Fall Stitch Fix

This was waiting for me when I got home from running errands on Saturday:

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Yay. 

Let’s dig in, shall we?

Ok, I’m starting with my favorite item, this striped Pixley shirt with faux leather elbow patches.

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This was probably a no-brainer pick for my stylist; it’s so up my alley that of course I love it. Mine.

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I’d pinned this Loveappella cowl neck sweater to my Stitch Fix Pinterest page, so this was something I was happy to discover in the box. The color is olive-ish. It doesn’t look like much in the picture, but it’s cute when on and the fit is perfect.

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I don’t have too much to say about these Mavi skinny jeans. They’re skinny jeans. They fit. They’re soft.

Ok, I’m on the fence about the last two items. At first glance, neither tripped my trigger.

The first is this big square scarf in a washed-out yellow and blue plaid. The colors photographed better than they look; I’d describe the yellow as maize. It reminds me of uncooked corn on the cob. The blues are also quite faded. It’s not really me.

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Yeah, I don’t iron. Even for photos.

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This jacket puzzled me:

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The cargo style is on trend, and the fabric is washed and quite soft. I already have a mossy brown J. Crew Downtown Field Jacket that I adore, but recently I’ve browsed several similar cargo-style jackets in charcoal gray that are seemingly ubiquitous right now. So, when I saw this in the box, I was excited. And I thought it was charcoal gray, when it’s actually a faded navy.

Here’s the strange part: when I tried the jacket on I saw that the lining under the zipper area was ripped and pilled. I found myself wondering if the jacket was used. The fabric clearly seems washed and faded, which I assumed was part of how it was made, but the shabby quality of the front placket took the concept of distressing to a new level. Maybe someone else wore, washed, re-tagged and returned this?

I’m wearing everything except the cowl neck sweater in this photo:

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Overall, this Fix was ok.

The striped shirt is cool (but I have a million); ditto the cowl neck sweater. The jeans fit (and I recently have been working out a lot and could use a new slimmer pair), the possibly-second-hand jacket is stylish and priced well ($88 full price but roughly $60 if I take the 20% buy-it-all discount), and the scarf is just meh but it’s definitely not something I already have in my closet.

What do you think?

 

 

 

Stitch Fix #9

Ok, last week I wrote about how I thought Stitch Fix had jumped the shark and I was seriously contemplating a break up.

And then a new box arrived on my doorstep and it was all “Reunited” by Peaches and Herb. 

Reunited and it feels so good
Reunited ’cause we understood
There’s one perfect fit
And, sugar, this one is it
We both are so excited ’cause we’re reunited, hey, hey

Unboxing photo #1:

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All I could see was a dark blob…

which turned out to be this jacket:

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This Tart Hala Wrap Jacket is made of supremely soft fleece, and basically it is right up my alley, style-wise.

The fit was like a cozy robe, but in the best possible way. It was also mightily similar in fit to the M.M. LaFleur Morandi sweater I happened to be wearing at the time, and I love that sweater. Good pick, Stitch Fix, good pick.

Next up: this Market & Spruce Fierro Elbow Patch Crew Neck Sweater.

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This is a basic black crew neck sweater with gray elbow patches.

I’d been pinning a lot of elbow patch sweaters to my Stitch Fix style board, so this was another good choice from my stylist. It’s minimalist. It’s modern. I loved it.

Item #3 was a pair of Gorjana earrings:

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These are described as “Heather Hammered Bar Drop Earrings.” I don’t have anything similar, so I like them. At $34, they’re also not too spendy.

I didn’t know how to feel about the next piece, these jeans:

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At first I couldn’t figure out what color these Level 99 Giovanni Straight Leg Jeans were. Green? Gray? Faded black? The stylist’s note said they were gray.

Ok, let’s go with that.

I don’t have any gray jeans and the fit was alright, so I was on the fence.

This shirt was piece #5:

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As soon as I saw this Papermoon Tigard Lace Back Knit Top, I hated it. The tag says this was made for Stitch Fix.

This just looked so cheap. The striped fabric is henley material and the back has an internal lace layer with a shorter back. The colors are faded browns. Blech.

And yet…

I tried it on, and it wasn’t terrible. The stretchy fabric was soft and the muted colors actually looked good with the sweater I was wearing. While I would never pick this out in a store, I am contemplating keeping it for the buy-it-all Stitch Fix discount.

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And now for some Stitch Fix math:

  • I like the Tart jacket ($98) and the crew neck sweater ($58) = $156
  • The earrings ($34) are also pretty cool. $156 + $34 = $190
  • The jeans are listed at $98 and the knit top is $58
  • Retail for everything is $346, but the Buy 5 Discount subtracts $86.50 and the Styling Fee credit is $20, so the total to keep it all is $239.50.

I’m not sure I’m feeling Fix #9 to the tune of $239.50, but I am definitely interested in the jacket, sweater and earrings.

And overall, this Fix was the best one in months. A big Note to Self is that I need to keep pinning more things I like to my Pinterest style board, which I think made all the difference.

Are you still into Stitch Fix?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stitch Fix #4

It was a great surprise when Stitch Fix #4 showed up, since I’d basically forgotten it would be on its way.

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I could tell when I opened the box that I was going to be happy.

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This Skies Are Blue shirt was the first item I pulled out. Here’s a close up of the print:

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This is really more of a blouse than a casual plaid shirt, but that makes it good for work.

It also matches this J. Crew necklace well:

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The next piece was an Olive and Oak sweater that I had posted here on the blog, so I was thrilled to see it in my Fix!

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Next up: a light gray vest with a subtle herringbone print:

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It also looks good layered with the blouse or the sweater:

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I haven’t received jewelry in a Fix before, but I got a quartz bangle this time:

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The bangle’s pretty, but at $78 it was the most expensive item in the box and the wire it’s made from isn’t very sturdy, which makes me nervous that I’ll break it sooner rather than later.

The last item in the Fix was a pair of chocolate brown Kut from the Kloth cords. It didn’t seem like they’d photograph well, so I didn’t include them here. Sorry! They fit well and worked with everything else, so I was happy.

In the end, I kept it all and I’ve already been getting a lot of wear from every single item. Great fix!

 

 

 

 

Stitch Fix #3

Stitch Fix #3 showed up at my house last weekend.

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Honestly, I forgot it was coming so this was a pleasant surprise.

Last Fix, I kept just one item. Sadness. But I didn’t give up.

Full disclosure: first glance at this box didn’t seem too promising.

The first item that I unpacked was a faux suede jacket. It was the color of a weimaraner.

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Initially, I thought the cut was bad. The seams were not finished. It looked cheap.

I tried it on and styled the collar a few ways. There are an abundance of snaps and in the end, there are at least four ways to wear it.

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The faux fur lining is also super soft. Surprisingly, this was the least expensive item in the box ($58, eventually $43.50 with 25% discount).

The rest of the items also had a similar winter feel. 

Item #2, a navy and fuchsia blouse with brass studs:

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Super pretty. Super unusual. What Stitch Fix is all about.

Here’s the styling card that came with it:

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Next up was a quilted olive sweatshirt. When I pulled this out of the box, I thought the color was boring. Meh.

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But when I tried it on, it fit really well. Like, really well. And my photography is lousy, so it doesn’t show that the color is actually olive and not puce. I’m showing it here with two shark tooth necklaces I was wearing when the package arrived.

Close up of those necklaces:

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This is a good layering piece.

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The fourth item was a striped cowl-neck sweater. This had a strong Edith A. Miller vibe. 

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Definitely my style.

The last thing was a pair of dark wash jeans. I really don’t own many pairs of jeans and only wear them on the weekend. They fit well, though, and it was a deal  to just keep them.

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In the end, I kept it all. Final tab was $237, which I think is more than fair.

While I wouldn’t have gravitated to any of these items in a store, I was happy to add some spice to my usual wardrobe – which (again) is what Stitch Fix is all about.