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Trunk Club Unboxing November Edition

Greetings, friends! I got a delivery from Trunk Club this week, and I thought I’d share because there are a lot of fun pieces in here. I specifically asked for holiday attire — dresses and festive tops, and my stylist sent quite a few. I hope you can help me decide what to keep.

For those new to Trunk Club, it’s a clothing subscription service owned and operated by Nordstrom. It’s one of those deals where they send you a box of clothing (and shoes and accessories if you wish) every so often, and you only pay for what you keep. It’s a great risk-free way to find new pieces, and I love trying things on in the comfort of my own home.

I styled most of these pieces the way I’d probably wear them because I think that’s helpful — both to me when trying to decide what to keep, and also to you so you can see how they would look in an outfit. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you really like something or not unless you see it styled.

I am not working with Trunk Club, but I do share my referral link and I get Trunk Club credits if you sign up through my link and place an order. If you sign up, you get a link to share with your friends too!

Let’s start with this festive Loop Stitch Foil Print Sweater by Vince Camuto. I like this in theory. For those of us who attend a lot of casual holiday house parties, a festive sweater with jeans or pants is the easiest outfit to pull together. I like how the style of this jewel neck pullover is casual and comfortable, but the sparkly foil print definitely says holiday.

I paired it with coated black skinnies and black pumps to show how I might wear it to a party or out to dinner. For reference, this is a small, and I think it’s the right size. I typically wear a small in Vince Camuto tops.

also wearing: Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps // DL1961 Emma Coated Legging Jeans

I’m not such a fan of this Milly Ruffle Metallic Top by Bardot. I feel like I should be on Star Trek! LOL!!!

also wearing: Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps // DL1961 Emma Coated Legging Jeans

I wore this metallic pointelle cardigan by Halogen in the previous post with black bootcut pants and a blush cami. I threw it on here with a white cami and jeans and ballet flats. I wouldn’t wear these ballet flats with this, but they’re what I happened to be wearing already. I like this sweater, but I think it’s a size too big. (For reference, it’s a medium, and I typically wear a small in Halogen.) I also think it needs a more body conscious top underneath… maybe a thin black turtleneck?

also wearing: AG Legging Ankle Jeans // Tory Burch Minnie Travel Flats

She also sent some dresses because I’m still looking for something to wear to my husband’s holiday office party in a few weeks. I specifically requested dresses with sleeves because I hate to be cold and I don’t want to deal with a wrap, and I also mentioned that I love Eliza J dresses. She sent four, and they’re all contenders. I need you to help me decide!!!

First, this bell sleeve shift dress in purple has the most gorgeous sleeves! While purple generally isn’t my first choice for a holiday party, I love the deep v-neckline, the oversized bell sleeves, and the structure a lined crepe dress offers.

That said, it is a shift more than a sheath, and I wish it had a little more shaping through the waist. And again, the color is flattering, but perhaps not quite holiday enough?

Those sleeves, though….. *swoon*

Another purple dress… actually they call this maroon, but either way, I like that it’s an iridescent velvet — it seems more holiday party-ish to me.

I like this a lot, but I’m not crazy about the neckline. Maybe with a big statement necklace it would work??? It’s flattering otherwise, and it’s really comfortable. I love the ruching. My hand is in a funky position here because I’m trying to hold the tags aside so you can really see the side of the dress. I think it needs a metallic shoe and a blingy necklace.

This cold shoulder velvet sheath in hunter green is my least favorite of the lot. I wore a black cold shoulder dress last year to this same party, so for that reason alone I wouldn’t choose this. Also, I don’t like how you can see the line of my shapewear. I may need a bigger size, but I’d prefer to wear a dress that isn’t as body-conscious. FYI, I am wearing an 8 in all of these dresses. That’s my usual size in Eliza J.

Finally, I think this cobalt blue bell sleeve lace sheath is stunning. It was the first of the four dresses that I tried, and I think it’s probably the one I’m keeping. Although, again, I’m thrown off a bit by the color… I don’t think of blue for holiday, but I guess it can be.

I also feel that lace is kind of “last year” because it was sooooo super popular for the past few seasons. The velvet dresses seem more “now” for that reason, but this does have those great sleeves, and I also like the boatneck. Plus it has more structure than the stretchy velvet and it’s more forgiving if I eat a few too many h’ordeuvres, ha!

I think I’d wear verrrry sheer black hose with this and maybe velvet pumps? I guess that’s how I could get my velvet in there!

I don’t know, what do you say? Blue lace or maroon velvet???

Okay, back to my comfort zone… casual wear! I wanted to like this merino star sweater by Madwell, but it’s a bit big. (FYI, there are more sizes available at Madwell.) I typically wear a small at Madewell, and my stylist sent a medium. It looks okay from the front…

But look at the side… Yoiks! So it is going back, but it’s a really cute sweater. Just size down if you tend to run in between sizes.

also wearing: AG Legging Ankle Jeans // similar loafers

This keyhole back v-neck tunic by Caslon isn’t a favorite. I like the neckline and that it’s a nice sweatshirt material, but that panel at the bottom isn’t quite working for me. Maybe I should have tried it with black leggings and tall black boots… I definitely wouldn’t wear it with these ankle jeans and ballet flats anyway. It’s cute, I guess. I just don’t see myself wearing it that much.

also wearing: AG Legging Ankle Jeans // Tory Burch Minnie Travel Flats

I had high hopes for this rib knit cashmere bell sleeve sweater by Nordstrom Signature, but fit really weird and bulged over the hips, plus it’s too low-cut. Oh well, it’s not in the budget anyway. And pardon my disgusting mirror. I really need to Windex that!

also wearing: AG Legging Ankle Jeans // Tory Burch Minnie Travel Flats

That’s it for my Trunk Club unboxing, but I have a few other things I was trying on so I photographed them too.

I ordered this wool cashmere turtleneck sweater from Ann Taylor during a 40% off sale in both black and ivory. A good black turtleneck is on my short list right now, and this one is ALMOST perfect… I love the length of the arms, the raglan sleeves, the ribbed turtleneck that isn’t too tight or too loose, and I like the idea of the tall ribbed hem, but I feel like it’s making the fit just a tad boxy.

Also, it’s kind of scratchy. I wore the ivory already, but I haven’t worn this black one yet, so it’s going back. I’m still on the hunt for a great black turtleneck.

also wearing: AG Legging Ankle Jeans // similar loafers

This flare sleeve sweater is from Nordstrom and I think it’s really fun, but it’s a little too dramatic and the quality isn’t great. Also, the color is awesome for Thanksgiving, but I don’t think I’d wear it after that.

also wearing: AG Legging Ankle Jeans // Tory Burch Minnie Travel Flats

I like this wide rib mock neck sweater better, and it’s a color I’ll wear all winter long. Cyndi actually styled this a few weeks ago, and I liked it on her too. Again, the quality isn’t fantastic, but it’s pretty, and I can see myself wearing it for a lot of things. I can see it with my black jeans and black mules or with blue jeans and black over the knee boots.

also wearing: AG Legging Ankle Jeans // Tory Burch Minnie Travel Flats

Finally, I wore this Woodside Pullover Sweater by Madewell in my Facebook Live earlier today. (Yes, I survived! And it was actually FUN!)

I actually ordered this in the Hthr Rust, and it came in this Antique Cream. I was annoyed, but whatever. I re-ordered it and put this in the box to send back. The second one came… in Antique Cream again! So decided it was meant to be and I kept it. Ha!

also wearing: AG Legging Ankle Jeans // Tory Burch Minnie Travel Flats

Finally, another Madewell sweater. (They’re killing it lately!) I actually ordered this Northfield Mockneck Sweater in Donegal Snow before I went to the mall and saw the same sweater in Hthr Cactus. I forgot I’d ordered this one or didn’t realize they were the same, and I ended up buying and wearing the green one before this one arrived.

I love a good donegal knit, but I have a thing about not buying duplicates. I know, it’s a weird “rule” to keep, especially for a fashion blogger. But I just feel like there are too many cute styles out there to buy two of the same sweater in different colors. I’d rather find another great donegal sweater.

But this is me, and I shop for a living. If it makes your life easier to find something you like and buy it in multiple colors, go for it! No shame in that. These sweaters are super soft and very good quality, and I recommend them without reservation. I expect to have my green one for years, unlike the cheaper BP. ones that I tend to wear for a season and then pass on.

also wearing: AG Legging Ankle Jeans // Tory Burch Minnie Travel Flats

And that’s all I’ve got! Also, Black Friday sales are starting early again this year, so tomorrow I’ll try to post a roundup of what I’ve found so far, but let’s just say Tory Burch has 40% off select styles and they’re GOOD ONES!!!

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79 thoughts on “Trunk Club Unboxing November Edition

  1. Gotta say, my fave is the first purple one that’s posted. I’m late to the table on this post and you probably chose one already. I’m partial to purple esp for brunettes. I think purple is sooo festive too! You look lovely in all the dresses but my fave is the first one!

  2. I’m sure you’ve already sealed that box by now but I’m hoping you kept the maroon velvet dress. ????????I agree with everyone else who said that the blue dress is more matronly and doesn’t look like a fun holiday dress. You’re beautiful and will look great in anything you choose. Maybe on a future post after the holidays you could give us some tips on how you photograph yourself in the mirror? I have tried when I’m selling clothing on Tradesy or just to show a friend something for an opinion. Let’s just say I look ridiculous. LOL There has got to be a trick for how you stand, where you hold the camera, etc. 

    1. LOL, Debbie, I always feel ridiculous in those pictures! After trying a gazillion different ways, I guess I’ve landed on a pose or two that work best for me. It’s a lot of trial and error. 🙂

  3. Would love to know which dress you decided on!

    My first pick is the velvet dress and the second is the purple fun sleeve dress. While I do like the green dress, not a fan of the cold shoulder trend…it’s great for summer but not December lol.

    I agree with everyone that said the blue dress looks matronly on you. I couldn’t put my finger on why I didn’t like it until I read the comments.

    Out of all the sweaters, I like the donegal one best on you.

  4. The blue dress by far is the classiest and thats my 1st choice. It fits you perfectly and i think its perfect for a holiday party. The first dress with the sleeves would be my 2nd choice, it is “the fun dress” but definitely needs alterations. It all depends on how you feel that evening. You will look great regardless.

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