Men’s Spring Stitch Fix Review

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With the promise of  warmer temperatures around the corner, it was time for my boyfriend, Brian, to get another Stitch Fix box, with the hopes of getting some Spring attire. For his latest Fix, he simply requested a Spring wardrobe, hoping to get a variety of pieces that would help with the transition from Winter to Spring.

#1 Descendant of Thieves – Crushed Tissue Seersucker Shirt
Price: $95

The first shirt out of the box was from Descendant of Thieves. Kristin, Brian’s stylist suggested this would be a good option for a BBQ, especially paired with Sperrys. That last bit made me laugh, because Brian is not exactly “preppy” or into boat shoes.

Brian: I’ll be blunt – this shirt was made of rainbow coloured toilet paper.  I really liked my last Descendant of Thieves shirt (check out our post here), but this one missed the mark, mainly in terms of comfort and fabric.  I couldn’t take myself seriously wearing a shirt that had more ripples than a roll of Cottenelle.

Continue to the next item to see a combined picture of Brian’s first two items.

#2 Flag & Anthem – Ellis Slub Short
Price: $45

The name of these shorts is funny, “slub.” I keep thinking “slob.” Brian’s stylist suggests wearing these bad boys out for a round of golf with the boys. I’m not sure he’ll be doing that activity anytime soon. I really like the light blue color of the shorts, which I think would be perfect for wearing on a cruise or going to the beach, but it takes a confident man to rock a pastel.

Brian: Clearly I am not a sufficiently confident man – I don’t wear pastel colored trousers.  Shirts, sure (except for salmon), but I get my pants and shorts dirty so light bottoms don’t last very long in my wardrobe.  These might be great for a round of golf as the stylist indicates, but I don’t play golf with “the boys”.

#3 Original Penguin – Daddy- O Solid Polo
Price: $55
Spring has sprung, and so have the pastels. Next out of the box was another pastel, but this top for on top. I think Brian looks good in pinks, but I know it’s hard to get him to commit to actually wearing colors besides white, blue, and grey. But, let’s see what exciting commentary he has to share this time around.

Brian: Ah yes, the classic salmon colored polo.  This is an item that everyone thinks a man should have in their closet, but not every man can actually pull off.  Personally, pink accentuates my rosacea so it was a pass.  Nice style and fit, just not the right colour for me.

With the combined pastel pants and top, Brian’s ready for a baby shower or gender reveal, hahaha. No, don’t get any ideas.

#4 Hawker Rye – Karson Spacedye Polo
Price: $38
When I spotted this next polo, I thought there was hope that Brian would find something in the box he’d like. It seemed like a classic “Brian” polo, all navy and and neutral. But, maybe I was wrong?

Brian: I was on the fence with this polo. I’m a sucker for navy blue polos (with at least 4 of them in my closet), but this one felt a tad too tight in the shoulders and armpits. I always wear an undershirt, and this shirt was a bit too snug to have another layer underneath.  I considered sizing up, but with a plethora of navy polos already, it didn’t feel worth it.

We paired this top with Brian’s last Fix item, another pair of shorts from Flag & Anthem, see below.

#5 Flag & Anthem – Wingate Short
Price: $39
We finish this Fix with one last pair of Flag & Anthem shorts, this time a different cut/design and a neutral/friendly color for Brian’s particular wardrobe.

Brian: These shorts were the saving grace of the fix, finally, something I could keep and not waste my entire styling fee.  There wasn’t anything special about these shorts, but they were a nice color and fit well for me to work into my summer wardrobe.

Brian’s Final Thoughts: I should have clarified that my Spring activities don’t include rounds of golf, going to the beach, or BBQs with friends.  It generally felt like this fix was designed for someone living on the west coast, where Spring is a whole lot closer to summer than it is here in the east.  I just ordered another fix today and tried to be a bit more descriptive about what I was looking for in hopes that I’ll keep more than 1 item.

Until next time, happy fixing!

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The Winter Blues with Stitch Fix for Men

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It’s time for another men’s Stitch Fix review! This week we’re looking at winter picks for the guy in your life, or yourself, depending on who is reading this.

Brian was hoping for a box that would add to his cold weather clothing options. Let’s see what Stitch Fix sent.

#1 – Grayers Athletic Tonal Garment Dye Thermal
While Brian was looking for winter clothing pieces, I’m not sure he had a thermal shirt in mind, even though it would be a good item for some of those more brutal wintry days. I really like the blue color of the shirt, and it compliments blue eyes very nicely. If you’re looking for a nice layering piece, I’d suggest adding this to your closet.

Brian’s Thoughts: Thanks, but no thanks. I can appreciate that this thermal top would help keep me warm during the winter, but I’d much rather wear a shirt with a collar than be comfortably warm.

Grayers Athletic Tonal Garment Dye Thermal from Stitch Fix
Grayers Athletic Tonal Garment Dye Thermal from Stitch Fix

#2 – Grayers Drake Micro Stripe Lux Polo
Next up was a dark colored polo with a subtle print, that his stylist hoped would elevate a casual look. Now Brian likes a nice occasional polo, but typically only short sleeved polos. I may have seen him in one or two long sleeve polos in our 12+ years together. I knew immediately this polo wasn’t going to be a huge hit, one because the color was dark and dreary, and two the style.

Brian’s Thoughts: Eww, a long sleeve polo.  In the summer I’m a big fan of polos, the short-sleeve variety is comfortable to wear and doesn’t look too casual.  Their long-sleeve brethren, on the other hand, look like someone glued a collar onto a thermal top.

Grayers Drake Micro Stripe Lux Polo
Grayers Drake Micro Stripe Lux Polo

#3 – Descendant of Thieves Tinto Plaid Poplin Shirt
I’ve always been a fan of plaid shirts on men, when the patterns and colors aren’t too busy. This shirt ticks my boxes as a nice long sleeve plaid shirt that you can dress up or down pretty easily. Pair this shirt with some jeans for a casual look, or layer with a nice sweater or sports coat to take it up a notch.

Brian’s Thoughts: Finally, something in this box I can get behind!  I very much like this shirt, it’s on the fitted side but still feels comfortable to wear.  The non-standard blue tones are a nice addition to my wardrobe.

Descendant of Thieves Tinto Plaid Poplin Shirt
Descendant of Thieves Tinto Plaid Poplin Shirt

#4 – Knowledge Cotton Apparel Ludvig One Pocket Twill Shirt
More men should wear button up shirts. I always thinks it makes them look so much more put together than a casual shirt. This Knowledge Cotton Apparel shirt is a nice medium greyish blue color that is a bit textured. Most of Brian’s shirts are all the same plain old smooth cotton texture, which is totally fine, but it can be fun to spice up a wardrobe with a nice textured piece every now and then, and this shirt does it nicely.

Brian’s Thoughts: I liked the style and pattern of this short, but a medium was too short in the sleeves for me.  I sent it back and got a large.  The collar is on the thinner side, but the fabric is nice and warm for winter days.

Knowledge Cotton Apparel Ludvig One Pocket Twill Shirt
Knowledge Cotton Apparel Ludvig One Pocket Twill Shirt

#5 – Mavi Zach Straight Leg Jean
The last item included in this Fix was a nice dark washed blue jean. It can be so hard to find jeans for tall skinny guys, but Stitch Fix has done it again with this great pair from Mavi. The fit and color are perfection. I absolutely love these pants on Brian, and highly recommend them for those looking to add a more stylish pair of jeans to their wardrobe. They are definitely worth the price!

Brian’s Thoughts: My previous go-to pair of blue jeans were showing their age so these arrived at the right time.  They fit comfortable, have adequate pocket space, and don’t have any of those holes or pre-stained spots that ravage modern jean suppliers.  I pair these often with the Descendents of Thieves top.

Mavi Zach Straight Leg Jean
Mavi Zach Straight Leg Jean

Final Impressions: This Fix was full of dark colors, hence the title of the blog, but there were a few great pieces in there that have really added some great fit and style to Brian’s day to day wardrobe. Considering the items that Brian kept, I’d say he made out pretty well. He’s already got another Fix scheduled in hopes of getting some more great fitting pants.

Brian’s overall impressions: Statistically, 3/5 feels like a disappointing fix. The first two items were pretty strong misses in my book, but the jeans and blue shirt made up for it.  I’ve been wearing these for a few weeks now and they seem to be solid additions to my wardrobe.

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