My March Stitch Fix box is finally here and my personal stylist, Layla, found some truly beautiful items to help my wardrobe transition into spring. Before I opened my box to try things on, I made a vow with myself to only purchase one item this month. I'm trying to conserve my fashion budget a little this month, but I didn't want to give up my beloved Stitch Fix box, so limiting myself to one item allows me to continue enjoying the experience.
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Angus Split Back Mixed Material Sweater
I don't know about you, but I had seen the Angus Split Back Mixed Material Sweater from RD Style ($68) making the rounds on Pinterest. A lot of people have received this sweater lately and it's no mystery why. With it's bold cobalt color, contrasting elbow patches and floaty back layer; this top is an instant crowd pleaser.
I styled the sweater with the Sophia Skinny Jeans from Kensie that came in my 14th fix, my slate Kendra Scott Rayne necklace and a pair of gray flats (similar here, splurge here). The finished ensemble was comfortable enough for weekend wear and the accessories made it effortlessly stylish. I love how the gray tones mixed with the blue and white.
Yes, I looked cool and collected from the front, but the real surprise came when I turned around. The button back detail and floaty chiffon layer were on-point and so fashion forward. This sweater reminded me of the Potter Button Back Sweater sweater that arrived in my 28th fix.
Yup, I'd say it was a pretty great look.
I wasn't done styling this sweater quite yet. One of the things I enjoy most about Stitch Fix is how it pushes me to experiment with items I already own and the back detail of this sweater was calling my name. The sweater was easy to dress down, but I wondered what I could do to dress it up and make it more appropriate for a professional environment. I purchased a chiffon high-low extender from Grace and Lace last month and have been waiting for the right sweater to come along that I could pair it with. Light bulbs were going off in my head because this was it!
I added the top extender, threw on some black leggings and riding boots and added a simple white gold necklace that Rob had purchased for me last Christmas. I also wore my new Kate Spade stainless steel watch.
The top extender was the perfect complement to already great sweater. And it added just a little extra modesty so I could comfortably wear the sweater with a pair of leggings. Throw in the riding boots and this was a perfect outfit.
The top extender was the perfect compliment to the chiffon layer in the back of the sweater. They were a near-perfect color match and looked like they belonged together.
You may not believe it, but I actually decided not to keep this sweater. Not because it isn't lovely (because it most certainly is a great sweater). But I told myself going into this fix that I was going to conserve my Stitch Fix budget this month and only purchase one item from the fix. As much as I enjoyed trying this sweater on for photos, I knew deep down that I don't wear jewel-tones that often and when I add soft colors into my clothing wardrobe, I wear those items far more often than deep/bright colors. I really wanted to purchase an item that I would wear often.
Arca Henley Blouse
The next item I tried on was the Arca Henley Blouse from Skies are Blue ($58). I kept things casual and wore it with the Briley Skinny Jean from Level 99 that came in last month's fix with my black Toms wedges and a white tank top from Old Navy (my favorite tank for layering).
I loved this look so much. In fact, I pretty much love it exactly the same amount as I loved the Sylvester Split Neck Blouse which I wore with the same jeans and Toms booties last month.
The only real difference in this month's outfit was that I paired white accessories with the blouse to make it feel brighter and more appropriate for spring. I'd declare my efforts to be a success.
Yes, the blouse fit great and was very flattering, but the back was equally lovely! Much like the cobalt sweater, this blouse also had the most darling back detail – complete with buttons. I loved the buttons, but what truly won my heart was the pleat detail. It was feminine, flattering, and helped keep the blouse from looking too boxy on me.
It was so tempting to keep this blouse but once again, I had to resist the urge. There was another item in my fix that was a better fit for my daily style. I rarely wear red and this would not become an instant classic for my wardrobe. I learned that from the Judy Split Neck Blouse from Daniel Rainn blouse that I kept from my 22nd fix but don't wear as often as I should. So I kept on trying items on…
Harper Bootcut Pant
The third item Layla sent my way this month was a light gray Harper Bootcut Pant from Liverpool ($88). She expressed concern that perhaps the pants were too light in color for me to comfortably wear in the classroom (they aren't, but I appreciate that she wanted my feedback in that area). I started by wearing the pants with the blouse I was already wearing. I also added a basic black pair of pumps (similar here and here).
I'm not usually one for bootleg pants, just because I don't love the way they sit around my ankles. These pants fit, but they were also a little baggier than I typically like to wear.
I did really like the fact the fabric had some body and structure to them.
I already knew that I wasn't going to keep these pants, but I couldn't resist the urge to style them just a little more. I never have any reason to wear traditional business attire, but just for fun, I pulled a few other Stitch Fix items out of my closet and imagined what I would wear if I had an office job. A little nutty? Perhaps, but half the fun of getting a Stitch Fix box is imagining all the ways you could wear the clothes. I decided to play with soft grays and wore the pants with the Daniel Rainn floral blouse that was in my 22nd fix and the gray Terry Solid French Terry Blazer from Tart that came in fix #15. I also kept on the Kate Spade watch and Kendra Scott necklace.
The pieces looked great together and I could totally imagine myself heading out the door to my imaginary office job in this outfit.
The Harper Bootcut Pant may not have been a keeper for me, but I am certain they will be a great addition to the wardrobe of someone else who dresses in more traditional professional attire each day.
See the Rest of My Fix
With three out of my five March Stitch Fix items tried on, I still haven't shown you the one piece I decided to keep. Click over to the second page of this post to see what else arrived in my fix this month. While you're there, be sure to enter the giveaway. We're giving away a $50 Stitch Fix gift card this month! You'll also find a Stitch Fix link up, which you can use to discover even more current Stitch Fix styles from around the blogosphere. Just click the image below.