As you know I love any service that offers a personal styling and shopping experience. I've been a Stitch Fix customer for nearly three years and I was excited to discover Trunk Club Women earlier this spring. A few months back, I had a new Trunk sent my way, tried everything on, took lots of photos, and then the photos got buried on my computer. I recently stumbled across them and just about kicked myself for not sharing them with you sooner! So today, I'm thrilled to finally share my slightly overdue lost Trunk Club review.
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What is Trunk Club?
Before I show you what arrived in my trunk, it might help to explain a little bit about what Trunk Club is and how it works. Much like Stitch Fix, Trunk Club is an online styling service for men and women that matches customers with a personal stylist. Trunk Club Women has a few key differences from Stitch Fix though.
- Instead of 5 items, most trunks ship with 10-15 items inside.
- You won't juggle Trunk Club stylists, unless you specifically request a change. Once you are matched with a stylist, she is all yours for the long haul.
- You can communicate with your stylist any time you want via email or phone conversation. That's right. If you have a concern, you can call your personal stylist on the telephone and express your thoughts directly. It really is a full-service model.
- All of the clothes, accessories, and shoes that Trunk Club Women ships come from Nordstrom, which means you have access to some really wonderful brands like Kate Spade, J. Crew, Kendra Scott, Sam Edelman and all your favorite Nordstrom designers.
Getting Started with Trunk Club Women
It's free to create a Trunk Club profile. When you are ready, you can arrange for a Trunk. This is when the fun begins.
- You'll be matched with your stylist from Trunk Club Women, who will select a variety of items that he/she thinks are perfect for you.
- Once the styles are curated, your stylist will send a preview your way. This is your chance to look over the items she has selected and give feedback. You can reject anything (and everything) that you don't like. If something isn't your style or is way out of your price range, let her know. Remember that all of the clothes come from Nordstrom and there are some seriously high-priced items that Nordstrom carries (though it's free to create a Trunk Club profile). It's perfectly acceptable to ask your stylist to look for lower-priced styles. After all, his/her goal is to serve you.
- Once you provide feedback on your Trunk Preview, your stylist will go back and begin filling your Trunk with new items to replace the pieces you rejected. You won't have a chance to see these items before they ship, so there is an element of surprise when your Trunk finally does arrive.
- At this point, there's still time to change your mind. If for some reason, you preview your Trunk and are not feeling satisfied, you also have the option of cancelling your trunk.
Now that you're all caught up on how Trunk Club Women works, let me show you what arrived in my Trunk this month!
“Canton” Over the Knee boots from Hinge
I have been trying (unsuccessfully) to get on the over-the-knee boot bandwagon, but the style always feels a little too scandalous for my taste. Am I the only person who feels this way?
Either way, it's getting more and more difficult to find riding boots that hit below the knee and I know the trend isn't going anywhere, so I'm always willing to give over-the-knee boots another try, which is why I was pleased to see that my stylist, Mackenzie sent a pair of “Canton” Over the Knee boots from Hinge ($149.95) my way.
I can't get enough of comfortable attire these days, so I styled the boots with a pair of black leggings, a chambray top (similar), and an ivory scalloped lace top extender from Grace and Lace.
This pair was a little snug for my foot. I'm usually a size 8.5 and these were an 8.5w so I highly recommend sizing up by a half size if you're interested in the “Canton” Over the Knee boots.
The boots were stylish, and yet still … not quite my personal taste. I'm not sure if the color was too dark or the heel was too chunky, but they just weren't me. My personal quest for over-the-knee boots continues.
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“Ex-Boyfriend” Plaid Cotton Flannel Shirt from Madewell
Always a sucker for a classic plaid shirt, I was very excited to try on the “Ex-Boyfriend” Plaid Cotton Flannel Shirt (similar) from Madewell ($82). The top was made of a heavier flannel than most button-up shirts, which makes it extra cozy to wear during the cool months.
Of course, I had to put my own spin on how to style the off-white and blue plaid top. Turns out, the color was a great match for my bisque pointed lace top extender from Grace and Lace.
I added my all-time favorite distressed skinny jeans from BlankNYC, my taupe Toms, and my silver Kate Spade watch. This became an instant classic for my weekend wardrobe. The plaid shirt was definitely a keeper.
I searched online and this particular plaid is no longer available at Nordstrom, but the same shirt is available in a red plaid.
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Stripe Knit Bell Sleeve Top from Pleione
My J. Crew Pixie Pants (they're like really warm, professional and supportive leggings) and black riding boots become fashion necessities once the temperatures drop, and I'm always on the lookout for any tops that I can add to the mix and pair with my favorite pant/boot combo. So I was ecstatic to see a longer Stripe Knit Bell Sleeve Top (similar) from Pleione ($49) arrive in my trunk. Seeing that the top was priced under $50 made me outright jump for joy!
The stripe top had an amazing price and was perfect for my school wardrobe. I was so tempted to keep this one. My one concern was that the cut of the top was a bit boxy and I wish it had been tailored a bit at the waist. After a long debate, I ultimately decided to send this one back to Trunk Club.
The black and white version of this top is no longer available at Nordstrom, but they do have a solid black version as well as a blush pink style. I personally adore the blush pink bell sleeve top because it looks so feminine!
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V-Neck Cashmere Sweater from Halogen
Who doesn't love a great sweater in a rich color? The Halogen V-Neck Cashmere Sweater ($89) was just that!
I traded my black riding boots for a brown pair (similar) to play up the richness of the purple color. I also dressed up the look a bit by wearing my Perry Street Olivia Necklace from Rocksbox, as well as my Loren Hope cuff (similar) and narrow leather Fossil watch (similar).
This was such a great sweater and a classic look. And since the sweater was made of cashmere, you know it was oh-so-soft and comfortable to wear!
I adored the color, feel, and fit of the Halogen V-Neck Cashmere Sweater. Unfortunately, it was just a little short for me. If it had been two or three inches longer, I probably would have kept it, but I ultimately decided to send it back.
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Cutout Surplice Top from Trouvé
Mackenzie also threw a little punch of pattern into my Trunk Club shipment with the Cutout Surplice Top from Trouvé ($69). Don't be fooled by the cutout details near the neckline. They didn't really show up at all once I put the blouse on. In fact, I didn't even realize that the patterned blouse had cutouts at all until I was ready to check out online.
The blouse (similar) was a very soft, high quality material and I loved the print. I also really liked the pleat details in the front. I wore the Cutout Surplice Top with my J. Crew Pixie pants and black riding boots. I also styled it with the Perry Street Olivia necklace that came in my Rocksbox (similar here) and my ivory scalloped lace top extender from Grace & Lace.
On its own, the blouse was a little short for my preferred style, so the top extender worked as the perfect accessory!
Success! This outfit was exactly my style.
I loved the look of this ensemble, but I ultimately decided to return the blouse. Much like the purple cashmere sweater, it was about 2 inches shorter than I would have preferred. Combine that with the $69 price tag and it was just enough to convince me not to keep it.
This particular pattern of the Cutout Surplice Top is no longer in stock at Nordstrom, but they currently carry the same style in a different, darker print that's perfect for winter. If you're looking to recreate this particular look, I found a similar black and white blouse here.
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Sleeveless Faux Wrap Blouse from Pleione
The final item I tried on from Trunk Club Women was a Sleeveless Faux Wrap Blouse from Pleione ($58). Admittedly, the sleeveless style on it's own wasn't really fitting for fall or winter weather in Michigan. But I was curious about the style and the fit so I gave it a try.
The pattern of the blouse was very unusual and a little busy for my taste. I tend to prefer florals over geometric prints.
The blouse was comfortable and a good fit. I liked the fact that it was a little longer in front than the black and white blouse I had previously tried on. And I loved that it was even longer in the back.
The sleeveless Faux Wrap Blouse styled great with my ivory scalloped lace top extender, Pixie pants, and black riding boots. And it would have looked great with a long black or gray cardigan. Unfortunately, it was just a little modern for my taste. The blouse just didn't feel like me. Ultimately, I decided to return it to Trunk Club.
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And there you have it! Another (slightly delayed) shipment from Trunk Club Women. Even though I only kept one item and I may need to remind my stylist to try and keep the prices a bit lower, I love the convenience of this service. If you ever find yourself in need of a seasonal wardrobe refresh or are just too busy to run to Nordstrom, it's great to know that a Trunk Club stylist can hand-pick and ship items directly to you. And the added opportunity for communication and chance to review your Trunk before it ships is downright amazing.
Even when I only keep one item from my Trunk, I always enjoy the excitement of trying on the clothes my stylist selected for me.
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Have you ever tried Trunk Club? Did you enjoy the experience? Or are you more of a Stitch Fix gal? I would love to know your thoughts!