Trunk Club Unboxing & Ankle Skinny Jean Comparison
Because I evidently didn’t have enough clothes to sort through after my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale shopping spree, I also requested a new Trunk Club delivery. I guess I figure I might as well knock my fall wardrobe all out at once. At least I’ll be set for our 26 Days of Fall Fashion next month!
Earlier this week I tried on everything that was in my Trunk and shared it on Snapchat. I have tried 147 ways to download my Snapchat unboxing so I can post it on Facebook for you, but technology isn’t cooperating with me today so pictures will have to do.
First, for those who aren’t familiar with Trunk Club, it’s a fashion styling service owned by Nordstrom. You actually have your own personal stylist at your beck and call. She will likely offer to hop on the phone with you and get to know you and your style before she sends your first Trunk, and you can email or call her at anytime afterward.
All of their merchandise is sourced from Nordstrom, and it is all currently available on the website, so you know you’re not getting last year’s leftovers. Not that there’s anything wrong with that… but you can also cross-check the prices and make sure you’re not getting upcharged. You pay exactly what it the items are going for on the website, so if something goes on sale before you make your final decision, you will get the sale price. You have 10 days to try on and return the products you don’t want, there is no styling fee, and shipping is free both ways.
Even if you enjoy shopping and have time for it (like me), this is a great way to discover products you might not otherwise choose for yourself. But it is really ideal for those who are too busy to shop and aren’t sure what they need. Your stylist will work with you to find styles that work for you and fit your budget.
For this Trunk, I actually asked for splurge items. Not everything from Trunk Club is this pricey, and in my experience the stylists are great about trying to stay within your budget, but I figured this was a good opportunity to try some higher end brands and report back to you since a lot of what I ordered from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale was from their more budget-friendly departments.
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!
So let’s get started.
Trunk Club Unboxing
My stylist sent me several pairs of premium denim to try. You know jeans are my love language, and every pair she sent was an A+ so I have to make some tough choices.
The first pair I tried on is by Frame. I’ve seen these jeans on other bloggers, but I’d never tried this brand. These are AMAZING jeans. Yes, the price point is up there, but the fit is fantastic, and they are supremely comfortable. They’re the Le Color Skinnies in Film Noir.
I’m showing you a front and a side view. These are considered ankle length, but every brand has a different interpretation of that. For example, these have a 29″ inseam, but the other ankle length jeans I’ll show you below have a 28″ inseam, and you’re going to see that one definitely looks better on me than the other. These also have a 8 1/4″ front rise, which is considered a mid-rise, and they have a 10 1/4″ leg opening.
Now, to compare, these are the AG Ankle Super Skinny Jeans in Coal Blue. I don’t know what happened to the side view of these. Ooops!
These have a 28″ inseam and a 7 1/4″ front rise, so they’re definitely a low-rise. This is not my favorite rise, but I do really like the wash and the fit of these jeans. I’m not crazy about this length with flats. I think the extra inch in the Frame pair makes a big difference — elongating the line of the leg and making me look thinner.
But look at them with a wedge sandal. Now, this works. Isn’t that interesting? (I think it’s interesting. LOL!)
Here I have cuffed them with ankle boots. (These ankle boots also came in my Trunk, and ohmyword… but more on those in a sec.)
Last winter, I remember struggling with which jeans to wear with ankle boots and how to cuff them (or not.) If your jeans are too long, there is too much fabric to cuff, and it can be bulky. Also, if the jeans are too wide at the ankle, they can throw the whole look off. These 28″ jeans with the 10″ leg opening are pretty much perfect for cuffing and wearing with ankle boots. (At least, for me. Everyone has to find this sweet spot for herself, but hopefully this helps you figure out yours.)
Let’s talk about the fabric content for a sec. The AG are also made primarily of rayon. I can definitely feel the difference between these and the Frame, which are primarily cotton.
Here is the fabric content of the AG: 58% rayon, 21% cotton, 20% polyester, 1% spandex.
The Frame is 92% cotton, 6% polyester, 2% elastane.
The Frame feel thicker and stretchier. They didn’t seem to stretch out at all as I wore them for an hour or so. I’m wearing the AG today, and they do stretch out slightly with wear, but not enough to bag out or anything. They just get more comfortable as the day goes on, whereas the Frame were comfortable the minute I put them on, and they don’t loosen up much at all. The material of the AG also feels thinner, like more of a summer jean.
As you can see, there are so many factors to consider when choosing a pair of jeans. Also, for size reference, both the Frame and the AG are a size 29, which is the size I normally wear, although sometimes I size up to a 30.
My stylist also sent me 2 pairs of Paige Skyline Skinny Jeans. These are size 30, and I like the fit. In my experience, Paige runs small so I usually have to size up. These are the Paige ‘Skyline’ Skinny Jeans in Everdeen. I love this wash. It’s similar to the AG above.
These have a 31″ inseam with a 12″ leg opening (compared to 10 on the AG and Frame pairs above) and a 8 1/2″ front rise (same as the Frame.) I definitely prefer an 8 1/2″ or a 9″ front rise for the comfort factor and to hold all my jiggle in place (ha!) but I like a lower rise for front-tucking. When the jeans are too high, a front-tuck throws off your balance and proportion.
Again, the sweet spot is different for everyone, and it takes some trial and error to figure it out. Taking pictures of yourself definitely helps you see the balance more than simply looking at yourself in the mirror.
I will need to hem these if I keep them, but if you’re taller, they might fit you perfectly. I’m 5’5″.
Because these jeans have a more relaxed fit in the calf and a wider leg opening, they would look good on someone who is trying balance out wider hips. On me, they aren’t my favorites for wearing with flats or ankle boots, but I do like this wider calf style for wearing with heels — especially pumps and high heeled sandals. Take a look. (I tucked them up to about the length I would want them hemmed to. In this case, I would have them hemmed specifically for the shoes I want to wear with them… another reason I prefer ankle length jeans. So much less stress! They go with every type of shoe.)
The fabric is similar to the AG and I would say it feel similar as well: 54% rayon, 23% cotton, 22% polyester, 1% spandex.
Another pair of jeans I tried (not from Trunk Club, but for denim comparison purposes) are the Joe’s Ankle Skinny Jeans in Rikki from the #NSale. They have a 28″ inseam with a 10 1/2″ leg opening and a 9″ front rise. I ordered these for their 9″ rise, but they also have the 28″ inseam, which I don’t care for so much with ballet flats, and I wear ballet flats a lot, especially in the fall.
The material is 98% cotton, 2% elastane, so similar to the Frame — very comfortable and stretchy but thick.
These also have a 10 1/2″ leg opening, compared to the 10″ leg opening on the AG, and that half inch in the leg opening matters. I feel like these cut my leg off even more than the AG pair, plus they have more material to cuff when I want to wear them with ankle boots and more bulk to stuff into tall boots, so these are probably better for someone with wider calves (although if they were an inch longer, they might look nice on me with ballet flats and flat sandals.)
While we’re comparing jeans, let me show you the Paige Verdugo from the #NSale. These are 54% rayon, 23% cotton, 22% polyester, 1% spandex, like the Skyline Skinnies, but they’re an ankle jean and tighter through the calf. They are very stretchy and soft and comfortable. I’m wearing the size 30.
They have a 28″ inseam with a 10 1/4″ leg opening and a 8 3/8″ front rise. Once again, I wish they were an inch longer.
They’re meant to be super skinny and fitted through the calves, making them ideal for tucking into boots. I have these in pink and mint, and I ordered them from the #NSale in the Tari wash as well as the Aubergine. I’m definitely keeping the Aubergine, but I think I’m going to send the Tari back. They’re fabulous jeans, but I think I like the AG just a smidge more. I also like the back pockets on the AG better.
I have one more pair to show you before we move on to the tops and boots that came from Trunk Club. These are the Hudson Krista Ankle Jeans in Stormy Hor from the #NSale.
I looooove these! They have just the right amount of distressing, and they are also verrrry stretchy and comfy. I have a pair of the Hudson Krista Crop that I wear a lot, and they keep their shape while being plenty stretchy for comfort. They tend to slide down, though. I am more comfortable when I wear a belt with them, and I can tell these grey ones will be the same way.
These have a 28″ inseam and a 10″ leg opening. That smaller leg opening is definitely more flattering on me, and these seem longer than 28 inches, but what do I know??? They have a 8 1/2″ front rise, so it’s comfortable without being too high.
As you can see, a lot of factors go into choosing a pair of jeans, and I just realized that I actually skipped one of the biggest factors — the rear view. Pocket size and placement is crucial and shouldn’t be overlooked. I didn’t think to take shots from behind so we’ll have to save that discussion for another time.
Okay, enough about jeans!
If you have any lower priced brands you would like me to try out and compare, let me know which ones you’re interested in, and I’ll try to do a more budget-friendly denim comparison sometime soon.
My Trunk Club stylist sent me 2 blouses and 3 sweaters to try. This is the Joie ‘Airlan’ Tank in Cypress. It also comes in black, white, orange, blue, and khaki. This top is right up my alley. I love this color. It’s so pretty paired with black or white. It’s 100% silk and it has a really nice fit to it. The tassels are a fun detail, and it lays nicely. (It also clearly needs an iron.)
Here’s a view from the side, also without the tank. I like the gentle scooped hemline. It’s more flattering than a super straight hem, but it’s not a drastic shirttail hem, which can sometimes bring more attention to my curves than I’d like.
She also sent me this Joie Jentri V Neck Silk Top, but I’m not as crazy about the fit of this one, and I don’t think the color does anything for me.
This is the Vince Double V Ribbed Wool & Cashmere Sweater. I don’t usually wear beige tones near my face, but I found myself really loving this. I can see it with black denim, white denim, and various shades of blue jeans. It would make a great canvas for a scarf with ankle boots, or you could keep it really simple with classic jewelry and pumps, and it would be elegant.
The price tag on this sweater is way out of my budget, but I wanted to try some splurgier brands and see how they compare to the ones I normally buy, and I know that some of you do spend more on classics like this type of sweater so I thought it might be helpful.
It is absolutely gorgeous, but without seeing how it wears over time, it is hard to say if it’s worth the $$$. I can definitely tell a difference in how the cheaper cashmere sweaters wear compared to the nicer ones I’ve purchased over the years, and I am assuming this one would wear very well. It’s a wool and cashmere blend, but it says it can be hand washed, which is nice. I know a lot of you don’t like to dry clean.
As far as fit, I’m not sure this is the right size. I feel like I could probably wear a small, but then, it’s supposed to be a relaxed fit. What do you think?
The other two sweaters she sent didn’t make the cut. They were boxy, and I didn’t care for the loose weave, but they did just both go on sale, so if you think you might like them, they’re 40% off at Nordstrom!
This is the Vince Diagonal Mesh Cotton Knit Tunic Tank.
And this is the Vince Mesh Cotton Knit Pullover. I can see how it could be cute for the right activity, and probably in a size small. She sent the medium. But it definitely doesn’t get me excited.
I mentioned to my Trunk Club stylist that I love Stuart Weitzman shoes, and she sent me three pairs of his boots! I only have his wedges and pumps. I’ve never had any of his boots because the price tag is so steep, and I’ve never spent the time to scope out a good sale, but I drooled over his Lowland style all last winter. It seems like every fashion blogger I follow has a pair of these. I purchased a few knock-offs last season, trying to find one I liked, but I sent them all back because they didn’t fit well and the lower quality was very evident.
Well, Erin sent me two pairs of the Stuart Weitzman Lowland — one in grey suede, and one in black. And you guys. ** SWOON**
Here I am trying out the grey. I really wanted to love the grey. They look so elegant worn with white jeans and a pastel sweater and/or scarf in wintertime, but I don’t care for how they look with the black jeans. I feel like it really cuts off the leg at an odd spot. I guess it MIGHT work with a shorter sweater, something dark to create a better proportion… I probably need to experiment a bit more.
Here I am wearing the black boots over the black jeans, and these I like MUCH better. They’re still super tall, though, even for an over-the-knee boot. I know that’s the style, but my eye isn’t adjusted to it yet. I will say that these boots are amazingly comfortable, and the quality of the suede is stunning.
Also shown: Splendid Knit Poncho (fabulous drape and so soft… LOVE!!! and on the #NSale)
I also ordered the Ivanka Trump Luci, and there is no comparison. They are comfortable enough, and I actually prefer the height of the shaft of the boot, but the suede looks cheap to me, and they pucker in an unflattering way over my calves. I remember this from the pair I ordered last year, so they’re going back. They might work for someone with bigger calves. Sorry, I forgot to get a picture wearing them. I did try them on for Snapchat.
I’ll do an OTK boot comparison post soon, and then I’ll show you how these compare to the SW pair. I also have this pair of Vince Camuto grey suede OTK heeled boots from the #NSale that I love and definitely want to keep, and I can vouch for these Dolce Vita OTK boots — I have a chestnut suede pair from that brand that I got last year, and they are fabulous boots.
Finally, these are the Stuart Weitzman Grandiose Pointy Toe Ankle Boots that you saw above. These are absolutely stunning with the pointy toe and the dramatic angular heel. I love the camel color that she sent me, although I’m more drawn to hazel suede on the Nordstrom website. I have too much of that color already, though. And these would be AMAZING with my chestnut suede moto jacket… so we’ll see.
I have some Trunk Club credits to spend so I may choose one or two of these splurge items to keep, but I want to choose wisely and make sure whatever I pick is something I will wear often and for many years.
I hope this was fun and that the denim comparison was helpful. I’d like to try more different styles next time, since most of these were ankle skinny jeans. That’s because I was wanting to add a pair of those to my wardrobe for wearing with ankle boots this fall and winter.
I’ll be back tomorrow with a cute and affordable transition outfit from QVC and a review of the new Fitbit Blaze Fitness Watch I’ve been testing out!
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