“Dressing well is a form of good manners.” — Tom Ford
As a working mom, my time for clothes shopping is extremely limited. Near my office are a couple of decent stores (Ann Taylor, Gap, a few boutiques) in case I need an “emergency outfit” for the weekend or an important meeting. Since I started working out at lunch time, my free time while near the office has severely diminished. Also, since I’m continually losing weight, shopping online has been difficult since my size has been varying.
Enter stitch fix. At first I was skeptical that someone could pick out clothes for me, especially given my changing waistline. But, seeing friends’ posts in Facebook with their latest fixes, I decided to give it a try. I started a stitch fix pinterest board (recommended) so my stylist can get inspiration. I also was extremely detailed in explaining my weight loss journey and interested in clothes that would look fabulous now but also as I got smaller.
My first fix arrived on August. It was like Christmas morning (except there weren’t just presents for the kids but it was all for me!). There were five items (a fit and flare styled dress, a pencil skirt, an embellished tank top, earrings and a maxi dress). I immediately loved the tank and the fit and flare dress. The dress was navy and white stripes, a jersey stretch material which hugged the right curves and felt comfy like yoga pants. It didn’t matter to me that I already have three other navy and white dresses. This was a keeper because it would also work for the weekends (yes it was that comfy!) and with brown riding boots and leggings in the fall. The tank had a beautiful mint green embroidered neckline and a gorgeous racer back to show off my recently favored body part – my muscular shoulders. A little more in price than I would usually like for a tank but it was really unique. Assuming I’d be returning the maxi dress, I gave it a try anyway. Usually my short frame looks dumb in maxi dresses. Plus, they always feel too casual for the office and too fancy for the weekend. Not this one. I felt like I was a NYC celebrity mom when I wore it. Still hasn’t made it to the office but has had several weekend appearances. It’s black and brown so I’m excited to pair it with a denim jacket for fall. The hug pink pencil skirt had to go back. Too tight and too pink. And the earrings- well, I sort of gave a little Stella and Dot problem so I’m not in need of any jewelry for awhile. I gave feedback to the stylist on the two items I didn’t keep and continued to update my pinterest board for my stylist. I also asked her to find me some fun casual stuff for dates with my husband.
Next came the September fix with the perfect mix of early autumn clothes. There was a gorgeous steel gray and orange striped jersey knit sheath dress with awesome three quarter length sleeves, a shear navy and rust colored peasant blouse with three quarter sleeves, a cozy lightweight grey and white stripes boat neck sweater with… You guessed it, three quarter sleeves. There was no jewelry but there was another pencil skirt attempt (purple). Too tight and too purple so it went back. There was also a somewhat strange tank top that had blue and navy with color-blocking and lace. It fit weird and was not my style so it went back. I explained that I guess I don’t like lace and would need the pencil skirts to not be so fitted if such bright colors.
The October fix was a home run. I kept all five pieces and wore them all the first week I got them! A gorgeous grey white and fuchsia color blocked dress in ponte. The fuchsia is not a typical go to color for me, but it was a narrow strips along the waist and very flattering. Plus the dress had some interesting details: a zip up back and a square cutout neckline. Next was the pencil skirt of my dreams (finally!) it was black and white stripes, perfect fit and super flattering. To accompany it perfectly was a tomato red sheer blouse that had really cool studs off the front (like a bib) and on the sleeves (three quarter length, still perfect for the season and to show off my arm candy!) there was a sweater that I would never in a million years pick out for myself but it was so unique and fit so well I had to keep it. Lightweight with soft navy sleeves and a sheer decorative front. Lastly, the olive green anorak I’ve been listing after all season (in fact I ordered one online and luckily my stitch fix arrived first). It was so flattering and had a coral line up the front by the zipper. Keeping all five pieces, I got 25% off my whole order!
Can’t wait to see what’s in store for November!