Stitch Fix #6

Stitch Fix #6 happily showed up on my doorstep last week.

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The first thing that I saw when I opened the box was this Marc New York by Andrew Marc dress:

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Here’s a better photo of the dress at Nordstrom:

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My initial thought about this Fix was that if this dress fit, it would be the deciding point on whether I kept most or all of the items.

The fit was perfect. I loved the dress, and it would be a great addition to my work rotation.

Next up was this Collective Concepts blouse:

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I really liked this, too. The style was totally me and the fit was good. This felt like a keeper.

The third item was a sleeveless top:

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Thanks to Stitch Fix, I have several dressy sleeveless tops. I probably don’t need more, but the fit on this was good, the color is one that I don’t have much of in my wardrobe, and I could make this work. It was a possibility.

The fourth piece was also a sleeveless top:

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The back has a sheer panel, which is hard to see in the photo. The primary colors were mint and orange. When I tried it on, the part where the printed fabric met the sheer back panel bunched up on the sides, and it was not flattering. While I wasn’t crazy about the blouse, I thought it could be a sacrificial item for keeping the whole box (and getting the 25% keep-it-all discount). 

The last piece was a tiered necklace:

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The problem with this is that there was a big chip out of the gold layer on the bottom oval. You can see it in the first picture. I flipped the necklace over to see if the back side could be displayed instead of the front. While I think it’d be possible, the necklace was really meant to show the textured side.

Thus, a dilemma set in.

The necklace was damaged, and I knew I had to send it back. 

Sending back even one thing automatically means losing out on the keep-it-all price break.

Plus, once I made the decision to send something back, I started getting a lot more critical about the remaining pieces.

The orange and mint blouse had to go.

And then there were three.

The green blouse suddenly didn’t seem special enough. Back it went.

Here’s the next problem: I did the math on the remaining two items that I loved, the dress and the chevron blouse.

The dress was $138 and the blouse was $68 = $206. Minus the $20 styling fee, this would be $186.

The price for the buying the whole box – with the 25% discount – was $249. So, keeping the two items I really liked would only be $63 less than buying it all.

(To be fair, I also initially forgot about the $20 styling credit, so when I did the math the first time around, I thought that the difference would only have been $43 between keeping two and five items).

Reluctantly, I sent the dress back.

And of course, as soon as I did, I regretted it. Argh.

I really liked that dress.

In the end, I only kept the chevron blouse, which was $68 – $20 styling credit = $48. I already wore it to work this week.

While this wasn’t my most successful Fix, I think the picks were solid. The primary issue was the chipped necklace. If it hadn’t been damaged, I would have kept it all.

I put a note in to my stylist that I’m going to Alaska in August, so we’ll see what the next Fix brings!

Stitch Fix #5

I was happy – and surprised – to find my fifth Stitch Fix waiting on my doorstep late last week.

And, wow! This was the best one yet.

I left brief notes in my profile that I was really digging blue lately, and my stylist Kelly hit it out of the park.

I could tell I was going to be reallllly happy as soon as I opened the box. Blue!

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First up was this Gilli swing skirt in a beautiful sky color. The fabric is thin, but I think it could be dressed up with a blazer for work. More likely it will be a fun, casual summer piece. Kelly recommended putting it with a gray moto jacket from one of my earlier Fixes, which is a great idea.

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(I’m back to having my kids help out with demo-ing these pieces. Not successful, see below).

The second item was this Collective Concepts sleeveless print blouse.

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Here’s a close up of the print:

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I already wore this to work! Totally me.

Another perfect work top was this Brixon Ivy lace blouse. 

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Amazing photography, huh?

What my horrible picture does not capture is the pretty lace details:

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I have some public speaking events related to work that are coming up, and this bright top will be perfect under a suit.

Next up: a Mavi chambray shirt with embroidered pockets.

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(MGM, 7, would NOT stand still. A millisecond after I snapped this, he twirled the shirt above his head and threw it down the stairs).

I actually wanted a new chambray shirt, so this was a welcome addition.

A still shot:

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Ok, I saved the best for last. The final piece was my favorite, a Tart French terry striped blazer. (Similar here).

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I already wore this to work, too, with lots of compliments.

I styled it with a light blue sweater, an indigo shibori scarf, slim gray pants and these gray suede ankle boots:

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Here is the part where I try to show the look and mostly fail.

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This was such a great Fix! These pieces will incorporate well with what I already have and also gave me a few fresh things for spring.