October has arrived and, thank goodness, so have the cooler temperatures. September was unseasonably warm in Michigan and it feels so nice to finally break out the cozy layers. My October Stitch Fix shipment was perfect for the fall transition and I am happy to report that my stylist Jenn is starting to figure out a little more about me, my personal style, and my wardrobe needs. This really was a great fix and a fun one to share on the blog.
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Stitch Fix Keeps Getting Better
I know you've heard me talk about Stitch Fix a million times before. This is my 64th shipment from them and the reason I keep getting fixes in the mail is because the service is that good. I love how convenient it is to complete my style profile online and schedule a fix. From there, my personal stylist reviews all of my clothing and size preferences, then hand picks 5 items just for me and ships them to my door. I love that I can request specific types of clothing (like clothes that pair perfectly with leggings or a mini capsule wardrobe) and she will try her best to send exactly what I need. Stitch Fix also offers specialty styling services – including petite, plus and maternity styling. I've done a lot of research on other online styling services and no other company can touch Stitch Fix in diversity of people and body types that they serve.
Stitch Fix also offers menswear through Stitch Fix Men – which recently expanded its offerings to include Big & Tall sizing. The menswear collection also includes extended tailored clothing from brands you know and love (such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Bonobos, Tommy Hilfiger, and Calvin Klein). As if that wasn't enough, Stitch Fix Men also now offers performance wear from top brands like The North Face, Nike, and Adidas.
And now, with the recent launch of Stitch Fix Kids, even the busiest family can dress well with minimal effort. There are so many amazing reasons to use Stitch Fix, I'm amazed more people looking to simplify and remove time-consuming tasks from their life haven't tried it yet.
If you're already a Stitch Fix customer, I have big news for you, too. Your Stitch Fix account now shows every item you've ever purchased from Stitch Fix – with a photo, the brand, item name and the date of purchase. I can't tell you how excited I am about this feature! Stitch Fix is slowly rolling “My Items” out to their customers – I hope you have it already too! Right now, the information is only available when I access my account from a computer, but I know of several people who are also seeing the information in the Stitch Fix app on their phone.
I love, love, LOVE all of these improvements and they're just more reasons to love this styling service. Now are you ready to see what arrived in my October Stitch Fix box?
Breton Button Detail Knit Top
Jenn sent the absolute cutest sweater my way when she included a red and white stripe Breton Button Detail Knit Top from Market & Spruce ($48). This was such a great, classic, preppy sweater. It was a perfect fit and had the sweetest button detail along the shoulders (which were hiding under my crazy locks of hair that day.)
I decided to amp up the sweater's playful style and pair it with a classic pair of dark skinny jeans (these are my current favorite), my white Converse Shoreline sneakers, my Kate Spade watch and a simple silver knot necklace. I loved this outfit so, so much and was very tempted to keep the sweater. The only thing holding me back was that it felt like a perfect look for late spring or early summer – definitely not the crisp, cool weather of October. This top would have been guaranteed to sit in my closet for the next six months and I didn't want to purchase something that I wouldn't be motivated to wear until April. Sadly, the Breton Button Detail Knit Top was going back, but it was so much fun to try on.
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Classic Alpargata Printed Canvas Flat
Ever since I spotted a pair of Toms Del Rey sneakers someone else's fix in a Stitch Fix Facebook group, I have been requesting a pair to try on in my own fix. They must be very popular shoes because the Del Rey style hasn't come my way yet. Last month, Jenn was able to send a pair of Cabrillo Canvas Lace Up Sneakers, but the black and white color scheme made them look like bowling shoes and I sent them right back.
This month, Jenn still wasn't able to get her hands on a pair of Del Rey sneakers, but she did send a cute navy printed pair of Toms Classic Alpargata Printed Canvas Flat ($55). I've actually never tried on a classic pair of Toms before and I was curious to see how they looked on my feet, even if it wasn't the style that I requested. I especially loved the chambray coloring of this pair.
The Toms were super-cute, but definitely too small. I somehow managed to cram my feet into them for a quick photo, but they were absolutely getting returned. Which is ok, because the shoes made my feet look long and skinny (which is what I expected and exactly the reason I had never tried on a pair of classic Toms before). I know a lot of women love their Toms (and my husband adores their new line of dress shoes – he even got a pair in his most recent fix), but the Classic Toms aren't for me. These were going back for sure.
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Ansell Dolman Knit Top
When I looked at the third item in my fix, a gray Ansell Dolman Knit Top from Market & Spruce ($48), I did a double take. It looked familiar. Really familiar. I honestly thought for a second that I had received the exact same top in a previous fix. I dug around in the new “My Items” section of my Stitch Fix account and as it turns out, I had not received the exact same top, but the one I received this time around was incredibly similar to the Karlotta Hooded Doman Knit Top that came in my legging-friendly fix last winter. Even though the tops are different brands, they are both in-house Stitch Fix brands, so I'm pretty sure that even the fabric was the same.
Truth be told, I preferred this newer Ansell Dolman Knit Top to my the gray and white stripe dolman knit top that is already in my closet. Hooded tops tend to feel a little heavy around my neck and I really liked that this top didn't have a hood. I styled the gray knit top with my silver Kate Spade watch, my silver knot necklace, the same skinny jeans and my gray Keds.
Despite the fact that the Ansell Dolman Knit Top fit great and was perfect for my lifestyle, I couldn't justify keeping it. I ultimately decided to send this top back as well.
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W NK PWR HPR CROP
The next item in my fix was W NK PWR HPR CROP from Nike ($60). These leggings were unbelievably comfortable. They put all the other leggings in my closet to shame because they were the perfect blend of comfort and compression. I felt like all my stomach was sucked in and smoothed out, but not to the point that the leggings were uncomfortable to wear or that the very top of the pants was digging in to my stomach – which happens a lot when I wear compression leggings.
For the past several weeks, I've been trying to take a daily walk with Dessa to help get myself back in shape and get us both out of the house for a bit. Sometimes I push her in our new stroller and sometimes I wear her in our Ergobaby 360 carrier. No matter which way we travel, the walk is always brisk. I was so tempted to keep these because they would be perfect for our morning walks. I especially loved the built-in side pocket for carrying a phone. I often end up carrying my phone in my hand when I'm wearing my leggings on a walk. The built-in pocket would be such a great convenience.
I ultimately decided to return the Nike W NK PWR HPR CROP. Once I had them on, I noticed they had a bit of a sheen to them – which was fine for working out or a daily walk, but they looked too “athletic” for the kinds of tops I always wear. Had I kept the leggings, I would have only worn them for my daily walk and then immediately changed into something else. It just didn't seem very practical.
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Lidy Cowl Neck Knit Top
With only one item left to try on, I wasn't sure how this fix would end up. It was so promising, but here I was without any keepers and only one item left in my fix: a blue Lidy Cowl Neck Knit Top from Olive & Oak ($54). When I first saw this top in my Stitch Fix app, I wasn't exactly over-the-moon. It looked ok, but I wasn't exactly excited about about this particular sweater. But I could tell that Jenn had selected the Lidy Cowl Neck Knit Top thoughtfully because it was neutral, casual and machine washable (three qualities I always appreciate and often request from my Stitch Fix clothes).
I tried on the Lidy Cowl Neck Knit Top and instantly fell in love. I didn't realize how incredibly soft the top was until I was wearing it. The sweater was also the perfect blend of lightweight and incredibly cozy. It was the perfect top to pack for our first family vacation at Mackinac Island. Needless to say, this one was a keeper!
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What I Kept from my October Stitch Fix box
Here's a quick recap of what I kept (and returned) from my October Stitch Fix box:
Breton Button Detail Knit Top from Market & Spruce ($48) – return
Classic Alpargata Printed Canvas Flat from Toms ($55) – return
Ansell Dolman Knit Top from Market & Spruce ($48) – return
W NK PWR HPR CROP from Nike ($60) – return
Lidy Cowl Neck Knit Top from Olive & Oak ($54) – KEEP
$50 Stitch Fix Giveaway
The best part of writing a monthly Stitch Fix box review is sharing a little of the fun with you! This month I'm happy to giveaway another $50 Stitch Fix gift card to one lucky blog reader. Use the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!
One last thing before you go! If you follow the blog often, you already know how much I love Stitch Fix. You may also know that I occasionally receive boxes from Trunk Club and that I recently discovered Wantable. There are so many great personalized style boxes out there, I plan to change things up a bit from this point forward. I will always share a clothing box review of some sort on the first of the month, but it won't always be Stitch Fix. Instead, I plan to rotate which box I feature at the beginning of the month (and I even hope to share a bonus box review mid-way through some months). I love getting these boxes in the mail and I know how much you enjoy reading them, but if I keep going down this rabbit hole, I won't have time to share any other type of content on the blog (and I will probably go broke in the process!) I'm already planning a second review to share with you in mid-October. Stay tuned for more fun … and more sneak appearances from Dessa!
Thanks to Erika Christine Photography for another great set of photos.