conservative office style Jul 1, 2016

Five Reasons You Have to Try Trunk Club

I recently found myself online shopping (surprise, surprise) and after placing a few items in my cart, my lovely husband looked over my shoulder and said, “Hmm. Don’t you already have a dress that looks like that? And a skirt that looks kinda like that?” After vehemently rejecting his assertions, I quietly realized… he’s right. I’m in a RUT.

Yep, even I, someone who lives and breathes fashion, have days where I’m sartorially stumped and constantly gravitating towards the same things. Since a girlfriend of mine recently mentioned how much she loooooves Trunk Club, I decided it was a good time to give the service a try. Welp, I received my first trunk last week, and I’m thrilled to report that I was legitimately blown away by the entire process. Trunk Club officially drop-kicked me out of my fashion fog and I am, as they say in the business, UHBSESSED.  Today, I wanted to share details on my experience and how the service works because I think it’s an absolutely spectacular resource. You’ve gotta hear me out on this one…

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Whether you’re stuck in a style rut, in need of guidance in refreshing your work wardrobe, looking for pieces for an upcoming vacation or just too darn busy to shop for summer, you gotta check out Trunk Club. Here are the top five ways Trunk Club completely surprised and convinced me:

1.  This is not a subscription.

Trunk Club is an on-demand service where you receive a box only when you request one, and you only pay for what you choose to keep. I ignorantly assumed they were some kind of monthly subscription service. Wrong. There’s no monthly fee to belong, and there’s no monthly delivery of stuff you don’t want or need.  There’s a small up-front deposit when you sign up that is applied towards your first purchase (SO worth it! You’ll see why below!), then Trunk Club only sends you a box when you request one.

five reasons you have to try trunk club

2.  Your stylist ACTUALLY gets to know your style.  (For real.)

Once you sign up and complete a short quiz about your style, favorite retailers and sizing, you get a personal phone call from a real. human. being. You know like the kind with a pulse and everything? I couldn’t flipping believe it. My stylist carefully evaluated my style and then discussed my specific needs and preferences with me on the phone. This isn’t another one of those services where some mystery “stylist” (aka a computer) just sends you a box full of random garbage based upon a dopey three second style quiz. Trunk Club stylists are the real deal.

work wardrobe refresh trunk club

3.  You can be as specific or as vague as you want about product selections.

Again, it’s not like, SURPRISE! Here’s a neon green tulle skirt that we randomly selected for you based upon your “style profile” (a.k.a. a combination of our crappy algorithm and our waning inventory)! With Trunk Club, you can be as general as Hey, I want some fresh pieces for summer, whaddya think? Or as specific as I need some new neutral summer sandals that go with this particular white dress, and if you send me anything with rhinestones on it I’m going to light myself on fire. The trunk is your oyster.

trunk club handbags and shoesstuart weitzman shoes from trunk club

4.  You get to PREVIEW your stylist’s selections before they’re sent!

I actually yelped (not like the website, but like the sound a dog makes) when my stylist told me about this. Especially if you have fairly particular taste (*cough cough*), it is SO nice to be able to preview the selections your stylist has made before you receive a giant box full of stuff that you potentially hate. At the outset, my stylist took such care in understanding my style when reviewing my style quiz and chatting with me on the phone that she already had it pretty much nailed, but the preview functionality is what knocked the whole experience out of the park for me. With the preview, you click through and approve or reject your stylist’s selections before they ship and have the opportunity to give as much or as little feedback about why the item doesn’t work for you. Your stylist can then further understand your tastes and make new selections before sending the trunk to you. Genius!

olive green tory burch handbagmary orton trunk club womens

5.  There’s free shipping both ways, you only pay for what you keep, and everything is returnable.

In a typical trunk, you receive twelve to fifteen pieces of clothing, shoes and/or accessories (again, depending on what you request) and not only do you pay nothing for shipping the trunk to and from your home, but you only pay for what items you keep—again, no subscription or stylist fee. Once your trunk of goodies arrives (a.k.a. Christmas morning), you have ten days to play dress up before having to make decisions and send whatever you don’t want back. The initial deposit you paid when signing up is then applied towards your first purchase, so you’re actually getting all of the super personalized, on-demand styling services FO. FREE. Ahh but are the clothes marked up then? NOPE. The prices you pay are the exact prices you would pay if shopping on your own in-store or online. But what if I keep something and then change my mind and want to return it? You can. Return anything at any time even after your trunk has been sent back.

neon pink dress trunk club

Soooo basically Trunk Club is the best thing ever.

For working women who have a vacation or an event coming up and don’t have time to shop, #TrunkIt (if that isn’t a real hashtag, it should be). If you’re just starting your first job and need some direction in creating a collection of staple workwear items, again, get in on the Trunk Club action. For my first trunk, I asked my stylist to send a mix of summer workwear pieces as well as pieces that might be good to take on my current trip to Europe, and well… she crushed it.

trying on white blazer trunk clubolive track pants trunk club

Ok, one last surprise factor that I have to share: Have you ever been shopping with someone who picks something up off the rack and insists that you try it on even though you are 10000% convinced it’s HORRIBLE and then you try it on and you’re shocked at how much you love it? That happened with multiple pieces for me. I would’ve never picked them out, but they arrived, I tried them, and I was in LOVE. Not only did my stylist Jen help get me out of my rut, but her fresh perspective really opened my eyes to pieces I would’ve never found on my own.

opening trunk club box

Personally, I prefer online shopping to in-store shopping, so absolutely loved receiving the trunk at home where I was able to try everything on with things already in my closet. However, if you live in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Washington DC, or New York City, Trunk Club has “clubhouses” where you can work with a stylist and go through the process in-person. I’m happy to report that they will also be opening a clubhouse here in San Francisco this fall, and can’t wait to check it out!

Happy Friday everyone!!

Thank you Trunk Club for partnering with me on this post and for being legitimately all-around AWESOME.


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24 Responses to Five Reasons You Have to Try Trunk Club

  1. Kathy says:

    I’ve heard of these services and have always been skeptical as well. Thanks for giving an honest review. BTW the coral dress is very pretty and fits you like a dream. Have a nice vacation and I’ll be looking forward to you instagram posts from Europe. Stay safe.

  2. What a great service! I hate trying pieces on in the store, and like you, I tend to buy similar things that I already own. This service sounds ideal, and I love all of the pieces they sent you. I’m definitely going to look into Trunk Club!

  3. Monika says:

    I am always sceptical of such things but this one seems more genuine and thought through.

  4. Jessica says:

    I really wanted to like trunk club, I really did… Maybe I was really unlucky with my stylist assignment. She was really really nice, and really really tried… But I got two boxes and nothing, I mean nothing worked. I’ve used dailylook elite before and it was wayyyy better of an experience.

    • Emily says:

      I agree. I really wanted to have trunk club work! But the thing is even though I clearly delineated my size (I am a tall) and my requests on modesty, not a single piece they sent fit those. So basically it was just a waste of time on both ends. Too bad! I’m glad I’m not the only person that felt like they couldn’t “nail” my style or needs if my life depended on it.

      • Mary Orton says:

        Sorry to hear this, especially since it’s so far afield from my experience. Sounds like you both had terrible luck! I wonder if you could request a new stylist to give it a second try?

  5. Thuy says:

    Probably the best one out of all comparable services that I know about. I personally like that the stuff seems to be more high-end (I read the FAQs) and that you can actually talk to a person and that you receive so much more stuff than the standard subscription service.

    ALSO, I love that you mention algorithms and waning inventory lmao. That’s what I’ve experienced with all other subscription services from clothing to jewellery. I tried them for fun but no winners amongst the lot. This one looks like a winner though. I’d try if I wasn’t laid off at the moment. Love shopping for my long-term dream wardrobe.

    For me, I would say that online shopping gives me the variety of clothing that I want – especially among high quality pieces. My only problem is that I’m very wary of not being able to return something that actually doesn’t fit. For example, I want to get some Madewell and Dear Frances shoes but I’m so worried about what happens if a shoe made from far away doesn’t work for me :/

  6. Jessica says:

    Okay, this is the most helpful review ever. I have seen several positive reviews, but I especially loved hearing how your stylist helped get you out of a fashion rut. I love getting dressed, but have been feeling like EVERYBODY else has cooler pieces on than me (I do live in NYC), but I know I like my clothes, too. Seems like this might be the perfect fashion pick-me-up. Thanks!

  7. Corinne says:

    This is an awesome review of Trunk Club. My fiance and I are obsessed. The stylists are amazing and pick out some classic ‘you’ pieces but also a few pieces that are outside of what i would normally pick. I never would have tried on wide leg silk pants in the store and now I can’t take them off! And the clubhouse is super fun!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    I gave Stitchfix a try for four boxes. One sort of “got me” and the rest were a disaster. They did not listen; I said I didn’t need work clothes and that is all I got. So I too am very skeptical…

  9. sindy says:

    This is a great service. Does the service extend to Africa?

    • Patricia says:

      Hey Sindy, looks like they don’t 🙁 There’s a similar service I personally used called Golden Tote, out of California, they have international shipping. I loved everything they sent me, it’s just a bit of a hassle due to their frst Monday of the month schedule and because their best items run out fast. Still you should definitely check them out!:-)

  10. TD says:

    I love your style and your witty blog posts. Yours is a one of a kind blog that really embodies my fashion sense and aspirations.
    If I were a wealthy executive / entrepreneur, I’d love to try this service. The reason I would never use them is because I don’t want to pay full price for high end clothing. Most of the items in “the box” can be found at Nordstrom Rack for 30-80% off. I think this service makes a lot more sense for men since they don’t need as much variety and face less sizing issues than we do.

    • Mary Orton says:

      So glad you enjoy the blog, thank you! As far as Trunk Club goes, I should clarify that your Trunk Club stylist will definitely take your budget into account. So, if you’re looking for more affordable options, they will send you pieces from less expensive brands like Topshop, Halogen, Trouve, Steve Madden, etc. It’s definitely not just high-end clothing items. Also, the items sent in your trunk are current season only, so none of the exact products would be available at discount stores like Nordstrom Rack. However, you’re right, there are always steals from previous seasons/years at those types of stores if you want to search for something similar at a discount. Hope this helps! : )

  11. teajae says:

    Thx dear for sharing. I’m too always scared of these services as well as department store makeup counters, for fear I’ll be looking like a clown. This Trunk Club may be the exception. Wonderful review, just followed them on instagram too. #trunkit like that

  12. Leanne says:

    Love TrunkClub!! And your style and blog!

    I would love to know who makes the coral dress and the black & white top!

  13. Hannah says:

    THANK YOU FOR THIS POST! I’ve been wondering if Trunk Club was worth it and none of the reviews had fully convinced me until now!

  14. Kelly says:

    I love the coral dress, I really hope you kept it, and this company sounds awesome! My favorite part is definitely that you do not need to sign up for one every month and your rhinestone comment actually made me laugh out loud!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  15. Ok I am convinced as I love fashion but I am not so fond of shopping (so much to do and so little time). But I live in France ????????????????

  16. Jenn says:

    Was hoping to try Trunk Club out at the end of the summer and love the items you showed from your trunk. With which stylist were you paired? Are the random pairings selected by locations?

    • Mary Orton says:

      Yes, I believe that it has something to do with location, but not positive! My stylist’s name is Jen and she’s amazing, but I’m sure they will pair you with an amazing stylist as well. : )

  17. Flo says:

    Oh lord! Mary! What new crackish addiction have you just introduced into my life?

  18. AnneL says:

    I too tried to get started on TrunkClub but thought the initial online quiz was very limited and wouldn’t get you very far. I had a few emails with stylist who obviously didn’t read any comments or look at the painfully put together pinterest board (bleh) and popped up with “hey here’s what I’m thinking for your first box” and literally everything was something I would have set on fire. I don’t actually like fashion or talking about fashion – I want to be able to wear stuff I cannot wear b/c I need to slim those thighs(!) and so I just want to look dressed. This is not a fun conversation so I never called.

    I loved the quiz/info requested by StitchFix – very thoughtful. But they were hit and miss. It is a statistical improbability that I would fit any skirt or pants other than drawstring if mailed to me so I was really limited to tops.

    The biggest issue is SIZE. If you are hard to fit and not slim and a stylists dream, they are not sure what to do with you.

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