I started shopping for Spring’s Capsule a bit early. Or more accurately, started looking for the replacements for items I thought still fit me for next season, but turns out I was wrong. Plus – my average keep from SF as of late has been 1 or 2 out of 5 – so this wasn’t meant to re-jumpstart my spring wardrobe.
However, given the weather we’ve been having here (low 70s), it feels like spring already. So my winter navy, gray, and white are feeling kinda drab with everything blooming.
This was also my first Fix after changing sizes across my profile. So I was a bit nervous that nothing would work out because I’m in between two dress sizes.
My stylist note was jam-packed. Random stylist generator set me up with Sophie, who sent me some items directly off my Pin board, a pair of pants I nearly purchased in a BST group on Facebook, and a blouse that didn’t leave a good impression from the get go.
Crescent Allerton Button Front Top ($48)
Let’s start with the bad, shall we? Get it over with. I had my doubts about this blouse when I peeked at the SF App. Why on earth are the stylists sending me more blue tunics? I like blue, but I don’t remember leaving much feedback about how I wanted it in every Fix. And this was the first blouse that popped up on the App, so I was prepared for the worst.
It wasn’t a tunic at all. It was just a regular cut blouse. A very wrinkly blouse, I might add. (-1 point for high maintenance; I already hate hand washing items.) The color was more like a cornflower blue, rather than my usual cobalt or navy.
The fit was less than ideal. The arm holes and overall feel were better, so I was happy I went down a size. But this blouse hit me in a weird spot. As a short person, I don’t want to feel like I’ve been cut in half.
Plus it just felt awkward. I tried to style it with a Kensie blazer I received in a November Fix and I wasn’t digging it. And then it’s just a bit too short to wear on its own. Since 80% of my wardrobe needs to be office friendly, this was not this shirt’s lucky day. Verdict – Return.
Kut from the Kloth Giatta Cropped Trouser ($88)
Also something I peeked on the app and wasn’t crazy about initially. I mean, I turned down these same pants online for a reason, right? Well, I guess I would get to try them on anyway.
The photo in the App was deceiving. These looked like wider cuffed cropped pants. I think I was envisioning the culottes trend that I don’t understand. (Though, they do make really good ballroom practice pants in the summer…) Also, cropped pants are never actually good looking on me. They are either long enough to be full-length pants or not quite long enough. (#shortpeopleprobz)
Color me surprised – they actually fit like skinny cropped pants. And they are this interesting “I’m fancy denim” material, rather than just jeans. I don’t think I can get away with wearing these in the office during the week.
But – casual Friday? An event that I don’t want to wear full-length jeans to in the summer? Yes, these will work. Verdict – Keep.
Brixton Ivy Sylvester Split Neck Blouse ($54)
On to the better items of the Fix. I don’t know if Sophie read my previous profiles that indicated I was obsessed with purple. But even though I asked for things to go with the color red, she gave me purple. I can’t say no to this, can I?
This was another example of why I was happy I sized down. If I had my previous size, this would have hung on me strangely. The detail on the sleeves is a nice touch. (Much better than the strange cuffs I create.
Will this work for next season? Nope. But it will work awesome for this current season – especially since I have other ill-fitted items in the closet for variety’s sake. This is a welcomed change to my current situation. Verdict – Keep.
Pixley Ohara Faux Wrap Tie-Waist Dress ($68)
This was the perfect example of something that looked much better on the hanger than on me. It was true – I had this dress pinned as a possibility for taking to an out-of-state wedding next season. Jersey Knits usually pack well, and this looked spring-like enough to pass for both a wedding guest dress and office attire. Sophie obliged and sent me one in my new size.
Hmph. Well, that wasn’t what I was expecting at all. First, the faux wrap cuts all the way down to my waist, which made me feel really uncomfortable. (Though, if I were still nursing Bean, this would be the most convenient dress ever!) Secondly, I just felt wider while wearing this. I’m not sure if it was the print, or the sleeves, or the wrap itself.
The tie detail was cute, but it just wasn’t really for me. Especially if I had to be self-conscious about bending over to pick up Bean off the floor. Verdict – Return.
Gilli Nikky Striped Faux Wrap Jersey Dress ($58)
Dress #2 was also from my Pinboard, though I was hoping for a different color than navy. Nevertheless, it will still work for next season.
I like where this wrap hits better. Empire waists just work better on my frame. And it’s a good office dress in terms of length (throw on a cardigan for my cold office), but it’s also that nice jersey knit which will travel well with little maintenance. Plus, it matches my red flats. I do own a navy/white striped dress, but it’s very much a fall/winter weight sheath dress. This would ultimately replace that dress. Verdict – Keep.
That was Fix #13. Not bad – probably my best keep rate in a while, so good job Sophie.
Next, I’ll be trying something a bit different. I ordered a Golden Tote, which is a boutique service out of my home state similar to Stitch Fix. That should be arriving this week!
February Link Up – Thank you, Maria, at Crazy Together for providing a Link Up this month.