Spring has finally arrived, but I'm not quite ready to pack away all the warm layers yet. Living in Michigan means that the transition into spring is usually cold, slow, and mixed with a few April snow showers in addition to the typical rain shower. My Stitch Fix shipment this month included several pieces in fresh colors and a variety of fabrics to help me gradually transition into warmer temperatures.
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A Little About Stitch Fix
If you're brand new to the blog or you've been admiring my Stitch Fix photos for a while, but aren't quite sure how Stitch Fix works, here's everything you need to know at a glance:
What is Stitch Fix? Stitch Fix is an online styling service that pairs customers with a personal stylist. Getting started is fast, easy and FREE. All you need to do is visit StitchFix.com and build your style profile. The online questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete and gives you a chance to share everything your stylist might need to know about your budget, size information, style preferences, even your favorite colors to wear. It's totally free to create a style profile and you are not obligated to purchase anything by filling it out.
How does Stitch Fix work? Whenever you are ready, you can schedule your first Stitch Fix delivery. At that point, you will be matched with a personal stylist who will review your style profile and hand-pick five items just for you based on the information you provided in your stye profile. The clothes will be shipped right to your door and you have three days to try the items on in the convenience of your home. Keep the items you love, check out online, and return any unwanted clothes in the shipping envelope included in your fix.
How much does Stitch Fix cost? The service costs $20, but shipping and returns are free and your $20 styling fee is automatically deducted from the price of any clothes you choose to keep. Stitch Fix also offers a 25% buy-all discount for customers who choose to purchase all five items in their fix.
How often can I receive a fix? Do I have to subscribe? Many customers choose to set up monthly Stitch Fix shipments, but it does not have to be a subscription service. Customers can choose to automate their fixes to arrive every two-three weeks, every month, every other month or every three months. If you don't want to be locked in to a specific interval of time, that's perfectly fine as well. Stitch Fix also allows customers to log in and arrange just one fix at a time whenever it is convenient for them.
Who is Stitch Fix for? Stitch Fix offers styling services for men and women, including petite, plus, and maternity styles. My husband, Rob, receives a fix from Stitch Fix Men every three months and I loved getting maternity fixes while I was pregnant with my daughter, Dessa. The service is perfect for everyone.
Now that you're all filled in on how Stitch Fix works, let me show you what arrived in my fix this month.
Zunie Drawstring Cowl Neck Pullover
We are still in the throes of chilly Michigan weather, so I naturally reached for the warmest item that Kate included in my April fix: a beautiful coral Zunie Drawstring Cowl Neck Pullover from Loveappella ($54). This sweater was very reminiscent of the Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt (which was also coral and from Loveappella) that I received in my 18th fix. I love that sweatshirt and have gotten so much use out of it. I couldn't wait to try on the Zunie Drawstring Cowl Neck Pullover. The sweatshirt fit great and featured a nice lightweight fabric. Admittedly, it won't keep me very warm on a particularly chilly spring day, but this piece would be great for the transition into spring.
These days, I dress for style and practicality so I kept things simple with the Zunie Drawstring Cowl Neck Pullover. I wore the sweatshirt with my favorite pair of comfy jeans, a simple pair of gray tennis shoes, a white and silver Kendra Scott necklace, and my Kate Spade watch.
Zunie Drawstring Cowl Neck Pullover fit great and was a lovely color, but I decided to return this item from my fix. A few years ago, I was crazy for all things coral, but I've found myself reaching for blush and neutral tones far more often than bright colors over the past year. I just didn't love the color enough to justify keeping the sweatshirt.
RECREATE THE LOOK
Lilliani Pullover Sweater
The next item I tried on was a cute, preppy Lilliani Pullover Sweater from 41 Hawthorn ($58), which featured black and cream stripes with a couple red stripes thrown in for fun. There was no need to change jeans, shoes, or jewelry (I told you I've been keeping it basic!) A simple change of the sweater transformed the entire look.
This was a great comfortable sweater and I loved the cheery pop of unexpected color. Even though the Lilliani Pullover Sweater was super-fun and a perfect fit, I decided to send it back. Every woman has one area that is the first to plump up when she gains a few pounds. For me, that area is my midsection. The tailored fit of the sweater combined with the horizontal stripes just left me feeling a little less-than-comfortable while wearing it. I decided to send the Lilliani Pullover Sweater back to Stitch Fix.
RECREATE THE LOOK
Ethan Split Hem Capri Skinny Jean
Ethan Split Hem Capri Skinny Jean from Just Black ($78) that Kate also sent in my fix this month. To be fair, they were a beautiful shade of red with a touch of coral that made them feel super-springy. Even though I was quite sure that I would not be keeping the pants, I tried wearing them with the Lilliani Pullover Sweater. Dessa was a little bit upset to be missing out on the fun, so we had a couple quick snuggles while I tried them on.
The pants were a perfect fit, which really wasn't a surprise to me at all. I'm not at all sure how they do it, but Stitch Fix consistently manages to send great-fitting pants my way. The Ethan Split Hem Capri Skinny Jean was fitted without being too tight and also didn't feel like they would be likely to sag with wear at all. I had a little fun playing up the contrast of this look by pairing the sweater and pants with a pair of black converse shoes, and a Kendra Scott bracelet and necklace with white stones.
The Ethan Split Hem Capri Skinny Jeans were a little too bold for my taste, so I didn't surprise myself by deciding to send them back. But they were a great fit and I would be curious to try on another pair in a different color.
RECREATE THE LOOK
Monisa Embroidered Blouse
This fix also included a few lightweight tops that will be nice to have when the warm weather finally arrives, like the Monisa Embroidered Blouse from Skies are Blue ($54). The blouse featured a print with bright red flowers along the hemline, which paired nicely with the Ethan Split Hem Capri Skinny Jeans and a pair of gray tennis shoes.
I prefer wearing tops with large-scale prints to small prints, but I did love the sweetness of the flower detail.
After having my fill of the bright red pants, I decided to pair the Monisa Embroidered Blouse with my go-to pair of comfortable jeans. I instantly felt so much more like myself.
The top was soft, lightweight and oh-so comfortable and the embroidery along the neckline was very pretty. The Monisa Embroidered Blouse was very tempting to keep, but the dominant print was a little too busy for my taste.
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Hattie Button Down Top
The final item included in my April fix for the spring transition was a plaid Hattie Button Down Top from Tinsel ($44). I LOVE a good button down shirt and this was such a great one. It was lightweight, a pretty neutral color, cut well to flatter my figure and just generally perfect.
The top was easy to style with the same basic pieces from my closet: a pair of gray Keds, some stretchy jeans, my silver Kate Spade watch and a Kendra Scott necklace. Even though the outfit was casual and relaxed, I still looked and felt put together. This shirt was a definite keeper. I am one of those people who gets a cold just from a chilly summer breeze so I know I will get plenty of use from this top well into the summer.
RECREATE THE LOOK
What I Kept from my Spring Transition Stitch Fix Box
Sometimes the choice of what to keep from Stitch Fix can be a big challenge when you only have room in your budget to keep 1 or 2 items. For many customers, a box of five perfect items is the dream so you can scoop it all up and score the 25% buy-all discount. It may seem disappointing that I only really loved one item in my fix this month, but I don't mind at all. It's always fun to try on the pieces that my Stitch Fix stylist selected for me and I didn't have any twinges of wishing that I could keep more from my fix. Here's a quick recap of what I decided to keep (and return) from my Spring Transition Stitch Fix shipment:
Zunie Drawstring Cowl Neck Pullover from Loveappella ($54) – return
Lilliani Pullover Sweater from 41 Hawthorn ($58) – return
Ethan Split Hem Capri Skinny Jean from Just Black ($78) – return
Monisa Embroidered Blouse from Skies are Blue ($54) – return
Hattie Button Down Top from Tinsel ($44) – KEEP
Which piece of clothing would you have kept?
My Favorite Wardrobe Essentials for Spring
If you read the blog often, you probably noticed that I tend to favor wardrobe essentials that are extremely versatile over a closet full of statement pieces. Living on a budget has taught me the value of investing in good, quality pieces that can mix and match to create a variety outfits. This month's fix featured many of those items. Here are a few of my tried and true staple pieces and accessories.
Stitch Fix Giveaway
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Photos by Erika Christine Photography.