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.
Okay, I need to know more about this top extender! Is it like a tank top with a pretty bottom? would you wear it under a tank or tee too? I wear leggings all the time but I can’t stand when my butt shows!
Also, I’m partial to cobalt blue and I love that sweater on you.
Maria Gavin says
Hi Jessica! Yes, it’s like a super-comfy tank top with chiffon layers at the bottom. It would probably work ok under a baggier tank top. The one reason I don’t wear it more often is because the pretty part starts fairly low down and I don’t have many sweaters that are long enough to to cover where the pretty part starts (if that makes sense!) I agree that the cobalt sweater was gorgeous, it just wasn’t my in my usual color palette! They also have shorter varieties of top extenders that don’t come down quite so far.
How do you care for the top extender? I have been wanting one but don’t want the dorm washing machine to destroy it
I love that sweater in cobalt! I received the same sweater but in all black a few Fixes ago, and I really like the contrast of the one you got. Great fix, and beautiful pictures as always! I enjoy reading your posts :)
Maria Gavin says
Thank you so much Sarah!
I just peeked (I can’t help it!) at my Fix that is supposed to be coming by tomorrow. And….for the second time in a row I think I’m going to be disappointed! I’m a little upset. I’ve had the same stylist, been pinning this to my Pinterest board and being very specific in the comments of the pictures. And it doesn’t seem like they’re listening to me…. Boo!
Maria Gavin says
Oh no Danielle! Sometimes I’m a little let down when I peek too, but am pleasantly surprised when I go to try things on. If you’re not having luck with your stylist, you can request a new stylist when you leave checkout feedback and hopefully your next stylist will be fabulous. Sometimes it just isn’t a good fit.
Miranda D. says
What color is the Arca Henley Blouse from Skies are Blue? It’s hard to tell from the pics, is it orange or bright coral? Red?
Maria Gavin says
I LOVE this fix! That blue sweater is gorgeous though I could totally understand why you might return it if you didn’t think you would wear it often. I love the extender that you added under it though! It totally changes it from the everyday sweater to something special!
Wendy G. says
First off what a great fix. I have had the Angus Split Back Mixed Material Sweater pinned for some time now. My box comes next week and I’m just on pins & needles hoping that sweater is in there. I can understand why you picked the Level 99 pants. I own a pair and they are so comfortable and stylish.
Peace. Love. Pashion.
Maria Gavin says
Hi Wendy, I’ll cross my fingers and hope that you get the sweater too!
Thank you so much for providing a spot for fellow Stitch Fix lovers to share their posts. I didn’t keep anything this month but I most certainly enjoyed trying everything on and debating over what I should do.
I love the pants you kept and may have to request those for my April fix.
Hi Maria! Did the Harper pants have pockets? I may need to request these in a future Fix, but since I need pocketed pants, finding “dress pants” via SF has been a challenge.
Maria Gavin says
Hi Jen, I can’t say for certain (since I sent them back and can’t go check in my closet) but I’m fairly sure they did have pockets. I think I would have noticed if they didn’t and thought it was weird since any pants I own that are a similar style always have pockets. I hope that helps a little!
Penny Benjamin says
Thank you, Maria, for hosting the link up. I love seeing what bloggers are receiving in their current fixes. And your link up is such an easy way to view them all. I do love the cobalt sweater and the extender you paired with it. You’ve got a great sense of style. Keep up the lovely and informative posts!
Addie Stevens says
I loved your entire fix! The last floral blouse was gorgeous. I am tempted to request it. :) Would go great with my new Dean Skinny Jean.
I love the pink pants!!!! Sooo pretty! I might just have to request those pants! Layla definitely has an eye for fashion. You’re so lucky!
Gorgeous fix, as usual! I always admire your clothes and fixes and I’ve requested that Layla be my stylist this next go-round. I know it’s a long shot…but here’s to hoping. I just want to build a rapport with a great stylist and since I love your clothes – she might be a great fit. :)
Hope you have a lovely weekend! Cheers!
Maria Gavin says
Thank you Darcy! I have heard that Layla is not taking on new clients, but maybe there is someone else at Stitch Fix with a similar eye that they can pair you with. I will cross my fingers for you!
Rats. I knew it was too much to hope for. Ah, well.
mY opinion – I thought the jewel-tone sweater
Looked great on you . Maybe think about adding more of that color with your dark hair! Liked the style too!
You look great in everything they send you! I’ve pinned you on Pinterest many times! :) Thanks for hosting the link up!
Is the denim jacket you linked the same as yours? It looks like a darker wash.
Cynthia K Lasater says
Great choice in keeping the pink pants! I love the outfit with those!
Keli Stonitsch says
I love the grey blazer. What brand or where can I order that??
Maria Gavin says
The brand of the blazer is Tart and I got it from Stitch Fix a few years back. I’m not sure if they still carry it or not.