9.28.2012

getting fixed v6.0

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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. 

next up:
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 carcass sweater and were tickling my nose.  i just kept thinking: how many faux-squirrels had to die for this?"

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???)


orangey-red top:
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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6 comments:

  1. Ahh! I just wrote about my second Stitch Fix box like ten minutes ago and then I clicked on your blog to see this post! (Here: http://sweetsomedaylove.blogspot.com/2012/09/stitch-fix-box-2.html)

    I love that dress (love the leggings plan) and the red top best! Also, you rocked your look with that bracelet - perhaps you have a new part-time job in store as a stylist...?

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  2. Nice! Definitely your best fix yet. I'm loving that orangey-red top and that dress right along with you. Beautiful. And those blue pants totally would be keepers if you didn't have a matching pair (though for your sake I'm glad you already have them because $60 is freaking a lot for knit pants! In my opinion, anyway). I'm glad you gave them another shot. But that faux fur...really!? It's hard to forgive them for that.

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  3. we're TWINS!! i just got that red shirt in my box!! And i was also afraid it would be sheer!! and too short! And i adore it. A little low - but my husband said I couldn't send it back. oy!

    k

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  4. I know this has nothing to do with your fix, but you are ROCKING those pink skinnies. You know I understand all dragon references, though I can't usually remember which one is which color-wise. Thanks to this visual I prolly will from now on :)

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  5. wow..that squirrel sweater is full of awful-ness. i have a hard time believing a 'stylist' would pick that out!
    ok, so this is my beef with stitch fix...and why i though i broke up with them (i seriously am this time!)...the orange/red shirt is really cute, as is the dress if you wore tights. the enamel bracelet cute....but the prices are too high for the quality of the materials and sewing. i shop (in real life!) maybe once every 2 months...and i prefer anthropologie/j crew/ madewell/some nordstroms etc. not cheap clothes- but i rarely pay $65 for a shirt-i do sales...when i would get my stitch fix it was so exciting that i ended up keeping something that i would totally pass over in a dressing room. anyways, i like the idea, and am excited about trying tag and porter one day (the idea of a whopping 300 bucks coming on my card at one time scares me even if it comes off eventually...just mental)
    ps...reading your preamble below, about people writing mean comments makes hulk angry. do i need to go all dragonfire on some anonymous internet folks? who in the world could be mean to you?! i am indignant on your behalf!

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  6. Greetings Keight! I love all your shoes~ so cute! This may be a saucy comment, but the red/orange blouse shows off your pretty collarbones. A very classy decolletage. I love the styling cards they send you; wish I could have a stylist do that with the things I already own. Thanks for sharing!

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