Before entering the modeling industry, I knew very little about fashion. At 20 years old, straight out of Kentucky, you could say I looked the part. For my first casting ever, at Next Model Management, I wore pearls and pantyhose.
Oh, and I carried a leather briefcase! I looked like a tax attorney and definitely not a model. So, how did I go from buttoned up girl from the south to walking the runways? I learned very quickly that fashion can be studied, learned, and applied—and that’s exactly what I did. I combed every major magazine for trends and took note. I copied the style of icons I looked up to. Fake it till you make it, right?
Since I didn’t have a lot of money, I couldn’t splurge at top designers like the other models. I also didn’t have a lot of time to spend scoping out the stores in between castings. I had to start shopping smart. So, let’s fast forward to here and now. With a working mom schedule, it’s just as impossible to shop as it was when I was a young model. Instead of running from casting to casting, I’m busy running my kids from school to activities.
Yes, I have a stylist for red-carpet events but do I pay top dollar for the service in my everyday life? No. I shop online when the kids go to sleep. I ask my friends their opinion. And thankfully, there are styling services out there that help me find what I love without the time commitment or breaking the bank.
Recently, I’ve been using a service called Trunk Club—and it’s everything. They invited me into their clubhouse in Los Angeles to meet with the stylists and see what they had to offer. I’m so excited to share my experience with you and what it’s all about!
So, here’s how it works. Trunk Club is a personal styling service for both men and women who are either short on time, hate to shop, or need a little help in the styling department. Since Trunk Club is owned by Nordstrom, most of your favorite brands sold in the department store are available through the service. Another perk? It’s not a subscription service. So don’t worry about having to pay a membership fee.
When you sign up on the site, you’ll go through 4 easy steps:
Step 1: Create Your Style Profile
You’ll fill out a Q&A so your stylist can have a better understanding of your fit, style, budget, and needs. This will help the stylist pull the clothes that are right for you. If you have a Pinterest board or other inspiration board, you’re able to share that too!
Step 2: Chat With Your Stylist
Depending on your schedule, you’ll set up a time to talk with your stylist over the phone or via messenger app through the website. When the stylist has a pretty good idea about what you will need in your first trunk, they will pull the clothes and send you a digital preview. Each trunk will have 6-10 personally curated pieces.
Step 3: Review Your Trunk OR Set Up A Clubhouse Appointment
Once you receive your digital preview, you will have 48 hours to approve or change any of the items in your trunk. Once approved, your trunk will be delivered via UPS within 4-6 business days with no cost for shipping. If you prefer to shop in person with the stylist, and you live in close proximity to a clubhouse, you will be able to make an appointment through your online Trunk Club account.
Step 4: Try Everything On
The fun part! When your trunk arrives, you have 5 days to decide what you want to keep and what to return. Returns are completely free with the shipping label that will be sent inside with the clothes. . There will be a $25-dollar home try on fee but this will be credited back to the cost of the clothing you chose to keep.
If you’d rather try on the items with the help of your stylist, you’ll also have the option to come into one of the Trunk Club clubhouses. Unfortunately, they are only in 7 cities at the moment (LA, DC, Chicago, NYC, Dallas, Charleston, & Boston) but if you have the chance, I would definitely check it out! I loved working with the stylists in LA. I could have been there all day!
Here are some of my favorite pieces we styled while I was at the clubhouse + a look inside:
Dress: Alice & Olivia
Fringe Jacket: Joie
Velvet Dress: A.L.C
Velvet Booties: Jimmy Choo
Leather Jacket: IRO
Denim: Frame Denim
Dress: Rebecca Taylor
Leather Jacket: IRO
Silver Flats: Robert Clergie
Dress: Alice & Olivia
Top: Cinq A Sept
Denim: Paige Denim
Booties: Jimmy Choo
Believe it or not, these are just half of the looks I pulled. I’m obsessed! If you see any pieces you like, let your stylist know to include it in your first trunk!
For more information, check out Trunk Club’s website here and sign up!
photo credit: Erica Hampton Photography
Actress, model, active humanitarian, & Mom! Author of 'Everyday Chic'.