I can't believe I'm sharing my 40th Stitch Fix box on the blog today. A lot of great clothes have come my way and this time around I wanted to try something new so I asked my stylist, Layla, to send a budget-conscious fix my way. School is starting up and I know a lot of women (moms and teachers alike) are feeling the pain of school supply shopping in their monthly budgets. So, in honor of back to school season, I'm happy to share my bargain fix as my September Stitch Fix review. And since my 40th fix is a bit of a milestone, I'm also excited to give away a $40 Stitch Fix gift cards to five blog readers.
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Haven Textured Knit Dress
The first item I tried on from my September Stitch Fix box was the Haven Textured Knit Dress from Haily 23 ($64). After several weeks of Michigan weather climbing into the 80s and 90s, the dress reminded me of a cool fall day, which sounds so refreshing! On its own, the dress wasn't exactly my style. I liked the floral print and the richness of the fall colors, but it was a little short and it didn't have sleeves. I usually prefer to dress a little more conservatively when the summer heat finally breaks. Similar heels can be found here.
The Haven Textured Knit Dress just needed a few extra layers and accessories to help it fit my personal style so the first thing I did was add a cropped denim jacket (similar here) and my matte black Tieks. And just like that, the dress transformed into an instant teacher dress, complete with comfortable and shoes for running around the school while my kids are at a special.
I get asked all the time about my Tieks, how comfortable they are, and whether I think they are worth the high price tag. If you've been curious about these foldable ballet flats with the turquoise soles, you can read my in-depth review.
The flats and bare legs were one way to style the dress for the early days of fall, but a dramatic cool-down will be coming my way in about six weeks and the Haven Textured Knit Dress is the perfect palate for a chilly fall day. I styled the dress with a brown 3/4 sleeve cardigan (similar), black tights, brown riding boots (similar), and a rose gold watch (similar). I also added the reversible Parvin Reversible Tote from my January fix.
I adore this entire outfit and it will be perfect to wear to school when the cooler weather arrives. The black tights and riding boots help to compensate for the slightly shorter hemline. I love Grace and Lace top extenders and I've had my eye on the lace flounce skirt extender for a while. I think the bisque extender would look beautiful with this outfit and add add a little feminine style, while making the outfit even more appropriate for work in my kindergarten classroom.
With a price tag of only $64, the Haven Textured Knit Dress was a definite keeper and I loved how easy it was to style for different seasons and occasions. I know I will get plenty of wear out of this dress in the coming months, which makes it an exceptional bargain.
Marcos Crochet Neckline Top
The second item Layla included in my low-cost fix was a coral sleeveless Marcos Crochet Neckline Top from Skies are Blue ($54). The color of the top was definitely more orange than coral, but I really liked the subtle lace crochet detail around the neckline. I layered the top with my bisque Pointed Lace Top Extender from Grace and Lace. I'm telling you the Grace and Lace extenders have added so much polish to my clothes since I purchased them. If you're looking for an easy way to make an ordinary top took extra stylish, invest in a lace extender and thank me later!
I also styled the outfit with a few layered gold Gorjana necklaces, a long gray Old Navy cardigan (similar), BlankNYC jeans, brown suede booties, my rose gold ceramic watch (similar), Gorjana shimmer bar bracelet, and a simple stretch bracelet to tie in the blue from the denim.
This was such a great outfit for fall. Bright orange isn't a color that I venture to wear very often, but it was softened by the cream color of the top extender, the gray sweater and the denim. I decided to keep the Marcos Crochet Neckline Top and I can't wait to wear it again.
Palvin Crochet Detail Top
Layla also included a blue crochet top in my fix this month. The blue and red sleeveless Palvin Crochet Detail Top from Skies are Blue ($54) was the perfect top for end-of-summer picnics. It looked great with my BlankNYC jeans and was the perfect blend of stylish, casual, and comfortable.
I layered the top with my usual white white Old Navy tank top, my silver Kate Spade watch and my Mother of Pearl Elisa necklace from Kendra Scott. Since the slightest hint of air conditioning leaves me feeling cold during the summer months, I added a lightweight white cardigan (similar) to the outfit.
I really liked this top, but ultimately decided not to keep it because it was a little bit shorter than I like to wear tops and blouses. It was also an extra-small. My style profile deliberately was set to x-small for blouses because I mostly receive flowy sleeveless blouses with oversized armholes. Having the smaller size on my style profile helped remedy this problem, but sometimes I get a typical blouse that isn't flowy and is just a little smaller than I am comfortable wearing.
I'm sad that this blouse wasn't a keeper because I loved the style of it.
See the Rest of My Fix
With three fabulous items already tried on, my bargain Stitch Fix shipment continues on the next page of this post. I positively loved one item and wasn't too crazy about the other. Any guesses which was which? Click the image below to find out and enter to win one of 5 $40 Stitch Fix gift cards in honor of my 40th fix!