My latest Stitch Fix box arrived just in time for the holiday weekend! For some reason, Stitch Fix waived my styling fee this time around so I literally had nothing to lose by receiving this particular fix.
For those unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, it is an online personal styling service. When you sign up, you fill out a detailed profile about your sizing, cost, and style preferences. For $20, your stylist selects 5 items to send to you. If you like them, you can purchase the items. Your $20 styling fee can be applied towards the cost of the items you buy. You can keep all, none, or some of the items (if you purchase all 5 items, you get 25% off your order). You don’t have to commit to a monthly subscription — you can schedule one-off boxes whenever you feel like it! I have also found that curating my style Pinterest board has really helped guide my stylists towards what I like.
For this fix, I asked my stylist for summer dresses and tops that could be worn for traveling or to happy hour.
Here’s what was in the box:
Maggy London Valencia Knit Dress
This dress is so comfortable (the lining is really nice!) and I love the silhouette. I am a bit torn on the print; I’m not sure if I like the cream color at the top portion of the bodice. A few derby friends suggested it would be better with a cardigan, so I took some photos of me wearing blue and white cardigan sweaters over the dress. It’s interesting how the different colored cardigans pick up different colors from the print.
Anyway, was torn on the dress because it is nice, but at $118, it’s also the most expensive item in the fix. I tried to get Stitch Fix to do a price match, but was informed the dress I found on Zappos is not the same length. I’m sending it back since it is pricey and I don’t have an imminent need for a dress like this (as in I think it’s more officewear than everyday fashion).
Renee C Addae Knit Dress
If I thought the lining of the first dress was soft, this lining is even softer. Wearing this dress feels like I am wearing a t-shirt! Also, I am a sucker for black and white prints, and this one is really different (I dig it). However, the elastic waistband is really tight and I could see it cutting into me in an annoying fashion. Also, I was disappointed there were no pockets (the fabric and cut could have easily accommodated them if you ask me!) and the fabric is a little thick for humid DC summers. Probably more appropriate for fall.
Pixley Nelda Halter Blouse
I am always pretty “meh” on the tops that StitchFix sends me. This one is no exception. I could take or leave the print. The neckline is interesting, but it would drive me crazy because I was constantly adjusting it, even just while trying it on. The absolute dealbreaker for me is that I own ZERO bras that would work with this top due to the low-cut armpits (eliminating strapless as an option) and the strange rounded halter neckline. I’m not into going braless, so this one is getting sent back.
Pixley Tarcil Mesh Detail Blouse
In my experience, there is always one WTF item in every fix, and this is the WTF item for fix #12. (Although I admit the top photographed much better than expected.) I like the blue color, and I do like the how this top looks from the back, but the mesh detail panel in the front just looks strange to me. It is also impossible to wear a bra with this top (the top hangs too low in the armpits to even make a strapless bra work). It might look cute under a blazer, but I don’t wear blazers. The left spaghetti strap was also very hard to adjust for some reason. Maybe just a manufacturer defect, but this top is going back nonetheless.
DV8 Abbey D’Orsay Flats
I am not sure I like pointy-toed flats (or heels, for that matter) since they make my already larger-than-average feet look extra long. The animal print is cute, but the shoes are suede and I worry about how the fabric would hold up. Actually, I worry about how the soles would hold up too with the amount of walking I do in DC. I was slipping walking around the hardwood floors in my apartment since the soles have no grip to them. I’d say they are cute, but not practical.