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Trunk Club Plus Size Subscription Box Review – September 2018


Nordstrom Trunk Box September 2018

Trunk Club is a clothing styling service for both men and women. Subscribers work closely with their stylist to find ideal pieces that are then sent as a trunk to try on and possibly purchase. Trunks can be ordered as often as you like, whether that be once, monthly, or quarterly! Trunk Club goes at your pace!

Nordstrom Trunk Box September 2018

Trunk Club is a Nordstrom company, and they send similar brands that range in the $75-300 range. In the style profile, you can choose your preferred price range for each category (ie. $50-100, $100-200, or $200+)

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Nordstrom Trunk Box September 2018

About Trunk Club

The Subscription Box: Trunk Club

The Cost: $25 styling fee, credited towards any items you choose to keep, plus the cost of whatever you keep

The Products: 7-10 clothing items hand-selected by a stylist for you to try on at home. Items may include clothing, shoes, and accessories.

Ships to: Their website states that they ship to the contiguous 48 states only, for free, but it also states that there is a shipping and return fee to ship to Alaska and Hawaii.  They do not ship internationally.

Good to Know: Trunk Club price matches “within 14 days of purchase exclusively to Nordstrom.”

Trunk Club For Women September 2018 Review

Nordstrom Trunk Box September 2018

My month’s trunk arrived to me in its Trunk Club trademark cardboard shipping box fashioned to resemble a suitcase. I am rather fond of the personalized details in their packaging, especially the note from my stylist and itemized invoice.

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They include a pamphlet that provides product information, how to get the most from your trunk, and free shipping label and tape strips.

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Here is a close up of the list of items I received and their costs.

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Vintage Gold  Velvet Tank by J.Crew, Size 20W – Retail Value $69.50 (found on sale here for $41.70)

I actually sent this as a suggestion to my stylist, Stefania, and she obliged me by sending this beauty my way! It is fall officially and I LOVE anything in mustard yellow or velvet, so this was a must-have. The top itself has limited stretch and has an inside liner. This piece is perfect for transitional Autumn weather, especially out where I live where we are still having eighty degree weather one day and fifty the next! This top also is a heck of a value and is rather versatile; I styled this top various ways for this review alone! It has gone on sale since I (foolishly) returned it, so I wrote my stylist to see if it could miraculously be sent back to me! Fingers crossed!

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Royal Stripe Pencil skirt by RACHEL Rachel Roy, Size 3x – Retail Value $109 

Another piece I absolutely hated sending back was this gorgeous striped skirt from Rachel Roy’s RACHEL line. This skirt is perfect for fall with its jewel tones and the gorgeous metallic copper threaded stripe. This piece has ample stretch and actually hit me at an ideal length! Stefania suggested I style it with the Lucky Brand velvet top, but I fell in love with how it looked with the velvet J.Crew tank. I styled this ensemble with earrings and a necklace from an upcoming CHC Vintage Accessories box review as well as shoes from Target’s Wild Fable line. This could translate to cooler weather months with a killer pair of booties, black turtleneck top, and a camel-colored biker jacket. I regret sending this one back too.

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Haya Faux Snakeskin Hobo Bag  – Retail Value $55

I often chat with my stylist, Stefania, about items I may be interested in for the next Trunk Club. When we discussed options for this month’s box, I told her how much I loved Topshop’s animal print items featured on the Nordstrom site. Unfortunately, Topshop doesn’t offer a full plus size range (get on it, guys!), but she did manage to find me this faux snakeskin bag by them as an option. The bag is so roomy! I love big bags, or suitcases as my co-worker often says, so I appreciate the size of this bag alone! I usually go for leopard, tiger, or zebra prints, so snakeskin is a bit of a departure for me! I loved how this paired so effortlessly against the Rachel Roy skirt and J.Crew velvet tank. It just topped it off perfectly! This bag looks great against different prints to add complexity or can be paired with solid colored dresses to take it from plain to wild in an instant!

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‘Over It All’ Distressed Denim Overalls by City Chic, Size 20W – Retail Value $99.95

A few months ago, I reviewed another pair of City Chic overalls for my April Trunk Club review. Roughly five months later, my stylist sent me these adorable overalls to try as well. Unlike the April pair, these have a more traditional overall look with the thicker bib with utility pockets. There is also some slight distress details to give this pair a more worn look. I styled these with the ultra-versatile J.Crew velvet tank, but this could be worn in cooler months with a striped mock turtleneck top and sneakers for an adorable, yet comfortable weekend look!

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Belted Plaid Skirt by BP, Size 3x – Retail Value $55

I love a good plaid skirt! I remember being in high school in the 90s and hunting high and low for the perfect plaid mini-skirt at my favorite thrift shops. Now, a plaid mini-skirt is a staple I expect to see in some variation each fall! This skirt looks fantastic on. It has limited stretch, but it does have an attached belt that helped me adjust the skirt’s fit on me to my liking. This is such a classic piece that I opted to style it two ways. First styling includes the immensely adaptable J.Crew top with my new favorite Wild Fable shoes and my tried and true faux leather biker look. I love combining cutesy pieces like a mini-skirt with a tough biker jacket. They perfectly contrast and complement one another.

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The second styling includes same shoes and BP plaid skirt, but this time I have a ruffled short sleeve shirt and sunglasses from my most recent Pinup in a Pack review. This look with tights could be a great ensemble for the office and certainly can be worn after for a post-work happy hour!

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Floral Spot Dress by City Chic, Size LW (20W) – Retail Value $99

Holy guacamole, this dress is charming as heck! This dress is incredibly flattering on– I can’t get over it! The tie at the waist adds further definition and the v-neckline has a sweetheart cut quality. The print is fantastic and perfectly retro; I also love the shades of red against the greens and blues. The sleeves are even precious! This dress is great for summer wearing due to how light it is, but with a cardigan, tights, and booties this could easily be worn in the fall as well! I am kicking myself for not getting this one, but maybe another time!

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Cutoff Denim Jacket by GLAMOROUS, Size 20W – Retail Value $99 (found on sale here for $59.40)

In theory, I love reddish orange anything— especially a denim jacket! However, I did not like this one, not at all. I have had various GLAMOROUS brand items in my Trunk Club boxes, but the sizing and cuts are always off on me. The pieces tend to be boxy and oversized and I prefer a snugger, body-hugging cut. I also do not like the frayed bottom, it just looks sloppy to me. To each their own, but this jacket just was not my cup of tea. I styled the jacket with the City Chic dress to bring out the red in the dress. This jacket could look great paired with a lightweight striped sweater and light blue jeans for a cute casual ensemble.

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Printed Velvet Top by Lucky Brand, Size 2x – Retail Value $59.50

It is Fall, so bring on all the fabulous velvet pieces. I have a rack of velvet dresses, skirts, and tops but there’s always room for more. I usually don’t wear purple, but I appreciate that this top has a printed design featuring gorgeous jewel tones in orange, pink, and turquoise. I also was surprised to see this was by Lucky Brand— I had no idea they did plus size options! My stylist suggested I pair this top with the Rachel Roy skirt, but I much prefer it styled with my favorite ModCloth jeans, some lavender thread hoops, and gold flats! I also can envision this looking amazing with a mustard pencil skirt and turquoise pointy flats or heels to bring out the vibrant design on the top as well!

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Floral Print Mock Neck Blouse by BP, Size 2x – Retail Value $45

I absolutely love a good mock turtleneck top. When you combine that irresistibly understated mock turtleneck with a bell sleeve and floral print— I simply can’t say no! This is the one item I did opt to buy. I loved the retro look and feel of this top. I paired it with the same ModCloth jeans from before with my wooden Bad Sandy Heels, oversized sunglasses, and a vintage-inspired necklace from my latest Jewelry Subscription box (review coming soon!) for some casual Stevie Nicks vibes. I sense I will get a lot of wear from this top. In the office, I will pair it with a red pencil skirt and my Bad Sandy heels for a great 70s business casual inspired ensemble!

Verdict: Holy smokes, you guys, Stefania knocked this one out of the park. I wanted to keep the entire box excluding the GLAMOROUS jacket. If I had it in the budget, I would have definitely kept the J.Crew top, BP skirt, and the Rachel Roy skirt in a heartbeat. My stylist, Stefania, and I talked extensively via the Trunk Club app and I can tell that it resonated with her. This box definitely felt like she had me in mind. The app is definitely something that makes Trunk Club’s subscription service stand out from its competitors. Being able to communicate directly with your stylist by sending pics, links and messages is awesome! The top notch customer service and customization of this box make it a great value. I can’t wait to see what Stefania selects for my October box!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Trunk Club curates its boxes based on each individual’s preferences as well as what’s available. What you get might not be the same as what I got, but you also might get something that fits your style and body even better than the looks above! Sign up and see what they choose for you!

Value Breakdown: This box’s styling fee costs $25 and includes free shipping and returns. The total retail value of the nine items inside is $863.95. The cost of each item is listed alongside it above, but if I choose to keep anything, the $25 cost of the box’s styling fee would also be applied to the purchase. That’s an average $83.90 an item, which is on par with the brands included.

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Written by Nicole Rieder

Nicole Rieder

Nicole Rieder is a self-proclaimed clothing fiend and is new to the subscription box world. She loves boxes like Gwynnie Bee because she can play around with styles she may not have before!

Posted in Clothing & Fashion Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women, Trunk Club Reviews| Tags: trunk club | 24 comments

Comments (24)

  1. I love the plaid skirt. You look gorgeous in it with the ruffled blouse. That dress is so pretty for Spring or winter and the purple and floral tops are cute! You look beautiful in everything!

    • Awe thank you, Alex!

  2. Umm, high school in the 90s???? I thought that you were my age and my graduated in 2010! You look amazing!

    • Awwwwwe shucks, Dominique! Thank you! Nope, I graduated in 2000! I got ten years on ya, give or take!

    • Thank you so much, Shelly! I do love that tank. All the mustard velvet!

  3. If it’s not too personal a detail, it would be great if in reviews for styling services you guys listed the price range you requested for each category in the initial styling profile. The few stitch fix’s I’ve done haven’t always matched with my price range requests and I’m curious to see if the issue is what I’m requesting or if it was just a coincidence and if other styling services are better at using those guidelines.

    • Michelle, generally, I suggest on Stitch Fix and Dia and Co lowest that I can go. With Trunk Club, I am not sure what I have it set at. But Trunk Club usually have a lot of higher end brands tbh.

  4. Omg everything looks so great on you! You must get that mustard tank back! And you say you were in high school in the 90s?!? Because you definitely don’t look over 30…if you are, you need to spill all your secrets.

    • JennyJenny, bless your heart! You know how to make a gal feel good! I am thirty six. I would say genetics, drinking a lot of water, and moisturizing have been beneficial. I also used to be on retinol treatments for my acne years ago and I feel like it helped my skin exponentially. I also like doing lots face masks.

  5. Love every single top she sent you. And that dress is perfect on you. Now to hunt down that Lucky top.

    • Katie, yes! Treat yourself!

  6. Wow, the stylist did a great job customizing that box for you! I really loved the: plaid shirt, dress and golden yellow top on you. I think the only downside with such great curation is that I would have a hard time returning items I feel in love with. This would be a dangerous subscription indeed.

    • Omg, spot on, Loba. It killed me returning most of these pieces!

  7. Just a tip: If you’re signed up with a Nordstrom’s credit card or Amex platinum card, the styling fee is waived.

    • That is a nice tid bit! Thank you, Carrie!

  8. You didn’t keep anything? I refuse to give away the styling fee I already paid for haha.

    • No, I bought the floral top! I totally hear ya in that, Kristin. I regret not keeping the J.Crew top. It is sold out in my size now. 😭

      • Nicole- the velvet tank is 30% off on J Crew’s site today & they have your size in stock 🙂

      • P.S. you look absolutely stunning in all of these pieces!! I just went to buy the velvet tank because of this review 😂

      • Awe I love that you got it for yourself! Stefania nailed it this time around for sure!

      • Thanks for the heads up! I am going to hold of in hopes of it going down even more. I am a bargainista! Hahaha

  9. Hi Nicole! You look fantastic in all of these pieces. It seems your stylist is doing great in finding just the right pieces for you!

    • Michelle, thank you! Yes, she is great to work with! She has been styling me for over a year now, so I feel like she gets what I dig. Plus I give her lots of pics though chat as like a vision board. She is amazing!

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