Stitch Fix Reveal: November 2014

My latest fix arrived this past Friday, and as always, I was very excited to come home to see that cute box on my front porch!

This month's fix gave me an opportunity to re-learn one important thing when it comes to building a wardrobe: You just won't know unless you try it on! I think that's one of the best things about Stitch Fix. There are many times when I receive an item in a fix in which I initially feel like, had I seen that item on a hanger in a store - I would have walked right past it. I would have thought - that's not for me or that's won't flatter me. But, when you have 5 items right there, in your home, you may as well try them all on - I mean, they literally came to you! And that's when the magic happens.

In this month's fix, I received 3 tops, 1 accessory and 1 pair of jeans. I kept two items and three are being returned.

Item #1: Breanne V-Neck Cotton Cardigan in Grey by Mak 

I had requested a longer length, light weight knit cardigan in my fix, and to be honest, I'd pictured a color or maybe a pattern - so when I saw that they had sent one as I was unpacking the box, I was a little disappointed that it was grey. But... then I tried it on. And then I looked in my closet. And I realized not only does it fit exactly like a want a cardigan to fit, it also could go with so. many. things in my closet. It looked like a ho-hum sweater in the box, but on - it fit like a glove and I absolutely love it. Verdict: Keep! New favorite staple piece. 

Item #2: Brixon Ivy Adrian Plaid and Lacy Blouse

In addition to the cardigan, I had requested a cute flannel for fall. I think maybe this top was a loose interpretation of that request, but for me, it fell flat. The type of plaid (which I think may actually be more a tartan) just screams school and teacher and uniform to me, and the lace on top is saying "date night attire!" and I feel like the two together just don't jive. Also, since the lace is see-through on top, it makes bra pairing and hiding a bit tricky. I will say, the fabric felt really nice on my skin, but overall I did not love this top. Verdict: Sent back.

Item #3: Collective Concepts Zooey Mixed Material Watercolor Print Top

This top was another great lesson for me in "you have to try it on" only in the opposite way as I described above. In the box, I thought I was going to love this top! The printed part was silky and soft, the solid was a smooth, stretchy knit. 3/4 sleeves (which I love) and colors I had requested - this should have been a slam dunk. But... it wasn't. Why? Well - I'll have to show you in the pictures. Ultimately, I tried this on and asked my husband what he thought. He said, "I like it. I think. Well... except for how it's sewn together. What's happening on the side there? It looks like maybe a bib. Or a smock. You know, like when you paint in kindergarten!" Errrrrrrt! Boom. Can you hear the brakes slamming on right there? Yeah. Me too. Any top that has an oddity pronounced enough for my husband to take notice of it has a legit oddity. He was right.

Had the front piece simply met the top straight down the side, all the way down it would have looked great. But, the way it is - it's totally a smock + top. Verdict: It went back.

Item #4: Bay to Baubles Evelina Stone Chandelier Earrings

When I first saw these earrings in the box - I thought they were pretty, but looked far too big for my typical taste and that maybe they'd have a cheaper feel when I handled them - lightweight, plastic-y, you know the type. But, when I took them out of the box and tried them on, I immediately loved them. Their length was actually perfect and I liked how the clear stones and gold contrasted with my (recently made darker) hair color. They are well made and substantial, not plastic-y at all. I actually love them and wore them out running errands today and felt extra fancy :). Verdict: Kept!

Item #5: Kut from the Kloth Denna Skinny Jean
Sigh. This is the item in my box that just baffled me. I've specifically said in my style profile before - I do not like skinny jeans, they're not right for my body type - I'm a slim-straight or slim-bootcut girl maybe, but not a skinny jean or denim legging girl. It just doesn't work. The size I was sent was upsized generously and way too big. I just felt like having them in my box was a waste of a potentially awesome 5th item. Sorry, I didn't take a photo of them on myself because they were just waaaaay too big around the waist and looked silly. Verdict: Definitely sent back. I'm going to change my style profile to simply avoid bottoms altogether for now. I love me some shirts and accessories!

I hope you enjoyed my review of this fix. Please excuse my freaky vacant stare in the earring picture - I never know where to look! lol! If you're considering scheduling your own fix, I'd be so very appreciative if you used my referral link to sign up. Thank you! :-)

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