My Visit to a Trunk Club Clubhouse

18 Jul

When I was in DC for a conference last month, I found out that I was just a short walk from a Trunk Club Clubhouse. So, obviously, I felt like it was a sign for me to make an appointment to meet my stylist in person.

If you’re just hearing about Trunk Club now and would like to read about my first three Trunks:
Reviewing Trunk Club: Part One
Reviewing Trunk Club: Part Two
Reviewing Trunk Club: Trunk #3

Due to a bunch of referral credits that have been slowly adding up in my account, I had some fun money to play with. In fact, I had a little over $700 in credit, which feels like an insane amount of money for me to spend on myself for clothing.

I wanted to take you along with me on the ride, because it was amazingly cool to meet my stylist in person and give her real time feedback while trying everything on. And maybe you DO have a clothing budget where you feel comfortable dropping a bit more cash or a special event coming up where you want to find exactly the right thing to wear.

I gave myself a few rules before going in. First, while I’m not typically someone who would waltz into a fancy store with $700 burning a hole in my pocket, I decided to try and embrace the experience of not worrying about price. It helped to not think of it as ‘real’ money, since the credits can’t be cashed out. Second, if I were going to be dropping a bunch of (pretend) money, each item I buy must be versatile and made well so that it will stand the test of time.

Alicia, my stylist, ordered a Trunk to be delivered to the DC Clubhouse, but I was able to get a little peek by checking the app after she made her order. The Trunk included 15 items: 2 handbags, 2 pairs of shoes, 1 jumpsuit, 4 dresses, 3 blouses, 2 pairs of pants and 1 skirt. Every item was in the same color family and pretty much every piece mixed and matched together.

When I got to the Clubhouse, I was led over to my very own shopping area which had a huge mirror, couch, changing room and all my items displayed beautifully.

Trunk Club Clubhouse 1 - Pocketful of Joules

Trunk Club Clubhouse 2 - Pocketful of Joules

Every single item in my area was selected especially for me, in my sizes. They also brought me a drink of my choice to enjoy while I shopped. I basically felt like a princess. Or Pretty Woman. Or Princess Pretty Woman!

I’d put on each item and then come out into the ‘living room’ area of my space. Alicia would ask me my thoughts and really listen as I gave feedback on why I liked or disliked each item. Here’s a shot of me in one of the dresses I tried:

Trunk Club Clubhouse 3 - Pocketful of Joules

While I was shopping, she would occasionally run off to grab a few other things that she thought I might like based on my feedback. She also brought over a fun selection of sunglasses, watches and accessories for me to check out.

Of course, I had to get a picture of Alicia and me. We totally didn’t match on purpose!

Trunk Club Clubhouse 4 - Pocketful of Joules

As I worked my way through all the items, I found myself really falling in love with a few pieces that all happened to work together. I’ve really been needing a new work purse and the Kate Spade handbag was the perfect size without being overwhelmingly large. You can spot it on the first two pictures – it’s the pretty striped beige and white bag. You can also spy it here on my Instagram. It is the Kate Spade New York ‘Hawthorne Lane – Small Ryan’ Tote.

In addition to the handbag, I also bought two silk blouses and a pair of stretch crepe ankle pants that will be perfect for work.

Here I am in the Nordstrom Collection Print Stretch Silk Short Sleeve V-Neck Blouse and the Eileen Fisher Stretch Crepe Slim Ankle Pants.

My initial thought when I saw the pants were that they were stolen from my grandma because they were a stretchy crepe material and had an elastic waistband. However, you can go ahead and call me granny if you want, because these are SO COMFORTABLE! I wore them to work and they didn’t wrinkle or bunch even the teeniest little bit. Also, they got me out of my black pants rut… so a big thank you to Alicia!

You’re probably wondering about the second blouse. Well, I got buyer’s remorse and decided to return it. It was the Joie ‘Katrine’ Paisley Cotton & Silk Blouse and even though it is a really pretty blouse, it just didn’t play nice with anything in my closet. When I didn’t grab for it after three whole weeks of it hanging there, I knew it was time to let it go back home to the Clubhouse.

Not a big deal though – I emailed Alicia and she had customer service send me a UPS return label. I’ll print it out, pop it in the mail and the money will go back into my account for my next Trunk. Easy peasy, lemon squeezie.

I absolutely loved my Trunk Club Clubhouse experience. It was so cool to meet my stylist in person and get her feedback as I tried on each item. I also really liked that I could show her why some items don’t really work on my body shape, so that future Trunks can be even more awesome.

Have you ever been to a Trunk Club Clubhouse? Do you like the idea of having a shopping area set up just for you, or do you prefer to try on clothes in the comfort of your own home?


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10 Responses to “My Visit to a Trunk Club Clubhouse”

  1. Greta July 18, 2016 at 11:51 am #

    I’ve never heard of this but it sounds like an awesome company and experience!

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  2. Diana Forbus July 18, 2016 at 12:53 pm #

    I love your stylist’s outfit! How cute!

  3. Jessy July 18, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

    This is so neat! I love when places lay clothes out and really help you find stuff you actually like. I had a similar experience one time at Nordstrom when I was on a hunt for a cocktail dress. It was a bit uncomfortable at first, I felt like I was insulting the stylist if I didn’t like something, but I got used to it. Soooo… what was your drink of CHOICE?

  4. Janice July 18, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    I wish I could do that! We don’t even have a Nordstrom close here, kind of a bummer. I actually think I would prefer going there and trying on stuff instead of in my home. The undivided attention, no kids or dogs running in and actually taking time to myself. I love your choices!
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  5. Heather Denniston July 18, 2016 at 7:28 pm #

    That is really funny about the pants. There is no granny at all there but I would have thought the same thing

  6. Shann Eva July 18, 2016 at 7:47 pm #

    That looks like such a fun experience! The space looks beautiful, and I love how she really listened and got you more items. The pants look great! I also love the Princess Pretty Woman! Ha!
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  7. Justine Y @ Little Dove July 19, 2016 at 11:46 am #

    This sounds so amazing!I LOVE that blue and white maxi dress you tried on, and those ankle pants are adorable! I want some!
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  8. Ivan Jordon July 20, 2016 at 2:27 am #

    Love the blue dress. Looks awesome on you, girl.
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  9. Erica @ Coming Up Roses July 21, 2016 at 10:24 am #

    Girlfriend, you look GORGEOUS in everything!!!

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  10. Chas Mizzi July 31, 2016 at 7:58 pm #

    We’re a short walk from the Metro Expo Line. We also have plenty of free parking if you plan to drive. Visited my @TrunkClub stylist today and had one of the most enjoyable shopping experiences of my life. Highly recommended.

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