Hello Lovely Readers!
It has been quite awhile since I’ve taken the time to do a decent review of Trunk Club or Stitch Fix with pretty pictures attached. Having 3 kids makes it really difficult to get any work done, so thank you being patient with me 🙂 If you’ve been following my blog for awhile you already know that I’m a loyal Trunk Club and Stitch Fix fan. Aside: I totally just typed “Trunk Fix” and “Stitch Club” (#mombrain alert). I need more coffee before I write. Anyway. I recently received an exclusive “J.Crew” trunk from Trunk Club Women and I can’t wait to share it with you!
But first, if you’re not familiar with the service,
Here’s how it works:
- Go to trunkclub.com/womens and click “get started” (or use my referral link to connect with my amazing stylist, Alison!) You will then answer a few personal style-related questions and enter your sizes. Here are a few screenshots of the process:
2. Then, you’ll be matched with your own personal stylist who will put together a trunk preview for you. You can select “don’t send” to any of the items in the preview, though you’re always encouraged to keep an open mind and try stuff on at home (sometimes the pictures really don’t do it justice). But if, for instance, something is way out of your price range and you don’t even want to be tempted with it, you can select “don’t send.” I really love having that option- and being able to communicate with my stylist via email or instant message!
3. You’ll be charged a $25 home try-on fee that gets credited toward your purchase if you keep anything.
4. Your trunk is shipped directly to you (free of charge) and you have 5 days to try stuff on at home and make your decision.
5. Then use the shipping label and tape included in your trunk to ship back whatever you don’t want, in the same box it shipped in (also free of charge!). *Bonus: you can schedule a UPS pick-up at your house, so you don’t even have to drop it off yourself! I’m all about convenience.
That’s it. Pretty straightforward, and really fun! Now, let’s get on with the J.Crew Review!
*Note: this post contains affiliate and referral links. Should you make a purchase using an affiliate link, I will receive a small commission that helps keep this blog running! That said, all opinions are 100% my own. Trust me, if I don’t like something- I’ll say it 🙂
LACE PEPLUM TOP ($88) / FLORAL DROP PENDANT NECKLACE ($48) / FORRESTER WOLFSTOOTH SILK PANTS ($148)
Let us first talk about the top. When I first saw “peplum” I was discouraged. I haven’t met a peplum top that I’ve liked on me. Until this one. Maybe it’s the black lace, but it totally won me over. It was one of those items that immediately went from “most likely returning” when first taking it out of the box, to “totally keeping” when I tried it on. It’s versatile, feminine, modest, yet sexy at the same time! Keeper!
Next, the pants. I LOVE the print and the fabric. I’ve never once worn silk pants (for good reason…did you see the price?) As you can probably imagine, they’re insanely comfortable. I think they’re a tad too big. A size smaller would’ve looked better I think..less baggy. I had to hike them up a bit so they didn’t look too long at the bottom. But not a bad look overall. Ultimately, not very practical for me though. Like I mentioned earlier, if I still worked in an office, these would get more use. But as a stay-at-home/work-from-home mom with 3 mess-makers running around, not so much. Even for date night, which allows clothing I wouldn’t normally wear around my kids, these pants wouldn’t be on my short list. So, returned.
Lastly, the necklace. I love a good pendant necklace and this one was pretty gorgeous. The cluster of gold “leaves”, pearls and crystal is really pretty. However, the chain is a bit too clunky/chunky for my taste, so I returned it. I suppose I could’ve swapped out the chain for something different, but who has time for that? Not this mama. Returned.
LOCKET PENDANT NECKLACE ($32.50)
paired with the same peplum top, my FAVORITE jeans from Stitch Fix and Leopard Print Heels!
This right here, is my new favorite date-night outfit! I wanted to wear the peplum top again with items that I could actually see myself wearing, unlike those silk pants. So I grabbed the most amazing pair of jeans ever from Stitch fix (which you’ll see I wear in just about all the photos) and my leopard print pumps. But first- back to the item I’m supposed to be featuring here- the necklace! This chain is thinner and more “dainty” which is what I like. I love the light pink color with the additional charms. I love that it’s a locket even though I have no idea what I’d put in it lol. It’s a great length and adds that little something “extra” to the outfit. Totally kept it!
Now let’s just take a moment to gush over the leopard print heels:
I bought them on clearance at Nordstrom last year and I think they’re discontinued now. But I DID find them on Amazon! Click the image below to buy them for yourself- but act fast, they’re almost out of stock!
Oh, and the pants are “Addison Skinny Jean” by Just Black (Stitch Fix)! They are so soft and comfortable and fit like a glove!
Jackie Bow Print Lightweight Wool Cardigan ($98)
I am in love with this cardigan! I love black/white items because you can pair them with so many different things. To make my life easier, I just threw it over top of the outfit I already had on and it worked out well 🙂 I love the bows and gold buttons. There’s nothing I can think of to NOT love about it (except maybe the price, which is why I’m so thankful for the referral program ::insert raised hands emoji::). I usually don’t wear wool because it’s itchy and uncomfortable, but this is “merino wool”…and it’s soft…and not itchy at all. So I kept it! Oh, and I had to include a photo of our neighbor dog who wanted to join the photo shoot. His name is Oliver…”Ollie” for short, and he is amazing. That is all.
Asymmetrical Stripe Ruffle Top ($78)
It’s a little hard to tell from the pictures, but the stripes on this top are navy blue. I love the navy/cream combo with the burgundy skinnys (seriously, have I mentioned how much I LOVE these pants?!). Anyway- I wanted to love this top, but I couldn’t get over all the ruffles. It was just a bit too much for me. Maybe if it just had the ruffle at the bottom, and not the one going up the front of it. But it also doesn’t have much stretch to it. It’s zippered in the back and I had to have my husband help me zip it. Soooo, not really a keeper for me, sadly.
I added one of my favorite necklaces from Stitch Fix, the “Austin Mini Spoons” necklace. Though I don’t think it works well with this top. Earrings would’ve been a better accessory I think, but I was in a hurry and I have #mombrain, which has already been discussed. The bracelet is also from Stitch Fix- “Theroux Arrow Relief Cuff“, which does work well I think.
New Perfect Cotton Poplin Shirt ($69.50) / Regent Stand Collar Blazer ($198)
I didn’t take many pictures of me in this outfit because I honestly felt awkward wearing a blazer and had no idea how to pose in it, so I included some screenshots of the items with professional models wearing it. You’re welcome. This look is definitely not me lol. I did like the white shirt. It’s a classic staple piece for most career women. And I’m sure other non-career women like myself (and by that I just mean not working outside of the home) can still rock a white poplin shirt, but I know it’s not something that would get a lot of use in my own wardrobe. Although I was looking for one this past Halloween when I dressed up as Lois Lane, I can’t justify buying an item I’ll only wear on Halloween 🙂 And the blazer is certainly high quality and looks amazing on that other model. But not practical for me, and a little pricey. Returned both items.
Holly Stripe Sweater ($69.50)
paired with white poplin shirt and locket necklace
This, to me, is the classic J.Crew look. Navy/cream striped sweater with white collared shirt underneath. The sweater is 100% wool- so super warm, but also super itchy. I don’t think I could ever wear it WITHOUT a long sleeve shirt underneath, protecting my poor sensitive skin. This look isn’t my usual style, but after seeing the pictures it is growing on me a bit. That said, I did return it. I just can’t do wool…and I’d prefer to keep my “dry clean only” items limited to a few wardrobe pieces that I REALLY love.
Sparkly Frog Closure Ribbed Sweater ($118)
also paired with white poplin shirt
This sweater is only 40% wool, so not nearly as itchy, but still dry clean only. A little shorter than the previous sweater, so it definitely calls for a longer shirt underneath. I love the “sparkly frog closure” thing. It’s such a cute detail that adds a lot to the sweater. Ultimately I returned it though because I just didn’t love it enough to justify adding it to the very limited “dry clean only” portion of my wardrobe.
Hawthorne Cable Pom-Pom Sweater ($98) / Two Tone Floral Necklace ($128)
Another navy wool sweater (seems to be a big theme with J.Crew lol). However, this is “merino” wool, like the “bow” cardigan above. So it’s more tolerable for my skin (notice I’m not wearing a shirt underneath). Also, I decided to switch out my burgundy skinny jeans for a pair of light-wash denim, also from Stitch Fix (Lillian Crop Skinny Jean by Level 99) which I think goes really well with it! The sweater is very warm but just not my favorite. It’s not a great fit- a bit wide/boxy and a tad short for my taste. I am looking into some lace top extenders that a few of my other fellow bloggers have discovered though. This sweater would be a good contender for such an extender!
Anyway- let’s talk about the necklace. I LOVE this necklace. I have been wanting a statement necklace like this for a long time. I used to think that something like this would be too fancy to wear normally. Only appropriate for special occasions. But I’ve noticed a big trend in turning “fancy schmancy” accessories into “statement” pieces to wear with an otherwise very casual outfit. And I LOVE that trend. So I’m thrilled to now have one of those pieces. It has gorgeous colors that will pair well with so many different outfits. Definite keeper!
Ruffled Tuxedo Shirt ($88) / Lace Pants ($98) / Oval Lucite Link Necklace ($59.50)
This is another look I would be ALL about if I still had my office job. I like this white shirt better than the poplin. The “tuxedo” ruffle makes it a little more interesting, something that can stand on its own (without a jacket or sweater over top). It’s worth noting that both white shirts are quite see-through so I had to throw a cami on underneath. Otherwise, it looks and fits great. I did return it….but now I’m kind of regretting it :-/ I think I could totally make a shirt like this work in a more casual outfit. Dang. Moving on…
The pants. Very similar to the silk pants in fit/style (and the elastic waistband and pockets). Very comfortable but, like the silk pants, a bit too big and baggy on me. I totally love the idea of black lace pants though. If I could find a better fit- I think I’d add them to my “date night” wardrobe.
Lastly, the necklace. It looks okay with this outfit, but I returned it because it was a bit too chunky. And other than with a plain white top, I found it didn’t look great with most of my other tops. I am a fan of pairing it with leopard print heels though. Seriously, THESE HEELS!!
Embroidered Lips Stripe Tee ($45)
So, this top is fun. Haha. Another navy/cream striped top. But with a little something extra! Embroidered lips. The photos make the stripes look black, but it is indeed navy. Anyway- I love the fit of this top. The fabric is thicker/heavier than you might assume, which I liked. But…I just couldn’t get over the lips lol. So I returned it. But man…the more I look at the pictures, the more I’m wishing I had kept it. I don’t know. Maybe if it was anything other than lips. Roses, perhaps.
And finally, 2 amazing purses…that for some reason I had a hard time modeling on my body and taking pictures of in person (and I ran out of time to spend on it). So I’ll just show you screen shots instead and you should follow the links to see even more pictures 🙂
‘Signet’ Leather Crossbody Bag ($128)
I love this bag! I don’t own many purses at all. I have another one in the same color (this one is called “roasted chestnut), but it’s much bigger and not a “cross-body” style. This one is nice and small(ish), which is great for when I want to go out without kids 😛 You can find it at Nordstrom in some other colors!
All-Day Tote ($178)
Another really great bag! Like I said, I don’t have many purses at all. And this is now my only bag in black! This one is nice and big, able to hold just about everything I’d need for when I go out WITH kids. Big enough to double as a diaper bag (and way more fashionable than most). Check it out (It’s currently on sale!)
Phew…that was a lot of items! If you didn’t realize it before, I’m sure you do now- Trunk Club sends about 12-15 items in each trunk! Which makes reviewing every item for a blog post a lengthy process. But this was fun! What did you think of the J.Crew trunk? What was your favorite or least favorite? Should I have kept the lips shirt?! 🙂
Before I go, quick shout-out to my amazing and patient husband who took all these photos for me, and to my mother-in-law who watched all 3 kiddos while we took them! This post would certainly not be possible without their help!
Until next time!