This blog post comparing Trunk Club and Stitch Fix has been a long time coming. If you’re a regular reader of Kim’s Cravings, I’m sure you’re well aware of my love affair with Stitch Fix, but this is the first mention of Trunk Club. Yes, I cheated on my beloved Stitch Fix with another personal styling service! 🙂
Trunk Club vs. Stitch Fix- The Facts
This handy dandy table comes from the blog She is Fierce. She also does her own comparison of the two personal styling companies, which is definitely worth a read. This table is so darn comprehensive and helpful, there’s not much else to say about the differences between the two companies. You can easily scan through the table to see how things are just a little bit different between the two companies and the way the shipment of boxes are handled.
Trunk Club vs. Stitch Fix- The Pros and Cons
- Trunk Club does not charge an up-front styling fee. With Stitch Fix, there’s a $20 styling fee charged to your credit card before your box ships. However, if you purchase at least one item from your shipment, the fee is applied to your purchase.
- All Trunk Club items are from Nordstrom and that means you get to take advantage of Nordstrom sale prices, if one or more of your items happen to be on sale.
- You will be sent anywhere from 15 to 20 items, whereas Stitch Fix always sends 5 items. Your Trunk Club stylist will also send you an email of a few things that are in your trunk. You then have the opportunity to provide feedback on each item or request that an item won’t be sent if it’s something you just don’t want.
- With Trunk Club you manually set up to receive a box. It can be once a year or even just by request. Stitch Fix is more of a subscription service and you will be sent a box according to your preferred schedule. For example, I receive a “Fix” monthly, but I know some girls who receive 2 boxes per month. On the other hand, my daughter has her Stitch Fix account set up on a “by request” basis.
- Probably the neatest feature of Trunk Club is the ability to work more closely with your stylist. You can correspond via phone call, email or through the Trunk Club App.
- Trunk Club gives you 10 days to decide what you want to purchase. Stitch Fix only gives you 5 days.
- Trunk Club assigns you the same stylist each time you sign up for a trunk. This could also be a con. :/ Do be aware that it’s not publicly advertised, but Stitch Fix will allow you to request a specific stylist. I’ve had the same one for almost every fix. Shout out, Tiff!
- Other than some sale prices (only 1 of my items was on sale) Trunk Club does not offer discounts for buying so many items.
- The “buy 5” 25% off equates to a really great discount and many times I do actually love all 5 things in my box. Taking into account that particular discount, I think Stitch Fix is less expensive.
- Stitch Fix sends along style cards with your shipment to give you ideas for styling the items you’re sent. I don’t really use these and I could honestly do without the cards, but I also know some girls that live for these.
- I felt that things were more organized regarding the signing up process with Stitch Fix. Stitch Fix asks you very specific (and necessary) questions, in hopes that you get the best “Fix” possible. I felt that I was having to basically pour my heart out to my Trunk Club stylist because I wasn’t asked very many questions about my personal style.
- I would love to receive more than 5 items! But I don’t know if my bank account (or hubby) would be very pleased with me. 🙂
Trunk Club vs. Stitch Fix- My Thoughts
My views are probably somewhat skewed because I’ve only received one Trunk Club shipment and I’ve been receiving Stitch Fix, monthly for right at a year. You can read all of my Stitch Fix reviews on my Stitch Fix page. It is also important to remember that everyone is different with regards to style, budget and overall opinions. I honestly enjoy both services for different reasons. I so loved receiving 19 items from Trunk Club, as opposed to the 5 from Stitch Fix. It was truly like Christmas. I had a blast trying on and pairing different items with my own clothes and shoes. Having a full 10 days to decide on my purchase was also pretty awesome.
With 19 items, I had to be intentional with regards to my thoughts on each item. I absolutely loved a couple of the dresses I was sent and for dresses, I didn’t feel that the prices were completely outrageous. I knew I wanted to keep the Geometric Print Jersey Shift Dress from Eliza J ($118) and the ‘Ville – Coin Tile’ Silk Dress from Madewell ($155). There were several tops I liked just fine, but didn’t keep because I sure didn’t want to go overboard. The one other item I decided to purchase was Cotton Chino Crop Cargo Pants by Two by Vince Camuto ($79). I don’t have any navy capris and these fit well and the price point was right. I usually spend a little over $200 with Stitch Fix when I keep 5 items, so in evaluating this experience I would say Trunk Club is a bit pricier, however price is going to depend on what you keep and what you indicate with your stylist that you’re willing to spend.
Even with the multiple ways to communicate with your personal stylist through Trunk Club, I honestly feel that Stitch Fix is more personal. It may have something to do with having a kick butt stylist, but I also love the personal note that your Stitch Fix stylist will send with each shipment. I also feel that Stitch Fix stylists pay more attention to notes you give and your Pinterest board. I felt many of the items Trunk Club sent me were too old for my 36 years, but that’s just me.
Keepers From My First Trunk Club Shipment
The Geometric Print Jersey Shift Dress from Eliza J ($118) was my favorite item from the trunk. In fact, it’s my favorite dress I own. The fit was spot on and as an added plus, my new Kendra earrings (on sale now) were a perfect match. The Sam Edelman heels were also in my trunk. Cute, but way too uncomfortable, plus I would have very few opportunities to wear these. My bracelets are hard to see in this pic, but they are my favorite Alex and Ani bangles. I wear these all the time.
The ‘Ville – Coin Tile’ Silk Dress from Madewell ($155) was the other dress I kept. I love this for work. It’s really comfortable with added detail from a tassel at the neckline and tie around the waist. I paired it with my Sam Edelman sandals, earrings and necklace from Stitch Fix. If you’re in the market for dressy sandals, this summer, these are cute and comfortable. I just bought them in two other colors, since they’re half price right now.
The Cotton Chino Crop Cargo Pants by Two by Vince Camuto ($79) are actually 40% off now. Bummer… I missed out on that sale. I paired them with a Stitch Fix blouse and the Devin Peep Toe Wedge from Caslon that were also in my trunk. I probably would have kept these, but they were a little too big.
So which is my favorite? I’m going to have to choose Stitch Fix as my favorite personal styling delivery service. Nothing beats the personal touch they add to each delivery and I almost always love everything I receive from them. Do remember everyone’s experience is different and I truly think part of what makes my experience so grand is that I have a fabulous personal stylist. Love you, Tiff! xoxo
Something to think about….
Have you tried either Trunk Club, Stitch Fix or another personal styling delivery service? Please, do share your thoughts. Remember, Mother’s Day is coming quick and a Stitch Fix gift card would make a spectacular present!
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