So today I’m switching it up big time. A few of you have messaged me asking about fashion subscription boxes for the men in your life, so I did my best googling and started looking for some. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of different companies that I found, and based on reviews and what he saw from the websites, the Hubs decided to start with Trunk Club.
I chose Trunk Club because they seemed to embody my style. I liked that they are a personal styling service for men, as my days are busy and we don’t have much free time on the weekends. When I was looking around their website I felt that the offerings would fit my particular style and taste. I have been wanting some new work clothing to elevate my style and to replace some older pieces I have in the closet, so I started the process of receiving my first Trunk.
The process was really easy. I signed up online, answered some style questions, gave my sizes and added any special notes I wanted my stylist to know. I received an email really soon after I had set up my profile that had my stylists name in it and it let me know that she would be contacting me for a brief 5-10 minute phone consultation to get to know me a little more.
The phone call lasted 10 minutes, but I left the phone call feeling a little conflicted. I gave my stylist a lot of information on my personal likes and dislikes but I was a little concerned that she wasn’t really connecting with what I was saying. 24 hours after the phone consultation you are sent a preview of what your stylist picked contents are, and you are given the option to edit the contents of the box if there are things that you don’t like. When I saw the clothing my stylist had included, my fears were confirmed – it didn’t feel like she was really taking my style into consideration. It just kind of felt like my stylist didn’t take my style preferences to heart. The contents of the preview left me feeling disheartened and nervous, so I edited out most of the contents she sent me in the preview.
|Kent & Curwen SB Notch Wool Blazer + Ledbury Parker Flannel Button Up + Trafalgar Manchester Belt + Theory Marlo New Tailor Pant + H by Hudson Cruise Calf Chukka Boots|
My first impressions: The box was packaged really nicely, and legitimately looked like a trunk with the design, which was cool, but the contents left me less than thrilled. They included 10 items in my box, ranging from a pair of socks and a belt to jeans and button ups. The box reaffirmed my previous thoughts after viewing the box online, disheartened. I also noticed that my stylist ended up including a lot of what I had taken out, which left me a little confused.
- Paige Denim Normandie Slim Straight Jeans: $179
- H by Hudson Cruise Calf Chukka Boots: $255
- Trafalgar Manchester Belt: $70 (Also on Amazon)
- Jonathan Adler Raincloud Combed Cotton Crew Socks: $14
- Ledbury Parker Flannel Button Up: $145
- J Shoes Templar Monk Strap Shoes: $207
- Kent & Curwen SB Notch Wool Blazer: $1095
- Theory Marlo New Tailor Pant: $225
- Billy Reid John T Shirt: $185
- Jeremy Argyle Fitted Multi Large Stripe Plaid Shirt: $148
|Jeremy Argyle Fitted Multi Large Stripe Plaid Shirt + Paige Denim Normandie Slim Straight Jeans + J Shoes Templar Monk Strap Shoes|
Things didn’t really get better when I started trying on all of my Trunk Club pieces. Again, I wish I could say I had a better experience but only 2 of the items fit correctly: the theory pants and blue window pane shirt. My impressions of the outfits once they were on was that nothing really went together at all, which was a bummer considering I was asking for work outfits and pieces that would easily go with other things in my closet. The more casual button ups didn’t really go with the blazer, one pair of the jeans were too large in the waist and specifically a wash I said I didn’t like, and the shoes did not fit – one pair were too large, and another was too small. I really liked the blazer, but had a hard time justifying it for over $1000.00. Plus, we found the exact same Ledbury Parker Flannel Button Up on the designer’s website for $75, and the same H by Hudson Cruise Calf Chukka Boots on several different websites for $146.58 on Amazon and $191.25 at Bloomingdales. A quick google search also lead me to find that the Jonathan Adler Raincloud Combed Cotton Crew Socks were recently on Groupon for $2.97 a pair, and the J Shoes Templar Monk Strap Shoes are on sale on the designer’s website for $135 (plus you can get 10% off when you sign up for their email list). Billy Reed‘s website also has the John T Shirt on sale for $99.50, so if you look at the differences in the pricing, it adds up to over $345…
Overall, I honestly felt like the clothing was more for for a mid 40s male trying to look younger. I am admittedly by far the pickiest man that has probably ever existed (just ask my wife!), especially with clothing and fit. However, I gave my stylist the most information I could and was very specific with brands I wear, what sizes I wear depending on the cut, fits I like, exact shoulder and neck measurements, colors that I preferred. I was so disappointed that I immediately returned the box and contacted Trunk Club to tell them of my woes with the service.
|Kent & Curwen SB Notch Wool Blazer + Billy Reid John T Shirt + Trafalgar Manchester Belt + Paige Denim Normandie Slim Straight Jeans + H by Hudson Cruise Calf Chukka Boots|
When I’m paying for a premium service, I feel like I have certain expectations. For example, when I go into a store like Nordstrom, I expect great service and knowledgeable and helpful employees, because that’s what I’ve received from them since my first shopping experience. Yes, they are a higher priced retailer, but the service I get makes it worth it. The niche that Trunk Club operates in is a premium high-priced service, and unfortunately I wasn’t privy to a premium experience.