I’ve just updated this article on men’s online stylist services because one of the companies originally included–Bombfell–has gone out of business. In addition, Wantable, which I’d reviewed for women here, has now added more options for men. So, now this review is just Nordstrom Trunk Club vs Stitch Fix Mens vs Wantable.
So if you’re looking for information on Bombfell, a clothing company my husband loved, unfortunately, it is no more. I will try to find another online styling service for men that I could have him try out to replace Bombfell.
Best Men’s Online Stylist Services Review
This article offers information about services offering men’s personal styling online. It is broken out by brand, about subscription boxes and online styling options for guys. My husband has tried the services I’m reviewing here.
Also, if you’re looking for clothing gifts for men, might I suggest these 11 top clothing gift boxes for the guy in your life?
Online Stylist Services for Men
One of the reasons I like online personal stylist services is that I find them to be a great value for your time and money. That is, they’re great if you’re too busy to go to the store.
Or these online personal shopper services fill a need if you feel you don’t have the acumen to choose on-trend clothes for yourself. These services will do that for you. And for a nominal fee.
Most charge a styling fee of $20, on average. That $20 is deducted from the cost of anything you buy from your subscription box.
Popularity of Online Stylist Services
These clothing subscription services are hugely popular. One survey I saw said that orders for subscription box services jumped 83 percent on Black Friday/Cyber Monday over the past year. Of course, these numbers are for all subscription boxes. These boxes includes Dollar Shave Club for shaving razors (which I use, too), Birchbox (cosmetics) and BarkBox (dog goodies), among others.
This story focuses on two services offering a men’s personal stylist online. Technically, neither of these companies is a true subscription box. That’s because you don’t pay a monthly fee like a subscription. Instead, you order a box of men’s clothing from Stitch Fix Mens or Trunk Club when you want new clothes. Yes, you can arrange to have the clothes show up regularly but, again, it is not a subscription box
Limited sizes available for some fashion styling services for guys
Since originally writing this review of Trunk Club vs Stitch Fix Men, Nordstrom Trunk Club has added more extended sizes. But those extended sizes are limited.
With Trunk Club you can get shirts in 3XL and/or tall. However, you cannot get pants with a waist larger than 44.
Stitch Fix Men now offers extended sizes. This is great since Stitch Fix also offers plus-size clothing for women. Men with hard-to-fit feet should check out extended-size options on Zappos. It’s where my husband buys all of his shoes. However, Trunk Club has sent him shoes that fit his size 13EEE feet! So you can get extended sizes for me’s shoes from Trunk Club, too.
Stitch Fix for Men
Stitch Fix now allows you to make exchanges for clothing that doesn’t fit. In addition, you can purchase gift cards for the man in your life who might benefit from Stitch Fix for Men. Stitch Fix Gift Cards starts at $20 and up. Choose from one of the pre-set amounts or set your own. Pick what works for you!
Also, Stitch Fix Men, the men’s fashion styling service, now offers extended sizes. This includes big and tall. Here is my new Stitch Fix Men review, focusing on it as a big and tall clothing options. So now big and tall men can enjoy having a personal stylist online from Stitch Fix, too.
Stitch Fix Men Review
Stitch Fix Men launched in Fall 2016. The personalized styling service offers men a wide range of apparel, footwear and accessories like socks and belts. Some of the brands Stitch Fix Men is sending include Scotch and Soda, AG, 7 For All Mankind, Penguin and Mavi. Sizes range from XS through XXL, waist sizes 28-42, and inseams 30, 32 and 34.
Like Stitch Fix for women, men sign up for online stylist services by filling out a style profile to share their size and style preferences. A personal clothing stylist selects five items of apparel, footwear and accessories that best fit his unique taste, budget and lifestyle.
The items are shipped right to his door. He has three days to try on his Fix at home. He buys what he wants by checking out on the Stitch Fix website or the Smartphone app. Then, he sends the rest back with free shipping both ways. There is a $20 styling fee. It is deducted from the price of whatever you buy.
How Stitch Fix Men works
I had my 30-year-old brother Josh Ingram, a brand strategist in New York City, test out Stitch Fix Men, the online stylist for men. Josh normally shops for clothes at H&M, J.Crew or the skate shops in his hip Williamsburg, Brooklyn neighborhood.
Sometimes he’ll buy clothes online because he likes instant gratification. He’s never worked with a personal stylist before. Getting started on Stitch Fix, with the sign up and style profile, “was pretty awesome and well thought out,” he says. “I was excited to get everything from them.”
Pros of online stylist services from Stitch Fix Men
As mentioned Josh found the sign up and style profile creation process for Stitch Fix Men easy and clear. When his Fix arrived, it was spot on.
“They did a pretty good job, actually really good. The stuff they chose was quality and really solid. It was really customized,” Josh says.
His Fix included two shirts, a belt, a pair of pants and a sweater. He was impressed with the packaging inside the box. Josh liked the styling cards that come with each Fix. He found the suggestions on how to wear your items with other products helpful. What about giving the man in your life a Stitch Fix gift card for Father’s Day, his birthday or as a holiday gift?
Cons of online stylist services from Stitch Fix Men
Josh’s Fix included a shirt that he believes he’d seen in local shops. In his Fix it cost $95; he believed he could get it cheaper elsewhere. Note: if Josh had seen that shirt online at a lower price and had contacted Stitch Fix customer service as soon as the Fix arrived, they likely would have offered a price match.
Also, Josh didn’t feel like three days was enough time to try everything on and send it back. And, because he lives in New York City, where outgoing mailboxes are uncommon in apartment buildings, having to walk the Stitch Fix return package to a post office was a hassle.
Overall Thoughts on Stitch Fix Men and an Update
So what was Josh’s takeaway from Stitch Fix Men? Well, he loved the belt so much he kept it.
“It was really unique,” he says. “The color of the leather was really nice, a beautiful cream brown.”
But he did send the other four pieces back. He’s not sure he would use the service again. A big part of this is because mailing things isn’t always convenient. I imagine that if Josh had lived in a private house, a doorman building or the suburbs with a car, his opinion of the convenience of Stitch Fix Men may have been radically different.
Stitch Fix now offers “Extras” for men. That is you can add basics, like underwear, undershirts and socks to any Fix you schedule.
Finally, Stitch Fix Men just announced that it is expanding into new categories and sizes to deliver personalized fit and size for every guy’s wardrobe needs. Even though Stitch Fix Men has been around for just two years, this feels like a long time coming.
Stitch Fix Men offers more than 100 brands, and 800 fit and size combinations. This includes Stitch Fix exclusive brands as well as those you recognize from traditional online and brick-and-mortar stores.
Nordstrom Trunk Club for Men
Nordstrom Trunk Club will waive your styling fee if you’re a Nordstrom Card holder. It’s the best way to make your online stylist free. Speaking of being a Nordstrom Card holder, you’ll get a $40 note to spend when you use your Nordstrom Card the day you apply.
Trunk Club finally is participating in Rakuten. So if you love shopping on Trunk Club and you love getting cash back for things you were going to buy anyway, make sure you sign up for Rakuten. Also, be sure to install the Rakuten browswer extension on Chrome so you never miss out.
Nordstrom Trunk Club for Men Online Stylist Services
Trunk Club for Men started in 2009 in Chicago. In 2014, Nordstrom purchased the company. Trunk Club added women’s clothing in 2015. Now the company is called Nordstrom Trunk Club This Trunk Club review focuses on online styling for men.
If you read my review of Stitch Fix vs Trunk Club for women, I’d mentioned that I liked the Nordstrom connection. As a devout Nordstrom customer, I was familiar and comfortable with the quality of clothing the store sells and the level of customer service it offers. Trunk Club hasn’t let me down in either of those areas.
Review of Online Clothing Stylist Services from Trunk Club for Men
Because there is no Trunk Club for fat guys, to be blunt, and because of my husband’s size, I had to find another surrogate man for this review. Meet Eric Bruun, 48, of Carmel, Indiana, a private equity investor and single father. Eric’s actually been a Trunk Club customer since 2012.
“The thought of not having to drive to a store, try on clothes, and attempt to know what colors do or do not go together seemed too good to be true,” explains Eric of why he started using the service after hearing about it from a co-worker. “I’m also a single parent so I didn’t have the luxury of having a woman to help me choose clothes and provide feedback on how I look.”
Never one to enjoy shopping for clothes, he signed up for the service. He says that setting up his style profile on the Trunk Club website was “surprisingly easy.”
“I went online and answered some questions about various brands that I liked, had worn before or was interested in,” he explains. “I answered some really simple questions regarding my physical build and size of clothes I typically wear.”
He loves having his own personal stylist
Soon after completing his profile online, he received an email with the name and photograph of his stylist, Lisa. She then scheduled a phone call with him. Next thing he knew, his first Trunk (or clothing box) arrived. “My first Trunk contained a variety of sweaters, shirts and jeans,” he adds. “The stylist also included a handwritten note.”
Eric loved the personal touch, and the clothing was pretty great. He received 10 pieces and had five days to try everything on. He was hooked. In the beginning, as he was building his wardrobe, he received a Trunk every month or so. These days, he’ll order a seasonal Trunk. That is, unless he has a special occasion or needs something to wear for an upcoming event. Nonetheless, he loves Trunk Club.
Pros of online stylist services from Trunk Club for Men
Eric now calls his stylist Lisa his “clothing goddess.” This service has become invaluable to him, because he has someone he’s built a rapport with.
“She’s given me confidence to try some new brands and looks,” he says. “She has helped me graduate from dressing like every other guy to dressing like a man that looks like he cares what he wears.”
Cons of online stylist services from Trunk Club for Men
While clearly a huge Trunk Club fan, Eric wishes there were better options with the belts they send.
“I think Trunk Club has an opportunity to increase the selection of accessories they offer,” he says.
Interestingly, he feels like he doesn’t hear from this online styling service nearly enough. He would like style updates sent regularly to spark him to contact Lisa about new clothes. Also, Trunk Club initially did not have a styling fee. Now it charges $25. However, if you have a Nordstrom VISA Card, Trunk Club will waive the personal stylist fees. Like other personal styling services that charge a fee, Trunk Club deducts that from the cost of any clothing you buy.
Overall thoughts from this Trunk Club review
Not only does Eric enjoy the ease of working with his stylist, he also finds the checkout process and shipping back of clothes to be easy. Trunk Club provides a return UPS label with every Trunk for free shipping. You can drop your Trunk at a UPS Store. Or, you can arrange to have UPS pick it up from your home.
“I’ve had some shirts, jackets and a new top coat made using Trunk Club’s custom services,” he says. “Every man should aspire to have a few pieces of custom clothes.”
Wantable Men’s Themed Edit Review
With Wantable recently expanded its offering for men, I ordered my husband a Men’s Themed Edit over the holidays. It’s called the New Year, New Gear Themed edit. Previously, Wantable only offered a Men’s Fitness Edit option. This is my review of his experience with his Wantable Men’s Themed Edit.
Wantable online styling and men’s clothing
Like with every online styling company I’ve reviewed, Wantable has you go through a series of style and fit questions. FYI, Wantable calls it clothing boxes “edit”–as in you’re going to edit your wardrobe by adding these new pieces to it.
Just like when I ordered from Wantable, after going through the sizing and other preferences, Wantable puts you into the “Wantable Stream.” This is where you can look at actual clothing items and select them for your box. I know that I’ve gotten some of my most favorite pieces for my wardrobe this way.
With Wantable you have to pay a $20 styling fee upfront. You pay this by entering a credit card. That $20 fee is applied to anything you keep. If you five or more pieces from your Edit, you get 20% off your purchase.
Here’s what the note from his stylist Madeline said:
“Yay, you. You’re about to experience our first-ever Men’s Themed Edit! I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed picking out pieces for you from our premium men’s brands in the New Year New Gear collection. The key to these pieces is their comfort, qualify and easy (great if you’re running around or just kicking back at home).”
Pros of Wantable Men’s Themed Edit
As I’ve mentioned before, as a former football player, my husband Bill qualifies as big and tall. It has always been a challenge to find online styling services with clothing that will fit him. With sizes going up to XXL, I had high hopes for Wantable.
The Wantable boxes are always generous. That is, you get seven pieces in each one. So it was like Christmas morning for Bill going through the box. Here’s what was in his box:
- long sleeve black t-shirt from Public Rec
- short sleeve heather t-shirt from Public Rec
- 3-pack of ankle socks made from Swaggr (made of recycled plastic bottles–so cool!)
- navy shorts
- sport polo in beautiful blue and white stripe from Rhone
- charcoal gray bathing suit from Rhone
- burgundy jogger pants from Public Rec
Shipping to him was free; Wantable includes free shipping back as well. Also, it gives you the option of shipping back via USPS or UPS. It provides a prepaid label for both services.
Quality clothing all around
While I didn’t recognize any of the brands of clothing, Bill and I agreed that each piece of clothing was high quality. I’ve sinced Googled Public Rec and Rhone, and these are legit brands of men’s clothing. And they’re well liked.
Bill liked the fact that the Swaggr socks are made entirely from recycled plastic bottles. As a family that compost our food scraps and recycles nearly every box, piece of paper and plastic bag we use, having clothing made from recycled materials was very on brand for us. Plus, the socks are soft and a nice color palette of orange, green and blue.
Cons of Wantable Men’s Themed Edit
Perhaps the biggest con for the Men’s Themed Edit was the fact that very few things fit Bill. While we did receive size XXL, none of them were XXL Tall. He really needs that “tall” part of the sizing, especially with shirts.
Also, two of the bottoms in the box were size 38 waist. According to my research, a 38 is an XL, not XXL. It’s no surprise, then, that one of these bottoms–the navy shorts–didn’t make it past his thighs. It was then that we realized they were a 38. Oops.
However, these “cons” are only a con if you’re a big and tall person, or you wear larger than an XXL. On the other hand, if your sizes fall within the Wantable range of S to XXL, I feel confident you would love the clothes you would receive from Wantable.
Overall thoughts from this Wantable men’s review
If Wantable has offered a tall option for clothing, I know Bill would have kept the polo shirt. It was really soft, and the blue and white stripe was so subtle that the color was just gorgeous. With work at home business casual these days, he could have paired it with a sweater vest or even a blue blazer if he needed to look nicer for a Zoom call.
Bill also liked the burgundy joggers, too, for weekends. However, a tall size option really would have helped them not look like women’s capris on him, if you get my drift. I don’t think they were meant to hit him mid shin.
In the end he sent everything back except for the socks. Since we’d already paid the $20 styling fee, we didn’t want to lose that fee. So we kept the socks. They cost $30. So, with the fee, they were just $10 out of pocket. And good news: they’re one size fits all, which means I can wear them, too.
Stitch Fix vs Nordstrom Trunk Club vs. Wantable
I wanted to outline some straightout comparisons of Stitch Fix vs Nordstrom Trunk Club vs Wantable
Number of items Stitch Fix vs Nordstrom Trunk Club vs Wantable
Stitch Fix: 5
Trunk Club: 12-15
Styling fee Stitch Fix vs Nordstrom Trunk Club
Trunk Club: $25 (waived if you have a Nordstrom VISA. Sign for for the Nordstrom VISA and get a free $20 Nordstrom Note to spend.)
Discount when you keep everything Stitch Fix vs Trunk Club vs Wantable
Stitch Fix: 25% off if keeping all 5 items
Trunk Club: No discount
Wantable: 20% off it keep five or more items.
Conclusion on Men’s Online Stylist Services
For anyone who has a tough-to-buy-for-guy in their life, one of these men’s online stylist services might just be the perfect gift. This could be a gift for the December holidays, Valentine’s Day, his birthday, Father’s Day college graduation or another occasion for which you will be buying your favorite guy a gift.
Whether you decide that Stitch Fix vs Nordstrom Trunk Club vs Wantable Men’s Edit is the best clothing fashion styling services for men is based on what you’ve read here and what resonates with you. Thanks for reading this review.