As someone who doesn’t like to shop, I’ve enjoyed having Stitch Fix do my shopping for me. My husband doesn’t like to shop either, and we’ve joked that he needs Stitch Fix for men. Well, it turns out there is such a thing. I found out about Trunk Club from a reader’s comment on this post.
My husband is a good candidate for the service. He started a new job last fall in tech, where the tricky territory of business casual reigns. Pulling it off means well-made and well-chosen clothes, not off-the-rack Old Navy.
My husband hates to shop. It might be because he’s very particular about what he likes, and what he likes is hard to find. He’s a little bit tricky to fit. And he hates making snap decisions in dressing rooms. Services like Trunk Club (and Stitch Fix) remove some of the resistance: their stylists choose clothes that suit your size and style, and ship them to your door so you can try them at home. You keep what you love and send the rest right back, at no extra cost.
We were a little intimidated by the prices on the Trunk Club site, but decided to give it a go anyway (especially because it costs nothing to try: free shipping both ways and no styling fee). Finding good work clothes so far has taken way too much time, and he was happy to pay someone else to do the work for him.
My husband filled out an online profile to get started. It took 5 minutes, and looked like this:
He provided his measurements, and was told to expect a phone call from his stylist. The next day, he spent half an hour chatting with Lauren about style preferences, budget, what to expect, and how the service worked. My husband said he needed good looking button downs, chinos, and a sportcoat.
Two days later, Fed Ex delivered the trunk to my door. (Plan ahead: I had to sign for it.)
a handwritten note from the stylist
Will’s first trunk included three blue-ish button downs and a handwritten note. Lauren said she stuck with blue because that was already working for Will. She didn’t include chinos because they didn’t have his size at the moment, and she didn’t include a sport coat because the current options were way out of his budget. She’ll send some options when they get more inventory in. (Trunk Club keeps their clothes on site, which is how they could deliver Will’s trunk in a speedy two days.)
Here’s what the shirts looked like:
Scott James Brock button down | $165
This Scott James button down definitely ranks up a notch or three from shirts we’ve tried from Banana Republic, Lands’ End and the like. The tailoring is gorgeous, and I wish the picture showed the texture of the fabric: it’s faintly seersucker-like, and looks really classy.
Culturata Thomas Mason Oxford | $135
This is the perfect Oxford shirt and definitely nicer than what my husband has now. He loved the subtle sheen, the fabric’s feel, and the button placement (something he’s really picky about). Sadly, the sleeves were too long. Will’s going to ask his stylist if a different size might work, because this shirt was terrific.
Ben Sherman laundered gingham check, mod fit | $85
This Ben Sherman buttondown looked classic and crisp, nailed the button placement, and fit perfectly. It’s similar to one my husband finally retired after 5 years of wear, and we can do the math: $85 over another 5 years is worth it.
These shirts are more expensive than my husband’s current ones. They’re also a lot nicer, and he didn’t have to shop for them. With that in mind, Will decided to keep the Ben Sherman. He returned the Scott James, because $165 was hard to justify. If he was just starting his job and was desperate for great clothes fast, he might have kept it. He would have kept the Thomas Mason Oxford if it had fit, even though $135 is a little steep. We believe in spending to your weakness, and are willing to pay more for shirts because it’s so hard to find ones he likes.
Trunk Club is known for investment clothing. The pieces they sent will last for years: they’re very well made and aren’t going out of style anytime soon. (Oh, to be a man!) The cost-per-wear on these shirts will be tiny in the long run, which is why shirts that cost upwards of $100 are still worth it in my eyes (and that’s before you factor in the time savings).
(Returns are a breeze: the trunk includes a prepaid return shipping label and tape to seal the box. Just drop it off at any FedEx location or schedule a free pickup.)
I wish we’d known about Trunk Club back when Will started his new job. Pulling together a wardrobe on the fly was stressful and time-consuming, and it would have been nice to knock out a big chunk of it with a phone call and a Fed Ex delivery. But now that we know, we’ll definitely be using it for wardrobe maintenance. (Trunk Club isn’t a subscription service–nothing arrives automatically. When you’re ready for a shipment, you just let Trunk Club know.)
If you’re interested in trying Trunk Club, find out more and sign up here.
(If you’re more interested in the actual Stitch Fix service, you can read my posts about it here.)
Just curious: how do the men in your life handle their shopping? Love it, hate it, dodge it, relish it?
P.S. If you’re interested in Trunk Club, but not the prices: check out Men’s Style Lab. It provides the same personal service at a significantly lower price point.
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