In this fourth installment of our series about personal styling services and how well they would fit a lady who prefers boho and western style of clothing, I will be reviewing Trunk Club. If you have ever shopped at Nordstrom's, then you pretty much know what to expect from Trunk Club, as this service belongs to the Nordstrom's fold of companies. Unfortunately, I am sad to say that Nordstrom's and its subsidiaries do not carry many items that could fit a true boho or western wardrobe. That is the main reason why this service received the rating of only one and a half stars. Read on for the full review.
Like most other personal styling services, Trunk Club charges a styling fee that can be applied to the items you end up purchasing from your trunk. At $25, this fee is just a tad higher than the other services previously reviewed, but instead of usual five items, your Trunk Club trunk will include a whopping ten items. In addition, your Trunk Club Profile questionnaire will be much more thorough than either Dia & Co. or the Stitch Fix one. Last but not least, you are guaranteed to work with the same Trunk Club stylist every time, unless you personally request a change. An additional perk of this service is that you can live chat online with your assigned stylist and exchange as many emails with her as you want, and you also have a chance to review your trunk before it is sent to you and request that certain items be omitted if, from the enclosed photos and descriptions, you decide they would not work for you. For every item you request to be omitted from your trunk, your stylist would then choose another in the style of the items you approved, so you will still get your ten items in every trunk. All of this sounded very appealing to me and I decided to try the Trunk Club despite my doubts about the availability of items I preferred at Nordstrom's brand family of companies.
After a detailed chat with my stylist, I received the first trunk proposal as shown in the image above. To be fair, I forgot to mention to her that I didn't want footwear with open toes and/or heels and that I didn't wear high heels. Still, the proposed items were quite disappointing: skinny jeans instead of the requested bootcut jeans, bomber jacket instead of the requested moto jacket, sleeveless tops instead of the requested bell sleeve tops, and the list goes on. Even though I was told by my stylist to approve items that I could even remotely see myself wearing, I unfortunately had to reject this whole trunk. That seemed to complicate and substantially delay the creation of the second trunk, and subsequently, I felt it got my stylist mad at me as well.
When the second trunk was finally created, it contained half of the items from the trunk proposal I originally rejected, and the rest didn't seem to match my style and preferences either. Read on for the full review of the ten items I received in my trunk.
Here is the item-by-item review of everything I found in my trunk when it finally arrived:
1. Glamorous Button Up A Line Dress - $79.00
Despite the fact that my profile specifically stated, "no dresses," I was sent two dresses in this trunk. This first one was too large overall, constructed of cheap looking fabric that got horribly wrinkled just from being folded in the shipping box, and it looked nowhere close to something I would wear even if I got over my dislike of dresses.
2. Print Chiffon Shift Dress by Vince Camuto - $148.00
This item was not only overpriced, but also everything I told my stylist I did not want in a piece of clothing: horizontal pattern, 100% polyester, and dry clean only maintenance. In addition, this dress was too large overall as well.
3. Marilyn Stretch Straight Leg Jeans in black by NYDJ - $124.00
This was another piece where it seemed the stylist sent me what I specifically told her I did not want. We discussed jeans, and I was clear that I only wanted black bootcut jeans. I found a straight leg pair in my trunk instead, and an overpriced one for that matter.
4. Billie Stretch Mini Bootcut Jeans in Oak by NYDJ - $144.00
Another pair of hugely overpriced jeans had found its way into my trunk. In addition, they were in a regular, denim wash. Returning them was a no-brainer as I already had a better looking and less expensive pair of Wranglers I liked and wore often.
5. Flor Off The Shoulder Top by Sanctuary - $89.00
This was another complete miss on the stylist's part. In our lengthy online chat and subsequent emails, I had made her aware of the fact that I didn't like cold shoulder and off the shoulder styles. Yet, this piece was included in my trunk. In addition, the fabric this top was made of was nothing to write home about, definitely not worth the listed price.
6. Pleat Back Blouse by NYDJ - $88.00
Apart from the cheap looking fabric and high price, this top was too tight in the hip area, and again, not the style I would wear.
7. Paisley Border Print Blouse by Vince Camuto - $79.00
Out of the whole trunk, this was the only piece where I might have been willing to overlook the high price and cap sleeve style because the paisley print in the shades of navy blue definitely displayed the boho vibe I was looking for. Unfortunately, this top too was awfully tight in the hips, even when worn over a thin maxi skirt. I don't think it would have fit over the hips at all if I had my jeans on.
8. Print V Neck Blouse by Hinge - $69.00
This was supposed to be a fun print top with navy background. To my surprise, what I found in my trunk was a strappy beige top three sizes smaller than the other items in the trunk. What caused the wrong top to be sent remains a total mystery.
9. Embroidered Tencel Denim Shirt by NYDJ - $98.00
In the photos of items my stylist emailed to me, this shirt looked like a lot of fun with its 3/4 sleeves and a floral embroidery patch over one shoulder. Unfortunately, the shirt was less than hum-drum in person. Tencel denim was of poor quality, embroidery was a very obviously poorly executed machine embroidered motif, and the shirt was also too tight in both the bust and hip areas.
10. Blair 5 Slip On Sneakers by Vince Shoes - $195.00
If my stylist wanted to spite me, this pair of shoes was definitely it. Regardless of the fact that my profile specifically stated, "no sneakers," this was the cheapest looking, most overpriced pair of shiny black plastic upper slip-ons I have ever seen. I honestly couldn't fathom why they were in my trunk, and I wondered who on earth would pay almost $200 for such an ugly pair of shoes.
So, needless to say, this whole trunk went back faster than it took to get to me, and once it was received by Trunk Club, I promptly cancelled my membership.
As you could guess from this review, if you wear classic boho and western clothing, I'd say, don't even bother with Trunk Club. You most certainly won't find items to match your style there.
In my next post, I will be reviewing Natalie Attired, a brand new kid on the block (just celebrated their first anniversary) when it comes to the world of personal styling services. Stay tuned!
Do you have an experience with Trunk Club? Feel free to share in the comments below.
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