Yay! A new month has arrived, which means I have a brand new style box review to share with you. This month, I decided to switch things up and arranged for a shipment from Trunk Club. Unlike Stitch Fix, Trunk Club doesn't offer specialty boxes for expectant mothers, but I did receive a few maternity items from Trunk Club when I was pregnant with Dessa and I wanted to see if they could help to refresh my wardrobe with this pregnancy. When I arranged for my Trunk, I made a note to my stylist letting her know about the pregnancy and specifically asked for some maternity jeans, dresses and any other basic items that they could send my way. The most surprising thing about my Trunk Club “Maternity” shipment was that it didn't contain a single maternity item. I can't say for certain, but I strongly suspect they didn't have any maternity clothes in stock. Regardless, I was pleased and impressed with how well most of the items were able to accommodate my expanding belly, even if they weren't designed for maternity. The best part is that all of the clothes I tried on will work well for women who are not pregnant and MANY of the items are currently on sale – which means this month's Trunk Club Maternity review is great for everyone. I hope you enjoy it!
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A Little Bit about Trunk Club
Before I get to this month's review, let me give you a super-quick rundown of Trunk Club and how the service works. Much like Stitch Fix, Trunk Club is an online styling service that provides styling to men and women. It is owned by Nordstrom, which means that all of the clothes that Trunk Club offers are carried by Nordstrom (and you can pay with your Nordstrom card to earn Notes). Better yet, Trunk Club honors Nordstrom sale prices, which means that you don't always have to pay full price for the clothes.
You can message your stylist with specific requests and actually preview and provide feedback on your Trunk before it ships. I love this because it gives customers the opportunity to cancel any specific items that you don't like before they ship and request replacement items. You also have the opportunity to cancel the entire Trunk before it ships.
As for the cost, it's totally free to sign up and build your Trunk Club style profile. When your Trunk ships, you will be charged a $25 styling fee, which is deducted from the cost of any items you choose to keep from your Trunk. Shipping and returns are free and you will only be charged for the clothes you wish to keep when you check out. The $25 styling fee is waived for Nordstrom cardholders.
Now let's get to the fun stuff so I can show you what came in my Trunk Club shipment this month.
Button Down Organic Linen Shirtdress
When I did a quick skim of the items that arrived in my Trunk, my jaw dropped at the price of the Button Down Organic Linen Shirtdress from Eileen Fisher that came my way. It was priced at $278 (and is currently marked down 25% off to $208.50). I have a bank of Trunk Club credit built up from sharing my referral link in previous blog posts, but the price was still crazy to me despite the fact that I could get the shirt for free.
Even though I had no intention of keeping the shirtdress, I still tried it on to see how it looked. I realize that this is a shirt-dress and technically I was able to button the shirt fully and still have enough room for my baby bump, but I was really struggling to understand how to wear it as a dress. The white was incredibly sheer. It seems like this would only work as a dress that served as a swimsuit cover-up.
I wasn't exactly feeling the whole sheer dress/swimsuit cover up look so I wore the shirtdress unbuttoned with a basic pair of maternity skinny jeans (similar here) and one of my go-to maternity tanks with a basic Old Navy tank top layered underneath. I also added a simple silver and gray Kendra Scott bracelet (similar here) and a basic pair of white summery sandals (similar here). It was a great look for spring weather and made me want to vacation somewhere on the East Coast.
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Ruffle Wrap Dress
My stylist also included four different dresses in my Trunk this month, the first of which was a navy blue Ruffle Wrap Dress from Chelsea28 ($89). I'm not usually a fan of wrap dresses because I often feel that they are too clingy for my conservative comfort level, but this dress was gorgeous. It was elegant, flowy, and completely bump-friendly. (I also couldn't help but notice that it was also incredibly nursing-friendly for that next chapter of my journey.) If I wasn't pregnant, I would have styled the dress with a strappy pair of heeled sandals like these, but I kept things simple and comfortable with my white braided t-strap sandals (similar here).
I truly cannot say enough good things about the Ruffle Wrap Dress. It looked simply beautiful to wear. I was tempted to keep the dress, but I do not have any events on our summer calendar that require me to dress up. Not a single shower, baptism, or wedding. I ultimately decided to return the dress to Trunk Club because I knew that the dress would sit unworn in my closet if I had chosen to purchase it. What a shame, because it was so pretty!
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Ruched Body-Con Tank Dress
Lately, it seems like everyone has been raving about the Ruched Body-Con Tank Dress from Leith and I was excited to see the dress of the season tucked into my Trunk this month. Even better, the dress is regularly priced at $56 but is currently marked down 20% off and now sells for $45.
Lots of pregnant women love wearing body-con dresses and this one worked surprisingly well with my bump even though it isn't a maternity dress.
The dress was so incredibly comfortable, I could easily see why so many pregnant women love wearing body-con dresses while they are pregnant. I just felt like I needed a little more dress and couldn't get comfortable with how clingy it was or how much skin it showed. Sadly, this one was going back.
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Sleeveless Pleated Tank Dress
I was really excited to see a Modcloth dress included in my Trunk this month, too. I have loved window shopping on the Modcloth website for years and have purchased several items for my closet there, as well. I didn't realize that the Modcloth label was also available at Nordstrom and couldn't wait to try on the cute yellow Sleeveless Pleated Tank Dress from Modcloth (regularly $75, currently marked down 40% off for $44.98 but sizes are very limited) that my stylist had sent.
I usually gravitate toward neutrals and florals, but I had to admit the yellow color was quite pretty. I was sent a medium, which worked well with the bump, but the dress was too big on top. You can't tell from the photos, but it felt like there was a lot of extra fabric in the bust and shoulders. If you ever find yourself debating between two sizes, I highly recommend sizing down.
I'll admit that the dress felt like a whole lotta yellow for this neutral loving girl. I tried to downplay the brightness by adding my white cropped denim jacket on top. It helped to break up the color quite a bit. If you aren't huge into the color yellow, I noticed that the same dress is also available in navy and green at Modcloth.com.
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Jazlyn Crepe Shift Dress
Of all the items that came in my Trunk Club box this month, the Jazlyn Crepe Shift Dress from BB Dakota ($88) was the biggest stretch from my personal style. I think shift dresses look great on so many other women, I just do not have the legs for them. I always feel like I'm leaving the house halfway dressed and missing my pants – and my pale bony legs don't really help me to exude a lot of confidence.
The color and fabric (100% polyester) of the Jazlyn Crepe Shift Dress dress felt anything but summery to me. If the cut of the dress had me on the fence to start, the fact that it felt like the wrong season to be wearing it cinched my decision to send this one back to Trunk Club.
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Ankle Strap Sandal
Let's talk about the shoes for a minute. The beige Ankle Strap Sandal from Seychelles (regular $119, currently marked down 35% to $72.99) also came in my Trunk. The super-low wedge was very pregnancy friendly, but I felt pretty lukewarm about every other aspect of these shoes. They didn't hurt my feet, but they weren't super comfy, either. I didn't love the style, but I also didn't hate it. All of my neutral feelings made it easy to reach the conclusion that these shoes needed to be returned.
Your Girl Tunic
Free People tops are always generously cut and extra flowy so I wasn't surprised to see that my stylist included the Your Girl Tunic as a maternity option in my Trunk Club box. Even though the color is listed as ivory, it was surprisingly bright in person and I loved the feminine ruffle details. I paired the top with a basic pair of maternity skinny jeans and my white t-strap sandals (similar here). I also think it would look great with black leggings and a pair of Rothy's loafers (find out why I love my Rothy's in this blog post.)
I used my Trunk Club credit keep the Your Girl Tunic. The bump-friendly style is great, but I was quick to note that the buttons down the front will also make this a great nursing-friendly top after baby comes. I remember all-too-well how hard it was to feel like a normal person after having a baby and I figure a pretty white ruffle top might be just what this mommy needs to feel like herself again.
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Summer Ryder Cardigan
I always love a good, light colored, neutral layering piece – especially if it is a cardigan! My stylist sent a light gray Summer Ryder Cardigan from Madewell ($69.50) in my Trunk and it was a really great piece. I have practically been living in my maternity jeans and I love to pair a white tank with a cardigan during chilly days. This sweater looked great for spring and summer – especially when paired with my white Shoreline Converse sneakers, my silver Kate Spade watch and a silver and white Kendra Scott Elisa necklace.
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I'm super picky about the fit of the clothes I keep and I like the sleeves of my cardigans to be very tailored and fitted. Although the sweater looked great with the sleeves pushed up, they were a little too baggy when I pulled the sleeves down. In hindsight, as I was working on this post, I noticed that the Nordstrom website recommends sizing down because the cardigan runs a little big. I was sent a size medium and I suspect that a small would have been better for my fit preferences. I just might have to request a size small Summer Ryder Cardigan in my next Trunk!
Anna Wedge Sneaker
My stylist also included another low-wedge pair of shoes in my maternity Trunk – this time it was a gray pair of Anna Wedge Sneakers from Linea Paolo ( $119.95).
The Anna Wedge Sneakers were super cute, but a little beyond my personal style and I'm honestly not sure how much I would wear them between the heat of the summer and the possibility that my feet might start to swell at any moment. I have been living in flip flops, Tieks, and Rothy's loafers for the past few weeks and it just didn't seem sensible to purchase an expensive pair of sneakers that I'm not sure I will get much use out of. But I have to admit, they did look great!
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Modal Jersey V-Neck Tee
The last item I tried on from my Trunk was a gray Modal Jersey V-Neck Tee from Halogen. I'm always searching for a good, quality, basic t-shirt and this one did not disappoint! The shirt had a flattering cut, was a nice weight and wasn't clingy. It was pretty much love at first sight. Best of all, the Modal Jersey V-Neck Tee usually sells for $32, but is currently marked down 50% to only $16 – such an amazing price for a great quality t-shirt.
The Modal Jersey V-Neck Tee is definitely cut to have a roomy fit. I wore a size medium and it fits great in the shoulders, sleeves, and bust and left plenty of room to accommodate the bump. If you're not pregnant, I highly recommend sizing down. The t-shirt was easy to style for a casual weekend with skinny jeans, and my white Shoreline Converse. A simple necklace and Kate Spade watch polished off the look nicely.
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High Waist Crop Strip Pants (not pictured)
As versatile as most of the non-maternity items were for a growing baby bump, it's also worth noting that I was sent an item which did not work well at all at maternity wear. My stylist also included a blue and white stripe woven pair of High Waist Crop Strip Pants from Moon River ($84). I said goodbye to normal pants long ago because they just don't work with a baby bump. I thought maybe there was something special about these pants that made them bump-friendly, but as it turns out, they were just regular pants. I wasn't able to zip them at all and they weren't even Bella Band friendly since the pants are meant to be worn with a shirt tucked in and the belted bow clearly on display. I honestly have no idea why these pants were included in my Trunk, and they went right back to Trunk Club.
What I Kept and Returned from My Trunk Club Maternity Box
And there you have it, a complete review of my Trunk Club box this month. I was very surprised to see that my Trunk was completely lacking any maternity items this month, but my stylist did a great job overall of selecting great, versatile pieces for the bump. Here's a quick review of which items I decided to keep and return from my Trunk Club “maternity” shipment:
Button Down Organic Linen Shirtdress from Eileen Fisher (Reg. $278, on sale for $208.50) – return
Ruffle Wrap Dress from Chelsea28 ($89) – return
Ruched Body-Con Tank Dress from Leith (Reg. $56, on sale for $45) – return
Sleeveless Pleated Tank Dress from Modcloth (Reg. $75, on sale for $44.98) – return
Jazlyn Crepe Shift Dress from BB Dakota ($88) – return
Ankle Strap Sandal from Seychelles (Reg. $119, on sale for $72.99) – return
Your Girl Tunic from Free People ($78) – KEEP
Summer Ryder Cardigan from Madewell ($69.50) – return and regret not exchanging
Anna Wedge Sneakers from Linea Paolo ( $119.95) – return
Modal Jersey V-Neck Tee from Halogen (Reg. $32, on sale for $16) – KEEP
Special thanks to Erika Christine Photography for capturing such lovely photos and for helping to keep my sidekick happy while Mommy tried on all the clothes!