Happy Monday, gals! I’m so very excited to share with you my most recent Trunk Club trunk. I asked my stylist Shelly to put together a trunk of full-length dresses for me to select from for my son Daniel’s upcoming fall wedding. And she delivered big time!
What is Trunk Club?
Trunk Club is a personal styling service for men and women. It’s easy to use and accessible to anyone. Upon signing up you get paired with a stylist (if you sign up through my links, you’ll get Shelly!) who will learn about your clothing needs, preferences and price points. Then she’ll hand-select pieces from Nordstrom to send to you in a Trunk.
Or, as in this case, you can request a special themed trunk. I’ve had trunks of athletic wear, J.Crew clothing and spring dresses. You could also receive sleepwear, jeans and tops or shorts and tees. And I think Trunk Club is a great option for someone transitioning into a new career or job that they need to dress differently for.
Before your trunk is shipped to you, you’ll receive a preview email of your items to approve. Once you sign off on your stylist’s selections, your Trunk will be shipped to your door and you’ll have five days to try everything on.
A $25 styling fee (waived for Nordstrom card members) will be credited toward whatever you choose to keep, and you can return the rest with Trunk Club’s free shipping service. You’ll only be charged for the items you kept. You can message your stylist when you’re ready for another trunk, or you can schedule them monthly or bi-monthly.
My Size Information
When I show a try-on session I think it’s helpful to post my usual size information. I’m 55 years old, 5’8″ and 150 pounds. I have pretty normal proportions and am an X or hourglass shape. My shoulders are a little broad and my arms a little long.
I normally wear a size 8 in just about everything except jeans. Like most gals, I go down a size in jeans to a 6. I’m a small B cup, by the way. I think that little bit of information is especially significant to remember in today’s try-on session with these gowns.
Let’s Look at the MOB/MOG Dresses!
Shelly sent me 9 beautiful Mother of the Bride or Groom dresses to consider for my son’s October wedding. I had requested gowns in navy or deep blue and green – something especially appropriate for a fall wedding in Ohio. Let me show you what she sent. First you’ll see each dress on me. Then you’ll see it on…a goddess. Ha!
This v-neck stretch charmeuse dress has a retro 1920s vibe to it. It’s very soft and comfortable. Unfortunately, the one I was sent is missing its sash. So Shelly will send me another if I decide on this dress. Charmeuse is a soft fabric with a satin weave, by the way. I’m wearing a small.
I love the ruffle sleeves on this navy dress. The neckline is a front and back V, and it plunges pretty deep. With alterations at Nordstrom I could have a small snap inserted to the front closure for privacy, I’m sure. This is a very comfortable and feminine dress.
This one-shoulder a-line gown also comes in black and blush, and petite sizes are available. It features a luxurious satin bow at the shoulder. Pretty! I don’t think I did the best job of getting this dress all “situated” on me. Ha! It’s lined, so some of the lining appears to be bunched up a little. The dress zips up the side.
I do like this dress, but I’m not sure about a one-shoulder gown for me. It’s just not something I’ve worn in a while. But it is extremely sophisticated looking. I’m wearing an 8.
I’ll go ahead and let you know that this luxe v-neck chiffon gown is one of my favorites. I just love wearing hunter green, and that’s the color I really prefer to wear to this wedding. I’m wearing an 8 and it definitely fits true to size, but there is no room for me to gain in my midsection. Not that I need to do that anyhow. I’m just letting you know that it’s really TTS.
As with most of the dresses in my trunk, I’d need a privacy snap at the base of the v-neck. And I’d probably have this one hemmed a little, too, because I don’t want to wear any higher shoes (more on those in a bit).
Even though the waistband is comfortably snug, this dress feels great on. And the chiffon truly is luxurious. It also comes in blush, black, cameo, midnight blue, mist blue, oyster and several prints. And here it’s available in burgundy in just a few sizes, and at a reduced price.
This a-line embroidered lace gown is navy and features a nude underlay. The hem is higher in the front and longer in the back. To me it looks sort of Downton Abby-ish. And as far as I’m concerned that’s a good thing.
My only problem with the dress is that it feels and looks a little stiff in the skirt. But I’m assuming I could steam it a little and all would be well. Also, it’s not the most comfortable of the group. It’s not uncomfortable, mind you. It’s just not as easy to wear as some of the others.
Also, I do like the dress with the navy shoes shown below better than with the gold sandals that came in my trunk.
The only problem with this jersey tie waist gown is that it’s too large. Way too large. It’s a medium, and I’m not sure why I got that size. The dress has a lot of stretch in it, so I’m pretty sure a small would fit nicely.
This dress is extremely lightweight and is unlined. It’s not a wrap dress, by the way, even though is sort of looks like one. The sash is removable. The dress has a plunging v-neck in the back as well, and it comes in midnight.
This short sleeve wrap dress also comes in sage, ocean mist and marigold. Also very comfortable, it’s a true wrap dress. I like that the short sleeves are really elbow length and that they are very roomy.
This navy sequin crepe trumpet dress is definitely a thick, winter or fall dress. I do think it’s a very flattering silhouette and it fits nicely. I love that the dress is classic navy crepe with just a touch of glitter and glam on the sleeves and shoulders. The sequins do carry on to the back and it features a v-neck in the back.
I’m very impressed with the crystal mesh bar clutch Shelly sent me. It does have a chain, so it could be worn on the shoulder, too. But I think it would be a very versatile evening bag. I’m definitely considering keeping it for the big day, too.
Next up, another beautiful hunter green dress. This one is a double v-neck stretch crepe gown with 3/4 length sleeves.
I think this stretch crepe dress creates a stunning silhouette, and of course I love the color. The slit is a little more “come hither” than I prefer. And I’d definitely need a snap at the plunging v-neck.
Also, you’d only want to wear this dress for a cool weather wedding or event. It does feel very heavy, but it’s quite comfortable, too. This dress was my initial favorite, but I have a couple others in the mix now, too.
The stretch crepe gown is also available in burgundy, black, midnight and silverstone.
So let’s talk about these beautiful earrings. I think they’re so feminine and tastefully elegant. They come in gold or silver and would hold their own with any of these dresses. I probably would not even wear a necklace if I wore these.
These Vince Camuto Payto Sandals feature an Art Deco-inspired silhouette. They’re available in But with any of these dresses they’re only going to peek out from under the skirts, so I’m not nearly as concerned about how they look as I am about how they feel. And these 3″ heels are extremely comfortable. Every time I tried them on with the dresses, I forgot to take them off before attempting to get dressed again. Seriously! I forgot I had them on. Now, that’s what I’m looking for in heels that I’ll be wearing for about 8 hours.
The shoes I’m showing here are in Egyptian gold, but they’re also available in several other metallics and nude and black.
Shop the Trunk
Every dress Shelly sent me is available at Nordstrom in their Mother of the Bride selection. You can either order these same dresses and try them yourself or you could easily join Trunk Club and receive a similar trunk based on your style, color and seasonal preferences.
I sent my trunk back today and I did keep one of the dresses. But I think I’m going to keep my choice to myself for now. I’ve asked Shelly about the return policy and, sure enough, I can return the dress with the tags still on it if I come across something I like better between now and then. And my shipping will still be free. Now that’s service.
Thank so much for reading and sharing my Trunk Club experience with me. If you have a special event this fall or winter, I can highly recommend every single dress in this post. I would gladly wear any of them.
Blessed for My Day
Today I pray that you nor I would forget for even one moment how blessed we are. May we walk in the full knowledge of how great and wondrous God’s grace toward us is. May we live like victors and not like the defeated. May we tap into the resurrection power abiding within us so that we overcome the struggles and temptations that lure us into combat today.
I pray that you and I walk in freedom because we have been set free. And I hope for each of us to face the enemy of our souls with new resolve and confidence because he has been defeated while we have been delivered.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. ~ Psalm 103:1-5