I've been a long-time Stitch Fix fan, but for the past several months, I've been having a lot of fun discovering new online style services – like Trunk Club and Wantable. And then I heard about Trendsend by Evereve. Much like the others, Trendsend sends hand-picked items directly to your door. Every service has its unique perks and qualities and Trendsend is no exception. I'll fill you in on all the details in a minute, but their biggest distinction is that Trendsend sends six items that are intended to create two-three complete outfits. And the fact that they don't charge a styling fee. Yes, you read that correctly! No styling fee and no shipping fees. That little fact certainly caught my attention, too (and I was intrigued by the idea of receiving multiple complete outfits in a box). I decided to give Trendsend a try. I also requested a Stitch Fix shipment that would contain a complete head to toe look so I could compare the two services. Get ready because this month's style review of Stitch Fix vs. Trendsend is a good one!
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A Little About Trendsend by Evereve
I'm sure I had you at “no styling fees”, but I'll tell you a few other basic facts about Trendsend by Evereve and what makes them a little different from similar styling services available. First of all, Trendsend boxes are styled at Evereve retail stores in addition to their headquarters. All of the items inside are carried in-store at Evereve and are selected by stylists that personally know how the clothes fit and flatter the body. Evereve is also very clear about who they wish to serve: moms. But not in the “mom-jean” kind of way. Rather, the Evereve website boldly declares that “We’re on a mission to inspire every mom to embrace her beauty and power.”
Want to know more? Here's a quick rundown of all the features, along with a comparison to Stitch Fix.
Stitch Fix vs. Trendsend Style Profile
New customers to Stitch Fix and Trendsend get started by building a style profile on each site. In each case, the style profile is free to set up and each website guides you through a series of questions designed to help your stylist deliver the perfect curated box for your needs. You provide budget, personal style, and size information on each platform. Trendsend asks many of the same types of questions as other online styling services, but they had a few different kinds of questions, such as hair and eye color. Even more significantly, they encourage clients to upload photos of themselves so the Evereve stylist knows a little more about the customer they are serving. Specifically, they request that you share a full-body photo so that the stylist can understand your body type (something I greatly appreciate!) and a photo of the customer wearing an outfit that makes you feel beautiful and powerful. Some information just can't be easily translated in a multiple choice question and we all know that a picture is worth 1,000 words. I think the photos are tremendously helpful for the stylists to personally style their customers.
Stitch Fix is very guarded with the secret formula for how they style fixes. It's common knowledge that Stitch Fix uses a complex algorithm to generate clothing options for their customers, but that the stylists ultimately decide what to send based on the customer's profile.
Trendsend prides themselves on personally styling every customer with “no robots or algorithms here.” In a world full of bots and algorithms, I can really appreciate the back to basics approach that Evereve employs for styling their customers.
What Comes Inside a Stitch Fix vs. Trendsend Shipment
Stitch Fix called it a “Fix”, Evereve calls it a “Trendsend“. No matter the terminology, here's how deliveries compare from Stitch Fix and Evereve. Stitch Fix delivers 5 items hand-picked by a personal stylist (with the assistance of an algorithm). The five items could include a variety of garments including offer shoes, handbags, jewelry, and outerwear. You can request a Fix that consists of items to create 1 or 2 outfits, or receive a mix of pieces that aren't intended to be worn together. Stitch Fix also recently launched their “Extras” program, which provides customers with socks, shapewear, bras, panties and other undergarments in addition to the 5 clothing and accessory items arriving in a fix.
A Trendsend box from Evereve always includes 6 items of clothing only. Unlike Stitch Fix, Trendsend boxes do not include shoes, jewelry, accessories, undergarments, or shapewear (although many of those items are available for purchase in-store or at evereve.com).
Stitch Fix vs. Trendsend: How Much Does It Cost?
Stitch Fix and Trendsend have distinct differences in how they structure prices for their services. Both services allow you to create an account for free and build a style profile based on your sizes and clothing preferences before investing in a shipment.
Stitch Fix vs. Trendsend Styling Fees
When you are ready to order your first fix, Stitch Fix charges a $20 styling fee, which includes free shipping and returns. The styling fee is automatically deducted from the cost of any clothes you purchase from your shipment.
Trendsend by Evereve doesn't charge any styling fee. And they offer free shipping and returns. I know it sounds too good to be true, but that's really how they do it!
Stitch Fix vs. Trendsend average clothing price
According to the Stitch Fix website, the average price point for women's clothing items is $55, but in my experience, the clothing is actually a bit higher than this. I have a suspicion that lower-priced accessories (and possibly undergarments) are factored into their data to provide a low average price.
Evereve doesn't provide very much information about price ranges for a Trendsend box, but I calculated a quick average of the items sent in my shipment, and it came out to $80. You can scroll through the Evereve website and scan through their current inventory to get a better idea of what to expect price-wise.
Both Stitch Fix and Trendsend give consumers an opportunity to set price preferences within their style profiles. Those preferences aren't rigidly followed by either company, but stylists have that information available to them when they select which pieces to send in your shipment.
Trendsend vs. Stitch Fix clothing discounts
Stitch Fix rewards customers by offering a 25% buy-all discount. In other words, whenever a customer chooses to purchase all five items in their fix, the customer automatically saves 25% on everything.
Trendsend does things a little different. There is no incentive to purchase everything for a discount. There are, however, two different ways for customers to receive discounts on clothing in a shipment from Trendsend. The first way is by referring their friends to become Trendsend customers. Like most styling services, Trendsend has a referral system in place, but rather than receiving store credit, Trendsend customers earn a 20% discount each time they successfully refer someone who receives a box. Secondly, customers can make a request to receive clearance items in their shipment (which stylists will keep in mind and try to honor if they find great pieces on the clearance rack when you are styled.)
Trendsend customers can also earn Evereve rewards each time they make a purchase. The rewards add up to store credit, which can be used on Trendsend purchases, so that is another way to save a little cash on Trendsend boxes.
I'm also going to throw in a quick comparison of Trunk Club and Trendsend, since both services are offered by traditional retailers. Trunk Club is owned by Nordstrom and they do an amazing job of automatically discounting clothes at checkout to reflect any current sale prices on Nordstrom.com. In contrast, Trendsend will honor Evereve sales prices, but the savings are not automatic. Trendsend customers need to do their homework and check the Evereve website for sales before checking out. If there is a sale, Trendsend clients can contact customer service and request a promo code to use at checkout. (You can read more about Trunk Club in this blog post.)
Trendsend vs. Stitch Fix Subscriptions
If you're curious about hand-picked clothes, but not ready to sign up for a subscription service, you are in luck. Stitch Fix and Trendsend both offer subscription options, but a subscription is not required to enjoy the services. Both services also offer a variety of frequency options for subscription customers or the option of turning off scheduled shipments and receiving a box on-demand instead. My settings are currently set to receive a monthly box from Stitch Fix, but I'll only receive shipments from Trendsend when I manually schedule one.
Stitch Fix vs. Trendsend Scheduling & Customer Service
By now, I have tried several online styling services and it can be a little tricky to know exactly when a shipment is coming your way. Stitch Fix offers the best, predictable shipment schedule of any company I have tried. I always know EXACTLY when my Fix is scheduled to arrive and I have the ability to change my delivery day in the Stitch Fix iPhone app or on a desktop computer. Once a stylist begins working on my fix, the date becomes locked and I can't change it, but Stitch Fix customer service always does a fast and amazing job of trying to help and reschedule a shipment if it is at all possible.
As good as Trendsend is, predictable scheduling and customer service aren't exactly company strengths at this time. When I arranged to receive a Trendsend box, I knew that I was put into the queue and that a box would be styled and sent my way soon, but I had no idea when it was actually going to arrive. I emailed customer service to see if I could push my shipment back. I actually wanted the box to arrive on a day that I already had a photographer scheduled, but I don't like to let companies know that I'm a blogger when I'm reaching out to customer service, so I pretended that I was just scheduling around my vacation. It took two days for someone to reply to my message and they didn't delay my Trendsend box as I had requested. Instead, they just informed me that it had already been shipped – which wasn't all that helpful.
Trendsend vs. Stitch Fix – Who Can Be Styled
At this point, you may be wondering who Wantable and Stitch Fix offer styling services for. Stitch Fix definitely has Trendsend beat in this area. Currently, Stitch Fix offers styling for Men and Women – including petite, plus, and maternity sizing. Stitch Fix also recently launched styling for children with Stitch Fix Kids.
Trendsend has a very specific customer base and only offers styling services for women in sizes XS-XL. Petite, maternity and plus sizes are not available at this time.
Stitch Fix vs. Trendsend – Where do the clothes come from?
Stitch Fix sources their clothing and accessories from more than 1,000 different brands including Kut From The Kloth, Eloquii, Joie, Gorjana, Kensie, and Citizens of Humanity. Stitch Fix also offers luxe shipments featuring designer shoes, clothes, handbags, and accessories from top names like Kate Spade, Rails, Splendid, Paige, Rebecca Minkoff … the list goes on and on. Stitch Fix also has a dozen or so in-house brands that design clothing exclusively for Stitch Fix customers.
Trendsend clothes are all carried on the Evereve website and include several well-known designers from over 100 different brands including Hudson, Level 99, Z Supply, Free People, Rails, Olive and Oak, BlankNYC, Alison Joy, Kut From the Kloth, and Spanx. I have fallen in love with many of these brands through Stitch Fix, Wantable, and Trunk Club services and am so glad to see so many of my favorite brands available from this service as well.
As a blogger who regularly shares style box reviews online, there is one aspect of Trendsend that I absolutely love – the ability to quickly and easily share shopping links from my box on the blog. Any time I share a clothing review on the blog, I try to provide links to help readers easily recreate all of my styles at home without having to commit to a service. I especially love sharing links to the exact items that I am wearing. This gets a little tricky with Stitch Fix clothes because so many of their items are exclusive. Even the non-exclusive clothes are difficult to find online because Stitch Fix renames almost every garment in their system. This is not the case with Trendsend. Since all of their clothes are available at Evereve.com, I can easily find and share shopping links to every exact piece from my Trendsend box and it allows you, the reader, to purchase exact items at home.
Previewing Your Shipment
Right now, only Stitch Fix offers customers a sneak peek at what is coming their way before it arrives. The Stitch Fix website and app both provide a listing of what's inside a fix (along with photos) as soon as it ships.
Trendsend doesn't offer customers the same sneak peek abilities. Rather, customers have to wait until after delivery is confirmed to unlock a listing of what is contained in the shipment. Once the delivery is made, photos and item descriptions are available in the customer's account on the Trendsend website.
Trendsend vs. Stitch Fix Debit Card Policy
There is one last semi-strange thing about Trendsend that I hadn't encountered before. When I was creating my profile and getting ready to order my Trendsend box, I noticed that the website stated that they don't accept debit cards. We are a BIG Dave Ramsey family and cut up all our credit cards several years ago. The only way that we make purchases online is with a debit card and the news of a no-debit policy almost made this a “no-go” for me. I decided to put in my debit card for payment just to see what would happen. The website accepted the card without a hitch. I think it's because I have a debit Mastercard and they probably just require a debit card that either has a Visa or Mastercard logo on it.
Stitch Fix does not have a policy against using a debit card and I've never had any issue paying for my Stitch Fix boxes with a debit card.
I know that was a LOT of information, so here's a quick visual summary of the key differences between Stitch Fix and Trendsend.
My First Trendsend Box Review
Now that we have all those details cleared up and laid out, I CAN'T WAIT to show you what arrived in my very first Trendsend Box! I think you're going to love it as much as I did.
Trendsend Outfit #1
The first “outfit” I tried on from my Trendsend box wasn't much of an outfit on its own – it was a gray Plaid Shirt Dress from Cloth and Stone ($138). I wasn't exactly excited to try the shirt dress on at first. I was worried it would be too boxy and lack any personality. I also wasn't thrilled about the $138 price tag. The top was too short for me to style as a dress (and it's way too cold in Michigan for that right now, anyway), so I wore it as a tunic with the black leggings that also came in my box (more on those in a minute) and black duck boots (similar here).
The Plaid Shirt Dress fit about the way that I expected. Kinda boxy and very blah. I wasn't quite ready to give up on the dress yet and I'm a firm believer that a scarf can really do a lot to turn a basic top around. So I added a gray scarf with black lace trim that I've had for a few years (similar here) and I changed into my black riding boots (similar here). The new look was so much better!
The Plaid Shirt Dress suddenly transformed into something much more my style and I felt 100x more comfortable wearing it, but I knew right away that the dress still wasn't a keeper. It was too pricey for my budget and I didn't like that I had to add a scarf to “save” the dress. In a way, it's too bad because the finished outfit was just my style.
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Trendsend Outfit #2
The second outfit in my Trendsend box consisted of two items – the Finn Camo Top from Allison Joy ($58) and a pair of Kut from the Kloth Connie Ankle Skinny jeans ($89). Trendsend might not send booties, but I knew that I had the perfect pair (similar here) to try on with this outfit.
I don't usually chase after camouflage, but I was so close to loving the Finn Camo Top. The top was a lightweight sweatshirt material and was very comfortable to wear. I liked the fact that it was a button-down shirt and I think the buttons really helped to make the top interesting. I paired the top with a chunky gold & crystal statement necklace and layered my go-to Old Navy white tank under the top. I really, really wanted to like the Finn Camo Top, but I felt like a needed a little bit more of it. I have very long arms and the sleeves weren't long enough to reach my wrists (which is a fairly common problem for me), but the shirt also was shorter than I feel comfortable wearing. It was very reminiscent of the coral button front tie-bottom top that came in my Trunk Club shipment. I like to wear my shirts a little longer and this one just wasn't long enough to make me feel comfortable. It's a shame, too, because it was a really cute top!
Let's talk for a minute about the Connie Ankle Skinny jeans. These were so good. I loved the subtle distressing and the v-cut raw hem was such a stylish detail. I was so close to keeping these jeans, but they felt a little too loose around the waist. I sent this pair back and made a mental note to myself to be sure to try on a smaller pair next time.
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Trendsend Outfit #3
I love that Trendsend sends enough pieces in a box to create 2-3 complete outfits and the third outfit surprised me by how much I loved it. Three items remained in my Trendsend box: a black and white striped Billie Long Sleeve Tunic Tee from Peyton Jensen ($58), a navy blue duster Kara Cardigan from Allison Joy ($68), and Essential Seamless Legging from Spanx ($68). I was very curious to try on the leggings and was just feeling lukewarm about the top and cardigan, but I ended up loving the entire outfit.
Let's start with the Billie Long Sleeve Tunic Tee. The long-sleeved top was super soft and seemed to be very well made. I don't often gravitate toward striped tops (especially not white ones) because they always seem to accentuate my tummy – which is far from flat and doesn't need any extra attention. To my surprise, the Billie Long Sleeve Tunic Tee was a perfect, flattering it. It was the right combination of fitted around the shoulders and arms, and loose around the bottom (but not so loose that it was baggy or sloppy). The length of the top was perfect and the fact that the top was incredibly soft was just icing on the cake.
Then there was the Kara Cardigan, which I was so sure was not going to work out for me. I don't really care to wear navy blue tops or sweaters because the two colors of pants in my closet are jeans or black pants/leggings. Wearing navy sweaters with jeans just seems like a whole lotta blue, and it always feels weird for me to pair navy blue with black pants. Navy and black just never seem to go together in my opinion. But my stylist recommended wearing the cardigan over the black and white top with black leggings so here I was. And you know what? I really loved it!
The sleeves of the sweater fit nicely over the sleeves of the tunic without any bunching and were quite comfortable. The cardigan was also soft, cozy and comfortable to wear. It also looked great with my chunky clear statement necklace. I honestly couldn't believe how much I loved this combination.
Now we have to talk about these leggings. I've actually mentioned these Spanx Leggings multiple times on the blog and how much I love them (this box arrived a few months ago). I cannot say enough good things about these leggings. I've worn them dozens of times and am just as in love as I was the first time I tried them on. They are worth every single penny! (They sell the exact same leggings at Nordstrom – they just have a different name when you buy them from Nordstrom.)
Once I was wearing all three pieces, I didn't want to take them off. It was an incredibly comfortable outfit and just as I requested, it looked great with my camel colored booties. I loved that the outfit was also very slimming and I looked like I had instantly lost about 5 pounds while I was wearing all three pieces with my heeled booties. I only had room in the budget for one item and I loved the leggings too much to send them back. I put the top and cardigan on my Christmas list this year and I'll let you know if Santa sent them my way!
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My Whole Outfit Stitch Fix Box
After trying on such a great box from Trendsend, the bar was set really high for my Stitch Fix shipment. I loved the idea of getting an entire outfit sent my way, so I requested that my stylist send everything I need to create an outfit with a pair of booties. She did an amazing job and even included a pair of booties in my fix for me to try on!
Hayley Button Down Top
The first item I tried on from my complete outfit fix was a green plaid Hayley Button Down Top from Cosmic Blue Love ($68). The top was a little dark for my taste and was fitted, which made the shirt perfect for layering. Speaking of layers, I wore one of my favorite white tanks from Old Navy under the button plaid shirt for a little extra coverage and warmth.
Kaylee Skinny Jean
I have purchased several pairs of Liverpool pants and jeans from Stitch Fix over the years and was excited to see that Jennifer had included a dark blue pair of Kaylee Skinny Jeans from Liverpool ($78) in my fix. These jeans had a super-stretchy fit and a traditional zip/button fly instead of the Liverpool pull-up jeans that I've been wearing non-stop this season. I was excited to try the jeans on and they were super comfy to wear.
When I requested this fix, I mentioned to Jennifer that my weight had gone up a bit and that I would probably need to size up in my pants this time around. Jenn noticed my note and sent the Liverpool jeans in a larger size as I had requested. They seemed like a perfect fit and I bought them, but found myself constantly hiking up saggy jeans after several hours. This style of Liverpool jeans has amazing stretch so I highly recommend sizing down to anyone who is interested. I'll probably end up listing my now-too-large pair of jeans in my Poshmark store sometime soon.
One of the nice things about Liverpool jeans is that you can usually find them online at several retailers. Stitch Fix always changes the name of their clothes, but I'm fairly certain that they sell this exact same pair at Nordstrom. Click here to check them out.
Laurel Side Buckle Bootie
I love that Stitch Fix carries shoes and it was fun to try on the Laurel Side Buckle Bootie from Market & Spruce ($75) that my stylist sent in my fix this month. They were a really pretty brown suede and the side buckle was a nice touch. Unfortunately, these were so small, I could barely zip my feet into them. It's ok because the snow, ice, and salt that always accompanies winter in Michigan don't give many opportunities to wear suede booties. I already own one pair that doesn't get enough use and didn't need to add a second pair to my closet.
Kanna Knit Infinity Scarf
Once I was dressed in the basics, it was time to add a few extra layers to my outfit, starting with the Kanna Knit Infinity Scarf from Girly ($38). The striped gray knit scarf was soft, thick and warm – which made it perfect for winter. I normally wouldn't have thought to pair this particular scarf with the Hayley Button Down Top, but my stylist suggested wearing them together, so I went for it and really liked the unexpected pairing.
Kadenza Fleece Jacket
With four out of five items tried on, only one thing remained in my Stitch Fix box: a heather gray Kadenza Fleece Jacket from Market & Spruce ($78). I love outerwear and Stitch Fix always seems to have the best, most unique coats and jackets. I was excited to try on the cute gray fleece jacket!
The Kadenza Fleece Jacket was every bit as warm and cozy as I expected and the entire outfit looked even better once I put the Kanna Knit Infinity Scarf back on.
I think it's safe to say that my Stitch Fix stylist, Jennifer completely nailed this complete outfit fix. All of the pieces were just my style and looked fantastic together.
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What I Kept from my Whole Outfit Stitch Fix Box
With so many great items sent my way, it was hard to keep just one! Here's what I decided to keep from my whole outfit Stitch Fix box. I just wish that I had exchanged the jeans for a smaller pair.
Hayley Button Down Top from Cosmic Blue Love ($68) – return
Kaylee Skinny Jean from Liverpool ($78) – KEEP
Laurel Side Buckle Bootie from Market & Spruce ($75) – return
Kanna Knit Infinity Scarf from Girly ($38) – return
Kadenza Fleece Jacket from Market & Spruce ($78) – return
Trendsend + Stitch Fix Giveaway
It's always fun to do a comparison post like this because we love sharing double the fun with you. This month I am thrilled to give away a $50 Stitch Fix gift card, plus a $50 Evereve gift card, which can be used on a Trendsend purchase. Use the rafflecopter below for your chance to win this very special double giveaway!
What's Your Favorite Styling Service?
It is always so much fun to try out new personal stylist services and see what comes my way. I've been a Stitch Fix customer forever (this was my 66th fix), but I've also tried Trunk Club, Wantable and now Trendsend. Do you have a favorite service that you use? Have you tried one and been disappointed? Please leave a comment below to start a conversation. I'd love to hear all of your thoughts – especially about the services you love!