The holidays have arrived and so has Michigan's cold winter weather! Time to break out the warm, cozy layers! My Stitch Fix stylist, Kate, sent several pieces in my fix this month that are warm, comfy and perfect for the winter season. I am so excited to share my cozy winter fix with you! We're also collaborating with my favorite facebook group to give away a $300 Stitch Fix gift card to one lucky Crazy Together reader this month, so you'll definitely want to read all the way to the end of this post.
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Before I dive into my fix, let me back up a step and explain exactly what Stitch Fix is and why I love it so much. Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service. I LOVE it because I never can find time to shop, but I love new clothes.
What Is Stitch Fix?
With Stitch Fix, I have an online style profile (which is totally free to set up) and a personal stylist. Whenever I'm ready to receive a fix, I simply log in to my account and schedule my fix. Then my personal stylist will review my style profile and hand-pick five items just for me. She has all of my size information, price preferences and she even knows that I love skinny pants and neutral colors.
The five items arrive at my door and I get to try them on in the convenience of my home. I keep what I love, ship back the items I don't, and check out online. Shipping and return are both free. It costs $20 to receive a fix, but that money is discounted from the price of whatever I choose to keep.
And just in case you're wondering about the clothes – well, they're pretty fabulous. I have a closet full of beautiful and interesting pieces that I've purchased from Stitch Fix over the years. Every time a colleague compliments something I'm wearing, they ask if I bought it from Stitch Fix. I always smile and let them know that if they notice the clothes enough to complement me, it definitely came from Stitch Fix. The clothes in my closet that aren't from Stitch Fix are the items people never really notice. Not only that, but most of the clothes Stitch Fix carries are designed exclusively for the company – which makes them truly special since they aren't available online or in stores.
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My Warm and Cozy Winter Fix
Now that I've had a chance to gush a little about Stitch Fix, I am SO excited to share my fix with you this month. I had four amazing pieces, and then one item that just wasn't for me. You'll see what I mean in a minute. But my, oh my, the rest of my fix was so good and I can't wait to tell you all about it.
Agata Pocketed Flannel Shirt
I was thrilled to find a versatile button down shirt in this fix and reached right for the Agata Pocketed Flannel Shirt by Statement ($64). There were so many things to love about this top. I was still breastfeeding at the time, and I loved having a nursing-friendly top. I also loved that it was in a neutral color and the navy was a great twist on a traditional buffalo check plaid.
These days, I am all about functional style that is comfortable. I'm always sitting on the floor to play with Dessa. Leggings have become my pants of choice and I love any top that I can pair with leggings (these are my favorite) to give the appearance that I tried to look nice, even though I'm extra comfy. The Agata Pocketed Flannel Shirt did just that! Throw on a Kate Spade watch and some riding boots (similar here) and I'm ready to go and face the world!
To give the outfit an extra little pop, I layered a lace top extender from Grace and Lace under the flannel shirt. I own several top extenders, but the light cream cream scalloped lace extender is my favorite. It pairs nicely with so many items in my closet and looks so sophisticated under a basic top.
I loved the Agata Pocketed Flannel Shirt and it was easy to style for cold weather, but I was curious how much extra use I could get out of the shirt when the weather starts to warm up a bit later this spring, so I had a little fun styling it a second way.
This time around, I added a basic pair of gray tennis shoes (similar here) and my Liverpool stretch jeans. I adore these jeans. They have amazing stretch and are just as comfortable as my leggings. I loved this look so much. It made me wish that we could skip winter completely and jump ahead to warmer weather.
And PS – did I mention that the Agata Pocketed Flannel Shirt had pockets?!?! You read that correctly – pockets on a shirt! Having the convenience of pockets was perfect, especially since my leggings and stretch jeans don't have pockets. This way, I didn't have to sacrifice function for comfort.
I loved the Agata Pocketed Flannel Shirt. It had so many great qualities (including the fact that it was machine washable) and I was seriously tempted to make it the keeper from my fix this month. I still had four more items to try on, so I wasn't ready to commit to quite yet, but it was definitely in the running!
RECREATE THE LOOK
Monta Knit Pullover Sweatshirt
The second item I tried on from my cozy winter fix was a pale purple Monta Knit Pullover Sweatshirt by Ink Love & Peace ($54). After 3 years of receiving monthly fixes, I have a closet filled with great clothes to wear out on the town or to work. What I don't have a lot of are casual items that are easy to care for and look nice to wear around the house. I basically have 2 types of clothes: nice clothes for when I see people and crummy easy care clothes that I look like a bum in, without very many options in between. Which is why I was so excited to try on the Monta Knit Pullover Sweatshirt. It was machine washable, comfortable, and looked great. Really great.
Best of all, I didn't have to think twice about wearing it around Dessa. My sweet girl has been battling some pretty intense acid reflux for the past few months and our laundry load has increased exponentially from all of the spit up. I learned to be extra-cautious after Dessa claimed which piece I should kept last month by spitting up on the sleeve. Thankfully, she spit up on one of the best items in my fix, but easy care items are a top-priority in the Gavin household.
The Monta Knit Pullover Sweatshirt is machine washable, which means I can stock up on all the Dessa snuggles I want without worrying about whether or not she spits up on me.
Styling the Monta Knit Pullover Sweatshirt for every day use was a no brainer! I slipped on my stretchy Liverpool denim skinny jeans and a pair of gray tennis shoes (similar here). On days that I'm feeling extra fancy, I can add my silver Kate Spade watch and a Kendra Scott Elisa necklace. Done and done!
I was torn about whether or not to keep the plaid flannel shirt, but I loved the color of the Monta Knit Pullover Sweatshirt too much to send it back. Plus, it was $10 cheaper than the flannel. This item was a definite keeper.
RECREATE THE LOOK
Illinois Square Scarf
I always love a good scarf, so I was overjoyed to see that Kate included the Illinois Square Scarf by Shiraleah ($38) in my cozy winter fix. Plaid scarves are always a winter essential, but I love how the non-traditional colors made this particular scarf an updated twist on the classic plaid scarf. The comination of olive green and purplish-gray were great playful neutrals. The scarf even had a touch of olive and blush – all of which complimented the light purple sweatshirt I was already wearing.
I kept on the sweatshirt and styled a look to help keep me warm and dry as we move into winter weather. The glossy black hunter boots were a great start. Now I just need to throw on my green Andrew Marc coat (which is also from Stitch Fix – check it out here) and I'm good to go on a cold day.
RECREATE THE LOOK
Hampton Skinny Corduroy
My Stitch Fix stylist Kate included a navy blue pair of straight leg Edyson corduroy pants in my fix last month. They were a great fit and gorgeous color – I just didn't love the straight leg style. Kate took note of my feedback and tried the corduroy trend again. This time with a dark gray pair of the Hampton Skinny Corduroy by Edyson ($68).
These were great pants. Once again a perfect fit and they were slim enough to wear with a tall pair of riding boots. The only issue this time was the color. When I tried wearing the gray pants with my black riding boots, they looked like they were faded from too many cycles in the washer. And they really didn't look right with my brown riding boots either. Luckily, my Lovestruck Tieks were the perfect shoe. This warm metallic pair of flats has many different shades of bronze, brown and gold and they were the perfect compliment to the outfit.
People ask about my Tieks all the time. I've owned my Lovestruck pair for over three years and they are absolutely the most comfortable pair of shoes in my closet. I shared what I love about Tieks (as well as a few not-so-great things that I've learned over the years) in my honest Tieks review.
As for the pants, the Hampton Skinny Corduroy was a great fit. The color just wasn't right for me, so the pants were going back.
RECREATE THE LOOK
Sienna Side Button Detail Sweater
I know it may seem like I always get the best clothes in my fix, but every once in a while, a dud comes my way. Either the item doesn't fit right, or isn't my style at all. As soon as I laid eyes on the Sienna Side Button Detail Sweater by RD Style ($64), I was pretty sure that the sweater wasn't for me. And when I put it on, I knew for sure that this sweater wasn't right for me at all. Not only was the Sienna Side Button Detail Sweater off the mark from my style, but it felt like there just wasn't enough sweater to adequately cover me. I was so tempted to skip the photos and throw it right into my return envelope, but I also knew some readers would be curious. So, I dug through my closet to style it as best I could and smiled awkwardly for a few photos.
Let's start with the part of the sweater that I did like – the buttons. Stitch Fix always has clothes with a fun and interesting twist, which I love. The button detail on the Sienna Side Button Detail Sweater was no exception. They transformed a basic green sweater into something truly special. Unfortunately, the buttons alone couldn't save this sweater for me.
For my personal style, this sweater had some fit issues. Technically, my body did fit into the sweater, but it was a little on the short side and didn't hit my hips as low as I would have liked. The sleeves were also about four inches too short. I have long arms and this is a problem I have encountered frequently in the past from other retailers. It's not that the sleeves were too short for the average person – they were just too short for me.
The other issue I had with the Sienna Side Button Detail Sweater was that the style of knit wasn't for me. It's a bit difficult for me to describe, but the knit was fairly loose and medium weight, which made the sweater a little more clingy than I care for. I like to wear clothes that have some structure and don't cling – this sweater really didn't have any structure at all and I felt like it enhanced all of my curves.
So there I was, trying to style sweater that was shorter and tighter than I felt comfortable wearing. My rule of thumb when getting dressed is that one part of my clothes can be fitted, and the other part can be a bit more baggy. Since the sweater was fitted, i couldn't wear it with my usual skinny jeans, any day pants or leggings. Which meant I had to dig for a pair of pants with extra room in the legs. The green yarn and brown buttons paired nicely with khaki so I slipped on a pair of flare leg khaki pants to help balance things out. Shoes also proved to be a challenge. I've been on the hunt for a brown pair of pointy-toed flats to wear with my khakis during the winter months. I still haven't found the perfect shoe, so I ripped the strings out of my black ghillie flats and wore them in a pinch – which brings me to the photo below. Please excuse the fact that the whole look is slightly off the mark!
What I Kept From My Cozy Winter Fix
Trying to keep track of what I decided to keep and return from my winter fix? Here's a quick recap! What would you have kept?
Agata Pocketed Flannel Shirt by Statement ($64) – return
Monta Knit Pullover Sweatshirt by Ink Love & Peace ($54) – KEEP
Illinois Square Scarf by Shiraleah ($38) – return
Hampton Skinny Corduroy by Edyson ($68) – return
Sienna Side Button Detail Sweater by RD Style ($64) – return
Thank you to the very talented Erika from Erika Christine Photography for the beautiful photos!
Add A Cozy Touch to Your Winter Wardrobe
If the cold winter weather has you longing for something warm and comfortable, you are in luck! I gathered some links to items I own and similar pieces to what arrived in my cozy winter fix this month. Happy shopping!
Give the Gift of Stitch Fix
The holidays are upon us! Have you decided what to give to your best friend, mom, or sister? I LOVE giving and receiving Stitch Fix gift cards because they are so much more than just a gift card. Nothing's better than being treated to a fix. It's a great personal way to shop and unlike purchasing clothes, there's no worrying about whether the item will be a good fit. With Stitch Fix, it's always a good fit that's just her style. Stitch Fix offers petite, plus, and maternity size styling – which makes a Stitch Fix gift card the perfect gift for any woman – you can purchase a Stitch Fix gift card here.
And don't forget the man in your life! Rob loves Stitch Fix Men – and I love the clothes his stylist sends each month!
Join the Newest Stitch Fix Facebook Group
The only thing I love more than trying on my Stitch Fix clothes is talking about the clothes inside! I love sharing my thoughts and experience with you on the blog and I especially love your comments and feedback. I've recently discovered the Stitch Fix Help & Reveals Facebook group and I absolutely love it. Zero promotions are permitted, so you won't find any self-promotion. The entire group is filled with other Stitch Fix customers that just love sharing photos of what arrived in their fix and getting feedback from other group members. I pop into the group a few times a week to catch up and I love seeing what everyone got in their fix – especially if it's something that I own too! Come join the discussion and the fun!
Enter to Win a $300 Stitch Fix Gift Card
I have a little Stitch Fix fun to share with you once again this month – we are teaming up with some other Stitch Fix bloggers in the Stitch Fix Help & Reveals Facebook Group to give away a $300 Stitch Fix gift card! Use the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!