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Subscription clothing services are more popular now than ever before. Trunk Club is one of the original, and most widely used, subscription box services around. Partnered with Nordstrom, both men and women can quickly build an all-season wardrobe filled with quality designer looks.
But just because Trunk Club is popular doesn’t mean it’s automatically the best choice for your styling needs. We took a complete look at the entire Trunk Club experience, from initial signup to long-term use. Our complete Trunk Club review starts right now.
What Makes Trunk Club Unique?
Trunk Club is the big dog of the clothing subscription box world. The question really isn’t “what do they do,” because they pretty much do everything. Deliveries are large, filled with top brands and easily adjustable to your needs.
Personal stylists are also an important part of the Trunk Club experience. A fashion expert will work with you on each delivery. Each shipment will become part of a larger, all-season wardrobe.Overall, Trunk Club just offers more than most other subscription box services. Partnered with Nordstrom, Trunk Club offers a diverse selection of brands for both men and women. You can even visit with a stylist in-person at Nordstrom clubhouses in Boston, Charleston, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and D.C.
Pros and Cons
How the Signup Process Works
Online signup is simple but thorough. Aside from sizing info, Trunk Club wants to understand your style likes and dislikes. Their main emphasis is creating a complete wardrobe of items which can be used in many different combinations.
New subscribers are asked to pick from a few different styles for both work and play. For office styles, you can choose between Business Formal, Business Casual and Casual. Then you’ll pick one of the “weekend” styles: Classic Casual, Trendy Casual and Athletic.Here’s the start of the online style quiz so you can see the selection for yourself.
From there you’ll answer questions about fit and size. You can also refine the fit by identifying any potential sizing issues related to your body type (like if you’re really tall, have short arms and so on).
Finally, you’ll set some pricing parameters. Trunk Club only wants to send you items within your price range. You can set a general price range for jeans, sweaters, button-ups and dress shoes. Each item can be set between $50 and $100, $100 to $200, and over $200.
Pricing and Value
Don’t let the Nordstrom name throw you off. Trunk Club can actually be pretty affordable as long as your expectations are reasonable. If you set low price limits and only purchase one or two items each month, you can build a solid wardrobe while on a budget.
Of course, Trunk Club is still a Nordstrom partner. The opportunity to spend a lot is certainly available. If you’re willing the spend, the latest fashions can always be at your door.
Each subscription box is large with anywhere from six to 10 items. Our first shipment contained six shirts, two pairs of jeans, a jacket and a pair of dress shoes. After each box arrives you have 10 days to try on the items. Simply keep what you want and return the rest.
Generally, T-shirts, button-up shirts and jeans will range between $25 and $300 apiece. Dress shoes, sport coats and other higher-end are around $200. Each box has a $25 styling fee which is then credited towards any purchase. Both shipping and returns are free.
As one of the most popular subscription box services, there’s no shortage of online reviews of Trunk Club.
Trunk Club is generally a hit among fashionistas and anyone who values the latest trends. No matter where you live, Trunk Club gives you access to clothing from one of the world’s most fashionable department stores.
Many reviews complimented the expertise of the personal stylists. An InStyle reporter said the stylists were experts at assembling complete outfits from individual pieces. This helps build a wardrobe instead of individual pieces of clothing which might look good but don’t work well together.
How It Compares
If you want the benefits of a personal shopper but the convenience of home delivery, you’ll probably like what Trunk Club has to offer. Between the online questionnaire, personal online stylist and in-store styling opportunities, there’s no shortage of fashion advice and suggestions.
However, this level of interactivity might be a bit too much for some subscription box fans. More than a few people prefer subscription boxes due to the ease and simplicity. If you simply want items sent to you without requiring a ton of decision making, you might prefer Bombfell (for men) or Stitch Fix (for women).
If you want the most clothing for the money, you might prefer the Five Four Club. If you want an additional step-up in quality, try Stitch Fix. Trunk Club is in the top-tier in terms of clothing quality but also has the potential for the highest prices.
There’s certainly no shortage of variety in the Trunk Club selections. If it’s in Nordstrom’s, it’s available through Trunk Club. You can even use your Nordstrom card to earn rewards.
Is Trunk Club related to Nordstrom?
- Yes. Nordstrom is the parent company. Although originally started as an independent organization, Trunk Club was purchased by Nordstrom.
Is Trunk Club expensive?
- While primarily a mid to high-end clothing store, Trunk Club does let you set a variety of price parameters so you can build a wardrobe on a budget.
Is Trunk Club for men or women?
- Both. Although the original Trunk Club service was primarily focused on men’s wear, Nordstrom’s ownership has shifted the service to include a variety of fashions for both men and women.
What brands does Trunk Club include?
- Basically, if it’s available at Nordstrom, it’s available through Trunk Club. Popular brands include Vince, Kate Space, Equipment as well as in-house brands.
What are the Clubhouses?
- These are special in-store styling “clubs” where Trunk Club subscribers can meet with stylists for fittings, alterations and more.
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Is It Worth It For Me?
If you’re more concerned with fashion than price, Trunk Club is a good fit. While you can set price parameters to keep costs down, you’ll also be limiting your potential purchases rather severely. Trunk Club isn’t the most budget-conscious option.
Trunk Club is a great choice for monthly deliveries if you’re not too concerned about spending. But the service is also an inexpensive way to dress for specific occasions. Order a box before a formal event or even just the change of the seasons.
Trunk Club excels at quality and selection. Your personal stylist will not only help you dress your best, but will also introduce to brands you’ve likely never heard of before. Plus, the flexible delivery schedule ensures you’ll never feel overwhelmed with new items.
Finally, Trunk Club is a no-brainer if you’re already a frequent Nordstrom’s customer, especially if you live near one of the Clubhouses.