November Stitch Fix Review

I’m back with another Fix!

nov01

My note to Kaylee this month asked for a good, thick pair of black leggings, and mentioned that I’d still love a pair of burgundy skinny jeans or corduroys if she could find them in my size.

When the box arrived, I was really excited and thought I might be in for another 5/5 Fix.

Here’s what I got.

 

41 Hawthorn Gillian Sweater Knit Skirt
Black, $64.00

nov02

Pros: I had high hopes for this skirt, particularly after the skirt they sent in the same brand in August. I liked the Rorschach-inspired print, and it fit really well.

Cons: I had anticipated this being another swing skirt, but it is in fact a trumpet skirt. I’m not typically a fan of that cut anyway, and this one stuck out oddly at the seams and wasn’t very flattering at the hips.

nov03

Verdict: Returned.

 

Andrew Marc Sund Faux Leather Jacket
Olive, $98.00

nov04

Pros: The material was really good quality, and I liked the color over my traditional black.

Cons: I liked it, but I didn’t love it, and for the price, I really needed to love it. The sleeves and shoulders were a bit big, and the body was too short on my torso, so it really didn’t fit right.

nov05

Verdict: Returned.

 

Lysse Jessy Zipper Detail Leggings
Black, $88.00

nov06

Pros: The zipper details were cool and featured some faux leather – Kaylee knows me so well. The material was also really thick, just like I asked for.

Cons: I’m pretty sure the material was so thick because it was lined with Spanx. These were really tight, like cutting off circulation in my calves, and every time I moved I thought the zippers – which dug into my skin and left lovely teeth marks – were going to bust open. I’ve never been a huge fan of high-waisted pants, and I don’t think I knew high-waisted leggings were a thing that existed. They do exist, and now I know I don’t like them either.

nov07

Verdict: Returned. The final nail in the coffin was despite being outrageously tight and having a six-inch-wide suction cup for a waist band, they still sagged.

 

Loveappella Carlota Lace Detail Hooded Knit Top
Gray, $58.00

nov08

Pros: This was the only thing I wasn’t totally sure about when I opened my box, but I liked the lace details and figured a long-sleeved hooded shirt would be a good addition to my cold weather wardrobe.

Cons: At least it would have been if the fabric didn’t have the weight of tissue paper. That was even secondary to the sleeves, though. I’ve always had a hard time finding long sleeved shirts that have long enough sleeves for me, but I’ve actually had pretty good luck with shirts from Stitch Fix, present company excluded. Also, looking at these pictures, that block of lace is really unflattering.

nov09

Verdict: Returned. The sleeves really doomed this one.

 

Edyson Hampton Corduroy Skinny Jean
Burgundy, $68.00

nov10

Pros: I love these pants! They’re exactly the color I wanted, they’re super comfortable, and they fit perfectly.

nov11

Cons: …except for the extra six inches of fabric attached to the bottom of the legs. For some reason Kaylee decided to send me my size, but in Longs. I am 5’6”, don’t have exceptionally long legs, and have never worn a Long sized anything in my life. This information is reflected in my style profile. Why, Kaylee? Why?! 

nov12

Verdict: Begrudgingly returned. Typically Stitch Fix allows exchanges in situations like this, but the sizing options provided didn’t include differentiations for length. The good news is I found another pair of burgundy pants (that are probably more my style than corduroys, if we’re being honest) in my size in the Facebook Buy/Sell/Trade group, so there’s that.

nov13

En route from Ohio! 

 

This Fix was pretty disappointing, not only because I thought it would be 5/5, but also because I paid $20 for a cardboard box. Again. Unlike last time though, I actually liked everything in the box, the pieces just didn’t fit right. Better luck next time, I guess.

If you’re interested in Stitch Fix, check it out! It’s free to sign up, and filling out the style profile is actually really helpful for thinking about what you do and don’t love for your wardrobe.

(Plus, between friends, if you sign up with my referral link, I earn credit with the site when your first fix ships. Win-win, right?)

October Stitch Fix Review

I’ve been staring at a blank screen for almost an hour and a half trying to think of a clever opening line for this post, but between a clingy dog, laundry, and my last dose of Sudafed wearing off, I’m going to go ahead and jump right in.

oct01

This month I asked Kaylee for some colored jeans or corduroys to pair with all the black/gray/white tops in my wardrobe for fall, and mentioned some tops I had recently pinned on my Pinterest board that I was also interested in. There weren’t any pants in my fix, which Kaylee explained in her stylist note:

So I didn’t send any colored jeans because the only ones we carry are the “jeggings” ones you hate.

Good call. Here’s what I got.

 

Bay to Baubles Anya Stone Pendant

Gold, $34.00

oct02

Pros: I’ve been doing a better job styling jewelry lately, so this would be a nice addition to my collection since I don’t have much gold.

Cons: It’s a little clunky and not exactly my style.

oct03

Verdict: I figured I would keep this if the other items all worked out and it would apply to the discount.

 

RD Style Tawna Pullover Sweater

Black, $78.00

oct04

Pros: I wasn’t sure how this would fit, but it’s really comfortable, has long enough sleeves, and will be good for layering this winter.

Cons: I probably don’t need more black in my wardrobe, but…

oct05

Verdict: Kept. There’s no such thing as too many sweaters when you live in Minnesota.

 

Market & Spruce Jann Faux Leather Patch Cardigan

Olive, $78.00

oct06

Pros: Olive, leather trim, long, warm, pockets, awesome…what’s not to like?

Cons: See above.

oct07

Verdict: Kept. I love this, and already wore it to work.

 

Edyson Maisha Ponte and Faux Leather Jacket

Wine, $88.00

oct08

Pros: I was surprised how much I liked this. I liked the color and the fit and the leather/mixed media concept, but I was skeptical of the suede and the whole drapey flap things in lieu of a zipper or buttons or any kind of closure. Turns out they actually work pretty well.

Cons: I mean, there’s still like a 50% chance the drapey flap things will annoy me when I wear it.

oct09

Verdict: Kept. Come on guys, it’s a leather jacket.

 

Mystree Rigley Knit Top

Gray, $58.00

oct10

To be honest, I’m pretty confused by this shirt, enough to abandon the normal Pro-Con format. The material is really soft, but incredibly flimsy. It’s comfortable, but huge on me. I like stripes, but this is a lot. I like it…but I don’t. I think? I’m going to let my Second Opinions sound off here:

“It’s really cool, but I’m not sure about the bottom pattern. Like if it was solid on the bottom it might be better.” – Marie

“I’m iffy on the top…maybe send a note to your stylist so that she doesn’t think you want every striped outfit?” – Emily

“The striped top should be burned.” – Mom

oct11

Verdict: It’s big enough on me that I probably would never end up wearing it. However, it made way more financial sense to keep it for the discount since when I did the math, it was actually cheaper to keep all five items than just the three I really wanted. I’ve put it up for sale in the Stitch Fix Buy/Sell/Trade Facebook group, let me know if you’re interested.

 

This was actually a pretty successful fix. I kept everything, and am pretty excited about everything (including selling the striped shirt…I think). Kaylee is continuing to do a great job!

Though Guinness was unimpressed.

Though Guinness was unimpressed.

If you’re interested in Stitch Fix, check it out! It’s free to sign up, and filling out the style profile is actually really helpful for thinking about what you do and don’t love for your wardrobe.

(Plus, between friends, if you sign up with my referral link, I earn credit with the site when your first fix ships. Win-win, right?)

September Stitch Fix Review

This probably seems like a quick turnaround from last month’s Stitch Fix, but I didn’t get around to writing the August blog until almost two weeks after that box arrived.

Anyway.

sep01

After last month’s success from having told Kaylee to basically pull whatever she wanted based on my profile and Pinterest board, I gave her similar free reign for this month with the caveat that I wanted fitted tops. The results were a bit less successful.

Here’s what I got.

 

Urban Expressions Aiden Zipper Detail Satchel

Black, $68.00

sep02

Pros: This bag is beautiful, and certified vegan! I actually need a black purse, and it’s a great size.

Cons: Holy fringe, Batman. I went back and forth for awhile considering whether or not I could remove the fringe, but I’ve never been able to justify spending loads of money for a bag that just holds everything my non-existent pockets can’t.

sep03

Verdict: Returned. Target or TJ Maxx will almost certainly have something similar at a price point I can deal with. And hopefully without the fringe.

 

Laju Joakim Split Back Top

Dark Green, $58.00

sep04

Pros: As all other native Minnesotan quasi-hipsters know, there’s no such thing as too much plaid in a single wardrobe. I like the tunic style of this shirt, and that it’s a lighter weight than most of my flannels.

Cons: This is flowy, almost to the point of being too big.

sep05

Verdict: Kept. I wore it to work yesterday and got several compliments.

 

41Hawthorn Monfer Faux Leather Scallop Trim Blouse

Black, $58.00

sep06

Pros: This shirt was so great in theory. I loved the leather trim details and keyhole in the back, and black is really my go-to color.

Cons: The leather trim detail that I loved so much was not tacked down in the back, which gave a very unfortunate wing effect. It also wasn’t fitted at all, and the arm holes were so big that the majority of my bra was visible. If I were a fun person who might wear this out to clubs, I would probably pair it with a fun neon bra and make the large armholes a statement. However, I am not a fun person who ever goes clubbing; I work for an accounting firm and am allergic to the neon end of the color spectrum.

sep07

Verdict: Returned. So much potential wasted.

 

Gilli Taneli Knit Dress

Grey, $68.00

sep08

Pros: The color and pattern were great, and I love the concept of a t-shirt material dress.

Cons: Who else remembers how I feel about shift dresses? This dress actually took the silhouette a step beyond “sad lampshade” and into full-blown nightgown territory. Not really the look I want to go for with my professional wardrobe, and a bit frustrating since I’ve supplied vehement feedback on the shifts they’ve sent me in the past, and have a permanent note in my style profile not to send them to me under any circumstances.

sep09

Verdict: Returned. Quickly.

 

Tinseltown Mason Moto Zipper Detail Skinny Pant

Black, $68.00

sep10

Pros: I love these. They fit great, they have super fun details, and I want them in about six more colors.

Cons: I mean they have fake pockets, but these are straight up leggings, so I can deal with it.

sep11

Verdict: Kept!

 

This was kind of a weird Fix, I liked most of it and I definitely understood why Kaylee chose the pieces she did, but they were just a little…off. Either way, they’re still improving and I really can’t complain. Except about the shift.

If you’re interested in Stitch Fix, check it out! It’s free to sign up, and filling out the style profile is actually really helpful for thinking about what you do and don’t love for your wardrobe.

(Plus, between friends, if you sign up with my referral link, I earn credit with the site when your first fix ships. Win-win, right?)

August Stitch Fix Review

I think one of my biggest takeaways from Stitch Fix is that their style seasons do not match up with Minnesota weather. I distinctly remember getting an email from them in early March about fun flirty floaty flowy florals and all the sleeveless and crop top styles that were big for spring – mostly I remember reading it after spending an hour shoveling the five inches of snow we had gotten the night before from my front walk.

Aug01

I get why they do this, at least on some level. I’m sure there’s a strain on inventory towards the end of the season, so why not push what’s coming up anyway? Get the people the trends of the season to have right off the bat, instead of a month or two in.

The point of all this is that the Fix I received last week – while fabulous – is very much a box of fall clothes. Regardless of how great the pieces are, trying on long sleeved dresses and faux leather jackets in my non-air conditioned house when it’s 96 degrees outside with over 90% humidity garners about the same level of enthusiasm as considering chiffon sundresses while trying to get ice crusts out of my hair.

The good news is, I’m ready for fall. Author’s note: the weekend after receiving this fix had two cool, rainy days, so my enthusiasm levels have risen considerably.

Kaylee, my new stylist, agreed to style me again and expose herself to another round of my feedback. I didn’t have any specific request this month, so she said she got a lot of inspiration from my Pinterest board.

Here’s what I got.

SeaVees Army Issue Lace Up Sneaker
Olive, $88.00

Aug02

Pros: It’s like Kaylee knows that my footwear fashion choice borders on juvenile and I’m always looking for comfortable sneakers that can be worn with business casual and dresses and weekend wear and not look totally out of place. I’m also really loving the olive trend this year.

Cons: The canvas is pretty stiff, so they’ll need to be worn a lot to get broken in. Oh, darn.

Aug03

Verdict: Keep. Currently rocking in and out of the office.

 

Gilli Patricia Sweater Knit Swing Skirt
Black, $64.00

Aug04

Pros: Holy %@&$, I love this skirt. I love the movement of swing skirts, and this material has a really good weight to it. The pattern and colors also fit right in with my mostly black and dark gray closet. 

Cons: The waistband is maybe a little big?

Aug05

Verdict: Keep! I wore it to the office last week despite the heat and the word “sweater” in the name of it.

 

One Market Cayenne Knit Dress
Olive, $78.00

Aug06

Pros: Really loving the olive. When I took it out of the box I was positive it would be too big, which I was pretty bummed about, but it actually fits pretty perfectly. The skirt is a little longer, which is good for work, and I’m always a fan of stripes. 

Cons: The stripes are actually partially detached scalloped ruffles, which I was incredibly skeptical about, but it’s growing on me. 

Aug07

Verdict: Keep. I have a feeling this will be making pretty regular office appearances come fall.

 

Skies are Blue Terese Quilted Faux Leather Jacket
Black, $88.00

Aug08

Pros: I’m always down for a good leather jacket.

Cons: I would not consider this a good leather jacket. It didn’t fit me very well, and while I appreciated what it was going for – a preppy jacket in an edgy fabric to spice up a conservative business casual wardrobe – the cut was very much something you’d find in colorful tweed at Anne Taylor, and not in my closet. Plus, I kept a black faux leather jacket in April, so this seemed a little redundant.

Aug09

Verdict: Kept for the discount, and sold on the Facebook Stitch Fix resale group. Don’t worry, it’s going to a good home in Connecticut.

 

Market & Spruce Sam Hi-Lo Short Sleeve Tee
Gray, $44.00

Aug10

Pros: The fabric is incredibly soft and comfortable, and it’s one of those basic pieces that goes with everything in your closet and you could wear every single day.

Cons: This is probably years of Target shopping talking, but I have a really difficult time wrapping my head around a plain t-shirt costing more than my electric bill.

Aug11

Verdict: Keep, therefore earning the 25% discount for keeping all five pieces, which (on top of selling the leather jacket) essentially made this shirt free. Plus I’ve already worn it three times.

 

This was my first 5/5 fix, so major props to Kaylee. Hopefully she’ll stick around for awhile!

If you’re interested in Stitch Fix, check it out! It’s free to sign up, and filling out the style profile is actually really helpful for thinking about what you do and don’t love for your wardrobe.

(Plus, between friends, if you sign up with my referral link, I earn credit with the site when your first fix ships. Win-win, right?)

July Stitch Fix Review

And we’re back.

Jul01

Between being out of town for almost two weeks, work getting crazy, and general summer-time events, both my Stitch Fix delivery and review for July were a little bit late.

I put in a request for a jean jacket before I left for vacation and told Jessica to go nuts with my Pinterest board (which I double-checked this month to make sure there weren’t any wildly out of character pins).

The biggest surprise from this month’s fix was the note from my stylist — written by my new stylist Kaylee, as Jessica is no longer with Stitch Fix. She excitedly mentioned my Pinterest board and gave several styling tips for the pieces she sent me.

Here’s what I got.

Just USA Morrie Boyfriend Denim Jacket

Navy, $58.00

Jul03

Pros: The jean jacket that I own — which led me to requesting this piece — has incredibly long sleeves (which is fabulous for my orangutan arms), but is also a crop jacket, has a rose-tinted denim, and was purchased at Target in 2007. Therefore, I was really excited about the wash of the denim and the length of the jacket that Kaylee picked out. I love that it has some worn details and that the denim is heavy and is good quality.

Cons: The fit was a little bulkier than I had in mind, but it will be nice for layering come fall. Additionally, I would have liked just a little more length in the sleeves, but they’re still much better than anything I’ve found for myself.

I just noticed that the entire left lapel is tucked under for this picture. Stellar.

I just noticed that the entire left lapel is tucked under for this picture. Stellar.

Verdict: Keep!

 

Pixley Vincenzo Cargo Vest

Olive, $78.00

Jul04

Pros: Like all other corporate 20-somethings who still have the urge to dress like a teenage punk rock wannabe on a semi-regular basis, I love a good vest. Is that just me? Whatever, the asymmetrical zipper and other moto details made this piece seem like it would be a hit.

Cons: Unfortunately, the combination of the color, the canvas-like material, and the weird flap that ran across the back ultimately gave the vest a much stronger fisherman vibe than anything remotely punk or rock or, well, me. Finally, a philosophical question: can it truly be considered a cargo vest if it has no real pockets?

Jul15

Where does all my cargo go?!

Verdict: Sent back.

 

Amour Vert Ahren Knit Dress

Black, $74.00

Jul06

Pros: This is a great dress. It can be dressed up or down, and even though the length is a bit longer than I would typically go for, the slits on each side even it out without being cut too high. The material is dense enough to be fully opaque (it passed the window test!), but it’s still flowy and comfortable. Guys, this dress is ridiculously comfortable.

Cons: Honestly, this isn’t even a bad thing, but I wore it to work today and realized how much of a 90’s throwback it is. I felt like I should wear it with some patent Doc Martens, dark lipstick, and a choker. I didn’t, obviously, but you know, options.

Jul13

Verdict: Keep!

 

Liverpool Phillip Printed Straight Leg Trouser

Light Grey, $98.00

Jul08

Pros: I actually like this style for dress pants, and the material for these was really nice and comfortable, which is typically difficult to find for dress pants. Also, pockets!

Cons: These just really didn’t fit me. They were huge throughout the thighs and hips which gave them kind of a 1970s golf look. The gingham pattern (which gave me violent scrapbooking flashbacks) really did not help with the Caddyshack vibe.

Jul11

Verdict: Sent back.

 

Zad Nicolas Pre-Layered Vertical Bar Necklace

Gold, $28.00

Jul05

Pros: I had pinned several similar pieces, and really like the layering effect of the different chain lengths.

Cons: I don’t usually wear gold jewelry. Maybe this is actually a pro since it will make me diversify.

Jul17

Verdict: Keep!

 

This is the best fix I’ve gotten in a few months, so Kaylee can stay. She gets me.

If you’re interested in Stitch Fix, check it out! It’s free to sign up, and filling out the style profile is actually really helpful for thinking about what you do and don’t love for your wardrobe.

(Plus, between friends, if you sign up with my referral link, I earn credit with the site when your first fix ships. Win-win, right?)

Also, shout-out to Mary P., who received her first Stitch Fix using my link and earned me some sweet, sweet credit.

June Stitch Fix Review

I’ve been really busy lately, so the email reminder that this month’s fix was about to be styled took me by surprise.

Jun01

I jotted a quick note to Jessica that I wasn’t looking for anything specific (having abandoned my quest for black pants last month), but would love to see some sundresses. I also mentioned that I have several weddings in the next few months, and would be interested in seeing something a little more formal if she found something that would work for me.

In her note, she made mention of my Pinterest board and touted that several of the pieces could be dressed up for the office.

Here’s what I got.

THML Abriana Colorblock Embroidered Dress

Navy, $68.00

Jun03

Pros: I really loved the embroidery on the front of the dress, and the twin cutouts on the front and the back.

Cons: Shifts look really good on a lot of people — effortless, chic, and cool — but I am not one of those people. I’m one of the people who puts on a shift and transforms it into a sad lamp shade. The orange color of the bottom of the dress was also pretty awful with my skin tone.

Jun08

Verdict: Returned. I’ll have to reiterate my standing ban on the shift silhouette.

 

Karen Kane Lisa Printed Pencil Skirt

Navy, $88.00

Jun06

Pros: This skirt is awesome. It reminds me of the one I almost kept from my April fix, but it’s less frumpy and the pattern covers the entire skirt instead of just the front. I love the pattern, which is similar to several things I’ve pinned recently, and the length is great to fit into my work wardrobe. I also tend to gravitate to skater skirts, so a pencil skirt is a nice change of pace.

Cons: It’s a touch big in the hips, and the lining is partially detached, so that’s a little annoying.

Jun09

Verdict: Keeping it. Did I mention this skirt is awesome? Yes? That’s because it’s awesome.

 

Collective Concepts Janae Dress

Navy, $78.00

Jun04

Pros: I had pinned this a few weeks back, and really liked the idea of this dress. It seems like a great piece for summer that could be dressed up for the office or down for going out. Plus it has pockets!

Cons: Despite liking the idea of the dress, the reality is it was a hot mess on me. It’s huge up top, making the neckline a baggy and inappropriate plunge. The gathered waist hits me at a weird spot, and gives the entire middle a bulky appearance. The straps are also incredibly thin, which seems like a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.

Jun10

Verdict: Returned. Bummer.

 

See U Soon Kesse Cross Back Top

Light Blue, $58.00

Jun02

Pros: This isn’t really a pro, but apparently I pinned this? I have no recollection of doing so, or any idea why I would think this monstrosity would be a good addition to my style board, but it is in fact there. Mocking me. Points to Jessica for actually paying attention to my board.

Jun12

Cons: This shirt is a perfect storm. It’s pastel, and floaty, and gauzy, and shapeless, and has super weird accents at the top, and the straps are flimsy, and it’s too big, and it’s just terrible. Guys, this shirt is terrible. Plus, there’s the bra situation. I have a sneaking suspicion that it was designed with the intention that it be worn with no bra, which would be fine were it not for the incredibly sheer nature of the fabric.

lol no

lol no

Verdict: Returned. Seriously, why did I pin this?

 

London Times Darlena Lace Dress

Cobalt, $88.00

Jun05

Pros: This dress was Jessica’s answer to my wedding mention, and she nailed it. I don’t typically go for jewel tones, but it works well with my coloring, and it’s different from anything else I have. The fit is great, and it has a vintage vibe, which I really dig. Also, it’s pretty. Guys, it’s like really pretty.

Cons: Lace is kind of a misnomer, since it’s really more a crochet, but honestly? I don’t even care, this dress is perfect.

Jun11

Verdict: Like you even have to ask.

 

Overall, the bad pieces were really bad, but the good pieces were amazing. As far as the bad pieces go, Jessica really only had one miss — granted, an orange shift dress is one hell of a miss, but for the other two she was just trying to do right by my Pinterest board and I can’t fault her for that.

Clearly I need to cut back on my post-happy hour Pinterest usage.

Even with my misguided pins, she still managed to find me two pieces that I’m actually quite excited to wear. Thank you, Jessica, for dealing with finding me clothes.

If you’re interested in Stitch Fix, check it out! It’s free to sign up, and filling out the style profile is actually really helpful for thinking about what you do and don’t love for your wardrobe.

(Plus, between friends, if you sign up with my referral link, I earn credit with the site when your first fix ships. Win-win, right?)

May Stitch Fix Review

Stitch Fix time.

May16

My May fix arrived on Thursday, and since Peter was in town visiting, I had a ready second opinion and an actual photographer (as opposed to balancing my camera on a precarious stack of boxes and setting the self-timer) to help me out.

In addition to my monthly ask for work appropriate black skinny pants with pockets and non-jegging skinny jeans, I asked Jessica for some spring/summery skirts or dresses that avoided pastels and could be paired with a jacket or sweater for the office. In her note, she mentioned that she was glad my last fix was more successful, and that she leaned heavily on my Pinterest board for inspiration for this month.

Here’s what I got.

TOMS Desert Wedge Booties

Black, $89

May09

Pros: I actually really wanted these shoes, I had pinned them and had been dangerously close to buying them from the TOMS site about a week before this fix arrived. They’re super cute and incredibly comfortable, and would be a great addition to my wardrobe.

Cons: This is such a nit-picky thing, but I really wanted them in taupe, not black.

May10

Verdict: Returned. I truly do not need another pair of black shoes, especially at this price point.

It's just math.

It’s just math.

 

Pixley Brisma Lattice Trim Knit Top

Black, $44

May02

Pros: I really liked the idea of this shirt, and the cool edgy details in the shoulders. Peter said that he really liked this when I pulled it out of the box.

Cons: The biggest strike against this shirt is that it is not designed to be worn with a normal bra. The material is fairly sheer which means my options are limited to a strapless bra, which is something I absolutely do not have the patience for. Also, this isn’t something I could really fit into my work wardrobe, which makes the price difficult to justify.

May14

Verdict: Returned.

 

41 Hawthorn Abbie Reversible Skirt

Black, $68

May01

Pros: This is a really great skirt. It’s an appropriate length for the office or going out, and it’s a nice heavy material that would make me comfortable wearing it on a windy day. The floral print is totally outside the box for me, but it didn’t remind me of upholstery and should be good for spring and summer.

Cons: I’m not really sure why this is considered a reversible skirt. It’s solid black if you turn it inside out, but it also has a sturdily-sewn tag, and the pattern is visible on the hem.

May12

Verdict: Keeping it. I already wore it out to dinner with Peter with a white tee and the leather blazer from my April fix.

 

Market & Spruce Nic Knit Dress

Navy, $64

May04

Pros: I was probably most excited about this when I opened the box. I liked that it was navy instead of my traditional black, and that the stripes in the middle were positioned to be super flattering. It was pretty much what I had in mind when I asked for a summery dress that could be paired with a blazer for work.

May15

Cons: I just wasn’t nearly as excited about this once I put it on. It’s fine, but it didn’t wow me. The shoulders are cut really narrow, so my bra straps hung out until I hooked them together in the back — not the end of the world, but still annoying. Additionally, I tried it on again before writing this post to see if I liked it any better, and one of the seams popped.

May05

Verdict: Returned. I was really waffling on this until the seam broke — I’m not going to spend $64 on a dress that falls apart the second time I put it on.

 

Eden Society Mara Tulip Hem Straight Leg Pant

Black, $68

May06

Pros: I mean, they had pockets.

Cons: These were horrible. The material felt like petrified tissue paper and was somehow weirdly stretchy, and stiff and scratchy all at the same time. They were an awkward length — too long to be ankle length and too short to be normal pants — and way too big in the waist and the hips. I’m not a fan of the tulip hem, and the raised piping along the seams was just an annoyance.

May13

Verdict: Returned. I’m officially relieving Stitch Fix of their duty to find me new black pants.

 

Overall, it wasn’t exactly a great fix, but I still think Jessica did a good job. I really love the skirt, the shirt and the dress were definitely in the right direction, and the only reason I didn’t keep the shoes was a technicality (I was so close to keeping them I literally had to pull out all of my black shoes just to illustrate how ridiculous I was being). The pants were the only thing that I would actually categorize as bad, and since I’m no longer going to be asking for black pants, maybe Jessica can focus on finding other great pieces moving forward.

If you’re interested in Stitch Fix, check it out! It’s free to sign up, and filling out the style profile is actually really helpful for thinking about what you do and don’t love for your wardrobe.

(Plus, between friends, if you sign up with my referral link, I earn credit with the site when your first fix ships. Win-win, right?)