J.Crew Trunk Club Women Review

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 ūüôā 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:

 

  1. 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:

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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 ūüôā¬†

 

LACE PEPLUM TOP ($88) / FLORAL DROP PENDANT NECKLACE ($48) / FORRESTER WOLFSTOOTH SILK PANTS ($148)

 

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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!

 

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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:

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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)

 

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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 ūüôā 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)

 

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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)

 

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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 ūüôā 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

 

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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

 

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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) 

 

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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)

 

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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)

 

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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 ūüôā

 

‘Signet’ Leather Crossbody Bag ($128)

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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 ūüėõ You can find it at Nordstrom in some other colors!

 

All-Day Tote ($178)

 

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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?! ūüôā

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!

Coming soon…a¬†“New Years” party Stitch Fix review!

Trunk Club: A Fitness Trunk!

It has been quite awhile since I’ve posted about¬†Stitch Fix or Trunk Club. Having a 3rd baby is mostly to blame for that ūüôā But I just had to make this one happen because I’m so excited about it. Trunk Club now has FITNESS TRUNKS! Workout clothes, shoes, and accessories delivered to your doorstep. It came at a perfect time for me. I’ve been itching to start working out again mostly to feel better physically and mentally and have more energy. Having 3 kids is so exhausting and I just feel run down all the time. Additionally, I have some more baby weight to lose,¬†so that’s more motivation for me to get active again. So a fresh new workout wardrobe was totally in order. Not to mention the need for new running sneakers, since my feet grew during pregnancy and now my old shoes no longer fit ūüôĀ

Before showing you what I got, if you need a refresher on how Trunk Club works, especially in comparison to my other love, Stitch Fix- check out my comparison post here!

One of my favorite aspects of Trunk Club is getting to communicate with my stylist so much. We instant-message each other before and after every trunk to ensure that I’m getting a trunk suited to my desires and needs. Sometimes I like to be surprised and give very little guidance, but other times I am looking for something specific. I mentioned to Alison, my amazing new stylist – who is absolutely KILLING IT with these trunks, that I was looking for sneakers to fit my high-arched feet. Because of my high arches, I have a problem with the bone on the top of my foot getting sore after wearing certain shoes for longer than 10 mins. So I asked if she could find sneakers that would work for me. *Spoiler- she did and they’re amazing! As for everything else, I shared my¬†Pinterest board¬†with her and she did a great job sending items very similar to what I had pinned (even a few of the exact same items).

So without further ado, here’s my first fitness trunk!

Note: This post contains affiliate and referral links. If someone makes a purchase using one of my affiliate links, I receive a small commission which helps support this blog. That said, all opinions are my own. I love these services and enjoy sharing my experiences with you lovely readers! 

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I’ll start with the shoes:

Nike Zoom Pegasus 33 Sneaker 

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I love the colors and design of this sneaker. They offer a lot¬†of¬†support¬†and are very comfortable. Most importantly- they’re not¬†too tight around¬†the top of my foot. I can’t comment yet on how well they perform while actually running, but I suspect (based on other reviews and how they feel on my foot), that they will be amazing. While these are legit running sneakers, great for high-impact workouts, these next pair of sneakers will serve a different purpose for me:

Nike¬†‘Juvenate’ Print Sneaker

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THESE SHOES….hands-down may be the most comfortable pair of shoes my feet have ever had the privilege¬†of wearing. They are like walking on clouds. Lightweight, breathable, flexible. They’re like wearing slippers. Not sure if you can tell from the pictures, but they’re basically slip-ons. I keep them tied and can slip them on and off. Amazing. As opposed to the other sneakers, these are probably better for low-impact workouts and walking. I love the color and print and that they’ll go with just about everything (when it comes to active-wear). Once again, they fit my feet well and are great for my high arches. Well done, Alison!

Now, sports bras (which were way too small, because…breastfeeding)…

Nike¬†‘Pro Indy’ Dri-FIT Sports Bra

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Wasn’t able to try this on but I like the look of it- different than the typical sports-bra with the v-neck shape and spaghetti straps. Love the Dry-Fit fabric (drys quickly to keep you cool and comfortable).

Nike¬†‘Pro Fierce Accelerator’ Racerback Dri-FIT Sports Bra

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Cool print. Again, love¬†the dri-fit fabric stuff. Wish it would’ve fit, but Alison is sending me larger sizes in the next one ūüôā

Now on to the clothes…

Zella¬†‘Racer’ Tank

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I am sucking in alllll the belly pooch in this photo, just FYI. The thing with most¬†workout clothes, is that they’re not very forgiving…because they’re so form fitting and tight. But that’s ok. More motivation to lose the baby weight ūüôā I really like this tank. Just about everything I received in this trunk is made with excellent, moisture-wicking, comfortable fabric. This tank is no exception. High quality stuff.

Nike¬†Dri-FIT Long Sleeve Top and¬†Zella¬†‘Barely Flare Booty’ High Waist Pants

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This is an outfit straight off my Pinterest board! The long-sleeved top is great for cooler-weather running. You’ll see that “dry-fit” fabric in many of the items, which is key. You don’t want sweat holding you back ūüėČ Also, love the thumb-hole cut-out thing.

The pants are great and I especially love the high-waist because it holds in the midsection well. They’re a flattering fit overall- fitted throughout most of the leg with a slight flare at the bottom. Great for every-day lounging (I’m wearing them right now as a matter of fact) and light workouts (I probably wouldn’t go running in them).

Zella Reversible Colorblock Cocoon Cardigan

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This cardigan is super soft and warm and definitely had a “cocoon”-like fit, which I didn’t photograph very well, sorry. You can see more pictures of it here. I didn’t end up keeping it though because I don’t really have a need for it and the overall style and fit wasn’t really “me”.

Zella¬†‘Layer Me’ Pullover

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This was my least favorite top. I wasn’t crazy about the fit on me, kind of unflattering and a little big. It was also the “heaviest” of fabrics (great for an added layer of warmth though). It reminded me of a ballet leotard for some reason…maybe the wide¬†scoop neck. Loved the thumb-hole cut-out though (a common element of the long-sleeved tops).

 

Zella¬†‘Arabesque’ Twist Tee and¬†Zella¬†‘Fly By’ Print Running Midi Tights

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I was on-the-fence with this top. I love how lightweight and free-flowing it is. I’m even a fan of the open back thing. But it fell off the shoulders WAY too easily, and that would’ve drove me crazy so I didn’t end up keeping it. I do love the concept of it though. You can apparently wear it the other way too…with the opening in the front, but…no thanks.

The tights I LOVE. Fun, printed running tights are all the rage right now. And I’m totally on board. Super comfy and keep the legs warm. These also have reflector dots on them to increase visibility while you’re out running and a hidden zip-pocket in the back waistband.

Zella¬†‘Twisty Turn’ Tee and¬†Zella¬†‘Speedster’ Running Shorts

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This is another top that I *almost* loved and kept. The only thing I didn’t like about it was the random seam than runs diagonally across the front, right over the boob. Why? Anyway, the “twisty turn” thing in the front is really cute and fabric was nice and lightweight, a great layering piece.

The shorts are awesome! Fun print, nice thick waistband, hidden pockets everywhere (even a pocket within a pocket) and easy to move (run) in. A great classic running short. Keeper for sure!

Nike¬†‘Element’ Dri-FIT Half Zip Performance Top and¬†Nike’Power Epic Lux’ Crop Dri-FIT Running Leggings

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This is probably my favorite outfit out of everything in the trunk! Love the heathered-grey top. Super soft material, lightweight but still adds some extra core warmth. Has a reflective trim to increase visibility and of course, the thumb-hole thing.

The leggings, I am obsessed with. The color and print was enough to make me like them, but the dry-fit fabric also feels really nice on the legs. Love the behind-the-knee mesh part too. Winner!

Zella Convertible Shoulder Tote

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This is a cute sporty little gym bag! Tons of pockets for all your stuff, plenty of room for clothes, a towel or yoga mat, etc. It has over-the-shoulder straps, hidden backpack straps and an optional cross-body strap for some different carrying options. I don’t need a gym bag because I don’t go to a gym. My house is my gym ūüôā BUT if I did go to one, this would be a great bag for it.

and finally…

Zella¬†‘Double the Fun’ Headband

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I would’ve tried this on for the photos but since I didn’t keep it I couldn’t¬†cut the tag off…and wearing this on my head with the tag on just looked silly. Anyway…it’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s a headband to keep those fly-aways at bay while working out. However, I found it didn’t stay put very well on my hair, despite the rubbery dots ūüôĀ A problem I have with most headbands sadly.

So, what did you think? I was impressed and look forward to getting another one. The notes I gave Alison for my “follow-up” trunk: larger sports bras, more tanks/tops that have a looser-fit (to hide the postpartum spare-tire), and another fun pair of leggings and shorts!

Want to try a fitness trunk of your own? Alison would LOVE to work with you ūüôā Click here!

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Trunk Club #4- A Thankful Trunk

I’m calling this a “thankful trunk” for 2 reasons. 1. It came just before Thanksgiving. and 2. I have so much referral credit that I likely won’t need to spend any of my own money on whatever I keep! So for those of you who signed up for Trunk Club¬†using my link and made a purchase already, thank you ūüėÄ I dedicate this post to you. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE the referral program? You can read my Trunk Club vs. Stitch Fix post for more details on how the service works, but for a quick refresher on the referral program…..when you sign up using my link, order a trunk and then spend at least $50, I get $50. I encourage you to then share your own referral link with your other friends and take advantage of that credit too…because…..free clothes ūüôā

Ok, let’s¬†get right on into it!

For this trunk, I asked Paulina¬†(my stylist)¬†for sweaters. Contrary to my previous belief, my wardrobe is still lacking in some areas. ¬†Sweaters being one of them. Now that the weather in California has FINALLY received the memo that it’s not summer anymore, the temperatures have dropped significantly (I sit here freezing as I type) and I discovered that I don’t really have much in the way of warm clothing. So I received a good mix of sweaters, cardigans, long-sleeved blouses and more. Some of them are definite “no”‘s, some are definite “yes’s” and I’m still on the fence with a few others¬†so I would love your opinions!

Also, I need to take a minute to give major props to Paulina for keeping my budget in mind and sending things that are <$100 (with the exception of 1 item). Trunk Club seems to have a reputation for being the “way more expensive” version of Stitch Fix, but it really depends on your stylist. This is a trunk filled with items in the very same price range as SF. Again, I’ve mentioned it before in the TC vs. SF post, but the biggest difference between the 2 services, in my experience, is style.

Moving on!

Trunk Club Womens Review

Item #1 and #2: Woven Hem Layered Look Sweater (HALOGEN) $50 and ‘Alina’ Colored Stretch Skinny Jeans (NYDJ) $83

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Please excuse my undone pulled-back hair… and my face. I had not the energy to get ‘done up’ for these photos today. I have 2 toddlers.

Ok, first of all I love love love this sweater. It’s soft, feminine and not like anything I currently have in my wardrobe (with the layered look thing). I was so excited when I pulled it out of the box. And then I turned the sweater around and saw that the pink sweater part in the back doesn’t go down as far as it does in the front. WHYYYYY?! I love absolutely everything else about this sweater, including¬†the button back (trend alert!). However….the more I look at it, the less I care about the different length thing. I really love this sweater and so does my husband. So I’m pretty sure it’s a keeper. Note to self though: don’t wear a black bra with it…and make sure the straps aren’t twisted. Ugh. Sorry.

About the jeans. These are the same jeans I received a few trunks ago (but those¬†were burgundy). These are really great jeans…super soft, great wash…but… just a tad too tight in the waist. I’m currently going through a major house and wardrobe purge, finally getting rid of stuff I don’t need, don’t wear enough or doesn’t spark¬†¬†joy in me. And jeans that give me a muffin top most definitely do not¬†spark¬†joy. They’re going back ūüôā

{Also pictured: Dakota Tall Boot by HINGE}

Item #3: Faux Leather Jacket (BLANKNYC) $98 and #1 and #2 above

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I was excited to get a faux leather jacket in this trunk. It’s been on my wishlist ever since I tried on a REAL black leather jacket a few trunks ago but couldn’t afford it. However, now that I think of it….with all the referral credit I have I might be able to! Oh the possibilities! Ok…back to this particular jacket. I like that’s it not obviously fake. Some faux leather jackets really do look…well, faux. But this one could definitely pass for real. The zipper details give it a nice edgy look. However, the shoulders are really quite pointy, and that’s not my thing. Also the sleeves are really tight. I know these jackets are supposed to fit small and be short, etc…but this is just uncomfortable. I couldn’t even lift my arms up behind by head to put my necklace on. So sadly, this is getting returned.

{Also Pictured: Hillsy Almond Toe Ankle Bootie by VINCE CAMUTO}

Item #4: Side Zip Crewneck Sweater (CASLON) $58

Side Zip Stripe Crewneck Sweater Caslon Trunk Club Side Zip Stripe Crewneck Sweater Caslon Trunk Club

This sweater is warm, well-made and has a cool zipper detail on the side. But I’m not LOVING the print on this one. It’s okay. But just okay. I think I’d almost like it more if the back was solid black. It’s also a little loose-fitting. Likely returning.

Items #5 and #6: Print Button Placket Top (HINGE) $68 and Fringed Open Front Cardigan (CASLON) $47

Print Button Placket Top Hinge Trunk Club Fringed Open Front Cardigan Caslon Trunk Club Fringed Open Front Cardigan Caslon Trunk Club

Let’s talk first about the top. I normally don’t like all-over prints, especially on a long-sleeved top. It seems too busy to me. However, you’ll soon see that I received a couple of them in this trunk and I actually don’t mind it, if¬†it’s styled a certain way, especially with a solid cardigan over it. I really love the fabric on this one. It’s hard to explain, but it’s kind of crinkly and stretchy. ¬†I’m not sure I love the “moth” print though. Probably returning.

As for the cardigan, it’s super warm and cozy! I really love the ivory/grey color combo. But it’s a bit itchy ¬†(has wool in it) so it’s only comfortable if I’m wearing a long-sleeved shirt underneath. I’m also not sure how I feel about the fringe thing. My friend got this in her last trunk and said it reminder her of a Mexican blanket. I have to agree ūüôā Between that and it’s delicate knit fabric (which I’d probably ruin in a day), this is likely going back. I wanted to love it though ūüôĀ

Item #7: Contrast Cuff Crewneck Sweater (CASLON) $58

Contrast Cuff Crewneck Sweater Caslon Trunk Club Contrast Cuff Crewneck Sweater Caslon Trunk Club

My husband really likes this one and I’m still on the fence. It’s a nice sweater, warm and well-made. Has a cool color palette with greys and blue. The contrast cuff thing is kinda cool. I probably should’ve styled it better and added a necklace or something. That would probably help make my decision easier. What do you think? Keep or return?

Item #8: Zip Front High/Low Tunic (TROUVE) $78

Zip Front High/Low Tunic Trouve Trunk Club Zip Front High/Low Tunic Trouve Trunk Club

This is a definite “no” for me. I’m not digging the “camo” print or how loose and long it is (yes, I know it’s a tunic…I don’t like it). Returning!

Item #9: Lace Turtleneck Top (HALOGEN) $98

Lace Turtleneck Top Halogen Trunk Club

I do not like turtlenecks. And I do not like this price tag. Returning.

Items #10: Turtleneck Sweater Dress (HINGE) $78

Turtleneck Sweater Dress Hinge Trunk Club Turtleneck Sweater Dress Hinge Trunk Club

Again with the turtleneck. I thought I mentioned to Paulina that I hated turtlenecks. I may need to send another note to make sure she gets¬†the memo ūüôā And I’m not opposed to sweater dresses–this was actually really warm and comfy. But not at all figure flattering. Returning.

Items #11 and #12: Three Quarter Sleeve Cardigan (HALOGEN) $46 and Henley Blouse (NYDJ) $88

Henley Blouse NYDJ Trunk Club Three Quarter Sleeve Cardigan Halogen Trunk Club Henley Blouse NYDJ Trunk Club

The black cardigan is a classic piece that I don’t currently have. It’s super soft and a bit “dressier” than any other cardigan I have. It goes with a lot of different tops/bottoms/dresses, etc. It’s a keeper for sure.

Now this blouse is another one of those all-over prints that I didn’t think I’d like until I tried it on. But…I really¬†like the way it looks, especially¬†with the cardigan and a necklace. It’s a bit on the bigger/looser side and a little pricey. I’m going to ask Paulina if I can get it in a smaller size (she sent a Small and I usually wear XS, which makes me think it probably isn’t available in a smaller size). But if it is, I’m likely keeping this. Or even if it’s not…I might keep it anyway, cause it doesn’t look all that bad ūüôā

Items #13 and #14: Three Quarter Sleeve Cardigan (HALOGEN) $46 and Print Button Placket Top (HINGE) $68

Three Quarter Sleeve Cardigan Halogen Trunk Club Three Quarter Sleeve Cardigan Halogen Trunk Club Print Button Placket Top Hinge Trunk Club Print Button Placket Top Hinge Trunk Club

This is same exact cardigan as the black one, just in green. I love it just as much, especially with this outfit. But I’ll need to take a look at my wardrobe to make sure it goes with a lot more before saying “yes” to it.

And this blouse is the same one as the “moth” print one. And I LOVE it! I’m seriously shocked that I’m liking the all-over print. The colors are gorgeous. I love the way it fits. This is a definite keeper! I forgot to take a picture of it, but it has cute button details on the sleeve too. Winner.

Items #15 and #16: Belted Turtleneck Poncho (HALOGEN) $118 and ‘Melody’ Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Tee (CASLON) $25

Belted Turtleneck Poncho Halogen Trunk Club Belted Turtleneck Poncho Halogen Trunk Club

And finally….this poncho thing. I’m not really sure what to say about it lol. It’s heavy and warm. But not my style at all….and definitely not for that price! Oh…and the turtleneck. Why, Paulina?!

I didn’t take a picture of the white shirt by itself because it’s really see-through. But it’s just a basic long sleeve tee. It fits great and would make a great layering piece (to go with this poncho for example), but I’m not sure I need it. It does go down in history as the cheapest item I’ve ever received from Trunk Club (or¬†Stitch Fix for that matter).

So what do you think? What should I keep?? I have a few more days to decide so I’ll be waiting to hear your thoughts!

Trunk Club vs. Stitch Fix- An Updated Comparison

*I originally wrote my Trunk Club vs. Stitch Fix¬†post in October of 2015 and since then, both services have made some changes, so I’ve updated it to give you the most accurate information!

I wanted to try¬†Trunk Club¬†(TC) for at least a few months before comparing/contrasting them to Stitch Fix¬†(SF). ¬†Before launching “women” in Fall 2015, TC was exclusive to men. Since my husband was a customer, I was given early access to try it out! For this review, I’m going to stick mostly to the facts, with a little bit of opinion. ¬†I’ll¬†give you an overview of how each service works (the basics) and then my personal opinion/experience with both. I’m not going to tell you which one is better or which one¬†YOU should try. That’s up to you. I like both. I use both. As you’ll find out later in the post, they each serve a different purpose for me.

Note: This post contains affiliate links. If someone makes a purchase using one of my links, I receive a small commission which helps support this blog. That said, all opinions are my own. I love these services and enjoy sharing my experiences with you lovely readers! 

Trunk Club vs. Stitch Fix Review

THE BASICS 

I’ve put this into a table, for a quick side-by-side comparison:

 

Stitch Fix vs. Trunk Club Review Comparison

PRICE RANGE

For SF, I’ve selected “the cheaper the better” option for everything since day 1. For TC, there’s no place in your profile to indicate¬†budget- you have do¬†that directly with your stylist via email/phone call. I didn’t do that at first, so there were some items I received from TC that were WAY out of my budget. However, there were also plenty of items at the same price point as my SF items. As long as you clearly communicate your budget to your stylist, you shouldn’t be too shocked/surprised at the cost of items. With both services, it’s as expensive or inexpensive as you make it. You’re in control of how often you receive a shipment, and how many items you decide to keep. While it’s common to keep an entire “fix” (and you’re incentivised¬†to do so with a discount), I don’t think that’s the goal of a “trunk”. I think you get so¬†many items just to have a lot to choose from. I have yet to receive a trunk where I’ve loved EVERY¬†piece. But there have always been 1-3 items that I absolutely did love. And for me, that’s a successful trunk. I personally can’t afford to keep a whole trunk. So I’m glad I haven’t loved everything lol. When factoring in cost, I think it’s also important to remember you’re not just paying for an article of clothing. ¬†You’re paying for the service and the convenience of having a personal stylist pick stuff out for you¬†and make it a really easy, stress-free way to shop. There’s a lot of value in that for me.

 

OVERALL STYLE

This is just my experience and what I’ve observed so far- but I’d say SF is more in the casual clothing market and TC is a bit higher-end. TC is owned by Nordstrom and everything¬†comes from there (at least for now, who knows if that¬†could change in the future). So you can browse the Nordstrom website to get a good idea of the style. However, SF knows I’m a “stay-at-home-mom” and I’ve specifically requested mostly casual clothes from them, so they may very well have fancier items too (and I’ve seen some on other blogs), but the overall style still seems to be very different from¬†what TC offers. Personally, I kind of like that. Each service serves a different purpose for me. I used SF to completely replace my wardrobe- so mostly casual, every day clothes. And that’s been a complete success. With TC, while I initially signed up for the shoes (because SF didn’t offer shoes at the time),¬†I can also get the occasional fancy/special wardrobe item (like a gorgeous suede leather jacket, for example), or fitness apparel, which is something that SF might not offer.

Here are some of my favorite pieces from Stitch Fix:

Stitch Fix Maternity Sina V-Neck Printed Maxi Dress Stitch Fix Maternity Blaire Maternity Dress Greenich Striped Knit Top Sumner Embroidered Pocket Top Shara Herringbone Vest Kieraly Dot Print Short Sleeve Blouse

Here are some of my favorite pieces from Trunk Club:

Trunk Club Womens   Three Quarter Sleeve Cardigan Halogen Trunk Club Faux Leather Jacket BLANKNYC Trunk Club Trunk Club Fitness Trunk Club Fitness Trunk Club Women's

 

OTHER

One other cool thing I want to be sure to mention about TC, is that they send you a preview of each trunk before it ships. You have 48 hours to review it (if you don’t, it will just ship as is). But it¬†gives you a chance to tell them¬†NOT to send a particular item if you don’t want it. In some cases, they’ve even changed the items. For example, when my stylist first put together my “mini-trunk of shoes”, I wasn’t crazy about any of them and asked her to look at my Pinterest board to see the style I’m looking for. So she removed the shoes I didn’t like and added new ones based on what she saw on my Pinterest board. I think that’s a really cool thing. While those riding boots were a complete miss, she totally nailed the bootie style ūüėȬ†So you can choose¬†not to receive¬†something based on the style (like I did), or even based on price. If you don’t even want to be tempted with an item that’s way out of your budget, just select “Don’t Send” during your preview (and of course let your stylist know not to send stuff in that price range in the future). I like having that kind of control.

Other similarities: they both offer style (outfit) suggestions for each item. SF sends a card, TC sends an email. They both have an app for your phone (but SF is only on iPhone right now, sadly). Both include a return label and an easy way to send back the items (SF uses a big envelope usually and for TC you just use the same box it comes in). You can upload a picture of yourself to your TC account, and you can do the same on the SF iPhone app (not online though).

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I’m satisfied with both services. I don’t think one is better than the other. They each have¬†pros/cons. Ultimately, I think it comes down to your personal style and what your goal is. One service might be able nail your style better than the other, and I think that’s the biggest difference. I still continue to use both services today. SF really has replaced my entire¬†“casual” wardrobe and TC is providing those “special” wardrobe items!

If there’s something I didn’t address in this¬†post and you have more questions about how either service works, please ask in the comments below!

Also–thanks for reading these posts! I have a lot of fun trying on clothes, taking pictures and reviewing stuff for all of you. When I posted my first SF review, I had no idea how popular they would become or¬†how many of my facebook friends are so into fashion ūüėČ It was never my goal to become one of those “fashion bloggers” (nor did I realize that was even a thing at first) and I’m certainly no style¬†expert, but I’m thankful for the¬†readership nonetheless. And of course, I’m¬†thankful for those of you who have signed up based on my reviews/recommendation, thereby giving me¬†credit towards purchases. Really appreciate that! ūüôā

Sign up for TC here, and SF here!

 

Stitch Fix Sweet 16! And…THE BOOTS

Before I get into my “sweet 16” fix, I have to address the boot situation. If you’ve been following my posts on Trunk Club recently, you’ll know that I’ve been struggling to find the perfect pair of riding boots. I’ve never¬†owned a good pair that I really love. Target usually carries a¬†style I like, but only in a synthetic material that falls apart after wearing them for one season (in my experience anyway). So this year I’ve been on the hunt for a good quality pair of leather riding boots that will hopefully last me a long time. My requirements, other than real leather: 1). cognac in color 2). slim in the calf AND foot. 3). Mostly flat, not heeled (since I just bought heeled¬†booties). After 2 failed attempts through Trunk Club (in my stylist’s defense, I am very picky and she only has so many options to choose from that meet all my requirements)…I finally found a pair that I’m happy with…and I found them on my own (mostly)!¬†Trunk¬†Club is owned by Nordstrom, or they at least have some sort of major deal with them since that’s where all the clothing/shoes come from. So I started browsing the Nordstrom website, looking through all the riding boots and found a pair that looked like winners (pretty much the only pair that seemed like a good fit for me). They came in cognac, in my size, and were available at a mall close to me. So I packed up the kids, pushed my double stroller into Nordstrom, asked for the boots, tried them on and…..they are now mine! Hallelujah! Oh, and I forgot to mention the 4th requirement…4. Preferably doesn’t cost a thousand dollars. I was about to drop a crap-ton of money on those Frye boots and I’m so glad I didn’t…because I like these more and they’re WAY cheaper. So, my bootie/boot collection is now complete!¬†And for the record, I still very much prefer to have a stylist pick stuff out for me and send them to my door to try on at home, but since I knew exactly what I was going in for, the trip with the kids was quick and painless lol.

Here they are!

Dakotah Tall Boot (HINGE) from Nordstrom

Dakotah Tall Boot Hinge Dakotah Tall Boot Hinge Sumner Embroidered Pocket Top

{Also pictured above: one of my favorite wardrobe items- the chambray, from Fix #10 and my black skinnys from Fix #7}

Anyway, now¬†that the boot saga has¬†concluded, let’s move on to my 16th fix! This fix, more than any other¬†I think, really proves why I love this service so much. I wasn’t crazy about a few of the items when I first “peeked” at them (once your fix ships you can go to check out online and see what you’re getting before it arrives). And even after it arrived and I tried it on, I was still on the fence with a few things. But I’ve learned over time not to always trust my first impression of something. So I didn’t make any impulse decisions. I slept on it…tried it on again, styled it, and ended up really liking them. In fact, I’ve worn every single piece out in the real world since then. So, spoiler alert: I kept it all! ¬†“Sweet 16” indeed ūüôā

Stitch Fix Review

Item #1: Theroux Arrow Relief Cuff (ZAD) 

Theroux Arrow Relief Cuff Theroux Arrow Relief Cuff

This is the first time I’ve ever received a bracelet from Stitch Fix. I’ve had a few “arrow” bracelets pinned on Pinterest for awhile but¬†always left a note/warning on each one: “if you ever send me bracelets, please keep in mind my teeny tiny baby wrists.” I always have a hard time with bracelets falling off…because of my baby wrists. So I was really impressed and thankful that my stylist remembered that and found this one for me. It’s adjustable! And definitely my style. I’ve worn it a few times already. Maybe now I’ll stop wearing 5 hair ties as my wrist accessory and wear this instead! Speaking of, I recently found this genius idea on Pinterest. You’re welcome.

Item #2: Faye Skinny Jean (JUST BLACK) 

Faye Skinny Jean

Grey skinnys were on my wardrobe wish-list and I specifically requested them for this fix. So,¬†of course, I was pleased that I received them!¬†They are a little too long for me (my stylist¬†mentioned in her note that they were the only ones in stock at the moment, and apologized for the length), but since I love them so much, I kept them and¬†just¬†plan to get them hemmed. I really like this particular shade of grey (charcoal). And aside¬†from the length, they’re a perfect fit. I think my jean collection is now complete (but I can’t make any promises…) ūüėČ In case you’re wondering, my¬†full denim collection¬†includes:¬†2 dark wash, 1 medium wash, 1 light wash, 1 black, 1 bright red, 1 burgundy, 1 grey. There COULD be room in there for some more colored denim…what do you think? ūüôā

Item #3 Greenich Striped Knit Top (PIXLEY) 

Greenich Striped Knit Top Greenich Striped Knit Top Greenich Striped Knit Top

This was one of the items I was really unsure about. What I do love is stripes, and a casual knit top. It’s super soft and fitted. I also like that it has red in it because it’s a color that’s been missing from my wardrobe. So it has all those things going for it. But what I wasn’t really crazy about at first, is the elbow patch thing. It’s a trend that has been growing on me and I’ve seen several different tops with elbow patches that I DO¬†like. But never in black faux leather. However…I kinda like it now. It¬†gives it a bit of a “edgy” feel, which I played off of by styling it with my black skinnys and black booties. My stylist also suggested pairing it with the vest from my last fix,¬†which made me like it even more and¬†helped me¬†see the potential that it has.

Greenich Striped Knit Top, Shara Herringbone Vest

And if I’m not feeling the elbow patch thing on a particular day, I’ll just throw a cardigan or something over it. Done.

Greenich Striped Knit Top, Huebert space dye open cardigan

{The cardigan is from Fix #14 and the necklace is from Fix #10}

Item #4 Colibri Plaid Printed Tab-Sleeve Shirt (MARKET & SPRUCE) 

Colibri Plaid Printed Tab-Sleeve Shirt Colibri Plaid Printed Tab-Sleeve Shirt

This¬†is¬†the other top I was iffy on. Surprisingly, because I do love me some plaid. But there was something about this particular combination of colors and the neckline that I wasn’t digging at first. What I did like, however, (and still like of course), is the soft material. It’s¬†not an actual flannel, so it’s¬†little more¬†lightweight. It has the-tab sleeves which I like and the back is a little longer than the front.¬†After trying it on with a few different jeans, boots, and accessories, I grew to like this top¬†quite a bit. So I’m really happy I decided to keep it! I’m a big fan of this top with my new riding boots, but it can also work with the brown booties too.

{Also pictured above are the Adorra Skinny Jeans (JUST BLACK) from Fix #14.}

Colibri Plaid Printed Tab-Sleeve Shirt

Item #5 Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt (LOVEAPPELLA) and the Faye Skinny Jeans (JUST BLACK)

Faye Skinny Jean, Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt Faye Skinny Jean, Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt

I’ve had this one pinned for a long time. It’s a much different material than I was expecting. It’s definitely more “sweater” like than “sweatshirt” but I like that. I was also happy to get this in an¬†olive green color- as that’s another color I’ve been wanting to add to my wardrobe.

Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt

It’s warm and cozy, perfect for the Fall season…(if California ever gets its crap together and stops being 80 DEGREES IN OCTOBER that is!) Anyway- it’s a keeper. It looks great with black jeans, dark wash denim and I’m wearing it in the pictures above¬†with my grey skinnys (which you can see are rolled up twice in the second picture lol).

So that is that! Another perfect 5/5 fix (my 4th one!) What did you think of the items I received? And do you like my new boots?! ūüôā

Remember, if you sign up for either Stitch Fix, or Trunk Club using my referral link, I’ll get credit when you make your first purchase. And then you’ll be given your own referral link that you can use to get credit too ūüôā Let me know if you do, and how everything goes!

A Mini-Trunk of Shoes!

After my last Trunk Club, I asked my stylist to focus on shoes for now. I have a pretty solid wardrobe, thanks to 16 fixes! (review #16 is forthcoming, FYI), so she put together this little trunk of shoes for me.

Trunk Club Shoes

Can I just take a minute to say how awesome it is to get a box filled with¬†shoes, delivered to my doorstep? Seriously. I was giddy. I even knew what was coming because of the “preview” thing TC does. But still. The excitement¬†was there.

Trunk Club Shoes

Moving on!

I was pretty bummed that the Frye boots from my last trunk didn’t work out. I’ve always wanted Frye boots because they look gorgeous and they’re really well-made (therefore lasting a long time), and I even had those specific boots pinned on my Pinterest board for years. But I am apparently very picky when it comes to riding boots. While they certainly did live up to my expectations of gorgeousness and quality (from what I could tell), I just didn’t like the way they looked on me.¬†I’m 5’4, so borderline petite basically. So I’m finding that most boots look too clunky, bulky, clown-shoe-y on me. I want a “slim” boot, maybe a softer leather, not so structured, etc. So I was a little stumped as to why my stylist sent these:

‘Adel’ Tall Zip Boot (ECCO)¬†

'Adel' Tall Zip Boot Trunk Club

I have the same issue with these that I had with the Frye boots, but these are way worse than the Frye boots ūüôĀ

'Adel' Tall Zip Boot  'Adel' Tall Zip Boot  'Adel' Tall Zip Boot

I felt like I was wearing rain boots, which is not what I want in a riding boot. If I wanted rain boots, I’d buy rain boots. Also, after trying the Frye boots, these seemed really cheap-looking, and feeling. Not much I’m liking about these boots.

The search for the perfect riding boot continues…..

Next up, a pair of flats!

 

‘Brannon’ Smoking Loafer (DOLCE VITA)

'Brannon' Smoking Loafer  'Brannon' Smoking Loafer  'Brannon' Smoking Loafer

These are insanely comfortable and I dig the burgundy color. However, I’m not a fan of the loafer style¬†flat.¬†I prefer “ballet” style. They were also more money than I’m willing to spend on flats. Especially since I fell in love with the next 2 items….

 

‘Gwynn’ Wedge Bootie (DOLCE VITA)

'Gwynn' Wedge Bootie

Um, yes.

'Gwynn' Wedge Bootie  'Gwynn' Wedge Bootie

This is the kind of bootie I like! Unlike the first two I received in my first trunk.¬†These have height, and a better curve/shape¬†on the foot. They’re comfy, they’re soft. They’re exactly what I was looking for.

And so are these…

 

‘Hillsy’ Almond Toe Ankle Bootie (VINCE CAMUTO)

Hillsy' Almond Toe Ankle Bootie

They weren’t photographing well here, but it’s a soft, suede-like leather, slightly distressed.

Hillsy' Almond Toe Ankle Bootie  Hillsy' Almond Toe Ankle Bootie

I love the dip in the front- it’s unique and it sort of elongates the leg (which us borderline petite gals can appreciate). I love the cowgirl/western style too. They were a little tricky getting on at first because I have super high arches. But thankfully these booties have convenient bootstraps that helped me get them on! And it’s much easier now that I’ve been in and out of them a few times.

Final Verdict: Returning the riding boots and flats. Keeping BOTH booties!

What do you think? Which is your favorite/least favorite?

Trunk Club (Mens)

You probably know by now that I’m a loyal¬†Stitch Fix¬†customer and recently started Trunk Club as well (for the SHOES!) I’ve already shared the¬†first 2 reviews of MY Trunk Club experience so far, but I wanted to give you a peek at what they offer for men too (since they’ve been doing the mens things for awhile). Ivor has been a Trunk Club customer for several months now and has received some pretty awesome items. Shoes, button-downs, jeans, even special socks to wear with his shoes ūüôā

Trunk Club

Here’s¬†a general overview of how the service works:

  1. Sign up and complete your style survey
  2. A stylist will connect with you and  hand-select items for you based on your style, sizes, preferences, requests, etc.
  3. You’ll get a preview of all the items before they ship (with a chance to say “don’t send” a particular item, if you so choose).
  4. After the “preview” period is over, your items will ship to your door (for free!)
  5. You have 10 days to try everything on and decide what you want to keep. Send back whatever you don’t (free shipping!)
  6. Request a new trunk whenever you’d like!

You have one stylist assigned to you every time, and you can communicate with them via email (or even phone!). Your online profile can include a photo of yourself, in addition to all your measurements. There’s no styling fee, no minimum purchase! The average trunk includes 12-15 items and there’s no incentive to keep every item (no additional discount). However, since they send so many items you’d probably go broke if you kept everything, so I’m glad they don’t dangle a “keep all” discount! I think the point is to have a lot of options to choose from.

So here’s a peek into my husband’s most recent trunk:

Trunk Club

Each trunk includes a personal note from your stylist, item/price list, return label and 2 packing strips (to seal the box back up for return).

This particular trunk seemed to have a color scheme to it: blues and greys! I liked that.

Trunk Club

Here’s my handsome, bearded husband modeling all the items:

Items 1, 2 and 3: Perfect Oxford Shirt (J. Press), Graduate Jeans (A.G.), Otto Canvas Shoes (Tretorn)

Trunk Club

Item 4: Jacob Henley (Slate & Stone)

Trunk Club

Item 5: Classic V-Neck Tee (Vince)

Trunk Club

Item 6: Tournament Crew Sweater (Life After Denim)

Trunk Club

Item 7: French Terry Long Sleeve Crew Neck (Velvetmen)

Trunk Club

Item 8: Crinkled Stretch Box Check Sportcoat (JKT)

Trunk Club

Item 9: Long Sleeve Modal Henley (Vince)

Trunk Club

Item 10: Skene Two Tone Long Sleeve Crew (Theory)

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Item 11: Iker Cashmere Full Zip Sweater (Theory)

Trunk Club

Close-up of the pants, sport-coat and the special socks, which is Item 12 and 13: 2-pack Liner Socks (Tommy John)

DSC_1143 copy Trunk Club

It’s interesting that he’s wearing the grey pants in some of the photos above and they look brown, but really…they are grey.

Trunk Club Trunk Club

There was nice detail on the inside of the Sportcoat, which he really loved but was quite expensive (the most expensive item in the trunk). The socks are special “no-show” socks to wear with the¬†shoes he got (but he already has a few of those already). He¬†ended up keeping the grey pants and the shoes.¬†The grey pants because he doesn’t have anything like that in ¬†his wardrobe yet and they’ll go with a lot of different tops he has.¬†The shoes he already has in navy blue and they’re his favorite ever, so he was pretty excited to get them in a different color.

There were other items he really liked in this trunk (specifically the “Life After Denim” sweater), but it wasn’t in the budget this month to keep anything else.

I’ve been really impressed with every he’s received thus far. Some if it is pretty expensive but his stylist works with our budget and does her best to keep the cost down. But overall, everything he¬†receives is high quality, well-made and looks amazing on him. He sometimes gets¬†a lot of t-shirts and seemingly “basic” items,¬†but the fabrics are INSANELY soft it’s ridiculous. Like I mentioned before, this trunk had a similar color scheme going on, but normally there’s a good variety. Over the summer he got shorts, polos, tees, button-downs, etc. in a variety of colors and styles. If I can convince him, I’ll get him to model some of the other items he’s received. But let it be known, that getting him to do just this one blog post is HUGE ūüôā

This service has been a life-saver for him (and me). He lost a lot of weight so he needed new clothes, but he hates shopping. And we have 2 small kids, so family shopping trips would just end disastrous. The convenience of a styling service has been the perfect solution for us. He looks dang good in his new clothes, and it requires very little time/effort on his part (or mine!)

Let me know if you have any other questions about¬†how everything works! And if you’re ready to try it yourself,¬†Sign up here!

 

*Disclaimer: this post¬†contains referral links. If you sign up and order a trunk (or a fix) using the link, we’ll get some credit- which is always appreciated! But other than that, we receive nothing for writing these reviews. It’s just fun!

 

Trunk Club Women’s Review #2

My 2nd Trunk has arrived and I’m so excited to share it with you! If you missed the first one- check it out here. As I mentioned in the first review,¬†Trunk Club has been exclusive to men until just recently. They’re in the very early stages of their women’s offering, so I’m going to hold off for a bit before I do my official Stitch Fix vs. Trunk Club post. It’s only fair that I give them¬†a chance to work out the kinks before putting them up against the already-well-established Stitch Fix¬†ūüôā I will, however, post a review of what they’ve got going on for Men (with the help of my husband). Stay tuned for that in the near future!

¬†*UPDATE* I’ve now published the Stitch Fix vs. Trunk Club¬†post and you can read it here!

For now, let’s move on to the goods. I asked my stylist for fall boots and other random Fall apparel. What I received is a good mix of weird things that aren’t my style at all (my stylist is still getting to know me, I’ll give her a pass), and holy-crap amazing things!

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I’ll start right off with the boots. They are Frye boots. I’ve been lusting after Frye boots for years now but they’re so dang expensive I’ve never took the plunge. And then they arrived on my doorstep.

Item 1: Melissa Button Riding Boot (FRYE)

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These are gorgeous boots. They are 100% real leather. Super high quality and will last a long time (at least from what I’ve heard on reviews I’ve read). If I were to buy these, I would¬†wear them every day until the end of time¬†to get that “price per wear” number as low as possible. Because these cost A LOT of money. And I was certain I was going to keep them and finally make the Frye investment (I tried them on and they fit perfectly and comfortably). However, once I saw the pictures of them on me (you’ll see that I’m wearing them in every picture below) I wasn’t crazy about they way they looked. Much like the booties from my last trunk, I like the front view, but not the side view. It seems like they’re too big for me. I think I need a boot that’s more “sleek” and closer fitted to my foot and leg…if that makes any sense. For the price tag on these, I need to be 100% sure that I love them. And right now, I’m still on the fence!

Item 2: Ex-Boyfriend Plaid Shirt (MADEWELL)

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This is a typical flannel. It’s soft, it fits nicely and it’s a classic red plaid print. However, I just got a flannel from Target for much cheaper and I don’t really need anymore of them in my wardrobe at the moment. If it would’ve been cheaper I might’ve considered keeping it though (can’t hurt to have 2 flannels I suppose!)

Item 3 and 4: Ottoman Knit Crewneck Sweater (CECE BY CYNTHIA STEFFE) and Diana Stretch Skinny Jeans (KUT FROM THE KLOTH)

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I love the color of this top¬†and the fit is good. And by “good” I just mean it fits the way it’s supposed to- short. Which I don’t like. It felt like I was wearing something that shrunk in the dryer. In the “preview” I got of this trunk, the model is wearing this with a high-waisted skirt, so I guess the shortness can work with high-waisted bottoms (but I don’t really have any of those). It has texture and stretch to it, and again, I like the dark green color a lot. ¬†But¬†the price was NOT right for a fairly plain-looking short shirt. Not¬†a keeper.

The jeans are great. They are super soft and well-made. But I already have 2 pairs of dark-wash jeans in my wardrobe. Also, they¬†fit more like a straight-leg than a skinny jean, which isn’t a bad thing. But I wouldn’t wear them with boots (like I did in all these pictures).

Item 5: Stripe Crinkle Sweater (STATESIDE)

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Not sure what’s going on with this shirt. It’s not a flattering fit, it’s wrinkly on purpose and way too expensive. Definitely not¬†a keeper.

Item 6: Side Zip Sweater (HALOGEN)

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This sweater isn’t really my style. It doesn’t help that I kept the brown riding boots on of course. This would look better with black skinny jeans, black booties, and a¬†black leather jacket¬†or something.¬†Regardless of how it’s styled though, I just don’t like it. That gold isn’t a good color for me and the fit is a little boxy. The side zipper is kind of cool though.

Item 7: Rib Knit Tunic (TROUVE)

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Not much I like about this sweater other than the color. It’s too long (not crazy about tunics). The slits on the side and on the sleeves are just weird. Not digging it.

Item 8 and 9: Petite Sleeveless Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater (VINCE CAMUTO) and Petite Alina Colored Stretch Skinny Jeans (NYDJ)

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First of all, I’m apparently petite…because both of these “petite” items fit me perfectly. I’m 5’4 by the way (I guess that’s borderline petite?) Anyway! I love the color of this top a lot. It fits me well and it’s really soft and comfortable. But I do not like turtlenecks. I love the idea of a mustard-colored sleeveless shirt though (to wear under a cardigan or…I don’t know, a black leather jacket!)

Not sure if the pants pair well with the shirt but I gave it a shot anyway (and you’ll see them in the remaining pictures below). These pants are incredible. They fit like butter (If butter were something you might wear on your legs…) I love the color! Burgundy skinny’s have been on my wish-list, so these might just be keepers. It all depends on what else I want to keep and how much $$ we’re willing to spend.

Item 10: Double Layer Crewneck Sweater (TOPSHOP)

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This is a very boring, unremarkable navy blue sweater. It has a cream-colored line around the neck. And it’s soft? No thanks, too plain. Not worth the money.

Item 11: Reversible Plaid Vest (MADEWELL) 

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I¬†like this vest. I love the black and white plaid (definitely my style). It’s not really warm though, very lightweight (unlike the vest I just kept from my last Fix, which is much warmer). The name claims it’s reversible and the inside pockets would suggest the same. However, there’s a very big obvious tag that would be visible if you reversed it. Soooo, I’m not sure why you’d do that. Overall, not worth the price tag, especially since I already¬†own that awesome vest from SF ūüôā

Item 12: Drape Collar Leather Jacket (TROUVE)

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And here’s the black leather jacket I’ve been hinting at! I mentioned to my stylist that I really wanted a black or brown leather jacket. I’ve pinned several of them and have been wanting one for a long time. This one right here is 100% real leather. It’s super soft, lightweight, and I love the zipper detail on the sleeves. It has a drape front, with a¬†single closure¬†(which I discovered later and had to take a picture of…with a flannel shirt on of course) ūüôā The price tag, however……………..is as bad as the Frye boots ūüôĀ I don’t need this badly enough to pay that kind of money. I can hold out for a faux leather jacket that’s way cheaper and I’d be okay with that.

This next one though…………….

Item 13: Suede Leather Jacket (BLANKNYC)

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…I am obsessed with. This one is 100% suede leather, but the price is more reasonable than¬†the black one. So keeping this is actually a possibility. Mostly because I’m not sure I can part with it. The outside is soft, but it¬†has a ruggedness to it. It’s heavier/warmer than the black one. I love the color. I love the zippers. I love everything about this jacket. I can forgive all the other weird tops that my stylist sent me, just because of this jacket.

Lastly, the accessories. 3 Scarves!

Item 14: Softest Knit Infinity Scarf (MADEWELL)

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I really love this scarf. I love the color, I love the fabric and I love the infinity-ness. However, I’m sure I can find a similar one that’s less expensive. I’ve mentioned before that I’m okay paying more money for certain things (like boots or suede leather jackets, for example), but not accessories.

Item 15: Jacquard Stripe Scarf (HINGE)

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I love the colors in this one a lot. It’s really well-made (the fabric seem durable and something that won’t easily snag). But… I don’t know what to do with all that fabric! It’s basically a blanket. So I took really awkward photos trying to figure out how to wear it (enjoy!)¬†The price wasn’t terrible but since there other items in this Trunk that I love and want more than a scarf, I’m not keeping it.

Item 16: Textured Stripe Travel Wrap (HALOGEN)

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I like¬†this scarf better than the big blanket¬†one. It’s a reasonable length and easier to manage ūüôā I like the neutral color, albeit a little boring, but I’d probably wear it a lot. Once again though…I have my eyes on other items in this trunk¬†and can only spend so much money, so I don’t need to keep this.

Thus concludes Trunk #2! What do you think? Seriously, I need input because I’m still deciding!

The items currently on the table are:

Frye boots
Burgundy skinny jeans
Brown suede leather jacket

If you had to keep just one of those items, which would you pick? Am I being too picky about the boots? I may need to try them on again with different outfits and take pictures at different angles before I make my decision.

Man, it’s¬†a good thing Trunk Club gives you 10 whole days to decide. I think I’m going to need all of them.

*Just a heads-up: if I end up keeping all 3 of the items I just mentioned, there’s a good chance I’ll be taking a Stitch Fix AND Trunk Club hiatus for awhile, which wouldn’t be a terrible thing. I’d just miss writing these reviews ūüôā

Comment away, people. Go!

*Disclaimer: I receive nothing from Trunk Club or Stitch Fix for writing these reviews. These are my honest opinions about the service and items I receive and I pay for everything with my own money (or referral credit). Speaking of, this post does contain referral links. If you sign up for either service using my link, I do get some credit (which is greatly appreciated of course!) but don’t feel obligated. It’s fun trying on clothes for all of you!¬†

For some more fashion inspiration, head¬†on over to The Pleated Poppy for a fun “What I Wore” link-up with some other¬†bloggers!

 

 

 

Trunk Club Women’s Review #1

Welcome to Trunk Club Women’s Review #1! If you’re a reader of my blog you probably know that I’m a big fan of Stitch Fix– a style service for women. After I gave birth to baby #2, I looked in my closet and realized that none of my clothes fit anymore, and the ones that did were falling apart. I was a juniors department shopper at Target and I figured since¬†I was pushing 30, with 2 kids, my style needed to better reflect my current stage of life¬†(not in a¬†boring “mom” way with boring clothes…just a more mature, sophisticated, non-juniors way). The idea of having a personal stylist pick stuff out for me and deliver it to my doorstep ¬†(instead of lugging 2 kids to the store and into a dressing room) is¬†really appealing to me. So I gave it a shot and haven’t looked back since. I have a new wardrobe that I love, filled with cute, trendy, sophisticated, high-quality clothing.

Now, there¬†is another similar service that exists called Trunk Club. Up until now it’s been exclusive to men. Ivor has been using the service for the past few months and has loved it. I highly approve of his new wardrobe (he needed a new wardrobe because he lost 50ish pounds since moving here). Since he is¬†a loyal customer, we got the inside scoop that¬†they were about to launch women’s, and I was lucky enough to be one of the firsts to try it out! At first I said “no…there’s no need…I have Stitch Fix”. But then I realized that Trunk Club offers something that Stitch Fix does not (at least not yet)…SHOES.

Sign me up!

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I’m not going to compare and contrast the 2 services just yet…maybe I will sometime in the future. For now, I’d just like to share my first “trunk” with you and my opinion on all the items I received. The one¬†thing I will mention though is that you’re not limited to 5 items….they send you a crap-ton of stuff:

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And it varies every trunk.

This is dangerous.

Let’s get on with it! I’ll start with shoes ūüôā

Dolce Vita¬†‘Kadie’ Bootie (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Dolce Vita'Kadie' Bootie (Nordstrom Exclusive)

I love a good “bootie”. I’ve pinned several of them (they look at your Pinterest board too, like Stitch Fix), but these aren’t *quite* my style. And for the price tag, I need to LOVE them. The pros- they are crazy comfortable and I love the soft black suede. I can tell they’re well-made¬†and would last a long time. But I’m just not a fan of the shape of the boot. I’m picky, I know. It’s the way I feel about Uggs and Crocs. Sure, they’re insanely comfortable….but they are NOT flattering to one’s foot. These aren’t nearly as bad as Uggs and Crocs of course, but it’s the same idea. And again,¬†I’m not dropping the $$ on something that I’m not¬†crazy about. And these ain’t¬†cheap.

Vince Camuto Sleeveless Pleat Front V-Neck Top and Vince Camuto Petite Flat Front Cuff Stretch Cotton Shorts (Petite) (also pictured are the booties from above)

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Yes and yes! You’re looking at the winning outfit (the only 2 items I’m keeping…sorry, that was a spoiler). I really needed shorts and these fit perfectly. They’re black, so a “neutral” that will¬†pair well with a lot of things. They also seem to be high quality. And the top I just really really like and didn’t want to give back ūüôā Side note:¬†I do like the way the shoes look from the front and with this outfit….but it’s¬†the side view I don’t like (I told you I was picky).

Vince Camuto Pleated Halter Style Blouse

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This is not my style at all. There’s a chance (a small chance) that if it were a different color I might like it better. But I’m not digging the orange. Also, the bra strap thing. I mentioned in my last Stitch Fix review¬†that I hate switching bras for different tops, unless the top is worth the effort. This one? Not worth it.

KUT from the Kloth¬†‘Catherine’ Boyfriend Shorts (Joyful)

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I had high hopes for these shorts. I’ve heard that this brand is good stuff and I’ve been wanting a pair of denim shorts all¬†summer, but these fell short for me. They were too loose in the waist, the roll cuff isn’t permanent..meaning they can easily unroll which would drive me crazy and I’d constantly be worried about them not being the same exact length. And overall, they felt a bit too tomboy-ish/not flattering. Maybe if they were a tad shorter in length. I suppose I could roll them up higher, but then the cuff would be thicker and that would not look cute. So these are going back.

KUT from the Kloth¬†‘Jessica’ Chambray V-Neck Top

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Short story: I already have a chambray top that I love and it’s way cuter than this one.

Gibson Sleeveless High/Low Top

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I like the color and the fabric on this top, but I didn’t like how long it was. Also, it’s kind of plain and I already have plenty of sleeveless tops. This isn’t special enough to keep.

Let’s go back to shoes, shall we? ūüôā

Sam Edelman¬†‘Petty’ Bootie

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Same deal with other bootie- the shape. Ugh. I so wanted to like these- love the color and suede, but… no. I took better pics of what they look like on:

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Front view- yes. Side view- no. Just not me.

Now, THESE on the other hand….

Vince Camuto¬†‘Court’ Ankle Strap Sandal

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Holy hotness I love these heels! I don’t think I’ve put on a pair of heels since I’ve become a mom (seriously). It felt GOOD to wear these. But only “good” in the “makes me feel like a smokin’ hot, fierce woman with these on” good. Sadly, they were not comfortable and I could barely walk in them. It’s true that I’m a bit out of practice, but I have worn comfortable heels before¬†(well, the kind that are comfortable ENOUGH to walk in)¬†so I know they exist. While these heels are sexy, falling over and twisting my ankle while trying to walk in them is very NOT¬†sexy. Also, they were a tad too big. But I’ll always have these pictures to look back on….

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Kendra Scott¬†‘Rayne’ Stone Tassel Pendant Necklace and¬†‘Elle’ Drop Earrings

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I actually really love both the necklace and the earrings. I’ve been wanting a long pendant necklace like this one, but it’s just too much money. I’m willing to spend more money¬†on certain clothing items and shoes, but not accessories. So sadly they’re going back.

1.State Colorblock Mock Neck Top

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Not a fan of the high neckline- felt like it was choking me. Also didn’t like the sheer bottom that you could see my belly through. The back looked cool though.

1.STATE Floral Print Top

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Two things came to my mind when I tried this on: table cloth and curtains. Not a shirt I’d ever wear.¬†Not at all flattering. Returning.

1.STATE Sleeveless Peplum Top (Nordstrom Exclusive)

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The floral print isn’t terrible on this one, but it was waaaaaayyyyy too small. I’m not sure how I got it on without ripping it, especially since it had zero stretch to it. So, too tight…too short. I did kind of like that bottom “ruffle” part of it though. The fit/cut is unique.

Topshop Sleeveless Drape Blouse

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I actually liked this blouse a lot, but it’s too see-through. Another color and I might’ve considered keeping it.

Caslon Petite Drawstring Linen Shorts

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I don’t know why I keep getting sent these loose, elastic waist shorts. Stitch Fix has sent me 2 pairs and I’ve returned both. Must be a new trend…but I’m not on-board. I do¬†not like them Sam I Am.

NYDJ¬†Petite ‘Catherine’ Linen Blend Bermuda Shorts

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These are wrong in so many ways. I don’t know what else to say other than “not my style”. ¬†Not at all.

And finally, the last pair of shoes…

Tory Burch Canvas Espadrille

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Again, these just aren’t me. I love flats, but I’m not really into the canvas shoe trend. Maybe I’ll change my mind one day. But today, these are getting returned.

Whew, that’s everything! What did you think? See anything you like? Want to try it out for yourself? You can get on the waitlist by signing up here!¬†Or if you’re a guy and want to try it out, sign up here (no waitlist!)