Stitch Fix vs. Trunk Club: Which Monthly Fashion Box is Right for You?
In the world of clothing subscription boxes (aka online personal stylists), it really comes down to two top contenders: Stitch Fix and Trunk Club. Both offer a high level of customization in terms of your personal style, and both ship to you monthly. But they’re not identical, and the differences are important.
If you’re the kind of person who either doesn’t enjoy shopping or simply doesn’t have the time to really shop, then one of these subscription boxes is the perfect way for you to update your wardrobe easily.
When you sign up for Stitch Fix, you take a quiz to match your personal style with an online personal stylist who will pick out each item in your box. There are two things you should do to make things easier for both you and your stylist: You can link your account to a Pinterest board (ideally a fashion board, obviously) and you can send your stylist specific directions on what kind of things you like as well as what types of clothing, patterns, and colors you don’t like.
Your results will get better with each Stitch Fix. When you receive your Stitch Fix, you provide feedback to your stylist about what you liked and didn’t like so they have a better idea of what to send you the next time.
With Stitch Fix, you’ll pay a $20 styling fee upfront for the box, but if you choose to buy one or more of the items, that $20 will go toward the purchase—so if you choose to keep a shirt that costs $38, you’ll only have to pay $18. Stitch Fix also offers a 25% discount if you choose to purchase every item in your box. To return the items you don’t want to keep, you just ship them back within three business days.
Overall, you receive clothing and accessories of good quality for a moderate price. Stitch Fix currently carries more than 250 clothing brands, some of which are exclusive to Stitch Fix. So you’re pretty much guaranteed to receive pieces no one else in your life has. They also recently added plus sizes, so they can style women ranging from 0 to 24W and XS to 3XL!
You can also request certain types of items for you upcoming boxes. If you need a new dress for work, then you simply add a note to your account outlining what kind of dress you want. If you need something for an upcoming event, then you just describe the dress code of the event as well as what specific items you need for it.
The key to a successful Stitch Fix experience is providing your stylist with feedback after receiving your items. What did you like? What did you not like? How was the fit? What did you think about the pattern or color? And if you decide you want to take a little break from Stitch Fix, then it’s no big deal. They don’t require a monthly subscription or membership. You only receive boxes when you want to.
Trunk Club is definitely the sleekest subscription box out there. The process is similar to Stitch Fix. You fill out a survey over your personal style and preferences, and then you’re assigned to an online personal stylist who will work to get to know you so you can receive pieces you’ll truly love.
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Once your stylist has formed your Trunk, you get a notification so you can approve or change it within 48 hours. If you like each item, then you tell Trunk Club to send it along, and if you want some items changed, you just tell them to find something else.
You’ll receive a box of high-end pieces from a wide variety designers, like Rag & Bone, and you’ll have 10 days to decide which ones you’ll keep and which ones you’ll send back. If you want to visit a stylist in person you can at one of the Clubhouses (Chicago, Dallas, LA, and Washington D.C.).
Trunk Club isn’t a traditional subscription service though. When you sign up, you aren’t locked in for a monthly box, and there’s no monthly fee. You only receive boxes when you want them, so the frequency of delivery is something you have to discuss with your stylist. If you get in a box and don’t want any of the items, then you send it back and it won’t cost you a dime.
However, since Trunk Club sticks with designer items, the cost of individual items is significantly more than Stitch Fix, which has a median price of $55 per item. The average price varies per box with Trunk Club, but it’s frequently in the $100+ per item range. You do get to set your spending preferences, but with higher-end designers the prices are going to be higher. If you’re looking for something less pricey, then Trunk Club isn’t the right subscription box for you.
The Main Difference
Trunk Club offers men’s clothing too, which is something Stitch Fix does not do. Most men aren’t huge fans of shopping, and tend to fall behind on their fashion game. But with a service like Trunk Club, they can receive items chosen specifically with their tastes in mind, and you’ll never have to beg your boyfriend/husband/brother/dad to retire those old jeans again.
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Last modified on June 1st, 2017