Nordstrom Trunk Club vs. Stitch Fix: The Battle of the Boxes

This post may contain affiliate links. I am not working with either company although I would love to some day! Thank you for supporting Relatable Roni! Try Stich Fix here. Try Trunk Club here. See the referral program section below for more information. The Nordstrom anniversary sale ends tomorrow (8/8/21) so be sure to snag discounted items by then. I’ve shared several items on sale to my Instagram stories and my Liketoknow.it page.

Living in Vermont, we don’t have a lot of clothing stores. The shops on Church street can be pricy or just not the style I am looking for. During my time in Vermont (4 years now), I’ve seen Express, Loft and Macy’s close down. Macy’s now houses Burlington High School. No, I’m not kidding!

Students commute between classes at Downtown Burlington High School, Monday, March 22, 2021, in Burlington, Vt. Students who once shopped at a downtown mall are now attending high school in the mall's former Macy's department store, taking escalators to and from classes. The existing Burlington High School was closed last August after PCBs were found in the building.

I first tried Stitch Fix when I was in need of work pants for my new job. My pharmacy manager at the time and a friend said they used it so I decided to give it a try. It was great for a bit but after about 8 Stitch Fix boxes, a good friend of mine recommended Nordstrom’s Trunk Club. I was intrigued since all the influencers LOVED Nordstrom so much and basically forced the anniversary sales down their followers throats. I’ve now ordered 3 Trunk Club boxes and I’m about to receive my 4th. Oh, and now I’ve started forcing the anniversary sale down my followers’ throats.

Below I’ve broken down each subscription box by different categories which include: Style, Price, Quality, Customer Service, Styling Fee, Referral Program and the Return Process.

You can see all the items I’ve received thus far on Instagram via my highlights.

Jean Jacket: Stitch Fix | Pants: Trunk Club | Shades
| Purse | Shoes

Style

Stitch Fix: This was the first clothing subscription box I ever tried. It really pushed me to try different cuts of clothing I wasn’t used to wearing. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and I’m so glad I tried it out. They often send pieces with lots of different patterns, which makes it difficult to mix and match your clothes at times. Some brands used are little known. You are sent 5 items to trial, but you can add on extras.

Trunk Club: I think this is better suited for young women (mid-20’s to 30’s) and not so much high school/college girls who may like to be more fashion-forward. The style is more sophisticated and items they send often are solid colored. A huge pro with this option is that you are sent a preview before your items are shipped to you. You can choose to reject items then and there and have them replaced. The brands are usually very well-known. You are sent 10 items to trial, but you can add on extras.

Who wins: Trunk Club because I want more versatile, classic and age-appropriate pieces that I can easily mix and match with items I already own. Being able to reject repulsive pieces right off the bat is a huge plus.

Price

Tank: Trunk Club | Necklace | Matching Earrings (Not pictured)

Stitch Fix: Prices have ranged from $38 for the a thin summery top to $110 for a pair of Spanx pants that I loved, but didn’t keep. Some of the prices are comparable to Trunk Club since they both carry some of the same brands. If anything, I think Stitch Fix helped transition me over to Trunk Club because of similar brands being used. Items are always full-price. You get a 25% discount if you keep all 5 items in the box.

Trunk Club: Prices have ranged from $18 for a simple tank to $140 for a freaking cotton and silk cardigan. If an item is on sale at Nordstrom, the prices can be marked down accordingly. BUT! Not always! With my most recent box, the price in the Trunk Club app didn’t update so I did have to message someone within the app to help modify the price. Trunk Club/Nordstrom also does automatically price match as well to similar retailers such as Macy’s. You will see this on their site with a comment that says “some items are price matched.” You can also indicate to your stylist before you order your box that you would like sale items. Nordstrom’s site has way too many items to sift through so having a stylist do the work for you is great.

Who wins: Stitch Fix is MUCH more budget-friendly. Each piece on average is less than Trunk Club, but if quality is important to you…keep reading!

Quality

Stitch Fix: One dress I absolutely love was $78 but started pilling after 2-3 wears and hand-washes. It was a let down. I’ve seen items shrink as well. The cloth used is usually thin, too. Meh!

Trunk Club: The one piece I have washed several times so far has held up well. Time will tell and I’ll have to update this portion later.

Who wins: Probably Trunk Club.

Customer Service

Stitch Fix: When a box was horrendous, I’d share my thoughts on Instagram and tag the company. They would then offer to wave the styling fee to trial a second box – I don’t think the $20 styling fee from the first box gets applied to the items you keep in the second box so you do end up paying a styling fee. That’s lame in my mind.

Trunk Club: I didn’t complain about my first box but I probably should’ve since I didn’t like or keep anything from it because of the quality or fit. They have an app which makes it very easy to communicate about any issues. They respond within minutes!

Who wins: Trunk Club because they’re super responsive.

Styling Fee

Stitch Fix: $20, but waived if you keep at least one item. I have kept one item in each box two times in order to avoid incurring a styling fee. It made sense to keep a discounted item, in a sense, rather than nothing at all.

Trunk Club: $25, but waived if you keep at least an item. Waived completely if you have the Nordstrom credit card and have that card on file. This is why I signed up for the card recently.

Who wins: Trunk Club because you can avoid the fee if you have the Nordy credit card. I’d recommend the credit card if you can behave with credit cards.

Referral Program

Stitch Fix: The referral program awards both parties $25, and once in awhile $50. ONLY one time I did see a $100 referral and quickly forwarded it to a few friends. None of them took haha. I think those high referral credits are great because essentially you could get 1-2 pieces for free. If you’d like to trial Stitch Fix, please do use my link here.

Trunk Club: This is set in stone. $50. I think that’s pretty good. If you would like to trial Trunk Club, please do use my link here.

Who wins: Trunk Club because on average, they give you more credit. But do keep in mind, generally, Trunk Club items are more pricey.

Return Process

Stitch Fix: You have 3 days to try on items, but you can extend this further out via the site or app. For mailing returns, I unfortunately do not have a outgoing mailbox slit big enough to jam my returns into so I have to go to the post office or find a mailbox location.

Trunk Club: You have 5 days to try on items. You can easily extend your try-on period via the app. I highly recommend downloading it even if you are just trying out Trunk Club for the first time. FedEx picks up returns right from your home too! Super hassle free. Also, if you have a change of heart about keeping a piece after you’ve already mailed your Trunk Club back, you can return the piece in store which is what I did one time because I was going to a town with a REAL mall. But know that it won’t be easy – The clerk was a bit confused on how to do it. Eventually, her coworker helped me out.

Who wins: Trunk Club 100%. Little work is required on the buyer’s part.

THE FINAL VERDICT

I think Stitch Fix was a good starter subscription clothing box, but I’ve outgrown it. Most of the items from Stitch Fix are of thin quality and require hand-washing – AINT NOBODY GOT TIME FO’ THAT! Yes there’s always dry-cleaning as an option but that adds up quickly. Trunk Club wins in every category except for price, but the price is worth it for the quality. I’m comfortable paying for higher quality pieces that I will wear for longer.

If you’ve tried Stitch Fix and/or Trunk Club, what are your thoughts on them? Leave a comment below!

A Doctor’s Spouse’s Life: Residency Year Three

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I’m a little late on writing this post as we’re now about to start 5th year in a few days. I did draft it back in August of 2020 so the perspective is a bit different. Here it is:

During the first two year’s of my husband’s residency, I definitely nagged him quite a bit for his lack of presence or assistance around the house. It was a lot of work for one person. My mom literally did almost everything for me before marriage. I know, “what a spoiled brat!” By third year, I became accustomed to my role in our household and it was understood he would always help when he could; he never would take advantage of me. When we were dating and engaged, he was self-sufficient. But with the lack of free time during residency, I had to step in to help. I never felt with him that because I am the woman, I must do these things. If anything, he is a lot better at managing the house than I am.

BUT during third year, I received a lot of on-and-off help because he had more “free” time. More free time also meant more traveling and time we could spend together.

Although this residency life series has been more so about the lack of time with my husband, I think I am now finally satisfied with the quantity and quality of time we have together. I no longer dwell or take up issue with his busyness. I’ve built my own life here in Vermont finally and am busier than ever with family and friends so I don’t feel as lonely.

During the first half of the year, I enjoyed traveling all over the world. I feel grateful for those times especially with the COVID era now upon us.

In July 2019, the husband and I attended our first “non-rushed” wedding together in about 4 years. By “non-rushed” I mean we didn’t have to miss half of the reception to drive back home because of work the next morning.

Also in July, I attended my husband’s cousin’s wedding without him because July is not a month residents can easily take time off. I wanted to get to know his side of the family better since I didn’t get the chance during our own wedding week. I flew to England with my SIL, MIL & FIL. It was an amazing trip despite the heat wave that arrived with us. The wedding was so much fun and I really enjoyed my time with my husband’s cousins. The last night of the trip we went to a bar with a live 80’s band. I absolutely love 80’s music, movies and fashion and feel I should’ve had my teen years during this period of time. I now understand why the older generation thought 90’s music was complete junk.

The amazing 80’s cover band covered songs by Queen that I didn’t even know Queen originally sang. On my return flight, I watched Bohemian Rhapsody which began my obsession with Queen. I have been listening to them nonstop for the last year.

In August 2019, hubs and I hosted a barbecue that was a ton of fun. We invited our coworkers and friends. Food was bomb if I must say so myself.

In September, hubs and I went to Maui, Hawaii and stayed at Andaz. It’s really far from Vermont…and we flew out from Montreal. I highly recommend Andaz if you are going to Maui. We actually walked around all the neighboring hotels and agreed Andaz was the best. I think it was nice to experience the Hawaiian culture (sup Moana!?) and I even got to take a little Hawaiian dance class at our resort while Raj slept in. Yes, he still sleeps a lot during vacations. I think Hawaii is a little overrated for the price of things. I mean a cocktail at our resort was $19. During happy hour, it was $13, but it’s not full-service. Like, come on.

Hawaiian Luau at Andaaz

In November, I went to Tulum with my best friend. This trip was beyond memorable. We didn’t stay at the resorts but we did go to the resort area several times. The resorts are literally on the beach. Between rooms and buildings is sand. It’s amazing. Imagine naturally exfoliating your dry heels! More to come on this because it was a great trip and I definitely recommend going to Tulum over Hawaii any day. I want to go back with my husband once this COVID stuff is over.

Well, with third year of residency came our first Thanksgiving at home during residency ever!!! We were pretty excited about it. Because of our ever expanding family with the engagements of all my husband’s siblings, we decided to host Thanksgiving at home in MA for our clan of 13 people and a few close friends.

We cooked an insane amount of food. Raj cooked whole turkey for the first time in his life and that was an intense project. I put sugar in the stuffing instead of salt so that was fun. Thanks to my future BIL for catching this haha, we were able to undo my error with actual salt but not without those added calories from sugar! We definitely had leftovers for days and probably weeks. Lesson learned on how to cook for a large group.

It’s become our tradition to stay in Vermont for Christmas the last few years so we took a few days off and enjoyed some eggnog and some one-on-one time.

January brought wedding bells for my BIL who was getting married in India. In a 9 day break, Raj crammed a trip to India when the travel time alone each way is about 20 hours. We flew out the morning Raj was post-call from Montreal and almost as soon as we landed in India, the wedding festivities began. We had a great time with family and it’s probably the best wedding I’ve ever attended. I’m not biased, I swear. Just watch their amazing wedding video!

I stuck around in India an additional week after husband left and got my outfits made for the next two weddings in the family.

Oh! And during the winter, two of the resident’s wives and I got together on a weekly basis to host Bachelor viewings and participate in a Bachelor Fantasy League. One of the girls even won from a group of 30 participants. So this kept me busy which was really nice to get through those long and cold Vermont winters. And it really forced myself to not be so clingy to the husband just because he was home on Bachelor’s night. Byeeee boyyyy (as Beyoncé says).

So “The Bachelor” and Fantasy league wrapped up and at the end of the week is when Vermont decided to shut everything down because of COVID.

And now the COVID Era. We have kept our sanity first of all. We are healthy and happy. Vermont *knock on wood* has not been badly hit by COVID. I’m grateful that it started to warm up soon after so if we couldn’t go to the mall, at least we could step out for a walk.

Because the hospital canceled all elective non-urgent cases, there were fewer patients. Usually we hover around 500 patients but during the peak of the pandemic, we probably had 300 patients in house.

Because there were fewer elective cases, Raj was home a lot more often but he used much of this time to read and prepare for his board exam in May that originally was scheduled in March. He took it from home which was an interesting scenario.

I have been working from home remotely on and off depending on my daily assignment. It has been nice but I’ve been pretty busy throughout. Because of the few COVID cases in Vermont and our hospital not being overly burdened, the non-urgent surgical cases resumed and things are back to “normal” but with many precautions and changes in place.

Work is strict about traveling and we can’t visit our favorite spot of Montreal because the Canadians think we have handled the situation poorly, which we obviously have. We also cannot go home to MA until the number of cases is less than 400 per million people.

We have only been spending time with our coworkers as we all are under the same restrictions. We met with two recently at a restaurant with a live one man band and delicious food. I’m glad Vermont is doing so well with COVID but I don’t think things will settle down soon in the USA or Worldwide.

Overall, I think this doctor’s spouse’s third year was pretty good. Hubby is happy and well-fed. He’s not that complicated for a brain surgeon. I still take care of the house but he has more time and has been able to help out a lot more which is such a nice break for me. Our moms cook food for us that freezes well so that has been helpful throughout the year as always.

Let’s see how fourth year unravels itself. We’re one month in and I’m a little afraid because he is home A LOT…Like A LOT, A LOT. Like too much, guys.

Stay tuned for a year 4 post!