My First Stitch Fix, or: To Stitch Fix with Love

I resisted All Things Stitch Fix for a really long time—even though I looked at other bloggers’ awesome fixes and thought, “Ooh, that’s pretty. Ooh, I like that. Oooh, shiny.” But I just couldn’t do it.

Why? Mostly because I like having control. I didn’t want to surrender control of purchasing clothing options to someone else. Someone who didn’t know me, what I liked, what my problems spots were, what I hated, what I needed. Also, for a really long time, I was between sizes on the upper end of what I wanted to be. Weirdly, I’m now between sizes on the lower end of what I’d like to be, so maybe that’s just who I am: someone in between.

I finally broke down recently as I clicked into the site to look for available fix dates and saw one for the beginning of July. I still hadn’t found anything to wear for a Very Important Thing at the end of July, and so I decided to bite the bullet. I explained in my note that I love all things green, that I only wear dresses, and that I needed a dress for a special event. In green. Obviously.

When I showed Karen the photo of my fix when it arrived the other day, she replied, “OMG! Did they read your blog because that’s SO you.” And it was. Every piece. To do that, you fill out a lengthy survey about what styles appeal to you. You can also link to your style board on Pinterest so they can look at what catches your eye. My stylist sent me a lovely note explaining my picks, too.

My StitchFix Note

I don’t know who Stacey is, but I’m in love with her.

Let’s take a look at what landed in my mailbox yesterday.

Oh, My!

I expected to hate this dress. I looked at it on the style card and shook my head. A shirt dress? With buttons? But then I remembered that I’ve lost a lot of chest during my weight loss journey, so maybe the buttons wouldn’t gap. Maybe it would fit okay. Maybe it would be okay after all. Then I pulled it out of the box and the material was luxurious. I put the dress on and fell in love. It’s so comfortable with no gaping buttons and, oh my goodness, the material. I want to pet it all day long.

In Between Sizes

This is one dress that would have suited better in the smaller size I find myself in between right now. However, it’s not awful in the bigger size. I envision this getting a lot of wear during the transition in seasons. And winter. And spring. And lots of times, because I love it.

Green Top

The skirt in this shot was already in my wardrobe (Old Navy, 2013 if you must know), but the shirt is from Stitch Fix and I adore it. I don’t often like to tuck shirts in because I’m careful with my thrice-pregnant belly pooch. But this is really just perfect together. And the flyaway sleeves? LOVE!

And then there’s… this.


This. THIS.

I asked for a green dress to wear to an event. And Stitch Fix delivered. And my stylist was right, the belt that came with it wasn’t right, though that belt rocks my socks. Or my waist. It’s way fun and I’m going to wear it eleventy different ways. I already ordered a silver belt to match the silver tabs on the sleeve (see above), and I’m hunting down a killer pair of silver heels. I’m already considering silver jewelry. And really, I’d wear this dress all day, everyday, for the rest of my life. It’s that perfect and comfortable and perfect and omgIloveitsohard.

Also, a beautiful gold necklace came with my Fix, but I didn’t photograph it well. Suffice it to say, it’s lovely.

And so, what’s my final thought on Stitch Fix?

I’ve already scheduled my next Fix. I’ll definitely do it again if I have a big event coming up. This was the easiest shopping I’ve ever done, and that’s really hard for the control-freak, perfectionist to admit. So if you’ve been putting it off for the same reasons, I encourage you to give it a chance. You might like what you receive!

Or LOVE it!

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What I Wore

What I Wore January 2014

I stopped posting my weekly What I Wore series as 2013 came to a close. It became a chore, and I don’t like my blogging time and space to feel like a chore. I like to stretch my creative wings, to flutter around, to do my thing without feeling the weight of “have to” pulling me down.

But I really liked the concept of sharing outfits, of talking about clothes or body image or shiny things or just generally writing whatever I wanted to while sharing photos. You know, like I do.

I got this great idea to post once a month, to share lots of pictures in just one post. It would remove the rush of taking a photo and writing something worthwhile on Sunday — a slightly busy day anyway with the churching and the running and the making of a big family meal. And instead of just Sundays, a dressier day for me, I would photograph midweek days as well, showing more of my style. I would make a collage, post individual photos of better outfits, and share some wisdom gained during the month. I changed the What I Wore Sunday category to simply What I Wore, I took down the Sunday series button in preparation for the new one I would put up on February 1, and then…

…January 2014 happened.

What a month, right?.

It was cold. Very cold. For me to say that it was cold means that it was cold. Most days, I hung out in my favorite, relaxed fit gray yoga pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and my gray hoodie. With gray slippers.

Love Me, Love My Hoodie
Hoodie: Fabletics.

And, come mid-month, a green knit hat.

Thanks, Sassymonkey!
Hat: Sassymonkey || Shirt: Columbus Marathon.

Fashion definitely wasn’t my focus. Finding flattering fits or colors or working with the winter weight that crept on when I wasn’t looking because relaxed fit yoga pants? No thank you. Some other things went on during the month that caused me to pull back and inward, to cocoon up within myself and the confines of my safe place, my home.

Running Gear
Running Tank: Fabletics || Running Tights: Fabletics; Running Jacket: C9 by Champion at Target; Running Shoes: Mizuno Wave Rider 16 at Amazon.

Not to say that I didn’t try. I did. I failed, but I tried. I occasionally got dressed in real clothes, but I mostly forgot to take pictures. Or, I did take pictures, but not one full length shot. Or, I did take pictures, but they weren’t really of the clothes. Or, or, or.

I Do Love My Snowflake Sweater
Snowflake Sweater: Route 66.

But I’m still sharing what I have, what I wore, here in this space. I’m kicking off the 2014 edition of my What I Wore series in the most lackadaisical way, the most pitiful attempt at a theme ever. Because it shows the truth of what this month felt like: a bunch of stop starts, a bunch of hiding, a bunch of staying home and praying for peace.

Print Dress, New lia sophia Necklace!
Green Paisley Dress: Analogy on Zulily; Kimberly Claire turquoise necklace: lia sophia’s new Spring/Summer Catalog.

Sweatshirt Dress, Chevron Leggings
Pewter Sweatshirt Dress: Delirious Apparel on Zulily, 2011; Chevron Leggings, 2011; Gray Suede Boots, 2010

Maybe I’ll do better in February, but it’s after noon and I’m wearing my pajamas. One step forward, two steps back.