It's HERE! My first fix of the summer arrived and it was a great mix of pieces for warmer temperatures. I also love that this fix had pops of red, white and blue that are perfect for a summer barbecue or family celebration. I must admit that when I peeked at this month's fix in my Stitch Fix app, I was a little underwhelmed. I also noticed that I had a new stylist this month: Jennifer. She sent a red top and a pair of shorts in my fix. RED! SHORTS! My style is very conservative and I have a closet full of neutral pieces so neither of those items had much appeal to me. To my great surprise, I ended up keeping one of those pieces this month. This turned out to be a very surprising summer Stitch Fix review. There's also a fun treat at the end – we are giving away a $200 Stitch Fix gift card! Read all the way to the end of the post for your chance to win.
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What is Stitch Fix?
If you're new around here, you may be curious about Stitch Fix. Simply put: Stitch Fix is my favorite way to shop for clothes. I love Stitch Fix because it connects me with a personal stylist who knows my taste preferences, clothing budget, and sizes. She hand picks five items just for me and the clothes are shipped to my home. I try everything on, keep what I love, check out online, and return any unwanted items in the pre-paid shipping envelope that comes in my fix. Shipping and returns are totally free. I receive monthly fixes, but Stitch Fix is not a subscription box. You can arrange for automated fixes (which can arrive once a month, every few weeks, or once a season) or just log in and schedule one whenever it is convenient for you. Each time a fix arrives, you will be charged a $20 styling fee, but the cost of the fee is automatically deducted from the clothes you purchase from your fix. And if you choose to purchase your entire fix, you automatically save 25% on everything!
Ready to give Stitch Fix a try? Start by creating a FREE style profile. Then, log in and arrange for your first fix whenever you are ready. I'm pretty sure you will love Stitch Fix as much as I do!
Ok, on to this month's summer Stitch Fix review. I'm always excited to share a new fix with you on the blog, but I'm especially excited to share this one because it's the first fix I received in our new house!
Elsdon Crochet Trim Cotton Top
As I mentioned earlier, Jennifer included a red top in my fix this month, which is typically not my style at all. But the Elsdon Crochet Trim Cotton Top from Hazel ($54) wasn't your typical red tank top. It was red gingham, had eyelet trim and pleating along the top of it. If there was ever a red tank top to tempt me, this was it!
The Elsdon Crochet Trim Cotton Top was a perfect fit and I loved the sweet details.
It was easy to style the Elsdon Crochet Trim Cotton Top with a pair of cropped, distressed skinny jeans. (I've been looking for a flattering pair in a lighter wash and this is it!) I also played up the easy summer style with a pair of white Shoreline Converse shoes and a simple Kendra Scott Elton Station cuff bracelet. It was such as easy casual look and I was instantly tempted to keep the Eldson top.
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Cindie Printed Linen Short
If red gingham top was a bit out of my comfort zone, the Cindie Printed Linen Short from Level 99 ($78) was a downright bold choice for Jennifer to include in my fix. I have very long, very pale legs that never see the light of day. It's RARE to see me sporting a pair of shorts around the house or anywhere else. I either wear pants, leggings or skirts. That's about all. I need to be faced with a long day outside in some pretty intense summer heat to consider wearing shorts. But I always make a point of trying on everything that arrives in my fix, so on went the shorts.
I know my legs are incredibly pale, so I'm gonna need you to keep on scrolling and focus on the shorts. I own several pair of Level 99 pants and it was no surprise that they also make great fitting, super comfortable shorts. And I loved the print. It was a little bit bold, but also felt classic. And the fact that navy is such a great neutral was even better. I always love an excuse to mix two great prints and I love how fun the Cindie Printed Linen Short shorts looked with the Elsdon Crochet Trim Cotton Top.
At this point I was seriously torn about which item to keep, so I called my little assistant, Dessa, over for a second opinion. She wasn't very much help, but she sure is a sweetheart!
One more note before I move on to the third item in my fix – I get cold very easily and I always bring an extra layer along with me when I leave home in the summer. Air conditioning always makes me freeze! I absolutely loved this outfit and I threw on a white denim jacket (similar here) over the Elsdon Crochet Trim Cotton Top. Not only did the extra layer look great with the outfit, but I also felt like I was dressed a bit more conservatively.
Which look do you prefer? With the jacket or without? Either way, I was facing a tough choice between the top and shorts.
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Valya Ruffle Trim Blouse
Jennifer also sent a coral Valya Ruffle Trim Blouse from Daniel Rainn ($68) in my fix this month. A few years back, I was obsessed with all things coral and received several coral items in my fixes. Over time, my style has evolved and I don't love wearing coral as much as I used to. That being said, the Valya Ruffle Trim Blouse was gorgeous! I loved the ruffle detail along the sleeves. There are several Daniel Rainn blouses in my closet that I have purchased from Stitch Fix over the years and this was just as lovely!
This was a super-simple outfit to style. I just added a pair of white capri pants (mine are Liverpool brand – you can find a similar pair here) and my silver Kate Spade watch. I also added a delicate silver necklace that was a great Target buy and a pair of embellished white t-strap sandals (similar here).
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Elbridge Leather Ballet Flats
I received a pair of shoes in my fix this month! It's always fun to get a fix with shoes and I've been eyeing these Elbridge Leather Ballet Flats from Cole Haan ($80). The shoes had great insole cushioning and didn't seem likely to blister.
I slipped into my distressed light wash jeans and tried on the Elbridge Leather Ballet Flats with the coral top. They were a very cute neutral option.
My biggest issue when wearing flats is that most of them put too much pressure on my big toe nail and my big toes are throbbing by the end of the day. After a few minutes of wearing the Cole Haan shoes, I could already feel a little bit of pressure and I didn't want to invest in shoes that I might not wear later on. Other than that, the Elbridge Leather Ballet Flats were super-comfy while I tried them on.
I also didn't really need a new pair of neutral flats because I wear my Romantic Blush Tieks all the time. I love that they are a light neutral/beige/gold tone with just a touch of sparkle to dress up any outfit. I swapped shoes and put on my Romantic Blush Tieks really quick before trying on my last Stitch Fix outfit so you can see the difference.
I own a few pair of Tieks and they have become my go-to pair of ballet flats. People ask all the time about my Tieks – both on the blog and in public when they see me wearing a pair of them. I answered all of your questions very honestly in this blog post. If you're curious about Tieks, you might want to check it out!
Sanora Knit Maxi Dress
The fifth and final item in my fix this month was a the Sanora Knit Maxi Dress from Gilli ($78). I always love a good maxi dress, but I really don't care for wrap dresses at all. I think they are a little too clingy and accentuate all of my curves, which doesn't exactly compliment my conservative comfort zone. I've also put on a few pounds since Dessa was born last summer and the last thing I want to wear is a fitted wrap-style dress that hugs and enhances all of my curves.
The Sanora Knit Maxi Dress was a sleeveless dress, but it was extremely fitted on top and the nature of white fabric made it easy to see the very clear outline of my bra through the overlapping panels of the faux-wrap top. The best I cold do was throw a cropped denim jacket (mine is super-old but you can find a similar one here) over the dress. Suddenly, it became a great look that I felt confident in. I added my delicate knot necklace and the crystal bracelet from my wedding to dress things up a bit.
Even though I felt much more comfortable once the Sanora Knit Maxi Dress was styled, I know that I shouldn't have to hide behind a jacket to feel comfortable in an outfit. This item was definitely going to be returned. It really was a fun, preppy dress and I loved the blue and white color combo with the bold polka dot print. I'm sure this dress will look stunning on someone who can appreciate the cut of the dress.
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How to Get the Best Clothes from Stitch Fix
Jennifer is a brand new stylist to me and I have had such long-running relationships with my previous stylists (Layla styled me for over two years and Kate was my maternity and postpartum stylist) that I've gotten a little lax with my pre-fix styling notes. After receiving a bright coral top and super-clingy maxi dress, I need to do my homework and make sure my style profile is completely up-do-date. I haven't even looked at it in a long, long time and I know that my stylist is going to be depending on an updated profile as her starting point.
Even I need to get back to basics to ensure the very best fix next time. You can read my tips for getting even better fixes in this blog post.
What I Kept from My Red, White and Blue Summer Stitch Fix Box
Here's what I decided to keep from my Summer Stitch Fix Review this month:
Elsdon Crochet Trim Cotton Top from Hazel ($54) – return
Cindie Printed Linen Short from Level 99 ($78) – KEEP
Valya Ruffle Trim Blouse from Daniel Rainn ($68) – return
Elbridge Leather Ballet Flats from Cole Haan ($80) – return
Sanora Knit Maxi Dress from Gilli ($78) – return
Enter to Win a $200 Stitch Fix gift card
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