Stitch Fix time.
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
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.
Verdict: Returned. I truly do not need another pair of black shoes, especially at this price point.
Pixley Brisma Lattice Trim Knit Top
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.
41 Hawthorn Abbie Reversible Skirt
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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