Stitch Fix, Curves, and Fashion
For those of you who have never heard of Stitch Fix, it's an online styling service. You fill out a profile about what kind of styles you do and don't like, give some info on your sizes, and a stylist selects pieces that might look good on you. On a set schedule (you pick how often you want it), a box of new clothes shows up at your door, like magic! The cost is a $20 styling fee, which you can apply to items in your order. You can buy whatever items you like and send back what you don't.
I was skeptical at first. I am a tough shopper. I feel like I have very little innate style sense, but I'm picky. I'm also curvy and plus sized (whatever that means), which adds another level of shopping annoyance for me. I hate seeing something on a model or mannequin, trying it on, and finding out it looks like a sack of potatoes on me. I have the body type of an old-timey Bavarian barmaid, so I'm not going to look my best in fashion made for very tall, thin women. And vice-versa! I also hate thinking something is in my size, wrestling with it in a dressing room, and walking out empty handed because women's sizing is complete nonsense. I like taking some care in my appearance, but I HATE the effort, confusion, and bad body vibes that can come with actually having to go out shopping.
Amazingly, the people at Stitch Fix have sent me a ton of items I love, that fit, and work with what's already in my closet. I have no idea how someone who's never seen me in person can shop for me, but I usually keep at least half my box. That's a higher success rate than I have ever gotten shopping for myself!
I've been getting monthly Stitch Fix boxes since last September. Every time one comes in, I try everything on to get Chris' opinion, and I'll sometimes Instagram what came, but I'd love to get your feedback on what to keep, and what to send back.
This month's fix was clearly getting me ready for Spring. My stylist, Katie, has put together several boxes for me before, and she's usually spot on guessing what I like. Here's what was in the box:
1. Chevron Cross Front Top
First Impression: Meh. This won't work. I don't like Chevron so much, and it seems really clingy and low cut.
After Trying It On: I love it! I doubt I'd wear it often as just a tank top. (I'm not big on showing my upper arms.) But under a blazer or cardigan, it's really cute. It's also much more modest and less clingy than I expected. That's why you should always try everything on!
2. Green Tab Sleeve Blouse
First Impression: YES! I love this shade of green, and I love 3/4 sleeves. It looks so silky and flowy!
Trying On: It doesn't really fit. Cue sad trombone. It mostly fits, if I unfasten all the buttons, but it has a horizontal pull across the bust.
3. Embroidered V-Neck Jersey Top
First Impression: This is different! And very bright!
Trying On: LOVE IT! It's so comfy! And it feels like spring! But, the rouching at the shoulders is kind of odd. I don't know if it's the design, or just that I have pretty broad shoulders and I'm pulling against the fabric. On the fence here.
4. Faux Wrap Dress
First Impression: Um, did they name this after the kid in Twilight?
Trying On: I really like wrap/faux wrap dresses, and the shape is really flattering. I'm not sold on the print. It's a little much for me. I'm on the fence about this one. I tested it for spin-ability (a very important factor in dresses!), which made me lean a little toward keeping it.
5. Light Moto Skinny Jean
This one didn't fit, so it's going back.
So now I want to hear from you? What should I keep, and what should I send back?
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