my second stitch fix was waiting at my doorstep when we got home from vacation.
i was excited to see if the items in this shipment were hitting closer to my style mark after a few bad misses from my first "fix" and then one round of giving them feedback.
this moment right here is so exciting and full of possibilities. i am the squirreliest at this point.
when i unwrapped my parcel, i could immediately tell that i was going to be more pleased than the first time.
here's what was inside (i dropped our camera last week and promptly had a heart attack. and i am thinking the autofocus is what took the beating since all of these are blurry. saddy sad sadnesses):
first up was my accessory. i was excited since last time my statement necklace of geological interest was my one keeper.
these were really nice and quite lovely, but i feel like i have seen the same look for $7 at old navy or claire's (when i take my little nieces, there, duh). so they were a no.
a silky green dress. i really loved the look of this piece right off the bat. enough of my style to keep my hopeful, but enough risks that i might not have tried it on if i passed it in the store.
it came with pockets(!) cute brass buttons in the back, and at $55 the price tag wasnt too bad for a dress (because the $20 i pay to get a fix sent is nonrefundable but goes towards any purchase).
as soon as i went to try it on, i knew it was too small. i am usually a medium in dresses because my zones of largitude are my hips and dresses usually flare out down there so my medium waist and bust are all i need to be sure are tailored correctly.
but this medium was too small in the bust and in the hips. but i went ahead and styled it like their handy picture card had recommended with items that were already in my closet:
okay, so let's pause for a second and mention that this is the most flattering picture that has ever been taken of me. hooray jesse for suffering through 17 blinking and awkward photos to capture this one. but it's not about how i look overall (which i am not ashamed to say, I LOVE!), but how the dress looks on me.
with the jacket, i loved it. but i know my glandular challenges and keeping this jacket on at any function other than an ice-carving tournament was unlikely.
so let's see it without the jacket:
okay, so without the navy jacket to play off of, i dont love the color as much. and you can TOTALLY see how the bust seaming is giving me a boob wedgie.
while i love a pocketed dress, the silky sheath on top shows the pocket fabric too much and makes it look like i have a stowaway a pair of panties up under there.
even still, i really liked this dress and was thinking the medium could work with perhaps a less padded bra? or a quick 10 lb weight loss?
and then i saw this pic:
this is when i knew for sure that this was too small. when i put my hands in the pockets, the few remaining millimeters of hip circumference are taken and it just gets too tight and scandalous up in there.
so this one wasnt a winner, but it was close. i am thinking about upping my dress size to L instead of M because these damn boutique designers dont know how to make things big to trick us into feeling little like american eagle and LOFT do.
as soon as i saw "oversized" and "dolman" i knew i was in trouble. stacy and clinton have taught me nothing if not that oversized clothes make you look bigger. and i have danced with the dolman trend before and always ended up with, at best, a hearty LOL, and at worst, hate speech. we're just not a good match.
but i am open minded, so i put it on. i much preferred the recommended look from the tag that had it paired with a jacket over the one where it was hanging loose like a mod testicle, so i paired it with a grey blazer.
jesse clicked the shutter and then i ripped that slouchy horror off of me forever more. the things i do for you guys...honestly. i dont even remember how much this cost because even if the invoice had said -$20, i wouldnt have taken it because it made me feel sad in my heart.
so, where'd i get that grey blazer? why, it was in my fix too!
my tummy lurched when i say the $95 but i know that a great jacket is a cornerstone of a good wardrobe, and i am quite cornerstone-less at the moment; so i tried it.
i LOVED the color and the nautical striped lining detail.
but i just couldnt do $95 for a blazer made from jersey (sweatshirt material).
i was losing it at this point in the photoshoot and i may have styled this one really stupidly.
but look at my face and ask me how much i care:
for $95, this thing better cause a physical reaction in me and every male within 10 miles. so this was a no even though i think it would be spectacular with another outfit on a much wealthier lady.
and it could be because it's the middle of july, but i preferred my outfit sans blazer a million times more, actually.
only for you guys.
this flirty navy top with gold thread accents. i loved the way they styled this look but the lack of a listed price frightened me. i decided to try it on before looking at the damage on my invoice.
i tried to copy the tucked in skirted look from the style tag for this one, and i kind of wish i had gone untucked (for photo purposes) because my skirt isnt right for this and because untucked looked much better on me. but even still, i was liking this top a LOT.
i went to the invoice and the price was a little gut-wrenching at $78 (so $58 after my previous $20 investment).
after trying it on with a few more things and factoring in some credit that i have gotten from referrals (thanks, yall!) i went for it and made it a keeper:
thank you, sir.
i promise it looks better untucked and with shorts or pants (for my body type, at least).
so that was it for my second fix. i am definitely going to get another one after my next etsy order or lottery windfall.
one thing i have discovered since last time is that stitch fix has really awesome customer service. i have had 2 questions for them since i started and their customer inquiry system is top notch. i get an email saying they received my question and then always within 24 hours i get an answer from a human that is friendly and helpful.
there are people on the other end of this service who want to help and want to make their system work for you. do they make money? yes, but thats never stopped some business from being unresponsive prickle pants. it's refreshing to find great customer service...especially for a company just getting started.
what would you have told me to keep? i was actually going to make this a guess which one i kept sort of post, but i was scared you'd all say, "the green dress! and thank god you didnt keep the navy tank because you look like a freak!" i am building my confidence brick-by-brick here , people. we'll get there eventually. together.