Photo by Trunk Club
The weather has finally turned for the good, and there’s no better time to start shopping for warmer weather clothing. But instead of spending your time in stores or endless hours online, let the clothes come to you. I’m talking clothing subscription services. There are lots of upsides and downsides to these. The biggest upside is you being able have these outfits delivered to your front door to try on with other things in your wardrobe.
I judge these subscription services off of 3 criteria: the sign up (how well they get to know me), the style of the outfits, and obviously cost. So here are 3 subscription services that you should check out…
Bombfell had the most thorough signup of any clothing service I’d tried. It felt like they were really trying to get a feel for my style and preferences. The style of the box that I was sent wasn’t bad. I didn’t love nor hate the items, but with as thorough as the signup process was, I was underwhelmed with what was sent in the box. It might just take more time to get used to my style and preferences.
Bombfell’s approach with the box was to send a whole outfit, as opposed to just various pieces. The outfit worked well. It included a v-neck sweater, white button down, flannel pants, and a brown leather belt. Aside from the need for minor tailoring on the pants, the fit on all the items was just ok.
Pricing of the items I received were middle tier. Aside from the belt, each item was priced between $80-$100. Not crazy, but definitely not cheap either.
Stitch Fix items.
Stitch Fix originally started out for women, but fairly recently expanded to men as well. I also liked Stitch Fix’s signup process, though it wasn’t as thorough as Bombfell. But based on my preferences, they did a good job from both style and fit for the items they sent in my first box. Stitch Fix doesn’t necessarily send you one outfit per se, but more of various pieces that can work together.
One thing I loved about Stitch Fix, especially for those who are newbies to dressing well, is their style guide. It gives you many different outfit ideas and suggestions based on what they sent in the box. I loved this idea so much, and proves useful for anyone from the style newcomers to seasoned vets.
Their pricing seemed fair based on the quality/brands that were sent. I’d put their pricing in the same ballpark as Bombfells, with some things cheaper, some more expensive. The priciest item in the box was a Scotch & Soda sweater ($125), which is a great brand that’s worth investing in if you’re in need.
Now owned by Nordstrom, Trunk Club was one of the first players in the game for the clothing box subscription services. I’ve been a member of theirs for almost 10 years, even though I don’t order from them regularly. I don’t fully recall their signup process, but I do remember chatting with a stylist for a bit about my style. This might have changed over the last 7-8 years though.
Trunk Club seems to always have great items in their box, and I always seem to fall in love with at least one piece that I can’t let go. They also nail the fit most of the time.
My latest pick up from them was a Ted Baker long sleeve polo (pictured). If you’re a regular reader, you know how much I love the details. And this shirt checked all of the right boxes for details, fit, and overall style. It was pricey, but worth it for me. And this is generally what I’ve found from the items I’ve kept from Trunk Club.
Another huge bonus of Trunk Club are their stylists. I’ve had two different stylists over the course of my membership, and both are very knowledgeable and put up with my picky preferences. It’s proved to be very useful.
Of course there has to be a downside to my favorite service. That being, it is not cheap. Trunk Club is definitely much more expensive than both Bombfell and Stitch Fix. Whether it’s worth it to some, you have to just try and see yourself. But a quick pro-tip…. If you ask your stylist to throw in a couple more affordable options, you’ll get some items that are much easier on the wallet. I’ve bought shirts ranging from $35 up to $150. But you won’t get cheaper items in the trunk if you don’t ask.
Honorable Mention - Amazon Prime Wardrobe
Amazon has slowly been getting into the clothing game, as I mentioned in the last newsletter, and now they have Prime Wardrobe that lets you try-before-you-buy. You’ll load up items via their site, have it shipped to you, and only pay for what you keep. I plan on giving this a test drive in the near future and will write and review on it. I don’t have high expectations for their style selection, but it’s at least worth a try.
I think any of these choices would be worth your time and all have different benefits. But if I had to choose just one, it would probably be Stitch Fix. Their combination of style, fit, cost, and help via their style guide makes them a great option for getting clothes to your front door on a regular basis.