Trunk Club Unboxing + Coatigan Redux

Greetings! I hope everyone’s week is going well. Somewhere along the way, Cyndi and I got out of sync on our fall fashion series and we’re on different days, so I’m taking today off and posting a Trunk Club unboxing instead of an outfit, and we’ll finish up 26 Days of Fall Fashion on Sunday.

It actually works out well because I ended up in the ER on Tuesday night so we didn’t get to shoot an outfit yesterday morning as planned. (Long story, but all is well.) Thankfully I’m feeling better so I’m headed out in a bit to shoot a couple of outfits so I can finish up our series. It’s a gorgeous morning here and cooler than it has been lately, so YAY for fall-like weather FINALLY!

In addition to my Trunk Club unboxing, I tried that coatigan again so I’ll include those pictures here as well. Let’s just start there. As you may recall, I styled this Loft sleeveless coatigan on Monday with a green cinched sleeve tee, dark wash skinny jeans, and metallic loafers.

We all agreed that the cool silver metallic shoes didn’t work with the warm cream color of the sweater, and some pointed out that a lighter top and/or lighter jeans would work better with the light sweater. I don’t think anyone loved the combination of the sweater and the cinched sleeve top — too much going on and perhaps a longer sleeved top with plainer sleeves would be better.

I did ask for feedback, and I appreciate all the thoughts and ideas. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I’m no fashionista. I’m just a girl who likes clothes, and I’m learning as I go so I really enjoy these conversations.

SALE ALERT >> 40% off select tops and sweaters at Loft! No code needed.

So here’s my second attempt at styling this coatigan. I swapped out the cinch sleeve top for a long-sleeve striped tee, I changed to lighter wash skinny jeans, and I swapped out the silver loafers for taupe ankle boots. It’s better, but I still don’t love it.

First, I tried crossing it over and belting it in the front, but this does my figure no favors. #nothankyou

So then I tried leaving it open in the front, and belting it. I’m still not a fan, but I think it’s better. I never belt things because I’m short-waisted, and if I tied it at my actual waist, it would throw off my proportions and accentuate my chest. But tying it where the belt loops are located doesn’t show my curves and makes me look boxy.

Finally, I tried it open in the front and tied in the back, the way I styled it for the blog post on Monday. I still don’t love it, but I like this best.

coatigan (40% off) // striped tee (40% off) // jeans // booties (similar 20% off) // necklace

I didn’t try a plain white or cream long-sleeve tee, but I think I might prefer it that way. The striped tee is better than the green cinched sleeve top, but it’s still too distracting for my plain Jane tastes. Also, this tee has cool undertones, and the cream is warm, so that’s bothering me too. I actually think I’d like the striped tee better with the maroon coatigan.

Okay, funny, I just clicked over to the Loft website, and that is exactly how they styled the maroon coatigan – with a navy and white striped long sleeved tee underneath. Ha! I guess I’m onto something there.

Anyway, that’s enough of that. #movingrightalong

Trunk Club Unboxing

For those unfamiliar with Trunk Club, it’s a personal styling service owned and sourced by Nordstrom. When you join, you’re assigned a stylist, and she hops on the phone with you and gets to know your style, your lifestyle, and your needs. Then you get a box of clothes and shoes to try, and you only pay for what you keep.

I always tell people to give it a few tries because it takes a new stylist some time to get your style down, but once she does, it’s really fun to see what she finds for you. Even though I pretty much shop for a living, I still love seeing what she picks for me.

I’m not in a working relationship with Trunk Club, but I do share my referral link and receive Trunk Club credits if anyone joins and places an order from my link. If you join, you’ll get a referral link to share as well. Also, because Trunk Club is owned by Nordstrom, you can earn Nordstrom Rewards points on your Trunk Club purchases, which is a nice bonus.

Usually my trunk contains a variety of price points, but you can request that they stay in a certain range, although I think part of the fun is getting to try things I normally wouldn’t notice and learning about new brands. This trunk was a pricey one, so I will only be keeping one or two things, but I love almost all of it.

Let’s get started! This Rag & Bone sweater is sold out online. It’s really cute but I don’t like how the neckline shows my bra straps. I don’t want to deal with a strapless bra for this, so I’m sending it back. It’s also a little shorter than I prefer. I know the cropped sweaters are trending, but I prefer mine to be a couple inches longer. This one is 21″.

also wearing: AG legging ankle jeans and similar black suede pumps

I am in LOVE with this leather jacket. I have always loved a leather jacket, but I haven’t had much luck with them in recent years. I’ve tried many, and I even bought a cognac one during the Anniversary Sale; but even though it’s a size small, it’s a little too big, and every time I go to wear it or style it with an outfit, I end up taking it off and not wearing it.

This one fits perfectly. I realize that my issue is generally with the flaps on moto style jackets. I like how this has a more rugged moto styling but without those big flaps. For size reference, it is a medium, and it’s also on sale for $199! For genuine leather, that’s about as good as it gets. (FYI, Trunk Club will match any sale prices on the Nordstrom website.)

These 7 For All Mankind Josephina destroyed boyfriend jeans are tempting me. I wish I’d tried rolling them up — not sure what I was thinking except that they look rather nice left straight. For those looking for more of a straight leg pant, these might work for you. Oddly, the zipper is off-center, and that’s a deal breaker for me. I expect it’s just this pair and not the design in general, but they’re going back.

also wearing: Jeffrey Campbell booties (similar at 20% off)

These are a different pair of the same 7FAM Josephina style, but I can’t seem to find them on the website. I’m not a fan of this much distressing against the dark denim, and I just don’t like the way they cut off the leg at the bottom. I wish they had a little bit more of a taper.

Next, she sent me a couple of really fun (and pricey) black tops along with an amazing pair of burgundy velvet booties.

I wanted to love this ruffle sleeve silk blouse, but it’s a little big on me. It’s a medium, but it says size 6-8 so it should fit. I’m not familiar with this brand so I don’t know how it runs although the website says true to size.

Here you can see me cinching it in the back for a better fit. It’s also super pricey so I knew it had to go back, but I really do love the details.

I tried to get a close-up of the sleeves.

And the back. The back shots are the hardest. They’re always grainy. The model on the website has it tucked in, but I like it better untucked. And also, seeing it from the back, it probably is the right size. I think it’s supposed to be flowy, and it still shows my shape.

Here’s a better view of the booties. This was before I got smart and put them on with shorter jeans so pardon the cuffs. I wouldn’t cuff jeans with these booties, I don’t think. The cuffs seem too casual to me.

These pictures don’t do them justice. These boots are absolutely gorgeous. I almost cried when I boxed them up to go back. LOL! Velvet shoes — booties, flats, pumps, all of the above — are a huge trend this year, and I most definitely think I need a pair. I love how the booties dress up a look with an edgy flair, but I think if I invest in velvet, it will probably be a pair of pumps or ballet flats. I feel like I’d wear them more.

This Milly cascade sleeve top stole my heart, but I just don’t think I’ll have a place to wear it, except possibly a holiday party, and I need to wear it more than once to justify the price.

I am in love with the sleeves, the cut of the neckline, the fitted bodice, everything. As for styling, I think it would work with a pencil skirt since it’s so short, or maybe jet-black high rise jeans and those velvet booties… I dunno. But I just don’t have the appropriate occasion, so sadly, the top and the booties are both going back.

It’s not tucked in; it is this short so it definitely needs something high-waisted on the bottom, but isn’t the back adorable?

And these sleeves… SWOON! For size reference, this is a 6, and I’d probably be more comfortable in an 8, but I’d need to try it to be sure that it wouldn’t be too big.

Okay, so back to real life. A cozy sweater… now this I can get behind. I love Joie tops, and this lace-up sweater is super duper soft. I also love the tie feature, but I’m not sure why the strings are so very long on me. They’re much shorter on the website.

It has a nice shape without being clingy, which is nice. I like the slit on the side and how it is slightly longer in the back than the front.

While it’s ivory, it isn’t too terribly see-through so I don’t feel that I need a cami under it, although as you can see, the tag shows through so it is on the thinner side. For size reference, this is a small. That’s what I usually wear in this brand.

And finally, a dress. I wanted to love this dress. I do love the sleeves, but I don’t love the jewel neck, and it’s a little too clingy in the wrong places. If the material were heavier and skimmed the body better, I’d be tempted to ignore the neckline. I added a long necklace to show how that helps with the high neckline. It creates a V-shape that imitates the hourglass figure we’re all striving for and draws the eye in and down to the waist.

And before you tell me how good it looks, I am sucking in my belly for all it’s worth and holding my breath. LOL!!! It does look really amazing with the red pumps, though, doesn’t it? At $128, it’s not a bad price if you’re looking for something like this.

also wearing: Cole Haan pumps

Okay, so that’s a wrap! Why do I always feel the need to finish these try-on posts that way? I do not know.

Anyway, I hope this was fun. I realize the price point on these items is quite high. For next time, I’ll ask my Trunk Club stylist for more tops under $100 and shoes and booties under $200, but it was still fun to try on some higher end pieces. The quality is evident, and the details really do take them to the next level. If nothing else, it’s nice to know what to look for when shopping lower priced styles.

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