Stitch Fix #6: I found my most favorite coat in the world

I have been looking for the perfect military jacket for a year, and of course Stitch Fix found it for me! 

Before I get to that though... have you joined Stitch Fix yet?!?

Just click this link, fill out your profile, take a deep breath, trust your stylist and jump in. If Stitch Fix can convert this solemn Nordstrom shopper to never shop there anymore, they can transform anyone's shopping habits. 

Literally. I haven't shopped at Nordstrom since November, and that is saying huge things for this girl right here. In fact, I haven't shopped anywhere except to redeem my free GAP rewards points last month besides my monthly Stitch Fix shipments. 

I absolutely adore that I'm building a relationship with my stylist, she's getting to know me and what I like, and she seriously sends me things true to form. 

This month I asked Laurie to send me some open front cardigans, a pair of skinny jeans, a chambray top and to pleasepleaseprettyplease try to find me a great military jacket because I have been looking for one FOR-EV-ER. 

(Between last month's fix and this one, I found a military jacket I thought I loved at Nordstrom and bought it. More on that, later.)

So, without further delay, a review of "what's in my box" AKA my personally designed shopping trip that arrived at my front door this weekend. 

Item #1: Calistoga Airy Knit Striped Cardigan

So I really, really liked this sweater. It was super soft and super silky and I could definitely pair it with some comfy leggings or skinny jeans, but it had some bigger loops in the threading and because of that stretched out already a bit when I put it on. That, and it was $118. Yowzers. 

I am extremely picky about clothes that I spend $$$ {a lot} of money, which is basically like never. {Unless they are leather boots of course, and then I have been known to splurge...}

So if this sweater were $45 I would have absolutely kept it. But to get me to pay $118 for a sweater that is soft but already a little stretched out in the arms... no bueno. I did not keep this item. :(

Item #2: Delmont Lace Detailed Chambray Shirt

I tried this on, but you guys didn't need to see me in this. I looked like an 80s poster child who needed some ripped tights and a Madnonna-esque glove on my left hand. It also crept high up my neck and reminded me of something that I might have cringed at wearing in ten years. It was a relatively good price if you like 80s clothes... but it was not for me. {Loved the buttons though!} Sooo... needless to say I did not keep this shirt. 

Item #3: Domingo Tribal Knit Tie-Waist Cardigan

 To Laurie's credit I totally did ask for tribal print and this totally looks like it would be a cute sweater... however, it did not fit me well at. all. {However, at only $38 it was quite a steal.}

I am way too short for this sweater. I was basically wearing a bathrobe, and could think of absolutely zero outfits that I own that this sweater would look good with. If it was about a foot shorter and did not have the tie, I would consider it. But, how was Laurie supposed to know? That's the beauty of having a stylist-- I tell her what I'm looking for, she finds it, we try it, it works or doesn't and then we try again. :) I definitely didn't keep this sweater. 

Item #4: Kensie's Johnny Skinny Jeans

I soooooooo wanted to keep these jeans!

They were the thickest, softest pair of jeans I have ever felt in my life. In fact, I basically knew I was going to keep them the second I tried them on. 

However, my thighs said otherwise. 

Sadly {and maybe once track season is over this will be a different season...} the fabric was too tight on my thighs and again, for a high price (these were $88) I am very very very picky. I loved the cut, the wash, the fabric-- everything. But they were pinching my thighs and it would bug me every day. All these jeans needed was a little bit of stretch and they would have been absolutely perfect. Maybe next time... :( 

Very sadly I did not keep them.

Item #5: Pomelo Hooded Anorak Cargo Jacket

I love everything about this jacket!

This is the military jacket I have been looking for forever. In fact, I promptly returned my other military jacket at Nordstrom this weekend because it wasn't as nearly as cool or as flattering as this jacket. This was my perfect jacket embodied that I have been diligently searching for over a year for. 

{Thank you Laurie!!! This is why I like you so much.}

I love the quality, the fabric, the material-- you name it. Also, it was the exact same price as the Nordstrom jacket so no harm, no foul to my bank account. 

Even though I don't keep everything in my shipment each time, that's not necessarily the point for me. The point is that I discover new brands, have a personalized shopping experience, receive high-quality items and get to try things on in the comfort of my own room without pressure from salespeople or harsh lighting and three-paneled mirrors. 

Stitch Fix is like Christmas each month and I adore it. Can't wait until the next shipment!



Stitch Fix #5: Spring is just around the corner!

I love Stitch Fix

I am sincerely obsessed now and I highly recommend you start your own subscription with them because it basically transforms shopping. 

I never go to the mall anymore because I know that I'll be getting an awesome StitchFix shipment at the beginning of each month full of high-quality, customized pieces just for me. I love that. 

Stitch Fix also comes in way under my monthly clothing budget (which is small) and I appreciate that my stylist consistently chooses pieces that are affordable and within my range of comfort money-wise. 

If you've been intrigued to try Stitch Fix but haven't made the jump yet, now is the perfect time because spring is around the corner and you know that that means: Layering it up in Oregon. If you don't like what they send you, you can just send everything back. No harm, no foul. They also have a great return policy and a 100% satisfaction guarantee which I super appreciate. Hello Nordstrom!

Item #1: Loveappella Baltimore Chevron Striped Shirt

So I told myself that if I didn't like anything else in the box, that I could at least live with this shirt. I really don't like having to pay the $20 styling fee (which is waived if you make a purchase) so I try to make sure I love whatever it is I'm getting. I really did like this shirt and it was super different for me because I don't own any pink. It also was a flattering fit as well so I said "maybe" at first. But, I did end up loving something else so I opted not to get this shirt. For $48 I felt like I could have invested in a sweater or pants or a jacket for that money instead. Status: Did not keep.

Item #2: 41Hawthorn Julia Utility Jacket

(For the record, these pics are totally unflattering to my not-pregnant-belly. How unfortunate.)

I asked my stylist this month to start searching for spring jackets and/or military jackets. She sent this jacket which was unfortunately way too big for me, but I loved the color. Not a huge fan of the cut but the color was great. Status: Did not keep. 

Item #3: TCEC Roxanna Chevron Open Knit Cardigan

I really, really, really wanted to love this one because the cut was great and I loved the pattern. However, the sleeves were way too long and went down to my fingers when hanging. I would be rolling them up, bunching them and they would become shapeless and annoying. So for the sole reason of the too-long-sleeves, I sent it back (but it was suuuuuper soft!!). Status: Did not keep. 

Item #4: Dylan and Rose Dovette Draped Detail Dress

I told my stylist that I wanted more dresses for spring in this shipment, buuuuut I felt like I was wearing a toga. Totally not my style by any stretch of the imagination. Status: Did not keep. 

Item #5: Yumi Ava Burnout Striped Detail Belted Dress

Winner winner winner! 

I adore this dress. It is so "me" in every way, and it the perfect spring wedding/teaching/date night dress. It is extremely soft and the detail is actually this metallic-y see through material that shimmers. I also reversed the belt because I like the tan accent more than the blue, and I discovered that I can wear this dress with both black and brown leggings (or no leggings at all). This is also a really good color on me, so I was really happy that I was able to end up with one item that I loved. Status: Kept.

More and more I'm thrilled that Stitch Fix is my go-to shopping service. I find that the quality of their clothing item far surpasses what Nordstrom is offering these days, and definitely higher quality than what I am used to getting at GAP. It is a bit of a risk "blind shopping," but when you develop a relationship with your stylist and communicate openly and articulately about what you like and what you need, they work really hard to listen and send you things they think you'll love. 

Check out Stitch Fix here for more information and additional reviews! Until next time...

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