It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is coming and it’s time to deck the halls, trim the tree, and be merry! It’s also time to make the rounds at family gatherings and holiday parties. For my December Stitch Fix review, I decided to get extra festive and request a holiday fix with cute cocktail dresses and other items that are fitting for a holiday soirée. This time around, I invited a friend along for the fun. Nicki is one of my best friends and we coordinated our fixes to arrive at the same time. We got all dolled up and tried on some truly beautiful (and affordable) holiday attire. I’m also happy to announce that this month’s post is a double review. Nicki shared her thoughts on the clothes she received and I will of course let you know what I thought about my items.
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Kalista Textured Knit Dress
The Kalista Textured Knit Dress from Wisp ($78) truly had it all! It has a relatively low price for a Stitch Fix dress and the rich deep color was gorgeous. I also loved that it had sleeves -- which adds a touch of modesty and warmth during the winter dress. Best of all, the dress was long enough to accommodate my long legs and came all the way to my knees -- which is such a rare occurrence for cocktail dresses! The dress was lightweight, so I recommend planning to wear a skirt slip underneath for a little extra coverage.
I paired the dress with a chunky crystal statement necklace, black opaque tights, and a pair of sleek pointy-toe black booties (similar). I also wore two inexpensive stretch crystal bracelets, but they kept catching on the fabric. These bracelets seem to be smoother so hopefully they won’t cause the same issue.
The Morie Dress from 41Hawthorn ($68) was probably my favorite out of all the dresses that I tried on. I loved the stripes, the colors, the length … basically I loved it all! I could definitely see myself wearing this to a dressier Christmas party or other event. I actually have an upscale awards ceremony and dinner coming up at the end of this month and I think I may wear this to the event. I felt both confident and beautiful in this great dress! -- Nicki
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Karmella Lace Dress
What’s not to love about the Karmella Lace Dress from Brixon Ivy ($78)? The lace gave the dress an elegant and sophisticated look and the fit of the dress was tailored, but not clingy. It had a very flattering and forgiving cut! I also loved the cap sleeves and the modesty of a hemline that came to my knee. Best of all, the dress was very comfortable to wear. Rob even gave his dress his official stamp of approval.
The simple elegance of the Karmella Lace Dress didn’t require a lot of help from accessories. I paired it with an inexpensive gold and black stretch bracelet (similar) and a simple coordinating necklace (similar). Once I added a pair of round toe patent leather pumps (similar), the look was complete!
Leeanne Textured Knit Dress
I love how modest and fun the Leeanne Textured Knit Dress from Crescent ($68) was. I think the grey and black made is classy and elegant without being too dressy. I am not typically a fan of floral prints on clothing and in fact I do not think I own one article of clothing with floral print on it but this dress definitely worked for me. I also appreciate the price ($68!). We all know that funds get a little tight around and a beautiful dress for a great price is a thumbs up in my book -- and my hubby’s too ;) -- Nicki
We wanted to play up the classic elegance of this dress, so we kept the accessories very simple. Nicki wore a crystal statement necklace (also a bargain!) and she borrowed the crystal cuff bracelet I wore for my wedding. With black opaque tights and a black pair of dress booties (similar), this look was a knockout!
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The Nancee Dress from London Times ($98) was such a beautiful dress. The photos make it difficult it is to see the details of the black lace shell over the black lining, but let me tell you, this was perfect little black dress. It was modest, interesting, elegant, and was priced under $100. I loved this dress (and so did Rob!) My favorite details were the subtle peek of skin through the lace of the shoulders. Styling the dress was a breeze. I played up the elegance with a basic pair of black patent leather pumps (similar) and the necklace, earrings and bracelet from my wedding. The delicate crystal jewelry were perfectly offset by this stunning black dress.
Jil Lace Dress
Pink and black is one of my favorite color combinations, so when I opened my Stitch Fix box and saw the pink Jil Lace Dress from Beauport ($88), I instantly knew I would be accessorizing with black shoes, a black belt and black jewelry. Surprisingly, out of all the dresses I tried on this one was my least favorite. As a mom of 2, the fit and coverage of this dress just wasn’t right for me. It accentuated my hips and made me feel and made my figure look a little wide. -- Nicki
Nicki already knew exactly how she wanted to style the dress and she had great instincts. The black floral statement necklace, belt and bracelet complimented the color and silhouette of the Jil Lace Dress. With a cute pair of black heels (similar), it was a polished look from head to toe.
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Sacha Scuba Dress
The white and blue jewel tones of Sacha Scuba Dress from Maggy London ($128) weren’t exactly what I was expecting in my holiday fix. When I think of holiday dresses, rich textures and deep tones usually come to mind. Even though the outfit caught me off guard, I could see why the colors could work in the winter. I played on the icy blue tones by adding the crystal necklace, bracelet, and earrings from my wedding. A pair of black pumps (similar) made the outfit party-ready. This was the second Maggy London dress I had received in as many fixes (you can see the first dress here) and it was a perfect fit. The dress was flattering, the fabric was soft and flowy, but still had structure and the quality was top-notch. I also found the Sacha Scuba Dress on Amazon for the same price.
Millie Textured Knit Dress from Pixley
I have to admit I was not too impressed by the Millie Textured Knit Dress from Pixley ($68) when I first laid eyes on it. Maria and I went back and forth about how we could make this dress stand out a little more and I suggested an emerald green scarf, which did the trick! The photos with me wearing this dress ended up being some of my favorites. It’s amazing how much a scarf can add that extra “flare” you are looking for in an outfit. -- Nicki
This was a very simple dress that needed a little extra pop. I am so happy Nicki suggested a scarf because I would have reached for a statement necklace. We found a stunning green scarf at Charming Charlie for a great price. We brightened the look with a few gold accessories -- a sweet cuff with coordinating plaid bows, my Kate Spade gold watch and gold disc earrings (similar). To complete the look, Nicki wore a pair of black heels (similar) and was such a knockout.
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Turan Keyhole Front Blouse
Photos of the Turan Keyhole Front Blouse from Collective Concepts ($54) simply do not do it adequate justice. The blouse was chic and easy to wear. And see those dots? They’re not white. They’re gold. The camera flash just makes them look white. When I saw the blouse in my Stitch Fix iPhone app, I thought it was a basic black and white blouse. But when I opened the box to reveal a black blouse with gold accents, I fell in love. Styling this piece was easy. I layered a basic black Old Navy tank under the blouse and wore it with a pair of slim leg dress pants (similar) and black patent leather pumps (similar). There was no need for a lot of jewelry (the gold accents of the blouse were decoration enough) so I added a simple black and gold Kendra Scott cuff to complete the outfit. The completed style was modestly simple and chic without being over styled.
Lexee Lace Knit Dress
I love this dress! I love the lace detail, the plum color and the fit. I am so glad we paired the Lexee Lace Knit Dress from Skies are Blue ($68) with gold and nude accessories because I think it definitely gave it a little something extra. This dress was made from a heavier fabric, which made it perfect for winter and fall. Overall I think the dress was super cute and also comfortable. -- Nicki
We played up the rich plum color of the Lexee Lace Knit Dress with gold tones and the colors were lovely together. The statement piece in her look was a rose gold and ivory Kendra Scott Rayne necklace. We also added a multi-tone gold cuff bracelet (similar) and nude pointed toe heels.
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What We Kept from Our Fixes
After trying on so many stylish pieces, it was very difficult to decide what to keep from our shipments. As much as I enjoyed this fix, I really don’t have a need for more dresses in my closet. Honestly, I get so much joy just from trying the items on in my fix, I’m not disappointed to send most of the items back. I can’t resist the opportunity to try on a gorgeous dress, even if I don’t have a need to add it to my closet. For that reason, I only kept the blouse from my fix, because there are many occasions that I find myself in need of a classic and stylish top. Here’s a summary of the items that were included in my fix this month:
Kalista Textured Knit Dress from Wisp ($78) -- return
Karmella Lace Dress from Brixon Ivy ($78) -- return
Nancee Dress from London Times ($98) -- return
Sacha Scuba Dress from Maggy London ($128) -- return
Turan Keyhole Front Blouse from Collective Concepts ($54) -- keep
I may not have needed any new dresses for my closet, but Nicki certainly did! She was ecstatic to stock up on three different dresses from her fix, and each one had a great price!
Morie Dress from 41Hawthorn ($68) -- keep
Leeanne Textured Knit Dress from Crescent ($68) -- keep
Jil Lace Dress from Beauport ($88) -- return
Millie Textured Knit Dress from Pixley ($68) -- return
Lexee Lace Knit Dress from Skies are Blue ($68) -- keep
A huge thank you goes out to my wonderful friend Nicki for drinking the Kool-Aid and joining me in front of the camera for this fix! Thanks also to the very talented Ania from Lulu and Lula Photography for capturing such lovely photos.
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