I have been using these services for many years now. The basic premise is that you go online, sign-up for the service and they send you stuff in the mail to try on. You keep what you like and you send back what you don’t. It is a win-win for busy people and for those who just don’t like shopping! There are many of these types of services out there. Here are a few that I have tried and my experiences with them. I will include links so you can check them out for yourself.
Trunk Club is a Nordstrom Company which is a bonus to the ease of this service because you can use your Nordstrom card and earn Notes. They send you items (jewelry, clothing, accessories, shoes, etc) and you try them on at home. You keep what you want and send back what you don’t. The service is available for women and men.
So basically, to sign up for the service you fill out a profile about your style (I also linked my Pinterest so my stylist could see it) and schedule a trunk. The stylist will chat with you through the website or app and ask you what type of items you need. Most brands sold at Nordstrom are pretty much available. I have even requested specific brands or items to be included in my trunk. You can even select a theme like wedding guest, workout/active wear or vacation items. They will send you an email with a preview of your trunk and you can say yes or no before the items are sent to you to and request other items they didn’t include.
This service has been the most successful for me. I already loved shopping at Nordstrom and I now have a great Stylist (my 1st one & I didn’t click so I switched). The fact that you see the items before they send them is great for me and I have felt like my requests and feedback on the items (you give feedback on what you like or don’t like) and that helps to build a rapport with the stylist. There is a limit on how long you can have the items at your house before you send back what you don’t want, so it is not like buying, thinking about it and returning it to the store–it’s a shorter timeline. I liked that you can either schedule a trunk whenever you want or if you are building a new wardrobe, you can have one sent on a reoccurring basis.
Stitch Fix was the first shopping services I every tried. I read about it in the style section of the San Francisco Chronicle and knew I wanted to try it. This service has a simple formula: you sign up; fill out a profile; and schedule a “fix”. They send you 5 items (clothes, shoes and accessories), you keep what you like and send back what you don’t. There is a $20 styling fee when you scheduled, but that $20 is applied to any purchase you make. This service is available to women, men and now kids. They also have maternity for those who need it!
This service was good for a while for me. I found that after a while I started to get the same items but in different colors/patterns. I believe that now they have a larger variety of brands that they offer. You are not able to select specific items. You can give “notes” to your stylist, but ultimately they pick what think you might like. This was great for me when I moved from the classroom to administrator and I needed more work place style of clothes. I was able to build a base work wardrobe. I haven’t been back for a while, but is an easy service to use.