And welcome to another round of awkward photos and my pleas for your fashion advice! After a wildly fun first experience with Stitch Fix, a personal styling service, my second box was….ahem….less than thrilling. In fact, I sent everything single item back. I have a very minimalist wardrobe, so why clutter up the closet with anything I don’t absolutely love?
In hopes that last time was a fluke (and after this last time, I’m pretty sure it was) I signed up for a new box and I’m really happy with the results. I won’t be keeping every item, but I requested my original stylist and I could tell that any feedback I gave was carefully taken into consideration for this next round. So, I didn’t love everything, but it was exactly what I asked for.
If you aren’t familiar with Stitch Fix, I go into detail in the first post, but the abbreviated version is that you fill out information about your style preferences, a personal stylist puts together a box of five items, it arrives on your doorstep, you use your house as your fitting room, keep what you love, and send back the rest. Kind of perfect for those of us with many small kiddos who don’t like spending the luxury of an hour alone doing something we don’t particularly like…which for me is shopping. No thanks. Coffee shop and a book. That’s the way to spend an hour alone.
So, your job is to leave your feedback in the comments and help me decide what to keep and what to send back!
Ok…without further ado, let’s just jump straight to the best one:
Item #1: Black Cocktail Dress. LOVE. Classic, fancy, versatile, and a little vintage. I plan to wear it to every wedding for the next 10 years. Watch me.
I requested a fancy cocktail dress so that I would have something to wear to the first night of the Edel Gathering, a Catholic women’s conference I’m going to in Austin. First of all, fashion stuff intimidates me. And I haven’t bought any shoes except $10 sandals from Target in almost three years. So when I heard there was a Crazy Shoe Competition at Edel…I felt a little anxious. But when this dress arrived, I knew I could pair almost any shoe with it, so I marched myself over to a shoe store and got these yellow numbers on clearance. Because I cannot for the life of me purchase shoes that cost more than $25. I just can’t. Whew. Clearance win. Conference outfit complete. These shoes are as crazy as I get.
Daniel’s take: “You look pretty.”
Item #2: Patterned Pencil Skirt. I think this one’s a no. It’s just an unflattering length. I’m a shorty. And the fit is just slightly off. It’s slightly too big around the waist and hips and poofs out. And I don’t think the pattern is doing my hips any favors. I also don’t love the material.
Daniel’s take: “It’s almost a good skirt.”
Item #3: Chevron Maxi Skirt. Sorry for the blurriness. But you get the idea. Pretty skirt, pretty fabric, but weird fit. I think maybe I’m just not a good candidate for maxi skirts. It looks messy to have the shirt not tucked in. But I experimented with tucking in a few shirts and because the waist of the skirt is so snug, it’s all bumpy where the shirts are tucked in, even if they’re very fitted. So, I like the idea of this one. It just didn’t work.
Daniel’s take: “It doesn’t look right with that shirt. It won’t look right with any shirt. You won’t wear that.”
Item #4: Black Dolman Sleeve Shirt. OK….I’m not sure on this one. On the one hand, I don’t hate it. On the other hand, it’s polyester which isn’t my fave AND unless I roll the sleeves up a tad like in the photos, the sleeve length is super awkward. It’s not the worst, but I’m not sure I’m feeling the love for it. Thoughts?
Daniel’s take: “I kinda like the big slouchy top with the leggings.”
Me: “But then I’m the girl who wears leggings as pants.”
Daniel: “You were already the girl who wears leggings as pants.”
Item #5: Arrow Necklace. I like it. My first thought was that it isn’t the quality to merit the price…BUT I do have some Stitch Fix credit to be used up. What say you?
Daniel’s take: “I like it. I think you’d wear it all the time.”
OK, dear readers. Time for you to share all your fashion thoughts in the comments! What should I keep and what should I return?
Oh! And don’t forget to chime in on This Week’s Miscellany with questions for me to answer in the next vlog! From the questions so far, I can tell it’s going to be a lot of fun.
P.S.: I’m in no way associated with Stitch Fix. I just think it’s fun and what’s the point of having a blog if you can’t crowd source fashion advice, right? But if you do want to try out Stitch Fix, kindly use my referral link and I’ll get some SF credit. Thanks!