I love getting my Stitchfix, I love documenting it for the blog, and I love talking to all the people who stumble upon those posts and stop to chat with me about them.
That said, the three-day return rule really cramps my style. Sometimes I’m worn out and can’t be bothered to try the clothes on right away. Other times Joel is too worn out to take pictures for me or the weather doesn’t cooperate. This month, all of those things converged to make it pretty unfun to document what came in the box. Also, all of our digital picture-taking devices failed at the same time. Also, also (as my friend Lisa would say) I didn’t love a lot of what came, so added to the above, I felt very cranky about getting this done.
Which means here we are, at least two weeks after I sent everything back, and I’m just now getting around to posting. You will notice that I’m not really smiling or looking at the camera, which is partly because it was windy like woah the day we took the pictures and partly because every single camera we tried kept not working. My May box should ship next week, and I’m hoping it can erase this whole unpleasant experience!
Okay, it wasn’t all terrible. This Baggu pouch was sitting right on top of the box, and it was love at first sight. (I originally typed “site,” which is proof I’ve worked in tech too long.) The leather is soft like butter, and it’s the perfect size for my wallet, phone and a chapstick. It may not look like much, but it was chic enough for date night and perfect to toss into my oversize Botkier Legacy during the week. You can already see that I’ve gotten schmutz on it during one of the three times I’ve used it. I love it so much I’m thinking about getting it in another color. Even Joel thinks this bag is cool and encouraged me to keep it, which is rare – he wishes I would stop buying so much stuff!
He is probably right.
It was such a dark and gloomy day that there was no way to photograph these Level 99 Trey skinny jeans so they didn’t look like black leggings. Rest assured, they are very dark blue denim, and though they’re a little bit tricky to pull on, they actually fit like a dream. I should confess that they were so hard to pull on the first time that I almost didn’t keep them. But then! They miraculously felt amazing on! They looked fantastic! So even though I have two perfectly good pair of dark blue skinnies and it’s about to be too darn hot in Minnesota to wear jeans, I kept ’em.
Funny. In the picture above where I was trying to capture just the jeans, I actually like this RD Style Carmelita layered sweater. Even here, in this picture, I don’t dislike it. (This is a trend with all my Fixes. I look at pictures and like things, but don’t love them in person.) What you can’t tell from the picture is that the chiffon “layer” is so see-through that you can see my belly button and the side slit is so high that even in these mid-rise jeans you get about two inches of skin on the side. I have yet to find a faux-layered top that I like, and have tried to convey this to Stitchfix. Hopefully this is the last one I’ll get!
I love this Banana Republic silk chiffon skirt. I love the tomato-y red color, and am always amused to remember it’s a size 4 petite. I’m 5″8 and a smidge, but had to buy a petite to keep it from dragging on the ground. What do actual short people wear? Anyway. When I saw this Collective Concepts Westerly striped knit top in the box, I immediately dreamed of pairing it with this skirt. (Warning! There is sound if you click that link!) I really, really wanted it to work, but it is clearly too boxy. Boxy shape plus box pleats at the shoulders plus horizontal stripes? No way.
Yikes. This 41Hawthorn dress is so very clearly not for me. It’s like a bad skating costume gone wrong. It’s too fitted in the bust, too high-waisted, and too juvenile. I do love the color! I asked Stitchfix to reconsider this designer for me, because the proportions are often all wrong. This one I couldn’t even zip, though I’m comfortably a medium in all sorts of other things.