Spring Wardrobe Additions

I’ve been trying to slow my roll with wardrobe building over the past several months, for a variety of reasons.

  • My new-ish job (now nearly 1.5 years into it, but still, it was a major style shift) doesn’t require the same business attire (all suits, all the time) that my old one did
  • We moved last summer into a tiny rental house with a highly inadequate amount of closet space (Spoiler: this is a problem that will self-correct soon!)
  • Packing and moving forces you to see how much stuff you really have, and when the amount is embarrassing, it puts a pause on “Buy Now” mode
  •  I adore the idea of a capsule wardrobe, even though I am far, far from it

And finally, a really good reason:

  • I recently lost some weight and I’m waiting until the dust settles to see what fits, what doesn’t and what I need to buy all over again

As I posted earlier this week, I received a Stitch Fix with lots of casual mix and match options for summer. This is terrific. I am hoping to keep my new summer wardrobe mostly limited to that Fix, save a few new pairs of summer shoes and swim suits (I am planning to do a tremendous amount of swimming this summer).

For spring, I also kept what was new in check.

One investment that made the cut was this suit from J. Crew:

This is the Parke blazer, Cameron pants and Perfect Fit tee, all in navy. I knew that I had a few important lectures and meetings this spring, and I wanted something that felt modern. I’ve worn this exact outfit three times already and each one has felt like it perfectly hit the mark.

I also placed an order with Banana Republic during one of their 40% off sales for a metallic tweed jacket, a soft gray leather moto jacket, a v-neck tan sweater and this necklace:

Even though this was a recent order, it looks like the tweed and leather jackets are sold out. Here’s a similar version of the jacket available at Nordstrom:

I wore this earlier in the week to give a lecture, pairing it with the navy suit pants, the tan v-neck and the pearl necklace. It all came together.

I’ve also waffled a lot over whether to invest in this bag:

The gray is appealing and unlike anything else I own. I also like how this is less structured that some other designer bags. I can’t seem to pull the trigger.

This Sole Society blush suede clutch was an easier call:

At approximately 3.5% the cost of the gray bag, this pink one feels like a bargain.

 

 

 

January Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix day arrived!

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I never, ever sneak a peek at what’s arriving in my box, but I did see that the package weighed 6 pounds, so I was guessing that there was something substantial – maybe a pair of shoes? – inside.

I was wrong. 

The heavy item was this:

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Here’s a better pic from Stitch Fix:

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If this looks familiar, it’s because I received the same jacket in my last Fix, but one size bigger. It was too big; I couldn’t make it work and sent it back, then immediately had regret.

In the interim, I even joined a Stitch Fix Buy/Sell/Trade group on Facebook, hoping that I’d find this in a medium. No luck, but I did cross my fingers and put in a request to see this item again.

Score!

Second time was the charm on this one. It’s still oversized, but the medium is much, much better for me and I wasn’t going to send it back twice.

The next piece is a great match under the jacket:

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And Stitch Fix’s version:

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This has cold shoulder cut outs but they are not obnoxious. The light pink color is really pretty and right up my alley for what I’m wearing now in my downtime.

I forgot to take a picture of these (and let’s be honest, my photography is terrible), but I also received a pair of jeggings with an elastic waist.

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The only time I’ve had anything remotely similar was a 10+ year old pair of maternity jeans that I got from the Gap. Yep. 

These are surprisingly comfortable and flattering. I would not expose the waistband – ever! – but the fit is sleek and I have already worn them at least half a dozen times. This is a good example of getting something from Stitch Fix that I would never try on my own.  I originally was only going to keep them to get the 25% discount on everything, but they are quickly growing on me.

This next pick was a safe bet for my stylist. I’d Pinned it twice to my Stitch Fix ideas board.

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And a better pic:

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Isn’t the color pretty? I live in pieces like this on the weekends and for to-ing and fro-ing from the gym.

The last item was something else I’d Pinned:

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MZ Wallace is a brand I’ve known about for a long time but only recently got interested in buying. I love how lightweight these quilted bags are. The timing of this was a bit off because I ended up getting another MZ Wallace bag – a floral tote – shortly after I received this one. I justified keeping them both since this one is more of a purse and the other one is a work tote or gym bag. I’m good with mind tricks like that.

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One more thing about the MZ Wallace bags: they come with an internal nylon pouch, which is useful for organizing items like chargers, etc.

This was an expensive Fix. Even with the 25% discount, the final tab was still about $350, mostly due to the bag (about $235) and the duster ($98). Having said that, I recently signed up for a Style Pass, which is a flat $49 fee for the year where now I do not have to pay $20 styling fees per Fix. With the Style Pass, Stitch Fix gave me a $49 credit. I also had a deal with my American Express card where if I spent $50 on Stitch Fix I would get a $25 statement credit. Those two factors alone made getting it all worth it.

This was a great Fix!

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Review on My December Fabletics Order

Last week I posted about how I broke down and ordered not one, but two, outfits from Fabletics.

They’re here!

Shipping was lighting fast. I think it only took 2-3 days from order to arrival, and that was without any expedited shipping.

I was super happy with my picks. The first outfit had a pair of leggings with a metallic trimmed top.

If you look carefully at the leggings, they have a striated part at the back of the calf. What you can’t see is that they also have a zipper at the bottom and are high waisted. For leggings, these are really high quality. I was excited about these. The shirt is of a more ordinary quality; it’s also slightly cropped but not to the point of being revealing.

The second outfit was another pair of black leggings and a tunic.

Here, the tunic was the star. I’d sized up to get a looser fit and also because my size was not available in this soft pink. This was a risk, but ultimately it was the perfect call. The larger size fit exactly the way I wanted and the color is great. The leggings, on the other hand, are pretty basic.

Something that I’ve noticed about Fabletics: the outfits are typically sold in two (or sometimes three) piece sets, and one piece always seems to be the hero item, whereas the other seems to be of significantly lesser quality. With the above outfits, I’ll probably wear the leggings from #1 with the tunic from #2. I would NOT do the reverse with the cropped tee and the basic black leggings.

Another major reason I bought two outfits this month was for the free gift with purchase, an option to select any of the bags Fabletics had on their website. I chose this one:

Again, this was a pleasant surprise. The nylon fabric is thick and the details are cute. I was going to use this as a gym bag but it is so nice that I am contemplating swapping it out as a work bag.

It’s been a while since I ordered from Fabletics, but this was a success.