Monday, April 14, 2014

Stitch Fix #9

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Look, I can be a lifestyle blogger too! I've got all the important elements: air plant in a terrarium, sheepskin, rustic wooden table, Stitch Fix box.

This title has "Love Potion No. 9" stuck in my head. Which makes sense because when I opened my ninth Fix up, I thought I was in love.

It started with the letter, which was so nice and made me feel heard - my stylist, Ashley, had really listened to my requests! I asked for specific high waist jeans I'd tried on in a store in Portland (Kensie high waist skinny ankle biters), casual-chic spring clothes for an upcoming trip to Nashville, boyfriend jeans, and a maxi dress I'd seen in other Fix reviews. Ashley came through on almost all of them and I was so impressed by that.

I really enjoyed putting your fix together for you! I wanted to focus on your requests as well as send you some fun yet classic layering items that you could easily dress up or down, and that would seamlessly transition into spring. We unfortunately didn't have any high-waisted Kensie jeans in stock {it was worth a try!}, so I'm sending you these by Just Black as they are so flattering and comfy! Pair with either of these adorable tops, a strong blazer, fun accessories and some cool booties for the perfect casual-chic look. And I hope you love this Papermoon maxi dress! It's too cute and so versatile. Have fun trying everything on and I look forward to hearing what you think of your fix! xoxo...Ashley

I excitedly wondered if this would be the magical box that all Fixers talk about: the one where I kept everything and got the much-coveted "Buy All Discount."

1. RD Style "Braddon" airy knit v-neck sweater, $68
2. Just Black "Riley" distressed boyfriend jean, $68

First of all, let's talk about how cute the suggested outfits are on these cards. They are SPOT ON for my style. They make me want to shop more, which should be their goal. Secondly, the sweater is totally like other sweaters I've pinned to my inspiration board, and I specifically requested boyfriend jeans. Way to go, Ashley!

Look, a personalized chalkboard wall message, just for these pictures! And clearly I am feeling cute, because I'm playing with my hair.

Loved the style of this sweater. It was so light and airy, perfect for spring and summer. It looked like an update fisherman's sweater and it called, desperately, to be worn to the beach. And I liked that the back dipped low to cover my tush, which meant I could probably get away with wearing it with leggings. Yes! However, it made me look kind of dumpy by cutting across my hips at their widest point. Noooooo! I wanted you, sweater, really I did. Turns out I do best with tops that are low in both the front and the back and higher at the sides.

Verdict: Returned.

As for the boyfriend jeans, they were definitely the right size.. BUT I'm not sure what makes them boyfriend jeans. The light wash? The gentle distressing? (I love gently distressed jeans, it's true!) I thought boyfriend jeans were supposed to be a little looser, more lived-in. These just felt like normal jeans, and were very similar in fact to a pair of distressed skinny jeans I got from Anne Taylor LOFT. They were stretchy and pretty comfortable, but the rise was higher in the front than the back, or at least that's how it felt, and that doesn't make any sense for me. ...I just struggled for several minutes to think of a phrase to describe my butt that didn't resort to tired cliches or make it sound like I'm ashamed of it or use the word "butt." I have a larger butt. I like my butt, but it makes demands on my clothing.

Verdict: both returned.

3. Ezra "Myrah" Swiss dot and lace detail blouse, $48
4. Just Black "Banks" high rise cropped skinny jean, $78

Look how cute this blouse is, right? It's got a nice pattern and texture to it, it's a sweet shade of mint green (or turquoise, in this picture), and it seems to fit well. Lies.

The front of the shirt was so weird. It was really tight across my chest and shoulders, and hung weird on me. It was also kind of trying to be a crop top. It just did not work for my body at all.

Those jeans, however, are nice. They are actually jegging-esque, but I'm cool with that, even though it means that there are no front pockets. They have a high rise and a slim fit, with the ankles slightly looser than I prefer - but I actually liked that on these. These are the jeans that Ashley sent me in lieu of the Kensie jeans I asked for, since they didn't have that style in stock.

Verdict: returned the shirt, kept the jeans.

5. Papermoon "Waters" diamond print maxi dress, $78

I saw this dress in so many other Stitch Fix reviews and it always looked adorable. I wanted it so bad! I was really thrilled to find it in my box.

I dressed it up with a jean jacket as suggested, and a necklace from a previous Fix, and it did indeed look super cute. However, it was too short - it stopped at the ankles, which is not great for a petite, curvy person. It also would have looked nicer with a little more fabric in the torso/bust area. In these images it LOOKS like it fits perfectly and it's kind of making me regret sending it back, but I KNOW WHAT I SAW.

Verdict: returned, so regretfully.

A Fix with a lot of potential! I am just so very picky. The search for stylish spring and summer clothing continues.

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