For this October 2018 Trunk Club Review, I requested comfortable fall clothing and a few nicer pieces for business meetings and conferences.
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I’m on a clothing kick lately. I think the change of season always brings that out of me a little bit.
Since I’m spending so much time either working from home, or running back and forth to soccer practices and games, I felt I needed more comfortable, but cute, items. I also want to start attending more food blogger conferences (the main topic of this here blog) and don’t have many pieces that are very professional.
My stylist did a great job sending a variety of items. I always struggle with fit, but overall, I just love this service and the quality of the items that I receive!
Before I get into the items I received for this October 2018 Trunk Club Review, let me first explain what Trunk Club is all about for those who might not be familiar with the service.
If you are already in the know, go ahead and skip this part!
What is Trunk Club?
Trunk Club is a clothing subscription by Nordstrom.
When you sign up, you’ll fill out a style profile that includes questions about what you like and don’t like. You can also set a price range. Because this is Nordstrom, the price range is moderate to high. You won’t really find budget clothing here. Everything is of good to excellent quality and the same items you will find in-store or online.
Trunk Club sends around 10-12 items per trunk. You get to preview the chosen items before the trunk ships. If there are items you really don’t like, you can remove them. You can then request new items be added before shipping, or just having what’s left shipped.
A unique feature of Trunk Club is that you can request not only clothing and accessories, but intimates, pajamas, and swim suits as well!
Why Order from Trunk Club if You Can Just Go in Store or Shop for Yourself Online?
The main reason is that it saves you time. Personally, I don’t have a Nordstrom store close by and sorting through thousands of items online is super time consuming.
The other reason? You will be paired up with a personal stylist. Trunk Club has a messenger system so that you can actually communicate with your stylist about what types of items you’re looking for. He or she will ask specific questions before choosing items that fit your style and requests. They also give you outfit recommendations for those items.
What to Do When Your Trunk Arrives
Once your trunk arrives, you try everything on. Keep what you love and return what you don’t. You can also exchange items for different colors and/or sizes!
How Do You Return The Items You Don’t Want?
Trunk Club supplies you with the return label and tape so that you can return everything in the same box you received it in. Just pack anything you don’t want back into the trunk and keep what you love! You’ll receive an invoice for the items you keep after they receive the trunk back.
Be sure to leave feedback on why you love or dislike each item when you’re checking out.
How Much Does Trunk Club Cost?
When you request your trunk, you can expect to be charged a $25 styling fee. This fee is credited towards anything you purchase. A styling fee is pretty common for clothing subscriptions like this.
You should also know that you don’t have to subscribe to regular “trunks.” While you can set up a regular interval, you can also just order a trunk whenever you want.
The cost of the items varies greatly! With Nordstrom, the prices are generally in the moderate to high range. Remember, you set your price ranges in the survey and can also reiterate to your stylist what prices you are comfortable paying.
Also, be aware that there is no discount for keeping a certain amount of items like with Stitch Fix, but if an item goes on sale before you check out, they do give you the reduced price. This has happened with both trunks that I’ve ordered so far.
Now that we have all that down let’s get to the items I received!
October 2018 Trunk Club Review
I apologize for the poor quality of some of the photos. A storm moved in mid-shoot and unfortunately, I had no time to re-shoot before the trunk had to be returned.
Blondo Valli Waterproof Booties ($149.94)
These are really cute, but they weren’t all that exciting for me. I do love that they are waterproof. My stylist definitely had the fact I’m trekking through soccer fields 3-4 times a week in mind when she picked these.
Steve Madden Feather Loafer Flat ($69.95)
These shoes were chosen to accompany some of the more business-like outfits that my stylist put together. They are really comfortable and the price point was great, but I wasn’t a fan of the pointed toe. I also didn’t keep the items that they would have been paired with.
Madewell The Transport Leather Tote ($168.00)
At this point in my life, I wouldn’t normally splurge on a bag, but this tote is everything! It’s big enough that I can actually stuff everything I normally have in my diaper bag in it and then some! Plus, it’s so versatile. I can use this with casual outfits as well as more professional.
It’s well made, high quality, and I love that the small pouch inside has a zipper closure.
Lucky Brand Lace Detail Top ($89.50)
I thought for sure that I was going to love this top. It’s dressy enough for business, but comfortable too! I love the sleeves, but the shirt didn’t hang right on me. I ended up looking boxy in it, so sadly, I didn’t keep it.
Vince Camuto Textured Skinny Ankle Pants ($89.00)
I’m not sure why, but my stylist sent these in 1-2 sizes smaller than I usually wear. While I could get them up, I couldn’t get them buttoned. I thought about exchanging them, because they are amazing quality and have a great, comfortable feel to them. Ultimately, I decided I need to try these on in-store because I’m afraid a bigger size might end up being too baggy in the legs.
Eliza J Ruched Sleeve Blazer ($78.00)
I love that my stylist sent a really cute blazer. The shorter length and ruched sleeves make it perfect for the fall season. Unfortunately, I have a hard time with blazers because while the overall size is great, most are too tight across the chest area.
Maggy London Solid Dream Crepe Sheath Dress ($138.00)
This is about when the storm rolled in and this photo just does not do this dress justice! It’s so gorgeous! I had the same issue that I often do, where the top half is too small and the bottom is just right. Once again, I debated exchanging, but ultimately decided I need to try this one on in the store as well.
Leith Ruched Body-Con Tank Dress ($56.00)
Again, sorry for the poor quality image. It’s hard to tell, but this is a thinner, knit material. I went back and forth a bit on whether or not to keep this because it fit perfectly. I ended up returning it because I couldn’t see wearing tights under it as already felt like it was riding up in the hip area when I walked.
Zella After Class Hooded Cardigan ($79.00)
I liked this jacket a lot. It’s shorter in the back and hangs longer in the front. I could see wearing it with a sports bra and leggings, but it did kind of remind me of a robe. I wanted to keep it, but because I didn’t think I’d wear it out much and because I splurged on the bag instead, I had to let this one go.
Zella Swift II Cropped Leggings ($59.00)
I would say that these leggings run small. I never size up on bottoms but these were so tight! I would have exchanged for a bigger size, especially because they ended up being marked down to less than $30, but there were none available in this color.
Gibson Cozy Twist Front Pullover ($49.00)
If you can get your hands on this top, do it! It’s so soft and so comfortable. This top is over-sized and looks great with leggings, jeans, or dress pants. I think I’m going to pretty much live in this shirt all of fall!
DL1961 Margaux Instasculp Ankle Skinny Jeans ($179.99)
My stylist seemed most excited about these jeans, so I was really afraid I was going to try them on, fall in love, and fork over almost $200 for a pair of pants. Thankfully, that did not happen.
Yes, they fit perfectly. And yes, they felt great too. They just weren’t anymore perfect or great looking than several other pairs of jeans that I have that are in the $60-80 range. If I was in need of a great pair of jeans, then maybe I would have considered keeping these, but for me, that just wasn’t the case.
Overall I was really happy with the items that my stylist chose for me. She did a great job sending items that were exactly what I had asked for. Fit is always an issue for me, and has nothing to do with the items my stylist sent (except for the one pair of pants).
I love Trunk Club. I love the ability to communicate with the stylist, the quality of the clothing, and the convenience. I will most definitely be giving it another go soon!
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