I have some exciting news.
As some of you may know, for the past four years I have worked at our local children's museum. I started working there while writing my thesis after my teaching assistant contract ran out at my university. What was supposed to be a part-time gig for a few months grew into a full-time leadership position. It has been a great experience, and I've learned a lot, but lately I've realized that my heart really is back in education. So when the opportunity came along to start working at a local charter school, I jumped on it. Starting in July I will be an elementary teaching assistant, which is still a far cry from the college adjunct I went to school to be, but will put me one step closer to my new goal of teaching high school history. I am absolutely ecstatic!
So, since I am leaving my required uniform of jeans and tshirts for a position for which I have to supply my own wardrobe, I thought it was time to refresh my closet. I got my first Stitch Fix box back in February when I realized I didn't have much in the way of "going out with friends" clothing. I kept a dress and a scarf, but wasn't overly thrilled with what I was sent. A lot of it felt a little generic and didn't fit with my personality. With the new job coming up and a new season in full swing I decided to give it another try, and oh am I glad I did.
In my notes to Ashley, my stylist, I mentioned that I was getting ready to start working in an elementary school and asked for clothes that were fun to wear while being work appropriate. This dress is exactly what I was hoping for. It hits just above the knee and will be great with tights and a cardigan. The print is fun without being over the top and the twist of having the sash tie on the side instead of in front just makes it perfect. In my head I'm wearing this with a fun yellow sweater and matching yellow flats. In reality I'm wearing these crazy fish earrings my sister made for me. Both totally fit my personal wacky sense of style.
When I pulled this shirt out of the box I was not immediately impressed. The green/blue combo is far too traditional for my color sense, and preppy really isn't my style. However, once I put it on I found that I really enjoyed the way it fit. That green also just happens to be one of the school colors, so it too will be great for work (ironically also with a yellow cardigan. I think I need to go yarn shopping).
I'm a recent henley convert, so I was thrilled to see this shirt in the box. Not only does it feature my colors of the moment, but the elbow length sleeves are just what you need for days spent in Southern air conditioning. It may be hot outside, but we like to freeze you out so you'll enjoy it. This top puts me at three work appropriate items, and I think it would be really cute paired with a skirt or pair of dress pants.
This will probably be my most used item in the box. When Chris saw it (I made him suffer through my Stitch Fix fashion show) he immediately said "Oh, that's you." As much as I love cute skirts and bright colors, at the end of the day I am all about the comfort. This sweater is the shape and silhouette that I imagine wearing on weekends while running errands or hunkering down for a movie marathon. The dolman is another sweater shape I'm excited to see coming back into fashion as I find it very flattering.
Jeans were not something I was expecting to find in my box, nor were they an item for which I was looking. I've worn jeans almost every day for years, so I seldom wear them when not at work and any jeans I do own have to be work-appropriate. Distressed jeans that cost more than $50? Forget it. I never thought I'd have an interest. But, to be fair, I tried them on. And they are the best fitting pair of jeans I've ever worn. Ashley wrote in her note that she thought they'd be perfect for my svelte figure. I never thought of my shape in such a positive light, but she's right. They make me feel so sexy without being too tight or cutting me in a weird place.
As you can probably guess, I kept everything. Normally I'd never spend that much, but we happened to get a deposit back that we were not expecting that was a few dollars more than the full amount. When you buy all five pieces in your box, you get a 25% discount, which made buying only three pieces almost as much and buying four actually more expensive. I think the key to getting such a great fix was being very specific about what I liked and didn't like in my previous box. That coupled with my requests for items to wear at my new job made for some pretty good guidelines while Ashley worked her magic. I already upped my fix frequency from every 3 months to every month, so clearly I'm enjoying the service. If you've never tried Stitch Fix and want to give it a whirl, please consider using my referral link.
What about you guys? Do you use Stitch Fix or another styling service? I'd love to hear more about how you curate your personal style in the comments!