As a busy mama with no real stores close by (remember my tagline in the middle of no where?), I rely heavily on online shopping. Driving 45 minutes to an hour for a top does not fit well in my life, so enter Stitch Fix. It is one of my fav mama hacks because they do the shopping for you.
How does it work? Stitch fix is an online styling service that provides you with 5 pieces personalized to you. Items range from clothing to shoes to accessories. When signing up for Stitch Fix, you fill out a style profile to give them an idea of your price range, body shape and size, preferences, and style. You also have an opportunity to write a note to your stylist explaining any specifics for that fix (i.e. particular needs, upcoming events, must haves, etc).
Unlike most subscription services, there are no set number of required fixes. You can sign up for as often as monthly or simply schedule them along the way as needed. After you sign up, you are charged a $20 styling fee, which is then applied to any items you decide to keep. If you love and keep all 5 items, there is a 25% discount applied to your entire purchase. Once they are mailed to you, you have 3 days to choose what you like and what you don’t, check out on an app on your phone, and then throw the pieces you don’t want into a prepaid envelope they provided and pop it back in the mail. Super simple and you never have to leave your own home (can I get an Amen?!). Check out tips on how to get your best fix here.
In this fix I asked specifically for summer sandals, tops, and maxi dresses to wear in my upcoming photo shoot for my blog headshots. You can check out the finished product on my about me. I also noted that I didn’t want anything too bright as my blog colors are cool and calm.
So here’s what I got:
Dolce Vita Jasmyn Lace-Up Gladiator Sandal. These were gorgeous! I love a good gladiator sandal, and the color would match anything. But they were $90 suede sandals that I would be wearing to barbeques in the heat of the Midwest summers…I’m picturing kids’ dirty feet stepping on them, feet sweating profusely, shoes ruined. I need something more practical and less expensive for an everyday sandal. I will also note that these are more narrow making them not quite as comfortable for my wider feet.
Verdict: Sadly retuned.
Goldray Goldie Relaxed V Neck Knit Top. I liked this top fine, but didn’t really feel it was anything to write home about. It’s a good everyday basic, but not exactly headshot worthy. I don’t love the wide, cropped cuts on my body shape. Plus this knit sweatery (is that a word?) material also seems too fussy for my life. It snags easily and needs to be babied in the wash…I need my everydays to be much less high maintenance. It does match my style, which is exactly why I have a much more wearable and affordable version of this top already in my closet. This Madwell V Neck Pocket Tee is about as low maintenance as you get, fits my body better, and I may or may not own it in 3 colors including this one. They also have the tank version, which I love!
41 Hawthorne Lenore Henley Blouse. I loved this top. It was flattering, light, and easy to wear. It’s very me, which again is why I already own similar versions. So while I loved it, I just don’t need a 3rd navy and white polka dot top hanging in my closet. Or do I? No, no, I do not. Admittedly, this is the tricky part of Stitch Fix for me: sending things back that you love, but don’t need. I will also note that while my stylist nailed my style, I did not feel this to be special enough for headshots either.
Kaileigh Valera Faux Wrap Knit Maxi Dress. This dress is a perfect example of the importance of trying everything on. When I first saw this dress, I was not a fan. I didn’t think I liked the all over dark green color at all. And then I put it on. Love. The faux wrap is the perfect cut for my body type. And the green actually ended up being a plus in the end. I felt like the color lended itself to all seasons making it more wearable. While I loved the maxi, it felt a little too dressy for headshots, but a definite keeper.
Papermoon Wendilyn Knit Maxi Dress. I absolutely love a knit maxi. They’re casual, comfortable, and you can wear them anywhere. This dress was adorable and met all my criteria, but one: Spaghetti straps. I just can’t, friends. For me, spaghetti straps take this from easy, breezy to a hard days work. An outfit has to be super special to get me to wear a strapless bra at this point in my life and this just did not make the cut.
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