I can’t believe I’m actually sharing a Trunk Club try-on and review with you right now. Ahhhhhh! Seriously, so excited for this day. If you’ve been following us for a while, you probably know that I always used to share a style box review on the first day of the month. That has been the one consistent feature on our blog for a few years, and those posts always brought me so much joy to write. Then COVID struck this past March and all our plans and routines were thrown out the window as our family tried to settle into a new normal. So many things shifted for our family last spring that presented obstacles to sharing my favorite type of content on the blog: our budget was a disaster, we didn’t have any help with childcare (which meant I had very limited moments of quiet to get anything accomplished), our house was in a general state of chaos while Rob worked from home, and I didn’t have access to my good friend Erika Christine, who has become my go-to photographer for all of my fashion box reviews.
Last week, though, a small miracle happened. I had scheduled a Trunk Club shipment just for fun (also because I really wanted some Sperry duck boots and was hoping to use my Trunk Club credit to get a pair). Anyway, Harvey was napping quietly, Dessa was completely absorbed in her dot marker coloring pages, and the light was pretty good. On a whim, I set up my camera and tripod just to see if I could capture a decent photo of myself trying on the clothes. It took a few minutes to get the settings and focus the lens just right, but somehow I succeeded! At that point, I crossed my fingers that both kids would cooperate while I tried to photograph the entire Trunk-Club try-on. I got through about 3/4 of the clothes before Harvey woke up from his nap, and I successfully tried on the rest during the kids’ afternoon naps.
I’m sure you’ll notice that many of the photos lack the polish that comes from a professional photographer and a few are even slightly out-of-focus, but we’ll just have to chalk those problems off to life at home during a pandemic. I’m honestly just thrilled to find a little slice of normal as COVID numbers skyrocket and we find ourselves in the midst of a second round of tight restrictions just as the holiday season approaches. I sincerely hope that you enjoy today’s Trunk Club try-on and I’m excited to share a new twist this time around. I actually recorded videos of myself trying on all the pieces in this month’s Trunk and shared the recordings on Instagram Stories. Hop over to our Instagram profile and click on the “Trunk Club Nov” highlight reel for a better look at how each item fits. And on that note, let’s finally see the clothes that came in my Trunk Club box this month.
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I loved this particular Trunk because it included several tops and bottoms for me to pair with each other and instantly create head-to-toe outfits for myself. This was the first outfit I styled from my November Trunk Club try-on and it was such a great look! Keep reading and I’ll let you know about each item in the ensemble.
Bobeau Rib Hacci Top
When I first tried on the Bobeau Rib Hacci Top ($44), my initial thought wasn’t exactly a raving review. The top was lightweight, it didn’t seem particularly warm, and the fabric wasn’t especially soft. It just seemed ok. But when I looked in the mirror, a funny thing happened and I really started to like the top. It was very flattering and the varying shades of gray in the knit made the Rib Hacci Top much more interesting than a basic gray or black shirt. Even better, the top had great coverage in the back.
I debated for a while about whether to keep or return the Bobeau Rib Hacci Top. Ultimately, I decided to return the shirt because I’m constantly cold during the winter months and I would have to add layers on top of the top to be comfortable. It was a cute shirt, but I would have preferred it to offer a little extra warmth.
Madewell 10-Inch Roadtripper Jeans
I also tried on the Madewell 10-Inch Roadtripper Jeans ($75) that came in my Trunk. This was a great basic pair of high-waisted skinny jeans. No distressing. Just simple jeans. Unfortunately, this particular pair was a little too big on me. Trunk Club offers exchanges, but I don’t desperately need jeans at the moment. I just sent this pair back and I might request them in a smaller size for my next Trunk.
Sperry Saltwater Rain Boot
I have been eyeing the Sperry Saltwater Rain Boots ($129.95) at Nordstrom.com for over a year and was thrilled that my Trunk Club stylist included a pair in my Trunk this month. The boots fit true to size, but it was a bit of an effort sliding my heels into the boots. Once the boots were on, they fit great and were pretty cozy. Not cozy enough to wear in arctic weather, but definitely warmer than the Chelsea Rothy’s that I’ve been living in since the spring. I decided to keep the Saltwater Rain Boots and am pleased to report that they’ve begun to stretch and give so slipping my feet into them no longer requires the same exertion that it did the first day I tried them on.
I love these boots and paid for them with Trunk Club credit, so I can’t complain about them or the price. But I just found a very similar pair of black Saltwater Sperry duck boots that are currently 38% off at Nordstrom.com. Grab them while they’re still on sale!
Thread & Supply Quilted Field Coat
My head-to-toe Trunk Club outfit was shaping up pretty well at this point, and when I tried on the Thread & Supply Quilted Field Coat ($78) that also came in my Trunk, the look was complete! I’m a sucker for cute outerwear and this jacket was fantastic. It was very lightweight but had a fleece lining, so the jacket was much warmer than I expected. I wear a ton of black once the cold weather sets in and I love that my stylist sent a black jacket my way (it also comes in deep olive and wine colors).
Out of focus photo coming at ya, but I have more to share about the Thread & Supply Quilted Field Coat. My stylist intended to send a medium, but somehow an XS jacket ended up in my Trunk. It shocked me that the extra small actually fit. It was tight for sure, but fit more like a very tailored jacket, rather than someone else’s tiny coat that I tried to squeeze into. Even though the extra small was sent in error, trying it on inspired me to exchange the jacket for a size small (instead of the medium I would have ordered by default) for a more fitted look.
J. Crew Vintage Cotton Long Sleeve T-Shirt
I requested lots of basic pieces in my Trunk and was happy to see that my stylist sent a black J. Crew Vintage Cotton Long Sleeve T-Shirt ($36.50) my way. The t-shirt was a perfect fit. Not too boxy, not too tight, and flattering to wear.
I honestly considered keeping the J. Crew Vintage Cotton Long Sleeve T-Shirt, but I already own one long sleeve black t-shirt from Old Navy that fits every bit as well (for a lower price point) and doesn’t get worn very often since I always reach for warmer layers in the winter months. Even though this was a good shirt, it just made sense to send it back to Trunk Club.
Free People Cloud Rib Oversize Scarf
I was already feeling a little chilly in just the t-shirt, so I happily added the Free People Cloud Rib Oversize Scarf ($48) as a warm layer on top of the J. Crew long sleeve t-shirt. Please excuse the poor quality photo below and trust me that the scarf was goooood. They call it a cloud rib scarf for a reason: it was warm, soft, and delightfully cozy. I was really tempted to keep the scarf, but ultimately sent it back to Trunk Club. The accessory was great, but I often shy away from wearing scarves that are particularly bulky and instead prefer to stay warm with an extra-warm cardigan.
BP Open Front Cardigan
Speaking of cardigans, an unexpectedly cute one came in my Trunk this month. When I first previewed the image of the BP Open Front Cardigan ($39), I was not impressed. It looked boxy and unflattering and I didn’t care for the cropped sleeves. Then I tried it on and didn’t hate it. In fact, I actually kind of liked the sweater … especially the cropped sleeves. The thing I liked about the shortened sleeves is that they allowed the sleeves of my shirt underneath the cardigan to have a bit of a peekaboo effect and it added a little pop of interest to an otherwise very basic outfit (long sleeve t-shirt + cardigan + leggings).
I kept the cardigan, but I’m in the process of exchanging my medium for a size small. I often wear small or extra-small sizes of oversized cardigans and greatly prefer the more tailored fit. I also noticed that this sweater is available in several colors and have my eye on the minty green and blush pink!
Hue Ultra Wide Waistband Leggings
The cardigan was cute, but the unsung hero of this outfit was the pair of black Hue Ultra Wide Waistband Leggings ($35) that also came in my Trunk Club box. I own several different pairs of leggings with varying levels of compression and comfort and I love each pair for different reasons. I’ve been buying Hue leggings for years because they’re budget-friendly, comfortable, were great for getting down on the floor with the kids while I taught kindergarten, and are now great for getting on the floor with my own kids.
The old pairs I own had a narrow 1″ waistband that served its purpose well enough, but caused bulges above and below the band since my stomach has a lot more padding than it used to courtesy of my two pregnancies and stress-eating during the pandemic. This particular pair has a 3-inch waistband that helps to distribute things around the tummy more evenly and prevent any bulges. They’re not a compression legging, but these basic leggings offer a decently flattering fit. One more thing to add about all Hue leggings is that they appear opaque when you are standing, but become less opaque and slightly see-thru when they are stretched. I don’t want everyone in the room to see my underwear through them when I bend over, so I always make sure to pair these leggings with a shirt that’s long enough to give good coverage in the back (like this striped tee that came in my Trendsend box that’s currently on major sale!)
I already own one pair of Ultra Wide Waistband Leggings from Hue and, just in case it wasn’t obvious at this point, the second pair was definitely a keeper!
Zella Carey Crew High/Low Sweatshirt
My stylist sent a few other loungewear items in my Trunk for me to try on, including a black Zella Carey Crew High/Low Sweatshirt ($49). The sweatshirt was comfortable and lightweight.
The Carey Crew High/Low Sweatshirt was pretty good, but I wasn’t exactly over-the-moon for it. I’m not a huge fan of high-low style shirts because I prefer a little extra coverage in the front as well as the back. You can see a comparison of the front and back lengths in the photos below.
The Carey Crew High/Low Sweatshirt was a decent basic sweatshirt in a style that’s very popular right now. It just wasn’t something that I loved, so back to Trunk Club it went.
Zella Restore Soft Pocket Lounge Leggings
Did you notice the cute leggings I was wearing in the photos above? It was a pair of Zella Restore Soft Pocket Lounge Leggings ($46) that also came in my Trunk! As the name suggests, these aren’t exactly the type of performance leggings that you might wear for the long run in the cold (at least I don’t think they are. But I avoid running for exercise at all costs, so I could be wrong.) What they are good for is lounging. Or even being a mom of two young kids who gets her daily workout from scrambling around the house to keep up with the craziness.
These leggings were stylish and comfortable. I especially loved the contrast stitching, the pockets and the price tag under $50. The pair of Zella Restore Soft Pocket Lounge Leggings was definitely a keeper.
Adidas Stan Smith Sneaker
There was one final item included in my Trunk this month – a pair of white Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers ($64) with navy trim. Harvey woke up from his nap just as I slipped the shoes onto my feet so I only have one photo to share with you.
Even though I only wore the shoes for a few minutes, I can tell you that they were very comfortable and a perfect fit. I’ve actually been hunting for a good pair of casual athletic shoes for a while and these probably would have been perfect during the summer months. Now that winter is approaching, they just seemed so white. I dress in dark colors all the time right now and the thought of white sneakers seems so foreign to me, so I sent the Stan Smith Sneakers back to Trunk Club. It’s a shame though because they were such a great, classic design.
What I Kept and Returned from My Trunk Club Try-On
I know I mentioned this before, but it felt so dang good and normal to do a Trunk Club Try-On and share the styles with you. Even though some of the clothes weren’t exactly a match to my personal style, it was still fun to try everything on, shoot some photos, and share my thoughts with you. Rob and I always live on a fairly tight budget, and the pandemic hasn’t been particularly kind to our household income or online productivity. I had built a small reserve of Trunk Club credit from blog visitors signing up for the service using my referral link. The credit expires after 180 days and I figured mine was due to expire soon, so I kept more items from this Trunk than I would if I had to pay for everything out of pocket.
|Bobeau Rib Hacci Top ($44)
Madewell 10-Inch Roadtripper Jeans ($75)
Sperry Saltwater Rain Boots ($129.95)
Thread & Supply Quilted Field Coat ($78)
J. Crew Vintage Cotton Long Sleeve T-Shirt($36.50)
Free People Cloud Rib Oversize Scarf ($48)
BP Open Front Cardigan ($39)
Hue Ultra Wide Waistband Leggings ($35)
Zella Carey Crew High/Low Sweatshirt ($49)
Zella Restore Soft Pocket Lounge Leggings ($46)
Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers ($64)
What is Trunk Club and How Does it Work?
If you made it all the way down here on the post and are still reading, you’re either a really big fan of Trunk Club, are completely starved of try-on reviews on our blog and desperate to soak up every word, or just curious about what the service is and how it all works. I’m going to guess that you just want more information about Trunk club so here’s everything you need to know in a nutshell:
- Trunk Club is a personal styling service for Men and Women.
- Trunk Club is a branch of Nordstrom, which means that all the styles are available at Nordstrom.com. You can redeem Nordstrom gift cards during checkout at trunkclub.com or in the Trunk Club app. Even better yet, Nordy club members can earn rewards each time they make a Trunk Club purchase.
- Like most styling services, there is a fee to get started. In this case, customers pay a $25 styling fee right before the Trunk ships, which will automatically be deducted from the price of any items purchased during checkout. Shipping and returns are free.
- Once your Trunk arrives, it will contain 10-12 items hand-picked for you. Customers have 5 days to try everything on and checkout via trunkclub.com or the Trunk Club app.
- My favorite thing about Trunk Club is that they honor Nordstrom sale prices! If an item in your Trunk is on sale at Nordstrom, the sale price will be reflected on the item in your Trunk. They also price match Nordstrom prices for 14 days after your purchase (just in case the item goes on sale after you check out from Trunk Club). The Adidas shoes I tried on this month were a perfect example of a Nordstrom discounted item.
- Another amazing Trunk Club feature that sets them apart from the competition is that your stylist will provide a preview of your trunk before it ships. At that point, you can review each item in your Trunk and choose to keep the items or have them removed from your Trunk. You can also opt to cancel the Trunk before it ships and save the $25 styling fee. Even if you choose to keep your Trunk, you can request that your stylist add a few more surprise items to your Trunk when it arrives.
And there you have it! The first style box review I’ve had a chance to share on the blog in over 7 months! I can’t tell you how great it felt to try on a big box of clothes, take notes, snap some photos and share all my thoughts with you on the blog. I shared a preview photo on Instagram last week of one outfit and was touched and surprised to see several comments from people expressing how much they missed this type of post from me. At this moment, our household is finally falling into a smooth rhythm with rested, happy children, and productive parents. I’m crossing my fingers that our new routine lasts throughout the next few months of COVID craziness so I can share more style box try-ons with you soon!