I love home goods shopping. I detest most other shopping including groceries. I use Wholefoods delivery almost exclusively, stitchfix for most clothing (except tshirts because lets face it those are disposable), and amazon or Zappos for most everything else. Although I do love a good trip to Target. But I love stitch fix. It's a great company that sends you five pieces of clothing and/or accessories, your fix, as often as you like. I usually just do it a couple times a year. I've had great luck with it. But one day I was procrastinating making lip balms by watching my favorite youtube channel. My favorite lady opened her Trunk from Trunk Club. She was a little tired of stitch fix feeling like she was getting the same thing over and over. I can kinda agree with this. So I started the process with Trunk Club.
Unlike Stitchfix the process with Trunk Club was a little more personalized but also a little more lengthy. I actually liked the process because I really like fashion. I know that's probably shocking if you only ever see me in my kitchen or at the markets. I promise I don't wear an apron out to dinner. I answered style questions, clicked on photos of what I like and don't, spoke with my stylist, and forwarded a Pinterest page. The lady I follow on YouTube suggested giving it a couple chances so I'm hanging in there. My trunk came yesterday. It is the size of a steamer trunk. I was excited, overwhelmed, and ultimately pretty disappointed. But not completely.
I only pay for what I keep and I'm now waiting for the UPS driver to pick up the giant box. Pretty easy. No driving to Nordstrom (aka Trunkclub), picking out garments, trying them on in some awful dressing room, or ultimately running from the mall and getting stuck in rush hour traffic and ultimately returning something. Yes I tend to be dramatic when it comes to shopping. I'm particular I don't have much energy. I own it.
My box contained two jackets, three pair of jeans/pants, two pair of booties, four blouses, and a cashmere wrap. I loved only one thing the olive corduroy (that looks like velvet) skinny jeans/pants. I kept two things. The said pants and a pair of just ok black jeans. They were comfy. I liked the velvet jacket I would say almost loved it. It felt like silk velvet but was in fact poly so I wouldn't have to worry about moisture etc. But as per usual it didn't fit through the bust. ugh!!! The blouses really were just ok. One looked like the puffy shirt from Seinfeld but in Green, one I loved but was very ill fitting. But all of the jeans fit! That's kind of amazing. One of the jackets was so modern and confusing even the cat gave it a weird look. The boots were okay but very uncomfortable. So alas I don't have an outfit for date night only some new pants, which I needed.
I gave honest clear feedback. The clothes were too modern and fussy. No puffy shirts, no throw away whisper light silk blouses. I will ruin that in one wearing. So my next box comes in another week-ish and I'll let you know. The main difference with TrunkClub is the amount of clothing they send. I had twelve items. Stitchfix is only five ever. The charges are about the same $25 style fee which is waived if you buy something. Which I have never not liked at least one thing from stitchfix. The thing I do love about stitchfix is if you buy everything you get 25% off. I've done it a few times and even had a friend buy a couple things and we both made out! Trunk club may have the hand up since they sent three different pairs of jeans for me to try and multiple blouses. It will help her figure out my style. I get it. It's part of a relationship. We all know how I feel about those. Trunk club sent a preview of the trunk which I could change things in which I did. Stitchfix does not do this. TrunkClub allows exchanges, which stitch fix should do. It's frustrating to really like something only to have it not fit. However, since I'm trying the new trunk I tried to exchange and only a few had options for me. So there's that. Trunk club did break a fatal rule. They broke my budget---like ridiculous---with a couple items which I had her take out immediately. I cannot nor will ever pay $400 for a blouse. I'm an herbalist not a hedge fund owner. I was open about never do that again...but I did it in humor. Just to let you know I loved that damn blouse as I'm sure my Mr. Whiskers would and promptly put a claw in. I would have had a lovely two hours in it before I ruined it.
I am a huge proponent of small business and buying local. If I go shopping for clothing (aside from the disposable tshirts) it's almost exclusively at a local boutique, which really have great deals, and the majority of my gift giving are through the farmers markets or friends. So no need to worry I'm still your hippie herbalist I just love to shop from home mostly. As a human on the planet earth I do not fit into one category just like you, but I definitely do not fit into a puffy shirt.
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