For the past few months, I've pretty much been hooked on leggings. They've become my favorite go-to pair of pants and really what's not to love? They're affordable, versatile and incredibly comfortable. Not only that, but a great pair of black leggings can easily be dressed up or down for the occasion. I have worn black leggings with riding boots into the classroom more times than I can count this year, but they are also the perfect weekend gear when paired with a comfy shirt and a pair of tennis shoes. The only obstacle standing between me and a 7-day-a-week legging uniform is what to wear on top. In order for leggings to operate independently as pants, it's imperative that they be worn with a shirt, sweater, or tunic with long enough coverage in the front and the back.
This month, I decided to fully embrace black leggings and requested a legging-friendly shipment from my Stitch Fix stylist. Needless to say, it was one of the coziest fixes I've ever tried on, without sacrificing style.
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What Is Stitch Fix?
I promise to share all of the details and photos from my legging-friendly fix soon, but before I do, let me tell you a little bit about Stitch Fix.
Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service that matches customers with their own personal stylist. Getting started is easy. Just go to StitchFix.com and build your style profile. The online questionnaire only takes about 10 minutes to complete and it gives you a chance to share so many details about your personal style, sizes, and budget preferences with your personal stylist.
When you are ready, you can schedule your very first fix and will be matched with a personal stylist. Your stylist will review your style profile and hand-pick five items just for you. The clothes will be mailed right to your door for you to try on in the privacy of your own home at a time that is convenient for you. Keep the items you love, return the ones you don't, and check out online.
Curious about the cost? No need to worry! You will be charged a $20 Styling Fee when your fix ships, but shipping and returns are absolutely free. Better yet, the $20 is automatically deducted from the cost of any items you choose to keep from your fix. And best of all, you get to set the budget when you build your style profile. Love splurging on premium jeans, but prefer to buy budget-friendly top? No problem. You have the ability to set price limits for different types of clothes within your style profile.
Simply put, Stitch Fix is my favorite way to shop for clothes. Life at the Gavin household is busy and I have many different hats and responsibilities to juggle. I am perpetually pressed for time, but that doesn't stop me from wanting to dress well. Even if I'm just chasing a baby around the house, I like to wear comfortable clothes that are stylish and still make me feel special. If you feel at all pressed for time (or perhaps you just hate shopping), it's time to give Stitch Fix a try.
Cori Released Pleat Tunic
The first item I tried on was the Cori Released Pleat Tunic from Market & Spruce ($64). The black blouse was soft, flattering, and a perfect fit and the pleating detail took the style up a notch. Initially, I kept things simple and dressed in black from head to toe with the blouse, leggings, and black riding boots. I kept the jewelry simple by wearing my silver Kate Spade watch and white & silver Kendra Scott Elisa necklace.
This is the time of year where I start feeling a little desperate for spring and I long to bring a lightness into my wardrobe. The thought of dressing in all black doesn't hold much interest to me, so I got a little more creative with my styling. I grabbed my go-to denim jacket from Old Navy and a beaded tassel necklace. And just like that, I was one step closer to being ready for spring.
The best part of refreshing the look with a denim jacket was that I actually added an extra layer of warmth (since Michigan still has several weeks until consistent warm weather will arrive) but I was able to trick myself into feeling like spring is just around the corner.
This blouse was such a classic piece and I could picture myself wearing this outfit every week. It was stylish, professional enough to wear to in the classroom, and yet also secretly comfortable from the leggings. The Cori Released Pleat Tunic was definitely worth considering as a new addition to my closet.
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Cece Ruffle Hem Tunic
After trying on one amazing piece from my legging-friendly fix, I couldn't wait to see what else my stylist, Kate, had sent in my Stitch Fix box this month. I took off the black blouse and replaced it with the Cece Ruffle Hem Tunic from Hazel ($68). The plaid 3/4 sleeve top was another perfect fit and I loved the surprise ruffle detail in the back.
I was a little bit worried that the ruffle would add a little too much fullness in an area I don't particularly want to enlarge. As it turns out, the ruffle wasn't an issue at all! It just added a fun little pop in the back without drawing too much attention to my rear end or adding too much fullness. Yay!
I loved the idea of the Cece Ruffle Hem Tunic, but it had a few obstacles standing between it and my closet. First of all, the plaid wasn't centered properly on the shirt and it ran on an angle. Once I noticed that that the lines did not run perfectly vertical or horizontal, I couldn't unsee the slanted lines.
The other issue I had with the tunic was the length in front. As I mentioned, the plaid shirt had great coverage in the back, but the front hem was a little shorter than I prefer to wear with leggings. The top would have been great with a pair of jeans, but the front length was just a little too short for my comfort level. Luckily, this issue was easily remedied by layering a black scallop lace top extender from Grace & Lace under the plaid top. This gave the Cece Ruffle Hem Tunic great front coverage and added a touch of whimsy to the overall look.
Even after styling the Cece Ruffle Hem Tunic with my black top extender, the decision to send the top back was an easy one. The gray/black color combo was a little too drab for my taste and the diagonal cut of the plaid sealed the deal. I quickly decided to return this top to Stitch Fix.
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Sonole Open Cardigan
Not every item in my legging-friendly fix was dark and wintry. Kate also sent a few lighter pieces in my shipment, which made my heart go pitter-patter! I adored the light gray color of the Sonole Open Cardigan from RD Style ($68) that she sent my way and I couldn't wait to try it on. The cardigan was easy to style with a basic white v-neck t-shirt, a white tank for extra coverage, and a pair of gray Keds.
I loved this whole look and it was perfect for lounging around the house, running weekend errands, or even taking Dessa for a stroll through the neighborhood.
I absolutely adored this cardigan. The proportions were perfect for my body. I loved the length, the weight of the sweater, and the tailoring of the sleeves. Unfortunately, the $68 price tag was a little more than I wanted to spend for a basic gray cardigan. I felt like I could get a similar sweater from Old Navy or Kohl's. If I'm going to spend $65 on a top or sweater, I like it to have a detail or quality that makes it feel extra special. Since this sweater felt like a basic closet staple, I decided to send it back.
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Karlotta Hooded Dolman Knit Top
Luckily, a great cardigan wasn't the only spring item that Kate included in my March Stitch Fix box. She also sent a light gray Karlotta Hooded Dolman Knit Top from 41 Hawthorn ($58). I had a good feeling right away when I saw this top and I couldn't wait to try it on!
The Karlotta Hooded Dolman Knit Top fit great and was the perfect blend of tailored + oversized to make me look put together, but conceal any post-baby areas that I may not be 100% comfortable flaunting these days. Best of all, the dolman top was machine washable and great for spending time cuddling with Dessa. It also didn't hurt that we were twinning that day!
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I'll get back to the review in just a second, but before I do, allow me to indulge in a little baby cuteness for anyone who needs a smile!
Vena Woven Back Sweater
Ok, back to the fix … Kate also included a black Vena Woven Back Sweater by Evolution by Cyrus ($64) in my legging-friendly fix. Now, if you've read this far in the blog post, you already know that I'm partial to lighter colors and and not really a fan of black tops at this point because I'm ready to say goodbye to winter.
With that in mind, here's how I saved this top and seriously considered keeping it: gray tennis shoes. Wearing boots with this outfit was entirely too wintry, but adding a light pair of tennis shoes breathed a lightness into the ensemble.
With the winter blues no longer a concern, I could focus my attention on the playful style of the Vena Woven Back Sweater. As the name implies, something interesting was happening in the back of the top. This sweater had a fun lightweight woven back with the sweetest little white polka dots. The woven fabric was light, airy, and had a fun bounce to it. This lightweight sweater was definitely worth contemplating as a keeper!
It is worth noting that the Vena Woven Back Sweater was also a touch shorter in the front than I am usually comfortable wearing with leggings. Just like the plaid top, this problem was easily remedied by wearing a black scallop lace top extender from Grace and Lace underneath the sweater. The extender added a playful punch and also provided the extra coverage I needed.
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What I Kept from My Legging-Friendly Fix
Rob and I keep a pretty tight budget in the Gavin household, which usually prevents me from splurging to purchase all of the items in my fix, and this month was no exception. We only had room in the budget for me to keep one item from this month's fix and there were a few items that I really loved. I ultimately decided to keep the Karlotta Hooded Dolman Knit Top – it was too cute, comfortable and baby-friendly to send back!
Cori Released Pleat Tunic from Market & Spruce ($64) – return
Cece Ruffle Hem Tunic from Hazel ($68) – return
Sonole Open Cardigan from RD Style ($68) – return
Karlotta Hooded Dolman Knit Top from 41 Hawthorn ($58) – KEEP
Vena Woven Back Sweater by Evolution by Cyrus ($64) – return
Which item would you have kept?
Thank you to Erika Christine Photography for the wonderful photos!
$250 Stitch Fix Giveaway
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