My July Stitch Fix: Summertime & the Livin’ Is Easy

14 Jul

Yay, it’s Stitch Fix time again! Before we get into what I received in my July Fix, if you are wondering “What the Heck is Stitch Fix” you should probably check out this post. If you’re feeling super stalkery and want to see ALL my Stitch Fix posts, you can find them here. If you’re wondering WHY I use Stitch Fix and whether I’m getting rich off these posts, check out last month’s blog.

For this month’s Fix, I was a bit more specific with my requests. I asked to retry the skinny jeans from my last Fix… but in a different brand with more stretch. I also really wanted to try a couple tops that other bloggers have received: the Mary Geo print tank and the Evie drawstring funnel sweatshirt (they are both on my Pinterest board). My last request was for the rest of the Fix to be all summery tops.

Okay, now let’s get on to the awkward fashion show!

papermoon melody lace embellished blouse - Pocketful of Joules

Item #1: Melody Lace Embellished Sleeveless Blouse – $48
YAY, a tank top! It is HOT and humid here in Maryland, so I love having a couple nicer tank tops that can be paired with a cardigan for work or on their own for play. This top has some pretty embellishing on the front of it and came with a white tank top to wear underneath. The style cards showed it styled with jean shorts for a casual look and with a pencil skirt to make it work appropriate… so I copied them with my two looks.

I like this top, the color is pretty and the way it flows is pretty flattering. I tried it on with the white tank top provided, but a black tank top might blend a bit better. I don’t own anything else similar to this blouse, but I’m not sure if that’s enough reason for me to buy it. However, once it gets a bit cooler, it might look nice under a suit jacket.

Keep or return: I like this top, but I don’t swoon over it. It is pretty though and the color could transition well to fall. What do you think – keep it or send it back?

Mystree Gaia Crochet Detail Tank - Pocketful of Joules

Item #2: Gaia Crochet Detail Sheer Cotton Tank – $54
When I first pulled this top of out the box I LOVED it. The orange is so pretty and vibrant in person. This one also came with a white tank top to wear underneath of it because it’s totally see-through. However, once again I think a black tank would have been a better choice – in the shorts picture I’m wearing the white tank top and in the jeans picture I’m wearing a black one.

I WANT to love this shirt so bad, but I just don’t feel like it’s doing anything for my shape. Even with the skinny jeans, it just seems kind of boxy and unflattering. Also, it is SO transparent that it just makes you focus on what I’m wearing under the tank top… which is kind of odd.

Keep or return: I’m pretty sure that this should go in the return pile, but let me know if you think otherwise.

Mystree Bryson Mixed Print Tank - Pocketful of Joules

Item #3: Bryson Mixed Print Twisted Seams Tank – $48
Unfortunately the top I asked to try wasn’t available in my size, so Meagan sent this one instead. It is pretty interesting with the polka dot front and the tribal looking back. If this had a v-neck or a lower swoop neck, I’d buy it in a heartbeat. With the higher neck, it’s just kind of okay. Hmm… maybe I just need more of a statement necklace? The top is made out of a nice, soft cotton though so it could end up being one of those sleeper hits that get a lot of wear.

Keep or return: I’m kind of lukewarm on this top, but I could be swayed towards buying it if you think it’s awesome. Let me know!

Market and Spruce Spensur jersey dress - Pocketful of Joules

Item #4: Spensur Striped Jersey Dress – $54
I didn’t request a dress in this month’s Fix because I just bought one last month that I’m in love with. See, I’m even wearing it in my new “I’m Joules” profile picture over there on the right sidebar. I feel like the stripes on this dress are supposed to make it figure flattering, but actually end up making my middle look thicker. I tried a belt with it and it looked kind of odd. It is a pretty color, but basically just a glorified t-shirt.

Keep or return: Nope. It doesn’t make me feel pretty at all… which is my requirement for dresses!

Kensie Johnny skinny jeans - Pocketful of Joules

Item #5: Kensie Johnny Regular Length Skinny Jean – $88
I asked for another pair of skinny jeans to try that were similar to the ones that I returned last month. These are actually the same brand as the distressed skinnies I got a couple months ago (and love). I was expecting a fun color though, since I asked for something “similar to last month’s jeans”… and these are black.

I’m wearing them in pictures for Item #2 and Item #3, as well as in this picture with a plain ol’ t-shirt. Out of everything this month, these might be the only thing I buy because they fit great — they have the perfect amount of stretch and the length is perfect. Now that I’ve jumped on the skinny jeans bandwagon, these could work as another one of those fall transition pieces in a couple months.

Keep or return: I’m thinking I’ll keep these jeans, unless there is something else that is getting all your votes!

HELP ME!
So now it’s the fun part where you get to tell me what to do! I’m just kind of underwhelmed for this month’s Stitch Fix. Everything was okay, but nothing jumped out at me like in past month’s where I just HAD to have it and couldn’t wait to wear it out of the house. I was really disappointed that my specific requests weren’t met… neither of the two tops I asked for were available and the only thing that made the jeans similar to what I asked for is that they are skinny jeans. Perhaps I’m being too harsh though, am I overlooking a winner?

I’m leaning towards getting the Kensie skinny jeans and possibly the purple tank top. I’m torn on the mixed print tank top and could pretty much be convinced either way. My mind is mostly made up on the orange tank top and the striped dress, but I’d still love your feedback if you think I need to talk another look at them. Please help me decide and leave your comments below!

7/16/14 Update: Thank you all for your lovely comments! After listening to you all, I tried the purple top on with a black cami and all sorts of cardigans and suit jackets… and it didn’t make the cut. I agree that I LOVE the color, but my plans of it transitioning into a fun fall piece were foiled. I was resigned to buying the black jeans because I didn’t want to throw away my $20 styling fee… but then I reminded myself of my goal to NOT buy things unless I was in love with them (and that I already own a similar pair of black skinnies). So… everything went back in the bag to be returned to Stitch Fix. I’m glad I’ve had other Fixes that I loved, because this one just left me feeling disappointed. Let’s cross our fingers for a better Fix next month!

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Stitch Fix, I pay for the $20 styling fee and any clothing I purchase with my own hard-earned money. If you enjoyed my review and decide to try Stitch Fix for yourself, the biggest compliment you can give me is by using my referral link. Thank you to anyone who chooses to click through and support my shopping addiction!

 

 

 

15 Responses to “My July Stitch Fix: Summertime & the Livin’ Is Easy”

  1. Rachel M. July 14, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    I really love that purple color on you! So, yes to the purple tank and skinny jeans.. no to everything else. :)

    • Joules July 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

      Thanks Rachel! It’s funny, I think I like the purple one better now that I’ve seen it in the picture. haha

  2. Sara M July 14, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

    Agreed–keep purple top; only keep skinny jeans if they are long enough for heels for the fall.

    • Joules July 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

      They ARE long enough for heels! =)

  3. Quirky Chrissy July 14, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    The fuschia top=YES.
    The skinnies=YES.

    The rest=meh.
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    • Joules July 14, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

      Thanks Chrissy! I agree, on the ‘meh’ factor this month.

  4. Jenny July 14, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

    The orange tank might look awesome with a pink tank top under it. But it’s probably too much work to make it right.

    Black skinny jeans and fushia top!

    • Joules July 14, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

      I just wish that the orange tank was made out of a different fabric and not see-through. I love the color!

  5. Cindy W July 14, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

    I agree with everyone else – keep the fuchsia top and the skinny jeans!

  6. Christine July 14, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

    Yes to the purple top, orange top and skinny jeans. Love the orange top.

    • Joules July 14, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

      Thanks so much Christine! =)

  7. Elizabeth July 15, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    Keep the first top and the jeans! The top is a great color on you!

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