trying on: Vince sweater, Topshop jeans, Rag & Bone boots
I’ve partnered with Trunk Club several times in the past, so when they opened up a new Clubhouse right here in Boston, I had to go check it out! It’s centrally located on Boylston St, right next to the Nordstrom Rack (and shares their tailor, too). For those new to Trunk Club, it’s a personal styling service under which you can either schedule an in-person fitting at a local Clubhouse, or request a trunk of items to try on at home. There’s no subscription fee, and you only request a trunk or appointment when you want to.
The Boston Clubhouse has an open layout with a sprawling bar (which seems to be a staple at every location!) and several comfortable fitting room lounges for appointments. Each lounge has plenty of seating, so you can bring a friend or significant other along to enjoy complimentary drinks during your session!
I told my stylist, Marjorie, that I’m very petite-framed and am always looking to discover new brands and styles that fit well. I also mentioned that I like to mix affordable pieces with a few splurge ones here and there. My mind is on spring but the weather in Boston begs to differ, so I asked Marjorie to recommend some transitional pieces that are on-trend and good for layering.
My favorite piece and purchase from my session was this Vince sweater, which has a thick knit and cropped dolman cut that looks effortless with high-waisted bottoms. Vince items are usually oversized, but given the “shrunken fit” style of this one, the sleeves and length happen to hit me just right. Marjorie suggested styling it with coated jeans (the ones she pulled are under $80!), a look that I’ll be recreating with my J.Brand pair at home.
In addition to curating the pieces, your stylist can also help with pairing ideas, either with notes inside your trunk or hands-on during your session. I was shown how this utility vest can be layered over and under several other closet basics. How cute does it look over a gray turtleneck with a tassel scarf?
Since I’ve experienced Trunk Club’s at-home trunks in addition to Clubhouses, I wanted to summarize some differences for anyone considering the service:
At-home with a trunk
– After an initial consultation with your stylist (via email or phone) about your fit and styling needs, you receive an online preview of the curated items. Here you’re able to decline items and write feedback (important for a stylist to understand why you don’t like something) before your trunk ships.
– A $25 try-on fee is charged when your trunk ships, and is credited towards anything you decide to purchase from that box. As a new benefit, this fee is completely waived for Nordstrom cardholders if you use your card. There’s no additional charge for shipping both ways.
– Send back what you don’t want within 5 days by requesting a free UPS pickup or by dropping your box off at a UPS. You can request an extension if you need more time.
trying on Alice & Olivia top, Frame jeans
In-person at a Clubhouse
– You don’t get to preview items pulled for you, but there is also no fee at all for the session. My suggestion is to keep an open mind and try on what your stylist pulls, while being assertive with feedback so he/she can develop a good understanding of what you’re looking for and what you liked or didn’t like in terms of fit, style, and budget.
– There’s free hemming on jeans or pants purchased during your session. I was told this includes keeping the original hem on jeans, which is an alteration costing upwards of $25 at some tailors!
– Your stylist can send a follow-up trunk to your home after the session, if you wanted a different size in something or additional pieces that weren’t available at the time of your appointment.
Also, customers can switch between Clubhouse sessions and at-home trunks based on what’s more convenient. I know several of you have shared feedback with me in the past about your styling experiences, all of which I take seriously and pass along to their teams. If any of you decide to go visit the new Boston Clubhouse, please let me know what you think!
Thank you to Trunk Club for partnering on this post!