Summer is winding down and teachers across the country know exactly what that means… time to get ready for Back to School! What better way to prepare for a return to the classroom than with new clothes? I sent a note to my personal stylist at Stitch Fix requesting a fix with appropriate clothes for the classroom. Just like always, I couldn't WAIT to see what arrived in my fix!
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This month I had a new stylist. Even though she had never styled for me before, Margaret had clearly read through all of my previous style notes. She knew that I had recently requested a fix for my trip to Vegas and was getting ready to head back into the classroom. She even knew that I get cold in air conditioning!
My personal note from Margaret informed me that she had specifically selected items that would have appropriate styles (and hemlines) for the classroom. Let's dig in and see what arrived in my latest fix!
First up was the Jillian Crochet Detail Tank from Pomelo. I loved the deep blue shade of this tank top and couldn't wait to try it on.
My style card suggested pairing the tank with jeans. I liked the simplicity of this look since I wear jeans all the time. I grabbed one of my go-to white tanks to add an extra later and tried on the Jillian tank. LOVE! The color, cut, fit, and crochet detail in the back were lovely. This tank was absolutely perfect for me.
Margaret also suggested pairing another item from my fix with this tank: the Bryan Short Sleeve Open-Front Cardigan from 41Hawthorn. I definitely had doubts about this cardigan. For one, it had short sleeves and all I could think was, “What good does a cardigan do me if all it has is short sleeves? Cardigans are intended to keep you warm!”
Since I always try on each piece in my fix so I decided to give the cardigan a try…
Thank goodness I tried it on, because I this white short-sleeved cardigan is my new FAVORITE cardigan. It fit perfectly, draped beautifully, and is the perfect way to transition all of fun tank tops from summer fun to professional attire. And doesn't it just look GORGEOUS with the deep blue tank?
Item number 3 was the Diana Diagonal Striped Colorblocked Swing Skirt from Mystree.
Just like the white cardigan, I was a little nervous about this skirt. The fabric was a little slinky and it wasn't really my style. But I trusted my stylist, dug into my closet for fun clothes and accessories to pair it with, and went to town. The only shoes I had that were tall enough to compliment the skirt were this pair of very dressy open toe pumps. While the outfit was cute, I'm not sure when I would have occasion to dress like this at school. Especially since I dress in pants 99% of the time.
Margaret mentioned that she intentionally sent pieces with hemlines that were more kindergarten friendly so naturally, I had to test it out. Yes, the skirt is plenty long enough for hanging out on the level of a 5 year old!
I couldn't resist paring the white cardigan from 41Hawthorn with the skirt and my bright yellow top and bold striped skirt. Once again, it looked great!
My fix also contained the Anabelle 3/4 Abstract Chevron Belted Dress from 41Hawthorn. I don't own any dresses like this one, and the style was reminiscent of the navy wrap dress I received (and returned) in my previous fix. I was unsure about this pink belted dress but I knew I had to give it a try.
The pink dress fit perfectly and was flattering.
There were just a few issues I had with the dress. It wasn't any actual problem with the dress, just my own style.
First off, I never wear v-neck tops.
The dress fit great and was flattering, vneck is simply not a style that I feel comfortable in. Also, the fabric was just a little too clingy for my comfort. I prefer to wear dresses with a bit more structure and slinky dresses that cling to the body are simply not my style.
Even though it was pretty and flattering, I wasn't comfortable in this dress.
It was destined to be returned.
My fifth and final piece included in the fix was the Elaine Ikat Print Pocket-Front Knit Shirt. I love, love, LOVE dressing in cotton knit tops. Especially tops that feel like a t-shirt but are just dressy enough for school. It's a clothing style that is ideal for the hazards of a kindergarten classroom. I couldn't wait to try this shirt on.
Just as I suspected, the ikat print top was unbelievably comfortable and the fun print is perfect for an elementary school atmosphere. Since the colors of the top are a bit washed out, I paired it with my light gray broken in straight pants from the Gap (my current favorite pants). I can totally see myself wearing this outfit to school on a regular basis.
What I Kept: The Breakdown
Here's a quick summary of my most recent fix:
Pomelo Jillian Crochet Detail Tank, $48, KEEP
41Hawthorn Bryan Short Sleeve Open Front Cardigan, $42, KEEP
Mystree Diana Diagonal Striped Colorblocked Swing Skirt, $68, RETURN
41Hawthorn Anabelle 3/4 Abstract Chevron Belted Dress, $88, RETURN
Market and Sprice Elaine Ikat Print Pocket-Front Knit Shirt, $48, KEEP
How Stitch Fix Works
If you're new to Stitch Fix, I'm sure you have a LOT of questions. Let me fill you in on all of the details. Stitch fix is an online personal styling service for women. Getting started is easy and free. Just go to StitchFix.com and complete an online style profile. It takes about 10 minutes. You will answer several questions about your clothing taste, sizes, and color preferences. You also set price limits for different types of clothing. Whenever you are ready, you can schedule a fix. Your new personal stylist will hand-select 5 items that she thinks are perfect for you. Shipping is free. Once your items arrive you have 3 days to try the clothes on and decide what to keep.
Unlike mall shopping, Stitch Fix is wonderful because you have an opportunity to try the pieces on with your existing wardrobe. Accessorize that new blouse with jewelry you already own and pair those skinny jeans with your favorite pair of flats. Not sure what to pair that bright blue tank top with? Styling cards for each item are included in your fix with suggestions on how to wear it best. After you have tried everything on, log into your Stitch Fix account and check out. Fill out a quick form telling your stylist which items you are going to keep. The checkout process also allows you to give input on the color, style, cut, fit and PRICE. If you thought a pair of jeans was overpriced, this is your chance to let your stylist know that you are working on a lower clothing budget. Keep the items you love (you will be charged for them when you check out) and place the items you wish to return into the prepaid mailing envelope that was also tucked into your fix.
That's right, returns are also free.
If you purchase every item in your fix, your order is automatically discounted and you get to save 25% on everything. I had one perfect fix and the savings were awesome! You can see more about that fix here.
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How to Get the Best Clothes from Stitch Fix
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Pin your Favorite Pieces
Did you love a particular garment or style in my photos? You can your favorite pieces to your Pinterest syle board and request them from your stylist. You can also find more summer fashion in these previous posts. They are filled with great pieces to keep you looking your best this spring.