My opinion on TrunkClub: I think it’s a great service for men who a) don’t like to spend time shopping for the right items, b) don’t have a strong opinion on their personal style and c) don’t mind paying full retail for their clothes.
My only experience with TC is from 4 years ago so it’s outdated and I am sure that the experience is much better now. I tried them in Fall 2010 just out general curiosity and because it’s zero risk (you just return the whole box if you don’t like it).
I spoke to a girl on the phone and we discussed my “style preferences”. I told her I was in b-school, didn’t have a huge budget and just looking for general casual clothing. She sent me a box of stuff that mostly didn’t fit me or my style. Overall I found the styles pretty generic and the prices way too high. I can’t really explain what I mean by generic but I felt like it was a uniform. There was a blazer in there for $500. No, it wasn’t anything special.
But then again, I like to shop, like experimenting with my personal style and I absolutely abhor paying full price for clothing. I watch sales (especially Mr Porter) like a hawk and only pull the trigger when I see really amazing value. I may have paid full price for a few Hermes ties but that’s only because they never, ever go on sale and this is a once every couple of years thing when I am feeling completely extravagant.
So for me TrunkClub is like BlueApron.
Some people enjoy shopping at local markets, finding recipes and experimenting with cooking. Cooking adds value to their life. On the other hand, some people consider all that overwhelming or a waste of time and prefer someone else pick recipes and deliver them pre-packaged ingredients.
This profile is exactly what I mean and, conveniently, it plays well with the food analogy: https://www.trunkclub.com/blog/trunk-club-chicago-chris-gawronski-the-gage-henri-dawson-restaurant
This guy is a great Chef but he was always used to wear whatever was comfortable under his apron / chef jacket. Now he needs to upgrade his wardrobe to reflect his new responsibilities and isn’t sure where to start. TrunkClub is perfect for that.
So it’s all a long-winded way to say that it’s an excellent service for a lot of guys. Just to not for me.