Sister Wives Audition Skirt {Another Stitch Fix Review}

I thoroughly enjoyed writing my last Stitch Fix review, despite not keeping one item. The general consensus on my Facebook page was that I made a mistake by not keeping the maxi-dress but I stand by my decision – I did not like how the top and bottom came together. And I’m tired of purchasing clothes that evoke a eh, it’ll do response from me only to sit in my closet unworn for years. I rather have a small closet home to clothes I love than a huge walk-in closet filled to the brim with outfits that make me feel like a sad panda on the inside.

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from Stitch Fix offering to wave the $20 styling fee on my next box because I didn’t like anything enough to keep in my previous fix. I took them up on the offer and scheduled my next box to arrive after we returned from our Spring Break trip to Florida. Guys – this fix was so much better. I requested all tops and dresses and I’m happy to report that there was not a sad boob pocket to be found. I did not keep all five items but with the exception of a drab maxi-skirt, I liked everything I tried on. And two pieces I loved enough to keep.

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Skies are Blue Dakoda 2fer Dress $54

I love this dress. Love. Love. Love. I really like to wear dresses in the summer (the threat of thigh sweat in shorts is real) and I’m finding it more and more difficult to locate casual dresses that fall into that magical realm of not too short and not too long. This dress hits the mark. Not only are the colors gorgeous but the top is form fitting without being too tight or too stretchy and is made of a really nice knit material (see close up below).

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The skirt swings when I walk and the cotton material is super breathable but not too thin. I love how I can wear it as-is for a more casual look or pair it with a blazer or a cardigan if I need something a little more dressy.

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Collective Concepts Katelynn Dress $78
This dress is my favorite piece from the box. The minute I saw it, I crossed all my fingers and toes hoping that it would look as good on me as it did folded up in the box. It is the most perfect silky material and has a flirty hemline that is a bit longer in the front and the back than the sides. The top is conservative so it’d be perfect for a wedding or various military events such as a change of command or a promotion ceremony.  Again, I love the colors – I’m such a sucker for a bright orange-red and blue-purple combination. That’s probably how I ended up at Clemson University.

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Dee Elly Novi Tie Front Top $40
I was unsure how I would like this top because mid-30s and tie-front top usually aren’t synonymous. Verdict? It looked okay but it was too short for my taste. When I raised my arms, it ventured into crop-top territory. And because I wasn’t invited to Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, I really have nowhere to wear a crop-top. This shirt was also missing a button. Because I had not received a damaged item from Stitch Fix before, I emailed for clarification on how to handle the situation. This is the prompt response I received –
“Had you been interested in the top, I would have checked our inventory for a replacement. If there was one available and you wanted the exchange, I would have reserved it and sent it your way. If there wasn’t an exchange available, I would have left a note for your Stylist so they could send a non-damaged piece in a future Fix. We generally take the damaged piece back so our quality team can take a look at the damage. We never want you to pay to send a damaged piece back, so we’re always happy to issue a prepaid return label if it’s necessary.
It typically takes 2-4 days for an exchange to ship out. If the replacement piece arrives and it’s not a hit, you’re definitely not stuck with it. Simply write in to hello@stitchfix.com and let us know so we can issue a prepaid return label. We’ll happily refund you in full when the item is received at the warehouse.”
I’ve been impressed with Stitch Fix’s customer service so I have no doubt that if I wanted to keep this top, they would have issued a replacement asap without a headache on my part.

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Airika Woven Lace Front Knit Top $48
I really liked this shirt but I just didn’t feel like it was worth $48. If it were $30, I would have kept it. I totally get that I am paying a premium for the opportunity to shop in the comfort of my own home and having a stylist pick out items that I wouldn’t necessarily pick out myself. But I just can’t justify paying that much for a simple cotton sleeveless shirt that I can find at LOFT.

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Faith + Zoe Romina Maxi Skirt $54

Is it possible for me to wear a maxi skirt without looking like I’m attending an open casting call to become the next wife in a polygamist family? Nope. I have since added NO MAXI-ANYTHING! to my style profile. Because no. Just no. Where did my waist go? Is it backpacking through Europe trying to find itself?

Overall, I’d call this a successful Stitch Fix. I love the two dresses that I ended up keeping and I will wear them quite a bit this summer. If you’re so inclined, check out Stitch Fix – I recommend everyone try it at least once (if you end up signing up via that link, I’ll get credit for a referral – so if that bothers you, just type Stitch Fix in Google). The $20 styling fee is waived so receiving your first fix is absolutely at no cost to you! It’s worth a shot – who knows, you may just find a piece that you love.

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Sad Boob Pocket – Stitch Fix Review

I am not really into clothes. I mean – I like to wear them due to social decorum and have them flatter my body but I’m not constantly seeking out the newest trends. I’d rather vacuum out my car (how can kids destroy the backseat that bad in such little time?) than spend all day shopping for clothes. If I spend more than an hour dedicated to clothes shopping, I begin to get frustrated and end up buying things that I don’t love just to get the experience over with – which results in a closet full of clothes that I don’t wear. Since 2018 is the Year of Intention, I’m committed to being more intentional about my clothing purchases and embracing what my body looks like as a 35-year-old woman.

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A couple of years ago, I hopped onto the Stitch Fix train. Since then, I’ve ordered a handful of boxes with varying degrees of success. Stitch Fix is a personal styling service that sends five items of clothing (or accessories) for you to try on in the comfort of your own home. The cost of the service is $20, but if you purchase anything in the box the $20 styling fee goes toward the cost of the item(s) – if you purchase all five items, you receive a 25% discount. While I’ve never chosen to keep all five items, I’ve always loved at least one item enough to purchase it. But not this time – I kept nada.

I requested spring and summer tops because I’ve been living in sweatshirts and leggings all winter and I should probably let the ol’ arms breathe a bit. I’m currently in an awkward in-between pant/short size so I’m holding off an purchasing anything for the bottom half of my body because having your body change in your mid-thirties is super fun – said no one ever.

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Z Supply Coopie Knit Pocket Tee – $34.00

This shirt was comfortable – unfortunately, that is all the positivity I can muster for this $34 shirt that I can easily find at Old Navy for $9. Not only was it too baggy for my taste, it had a boob pocket so sad that Sarah Mclachlan popped out of my closet and started to play her guitar. Why is it there? Why sad boob pocket?

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41 Hawthorn Dawney Scallop Trim Blouse – $54

This shirt is magical. As soon as I put it on, I transformed into a middle-aged woman demanding to speak to a manager. Since I’m clinging to my youth with a death grip and it totally made my waist disappear, I passed on this floral sleeveless number.

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Papermoon Caputo Kimono – $49.00

I’m not quite sure what the purpose of a short-sleeve kimono is and I’m not about to find out because I sent it back. It’s like it doesn’t want to commit to being a vest. Or perhaps it realizes that vests ceased being trendy once the Beverly Hills 90210 gang graduated from fictional California University. I did love the color and if it were long-sleeve, I probably would have kept it.

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Market & Spruce Britta T-shirt Dress – $64.00

When I first put this on, the dress was backwards. When I turned it around, it didn’t get much better. I’m curvy – I’ve got a chest, a waist, and hips that don’t lie. I am not thin so shapeless dresses tend to make me look – well, shapeless. It would make a comfortable nightshirt though – if I were 60!

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Le Lis Juri 2fer Maxi Dress – $74.00

I almost kept this maxi-dress. But the longer I looked at myself in the mirror, the more I really did not like how the skirt looked like I just wrapped a floral towel around my waist. I really liked the bodice and the criss-cross peekaboo in the back but the ruched fabric of the skirt just didn’t sit well with me. Or my waist. If it laid flat, I would have purchased this dress it a heartbeat. Why are cute and flattering maxi dresses so hard to find?

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Even though this Stitch Fix was a bust, I’ll try it again in a few months. It’s fun to try on clothes that you normally wouldn’t choose for yourself and I have scored some pieces I love and still wear today in previous boxes. It’s not in our budget for it to be a monthly gig – clothes are at a higher price point than I typically pay, even though I always request the cheapest option. The majority of our discretionary income goes toward travel and I prefer to keep it that way so I’ll continue to shop at Target and the sale racks at White House/Black Market and LOFT with a Stitch Fix box thrown in every so often.

If you’re so inclined, check out Stitch Fix – I recommend everyone try it at least once (if you end up signing up via that link, I’ll get credit for a referral. So if that bothers you, just type it out in the address bar). Once you sign up, you fill out a style profile and then schedule your first fix. It’s worth a shot – who knows, you may just find a piece that you love. Or you may end up with a sad boob pocket like me. I suppose that is part of the thrill – you never know what you may get to try on.