I was feeling like my summer wardrobe needed a refresh. Most of my summer tops just don’t work any more. As I mature, the styles that work for me are changing as well as the proportions of tops that are flattering. My birthday was approaching and that gave me a fun reason to request a Stitch Fix stylist’s help in perking up my summer style, my fifth styling from Stitch Fix.
In my note to the stylist, I asked for summer tops with texture and pattern. A stylist I met about a year ago at a cool boutique shared that as women age and develop facial lines and wrinkles, adding texture and pattern to the tops we wear helps to draw focus away from those facial aging marks. Until very recently, I have always gravitated to solids (except for stripes and polka dots). But I’m realizing that my style needs to evolve as I move into these years of wisdom and being comfortable with who I am. I’m ready to give my style a longer leash and not feel intimidated by it.
I invited the Stitch Fix stylist to push me out of my comfort zone with the clothing choices and was looking forward to five new pieces that would perk up my summer style. I was hoping to work again with the stylist I’ve had for my previous four Fixes because she’s done such a great job of choosing styles that are a little outside my own usual choices. She really “got” my style. Unfortunately, she is not working with Stitch Fix any longer. The new stylist did choose for me items with texture or pattern, but she just didn’t hit the mark for the most part. Here we go:
Janiss Crochet Lace and Tassel Detail Knit Top (Daniel Rainn)
So . . . right off the bat, I’ll tell you that this top is a definite no. There’s really nothing about it that works for me. The print is not modern or edgy enough for my taste. The sleeve length is NOT flattering. And the proportion of the top and where it hits me at the widest part of my hips is not attractive. Since I’m not familiar with the brand Daniel Rainn, I looked it up. It seems to offer a lot of great top styles that are worth checking out, including plus sizes. Price of the top = $68.
Bowie 3/4 Sleeve Dolman Knit Top (Laila Jayde) & Paige Jax Bermuda Denim Short
This dolman sleeve top has a kind of lightweight sweater-y texture, and I like the sleeve length, however, the color just doesn’t do anything for me – it’s a bit drab. And it seems more like a fall top with the knit texture. I’m not familiar with the brand Laila Jayde, so I looked it up, and you should check it out – really cute tops that have great loose fits and longer lengths as well as simple dresses. And their prices are reasonable. I didn’t see this top in their collection, but I know that some items and even brands are exclusive to Stitch Fix. I’m happy to know about this brand. Price of the top = $58.
The Paige denim bermuda shorts are definitely a brand I would wear. However, I haven’t been wearing shorts for a couple of years as a regular summer clothing item since my leg veins aren’t what I want to display. (Although, since my varicose vein surgery last October, they are much improved!) And coincidentally, the day before my Fix arrived I’d popped into the Banana Republic Factory store and picked up a couple pairs of bermuda jeans shorts to try at a price point of about $24 (on sale). These Paige shorts fit well, but I can’t justify the cost for the rare times I might wear them. Price of shorts = $149.
Note: I’d thought of doing a post comparing the BR denim shorts and these Paige shorts, however, I don’t think I’m brave enough to bare my legs that much. Although, it might be a good post to also feature the easy-to-apply leg makeup I occasionally use. Hmmm. I’ll think about it.
Esther Brushed Knit Maxi Dress (French Grey)
This dress was a good try. I do like maxi dresses in the summer. The print feels sophisticated with the deep colors, and though I didn’t used to be a fan of florals, the large print size has a modern feel. As you can see below, I tried to style this dress in a few ways that could make my no turn into a yes, but regardless of how I accessorized it with a belt (I wish I’d had a wider tan belt to try with it) and two hat styles, it just kept looking kind of old-ladyish on me. I could definitely see it being very cool on a younger woman. It just didn’t flatter me. I looked up the brand French Grey and could only find it listed at a few third-party retail sites as well as Stitch Fix. Price of the dress = $54 (very reasonable).
Sinclaire Button Down Blouse (Kut from the Kloth)
I won’t keep you in suspense – this was a thumbs up. I knew when I pulled this blouse out of the box that it was likely a keeper. As I mentioned, I have only in the last couple of years been open to floral prints. I think for me the formula that works for me is a vibrant overall color, interesting-to-edgy color pairings of the print, and a modern look to the floral pattern. I also like that this blouse is sheer, making it a nice choice for warm days. It also offers the option to roll up the sleeves with a tab button to keep the sleeve in place. I know the Kut from the Kloth brand – premium but not too pricey. It’s carried in third-party retailers, but I looked at the brand website and found a nice assortment of similar style blouses with pretty prints. Worth checking out. Price of the blouse = $68.
So . . .
Overall, this Fix wasn’t a win for me since I only liked one of the five items. When you return items from a Fix, you can leave comments about why you didn’t keep items, which I did. A customer service rep reached out to me via email apologizing that they didn’t get it right and offered another Stitch Fix styling with the styling fee of $20 waived. (The styling fee is charged when you order a Fix styling and then applied to any items you keep, so I guess this offered me a “no risk” styling in case I don’t keep any of the items.) Also, if you keep all five items, Stitch Fix gives you a 25% discount. I’ve only done that once, and I ended up keeping an item I didn’t love because it was less expensive to keep all five items with the 25% discount than return one (kind of weird). My new Fix is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, so I’ll let you know how that one goes.
Overall, I have enjoyed using Stitch Fix for styling me. It’s given me some wardrobe pieces that I probably wouldn’t have selected for myself but that I’ve really liked. It’s fun to get that box full of surprises and try the pieces at my leisure at home while I decide what to keep (generally you are asked to return items you don’t want to keep in three days, but extensions are possible).
If you decide to try Stitch Fix, I’d appreciate your using my Stitch Fix referral link, which would give me a $25 credit toward my next Fix. My friend Emily used my referral for her first Fix, and I just used the credit toward the blouse I kept (thanks, Em!). She likes Stitch Fix so much that she has scheduled monthly styling orders. After you order your first Fix, you’ll have your own referral link that you can share with friends.