This time around I asked my stylist for summer dresses or skirts that I could wear casually for the season but then dress up a bit for school. I have kept a dress from every box, so I knew she would send me something I loved.
The first item out of the box was a maxi skirt.
Maxi skirts are a trend I never embraced. Every time I put one on I felt like I was drowning in fabric. I looked dumpy and short and not a bit stylish. Clearly that is because I was trying on the wrong size. This skirt is made out of quality fabric and drops to just above my toes when I stand barefoot. It runs for more than I would typically pay, but it will be perfect for running around the classroom. I just need to get some better tops. And the print? Perfection.
Ashely included this lace top to actually go with the skirt. I can see where she was going with it, but this is so not my style. I'm sure on some women it looks great, but on me I immediately got 90s homeschool mom vibes. Not to say 90s homeschool moms were not stylish in their day, but it took me to a less than positive headspace. So back it goes.
I was sad that I did not like this henley as much as the one I got last month. Disregarding the fact that it ran a little too tight, my biggest turn off was the stripes. Now, I love stripes. I love to knit things with stripes. And I don't believe horizontal stripes are the enemy. But I have no patience for garments where the striping is so blatantly off kilter. The front of the shirt is off by at least 1-2 inches from the back, which is sad because it really is a cute top and you wouldn't know from just a front or back view of the piece.
This was when I had to give myself a "don't talk yourself into it" lecture. There really is nothing wrong with this piece. It has a great print, good quality fabric, and the bow is just darling. But I don't feel cute in this. I think it would be lovely with a pencil skirt and some heels, but that so won't work while running around with Kindergartners. I'm trying to be more realistic when I shop and picky about how clothing looks. There's a post coming about how I am culling my wardrobe, and this just was not going to be something I reached for over and over again.
Now, who can guess what my favorite thing is about this dress. Is it the striping? The perfect knee length? The square neckline? The sturdy yet soft fabric? My husband can tell you -- It's the pockets! I don't know why more designers don't put pockets in dresses. It automatically makes the dress 20-40% more appealing. I can't wait to wear this while out and about this summer and then throwing on a cardigan and wearing it for school. Maybe that yellow one I keep talking about.
Overall this was a very good fix. I got the two items I asked for specifically. The fact that I did not keep the tops does not bother me. If all fixes were five for five I would be dead broke. One of the things I love about getting these is that I can create outfits out of my own clothes to see how they would fit into my wardrobe. Not only does it mean I try on new clothes, but it also means sometimes looking at my own items from a different perspective.
Are you a Stitch Fix addict? What's on your summer wardrobe wish list?