country-inspired details on the heels and toes. I don't have a need for this style in my closet right now, but they were cute and comfortable.
These jeans from AG ($225) and Rails plaid shirt ($148) were also like at first sight. I'm actually digging the jeans a lot - they fit well, felt good, and made me look thin. However, they're a lower rise than I normally prefer, so they had to go back. The Rails shirt was also super soft and cute, I just decided I wanted the star print blouse more.
These block heels from Steve Madden ($89.95) are SO cute on! I actually really loved the shape, I just wasn't crazy about the color. They were listed as "olive" but really look more brown, which I'm not a big fan of.
The Mehs and Nos
There's no way I could buy sandals right now. I'm trying to see summer OUT the door right now, and that's just bad juju! I don't really like this style of sandal either, and they were too small, so this was an easy no. (Joie, $145)
This sweater is good in theory, terrible in real life. Again, it's so soft. Everything she sent me felt amazing and seemed to be really great quality. But the neck is weird and I hate ribbed fabric and the back is just so not my style. (Free People, $68)
All in all, I was a huge fan of this service. Stitch Fix never got remotely close to my style, and the $20 fee always made me feel obligated to buy something I didn't want. Working with Mariel was such a positive experience. I loved being able to talk directly to someone about my wardrobe, and being able to preview the trunk and give feedback was really useful as well.
I think the other thing that I really appreciate about Trunk Club is that everything they sent was high-quality. I know that the pieces I choose will be able to live more than one or two seasons, which makes it a better investment overall.
If you'd like to try Trunk Club for yourself, please consider using my link to do so. I will receive a small credit for anyone who buys through my link, which will only continue to fund this latest obsession. Thank you!
So, after a ton of deliberation I actually sent back both the star shirt and the turtleneck, putting both in my Nordstrom wishlist, and bought the plaid shirt from Rails. I'm terrible at decisions.