Fashion blogging is hard. I never really knew how hard until I had to take these pictures. I tried posing in a few different mirrors around the house with two different cameras and my iPhone. I finally settled into a spot and it started pouring rain, so I had virtually no natural light. I think there is definitely a learning curve here that I need to climb. Now that my disclaimer is out of the way, here is what I received in my first shipment. For details on how this service works, please read through to the end of the post.
Lisbon Stud Detail Blouse by 41Hawthorn ($58): I was not immediately crazy about the print of the blouse, although I did like the cut. One of the main reasons I wanted to try Stitch Fix is to get a little bit out of my clothing comfort zone and try something I wouldn't naturally gravitate to. Of course, I had to try this on first.
Brittany, my stylist, suggested that I try it with jeans, for a put together casual look. I also pulled a pair of booties out of my closet to create a look as I would wear it for running errands.
I also tried to wear the blouse the way I would if I was going into the office, so I put on my favorite Sloan pants by Banana Republic, a long cardigan, and some knee-high black boots. I liked that the addition of the cardi made the print a little less loud. It is a bit hard to tell, but the base color of the shirt is navy blue. I haven't tried this color combination before, but I think it worked well with the black (although I am pretty sure I am breaking some color matching rule here).
The cardigan that I chose from my closet has the same gold stud detail as the top sewn into the fabric along the edge.
Jarred Lace Detail Cap-Sleeve Blouse by Brixton Ivy ($68): I LOVED THIS TOP IMMEDIATELY!! The drapey fit was perfect, and I adored the lace detailing around the neckline and sleeves. I had pinned quite a few lacy tops to my Pinterest board, and my stylist definitely used that as a point of reference. This is a great option for my business-casual office.
Since I already had my favorite work pants on, I first tried an all black look.
Emer Printed Straight Leg Pant by Margaret M ($98): I had also pinned some printed pants to my Pinterest board, and Brittney took notice. She suggested I try these on with the lace top for an easy to wear work outfit. I added some black wedges for a spring/summer office look. These pants are somewhere between leggings and actual pants, with an elastic waistband that makes them extremely comfortable. I am definitely going to keep these. The length is perfect.
Pinson Drape Cardigan by Brixton Ivy ($54): Brittany also said I should try this cardigan on to complete the sweet and edgy look. I was so excited to receive this item, because I had pinned this exact one to my Pinterest board. It has two dreamy layers and drapes really nicely in all the right places. I added my boots to complete more of a wintery look that I mighty wear into the office today.
Leighton Metal Bauble Necklace ($34): My fifth and final piece was a necklace. It was reminiscent of the J Crew Bubble Necklace that was so popular a few years back, but in a metallic color. I didn't completely love the statement necklace (I have so many statement necklaces at this point that it takes a lot to blow me away), but with the 25% discount that Stitch Fix gives you for keeping all five pieces, it was cheaper to keep it then to send it back.
I threw on a simple black sweater since I already had the printed pants on, and I do think the necklace adds a certain charming detail to the outfit. I think I would like it just as much with a plain t-shirt and jeans.
Overall, my stylist Brittany did a really good job at understanding what it was I wanted for my first fix, a combination of office and work-from-home clothing. I really wanted to keep the lace top, printed pants, and cardigan. However, Stitch Fix gives you 25% off when you keep all of the items, so it was cheaper to keep the two items I was on the fence about (the necklace and printed top). I am really looking forward to trying this service again.
It is worth mentioning that you can have fixes sent to you as often or infrequently as you want. There is an option for automatic fixes (delivered in intervals of your choosing), as well as an option for a one time fix. Either way, you get to choose the approximate delivery date. You can also choose not to have certain types of items or colors sent in your fixes. You can even choose items for upcoming events (think wedding season shopping) and the price points you are comfortable spending.