I decided a little over a month ago that my wardrobe was in need of an overhaul.
Okay, maybe I’ve known this for longer.
My “style” up to this point has been schlumpy, for lack of a better word. Since I’ve moved to Florida especially, I’ve been living in running shorts and old tee-shirts. Not even the cute running shorts. My running shorts are super faded from constant use and abuse. I also realized that I no longer owned a pair of jeans. My last pair had been destroyed back in January from my brief stint working in the Lowes plumbing department. I never replaced them because summer happened, but now it’s starting to get back to cooler weather and I figured this would be a good time to complete my goal of creating a more business casual wardrobe.
My problem, however, is that I can’t really dress myself. I know what looks good and bad after I’ve picked it up and tried it on, but I’m not super adventurous when I go shopping. I’ve worn the same brand and style of jeans since high school. So, on the recommendations of some college friends, I tried Stitch Fix.
For $20, Stitch Fix sets you up with a personal stylist who picks out 5 items for you to wear. You take a style quiz and put in your sizes and preferences. You can also tell them if any specific events are coming up, or if you really want a vest or a dress or something. You wait a bit, then BOOM! Clothes in the mail. You try them on, keep what you like, and ship back what you don’t. Your $20 styling fee also acts like a credit towards what you do purchase.
Anyways, this is my first box, and I’m pretty happy overall.
So, the first piece is a 41Hawthorn Longsleeve Colorblock Sweater for $58.
Ha! Didn’t work. It was much too baggy, and the sleeves were way too long. I’m a pretty short person, and this thing seemed to swallow me whole. I thought the color was very boring too. Returned.
The next two pieces were a Chiffon Trim Knit Top by Kut from the Kloth ($48), and the Madonna Ponte Pants from Liverpool Jeans ($78).
The shirt? Again, too baggy. The color was alright, but that chiffon trim wasn’t my style. But those leggings. My god! Those leggings! It was like slipping into pants heaven. Unfortunately, I have a super short inseam (like, 26 inches) so they didn’t fit. I was able to find them online in a petite size though, so I’ll buy them and try them on. If I like them enough, I suppose I can get them tailored to fit. It was also at this point that I realized that black, though very slimming, also attracts animal hair like nobody’s business! I need a lot less black this time. Both returned.
My final shirt was a 41Hawthorn Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse.
This one I went back and forth on. I like the fit on the torso, I love the neckline and the buttons. The sleeves seemed to be too wide at the shoulders, and the sleeves kept awkwardly bunching and twisting. I almost kept it, and I still sort of think I should have, but the sleeves and the polyester material force me to send it back. I might have kept it if it wasn’t $58. To me, polyester is a cheap material that makes up shirts in Target. I might have paid $25, but nothing over that. Returned.
Finally, the one thing I kept – a 41Hawthorn Shara Herringbone Vest with Black Piping:
I love love love love love vests! This one in particular reminded me of a J Crew vest from a year or so ago. The herringbone pattern on the J Crew one was…bigger? Thicker? Not as tight? Something like that. But this vest is super comfy, and I’ve found a lot of other Stitch Fixers who have found cute shirts and dressed to pair with this vest. Keeping it!
I’ve already signed myself up for a new box, and it will be here right before Thanksgiving! Hopefully I can sneak in one more box before leaving for New York for Christmas. I’ll have to make sure to request some warm clothing…this Floridian has lost all of her cold weather tolerance. The Washingtonian inside me weeps.