Last week I shared about my first experience using Trunk Club, a new (to women) personal styling service and previously I’ve shared about my experience using Stitch Fix. While the two companies are similar there are some differences between them. To help you figure out which service is right for you, here’s a comparison.
Both companies provide a personal stylist who picks out clothes to match your personal style and body type. With Stitch Fix you have a different stylist with each box, while with Trunk Club you keep the same stylist with each order. Additionally, because you have the same stylist, you can talk or email directly with your personal stylist when using Trunk Club. (PS- A friend told me after this post that you can have the same stylist with Stitch Fix, you just have to ask for it in your notes.)
Shipping & Returns
Both come in very stylish and branded boxes. Both include free shipping both to you and for returns. Both are shipped quickly. Stitch Fix allows returns via USPS and they provide a pre-paid envelope for the clothes to be placed in. Just put your returned items in the envelope and leave it in your mailbox. Trunk Club provides a new label and shipping tape to return items in the box you received them in. Their shipping is through UPS meaning you have to schedule a pick up or take it somewhere to drop off.
In the Box
Trunk Club boxes include up to 15 items for you to try on at home. You have the chance to review your box before it ships and refuse any item you know you don’t want (I did this with a romper that was both a romper and almost $200– two strikes and it was out.)
Stitch Fix sends you 5 items at a time and does not allow you to see what’s coming until you open the box (although some fun-hating users have found ways around this). Stitch Fix is like opening presents on Christmas morning, while Trunk Club is an experience like the year my older brother snuck open (and then re-wrapped) his Nintendo before Christmas, so we all knew what was in that box when “santa” came.
One major bonus to using Stitch Fix is that each item in your fix comes with a card that shows you how to pair that item with things you might already own. For me, this is a huge perk.
Time to Shop
The pro of using a service like these is that you get to try on clothing items at home with your own closet. Trunk Club allows you 10 days to try things on before you have to “check out” online and tell them what you’re keeping and what you’re rejecting. Stitch Fix only allows 3 days.
Stitch Fix charges a $20 styling fee when the box ships. This fee goes towards your purchase if you keep something in the box (which I have always done) and they provide a discount if you keep the whole fix. Trunk Club doesn’t charge a styling fee and only charges per item kept.
In general, I have felt that prices through Stitch Fix were less expensive than Trunk Club. However, items from both companies can often be found through Nordstrom Rack or other sites online so they are similar in quality.
Other Items to Consider
Stitch Fix was easier to set up an account and start receiving fixes. You go online, answer questions about your size and style profile, pick which pictures you like the best and give them a link to your Pinterest style board. Trunk Club‘s site is much less user friendly and you have to schedule a call to your stylist to get your profile complete.Trunk Club started as a service for men, so I’m optimistic it will adapt some to a new clientele over time.
Trunk Club actually has stores you can go into for a personal styling session in several large US cities, which is pretty neat.
I enjoyed using both sites and the pros and cons of each really come down to your clothing budget and personal preferences! Let me know if you have questions or observations I missed!