Stitch Fix Summer Review – 2020

It has been a long time since I’ve done a Stitch Fix review. I took a break from the company for a while for a few reasons. First, I kept getting bounced between stylists and it just didn’t seem like I was finding my match like I had a couple of years ago. Second, I didn’t really need a ton of new clothes, and three I just kind of fell out of it after the Affiliation program seemed to disappear without mention.

I substituted Stitch Fix with a rental service, Infinitely Loft, which I’m still using today. However a few weeks back I decided hey, I’m stuck at home, Summer is just about here, why not see if I can get some items from Stitch Fix to update my warm weather wardrobe.

My request this time around was for rompers, a dark washed non-distressed pair of jean shorts, and a dress or two. When I received my box however, what I had originally hoped to receive was not provided. Reading the stylist note I was a little disappointed to hear they didn’t have any summer rompers available, and hearing about the items pulled for me left me wondering if this box was worth it or not. Thankfully, I was fairly surprised by the items I received once I tried them on and gave them a chance.

Item #1 – Skies are Blue Pavlina Embroidered Cactus Knit Tee
Price: $44.00

Pavlina Embroidered Cactus Knit Tee

I don’t own a ton of tshirts or short sleeved tops, unless they are free ones I’ve gotten from work as swag or are branded for my company. So, it’s always good to find an option here and there that is a bit more coverage than my beloved tank tops and I can wear on those warm but not dreadfully hot summer days.

What I liked about this top was the fun stitched cactus pattern. The pattern is only the front, which is ok, but the top might be cuter if the pattern went all the way around. I also enjoy that the color combo with this shirt is one of my favorites, navy blue with white. To me, that color combo says summer since I’m really into nautical or preppy styles like that. The fit is ok, not tight, slightly loose, and the neckline cut is flattering.

Item #2 – Just Black Romeo Distressed Cuffed Frayed Hem Denim Short
Price: $58.00

Romeo Distressed Cuffed Frayed Hem Denim Short

This item is pictured above on me in the first item review.

Just reading that title and I’m already thinking there are two words in there that do not go with what I requested in this fix – Distressed and Frayed. Taking a closer look, the distressing and fraying isn’t too terrible. There’s no actual holes cut out of the shorts, and they don’t look that bad. The wash is dark, which does fit with what I was looking for.

In terms of how they fit, they are a larger size than I would have purchased in store, and they are a bit looser than most of my shorts I own. I figure they might tighten up in the wash. But at least the looseness is comfortable and not drooping off of me, but still I probably would have prefered a size down to be my regular pants size.

Item #3 – Threads 4 Thought Arias Twist Back Knit Top
Price: $54.00

Arias Twist Back Knit Top

At first look, I’m not the biggest fan of this print or top. It’s nothing special, doesn’t do anything great for me or my body, and I feel the floral is a bit frumpy, maybe better for someone who’s a little older. The colors aren’t bad, but overall it isn’t a top I’m super thrilled or excited about. However, like I said earlier, it’s good to have a few short sleeved tops in one’s wardrobe. I decided to keep this top because it was cheaper to keep it than return it. The fabric is a little unique, it doesn’t feel like a usual knit fabric, it’s kind of silky and almost like a wicking material. Overall, it’s ok, but not really my cup of tea.

Item #4 – Market and Spruce Britta T-shirt Dress
Price: $64.00

Britta T-shirt Dress

T-shirt dresses can make me a little nervous. The cuts aren’t the most exciting or flattering, and I’m always worried it’ll cling to my stomach or make me look a little strange.

What I like about this dress though is the coloring, it’s a white with blackish blue stripes that once again make me think of a preppy or nautical style. The dress itself is also really comfortable. I could definitely see bringing this on a beach vacation, or just going around in the summer. It’s cute and fun. The best part is that it doesn’t cling to anything, and while t-shirt dresses look boxy, and it does look a bit like that in some photos, I don’t actually mind. It’s a really easy dress to just throw on and head out the door in, and who doesn’t need that during quarantine or the summer months?

Item #5 – Kaleigh Rochelle Knit Jumpsuit
Price: $58.00

Rochelle Knit Jumpsuit

I’ve never owned a jumpsuit, at least in the past 20 year I haven’t, but a jumpsuit is basically a romper just less summer heat and humidity friendly with pants instead of shorts. When I pulled it out of the box I was worried about what the length of it would be, and how it would sit on my body. Would the proportions work? Would I look silly?

Well, let me tell you, this jumpsuit might give me the disco fever and feels, but I actually kind of love it. I definitely didn’t expect to like it, but I fell in love. Perhaps because it’s so different from things I wear, and that it’s kind of a little out there. What’s wrong with spicing it up a little with something a little unique and flashy, haha.

My boyfriend may think I look a little silly, and I came out of the bedroom from trying it on doing a disco dance, but it made me smile and that’s what you look for in clothes, isn’t it?

I should note, this jumpsuit is appropriately long, but not drag under your feet long. My style card showed wedges as the perfect shoe for this outfit, and I recommend them too. You’ll get just enough lift to make this length work great. I should note I am 5 foot 5, so if you’re shorter than that, this might be a hard sell for you since the pants are full length.

Review Summary: While I didn’t get all the items I wanted, and it wasn’t my most favorite fix of all time, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the items in this box, and decided to keep everything since it was cheaper that way with the discount for buying everything. I still wish I got an actual sleeveless romper or flowy dress for the Summer, but maybe next time it’ll be meant to be.

Next up: I’ll be reviewing some of the “shop your looks” options that you can now get from the Stitch Fix app. I’m looking forward to trying this option out instead of requesting a full on fix. Let’s see how it goes!

Until next time, stay healthy, happy, and safe out there! Happy Summer!


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Prepping for fall – Fashion rentals?

Fall is only a few days away, and we all know it’s hands down the best season around. With that said, Fall is a time of fashion renewal for me, since I also tend to believe Fall has the best fashion as well!

I recently ordered a Stitch Fix, with goals of getting some pieces for a big work summit I’m planning and hosting early next month, and while some of the pieces were cute, it wasn’t what I was hoping for. Knowing there’s not much time between now and my upcoming travels, I wondered what else is out there that might give me a professional but fun look for some of my big events. I then remembered Loft recently launched a rental program. This Summer I found some super cute pieces at Loft, including my favorite romper ever! Figuring I’ve had luck lately, maybe I should give Loft’s rental program, known as “Infinitely LOFT” a try.

So, I’ve signed up, and now I wait! I’m looking forward to sharing my review with you on Infinitely LOFT, and I’m hoping for the best! What made me decide to give it a try was the fact that if you fell in love with pieces, you could buy them, and buy them at a discount at that! The price point also seemed fairly reasonable at $64.95 a month.

Between my summit I’m holding, and my first Grace Hopper Conference coming up in just a couple of weeks, I need some cute options that I don’t necessarily need to commit to full time. Here’s hoping my first box of 3 rental pieces comes soon! I’ll report back here when they do.

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-Katie

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Patterns and Prints Galore – Stitch Fix Review

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This post is long overdue, but better late than never! At the end of Summer I received another Fix where I explicitly asked for dresses I could wear to work and to try a romper that was short sleeved or sleeveless since my last one was full length sleeves. Here’s how my Fix unfolded…

#1 – Market & Spruce Elody Embroidered Detail Dress

I’ve really gotten to love a floral print over my past X years with Stitch Fix. This dress from Market & Spruce, one of my favorite “companies” from Stitch Fix is no exception. The string detail in the back of the neck is interesting and adds a little something unexpected. I was a little worried at first about the crochet detail that takes up so much of the front neck/chest part of this dress, fearing I wouldn’t be able to wear a normal bra with it, but I found you don’t notice nude bra straps through it since the dress is kind of busy. This dress is super comfy and flattering with the cinched in waist band. One of the best things about this dress, besides it’s flowy-ness, and beautiful pattern is the fact that it travels so well. While I may not be rocking this dress anymore at the moment, it’s perfect for trips to warmer climates, like where I was in the past couple of weeks, New Orleans and Austin. It works in the sweltering southern heat of the US that’s still prevalent every now and then during this time of the year.

Market & Spruce Elody Embroidered Detail Dress – Stitch Fix

Market & Spruce Elody Embroidered Detail Dress – Stitch Fix

#2 – Wisp Ryenne Jersey Dress

This dress is a bit “dressed up” you could say. While the style didn’t immediately talk to me, as it reminded me of something my mother might wear (a more mature cut and print) but after trying it on, it was super comfortable, and the waistband flatters one’s chest. While I do think I look more mature in this dress, I guess that isn’t a bad thing. I am getting older, and I’m not a young twenty something anymore. Nothing wrong with looking a little more mature in the office, even if I work for a Tech giant. This dress also works well for travel. You could bunch this thing up and it’ll never wrinkle.

Wisp Ryenne Jersey Dress – Stitch Fix

Wisp Ryenne Jersey Dress – Stitch Fix

#3 – Market & Spruce Gala Lattice Detail Dress

Another Fix and another Market & Spruce. This dress is pretty similar to the one I received above, similar fabric and feel to it. The only major differences are that this one doesn’t have crochet details and it runs a bit big. I felt the cinched waist line wasn’t tight enough, or the torso part of the dress was too long, making the cinched waist sometimes fall too low. It’s still super comfy though! The pattern of this dress is also super cute, casual, but the cut and style makes it a perfect dress for work or going out and about on the weekend.

Market & Spruce Gala Lattice Detail Dress – Stitch Fix

Market & Spruce Gala Lattice Detail Dress – Stitch Fix

#4 – Kaleigh Annabelle Knit Dress

This knit dress is hands down my favorite in the box! The cut and pattern reminds me a retro style dress. One of the best parts of this dress is how lightweight it is on. It’s beyond comfortable. I was also pleasantly surprised to see the straps were perfectly wide enough and cut just right to allow you to get away with a normal bra and not have to worry about straps hanging out in the back, not that that’s stopped me before… But overall, this dress by Kaleigh is just a polka dot of fun! You could pair this with a white blazer and take the town by storm, or just wear it casually as is with simple sandals.

Kaleigh Annabelle Knit Dress – Stitch Fix

Kaleigh Annabelle Knit Dress – Stitch Fix

#5 – Collective Concepts Keva Crochet Trim Romper

Onto the romper, ladies and gents! This past year I got in my head that I wanted to try a romper. I passed on the whole romper boom last summer because I wasn’t sure it was for me, but this year I figured why not give it a try!? The whole purpose for me using Stitch Fix is to open up my style horizons, take a risk, and try something I never would have picked for myself. So, here we go down Romper lane again! This time, I was super excited to find a spaghetti strapped version that would be perfect for warmer weather and climates. While it’s currently Fall, I think you could still make this work due to the very Fall inspired colors this dress is decked out in. Just throw on a jean jacket and you’re rocking it! We all know pockets are a girls best friend, and I’m happy to report this romper has long pockets for all your carrying needs! Just don’t put anything too too heavy in there or it might feel/look a little silly since the fabric is thin and you’ll get weighed down. I’ve enjoyed wearing this romper this past season, and I know when I head back to the Philippines for work in the winter I’ll be packing this baby!

Collective Concepts Keva Crochet Trim Romper – Stitch Fix

Collective Concepts Keva Crochet Trim Romper – Stitch Fix

Final Thoughts: This Fix was a pretty big hit! Cassandra, my stylist, really listened to my requests and made it happen! You can’t get enough outfits and pieces that are travel proof. For me, that’s the biggest thing! I seem to travel more and more for work lately, and it’s essential that I have clothing items that can travel with me and take a beating but still look great right out of the suitcase, and that’s what these five items do. Looking forward to sharing my Fall fix with you, that just arrived yesterday!

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Casual fun work wardrobe – Stitch Fix Review

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It has been another hot Summer in the city, which means it’s hard to find comfortable, fashionable, and weather appropriate clothing items for the workplace. Most of my commute involves me walking outside in the elements before jumping on a train, so I need items that are light, airy, and still look like I tried to put myself together for the day even though I’m melting. In this Fix, I also asked for a romper, my first ever, so let’s see how this goes.

#1 -Skies Are Blue Alisson Chambray Top
The first item out of the box was a denim looking top. From first glance I wasn’t sure I was into it or how it would look on me. The color itself is a nice light blue, but it didn’t scream Summer to me. The fabric has a bit of weight to it, although it’s not form fitting where it becomes unbearably hot, but I’ve still yet to incorporate this top into my wardrobe yet because it’s been too hot for a top with sleeves (at least outside during my commute). When I did try it on, I started to come around to the style, and find it’ll look great with white capris or jeans. Now, I just need to the temps to drop 20 degrees and I’ll be ready to rock it.

Stitch Fix – Skies are Blue

Stitch Fix – Skies are Blue

#2 – Skies are Blue Bekah Crochet Overlay Halter Blouse
Seems the Skies are Blue over here in New Jersey, with my second piece being from the same designer. I’ve never been one for halter tops, mainly because I tend to wear normal bras that of course come with straps that will show with any type of non standard neck/shoulder line top. I was a little hesitant, but I figured I could give a top a go that required a strapless bra and hope for the best. Well, I absolutely love this top. Halter tops don’t have to be cheesy or unprofessional. This halter top is absolutely gorgeous, with just enough crochet detail to take your style up several notches and be able to rock this white beauty to the office or on date night. It’s truly a 10/10. I’ll pair this top with the next item, so scroll to see what it actually looks like since the Stitch Fix app screenshot was busted.

Stitch Fix – Skies are Blue

#3 – Kut from the Kloth Jansen Printed Linen Short
While I love shorts, I only have one pair in my collection that’s actually linen, and that seems like a crime since linen is the perfect Summer fabric. I was excited to pull these beauties out of the box and admire their fun and vibrant colors and print. I was a little hesitant at first to figure out what color top I own that I could pair with these and still look put together, but my stylist already thought of that, and mentioned these shorts would go perfectly with the white halter blouse or the chambray top from this box. Later on, I did try these on with a plain white tank and felt the look was cute, but made me look too relaxed, as if I was in a pair of pjs. So, I guess the awesome thing is that you can really elevate these shorts with a fancier top like the crochet halter, or wear it down by putting on a plain tank. You can get two looks out of one pair of shorts! I should also mention the length on these shorts is also a little longer than I usually wear, but that makes them great for work.

Stitch Fix – Kut from the Kloth

Stitch Fix – Skies are Blue and Kut from the Kloth

#4 – Gilli Jeslyn Flare Skirt
I’ve been interested in skirts more and more lately. One, because they are more appropriate for the office than my booty shorts, which don’t get me wrong, I’m still wearing to work (tech companies for the win), but two, they are so effortless and can make even a cotton tank top come together for a professional look. This flare skirt is a winner. The floral pattern is perfect for transitioning from Spring, Summer, and even to Fall. It’s extraordinarily flowy and beyond comfortable. Pair with a pale pink cotton tank, or a white or light green silk top and you’re golden.

Stitch Fix – Gilli

Stitch Fix – Gilli

#5 – Market & Spruce Fraya Knit Romper
Now for the piece we’ve all been waiting for, the romper. When I requested a romper I had vision of a short sleeve, or spaghetti strap item, but what I pulled out instead was a long sleeve romper. I have to admit I was a little confused why I was receiving a long sleeve romper in the middle of summer. How was I going to wear this in 90+ degree heat? If you get this romper, the first thing you’ll notice is the weight to it. It’s pretty heavy, although the fabric itself isn’t too bad when you wear it. The colors are to die for. When I see the bright white and blues on this piece, all I can think of is resort wear and Greece. Now I’ve never been to Greece, but I think this would be a nice outfit to wear there. Thankfully, the temps dropped a bit one day so I was able to give it a go and found it was a really fun piece to wear and pretty manageable to deal with when it came to visiting the restroom. There’s one button in the back by the neck that’s pretty easy to maneuver and makes getting in and out not too painful. Finally, the best part of this romper are the pockets! You can’t go wrong with anything with pockets!

Stitch Fix – Market & Spruce

Stitch Fix – Market & Spruce Fraya Knit Romper

Final Thoughts: For a Summer Fix, this box hit most of my checklist. I wish two of the five items weren’t longer sleeved so that I could actually enjoy them now, rather than in the Fall, but I’m really happy with the pieces my stylist Cassandra sent to me. I was able to give some new looks a try with both a romper and a halter, and I started to realize I shouldn’t limit my style based on old assumptions I had. As they say, you never truly know how something will look until you try it. Go out there and try a new fashion trend, it might just become one of your favorites!

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Travel Fix: Pockets Required!

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A few months ago I took my first trip to Asia. I was full of all sorts of emotions, from not knowing what to expect, wondering what I would eat, if I would be able to communicate with people, and what in the world should I pack! The first leg of my trip was to the Philippines, a place I never expected I would visit, but when works calls and an adventure awaits, you pack that bag and go. I knew that offices in the Philippines, particularly Manila, had some rules around dress code, and that shorts were apparently a no no. However, I looked at the weather report and I wondered how I would survive without shorts. So, I pulled up the Stitch Fix app and requested an emergency Stitch Fix travel fix with one BIG requirement, everything must have pockets!

If you’ve been reading my Fix posts, you know I love a dress with pockets, so I knew I had to request those, and I also told my stylist to throw in a skirt too, but only if it had pockets. Why was I pocked obsessed? Well, a girl has to carry her phone, clip her work badge on to something, and be able to carry other essentials of course!

Alright, enough back story, get ready for the Ultimate Pocket Fix from Stitch Fix!

#1 THML Andrea Textured Knit Dress
The first dress I pulled out was an solid black knit dress with a small black and white turtleneck. The fabric seemed pretty heavy, not super lightweight, so I was immediately concerned that I would be way too hot in this dress, especially with a high neck line. I tried it on, and found it was pretty comfortable, but the true test would be in the Philippines. I was happy to find the dress did indeed have pockets, but I felt the pockets were a little extra bulky so when I wore the dress it seemed to accentuate my hips, making them look bigger. Fast forward to the Philippines, and I pulled this little number out, and it seemed to hold up with the high humidity and 80+ degree temps. Win! It also worked well for going from day to night. After wearing the dress all day in the office, I then went out for a late dinner with a coworker/friend and I felt I looked dressy and appropriate for a nice evening out.

THML Andrea Textured Knit Dress – Stitch Fix

THML Andrea Textured Knit Dress – Stitch Fix

#2 – Daniel Rainn Estefany Lace Detail Split Neck Blouse
Next up was a super cute blouse by one of my favorites, Daniel Rainn. When I saw I received a shirt, it was a giveaway that a skirt was coming, since I asked for a matching top if a skirt was given. I absolutely love the color and pattern of this top. It screams summer, fun, and it’s perfect for traveling. Not only did this shirt not wrinkle during travel, but it kept me feeling cool and chic! The little birds make me think tropics, and I was in a pretty “tropical” area at times, so I loved how my stylist took notice of where I was going and incorporated a fun pattern to match. You’ll see this paired with the skirt in the next item below. Oh, and don’t forget to wear a nude colored bra with this top, it is a bit see through via the fabric and lace near the chest.

Daniel Rainn Estefany Lace Detail Split Neck Blouse – Stitch Fix

#3 – Liverpool Aislin Pencil Skirt
Before this Fix, I didn’t own a pencil skirt. I know, it’s practically a fashion sin, but I just never found one that I felt looked flattering. This Liverpool skirt changed my mind on the pencil skirt. Not only is the skirt cute, but it’s extremely flattering. If you’ve been thinking about trying out a pencil skirt, look no further. This skirt fits perfectly, without being too tight. Of course, it has pockets! This skirt zips and buttons up, allowing for a comfortable fit. Pair it with a fun printed top, and you’re ready to take on work or date night! The below outfit was a hit with my teammate/friend.

Daniel Rainn Estefany Lace Detail Split Neck Blouse and Liverpool Aislin Pencil Skirt – Stitch Fix

#4 – Truly Poppy Carlina Cold Shoulder Dress
A cold shoulder dress for a tropical climate? Yes! I’ve never owned a cold shoulder dress before, and in my last Fix post you saw me get my first cold shoulder top. This dress actually came first, I just decided to post this Fix in a more appropriate season (spring/summer) than when I received it (winter). I was a little nervous because there seemed to be a lot of sleeve situation going on, but I figured I’d give it a shot and see what it looked like on. I’m so glad I received this dress, not only is it a beautiful plum color, but it’s perfect for spring/summer and outings of all types. I added a sweater (occasionally) when I was in the office to help keep me warm from the AC, and although there’s a lot of sleeve action, I was able to neatly tuck everything in under a thin fitted sweater, a major plus. The back of the dress has a cut out, and is brought together by two big snaps. I didn’t have any issues with the snaps coming undone, but it can be a little tricky snapping things into place the first try, but you get used it!

I received tons of compliments on this dress while I was on my business trip, which is an added bonus!

Truly Poppy Carlina Cold Shoulder Dress – Stitch Fix

Truly Poppy Carlina Cold Shoulder Dress – Stitch Fix

#5 – Truly Poppy Crissie Linen Dress
Now you may say to yourself, didn’t I just see this dress. Close, but nope! I thought the same thing when I pulled out this dress. When I put on the Crissie dress the fit was immediately different. Both dresses from Truly Poppy were provided in the same size, but this one was significantly tighter, especially in the chest area, making everything look very unflattering. I was a bit upset because I was hoping this was going to be another winner that I could put in my suitcase for my big trip to Asia, but it just wasn’t going to cut it. I tried to see if I could exchange it for a size larger, but the checkout page said they didn’t have the size I wanted, so I returned the dress, left feedback in the open response section at checkout and called it a day.

Surprisingly, Stitch Fix contacted me a few days later to say they were able to get this dress in the next size up and wondered if I wanted to  try it out. I said “sure!” The dress came after my trip, but it fit great! This was my first time doing an exchange with Stitch Fix, and it went smoothly. I loved how proactive they were to find me a new size, it really made my day. While I didn’t have this item for my trip, I’m glad I have it now.

The back of this dress has a cute cut out, as does the previous Truly Poppy Dress. It helps keep you cool in humid weather and adds a little sass. Best part of course is the pockets! I also want to give a shout out for the scalloping at the neck line, it’s a nice added detail that makes this a fun option. If you’re going to wear a bra, make sure to pair it with a strapless bra that doesn’t have too thick of a band in the back, or it will show. Pair this dress with a light sweater and you’re ready for a Spring evening stroll. You’ll love how breezy the linen is!

Truly Poppy Crissie Linen Dress – Stitch Fix

Truly Poppy Crissie Linen Dress

Truly Poppy Crissie Linen Dress – Stitch Fix

Final Thoughts: While I may not have necessarily picked all of these items on my own if they were in store, I’m truly happy with the pieces I received. My stylist came through with my odd request of everything must have pockets. Thank you for delivering, Cassandra! If you’re a pocket in dresses kind of girl, you can’t go wrong with any of these pieces. My philosophy in life is that all dresses should have pockets, and this Fix has certainly spoiled me. Hope you enjoyed this Fix and that you found an item or two you’ll want to request too!

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