Posted 06 February 2018 - 05:53 PM
Hi, all! I’m stopping in from my hiatus because I have at long last tried Trunk Club, like Night Elf has encouraged. So, I want to talk about that and maybe compare SF with TC.
I have been disappointed with my last few SFs. I don’t think they have such a thing as really warm sweaters. I think their main concept is fun/trendy/new fashion, while I’m more looking for classic, dignified, sophisticated, long-term clothing. That seems to be the main disconnect for winter clothes, as I kept begging for WARM tops and that continued to not happen. Ironically, the only thing I bought from SF was a VEST, though we were just talking in January about vests not making much sense for warmth. The stylist’s comment to me in her note regarding the vest was, “the vest provides depth without being overly hot...” What the HELL does that mean? 😜I’m telling you repeatedly I’m cold all winter long and you send me “depth,” whatever that is, without offering actual warmth! Nevertheless, I do think the vest is beautiful and I bought it. It’s just not good for much in the way of warmth.
I gave up on warmth. I am planning to go to France in March, so I figured I would see if SF could follow some directions on a packable, mix-match ensemble of items to take to France. I figured I have enough time to save it if it fails, but I would see what SF could do. However, right after I set up my Fix for February, I decided to see what Trunk Club might do with the same directives.
SF dragged my previous stylist, Maggie, out of the broom closet; she was the one last year who crushed it a couple times and sent me an entire fix I loved. So Maggie did my France fix and I must say, it was quite good. There was a skirt, a pair of slacks, a button-down shirt, a light 3/4 sleeve sweater and a trench-style jacket. I peeked beforehand and expected to like the skirt, the trousers if they fit, and the trench. I did not think I would like the sweater or button-down. Turns out the trench was too big and not really the right fabric to be crisp like I would want. I liked the button-down far more than I expected. The trousers were absoultely perfect as if they were made for me. The lightweight sweater is far better than I expected and I love it. I bought all but the trench.
So, then my TC arrived. Here was my immediate impression on unboxing: Trunk Club quality is spectacular. The average quality of the TC items is far, far better than the average SF piece. The first item out of my TC box was a long, military style, navy blue coat with rose gold buttons. This coat is breathtaking! I doubt I can wear this in France in March, but I would not pass on this for anything. It is also reduced in price substantially and is not quite $100. There was also a beautiful cream blouse with a long, included scarf that I did not love in my online preview but figured, eh, send it to me, I might like it better in person. I LOVE it! It is absolutely gorgeous. It looks very Parisian to me. Other yeses were: a black Vince Camuto cardigan, a pair of stunning red Vince Camuto pumps, and a black lace fit-and-flare dress. There is a skirt I am still on the fence about; it is stunning, with a pencil shape, but a tier of ruffles at the bottom. Looks like a 50s movie star! I only hesitate because I don’t know how much ocassion I will have to wear it. I actually have numerous dressy skirts but I don’t wear them often. So I am still uncertain on that.
There were other things I could keep from the TC box, but wowzers, am I spending some dough on the yeses I love. I don’t have money left for the maybes. There was a great pair of black Kut from Kloth skinny pants, but since I just bought the black trousers from SF, there’s not much point having both. There was one top I expected to love from the preview; it was a form-fitting black lace-edged tee with 3/4 sleeves, but it was quite expensive. In person, I hate it. I kid you not, it looks like a tube sock - that is how stretchy it is! It is waaaaay too expensive for a top like this; it looks like a Forever 21/ H&M kind of teenager’s top. Another top was a silver choker top that had an open wrap front. Gah! No! But everything else was at least definitely in the ballpark of something I would wear, and very well-made pieces.
My takeaway comparison:
Things are pretty inexpensive, especially with the whole-box discount.
Limiting it to five things seems a little easier to decide.
The returns bag is a little bit easier for me to return than a UPS box will be.
SF’s outfit idea cards are much better than TCs styling suggestions.
The ability to preview and comment beforehand eliminates some major no’s right from the start.
The conversation makes it easier to convey what I want and don’t want.
The clothes (at least in my case) are superior quality; it is immediately obvious.
I could theoretically go have something altered at Nordstroms. This was actually a big reason I decided to try it, because my previous SF had trousers that were too long.
Having up to ten items makes it more likely there will be something in there I love.
5 days to decide.
Let’s face it: these clothes are not superior quality in most cases.
Some stylists seem to have no clue.
These clothes are more trendy and temporary. I don’t think they are meant to be long-lasting classic pieces usually.
No ability to control what is sent as you have with TC.
The fee structuring and discounts make it more likely I will buy something I would otherwise not buy. I’m a little mad at myself for having done that some in the beginning.
3 days to decide.
This stuff is expensive! I’m legit concealing what this costs because I would be embarrassed to really type it.
The “personal relationship”aspect feels a little pressuring. Stylist makes statements about sending a “follow-up trunk” and I’m like, “Hello? I’m ‘bout to drop a scandalous amount of money on this trunk!”
Ten things is a lot. It’s both a pro and a con. It takes more effort to decide on ten things. But there’s also a better chance you will like something.
No discounts for buying more things. But also, this doesn’t muddy the waters on whether or not I really want it.
They don’t really have an outfit styling suggestion like SF does. They do show groupings of the items from that Trunk that go together.
I think that’s everything. I am not getting any more fixes or trunks for months and months, because I am so ashamed of my TC expenses! I can’t see getting another TC until the later half of this year at the soonest. And I have postponed any SFs until May.
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