Stitch Fix #6

It’s been over a year since I last received a fix from Stitchfix – so long, in fact, that I had forgotten that burst of excitement you feel in your chest when you get home and see that box sitting on your front porch, just begging to be torn open!

However I have to be honest with you here. I’ve had a lot of good experiences with my past fixes; but ultimately there has been at least one item in each fix that I ended up not wearing nearly as much as I originally thought – and some pieces I’ve only worn once or twice. And when I opened up this particular fix I wasn’t all that impressed at first glance. It was pretty monochromatic, and I was hoping for something…more.

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As it turns out I was very pleasantly surprised. I originally wrote this post a couple of weeks after receiving it (I received this in late October) due to work demands and some overseas travel, but I’ve worn every piece of this fix on a routine basis since then. Everything is 100% cozy and comfortable, and each piece fits into my already existing wardrobe perfectly. I mean, my stylist could not have been more right about this fix if she were related to me.

Confession: I actually took all these pictures while I was traveling, so the wardrobe I had to work with was somewhat limited. That just goes to show you how well this fix fits my style, and highlights how versatile these pieces are! So, without further ado, on with the “show”!

Tommy Pointelle Weaved Pullover Sweater

Confession #2: I actually owned this sweater for a few days before I realized that it was dark gray, and not the brown I originally thought. Maybe because the lighting in my bedroom was bad, but I was sort of taken back when I got to work the next day and realized my mistake.

When I scheduled a fall fix, I was hoping to get one of those bulky, slouchy sweater that’s so popular nowadays. You know, the kind you wear with black leggings and boot socks and high boots and your hair up in a messy bun? Yeah, that look. Unfortunately, that look isn’t really me. So instead I got the Tommy Pointelle Weaved Pullover Sweater – which is heavy enough to keep me warm, but also perfectly fitted. I love that I can wear it to work just as easily as I can for everyday errands – it can be dressed up or down.

Working with a very minimal wardrobe, I paired this sweater two ways:

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Ok so admittedly it’s practically the same outfit, but it works.

Greenich Striped Knit Top

I could barely hold my excitement when I pulled out this top. Stripes and elbow patches! Elbow patches and stripes! I have no idea where my elbow patch fetish suddenly came from – this is now the first and only shirt I’ve owned that has elbow patches – but I love, love, love them. And this top. It’s slightly longer in the back, but not too much to be weird, and I adore the little touches of leather at some of the seams. (Note to self: do NOT wash this in the machine!!) This top by itself may not keep me as warm in the winter as the sweater, but you can easily pair this with a cardigan for layered warmth.

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Liverpool Skinny Pant

These pants gave me pause. For one thing, they are almost 100% exactly like the Sanctuary Skinny Ponte pants I received in my first ever fix. Seriously. I really can’t tell the difference between the two. And it just so happened that I was wearing the Sanctuary Skinny Ponte pants when I was trying on the rest of my fix. I’m not sure why my stylist sent me, essentially, a pair of pants that I already own, but. The Sanctuary Skinny Ponte pants are THE Stitchfix item I wear the most. They are hands down my favorite pants and I wear them on a regular basis…so much so, that I have started to notice a little wear in the seams.

Which is why I had to keep the Liverpool Skinny Pants that came in my fix.

Disclaimer: the pants in these pictures actually ARE the sanctuary pants, because those are the ones I packed for my trip. Seriously, though. SAME PANTS.

bearfamilystrong.com | liverpool skinny pants

Salderas Hooded Cardigan

Out of the entire fix this is the item I was most on the fence about. I love cardigans, and the fact that this one has a hood almost sealed the deal for me. However, it’s slightly slouchy and a little bit big because of the style, so I just wasn’t sure if it was something I would wear often or not. As much as I think I like the slouchy, oversized clothing look I mentioned in my sweater review above, I’m much more comfortable in clothes that are fitted (not tight or revealing) than clothes that hang on me. So I tried this on with a couple of different things, thought about it a bit…and then realized that it’s actually a better deal to keep all five items, get my 25% discount, and call it a day. (This 25% discount deal has gotten me into trouble in the past. Probably definitely the reason I have a couple of pieces that I rarely, if ever, wear.

However, this cardigan turned out to be the PERFECT travel item. I layered it over a long sleeve tee and jeans and it was absolutely divine on the plane. Long enough to wrap around me when I got chilly, and the hood? Can it be any more perfect for sleeping on a plane? So I kept the cardigan, and I’ve worn it a lot more than I expected to!

bearfamilystrong.com | salderas hooded cardigan

Chloe Houndstooth Infinity Scarf

So, I have been crushing on infinity scarves pretty much for forever. The thing is, until about a week before I received this fix I owned a grand total of zero. I bought my first infinity scarf at DSW, because I was in desperate need of new shoes for work (and not in the typical, “ohmyword I have three hundred pair of shoes and I need another one” desperate need; I literally did not have any work shoes), and the scarf looked so cute that I was able to talk my husband into letting me buy it. And then I got my Stitchfix box a week later and not only do I have an infinity scarf, but it’s an infinity scarf that literally works with every single other piece of my fix! (Seriously, did you notice? If I added one more pair of pants to this fix, I could make about twenty different outfits!)

Initially I was a little taken back with the houndstooth and the colors – like I mentioned, at first I was bummed with the color scheme of my fix. But I started trying this scarf on with different pieces and fell in love with it. The end.

bearfamilystrong.com | chloe houndstooth infinity scarf

Bottom line? Even if I hadn’t saved 25% by keeping all five items this fix would have been worth every cent.

So, what is Stitch Fix?

It’s essentially a personal shopping service you can sign up for online. You fill out a fairly extensive style survey questionnaire (answering questions on both your likes and your body type), and one of their personal stylists picks out items based on your specifications. Then, each month (or however often you schedule your fixes), a cute little box arrives at your door filled with five items for you to try on and decide whether or not you like them enough to buy! It’s perfect because you can try on the clothes with other pieces from your closet, skype with friends or family to get a second (or third or fourth opinion), and whatever you decide not to buy, you simple mail back in the prepaid envelope included in your box! Simple as that!

You do pay a $20 styling fee for each fix, but that $20 goes towards anything you purchase. If you decide not to buy anything, you lose $20, but if you buy all five items in your box, you get a 25% discount.

(Disclaimer: use this code to sign up and I get a $25 referral credit.)

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Stitch Fix #5

I have a confession to make I actually received this StitchFix shipment a few weeks ago, smack dab in the middle of moving. Needless to say I wasn’t really feeling the whole pictures of different outfits thing…I much preferred to sleep.

It didn’t help that as a result of too much restaurant food and zero exercise resulted in a couple extra pounds and some ill fitting clothes.

Truth.

But now that things have slowed down considerably, I’ve been able to take some time to unwind, which led me to rummage through my closet to find my stitch fix items for an impromptu styling session.

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(Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t already guessed…I kept the entire fix.)

41 Hawthorn Corinna Striped Dolman Top

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I adored this top even before I tried it on. For starters it’s green, which is my favorite color. It’s also slouchy and super comfortable, which is a total turn-on for me when it comes to clothes. The first thing I did was try it on with my jeggings  (yes, I have a pair of super-stylish fake jean leggings, don’t judge) and brown boots. My second outfit was a total fluke – as in, that white dress fell off the hangar when I was rummaging for outfits in the closet and it was like a light bulb went off over my head. I tossed it on over the blouse, added a belt, and although you can’t see them – I added matched red heels. Adorable. A little too Christmas maybe, but I like it!

Zouk Tatiana Ikat Print Dolman Sleeve Dress

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I was on the fence about keeping this dress, mainly because I thought it was a little too summery for October. That being said, it was actually more cost efficient to keep the entire fix (you save 25% when you do!) then return the dress, so I kept it with the thought of not wearing it until spring or summer. I found the mulberry colored stocking completely by accident – they were still in their unopened package, but how fortuitous for me because they match the dress perfectly! Definitely a summer keeper. Then I added the jeggings and a grey cotton blazer and what do you know? A fall-apprpriate outfit!

41Hawthorn Ivy Abstract Chevron Tab-Sleeve Blouse

41 Hawthorn Chevron Blouse | eatwriterunrepeat.com

I had no idea until stitchfix that I LOVE tab-sleeve blouses. So far I’ve kept every single one I’ve gotten in my fixes, so that should tell my stylist something! They are so comfortable and so cute. I was especially excited about this one because of the chevron print – with the blue and black it wasn’t overpowering or as in your face as I sometimes find chevron prints, and it’s different enough for me to spice up my outfits at work without being too…loud. Does that make sense? I loved how it pairs perfectly with my white skinnies and a black skirt – a staple of my work wardrobe.

Kensie Jeans Johnny Skinny Jeans

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Do I need another pair of skinny jeans? Nope. But I put these on and they were like butter…seriously. They fit perfectly, even with the extra padding I had from all that restaurant food I mentioned. I kept the outfits for this simple – a plain white tee and my awesome red ModCloth shoes, and my winter coat and UGGS. There’s nothing I love more than a pair of all-season skinny jeans!

(Actually, there are a lot of things I love more than a pair of all-weather jeans…I just needed a catchy sentence to finish my write-up.)

2009 West Kavi Striped Asymmetrical Jacket

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The only thing I need less than another pair of skinny jeans is another jacket. It appears I have an extreme fondness for both. Plus, this jacket is so. fun. I love the asymmetrical front, and I like that it dresses up with black skinnies (my black sanctuary Rizzo skinny ponte pants from my first fix – still my favorite piece EVER!) and dressed down with jeans. The only thing I don’t like about the jacket is that the pockets are FAKE! Gaah! You unzip the pocket only to find…no pocket. Not cool, and very annoying. The decision to keep this may very well bite me in the behind solely because of the pockets. But, we’ll see!

I have to say, my stylist nailed this fix. I loved every piece and ended up keeping the whole thing – even though I should have put the money toward something practical, like a lawnmower. I loved that there were a bunch of patterns in this fix – from the striped sweater to the patterned blouse to the fabulous dress. I was hoping for some fun pieces for fall and this fix totally delivered!

So, what is Stitch Fix?

It’s essentially a personal shopping service you can sign up for online. You fill out a fairly extensive style survey questionnaire (answering questions on both your likes and your body type), and one of their personal stylists picks out items based on your specifications. Then, each month (or however often you schedule your fixes), a cute little box arrives at your door filled with five items for you to try on and decide whether or not you like them enough to buy! It’s perfect because you can try on the clothes with other pieces from your closet, skype with friends or family to get a second (or third or fourth opinion), and whatever you decide not to buy, you simple mail back in the prepaid envelope included in your box! Simple as that!

You do pay a $20 styling fee for each fix, but that $20 goes towards anything you purchase. If you decide not to buy anything, you lose $20, but if you buy all five items in your box, you get a 25% discount.

Have you tried Stitch Fix yet? I can’t recommend it enough!

(Disclaimer: use this code to sign up and I get a $25 referral credit.)

Stitch Fix #4

Is coming home to a brand new box of hand picked clothes not the best thing ever after a particularly stressful day at work? Or is that just me?

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That’s what happened to me last week anyway – I came home from work to find the instantly recognizable box on my front porch – Stitch Fix!

Wait – what is Stitch Fix, you ask? Well let me enlighten you!

It’s essentially a personal shopping service you can sign up for online. You fill out a fairly extensive style survey questionnaire (answering questions on both your likes and your body type), and one of their personal stylists picks out items based on your specifications. Then, each month (or however often you schedule your fixes), a cute little box arrives at your door filled with five items for you to try on and decide whether or not you like them enough to buy! It’s perfect because you can try on the clothes with other pieces from your closet, skype with friends or family to get a second (or third or fourth opinion), and whatever you decide not to buy, you simple mail back in the prepaid envelope included in your box! Simple as that!

You do pay a $20 styling fee for each fix, but that $20 goes towards anything you purchase. If you decide not to buy anything, you lose $20, but if you buy all five items in your box, you get a 25% discount.

So with that being said, let’s see what I got! (Excuse the poor picture quality – my mirror obviously needs to be washed)

Missa Schepers Cotton Striped Dress

dress collage

This dress was adorable – comfortable cotton, perfect for the beach. The price was a little steep, but I’m a sucker for comfortable summer dresses and I just happened to be going to the beach the weekend after this Fix arrived – sooo…yeah. Kept the dress. (I particularly like it paired with the jean jacket and my red heels, which you can’t see in the pic but trust me, they were adorable.)

41 Hawthorn Lottie Pintuck Sleeveless Silk Top

green shirt collage

Another very comfortable shirt – although you can’t really go wrong with silk! On a whim I paired it with the Martin Printed Hi-Low Skirt by Sugarhill Boutique, which I got in my second fix, and I loved it. I’m not sure how often I’ll wear it now that the weather suddenly dropped (Hello, fall!), but this will definitely be a summer staple for me! Kept the shirt.

Matty M Cashel Silk Detailed Short Sleeve Shirt

black shirt collage

When I pulled this shirt out of my fix my first reaction was “ho-hum, another plain black shirt.” But at The Husband’s insistence I tried it on and I was super impressed! As you can see in the (low quality) pic with the white shorts, the shirt is somewhat slouchy but still looks nice with the shorts and a pair of black pumps. Alternatively I paired it with a gray business suit and voila! A perfect outfit for work! Another super comfortable shirt…that I kept.

Fornash Horse Bit Bangle

bracelet collage

I thought this bracelet was adorable, but ultimately I really don’t wear bracelets that often – mostly because my wrists are so tiny that the bracelets end up clanking around my wrist and giving me bruises, or they slide off entirely. Plus I prefer to wear them on my right hand, because I wear my watch on my left, but then the bracelets annoy me when I write because I’m right handed and the bracelet gets in the way. The point of that long winded story? I don’t wear bracelets, so this item went back.

41Hawthorn Cassandra Tailored Button-Up Shirt

white shirt collage

I wanted to love this shirt, I really did. I went through a HUGE button-up shirt phase a couple of years ago, I practically bought out New York and Company’s entire stock. But I noticed lately I don’t wear them as much – and if they don’t fit exactly right, I won’t wear them. This shirt fit almost perfectly, but it bunched the teeniest bit at the buttons…which I knew would be enough to banish this shirt to the closet with the rest of my never-worn button-ups shirts. This shirt went back.

Overall Impression:

I was a little disappointed with my fix when I saw the solid colors and a cotton dress that was very similar to the Envi Vin Graphic Print Tunic Dress that I kept from my first fix.  I wondered why my stylist wasn’t sending me fun prints and edgier pieces…until I got on Pinterest and started pinning a bunch of outfits I like.

It turns out I have a very classic style. And I bet you’ll never guess what the staple items in my pinned outfits are. Yep, you got it – solid colors and classic pieces. As it turns out, my stylist has my style exactly right. I did request a few statement pieces and fun prints for my next fix, so we’ll see what happens, but it was interesting to see how well my fixes match my style! (Even though I wanted to be disappointed at first!)

Interested? Stop on over to stitch fix and sign up for yourself! (Disclaimer: if you use this code to sign up, I get a $25 referral credit.)