I haven't scheduled a fix since the last one I received on New Years Eve, and now that the weather is (sort of) turning into non-sweater weather, I figured it was time for a few new pieces. Also, I see many of you have been using my referral link, and I'm so grateful you are fueling my love for pretty clothes in a box mailed to my doorstep!
For this fix, I requested Kelley again, because she really seemed to catch on to my sense of style (which I don't think is *that* hard to nail, if it's long and colorful I will probably like it!). My note to Kelley said, 'I'm going out to dinner and drinks with a big group of friends for my 35th birthday at the end of the month, so I'd love something to wear for that night. It's still cool here, highs in the 40s, so nothing too summery just yet. I love a casual, comfortable look for everyday style.'
My fix arrive two days early, and of course I peeked online before I opened my box. But Kelley sent the most personalized note I've received thus far, and it made me smile. She said she spent time on my blog, Instagram, Pinterest, and Flickr accounts and learned that we share the same anniversary. So obviously we are meant to be (Hi, Kelley!).
When I first opened the box I noticed it was full of a LOT of blue, a color I like but don't always pick from the rack first. I noticed she sent me shoes now that Stitch Fix is offering them, and also a scarf as an accessory. Normally I like to stick to tops but yeah, that gets kind of repetitive after awhile.
The most I've ever kept from a fix is two items per box. This? Might be my first 4/5, but I'd love some opinions before I send the loner back (or maybe not? Or maybe I'll keep three things, I can't decide).
1. Diba Delmara Embellished Lace Up Sandals | $60
First thought when I pulled these out? I like the sparkle! And what in the heck am I doing to do with those long strings? Oh, no, gladiator sandals? I am not trendy enough for these, but I'll try them on anyway.
I couldn't decide how to tie the strings, if I should keep them all bunched up around my ankle or if I was supposed to make them lace all the way up my calf. But upon scouring Pinterest, I found this pin and I do actually like this style more than I thought I did. The problem is that the strap part seems to be too small and might need to be back further on the widest part of my foot? I don't really know, will have to try them on again tomorrow. Also, time for a freaking pedicure, Julia! Geesh. In my defense, we are still not quite to sandal weather, so much like shaving in the winter when we try to hibernate in Wisconsin, pedicures aren't a top priority.
VERDICT: return (probably). Let me know your thoughts, fashionistas.
2. Gilli Jessie Maxi Dress | $74
Kelley thought this should be my birthday dinner outfit, and I do like maxi dresses in general. The price tag is a little bit worrisome and immediately I had to ask myself if I could find a similar maxi from Old Navy for 1/4th of the price. Hmmmm.
But trying it on did make me feel more excited about this dress. For one, it's stretchy and extremely comfortable. I can wear a regular bra with it, which is always a huge plus for me, and it's also quite long.
I think the neckline is very flattering on me and I like the navy color. Lots of pros for this dress, no cons other than the price. But now that I think of it, I have three other maxi dresses, all from Old Navy. One is sort of falling apart and the others I bought as 'nursing friendly' dresses right after Porter was born. This means that they are both really huge in the chest and don't flatter me anymore. I think this Gilli dress is much more flattering and NOT falling apart right now, so I'm leaning towards keeping it.
VERDICT: a keeper
3. Octavia Garland Floral Print Infinity Scarf | $28
Kelley said she saw many floral scarves on Pinterest, and sure enough---I am infinity scarf obsessed, and I love florals. She wanted me to pair the scarf with the maxi dress, so I did and I loved this look even more than the dress without it!
I don't know that I *need* another scarf but this one is lightweight and should work through spring and probably into summer for a bit. Kelley mentioned pairing both the scarf and the maxi dress with a cardigan I kept from my very first fix last July, but I didn't like that look as much. Too much material, too matronly or something. Great color combo but too much going on with fabrics around my torso. Right?
VERDICT: keeping the scarf
4. Brixon Ivy Jarred Lace Detail Cap Sleeve Blouse | $68
When I saw this top, I had to double check my Pinterest board to see if I had pinned it. I haven't, but I see it pop up on Pinterest and the Facebook group all of the time, and I've always loved the lace. Kelley said she was worried it would be too short, so I figured it would be boxy on me, but I think I love it?
The back is so pretty and I like the top with a long necklace, go figure. I'm slightly perplexed about bra selection with this top, though. I despise strapless bras and actually don't even own any that fit me right at this point. I am wearing a racer back bra here that is a dark green color, hoping it might blend in well with the see through lace. I also tried a nude regular strap bra and thought that looked worse. Also, Cecelia took the next two pictures for me. Nailed it! She is three years old, and my camera is bigger than her face, so this was an experience.
It's not a tunic by any means, but the length seems appropriate and I love how it's flowy but not totally shapeless. I think it looks great with the jeans I'll show you next, and also with black pants. Perhaps *this* will be my birthday dinner outfit instead of the maxi?
5. Just Black Adorra Skinny Jean | $88
I saw Kelley sent me jeans and was bummed because I bought two new pairs a few months ago that I wear all of the time. BUT these are super dark washed, definitely darker than any others I own right now. And they aren't weirdly faded in spots so they seem a lot more dressy than my other go-to denim. When I tried them on I literally felt like I was wearing a pair of stretchy leggings. I love denim with stretch, it's the only way I can tolerate jeans because I love actual leggings so much.
They are long enough, tight but not restrictive, and seem really grown up with the uniform darker wash. I don't love the price tag but I know most name brand jeans are at least $90 if not more, and I still have a soft spot in my heart for my high-end denim I bought before we were married. And THOSE babies were closer to $200, even ten years ago (and I still wear them, but most are quite flared/bootcut). So there you go, my justification for the price of these jeans. Because the fit is amazing, it's just the cost that has me freezing up a bit.
Best shot we got of the length, and Cecelia said, 'No head though, I didn't see your head.' Artsy, my girl!
VERDICT: probably keeping
So with a 4/5 box, that means I am super close to getting the 25% discount they award you if you keep all five items. And if I did my math correctly, it will actually be more expensive to buy the four items I really like without the extra discount, than it would be to just keep the shoes. I would pay $20 more to keep the sandals at this point!
Then I think maybe I shouldn't keep the maxi dress either. It's cute and flattering but is it really worth $74 (or $56 after the discount, assuming I keep all five items)?
The more I stare at these pictures, the more I really love the Brixton Ivy top and the jeans. The maxi dress and scarf are great, especially together, but I probably wouldn't hate myself forever if I sent them back.
This is definitely the most wishy-washy I've been with a Stitch Fix post so far! Probably because I'm writing it the same day that I got my box and I'm tired. Help a sister out, what do I keep?? And as always, here is my referral link if you want to try this for yourself.