after my last stitchfix box i decided to take a month off from their service. i hadnt been thrilled with the last few boxes they'd sent and i wanted to wait until their fall stock was nice and plump (like me!) to dive back in and give them another try.
during my break with them, i tried out tog + porter (my code is dukesTP12, if you need it). if you read about that experience here, you know it was very positive. (FYI, i kept the wooden necklace and the scarf...with a standing memo to them that i will buy the chevron top and the red tunic if they ever get them in my size.)
i also took some time to reflect on the pieces that stitch fix had sent me during my first 5 boxes and to really analyze the good, the bad and the ugly.
my general feeling after taking another look at it all with my hawk-eyed hindsight was that the 25 pieces (total) that they had sent me were really pretty good. i know i made a big deal about how some of them were ridiculous or gross, but the vast majority were cute AND pretty close to my style preferences.
i think a lot of my frustration came from fit issues with a hearty dose of insecurity on my own part. that's my problem, not the clothes', and certainly not stitch fix's.
so, with a happy new attitude, i requested another box from them last week.
here's what landed on my doorstep (and i didnt have time to try on and photograph until bath time. so feel free to enjoy the background antics of my nakie babies in the tub):
1. Everly Dress : Work Dress Lambie 3/4 Sleeve Tie Back Dress
first impression: i HATED this when i pulled it out of the box. i thought the print was black. when i realized it was actually navy and have a nice defined waist, it went from a red light to a yellow light
2. Jack by BB Dakota Outer Layer : Cardigan Loveland Faux Fur Trim Cardigan
oh man. despite being $100, i just didnt see how i could ever seriously rock an open-weave faux fur-trimmed cardigan and not look like the conquering queen of appalachia.
3. Olive and Oak Bottom : Pant Hanover Fitted Ponte Knit Pant
my first pants ever with stitchfix. i was intrigued by the fact that they were knit, but knew i probably wouldnt keep them since i already have some royal blue skinnies from american eagle. also: the totally reminded my of those softball coach's shorts from the 80's.
4. Zenzii Jewelry : Bracelet enamel snap bangle
i liked the look of an interesting neutral bangle, but the $35 made me nervous.
5. GLAM Top : Blouse Mission 3/4 Sleeve V-Neck Blouse
loved the color at first sight, but was scared it was sheer. also had concerns that it might be too short. i LOVE long things that hit at the hip and deplore things that sit above by beltline. looking down and seeing a triangle of lovehandle squirting out is never good for my soul.
so let's get me into those clothes (and avoid the insane splashing going on while i was only paying half attention to the aquatic horseplay).
the dress is pretty shapeless if you dont tie it back (there are sewn-in ties) and i was surprised to not see a belted option on their style card. but i really love what they did by adding tights.
i belted the shizz out of it and added some moto boots a little unzipped because, yall, i'm kind of the coolest person ever. nope. it just felt right to pose like a chick who can pull this sort of thing off.
impressions: it's a leeettle short. i could not parent in public with this on bareback (theres way too much bending and lunging after errant offspring involved. and i would like to avoid flashing the world again if at all possible).
but with tights, i could rock this anywhere, and even without them i could definitely see this being a great little date number.
i dont currently own any sleeved dresses and i really enjoy how lightweight this one is while not looking like a summer sundress.
oh dear. even the hot n'sexy invisible ladies wearing these styled ensembles look at best like the stereotypical lovable movie hooker and at worst viking wenches.
but i was seriously open to the possibility of being surprised to love it:
mmmm. no. it just wasnt working for me.
i might not have done my best to de-hooker it by adding knee high boots, a hot pink top, and giant earrings, but still, i feel like the prize that comes with a happy meal at the free clinic STD screening festival. "fur-clad barbie! with real street-walking legs!!"
and because the lighting it terrible in front of the full-length:
during this whole trial, bits of the fur also kept drifting around, detached from the main
i know there are some saucy mamas out there who could rock this sweater to pieces, but i am thinking i am not one of them.
love love LOVE how they styled these. i gotta get me a sleeveless tunic like that and rock a striped longsleeve top with a colorful necklace (see? even if the item isnt an exact winner, a styling service really can have lots of value).
so here they are on:
i was thrilled that they fit (after my shorts experience in fix #1, i was so scared).
they were oh so tight. these truly are jeggings: thick, legging-like material tailored to look like a jean (faux pock details on the front, belt loops, and back pockets) but fit like a legging.
of course, i have no need for these since i already own royal blue skinny jeans, but i was very encouraged that they had selected something for me that i already owned for myself.
it's the bracelet we are judging here. but, dang, i love this outfit.
the shoes are sky high wedges that i got in tennessee on our blissful visit to besties ryan and raechel. they are from shii and were only $20 and they are grey and have a bow (available here). and of course they go with my blousey secret and pink skinnies.
but the bangle. i like it, but it's not a stand out. it's a little thinner than i like in a bracelet, but i do like that it is ivory and gold and would go with everything.
here it is without the distraction of the rest of my fashion:
it's so viserion chic (anyone???)
again love the casual/classy styling options they are showing me.
hey, hey. it's not sheer! and its not short!
i think i really like this top. its bright and fun, but also flirty and light. it could go in almost any season, looking great alone or under a jacket and scarf.
you will note the wedges. okay, so the tog + porter selection of the TOMS wedges made me a believer in a casual, everyday wedge. but i didnt love the $70 price tag or the fact that the sporty little TOMS logo on the back kind of made them less chic.
so i took that style epiphany and applied it to greener pastures (pastures of affordability). i found these on amazon for $30 and i got a 20% off code because i signed up for amazon shoes emails. with free shipping and free returns, it was a smash hit!
gratuitous baby belly.
so what are your thoughts? will this be my first ever multiple-keeper box from stitchfix?!?!
things i use to make up my mind: style, fit and price, obviously. but another part of the equation is uniqueness. one of the benefits of shopping through SF or T&P is that they carry boutique designers making really one-of-a-kind pieces that i cant always go out and find a similar style in a retail store.
so dont call it a comeback, but i feel like stitch fix and i are clicking.
if you are kind of clueless and overwhelmed by shopping sometimes and you need some fall fashion inspiration, i really think it's worth it to give stitch fix a try.
reunited and it feels so good.
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