*I originally wrote my Trunk Club vs. Stitch Fix post in October of 2015 and since then, both services have made some changes, so I’ve updated it to give you the most accurate information!
I wanted to try Trunk Club (TC) for at least a few months before comparing/contrasting them to Stitch Fix (SF). Before launching “women” in Fall 2015, TC was exclusive to men. Since my husband was a customer, I was given early access to try it out! For this review, I’m going to stick mostly to the facts, with a little bit of opinion. I’ll give you an overview of how each service works (the basics) and then my personal opinion/experience with both. I’m not going to tell you which one is better or which one YOU should try. That’s up to you. I like both. I use both. As you’ll find out later in the post, they each serve a different purpose for me.
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I’ve put this into a table, for a quick side-by-side comparison:
For SF, I’ve selected “the cheaper the better” option for everything since day 1. For TC, there’s no place in your profile to indicate budget- you have do that directly with your stylist via email/phone call. I didn’t do that at first, so there were some items I received from TC that were WAY out of my budget. However, there were also plenty of items at the same price point as my SF items. As long as you clearly communicate your budget to your stylist, you shouldn’t be too shocked/surprised at the cost of items. With both services, it’s as expensive or inexpensive as you make it. You’re in control of how often you receive a shipment, and how many items you decide to keep. While it’s common to keep an entire “fix” (and you’re incentivised to do so with a discount), I don’t think that’s the goal of a “trunk”. I think you get so many items just to have a lot to choose from. I have yet to receive a trunk where I’ve loved EVERY piece. But there have always been 1-3 items that I absolutely did love. And for me, that’s a successful trunk. I personally can’t afford to keep a whole trunk. So I’m glad I haven’t loved everything lol. When factoring in cost, I think it’s also important to remember you’re not just paying for an article of clothing. You’re paying for the service and the convenience of having a personal stylist pick stuff out for you and make it a really easy, stress-free way to shop. There’s a lot of value in that for me.
This is just my experience and what I’ve observed so far- but I’d say SF is more in the casual clothing market and TC is a bit higher-end. TC is owned by Nordstrom and everything comes from there (at least for now, who knows if that could change in the future). So you can browse the Nordstrom website to get a good idea of the style. However, SF knows I’m a “stay-at-home-mom” and I’ve specifically requested mostly casual clothes from them, so they may very well have fancier items too (and I’ve seen some on other blogs), but the overall style still seems to be very different from what TC offers. Personally, I kind of like that. Each service serves a different purpose for me. I used SF to completely replace my wardrobe- so mostly casual, every day clothes. And that’s been a complete success. With TC, while I initially signed up for the shoes (because SF didn’t offer shoes at the time), I can also get the occasional fancy/special wardrobe item (like a gorgeous suede leather jacket, for example), or fitness apparel, which is something that SF might not offer.
Here are some of my favorite pieces from Stitch Fix:
Here are some of my favorite pieces from Trunk Club:
One other cool thing I want to be sure to mention about TC, is that they send you a preview of each trunk before it ships. You have 48 hours to review it (if you don’t, it will just ship as is). But it gives you a chance to tell them NOT to send a particular item if you don’t want it. In some cases, they’ve even changed the items. For example, when my stylist first put together my “mini-trunk of shoes”, I wasn’t crazy about any of them and asked her to look at my Pinterest board to see the style I’m looking for. So she removed the shoes I didn’t like and added new ones based on what she saw on my Pinterest board. I think that’s a really cool thing. While those riding boots were a complete miss, she totally nailed the bootie style 😉 So you can choose not to receive something based on the style (like I did), or even based on price. If you don’t even want to be tempted with an item that’s way out of your budget, just select “Don’t Send” during your preview (and of course let your stylist know not to send stuff in that price range in the future). I like having that kind of control.
Other similarities: they both offer style (outfit) suggestions for each item. SF sends a card, TC sends an email. They both have an app for your phone (but SF is only on iPhone right now, sadly). Both include a return label and an easy way to send back the items (SF uses a big envelope usually and for TC you just use the same box it comes in). You can upload a picture of yourself to your TC account, and you can do the same on the SF iPhone app (not online though).
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I’m satisfied with both services. I don’t think one is better than the other. They each have pros/cons. Ultimately, I think it comes down to your personal style and what your goal is. One service might be able nail your style better than the other, and I think that’s the biggest difference. I still continue to use both services today. SF really has replaced my entire “casual” wardrobe and TC is providing those “special” wardrobe items!
If there’s something I didn’t address in this post and you have more questions about how either service works, please ask in the comments below!
Also–thanks for reading these posts! I have a lot of fun trying on clothes, taking pictures and reviewing stuff for all of you. When I posted my first SF review, I had no idea how popular they would become or how many of my facebook friends are so into fashion 😉 It was never my goal to become one of those “fashion bloggers” (nor did I realize that was even a thing at first) and I’m certainly no style expert, but I’m thankful for the readership nonetheless. And of course, I’m thankful for those of you who have signed up based on my reviews/recommendation, thereby giving me credit towards purchases. Really appreciate that! 🙂