Trendsend Review: Better then Stitchfix?
Last week, I shared what I got in my most recent Stitch Fix. While it wasn’t a total bust style wise, I ended up keeping one garment and then returning it after noticing a big pull in it. I’m actually glad that I ended up returning it because the more I thought about it, the more I realized I was totally unwilling to spend 50 dollars on a sweater that I could find for 25 dollars at Target. I love the experience of Stitch Fix, but I’ve never had an AMAZING fix and the prices have always been a little too high for me. I also feel like my stylist never actually listens to what I want (hello large chest and long torso that does not look good in baggy tops!) But, because I love getting mail and I love having someone pick out clothes for me to try, I didn’t mind getting one every couple of months. Plus, as I’ve mentioned before, I find that I am so much more productive during my work day (at home) when I get up and get dressed, so it helps to have cute clothes to wear!
Well, I figured there had to be another service out there that provided the same things as Stitch Fix and might be a little better on the wallet. I’ve been researching several services over the last couple of months, but didn’t find anything that sounded promising enough to pull the trigger. That is, until I stumbled across Trendsend.
Trendsend works very similarly to Stitch Fix. You fill out a style profile, link up a pinterest board that shows clothing you might like and list out what types of clothes you like. Then, a stylist picks out clothes for you and sends them to you to try on. You get to try them on and send back. But then it gets so much better.
Things that I love about Trendsend that Stitch Fix does not offer:
-There is no styling fee. That’s right, your Trendsend is completely free! Stitch Fix charges a 20 dollar styling fee that can be used as a credit towards keeping something, but if you don’t want to keep anything, you lose it. Trendsend has no fee to try the service out!
-Trendsend had me upload a full body picture of myself in form fitting clothing (Skinny jeans and a v-neck). I think this is so great because they can SEE my figure and know how to dress it, along with my skin tone.
-Trendsend let me specifically request the price range I wanted to stay in, and I even got to specify that I would love to be sent as many “on sale” pieces as possible.
-I got 7 pieces to try on. SEVEN! Stitch Fix only sends 5 and normally one is an accessory.
-If you love a piece you got in your send but it’s the wrong size, you can order the right size or a different color online. Stitch Fix doesn’t have anything like this; if the piece doesn’t fit you, you can request it again in a different size and just cross your fingers that you get it.
-My Trendsend stylist sent me a full page letter, detailing why she chose every piece for me. Stitch Fix usually sends a little note from your stylist, but I’m talking about a letter. Jamie specifically referenced to why she picked pieces for the Arizona climate, how she made sure she picked pieces that were all on sale to be budget friendly and how she was careful to select a pair of pants that would be comfortable on my knee replacement. Um, what? I’m so impressed that my stylist cared enough about me to pay attention to details like my knee replacement.
So, all of that aside, it really comes down to the clothes. Did I get any clothes that I liked/kept?
Halston Drape Sleeveless Top – WINE – $14.99 – The color on this top was on point and the material was super soft, but the draping on the front of the top wasn’t doing my belly any favors. My stylist was on point with the color, material and price, but the cut just didn’t do it for me. Returned
Cambridge Boyfriend Cardy – 29.99 – I LOVED this cardigan! It was so soft and comfortable and it was light enough that I could definitely wear it in Arizona while still looking fall/wintery! I really wanted to keep this, but I already have one similar to it, so I decided to return it (very regretfully) Returned
The HW Ponte Skinny Pants- $99.00 – This was the only super pricy item that my stylist sent me and I’ve never been so tempted to spend so much money on a pair of pants. My stylist noted that she felt like these pants would be comfortable on my left knee (which tends to be swollen on a general basis, so tight pants don’t jive well with it) and they totally were. When I put them on and walked outside to have Dustin take my photo, he immediately was like: “Wow, those look awesome.” And they really were. But, they were a little small in the waist and I’m not at the point where I can throw 100 dollars at a pair of pants, but if I could, these would be the ones on the top of my list. Returned
I’m With The Band Graphic Tee- 29.99 – Graphic tees are all the rage right now and this one was SO soft and had a great slouchy fit without being baggy. That’s hard to pull off. I also loved the black stripe detail on the sleeves and I loved how it paired with this vest. I was so tempted to keep this shirt, too, but I wasn’t totally in love with the actual saying on the tee, so I decided to return it. I may be regretting it now. Returned
The Itasca Vest – 49.99 – I wanted to hug my stylist when I pulled this out. She noted that she had seen a very similar vest pinned on my pinterest board and when she saw that this one was on sale, she wanted to send it to me. This vest is perfect for Arizona fall because it’s light, but it’s in a great fall color and will give me that layered look. I saw a similar vest floating around the Stitch Fix world for 89.99, so at 49.99, I knew that I was getting a bargain. Will I wear it 50 times? Um, yes. I think I’ll wear it every day. Kept.
Also, how funny is Rosie’s photo bomb in that photo? She loves to pretend that she’s itchy when she doesn’t want to come to Dustin.
Kayak Buttondown – $49.00 This was probably the biggest bust of the box; it was way too big on me and the material was really wrinkly. Also, I wasn’t a fan of the price. But, I can see where my stylist was going with it, so that’s a plus Returned.
Yosemite Plaid Top – $34.99 – Another close win for my stylist. I loved the color and the plaid of this top, but it was just a bit too big on me and didn’t give me any shape if I didn’t have my hand on my waist. I was tempted to keep it and just take it in myself, but the material was too silky for me to want to try to sew, so I decided I wouldn’t risk it. Still, such a close win. Returned.
I know I only kept one piece from my Trendsend, but if I was made out of money, I would have kept 4 of them. As it is, I am blown away by the attention to detail that my stylist gave my Trendsend and am SO pumped about the vest I kept. And although I’ve only received one box from Trendsend so far, I am fairly convinced that this service is way better then Stitch Fix. And, with no styling fee, you bet I’ll be getting a box as often as my wallet allows.
Have you tried any other clothing subscription services? What was your favorite piece that I got in my Trendsend box?