Reviewing Trunk Club: Working with a New Stylist

27 Feb

You’re totally not having déjà vu right now… I DID just do a Trunk Club ‘quickfire review’ post a few weeks ago (you can find it here). I actually didn’t even bother taking any photos for that post because I was in a bad mood and had a bunch of fit issues. Also, I was just kind of annoyed that my long-time stylist sent me items that went against a bunch of my previous notes.

I had been thinking about trying a new stylist for a while and decided to go for it. As it turns out, another Trunk Club stylist from the DC Clubhouse follows me on Instagram and I follow her back. I reached out to see if we saw eye-to-eye and she seemed like a good fit.

I explained to her that I already have a closet full of clothes, so I’m not in dire need of anything. However, I’m now looking for those special items that I can add into my existing wardrobe. I also explained that I’m not looking for ‘party’ clothes, but items that are work-appropriate for an office, but also have a bit of fun to them. We talked about my price range and that I’m much more likely to buy items if they are less than $200 (no $400 dress surprises!) Lastly, I’m almost 40. Fun for me isn’t going to the club…but hanging with my family on the weekends.

With all that in mind, Dana put together my first Trunk. I know that working with a new stylist is going to take a couple tries, but for her first Trunk she did a pretty great job. Want to see what she sent?

Sources: (1) Tom’s Majorca Sandals, (2) Ruffle Front Crepe High/Low Dress by Adrianna Papell, (3) Billie Stretch Mini Bootcut Jeans by NYDJ, (4) Cerise Cardigan by cupcakes and cashmere, (5) Ruffled Jersey Top by Rebecca Taylor, (6) Fit and Flare Dress by Felicity & Coco (not online), (7, 9, 10) Open Front Bolero by Eliza J, (8) Stripe Sweater Fit & Flare Dress by Eliza J, (11) Long Bomber Jacket by Trouve, (12) Sleeveless Interlock Fit & Flare Dress by Classiques Entier, (13) Crop Pants by Classiques Entier, (14) Kota Ankle Strap Pump by Louise et Cie, (15) One in a Million Initial Pendant Necklace by Kate Spade New York

If you’re new to my Trunk Club reveals (you can find them all here), I don’t typically photograph every single one of the items. With 15 items and a couple different outfits, it would just get to be way too much if I showed them all. When the Trunk first arrives, I usually go through it and narrow down my choices to a pile of my favorites.

Here are my favorites from this Trunk:

Outfit #1: 1 + 3 + 4

Well, hot damn! This outfit is exactly what I wanted… without knowing I wanted it. Do I need a new pair of jeans…? Probably not. However, I love the way these jeans fit and WOWZA does my butt look fine! Okay, maybe I’m feeling myself a little too much here. Any which way, I love the dark wash, mini bootcut and high waist on these NYDJ jeans.

I topped the sassy jeans with a t-shirt from my closet and added on the super soft and flowy cardigan (item #4) that I didn’t know I needed, but now can’t live without. I like that it’s more of a 1/2 or 3/4 sleeve, so you can wear it over long sleeves and have them peek out. Oh and shoes… I need another pair of shoes like I need another hole in my head, but these Toms are that magical combo of funky, appropriate for work, AND comfortable.

Outfit #2: 12 + 14

Wow, this dress is totally fabulous and perfect for a professional office. I can throw on a cardigan or a blazer and be totally prepared for a meeting with my Executive Director or a presentation in front of 100 MBAs. The shoes also totally shout LIKE A BOSS and are surprisingly comfortable for having a 3 1/2“ heel.

I’m being super nitpicky here, but here are my issues. First, I have a bit of a tummy right now and this dress doesn’t disguise it as much as one with a more flowy/less fitted skirt would. Second, the top of the dress feels a little constricting on my chest/clavicle area. If it were a v-neck, I’d love it more. With that being said, I will keep this dress in mind for when I lose those 15 pounds that I’m working on. I’m also tempted by the shoes, but I bought this similar pair in the fall and haven’t worn them to work yet. So, if I can consistently wear the pair I own than I will reward myself with this snakeskin pair!

Outfit #3: 8 + 1

How cute is this fun striped dress?! I like that it has sleeves and it is also really flattering with its fit-and-flare style. My stylist suggested wearing it with the Tom’s sandals and they look great together. I also tried it with a blazer for the office. While I do really like the fit of this dress, I’m just not loving the stripes or the length – it seems a bit juvenile. I feel that the skirt is a bit too short on me (I’m 5’7”) and I wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing it to the office unless I had on black tights to disguise the shortness.

Outfit #4: 1 + 3 + 11

Okay, this is the same outfit as outfit #1, but I wanted to show you this super snazzy coat that Dana sent over. It totally meets my specifications of being something that has a little something special about it. The details on this thing are super cool and throwing it on with jeans and a t-shirt totally elevates the whole look. If you’re looking for a lightweight jacket with a personality, definitely check this one out! As much as I like it, I don’t love it… and I have a few other similar weight jackets that are already in heavy-rotation from my closet.

Other Stuff:
As I mentioned, I don’t photograph every single item… but I wanted to let you know some of my thoughts on the items you don’t see on me. First off, I’m so not a shrug girl. So, while I totally get why Dana sent over shrugs in three colors to try with everything, I just don’t like them at all and would prefer to top outfits with a cardigan or blazer. The cobalt colored dress (item #2) is totally gorgeous and it’s even on sale right now for less than $60! However, the asymmetrical hem of the skirt just comes up way too high on my thigh for me to be comfortable wearing this to work.

Last, the workpants (item #13). These are admittedly towards the upper range of what I am comfortable spending on work clothes. However, the fabric and details on these pants make them something special. Although reviews say that they fit true to size, I found that they were too tight on me when I tried my typical size of a 12. If I needed another pair of cropped black pants, I would ask Dana to send these over in the next size up… but I actually have a similar pair that I already love.

Final Thoughts on this Trunk
For her first crack at styling me, I think that Dana did a really great job! She really listened to me and it was clear that she has an understanding of what I am looking for in a Trunk. I’ve decided to buy all three pieces in Outfit #1 – the jeans, gray flowy cardigan and black Tom’s sandals. I really love those snakeskin pumps and it actually hurt a little to put them back in the Trunk, so I will certainly keep them in mind for the future. I guess it’s actually much better for my wallet that everything wasn’t perfect this time!

If you want to have Dana style a Trunk for you — and you totally should because she’s awesome —  I have her linked to my referral code here:  https://www.trunkclub.com/invite/QZFJ33 (Please note: if you use my referral link it will cost you nothing extra and it earns me a small amount to go towards items in my next Trunk).

If you have questions about Trunk Club, please leave me a comment and I’ll try to answer them for you! Do you think I made the right choices on what to buy from Trunk?

{Psssst… if you like my clothing box company reviews, here is a handy-dandy list of the ones I’ve tried: Stitch Fix, Trendsend, The Ms. Collection, DailyLook Elite and Wantable’s Fitness Edit}

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Trunk Club, I pay for any clothing I purchase with my own hard-earned money. If you enjoyed my review and decide to try Trunk Club for yourself, the biggest compliment you can give me is by using my referral link. Thank you to anyone who chooses to click through and support my shopping addiction! This post contains ShopStyle affiliate links. This means that clicking on a link may help me earn a small commission at no cost to you.

 

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10 Responses to “Reviewing Trunk Club: Working with a New Stylist”

  1. Jenn February 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm #

    This is such a great trunk! Those jeans are *the* jeans for you. Yes, your butt looks fantastic haha! Go ahead and unabashedly appreciate yourself 🙂 Self love is so in 😉
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    • Joules February 28, 2017 at 6:07 am #

      Thanks! I’ll never turn down a pair of jeans that make me feel like a hot momma!

  2. Mariya February 27, 2017 at 11:15 pm #

    What did you think of the green dress (#6)?

    • Joules February 28, 2017 at 6:06 am #

      It was too fitted on me, both bust and waist. If you are curvy, I suggest sizing up!

  3. Maria February 28, 2017 at 10:06 am #

    You look fabulous in outfit #2. The color, cut, and fit of that dress is awesome. I can understand your issue with it, but I didn’t even notice your tummy until you pointed it out. The cut draws the attention up. The length is perfect. Try to find a blouse with that cut in the armholes and neckline because it is very flattering.. And you look so pretty in that color blue.

    • Joules February 28, 2017 at 10:08 am #

      Thank you so much Maria!

  4. Jennifer March 7, 2017 at 1:17 am #

    This is so interesting, because I signed up with your Trunk Club referral link last year and have your same previous stylist, and I have the same exact issues as you with what she sends. I complained on instagram recently that she seems to believe I’m a young,tall, thin twenty something who has parties and special occasions to attend, instead of the chubby, late 30’s mom/working professional I am. Sigh. She’s just missed the mark a lot, and it seems to get worse as we go! I thought they were supposed to learn our style? Anyway, I’m jealous of your new stylist amd love the items you chose!

    • Joules March 7, 2017 at 5:11 am #

      They make it super easy to switch if you’d like to. All I did was send an email to customer service that I’d like to switch to Dana and they changed everything right over!

      • Jennifer March 7, 2017 at 9:54 am #

        Good to know. I’ve heard comments in the past that it was difficult to switch so I’m glad to hear that isn’t the case.

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