KyleG | Apr 4, 2019 | 0
Trendy Butler – Is it a great clothing subscription box?
New? Start here. | This post contains affiliate links (what is this?)The way a man dresses says a lot about him. It’s more important than his business card, and just about as important as the way he shakes a hand. Trendy Butler is the clothing subscription box that is leveraging AI (artificial intelligence for those not in the know) to ensure that every man that wants to be, is in fact, trendy.
The internet has changed our lives in a number of ways. From dating to cheating at Jeopardy, there really isn’t anything that being networked up hasn’t improved. This subscription is another such improvement.
Does it stack up? Let’s find out.
Most subscription boxes rely on a living, breathing, human being to predict what is going to be the next trend, but Trendy Butler leverages everything we’re posting online daily to distill life itself into the next wearable trend. And they’re doing it at a discount.
Each would be subscriber fills out a profile that tells the algorithm what they’re clothing preferences already are, or what they hope they will be in the future.
Once the subscriber tells the site what they usually wear, the AI stylist goes to work putting together effortless outfits that are at the same time fresh and familiar. Perhaps the best part about it? The price.
$65 a month nets you one computationally perfect outfit. Or… maybe not so perfect. It depends. The marriage of a computer to an actual human being can be tricky. One that AI nerds have been working on for decades, and are just shy of bridging the uncanny valley. I mean, it’s the future! It might take a minute to really dial in your match.
While it is unlikely that they will have you sporting a futuristic unitard like Star Trek the Next Generation, on the off chance you don’t like your computer selected duds, this subscription box is all about easy customer service and exchanges. That’s a nice hat tip when you’re testing out a new service.
There are a couple of notes on the clothes themselves. From what I can tell, the clothes are made or sourced either in house or specifically for the company. So, while you’re looking at a significant discount off “retail,” they are more or less defining what retail is.
Some other boxes have personal stylists that go out and source brands. Right now, as best we can determine, they are using its proprietary AI to source from its own catalog (or small outside brand list).
That’s going to make the AI look genius, or it is going to make it look like a Harlem Globetrotters game in terms of ease of competition. Which one, that’s going to depend entirely on what you think of the clothes.
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So, can the computer really stand in as a substitute for a human personal stylist?
Take a look at some recent AI generated outfits and you be the judge.
|Image||Product Name||Best Feature||Price|
|Mr. Confident||Stretch Denim||$120|
|Work Hard, Play Hard||Distressed Jeans||$99|
|Mr. Nice Guy||Pullover Sweater||$80|
|Mr. Confident||Chino Pants||$79|
To be sure that you’re getting the most bang for the buck and aren’t sacrificing any necessary quality, check out our full-length trendy butler review.
In the meantime, let’s look at some high-level pros and cons and see if it’s worth dipping your toe in the artificial water.
Take a look at the pros and cons to see if this club balances out.
- Price – At $65 a box, you’re looking at more than 50% off “retail” pricing.
- Style Selection – The styles range from casual to corporate. So you will be able to focus on the “level” of style you want.
- Free Shipping – Free shipping in the US, can’t beat that!
- Free Exchanges – Since they aren’t dealing with any outside brands, they will swap out clothes for you if you really don’t like what the computer picked out.
- No Refunds – While they will exchange an item, it doesn’t look like you can return anything if you don’t like it. This has been mentioned in some comments.
- Embracing the AI – You aren’t going to see what the computer picked for you until it shows up at your door. So, how much trust are you putting in the algorithm?
- Clothing In House – Would like to see them sourcing some other name brand items to pepper in.
There is no current promo code available.
Getting started is pretty straightforward and focuses mainly on making sure you tell the Artificial Intelligence what you like. So let’s walk through that.
Here’s how to join Trendy Butler:
1. Click Get Started
Pretty simple. Click the Get Started button to get started. I like where this is heading…
2. Define Your Style
Three choices from “casual” to “diverse” to the requisite “work hard / play hard.”
3. Choose Your Colors
Again, three levels here. Dark blacks, grays at one end, muted reds, blues and greens in the middle, and finally bold vibrant colors on the far end.
4. Solids or Patterns
Do you like solid shirts or graphic tees? I’m seeing a trend in how complex this AI really is…
5. Shirt Size
You know the drill. Pick your size.
7. Pant Fit
Are you a skinny jeans guy? Baggy? Or, wait, there’s a third option… something in between. Color me surprised.
8. Shirt Style
For shirts with a collar, you can choose a preference for solids or one of the many patterns they have on offer. Here I’m actually surprised at how many choices there are. Six in total. Double the number of choices on any other item.
9. Sign Up
Here you can choose to sign up with your Facebook account or by email. At which point you’ll fill in your payment and shipping information to get your first shipment on its way to your doorstep.
More Great Clothing Subscription Boxes
Maybe you’re not ready for the great singularity to dress you just yet. That’s okay. We’ve taken a look at quite a few other clothing subscription boxes that might be more your speed.
- Dive Bar Shirt Club is a great way to rack up some cred without crushing your liver.
- Trunk club is a middle of the pricing scale option to beef up your custom wardrobe.
- Bombfell is one of the oldest boxes out there, and there’s a reason why they’re still around.
- Le tote allows you to rent clothing so you’re not stuck with the long term sunk cost of ownership.
- Five four club is another entry level clothing box worth a look.
Are we ready for artificial intelligence to be dressing us? Even if we are, is Trendy Butler the right clothing subscription execution? Honestly, the jury is out.
We like the pricing of this box. The free shipping is nice and it does look like they try to accommodate the subscriber if the box isn’t what they were hoping for. That said, everything is coming from their own catalog, so taking a generic item back just to send it to another member isn’t exactly something to write home about.
There’s stuff we like, and some stuff we don’t.
There are a ton of subscription boxes you could be spending your hard earned cash on, so ultimately, how comfortable you are with the computer is up to you.
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