Big thanks to Toni for inviting me over here to share a really cool fashion find with you, her fabulous readers. Guest posting is the blogging equivalent of having a coffee date with 1,000 new friends, which pretty much makes it the highlight of my week. I’ve got my iced coffee in hand, so let’s chat!
I’m a work-at-home mom, living in a small home in the urban core of a mid-size city. My husband works for the city. We have two kids and a cat. We are in many respects very VERY average. And yet, I have a personal stylist, which feels every bit as crazy to type as it sounds when spoken aloud. I’m not one to fork over big bucks for anything, mostly because I don’t have big bucks. But my personal stylist is shockingly affordable, and the fun factor is through the roof!
That’s why I’m here today. I want to share with you my favorite fashion find of the last 6 months, Stitch Fix, which is a personal styling service. I think of it as “celebrity treatment for the rest of us.” I’ve got the full run down on how Stitch Fix works in my first Stitch Fix review, but this is the Cliff’s Notes version: sign up for a free membership to Stitch Fix, fill out a detailed style profile, schedule a date when you’d like your box of clothes and accessories (5 pieces, total) and pay a $20 styling fee. That fee is turned into a credit toward your purchase (as long as you purchase at least one thing). The box is shipped to you, totally free, and you have 3 business days to decide what you want and return the rest, in a prepaid envelope. That’s it!
My first piece in my box was this Marquis Slub Knit Dolman Sweater from Kut From The Kloth ($48). At first I thought I liked it well enough. Since I work from home, I keep it casual and comfy most days, and this top fit the bill. But then I noticed that this kept happening:
I’m not really interested in pulling my top back over my exposed bra strap all day, so this was a deal-breaker for me. Back to Stitch Fix it went!
The second item in my box was a real surprise: a purse! This is the Kacie Half Flap Crossbody Bag from Emperia ($48). I haven’t ordered a box since Stitch Fix started offering purses. I already have in my profile that I don’t want any accessories, but I guess purses are a new category. So I will tell you that I was grumpy when I saw a purse in my fix. I would rather have clothes!
But of course, in an ironic twist, I fell in deep like with the purse. Stitch Fix is so savvy in that way: you are sent things that are sometimes a bit out of your comfort zone, or that you just assume you don’t want or need, but once they are at your home and you give them an honest try, you might be surprised by what you keep. This is my new purse, and I love it!
Next up we have the Marie 3/4 Sleeve Dress from Tart. I really wanted to love this one. I’m totally in love with leggings, so I’m on the hunt for things that pair well with them, and this dress does. And the color is spot on for me. But there are two fatal flaws. First, the dress is just too snug. I blame Christmas for this wardrobe malfunction. But the fit isn’t the only problem. In my opinion, this dress looks and feels like it came from Target. And that’s no disrespect to Target, because I think they have great clothes. But $88 for something that looks so very ordinary? Pass. And on a side note, isn’t that owl necklace ridiculously awesome? It was a gift from my BFF, who found it in her grandmother’s jewelry box after her passing. It is a vintage treasure, and I can’t wait to find more ways to wear it!
So let’s just go ahead and get all the “too snug” pics out of the way. My ego can only bear so much! This is the Toshi Contrast Detail Longsleeve Blazer ($88). And yeah, it also didn’t fit. Even if it had fit, I’m not certain that I would have sprung for it, although I might have. I feel like a blazer is the workplace equivalent of the little black dress. But I don’t have any conferences or face-to-face meetings on the calendar for my job at the moment, so forking over $88 for a “just in case” piece in my wardrobe doesn’t make much sense. If I were working in an office setting, though, (and if it had fit) I definitely would have purchased it. Also, check out the cute inside!
My final piece in the box is the top that I wore under the blazer.
This is the Koplan Abstract Printed 3/4 Sleeve Blouse ($48) and I DID NOT LIKE IT when I pulled it out of the box. It looked like something from the 1970’s that just needed to stay there. But I knew I had to try it on for this blog post, and so I did, and then I realized that it looked pretty darn cute on. Yes, it will likely be something that I’ll see pictures of in 20 years and laugh at, but for now, it’s really kind of fun to have something a little bit loud in my closet that still looks professional and put together. I’ve dressed this shirt up and down, and it can hang in both directions.
So in the end, I kept the two pieces I assumed I would like the least. And I promptly signed up for another fix at the end of February, as I’ll be headed to the beach and am hoping for a few pieces that hint at spring. Can’t wait to see what my personal stylist selects for me! Give Stitch Fix a try for yourself. A box of fashion-forward clothes in the mail, hand picked just for you, is a treat that I highly recommend!
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