One of the reasons I like talking about guys’ style is that, a lot of the time, I think like a guy myself. Take shopping. A Saturday afternoon spent wandering the mall in search of socks and a new pair of jeans is not a Saturday afternoon well-spent in my book. Thankfully for the fellas, a few services have sprung up to remove the searching – even the thinking! – from the shopping process. All with just the click of a few buttons (and in one case, a Skype chat). If you’re interested in outsourcing the process of getting dressed in the morning, read on to find out how these companies are helping guys minimize their mall walking:
• Manpacks (www.manpacks.com)
What it is: This service concentrates on the foundations – underwear, shirts, socks, shaving products and a mysterious “Other” category that turns out to include things like toothpaste, face wash and long underwear. Orders are scheduled in three-month intervals, and you can modify, rush or delay deliveries depending on your current level of supplies.
What it costs: Depends on how much you order. Prices are comparable to what you’d find at the department store or drugstore. A pair of Hanes boxer briefs sells for $3. Grooming Lounge Aftershave goes for $21. Shipping is free on orders over $30.
• Dappr.me (www.dappr.me)
What it is: Focusing on accessories, Dappr.me subscribers receive a monthly delivery of products curated around a specific theme – from Cuban cigars to Aviator sunglasses. The members-only service hasn’t launched yet, but you can sign up now for the wait list, and to take advantage of a referral program that includes a steak dinner as incentive.
What it costs: $39 a month, with the ability to skip any month.
• Birchbox (www.birchbox.com)
What it is: Birchbox delivers a new set of trial-size grooming and lifestyle products to your door each month. With brands like Kiehl’s, Anthony and Jack Black popping up in the collections, guys get a low-risk way to sample luxury products. If you like what you try, you can buy the full-size version on the site, earning loyalty points with every purchase.
What it costs: $20 a month. Shipping is free.
• Trunk Club (www.trunkclub.com)
What it is: Trunk Club is a service for men who want new clothes but don’t want to go shopping to get them. After a Skype session with your dedicated stylist about what you like and what you need, they’ll pull from an assortment of brands like Ben Sherman, Gant, and J. Brand Jeans and send you head-to-toe outfits.
What it costs: The price of a Trunk Club delivery varies depending on what’s in it. Shirts can range from $110 to $250, denim from $175 to $225, and sweaters from $150 to $300. You keep what you like, send back the rest, with free shipping both ways.
• Gentlemen’s Association (member.ly/put-this-on-gentlemens-association)
What it is: For the true style aficionado. Jesse Thorn of men’s style site Put This On created the Gentlemen’s Association, delivering hand-made pocket squares to your door every two months. Thorn selects the new and vintage fabrics himself, in garment shops all around the world. The squares are constructed in California (where Thorn lives), then delivered to discerning gentlemen all over the country.
What it costs: A 6-month plan costs $147; a year membership is $270, with new shipments arriving every other month.
Tell me: Do you use any of these services? Would you? Which ones? If not, why not?