Good morning, y’all! Many of you have seen my Stitch Fix reviews for women’s clothes, but now it’s time to review the men’s premium shopping service, Trunk Club! Trunk Club is a unique service that sends high-end men’s clothing directly to your doorstep. We first heard about Trunk Club from a friend and Brent decided to try it because he had some gaps to fill in his wardrobe. With a closet full of suits for work and t-shirts for yard work, there was plenty of room to round out his wardrobe for those occasions requiring business casual or casual attire. He has been trying it out for a few months now and has generally enjoyed the pieces his stylist, Ann, has chosen from him. For someone who really dislikes shopping, Brent enjoys the convenience of having the Trunk ship to his office and the time to try things on hassle free at home. 🙂
So, what is the concept and how does this service work?
Trunk Club Basics
- Allows each client to fill out their profile (likes, dislikes, measurements, wish lists, etc.) and is assigned to a stylist
- Trunk Club Stylist will communicate with the client individually to find out more specific information about goals, clothes needed, etc.
- Based on your discussions and profile, Trunk Club Stylist sends a “trunk” of clothes as frequently as the client desires
- Each trunk ships free both ways
- No obligation to purchase anything from the trunk, no penalty or other hidden fees
- Client has TEN days to try on the clothes in the comfort of his own home without hovering sales people
Why IDOPT loves Trunk Club?
- Easy, convenient and painless way to try a variety of high-end styles and brands without having to go to the mall
- Personalized service and communication with the SAME stylist who gets to know your style and preferences
- No obligation to buy if you don’t LOVE something
- Prices for clothing are the same as other high-end retailers
- Unlike Stitch Fix, there is no styling fee
- Perfect for those occasions where you need something special and don’t want to go to several stores to do comparisons
Things to Note:
- Keep in mind that this is a high-end styling service. If you have used Stitch Fix or other similar services before, you might experience a little sticker shock. Their pricing is similar to other high-end retailers, and you can expect to pay $170-$250 for denim, $100-$200 for casual shirts and $100-$300 for sweaters.
- While this isn’t probably a service most people would use for every day basic shopping needs, this is a service to consider when a) shopping for a special occasion, b) you are too busy to shop, but need high-end clothing for your profession or lifestyle, c) need a professional’s opinion, or d) need to overhaul your closet but don’t know much about current trends. Due to the higher prices, Brent really may only buy one piece from each Trunk, but he definitely gets a lot of use out of each piece.
- Sizing- If you’re like Brent, you may not be used to “European” sizing or slim fit pants, shirts, etc. If you prefer a more relaxed fit, etc., you should let your stylist know so that he/she can pick out brands accordingly. We found this out the hard way after a few fixes, but we have since been able to find more relaxed or regular fit clothing.
Okay, time to see the goods!
1. Mint Green Classic Oxford Stripe Shirt by Life After Denim, $98.00
Brent’s thoughts: He was a huge fan of the color and style, but felt that it was literally “the most unflattering shirt I’ve ever worn” in terms of fit.
2. Brown Harper Driving Loafers by To Boot, $295.00
Brent’s Thoughts: Shoes are actually one of the few things Brent will splurge on from time to time. This was love at first sight, but at nearly $300, Brent’s frugal mentality just couldn’t quite justify the cost. Having had several pairs of good driving shoes from Cole Haan and Johnston & Murphy, he couldn’t pull the trigger. He did love the quality and feel of the leather and will definitely keep on the lookout for the “To Boot” brand in the future.
Status: (Reluctantly) returned
3. Red Summer Large Plaid Shirt by Gitman Brothers, $175.00
Brent’s Thoughts: Hmmmm, the fit here was good and he definitely loves color, but this was a lot to take in. He said he might have liked it better if the plaid pattern were smaller.
4. Pink Walking Shorts by Tailor Vintage, $78.00
Brent’s Thoughts: These shorts are great. They are described as pink, but they definitely look more like red in real life. They are comfortable and will go with a lot of shirts he already owns. Keeper.
5. Blue LS Pullover Knit Hoodie by John Varvatos, $98.00
Brent’s Thoughts: This hoodie was too small and non-descript to pay $100 for it.
6. Black Felix Lace Up Shoes by To Boot, $299.00
Brent’s Thoughts: Brent has usually liked all the shoes that Trunk Club sends, but these shoes looked really strange on his feet. We are looking forward to some different black shoes in the next Trunk.
7. Navy Dunhill Gabardine Dress Pants by Ballin, $198.00
Brent’s Thoughts: Brent needs navy slacks, but felt this pair was a bit tight in the waist and just not that special.
8. Green Tournament V -Neck Sweater by Life After Denim, $98.00
Brent’s Thoughts: The jury was out on this one. I actually really liked the bright green color, but Brent thought it was little bit too green. I would definitely be excited to see this sweater in a different color in a future Trunk.
Visit Trunk Club to get your own shipment of goodies delivered to your doorstep! To set up a trunk with Brent’s stylist, Ann, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Special thanks to Brent for being a good sport and a great model. Brent is usually on the other side of the camera for my Stitch Fix photos, so this was a nice change of pace with me on the other side. Stay tuned for future reviews!
Until next time,
I Dream of Pretty Things