Trunk Club Review #1

Stitch Fix was so much fun that I decided to try Trunk Club.  Trunk Club used to be for men only, but last fall they started styling for women too.  You still have to sign up and provide credit card info, as well as fill out a style profile.  Then your stylist either messages, emails or calls you.  I elected to go with messaging because that’s just easier for me.  You always have the same stylist.  There’s none of that switching about like on stitch fix, so it pays to really be honest and open about size, fit, preferences, and price point.  After your discussion, your stylist puts together 10-15 items for you to preview online.  You get to discard any items that just won’t work, then you get a big box in the mail about a week later.  There’s no cost for this.  The only money you pay is when you buy something.

Today I got my first box.  My stylist (Hi Haley!) sent me some great items.  I had high hopes for a few, and felt like there were a few things that wouldn’t work right away.  However, I didn’t discard anything from my preview because you never know how something will look when it’s on you and not some 6 foot skinny French model.  Everything comes packaged in an appealing way, and they include tape and a shipping label so you can send it back after your 10 day (!!!!) try-on period.

The first thing I tried was a pair of black dress pants, which were just ok.  They were about 2 inches too long so I paired them with the platform sandals Haley sent.  Since I already have 2 pair of black dress pants, these would have to be awesome for me to keep them.  They weren’t, so the pants are going back.  You’ll see them in a few pics coming up.  Here are the sandals.  They’re cute, but nothing special.  Plus, platforms make me feel a bit tottery.

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The next thing I put on was a white dress shirt.  It’s a staple that I don’t own and probably should.  However, this one was simply awful.  The sleeves were too long.  The shoulders were too wide, and it looked like I was wearing a Panther pavilion, complete with door flaps in the back.  Not sure if you can tell in the picture, but that flap is open all the way up to the collar.  So not work appropriate.  Um..   that’s a no.  Thanks for playing.

Moving on, there was a cute mixed media tank.  It is comfortable and doesn’t look bad, but I have way too much black in my wardrobe already so I’ll probably send it back.  Haley also sent a blue top that was comfortable but too short – hitting me right at my most unflattering point.  (Why, hello tummy pooch!  Fancy meeting you here.)  This is a time when I’m glad I had her send everything from the preview because it was black in the picture and I don’t need any black tops, but the blue is pretty.  Also in the box was a cute blue button down.  I had to throw on the layering tank I wore to work because it was so sheer.  I liked the fabric but didn’t care for the weird boob pocket or the funky sleeves that stuck up like wings.

I figured the next several items were pretty much a no go from the preview, and I was right.  The first is a white linen shirt dress, which I styled with the scarf and gladiator sandals Haley sent.  The scarf was too bulky and pastel, which makes me look dead.  The white dress was too sheer (I wore it with a full slip), too boxy, and had those weird boob pockets.  The sandals made me look short and cut across the top of just my left foot.  I took them off right after the picture.  The other dress was a maxi.  I have had terrible luck with maxi dresses and this was no exception.  First off, it’s mainly black, which I don’t need.  Secondly, the jersey did my figure no favors, and was not at all helped by the empire waist band that cut me off part way up my boobs.  The only good thing about both of these dresses was that they were exactly the right length.  That didn’t make up for all the negatives, so bye bye white dress and black maxi.  Check out that look of disgust and the bingo wings.  Being a middle-aged desk jockey sucks.

The next thing was THE most anticipated thing in my box.  When I pulled out these Paige high waist Transcend jeans I was in love.  The fabric and color were perfect.  I was unsure about the flare, but had my fingers crossed.  Sadly, they were more of a mid-rise than a high rise, nearly 3 inches too long, and gapped at the waist in the back.  The flare made me look even shorter than ever.  I tried them on with a tank Haley sent but didn’t like since it’s mostly black and doesn’t cover my bra straps.  It’s also kind of shapeless. I’m so sad about the jeans, because my butt looks amazing and I really needed some new jeans. But with a $200 price tag, I’ll wait for a pair that works better.

From the preview, I had really hoped that this last dress would be wonderful.  It’s an A-line, which usually works, although a fit-and-flare might have been a better pick.  I liked that it had sleeves, and princess seams.  It’s the last thing I tried on because I figured it was the most likely to be successful.  At first I thought it was. It was a bit roomy in the shoulders, and would look a bit better with some shapewear, but it isn’t too bad, right?  I like the color so I took a close up in better lighting.  It has been raining here for 12 days straight!  No make-up, flat hair, don’t care.

I was so excited, I ran downstairs to show off to my husband.  He liked it.  Yay!  I was ready to overlook the too-wide shoulders and weird length sleeves until I looked at the back and noticed the ridiculous amount of bunching.  Yuck!

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Sometimes I feel as if I’m doomed to never find clothes that fit.

I’m pretty certain all of this is going back, though I’m still thinking about the mixed media tank.  I’ll try this again.  Maybe I’ll have better luck next time.  Also, my mirrors are super dusty.  Whoops!  Time to actually clean and not just tidy up.

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My First Stitch Fix

I have a dirty little secret.  I love to shop.  In fact, Amazon Prime pretty much pays for itself in the first two months of the year based on how much I order.  The UPS guy knows my address by heart.  This is because I really don’t like going to the store.  When I do enter one, it’s a grab and go situation.  Get in, get it, and get out.  It has nothing to do with me being an extreme introvert.  Nope.  Ok, yes it does.

What you might not know is I love fashion.  If I were skinny me with fat me’s income, my closet would make you cry with envy.  But going into a store, browsing through racks of clothes, and changing in a stuffy dressing room under unflattering flourescent lighting is pretty much my idea of torture.  There’s too much input, and nothing ever fits anyway.

I was commiserating with a girlfriend at the office about my lack of cute work clothes a week or so ago and she mentioned that her friends love this service called Stitch Fix.  You set up a style profile that includes some pretty thorough questions about what kind of clothes you like, the sizes you wear, your proportions, things to avoid, and preferred price points.  Then you have the option to schedule a “fix” and a stylist will take your information (and any other info you share like your Pinterest, Twitter, etc.) and send out five surprise items.  They don’t make an “outfit” per se, but they should fill in some gaps in your current wardrobe.

I decided to try it.  After all, it lets me try new clothes (yay!!!), I won’t be overwhelmed by too many choices, and I might learn a bit more about how to dress this rather frumpy peri-menopausal frame.  There is a $20 styling fee, but if you buy something, it’s applied to your purchase.  There’s no way I’m not going to buy something, so I had nothing to lose.  If you don’t want any (or all) of the items, you plunk them in the provided pre-paid priorty mail envelope and drop it in the nearest post office box within three days.  A 25% discount applies if you buy everything in your fix.

My first fix arrived today.  Seriously, where has this been my whole life?!  Wait, words can’t describe my glee!  I’m so excited with this that I’m even going to post (gasp!) selfies!

Here’s what the box looks like.

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It comes with a styling idea card and a personalized note from your stylist.

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I unwrapped the pretty tissue paper to discover this!

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Oh my!  It’s not something I would have been drawn to in a store, but the colors in that top piece were so pretty I rushed to put it on.  It fit perfectly, and hubby liked it.  The belt is mine.  That’s one of the coolest things about trying things on at home, you can figure out what you already have that works with it.  I have shoes to match the belt but was too lazy to get them out.

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Seriously, these colors are so pretty!  I would never have thought this pattern would work for me, but it does.  Ignore the bushman eyebrows.

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I’ll never be a model.  Oh well….      Next, I paired this green blouse they sent with the skirt that was in the box.

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Digging it.  Check out the sweet tulip sleeves!

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Even though I already have a blouse in this exact color in a smaller size *cries*, I’m buying this one.  Blouses with adorable details that fit are far and few between.  Stitch Fix also carries jewelry, bags, and shoes.  They sent me these awesome enameled bangles.  They had me at enamel.  Gotta love that pasty, Polish complexion, amiright?

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This last piece I’m not so sure of.  It’s a mixed material knit top.  The fabric is OMG so soft!  It’s super comfortable.  But it seems a bit long on me, and it feels boxy, and I’m not so sure of the polka dots.  The stylist suggested pairing with white denim, but I don’t have that, so I threw on a pair of skinnies, my favorite perforated gold flats, and my go-to Stella & Dot lariat necklace.  Tell me what you think.  I’m not sure about this one.

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And the back –

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I loved my first fix!  If this appeals to you, go for it!  Here are some final thoughts to help you make a decision.

  • Prices are retail, but they price-match.  Although you can choose your price point, keep in mind that the prices average $55 per piece (before discount).  However, these items are not from Target or Old Navy.  You’re more likely to find these brands at Nordstroms.
  • The quality of these clothes is better than the stuff I usually buy.  That dress is fully lined, and I’ve NEVER felt a t-shirt that soft.
  • The picks are personalized to your wants and needs.  Your stylist is there to help you.
  • Do you like fun surprises in boxes arriving to your door?  I do.  Enough said.
  • Are you too busy/tired/overwhelmed to shop for yourself?  Fill out a style profile and get started.
  • Fixes can be scheduled on a bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, or as-needed basis.
  • If you need styling for a wedding/cruise/camping trip (whatever), just tell your stylist before your next fix.
  • Your Pinterest board is your best tool for guiding your stylist.  Here’s mine if you’re curious My Style Pinboard
  • They carry Petite and Tall sizes, but only go up to size 14.  Sorry.  If it makes you feel better, I’m a 14.
  • Some folks think that only slender young women can have successful fixes.  Proving ya’ll wrong, right here.  Ha!
  • They will be starting up fixes for Men in the fall.  Hubby is going to look so dapper!
  • Hate taking your little kids to the store to try on clothes?  I found a subscription service for them too: Sprouting Threads

Now the nitty gritty.  I did not receive compensation for this post, nor did I receive anything for free.  However, if you click over to the website using this link – Stitch Fix I might be eligible to receive a referral credit.  I don’t expect any.  Anyone who is interested has probably done their own homework by now.  I’m pretty late to the party.

Fashion Rant

I have been bemoaning the lack of appropriate clothing for ladies my age.  My favorite dress, which I am wearing today, is an orange printed muslin.  It’s a simple seamed A-line with pockets (hooray!) and extra fullness in the skirt.  I love it, except for the lack of coverage up top.  The dress has thin straps and a low neckline.  It wouldn’t look out of place except for the fact that I’m really just too busty for it.  If I were younger, I wouldn’t mind so much; but I’m a middle-aged wife and a mother.  Having that much cleavage on display feels a bit outrageous.

 It is little things like that which add up to big deficiencies in my book.  Why can’t I have a cute dress with more coverage?  Sure, I can layer it with a sweater, and a cami, but it’s not really the same.  Save me from boring sportswear!  Can’t we be cute, and classy?  Must it all be either shapeless, or severely cut, and only made in basic colors?

 A couple of months ago I went to Saks to try on a few evening gowns.  Not that there’s any need in my life for one, but it’s fun so why not, right?  Sadly, the things I liked were simply too precious-cutey-pie, or too daring for me to wear.  Again, it appears that I am relegated to boring “mother of the bride” style gowns based on my more “mature” (ahem-fluffy) figure.  I might be older than I used to be, but I still want to feel like a princess when donning a formal gown.

I’m generally comfortable in my skin.  These scars and wrinkles came from living life.  Clothes can be designed to be flattering, modest, and cute.  I don’t want to look like I’ve been playing some teenager’s closet.  So please, fashion industry, consider making cute clothes with more conservative necklines, and sleeves so that we can stop either getting bored to tears, or tipping the scales to the oh so unattractive teeny-bopper-with-wrinkles look.  If it isn’t too much to ask, I’d like them to be affordable too.  I love Carolina Herrera, but I will never have $2k to spend on a day dress.  Realistic options for realistic bodies, if you please.

 And ladies, if you are over 40, please stop shopping in the Junior section.  You might still be able to wear a skin-tight, strapless mini dress; but you are totally not rocking it.  Just stop.  I’m begging you.  I’m not saying you have to give up and get the sad, frumpy T-shirts with crazy embellishments on the neck and a seasonal vest, but accept who you are now.  Don’t try to pretend you are still 17.

 Surely I’m not the only voice out there.  You would think following the baby boomers wouldn’t be so hard.  Shouldn’t somebody have figured this out by now?  Or is being fashionable just another anachronism?  There’s no way I can be the only woman who doesn’t want to live in yoga pants and flip-flops.