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September Stitch Fix Review: Pleasantly Surprised

By September 1, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments
My review of the Stitch Fix box I got in September

Hooray! My second Stitch Fix box has arrived! Jake can confirm that I’ve been antsy for it to arrive in our mail box, checking every day even though they tell me what day it will show up. As I said in last month’s review, it’s kind of like Christmas and shopping combined.

Last month I told my stylist (eek! How cool is it to have my own personal stylist, sans the price tag) that I wanted some retro looking pieces in my box. I’ve been looking at a lot of retro/art deco outfits for photo shoots and I wondered if I could pull off the look myself.

In the September box I received 3 dresses, 1 top, and a necklace. To be honest, at first glance I honestly didn’t think I was going to like any of them. I was worried that I’d been too specific in my request and that Lana, my stylist, had gone too far trying to accommodate it. If I’d seen any of the items in the store I probably wouldn’t have tried them on.

Nothing was working quite right on it’s own. Jake was being very supportive, but I kind of felt like something was missing whenever I looked in the mirror. The fit and cut were all perfect, just like last month, but overall I wasn’t pulling off the look that I knew each piece was intended to create. Then I dug out the last piece in the box, the necklace that I was least thrilled to try on, and added it to one of the other pieces.

Amazing! It was like night and day. I couldn’t believe how much the pieces came together when I paired them with the necklace. The stylist had mentioned in the letter that she thought the necklace would be a good match for the look… I was just in too much of a hurry to read it. After adding a heeled sandal from my closet, every one of the pieces suddenly looked so good that Jake and I got excited about planning a cool, retro style photo shoot for this review. Enjoy!

Papermoon: Selah Tie Dye Striped Crochet Racerback Dress

Loved the color and the fit, and the back of the dress is charming. It’s also super easy to dress up and down. I was totally struggling between this piece and the necklace, and Jake offered to get me both pieces, but I told him I’m limiting myself to one piece per box, and I’m sticking to it. A lady’s gotta learn how to choose;) Overall a great dress, with a flattering color, a sexy back, and great cut. I was sad to put it in the return bag.

The Tart Porttland Abstract Chevron Print Keyhole Bake Belted Dress

Sorry to all the chevron loving ladies out there, but I personally don’t care for them that much (the chevron prints that is, not the ladies who love them). Jake thought the dress looked nice on me, and I liked the way it fit (I really loved the way it hid all my “problem” areas). I even liked the keyhole details on the back. I could see this dress working for a night out on the town, especially if I pinned my hair up, but the color combo and the pattern really wasn’t my cup of tea, so this one was a no go.

The Adan Geo Printed Shift Dress by Hourglass Lilly

I actually pinned a similar dress (by anthropology, I think) on Pinterest, so I was very excited to try this one on right out of the box. I wasn’t as impressed as I thought I would be. It was retro like I wanted, but it turns out the style doesn’t quite work with my body type because it made me look a bit bulky. Also the print was a little busier than I like so this one went back too.

The Todi Colorblock Knit Shirt by Ellison

My instincts were backwards when it came to first impressions this month. I thought I was going to hate this shirt because I don’t really like tee shirts, especially when they look like they might be part of an athlete’s uniform. But it turns out it’s made of a very luxurious, breathable fabric, and the cut is very flattering to my figure. It’s not a tee shirt at all, but a tailored shirt with a relaxed style. I thought it would look too masculine, but once I paired it with a statement necklace and a pair of heels it immediately became very stylish and street chic. I actually had a hard time letting go of this piece.

The Rita Teardrop Bib Necklace by Pixley

The Rita Teardrop Bib Necklace by Pixley

Last but certainly not least, the teardrop necklace is a simple statement piece that works with 90% of my wardrobe. On opening the box I thought it was the piece that I was least likely to keep, but I’ve worn it every day since, and I’ve even gotten compliments on it from total strangers. The color is nice and warm, and the shape is unique without being too blingy. I initially overlooked the elegance of this necklace, but after trying it with my other pieces I found that it breathed new life into them.

The Toni Colorblock Knit Shirt and the Rita Teardrop Bib Necklace

It was almost a hard choice between the necklace, the striped dress and the knit shirt, but since the necklace was the piece that was making everything else work, I left it on my neck and said a sorrowful goodbye to the rest. Overall another great box from my stylist! I guess I shouldn’t second guess her since she seems to be pretty good at this. If my clients trust me to know what they’re going to look like in a photo, I guess I can trust Lana to know what I’m going to like in the mirror. She has a pretty good eye for style, figure, and what Dannie likes :)

Read last month’s Stitch Fix review.

What do you think? Did I choose the right item to keep or should I have kept something else (or everything)?

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