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You may recall that last month’s Stitch Fix shipment was a mini capsule wardrobe featuring plenty of gray and black. I was overjoyed to receive a fix of so many items that could easily mix and match to create a variety of outfits. This new mom-working-outside-of-the-house stuff is incredibly stressful and exhausting and it’s refreshing to have a little wardrobe simplicity. I loved the idea of a Stitch Fix capsule wardrobe so much that I requested my stylist, Kate, to send another mix and match fix my way. What she delivered was the perfect start to a fall capsule wardrobe, filled with gorgeous navy and burgundy hues.
I can’t wait to tell you all about my fix, and share the news of a HUGE $1250 Stitch Fix gift card giveaway at the end of this post, but first let me back up a couple steps …
A Little About Stitch Fix
If you’re not already familiar with Stitch Fix, let me be the first to fill you in! Stitch Fix is basically a shopping game-changer. No more running from store to store looking for the perfect outfit or scrolling through online store fronts for hours at a time. Just head over to StitchFix.com and create a FREE style profile. Enter your sizes, style preferences, and set budget limits for different clothing items. When you’re ready, you can schedule your first fix. You’ll be matched with a personal stylist who will review your style profile and hand-pick five items just for you! The items are shipped directly to your door so you can try them on in the comfort of your home. Keep the items you love, check out online, and return any unwanted items in the pre-paid shipping envelope that comes with your fix! Shipping and returns are free.
You’ll be charged a $20 styling fee when your fix ships, but the fee is automatically deducted from the price of the clothes you choose to keep. I’ve been a devoted Stitch Fix customer for over three years (you can check out my very first fix in this blog post), but it wasn’t until I became a mom that I truly understood what a blessing this service can be. I no longer have any time to shop and Stitch Fix helps me to stay stylish even though my hands are quite full caring for the cutest baby in the world.
Stitch Fix also offers plus sizes and maternity styles (check out my maternity fixes here) and Stitch Fix now outfits men as well. My husband Rob is also a dedicated customer. Take a peek at what came in one of his fixes.
What’s a Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
Wondering what a capsule wardrobe is and why it might be helpful to you this fall? A capsule wardrobe is a small collection of clothes that coordinate with each other and are intended to be mixed and matched. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed it, but there’s been a bit of a movement in our country to simplify and capsule wardrobes are the perfect minimalist solution to a jam-packed closet. Rather than having a closet full of statement pieces that only coordinate with a few items, capsule wardrobes contain classic staple pieces to get you through the season. To build a fall capsule wardrobe, start with the most basic pieces (a classic white t-shirt, a great pair of jeans, a pair of tailored black pants …) and fill in with seasonal colors that are easily coordinated.
Speaking of seasonal colors, let’s finally dive into my October Stitch Fix shipment. It is the perfect supplement for a fall capsule wardrobe!
Sinclaire Button Front Blouse
The first item Kate included in my fix was the Sinclaire Button Front Blouse from Kut from the Kloth ($68). The color palette of this printed floral blouse was perfect for fall and a great anchor item for setting up a fall capsule wardrobe.
I initially styled the blouse with a crystal statement necklace, my silver Kate Spade watch, the black Liverpool pants that arrived in my previous fix, and black riding boots (these Liverpool pants and J Crew AnyDay Pants are two high quality pant options with a similar fit).
Every fall capsule wardrobe needs a denim jacket for layering on chilly days and my Old Navy jean jacket is the perfect budget-friendly piece.
This outfit was absolutely perfect for fall; each piece was super versatile to get me through the season. The Sinclaire Button Front Blouse immediately made it onto my short list of which items to consider keeping from this fix.
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Jacqueline Skinny Pant
Kate also sent another great pair of pants my way. She knew how much I loved the black Jacqueline Skinny Pant from Liverpool ($78) that I kept from my previous fix, so she included a navy pair in this fix! I’m sure it comes as no surprise that this navy pair coordinated perfectly with the Sinclaire Button Front Blouse!
I paired my navy Tory Burch “Minnie” flats with the outfit. They looked great, but weren’t nearly as comfortable as my Tieks. I think I may have to bite the bullet soon and just save up for a pair of California Navy Tieks. The price point is very similar and the Tieks are so much easier on my feet. You can read more about why I love Tieks in this blog post. I answered just about every question you could possibly have about the coveted ballet flats.
I was very tempted to add the navy Jacqueline Skinny Pant to my closet, but this pair fit a bit tighter than last month’s black pair (even though they were the exact same size). Stitch Fix now offers exchanges, but I knew that I could only afford to purchase one item from this fix and I loved a few of the tops more than the pants, so I decided to return the pants. You can request this pair in your next fix, find similar Liverpool pants on Amazon, or check out the very similar similar Liverpool pants on Amazon.
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Grettel Pointelle Detail Cardigan
Every item in a capsule wardrobe is intended to be mixed, and matched to create new looks with the same basic pieces. With that in mind, my stylist included a burgundy Grettel Pointelle Detail Cardigan from Skies are Blue ($58) in my October Stitch Fix box. It wasn’t surprising to see that the cardigan paired perfectly with the Sinclaire Button Front Blouse.
The deep wine color of the cardigan added a richness to the outfit, which made it distinctly perfect for fall; especially when paired with a great fitting pair of slim black pants and black riding boots. Fall weather, here I come!
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Davies Crew Neck Blouse
Of course, one blouse won’t be enough to get me through the season so Kate also included a coordinating plaid blouse in my fall capsule wardrobe fix. The Davies Crew Neck Blouse from Skies are Blue ($54) had stripes of deep red, charcoal gray, and blue. It looked great layered with a denim jacket, statement necklace, black skinny pants (similar) and my matte black Tieks
This outfit was absolutely perfect for me to wear to school in my kindergarten classroom. I honestly wear my denim jacket to school at least two days a week.
Of course if I wanted to mix things up a bit with the blouse, that would be easy to do! I threw on the navy pair of Jacqueline Skinny Pants from Liverpool and my navy blue Tory Burch flats. The top was instantly transformed to create a new look.
I adored the plaid print of the Davies Crew Neck Blouse but the cut wasn’t really my style. Especially the sleeves. When the temperature drops in Michigan for the fall, I become cold all the time. I needed long sleeves to provide a little extra coverage for my arms. The sleeves on this blouse were also a little more boxy than the tailored look I prefer. I reluctantly sent the crew neck blouse back to Stitch Fix, but it was fun to try on!
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Zaryn Cotton Blend Poncho Pullover
The fifth and final item that Kate included in my fall capsule wardrobe fix was a gray Zaryn Cotton Blend Poncho Pullover from Leo & Nicole ($68). I was completely intrigued by this sweater when I saw it and couldn’t wait to try it on.
I know the cold weather is coming soon and this poncho-style sweater was extra cozy to try on. It was soft, warm and extra cozy. It also looked fantastic with a great pair of heavyweight slim black pants and black riding boots. This outfit kept me warm and comfortable from head to toe and it was perfect to wear to work, or for a weekend outing with Rob and Dessa.
The Zaryn Cotton Blend Poncho Pullover was such a great item to add to a fall capsule wardrobe (or just a regular wardrobe!) I debated long and hard over whether or not to keep the sweater. Unfortunately, I knew I could only keep one item from my fix this month and it was a tie between the poncho sweater and the floral Sinclaire Button Front Blouse. It’s been unseasonably hot in Michigan these past few weeks and I was having a difficult time picturing myself wrapped in warm layers so I ultimately kept the blouse and returned the poncho pullover. It was definitely another tough decision!
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What I Kept from My Fall Capsule Wardrobe Fix
It’s always difficult to have a great fix come my way and not keep everything inside of it (especially when Stitch Fix offers a 25% discount when you purchase your entire fix!) But Rob and I are serious about our budget, trying hard to save for a house, and are juggling the extra expense of having a baby. All of that means I could just purchase one item from my fix again this month. Here’s what I decided to keep (and return) from my October fix.
Sinclaire Button Front Blouse from Kut from the Kloth ($68) -- Keep!
Jacqueline Skinny Pant from Liverpool ($78) -- Return
Grettel Pointelle Detail Cardigan from Skies are Blue ($58) -- Return
Davies Crew Neck Blouse from Skies are Blue ($54) -- Return
Zaryn Cotton Blend Poncho Pullover from Leo & Nicole ($68) -- Return
Create Your Own Fall Capsule Wardrobe
If you love the idea of a capsule wardrobe and want to start building a fall capsule wardrobe for yourself, here are a few links to get you started that are inspired by this month’s fix! Click any image to start shopping.
What Would You Have Kept?
I debated long and hard over which item to keep this month. It was a toss up between the Sinclaire Button Front Blouse and the Zaryn Cotton Blend Poncho Pullover. Last month I immediately regretted my decision about what to keep but I feel much more confident in my choice this time around. Do you think I made the right choice this month? Which item would you have kept? I would love to read your thoughts in the comments.
$1,250 Stitch Fix Giveaway
By now I’m sure you know that I love spreading the joy of Stitch Fix with my readers and we always host a little monthly giveaway here on the first of the month. This month I’m extra excited to participate in an huge giveaway for a $1,250 Stitch Fix gift card. That’s right! $1,250! One lucky winner is going to win a $1,250 Stitch Fix gift card, which means you can afford to buy a few fixes and maybe even try out the new premium brands that Stitch Fix now offers (Hello, Kate Spade!) Use the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!
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