Dressing for work in the summer is HARD. The temperature outside is creeping close to 90 degrees with a heavy dose of humidity and a side of random showers. In addition to that, our office A/C is set to sub-arctic temperatures. So what do you wear when it’s hot as you know what outside, and freezing inside? Well, like most hard tasks, I decided to outsource them and ask my Stitch Fix stylist for some help.
I’ve had a bit of a laissez faire attitude with my stylist notes the past few Fixes, so this time I decided to get a little more specific with my request:
“I need some good summer updates for work — a fun skirt or dress, lightweight blazer, something embroidered. No cold shoulder tops please. I love a bell sleeved top. Would like colors/patterns!”
So let’s see how she did!
Skies are Blue Cameron Embroidered Halter Top
Totally cute, right?! I can instantly envision it with bright shorts on vacation (note to self: find and purchase a pair of bright shorts for vacation!) or under a blazer for work. Layers seem to be key to beating the constantly changing temperatures. It was a little loose in the arms and tight in the belly (thanks baby #3!) but I’m a sucker for embroidery.
Verdict: kept, and currently searching Old Navy for bright colored shorts to pair it with
Skies Are Blue Reily Embroidery Detail Top
Right out of the box, this is nothing special. And on, it’s also nothing special. I could see it paired with white jeans for the weekend or navy skinnies for work, but I refuse to pay almost $50 for something that looks like it came from Target. And I promise that’s not Target shade, because mama loves Target. I just set a high bar for my Stitch Fix items that coincides with the price. If I’m going to pay $50+ for one item, it needs to look special on the hanger and on me. If this top was $30, I might have gave it a shot. But since it’s not, back in the box it goes. The color is beautiful though.
Verdict: Boy, bye!
Gilli Kamile 2fer Faux Suede Knit Dress
This is just a no all-around. I didn’t like it in the box and I sure as hell didn’t like it on. It was way too short and made my boobs look matronly. And Dear Stitch Fix, please tell me why you named this the “2fer” because a 2fer implies you can wear it multiple ways. Does the top zip off from the bottom? (No.) Basically it’s a dress that you wear as a……dress.
Paradigma Yella Split Back Layered Hem Blouse
This top feels really similar to the first Skies Are Blue one, but I’m not complaining (for once, I know!) I love the bold black and white print that can be paired with colored shorts or pants, or paired with solid black and some colored jeans for a super chic work look. This pretty top also features a few unexpected touches like a split back and double layer hem. Unfortunately, the length was more of a cropped one and paired with my long torso was way too short on me.
Verdict: returned, unfortunately, and hoping it finds a good home
Oh, lawd, I LURVE a blazer. Pop one of these bad boys on and it adds instant chic-ness to the most basic of outfits. This one has polka dots! And interesting sleeve detail! But it’s also $150! So no. But it fit soooooo great and was so cute, it was like a weird fashion Sophie’s Choice. However, the inside of the blazer wasn’t even lined and for $150, I kind of expect it to be lined in gold. And since some of my past Stitch Fixes cost $150 for all 5 things, I’m sure as hell not paying $150 for one blazer, I don’t care how many cute polka dots and interesting sleeve details it may have. At least that’s what I tell myself as I lovingly fold it up and send it back.
Verdict: the angel on my shoulder is happy I returned it but the devil on the other one has a strong case
My Verdict On This Stitch Fix
With the exception of a bell-sleeved top, my stylist fulfilled every request I had. Unfortunately, not everyone was a home run. If I kept all five items, the cost would’ve been $270, with about half of it going towards the most amazing blazer ever. But I kept one top only for a total of $58.