Trunk Club for Women: Your FREE Online Personal Shopper!

There’s a new kid in town, or at least in the world of fashion box services: Trunk Club for Women!


Trunk Club was originally just a service for men, but they recently teamed up with Nordstrom and now offer styling for women as well. It’s awesome because you actually have your own personal stylist at your beck and call. I also love that the brands are all from Nordstrom, and they are all from the current season so you can find them on the website right now. There is no up-charge either. You are charged the price that is on the website. Price per item can be quite high, but if you tell your stylist the price range you want to stay within, she will do her best to honor that.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am not in a working relationship with Trunk Club, but all of the links in this post are my referral link. Everyone who signs up gets a referral link to share with their friends, so you can earn credits to shop with, which is another great bonus to trying it out!

Okay, so here are all the nitty gritty details.

Trunk Club for Women

  1. An assigned personal stylist who is accessible by phone or email at any time.
  2. $25 styling fee that can be applied to anything you purchase.
  3. No minimum purchase requirement.
  4. 5 days to try on and return the products you don’t want.
  5. Free shipping both ways.
  6. $50 Trunk Club referral credits.
  7. 10 items per box including shoes, accessories, and handbags.
  8. The ability to preview the 10 items before they’re sent and remove any you don’t want. (They stylist will replace them so you still get 10 total items.)
  9. Nordstrom brands, current season, no up-charge.

I wasted no time jumping on the bandwagon. While I have plenty of time to shop and could easily take advantage of the personal styling services Nordstrom offers at my local mall, I much prefer trying on clothes in the comfort of my own home. I like that I can try things on with my own shoes and other items in my closet. Plus, it’s just fun to see what someone else will pick out for you.

After I signed up Trunk Club, I filled out a style profile, and then my stylist reached out and offered to hop on the phone to get to know me and my style and my needs. It is a MUCH more personalized approach than either LeTote or Stitch Fix. Once we chatted, she put together a collection of 10 items based on what we discussed, and then she sent me an email with a link to the website where I could preview them and remove anything I didn’t want.

I removed a few that I knew I wouldn’t like, and then I told her why so she can start learning my personal style aesthetic and my preferences. She added a few more pieces to my box to make 10 and popped it in the mail!

The price point ranges widely, just as it does at Nordstrom. You can specify a certain price point, but I wanted an assortment because I was curious to see what she would send without any cost restrictions. The cost of the products definitely will factor into what I keep and what I return, but you never know when you might find something worth splurging for, right??

Gretchen sent me an email with a tracking link when my trunk was on its way, and the day it arrived, she sent another email with some styling tips for the products I received. She encouraged me to provide feedback on what I like and what I don’t and reminded me that I have 10 days to send back whatever I don’t want. She even provided a link to schedule a UPS pickup so I don’t have to leave the house. I mean, how much EASIER can it GET?!?

I specifically told Gretchen that I’m in the market for white skinny jeans, and I’d like to add a few more fitted jackets to my wardrobe. Beyond that, I was open. I don’t wear a lot of dresses, but I’m open to trying some. And I’m looking for clothes that can transition me into spring. I’m over winter. I’ve been talking about fall and winter fashion since September 1st, and it’s time to move on to spring!

So here’s what came in my trunk.

Trunk Club for Women: What came in my first trunk!

Yesterday, I tried everything on and shared my thoughts on Snapchat, and today I want to share the photos I took when I tried everything on, and you can help me decide what to keep and what to send back because there are a few items I’m not sure of. I realize that if I’m not sure, that is probably a sure fire sign to send them right back, but… well… I am curious to get your input first.

Let’s start with the ones I’m definitely sending back.
Trunk Club for Women: What I'm Sending BackLet’s break it down.

  1. Joie Myron C Embellished Pullover $220.80 (SALE PRICE!) – This sweater is super sweet for the right person, but I don’t feel that it did anything for me. At that price, returning it is a no brainer.
  2. Ellen Tracy Belted Sheath Dress $128 – Gretchen ALMOST nailed it with this one. I love the neckline and the color and the sheath style but not super tight fit. I just can’t do belts. Maybe I should try it again now that I see how they’re tying the belt online. It came tied in a bow, so that’s what I did. I can see that it’s quite flattering, and I don’t have anything like it. The price is pretty good too. But for now, it’s a no.
  3. BLANKNYC Distressed Skinny Jeans $88 – Um, just no.
  4. Halogen Turner Slip-On Sneakers $69.95 – These slip-on sneakers are super on trend right now, and lace is another hot trend, so these blend both into once comfortable sneaker! That said, they’re going back because I can’t get into the lace trend. It’s just not me, but they ARE very comfortable!
  5. Vince Camuto Long Sweater Vest $99 – It’s just not my style. I can appreciate that it would be really great on someone else.
  6. Halogen White Chambray Shirt $68 – I didn’t love the pockets on the chest, and I’m not crazy about collared shirts, although I think this is rather flattering, and it could work into my casual wardrobe. Overall, I think it was a nice pick on Gretchen’s part, but the pockets are throwing me off.
  7. Maggy London Tie Dye Print Crepe Midi Sheath Dress $138 – The price is right, and I do like a sheath, but the length on this combined with the print and the high crewneck just didn’t work for my figure.
  8. Equipment V-Neck Cashmere Sweater $288 – This sweater is right up my alley. I love the color, the neckline, the quality of the cashmere, and the roomy fit. It is soooo soft, I didn’t want to take it off. The only reason I’m not keeping it is the price. Although the grey one is verrrry tempting. If I were going to stick with a capsule wardrobe, this is the type of piece I’d invest in, but with the rate at which I cycle things through my closet these days, I can’t justify it. *sad panda*
  9. Eileen Fisher White Skinny Jeans $178 – I did ask for white skinny jeans, but I had in mind something a bit more youthful. I have my eye on these AG The Legging Skinny Ankle Jeans — in fact, they’ve been in my shopping cart for several days, just waiting for me to pull the trigger. I was hoping for a sale, but I might have to make my move sooner rather than later.
  10. Halogen Cowl Neck Sleeveless Top $22.80 – Note, this is a sale price. It is on sale at Nordstrom, so the price is the same with Trunk Club. I had this top last year in a different pattern, and while I liked it initially, the cowl neck was too fussy and too low-cut for me, and I ended up giving it away. So this one is going back, but I think it’s super cute. Just not for me.
  11. (not pictured) Rails Isla Cutoff Denim Jacket $189 – I didn’t even put this on, lol. I don’t care for the super short cutoff hem, but it does fit the edgy vibe I like, so I think it was a good pick on Gretchen’s part.


From the entire box, I only have one definitely YES! It’s not that Gretchen didn’t do a good job. I think she did, but I’m trying to be very discerning about what I bring into my closet now that I’m honing in on my personal style.

While I don’t plan to continue the capsule wardrobe, I don’t want my closet to get out of hand again, so instead of keeping everything that I don’t hate, I’m trying to keep only what I LOVE and what I think I can’t live without. And THAT, my friends, is this Hinge Hooded Leather Jacket for $298.

MUST HAVE Jacket for Spring 2016: Hinge Hooded Leather Jacket

Even before I saw the price tag, I knew this jacket was a keeper. It’s the perfect mix of classic and edgy that I love, it fits great, it smells of genuine leather, and the burgundy color is the perfect compliment to my existing wardrobe. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

*Happy Dance*

Because I’m keeping such a big ticket item, I’m being even MORE discerning with the maybes that I would have been otherwise. I don’t want to blow my entire spring clothing budget on my first Trunk!!


I’m open to keeping one of these. Tell me which one you think I’ll enjoy the most.


  1. Caslon Dolman Sleeve Directional Stitch Sweater $39.49 – This is another sale piece. At 50% off, it’s a steal. I love the color and the fun stitching details, and I like the dolman sleeves and 3/4 sleeve length. It will make a nice transition piece this spring, and the price is right.I don’t love it with these jeans and ballet flats, but as I was laying in bed in the wee hours of the morning, it occurred to me that it will be super cute with black leggings and brown riding boots, so I think it’s going into my KEEP section.green caslon sweater - 1
  2. Joie Berkeley Silk Top $198 – The styling on this top is ADORABLE. I love all the details, and it’s different than anything I have. The color is gorgeous, and I think it looks good on me even though it’s not as structured as the tops I normally like. I was almost ready to splurge, but the price tag is holding me back. I’m afraid it’s something I’d wear a couple times, and then it would get pushed to the back of my closet.On the other hand, it can be worn alone and under a leather jacket, so it has some potential to be versatile. But the price…. yikes! Would you keep it? Is it splurge-worthy??joie pink blouse - 1
  3. Vince V-Neck Vest $265 – I put this in the maybe section because I really like it, and it’s different, plus the fabric is incredibly luxe. I couldn’t decide if it’s flattering or not. It sort of depends on how I stand. Tunics are like that, though. In the end, I probably won’t justify keeping it because of the hefty price tag.vince vest
  4. Halogen Ponte Sheath Dress $99 – Funny, this is almost the same dress I ordered last fall in burgundy. I featured it here on the blog before I sent it back. This one is in my MAYBE list because I really do love it in theory. I look best in a fitted sheath dress, I could use a versatile LBD, and I love the sleeves and the neckline and the seaming details on the sides. I also like the price.Unfortunately, it is JUST A TEENY BIT too snug, and because of the stretch fabric, it shows every flaw. I am about as thin as I’ve been since my 40th birthday, and if I gain even a few pounds, which I tend to do in summer, I’m afraid I won’t be comfortable in this dress. So… I think I’m going to send it back. Should I ask to try it in a 10, or just wait for something better to come along?black sheath - 1

So, that’s my trunk! What do you think?? Are you going to try Trunk Club??

Even though I enjoy shopping for myself, and I’m perfectly capable of styling myself, I love to see what others come up with for me. I also love that I can hop on the phone with my stylist or zap her an email at any time. For women who work or are too busy to shop, Trunk Club is the PERFECT solution.

Feel free to leave any questions in the comments, and I’ll do my best to answer them. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll ask Gretchen!

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195 Responses

  1. I have yet to try Stitch Fix but always loved the concept. Even better that everything is from Nordstrom. That jacket is definitely a keeper and I’m also loving that Vince v-neck sweater!

    Doused In Pink

  2. Sounds like a fun experience. I love that you’re keeping the jacket, it’s gorgeous and fits you perfectly. I honestly would only keep that and the green Caslon sweater. I was thinking that and the black dress before I read your notes on it. The others in the maybes are nice, but not fabulous enough to justify the hefty prices.

    1. I totally agree with Holli. I big price tag should come with a piece that feels “special” and unique. That coat fits the bill, but I’m not loving the others, with the exception of the green sweater.

  3. What a fun idea !! I totally agree with all of your return “don’t keep” pieces. And the leather jacket is divine, I can see you wearing that a ton – totally worth the money. As far as the other pieces go – the greenish sweater with the dolman sleeves jumped out at me right away – I LOVE it, so glad you’re keeping it. And the black dress is so elegant, the v-neck is very flattering and the cut is spot on. The $99 is great and it screams graduations, weddings, parties. I can see it being a piece you keep for years. This has been fun, like shopping with a friend at the mall, LOL. Can’t wait til you get your next trunk.

  4. #1 yes for sure. The LBD looks great, but do you have lots of occasions to wear…do you NEED another LBD in your rotation? If yes, try a size up but if not really then pass. When I’m on the fence about something, it really means no.

    1. Honestly, I don’t have one like that. The other one I have isn’t nearly as versatile. I expect I’d have an event here or there, but yeah, I just don’t see it being worn very much. I don’t wear dresses much at all.

  5. It is funny that the two outfits you want to send back were my absolute favorites. While I would LOVE to Trunk Club, my budget isn’t any where near Nordstrom’s prices. When we go to the KOP mall, I do like to window shop there. I just can’t afford them.

        1. Hm, there’s no 12. 🙂 I do like that long duster thing, but I just don’t see myself wearing it. It’s too fussy for me. 🙂 And I think I’d need heels since it’s so long… yeah. I couldn’t get excited about it. It also strikes me as wintry, and I’m done buying winter clothes this year. 🙂 I kinda liked #10 – the cowl neck top, and the price is great, but I can’t stand futzing with that cowl neck. 🙂

          1. Ugh, I meant 10. I love the teal. That is what happens when I try to reply when I don’t have enough coffee in my system, LOL.

            I am ready to start shopping for Spring, but especially for some budget-friendly pieces for our long road trip in August down South(hint hint hint hint!) You know, stuff that will stay nice while being packed in a car for 14+ days.

  6. Love the black dress! I understand your concern on it being snug. Nobody likes to feel uncomfortable during an awesome event. You don’t want to have to tug or fuss with it. I would send it back. Maybe wait for something new to come along. Definite thumbs up on the quality leather jacket in a gorgeous color. Looks great on you. Thanks for hosting the link up as well 🙂

  7. You look AMAZING in the black dress!! But if you don’t keep that, I would choose the sleeveless grey sweater!

  8. Love, love the leather jacket!!! As for the maybe’s, I would say keep #1 as it looks most like your style. I don’t spend quite this much on clothing, but I love seeing what you choose and how you style the items – gives me ideas to use at any price point!

  9. Well, I’m obsessed with that Vince V-neck Vest…but unfortunately the price tag would be a deal breaker for me. The green sweater is beautiful and a great price! The black dress is gorgeous too…I have one that looks almost exactly like that and it’s SO FLATTERING. Tough choices! 🙂

  10. I am just blown away by those prices and I can’t believe anyone would pay those. Even the jacket you kept is outrageously priced to me. I have very similar looking jackets in my closet that I probably only paid $20.00 for, of course, they are not real leather. I do Stitch Fix, and even though their prices can be high, they are still more reasonable to me so I think I will stick with them. I think I’m too much of a bargain shopper for this program. As far as the items you sent back, I agree you made the right choice to send them back. I do love the green sweater in your “Maybe” section and the LBD looks gorgeous on you. That would be my “keep” item out of everything. It’s reasonably priced, and it is such a classic piece that will never go out of style. Think of all the ways you could style it with that black base!

    1. I have to agree with Amy on this one. These prices are completely out of my budget, and blowing my mind! I too am a bargain hunter, pretty much never (ever!) pay full price. And for something over $100 or $200, it has to be something timeless. With that said, the burgundy jacket is super cute and I love the V neck sleeveless … again, a timeless piece. However, both would be even bigger bucks! I haven’t tried any of the shopping services, partly because shopping (and probably more the bargain hunting part!) is my therapy. However, the styling tips, trends, outfit combos you and Cyndi provide are awesome! Thanks, Jo-Lynne!

      1. I hear ya. I do. I mean, I follow fashion bloggers who post $2500 bags and $800 boots. I am not even kidding. At the end of the day, it’s all relative.

        I do appreciate the quality of the higher end pieces like the sweaters, but for my lifestyle, they don’t really make sense. It’s still fun to try them on and contemplate them for a few minutes. 😉

        1. I hear ya on the $2500 bags, etc. I’m always disappointed when I see the price! I would rather follow ladies like you who do a variety of price points. I loved your Trunk Club vid! So fun!

    1. Do you see a link at the top right called ACCOUNT??? If you click on that, you should see a link to fill out your profile and your measurements, and there should be a style quiz. Let me know if you don’t see that, and I will have Gretchen email you. 🙂

  11. Stitch Fix isn’t working for me because it’s not personalized enough and I fluctuate too much between sizes and brands. I love that you get so much stuff from Trunk Club and to talk to the stylist but you do a much better job selecting your clothes. LOL You alway look fab but I think you are right on just keeping the jacket.

    1. Ha, you’re sweet, but I really enjoy seeing what others pick. Plus, she’ll get my style better as we work together more. That’s why I like this SO much better than Stitch Fix.

  12. I agree with what you are sending back. I love the pink top, but that’s a crazy price for a top that may not get a lot of wear. The green sweater is nice, but I wouldn’t choose it for spring. As for the LBD, if it’s something you could use, I’d get it in the size that you are comfy with. It’s a very flattering style for you. Otherwise, back it goes. Truck Club is something I wouldn’t use, my current lifestyle is more casual & I just don’t need that many clothes. And the prices are too high for me, as I’m a bargain shopper! Especially since trying to make a capsule wardrobe, I’ve been trying to be ruthless in weeding out my winter clothes as I transition into spring. Are you planning on doing a spring capsule?

    1. Hm, maybe you are right that the green top isn’t really spring. I do think it’s a nice transition piece, though. It’s too cold here to wear it in the winter, so it would be fall or spring for me.

    2. And hellz, no, no spring capsule! Haha! I am ready to have more variety, BUT I do hope to be very selective with what I add to my closet. I can order cute things to show on the blog and return the if I don’t need to keep them. I’m still trying to figure out this fashion blogging thing. 😉

  13. Agree with the ones you are sending back. Honestly, the price tag on most would have me sending the lot back! I worked in retail for several years and am very familiar with the mark up…buy on sale! The jacket looks fantastic on you and for the quality and leather is reasonably priced (they don’t wear out). Out of the maybe group, I say keep the green sweater AND try on the LBD in a size 10. It is quite flattering on you, and a classic piece. Unless you already own something similar.

    1. Yes, I really wish more of the items were on sale. I guess I can ask her to shop the sale section. 🙂 I don’t have anything like that black dress. I have one other LBD but it’s quite different in styling, and this is more me.

  14. Can you use your Nordstrom card or points for your Trunk Club purchases? I actually really like the gray tunic in your maybe pile. I’m actually trying to purge from my closet right now and not buy any more but I would definitely try Trunk Club in the future. I did Stitch Fix for about 6 month but became disillusioned by the poor quality of what I was receiving (rips, stains, broken zippers, etc.).

    1. I don’t believe I can use my Nordstrom points, but I did put my Nordstrom card in the system. I don’t think I will get the points for a Nordstrom purchase, though – probably just the points I get for other regular purchases. I should inquire, though. I agree, the quality of Stitch Fix was mixed. I have a few pieces I got from them that I love, but overall, this is so much nicer.

  15. It was worth it for the jacket alone. I also love the green sweater, what a deal. The hot pink silk top is gorgeous on you. I’d personally be a little nervous, it seems like something I’d wear out to dinner once and get a grease stain on it, lol. If it’s in your budget, I think it would be a worthy splurge.

  16. I’m impressed you decided to try on the acid wash jeans. They’re SO not you lol. The jacket is amazing. I wish I could find that much money in my clothing budget! I’d say keep the green sweater if you think you’ll still want it come fall. The pink blouse is nice, but I’d add it to a list of things to look for for spring, but at a lower price. I’d say it’s at least worth trying on the black dress in a bigger size. You have nothing to lose.

  17. My husband has been using Trunk Club for a while. When he first approached me about it, I thought it sounded a little crazy. His first box was a total dud. He sent everything back, but since then he has purchased several items. I’ve loved the concept (even though they can be SO pricey, even when you give them the price point you want to stay in.) Once I have my baby and can get closer to my pre-pregnancy weight, I definitely want to give this a try as I re-build my closet!

    1. Interesting that they still send pricey stuff, although I kind of want a few pricey items in my boxes… I want to see what my options are. 🙂 It’s definitely geared more to professional working women, but I am having fun with it.

  18. LOVE the green sweater and just ordered it and one in grey charcoal from Nordys. I’m wearing my green sweater for St. PAT’S day!! It will look great with white skinny jeans for spring…

  19. The leather jacket totally looks like you…she nailed that!

    As far as the maybes, I vote for the LBD…have you tried it with Spanx on…honestly, it doesn’t look tight to me so I’m thinking a size larger might be too big?

    1. I think you’re right. I haven’t tried it with Spanx yet, but I pretty much decided to keep it. I will put on the spanx and make sure. Also might do a photo shoot with it on. That is often very telling. 🙂

  20. I agree with all of your misses. I was bug-eyed at those distressed jeans! It’s hard to imagine something farther from your style. LOL

    The leather jacket looks great on you. I love the LBD and think you should try the bigger size. And while the pink top is really cute I think you’ll be able to easily find something very similar later in the spring at a much lower price point.

    I have yet to try a stylist service like this (except that I did buy glasses from David Kind…a great experience!). Every time I consider it I end up backing out.

  21. the leather jacket id divine and fits you perfect and is definitely right in line with your style. I think the price is very reasonable for a leather jacket and I like the color as it is different from the normal black everyone wears (although I do love me a black leather jacket!!). The Vince grey vest looks great on you but personally, don’t think it’s worth the price. I think you are spot on with the pink top…..just don’t see you really wearing that too much and the price is crazy. I think you could do better on the LBD and while a like the texture/color of the green sweater, it look a big baggy on you. Maybe a smaller size?? I just got a message from Gretchen on my phone yesterday and am going to call her back to chat about my first trunk club delivery. I have done Stitch Fix but wasn’t too fond of what they sent me and like the idea of getting some better quality clothing through this service. Thanks again Jo-Lynne…..your the best!!

    1. Hey Sandy! Exciting that you’re already chatting with Gretchen. Let me know how it goes!!

      I know what you mean about the green sweater. I didn’t really like it with the black jeans, but yesterday I put it on with leggings and riding boots, and it’s super cute! 🙂 I took pictures. Will post next week sometime.

  22. That jacket!! Love it! I have not been happy with the quality of Stitch Fix and was leaning towards Trunk Club. After seeing what you and Danielle got – I’m in!

    Definitely keep the black dress – I thought it looked great and not too snug! I don’t love the Joie top – in fact, it kind of reminds me of something I saw at Old Navy! (yikes!) If I pay $200 for a top – it better look like $200 – haha! The teal, directional sweater is so you and who can pass up $40?

    1. Haha, that blouse has some lovely details in person. It’s hard to see in the picture. The back has pin tucks, and the sleeves are gathered slightly. Very very cute. And it is 100% silk. But I just can’t drop $200 on a blouse at this stage of my life. I have kids going to college in a few years!! Ha!

      Thanks for the thoughts on the black dress. I decided to keep it. 🙂

  23. So I’m at work so shouldn’t even be spending this much time on your blog (but I can’t help it, I love it!) – so haven’t read anyone else’s comments. I do think the black dress is very flattering, but if it’s not comfortable (or GETS not comfortable) you won’t wear it, even if it is a great price. Maybe try the one size up – but then if it’s baggy, it won’t be as flattering.Hmm… tough one. Definitely the Caslon sweater – LOVE it! And you nailed it with the jacket – great splurge piece! Fun box, and I always enjoy your take on things!

  24. The pink top is so cute and I love the color, but it is pricey! If you weren’t trying to choose one or the other, my vote would be the jacket and the LBD. You look great in that dress and it is a very versatile piece. You can really do a lot with a LBD in nearly every season. Thanks for sharing this.
    That was fun to see your fun! 🙂

  25. I enjoyed watching your periscope presentation! I think the most practical keeper would be the black sheath dress! I think it looks great on you. Unless you have a big budget, I just don’t see $198 for the pink top nor 265 for the vest! Oh, and I love the jacket! Great choice!

  26. I vote a definite yes on the jacket and “maybe” on the Caslon sweater? However, I major purged my closet three weeks ago as well and have decided in future shopping, a “so-so” or “maybe” “maybe” shouldn’t be allowed to clutter up my closet or my life. Good Luck!

    1. BTW, I vote to start your Spring Fashion March 1. The stores are already getting their Spring styles and the early inspiration would be great! Have a blessed day!

    2. I agree, that is usually a good rule of thumb. But I also am SO indecisive that sometimes I rethink things and I’m glad I did. 🙂 Like the black dress. I think it’s actually going to work for me.

  27. I love this idea and can’t wait to try it!!! I think the LBD looks absolutely beautiful on you. I would definitely keep that. Personally, I love the tunic. It looks great on you and it is a nice piece for Spring. The silk top is adorable, but not worth the price. I am so ready for Spring, so for me I would pass on the green sweater too. I vote to keep the LBD!

    1. Thanks, Michelle! I think I am keeping the LBD. And you guys are all making me want to splurge on that grey vest! LOL. Unfortunately, it’s that or the leather jacket, and I cannot part with the leather jacket. 🙂

  28. You mentioned that the returned items are done through UPS, am I understanding that correctly? Just checking on the convenience factor….

  29. I’m chiming in with the choir on this one-keep the black dress! It looks stunning on you and you can never have enough LBDs. Classic, sexy, and never goes out of style.

  30. The black dress is definitely a keeper !!! The V-neck is very becoming on you and looks great. You can’t go wrong with this one as it will always be a “classic” ~Lisa~

  31. It’s funny that you posted this. I just tried Trunk Club last week and disliked everything my stylist picked with the exception of a pair of sneakers. It just seemed like so much of a hassle to try and explain why I didn’t like each piece. I have been having good luck with StitchFix, so I’m going to continue with them. Oh, and I definitely agree that the jacket is a keeper! The LBD is stunning as well.

    1. Interesting! I’m glad you’re having good luck with Stitch Fix. I do have a few pieces from them that I’ve loved. I just wish they didn’t have that $20 styling fee because there were a couple of boxes that I wanted to return, and I bought something only because I didn’t want to lose the $20, lol.

  32. Love the idea of this. I’m kind of over Stitch Fix. This is my third box where nothing works for me. The leather jacket you’re keeping is absolutely gorgeous and fits you perfectly. I do really like the black dress, but I hesitate to buy pieces that won’t be forgiving with a little weight gain :)! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  33. I LOVE the jacket and so glad you are keeping! What a great color! And I have to say I love the LBD and to me, you look Fabulous! You have a gorgeous figure but I am also understanding of comfort. I have to agree that the green sweater should be a keeper as it can be an all season except maybe summer! And I really like the Vince grey vest but a little pricey.

    Thanks for sharing! As you know, I am a wardrobe stylist with Ruby Ribbon and obviously have our line to wear and share but why I do it is because they are mostly basic wardrobe staples and I love to shop at little boutiques and Nordstrom to mix with the Ruby Ribbon so I will definitely be signing up with Trunk Club very soon and using your referral link!! Thanks Jo-Lynne! Lisa

  34. I love #1… It would look great with booties and skinny jeans…you can wear it with white jeans . It’s a beautiful color and looks good on you.
    And I also love the black dress… You could dress it up or down in so many different ways

    1. AGREED. 🙂

      Although I did buy a faux leather jacket a few weeks ago… lol. It’s a bone color. I love the styling, and it feels soft, but it is weird to wear it. It makes me sweat, I think?? It is weird. And of course, it doesn’t SMELL like leather. This one SMELLS of leather. It’s divine. 🙂

  35. I agree with the other ladies–the LBD looks great! But it won’t do you any good to buy it if you don’t feel comfortable in it or if you think if won’t fit if you gain a few pounds.

    I also agree that the pink top should go.

    As for the gray top and green sweater–I would sent them both back. The gray top seems like it would gape around the armpits and neck line. The green sweater is ok but I don’t think the length is flattering on you. I don’t like when sweaters are tighter at the hem when it’s a long sweater. It makes it look like it’s hugging your hips–like you had to stretch it over and them it goes back in at the hem. Does that make sense?

    1. I totally get what you’re saying with the green sweater, but it actually works with leggings. 🙂 Since i don’t have many tops to wear with leggings, I figure it’s a good investment for $39. 🙂 And the grey sweater actually doesn’t gape at all. It’s made very well. I am having a hard time parting with it, but I just don’t see myself wearing it a ton, and for that price, it needs to be on repeat. 🙂

  36. SCORE on the leather jacket!! The only other item I would consider is the green tunic – it’s cute and price is good. Other maybes are ok but too pricey for just ok. I think I’m going to have to check out that jacket!! ???? Hope this helps! Enjoy your weekend – hope it’s cool enough for you to wear the jacket! ????

  37. I’m so glad you are keeping the leather jacket. It is so you and looks great. Out of the maybes, I agree that the green sweater is the best value and is very versatile. I’m learning unless a piece of clothing is a 10 on a scale of 1-10 and something different from what I already own, I just don’t buy it because I already have enough. Thanks, Jo-Lynne and please do more videos!

    1. Angela, I like how you use a scale to decide whether or not to purchase a piece of clothing. I just purged my closet a few weeks ago and a maybe or so-so item is no longer allowed to crowd my closet or my budget. But I think I will also factor in your 1-10 scale from now on, that I believe would help me in my decision process!

  38. I think the black dress is a keeper. You look fabulous and I see no lumps and bumps but if more comfortable..get the next size up. You can never have too many of these in your closet. Classic. I am incredibly fascinated by this new way of shopping. As a cabi stylist, I have lost a few customers to this new trend – but many do both! It truly makes me wonder how long the brick and mortar stores will be able to stay open. I also think we need to make sure to keep our little mom and pop stores afloat by visiting our local boutiques and giving them feedback of what we’re looking for and making their job easier as buyers. It’s tough out there for small business owners and we are seeing it in big retail as well. My understanding is Nordstrom took a huge hit in the last year and that is a sign of the times I’m sure. Thanks for keeping us up to date as to what’s going on out there!!! xo

    1. Interesting that CAbi has lost some customers. I would think people would do both, lol. Say, don’t they have a similar LBD this year? Or was that winter? I remember my stylist telling us this sleeve style was going to be a huge trend this year. I also love the idea of keeping mom and pop stores afloat, but with what I do, if I can’t put an affiliate link on it, I can’t really justify buying it. I know that sounds weird, but I think like that now. 🙂 It’s the only way I justify all the purchases I make. I’m kind of surprised Nordstrom took a hit, as all the fashion bloggers like to link to them. But yeah… sign of the times… I think brick and mortar stores are going to struggle because online shopping is so easy AND it’s so nice to try things on in the comfort of home, with your other wardrobe items.

      1. yes Jo-Lynne, the Claire dress from fall ’15 looked a lot like the one you got in your box! I would argue that the fit on yours was better…..and the hem length! I loved the idea of our Claire but it had some flaws…or maybe it was just my figure that was flawed for it! lol. I wouldn’t say that cabi suffered b/c of these stitch fix/birch box ways of shopping…but I have some customers that now spend less with me b/c they love their monthly “fixes” via mail. 🙂 Hoping cabi sends you a box that you can review…..we just had mom generations post 5 statement pieces for spring and we are getting some awesome press! I am also excited that for the first time you can shop on our websites directly….hooray…21st century kinda stuff….and also we just launched a mobile app so I can enter orders at my shows and not have to resort to old school paper order forms anymore! We are modernizing and stream-lining and it is fabulous! Please don’t apologize for the way you shop…I GET it…..I’m with you and one of you!!!! In fact – it’s the only way I buy shoes as the closest Nordstrom is an hour away and I still have a 4 yr. old at home who does not enjoy shoe shopping. 😉 Have a blessed weekend! Fun to be in touch! I would LOVE for you to come to Scoop in Boston this summer and see the live fashion show and get to hang out with you! How far a drive is that for you????? xoxo Amy

        1. Yes, the Claire dress… I remember that! Excited to hear that you’re getting with the times and allowing online ordering. ;0) CAbi seems to work with a lot of bloggers, but they haven’t reached out to me. Oddly, I was invited to Scoop a few years ago – the first time they ever did anything with bloggers. They were trying to figure it all out. Audrey at Mom Generations is a good friend of mine, and she’s AMAZING. I am sure they are getting lots of great press from her.

          Boston is a good 6 hours from me. I would so love to see you! When is it? We always travel to Maine in July.

  39. My two cents, that green sweater is a great buy, so cute and a great color, I would keep it! The pink and grey are both cute, especially like the grey but if you don’t love them – pretty pricey. The black dress looks fabulous on you and it is hard to tell in the photo that it is a little snug, but a great style and price so I would be very tempted to ask for the size 10. Keeping the leather jacket is a very wise choice, investment worthy!

      1. I have decided to give Trunk Club a try but I am going to use it as a dangling carrot until I get rid of these last few pounds and reach my goal. By then I should know better what size I am looking for. I think it will be fun to get one for Spring, thanks for sharing about it. I do want to save your link for it!

  40. This looks like fun! I think you nailed the items to send back and I love the green sweater. I personally don’t think the pink top would justify the price tag over time. It’s cute on you but being different from your typical style would you really grab for it as often? I am loving that black dress! I think it would be worth a try in the 10. And what’s with gaining a few lbs in the summer?? I do the same and always think what the heck? More of me is showing….literally.

    1. I know, I don’t get it at all. Shouldn’t summertime be when we lose weight?? I think it’s because every day feels like vacation and I snack too much in the late afternoons/evenings. 🙂

  41. I love the pink color on that shirt – adorable styling. Not splurge worthy imo. And I’m not nuts about that green tunic either. However, that LBD is perfect on you! Absolutely a keeper and I want one too. Love love love the leather jacket too!

  42. I love the leather jacket too, and although it’s pricey it is real leather, which I love, and you can wear it for years. Of the others I would pick the green sweater, it’s a flattering fit and beautiful color. I also love the color of the pink top, but silk is a high maintenance choice for me. I have a full time job, and 2 kids that are busy in sports and school and I have a hard enough time keeping up with easy laundry!! I avoid just about anything that is hand wash or dry clean only, as those items get worn once and then end up at the bottom of laundry pile or sitting in the “dry clean bag” go far longer than they should!

  43. I love the Green Sweater. Its a fun transition piece and will brighten up these last winter days..plus its a great price and you can wear it with a lot of different neutrals and denim.

    The pink top is ok..the color is great, but way to pricey. I agree, I think you would only wear it a couple times.

    Love the LBD..It looks AMAZING on you!
    its a nice cut and very classic. You could dress it up or down.

    The leather Jacket is a must..especially if you are in the market for one.

    I have been wanting to try one of these clubs for a while..but have not made the jump!!

  44. The black dress looks awesome on you. That picture really popped at me over the others. You might try a size up if you think it’s too tight, but I think it looks perfect on you.

  45. Wow, thanks for sharing. I think the black dress looks fabulous on you. It is tailored and timeless. I think I am going to get one. I also love the fushia blouse on you! I think trunk club is just what I have been looking for. Privacy and clothes you want coming to your door,what more could you ask for? The jacket is also a keeper! Hmmmm, this could be dangerous!

  46. The prices on #2 and #3,are insane. The green sweater is pretty but I would not buy anything winter now unless it came off a Ross or TJMaxx clearance rack. The LBD makes you look va-va-voom to me; if it’s too tight for comfort, at least try the next size. A good price for a piece that should last you years if the quality is good (and maybe even if it isn’t if you don’t wear it too much.)

  47. Say Yes to the Dress!! Even if you have to re-size, it looks totally amazing on you!

    Love, love, love the jacket….and the sweater would be my next choice. You wear clothes so well!

  48. LOVE, love the jacket! In the maybe department I’d stick with the LBD, especially if you don’t have one similar to it. I honestly think the green sweater looks a little too big.

    1. I think the sweater looks better with leggings. I tried it on this morning with leggings and riding boots, and it’s much better that way. 🙂 And I think I’m keeping the LBD. All of these comments have convinced me! 🙂

  49. I like the overall idea of the trunk thing, but I am not willing to spend that kind of money on my clothes. I like to change my clothing often, now that I have raised my family and can afford to do so, I use to have those timeless pieces in my closet for years, I finally got rid of them. LOL. I also worked ladies ready to wear for 15 years, and I know there are brands of clothing out there, more affordable, without sacrificing quality. One thing we tried passing along to our customers, was a lady isn’t fully dressed unless she dresses from the inside out. That means, spend good money on your undergarments, especially bras. Go to a store that has professionals that can fit you properly. Makes a world of difference on how your clothes lay on you and how you feel..

    1. Thanks for this perspective, Mary Ann. I get your point about changing clothing often. I think that’s what’s holding me back. And I totally agree about the foundation garments. SO SO SO important to good style!!!

  50. Holy smokes, lots of interesting comments on this post! I will say that I think the jacket you kept is FAB and you will absolutely love it and wear it a ton. The LBD is the only other piece I personally like, but I personally find I should NOT buy a special occasion dress unless I have a specific occasion coming up for exactly that piece. Otherwise they end up collecting dust in my closet for way too long. So glad you’re on Snapchat now – just added you!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

    1. The comments ARE interesting! 🙂 Isn’t that jacket the awesomest? I thought of you when I saw it. 😉

      I really think I will keep the LBD now. My trainer saw it this morning and told me to keep it and to keep the weight off. Haha. I do have an event I can wear it to at the end of April and I hope I can find a few more – although I am with you on special occasion dresses.

      I’ll add you back on Snapchat. YAY!

  51. What a great service and I love that they teamed up with Nordstrom which is probably the biggest fashion hub for women. love the one you are keeping, the Joie blouse is really really cute for spring, you should keep it. Btw, I’m starting a new weekly Weekend Wear Fridays linkup and would love for you to share your styles there. Have a great weekend!

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  52. Love the leather jacket and LBD! I think the green sweater is too dark of a green for Spring. I really liked the pink top on you, too, but the price almost made my eyes pop out, lol.

  53. LOVE the jacket!! You’ll have it forever & it’s spot on your style! I also like the tunic, the green is fab on you!! I signed up for trunk club after seeing your post a bit ago so hopefully you get my referral! Stitch fix is fun but I feel like the quality of the clothing is iffy. Sometimes it’s high quality, sometimes it’s so generic. I like that this is premium quality. How long does it take from the time you speak with your stylist until you get it? I’m totally in love with those white AG skinny jeans you are crushing on!

    1. Hey Kasey! Thanks for signing up under my referral link. 🙂 Those AG jeans… I have them in black with the rips in them. I waited for a sale and got one on those so… I am HOPING the white ones go on sale soon. I hate to pay full price. Another reason why I’m psyched about the green tunic in my Trunk. 🙂

      It was only a day after I spoke with my Gretchen that I got the email back with the trunk items to look at and review. I was speedy about that, and I think it was another day or two before she sent my box. She works fast. 🙂

      I can’t wait to hear how you like yours please fill me in when it comes!

  54. Oh, I think the black dress looks fantastic on you! Keeper!! If you need to try sizing it up, do so, but I think you’d get a lot of mileage out of this one. It looks great on you! Love the jacket, too. Glad you’re keeping it. Like the teal sweater.

  55. I’d recommend trying the dress in the next size! It’s stunning. Tops come and go, but q classically beautiful dress like that is a keeper.

    1. You are right. I’ve actually had one on my wish list for a long time. I have to say, it is really fun recognizing people from our Facebook group. I can put a face with my comments now. 🙂

  56. Love the leather jacket!! And I have to say it was so fun watching you unveil your trunk! I was so excited to see what the next item was going to be. I really like the LBD. I think everyone needs at least one but if it’s too snug you won’t reach to wear it on that special occasion. I agree maybe a different size? The green sweater is a great color on you!

  57. I love the leather jacket!!! It looks great on you!! I also think the green tunic and the black dress are keepers:) It sounds like a great service!

  58. If you have the money go for the Joie pink blouse – love the style and color, a great color for you! Also the Vince sleeveless gray top; it is a little different and your arms look good in it. The other pieces seem redundant with just a different color. The black dress does appear very versatile. But what do I know, I am subscribing to your blog to get your ideas! Haha

    1. I am glad you like that Joie blouse. I really love it. But…. I’m not able to spend $200 on a blouse right now. I think I’ll do a quick photo shoot with it before I send it back though. 🙂 And yeah… the Vince. Sigh…. if I actually worked in an office or had a lot of events to attend, I would totally justify that. I am going to keep an eye on both, and if they go on sale, I’ll ask Gretchen to put them in my next trunk. 🙂

  59. Omg you need to try the black dress in the next size. It looks really good on you.you can then compare the two side by side. I like it better than some of the other dresses I have seen you in sorry. You can do so much with that dress.
    The rest besides the jacket that you are already in love with send back. As you say if you don’t love it pass.
    Just my 2 cents since you asked.
    Thanks for sharing .

  60. I love #3, the V-neck and the black dress! The jacket is adorable on you! I am going to have to give Trunk Club a try!

  61. I have already signed up through your link and contacted Gretchen. Thanks for the tip!! I love the teal colored sweater and that is an amazing price. I would try the black dress in the 10–it looks amazing on you!

      1. I will. We have a phone date to discuss next week. I used to have a great wardrobe, but menopause has brought with it 50 lbs and I need to rebuild. This will be a great way to do that!!

  62. I’d ask to try the LBD in a 10. As far as the others, my mother always taught me, “When in doubt, don’t.” That means I would send back all of the “maybes”–you just don’t love them, or you have hesitations with the price (as would I). Thank you for introducing all of us to Trunk Club! I HATE to shop, so having a “personal shopper” will be great for me! Stitch Fix has failed me several times, as my size varies between brands. This seems like a better option for me. I also love that the prices are the same as Nordstrom online. Can’t wait for my 1st Trunk to arrive!

  63. The LBD is stunning on you! I’d try it in the size 10. It’s such a classic piece that you could rely on for years to come. I am learning a lot of styling tips from you. Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Sharon! I am pretty sure a 10 would be too big in the shoulders and too long. That is what happens to me b/c I’m not very tall. (I’m only 5’5″) so I think I’m keeping the 8, and I will have to keep running so I don’t put on the “summer 5” this year. Ha!

  64. While I myself haven’t been able to pull the trigger on a $300 jacket like the one you got, I totally see the value in getting high quality investment pieces. Also, fashion is your job, so unlike me, who would probably look for that jacket in black or brown (because I don’t have any leather jackets), you are freer to select a more fashion forward color. I love it on you. Absolutely. My husband does get me the occasional Coach bag and I do have a pair of Frye boots, so I know I just need to reprioritize the trips to Target in favor of saving for the pieces which will last a lifetime. But who can do that?! haha.

    I know EXACTLY how you feel about the pockets over the ‘girls’. No bueno.

    I’d also keep the LBD.

    Any stylist named Gretchen has got to be super talented. xo

    1. Frye Boots are timeless. If you are going to invest in just one or two big wardrobe items, they are definitely at the top of my list. 🙂 I do have a black leather jacket, and I have that black coated cotton moto jacket. I am about to retire my leather jacket because it doesn’t fit well, and that always deters me from wearing it more. That’s why I said I was in the market for a new one. I actually ordered one in Nashville, but it was out of stock and my order was cancelled. Such a bummer. It was on a good sale…. but I do think it was in the $250 range. You really can’t find decent quality leather for less than that. I love that it’s an unexpected color. The moto jacket will suffice as my black option. 🙂

      I don’t know that you need to reprioritize trips to Target in favor of saving for the pieces which will last a lifetime – these days, do we REALLY WANT pieces that last a lifetime? I can see it for shoes and handbags. I invest in those. And jeans b/c designer denim is so much superior to anything else. But when it comes to tops and dresses… I think we get bored to quickly and cycle our clothing too fast to warrant investing in pieces that will last forever. It seems nice in theory, but I feel like that’s becoming an outdated way to shop. My 2 cents. 🙂 Which isn’t probably even worth that. HAHA!

  65. This post is so timely! I’m a little confused about Trunk Club’s association with Nordstrom? A few weeks ago, a Nordstrom stylist who had helped me pull together several outfits for a trip, contacted me and asked if I’d like to receive a Silver Box – pieces she would pull together for me to try at home. The Silver Box arrived and was almost identical to what you describe but it came direct from the store in a large, silver Nordstrom box. Having been a Stitch Fix member for some time, I was stunned by the size (and weight!) of the box and the number of items (17) inside which included three pair of shoes, an evening bag, jewelry as well as a good selection of pants, tops and jackets coordinated to go together. When I totaled up the cost of all the pieces in the box it was well over $5,000. Yikes! What a difference from my standard $200-$300 Stitch Fix – 5 items neatly wrapped in a small box. Sadly, I kept more items than I would like to admit to and returned the majority as quickly as I could schlep that enormous box back to UPS. Anyhoo . . . I loved the Silver Box and cost aside, it was much more personal than I find Stitch Fix and fun in that these were serious pieces by BIG name designers. That said, spending that kind of money on clothes on a regular basis is NOT an option. Being stylish is not for sissies, apparently. Love your blog. 🙂

    1. How interesting! I knew they had personal stylists available for consultation, but I didn’t know they did the silver box. It does sound very similar to this. I believe Trunk Club was bought by Nordstrom. That is the association.

      I’m glad you had a good experience with your silver box. 🙂 As far as spending that kind of money on a regular basis, you don’t have to. I can see using Trunk Club once each season to spruce up your wardrobe. Because they send SO much, if you end up keeping a lot of it, you would be spending a hefty portion of your clothing budget, but for people who are busy, it’s a great way to knock out their seasonal wardrobe update in one fell swoop! 🙂

  66. Love the grey V neck tunic on you, but the price is a little high. Love that you showed everything AND that you are only keeping what you love. After two years of Stitch Fix, I did a major clean out, and now I’m with you…if I don’t absolutely love it, out it goes. Trunk Club may be for me, but I’d like to know if they ship to DPO addresses. I’ve lived overseas for nine years, and I only shop online. We have no UPS service, just US Military mail, so if they shop to DPO/APO, etc., I’m in!!

  67. Great job with your selfie because you look amazing in #4. That being said, if you don’t love it don’t keep it. #1 looks like something you’d love, in my opinion.

    Thanks for sharing trunk club. Can’t wait to try it.

  68. Love seeing you in green – it’s a toss up between that green top or the black dress….hmmm.

    So much fun – I may try one box for spring – I literally emptied my closet at Christmas and am starting completely new this year so 15 pieces could be super helpful to look through.

    1. I think I’m keeping both. LOL!!! The prices are too good to pass up. I emptied my closet at Christmastime too, so I’m excited to add a few new pieces, but I want to be very selective. 🙂

      1. Sweet ! I normally would not pick green off the rack myself but I know it looks good on – fresh and gives a little pop. And you can’t go wrong with a little black dress, ever! Right?! 😉

  69. I love this concept! I just got into Stitchfix last month but I may have to make the switch. I felt rushed to try everything on and decided yes or no in their 3 day time frame. Some times I just have to sit on it for a few days before I can decide 🙂 I LOVE the green sweater–looks amazing on you….and from the comments above it sounds like its a keeper!. I really like the black dress too, it looks really good on you. If its too tight and you’re itching for that dress go up a size. If it doesn’t fit then it wasn’t meant to be. The right one will come along when you need it! The others I would send back too. I either didn’t love them or the price was too high. Overall, I totally agree with your picks! Looking forward to your next box already!

  70. Hi Jo Lynne!
    It’s nice to see Trunk Club has started offering women’s clothing as well. My husband has tried Trunk Club and It was a fun experience for him. I LOVE your keeper choice!!! The Leather jacket looks edgy and some how classy on you, which I think is your personal style:)
    I was not very impressed with Stitch Fix for myself, and I didn’t know I could try Trunk Club. I will say if you enjoy trying all the personal shopper ideas out there, I have moved on to “Tog and Porter”. I have a great relationship with my stylist there. They require a Skype session to go over the boxes you receive… so you actually get to know the person helping you. I don’t need to get a regular box, I just email her when I want something. It’s so nice to send a quick email and tell someone you trust you are looking for something for… a particular event… then I get 2-3 options in my price range and send back the rest. The only issue I’ve ever had is trying to decide what to send back because they all look fabulous!

  71. What a great service! I’ll definitely check that out!
    From your maybe group: I really like 1,3, and 4. The green sweater would be something I would get a lot of wear out of. And you can’t beat that price. I was already “meh” on the pink top, and once I saw the price, I was like “oh heck no.” 😛 I like the gray vince vest. However, I have a similar piece from Banana that was probably a 1/3 of that price. The black dress is very flattering on you.

  72. Doing Trunk Show too, thanks to you! I got the green dolman sweater too but I didn’t love the quality. It was ok, but I only want to keep things I really love. I love #2 and 3 on you but I totally understand the spendy part. I think #3 is a real departure for you (in a good way) – a very classy, understated piece that you could wear in Manhattan. #4 LBD does look really flattering on you, but if you are hesitant about the size, I wouldn’t get it. Some clothes run sort of “in between” sizes and it seems going a size bigger would definitely be too big.

  73. I love what you’re keeping and hopefully also the black dress. My favourite on you is the blue dress. I’m surprised that nobody else mentioned it.

  74. OH MY GOODNESS! I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS!! My husband does Trunk Club and I am always so jealous when his box arrives so laden down with amazing finds. I make him do a fashion show. Then I grumble about how crappy the box service is for women. I have now signed up, as I await my next Stitch Fix box, the irony. I CANNOT WAIT! Thanks for the in-depth look.

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