My May Stitch Fix: Summertime, Summertime, Sum Sum Summertime!

14 May

One of the Maryland-y things about Maryland is that spring lasts for a split second before summer stomps its way in with a fun mix of heat and humidity.

Since summer slows down at my work, it’s a great time to escape and spend some time down at the beach with my family. I’m already counting down the days to our first week away! So yeah, go ahead and listen to this song while you’re reading today’s post.

With that in mind, here’s the note I sent to my stylist for this month’s Fix:

Maryland gets really hot and humid in the summer, so I’d love to see some short sleeve and sleeveless tops, dresses, skirts. Same vibe we’ve been doing, you’ve been doing AWESOME on my Fixes! I’ve been hunting for a floral or patterned jersey (knee-length) swing skirt… so if you see one, I want to try it! Also, a top to go with my new coral jeans would be great.

Let’s see what she sent!

Item #1: Olive & Oak Belair Button Up Top – $48
Okay, I know that denim shirts are totally in right now, but I haven’t actually found one that works for me yet. I always feel like an extra from Orange is the New Black when I try to wear one… but I tried to keep an open mind.

Stitch Fix Review - Olive Oak Belair Button Up Top - Joules

Okay, first for the positive – the top is super soft and has a fun dip-dye coloring where it gets lighter towards the bottom. My stylist suggested that I try this top with my coral jeans from my last Fix, so I tried that first. Then, I used the styling cards and paired the jean top with a floral pencil skirt.

Keep or Return? The shirt is okay…it’s just not my style. I can’t imagine me ever wearing this top in real life. I think it’s one for the return pile.

Item #2: Papermoon Zemba Henley Blouse – $44
This is exactly the kind of top I was hoping for – it is a super lightweight material which makes it perfect for a hot summer day. It can also be easily dressed up for work or dressed down for weekend wear.

Stitch Fix Review - Papermoon Zemba Henley Blouse - Joules

I think that the fit is really good on this and the pattern is vibrant and interesting too. What do you think about the horizontal pattern — is it unflattering? The one side of the Henley top kind of flops over, but I don’t think that it will drive me nuts.

Keep or Return? This shirt checks a lot of my boxes, so I think it may be a keeper. What do you think?

Item #3: Collective Concepts Mendolan Pintuck Detailed Tank – $58
I saw this top on another blogger’s Stitch Fix review and immediately pinned it to my Pinterest page. It looked super cute on her with the pintucked detailing at the top and flowy waist, so I was super excited to receive it in this month’s box! The jersey material is super soft and it is nice and lightweight for hot summer days.

Stitch Fix Review - Collective Concepts Mendolan Pintuck Detailed Jersey Tank - Joules
It is totally driving me nuts that the top is folded over in the first picture, but by time I noticed I had already cleaned up my camera set up. GRR! For my first styling, I paired the tank top with my favorite jean shorts and sandals. For my second look, I decided to try it with my new coral jeans.

Keep or Return? I really like this shirt – it has some really pretty details and a very comfortable silhouette. My only question is, is it TOO comfy… meaning does the draping make it look like a maternity top?

Item #4: Market & Spruce Barrymore Solid Pleat Detail Top – $48
I love a simple tank top with a subtle detail to it and this top totally does that. Unfortunately, it was too tight on my chest and the material wrinkled super easily. I tried it on for you though, so you could check it out. I think this top would be gorgeous on someone smaller chested.

Stitch Fix Review - Market Spruce Barrymore Solid Pleat Detail Top - Joules

Keep or Return? Doesn’t fit = Goes back.

Item #5: Skies are Blue Dove Printed Maxi Dress – $74
I pinned a maxi dress on my Pinterest page that had a really pretty fabric that I liked. However, when I got this month’s Fix, my stylist had included a note that said, “the maxi dress you pinned is gorgeous, but tends to be a bit troublesome for our busty clients – so hopefully you love this one just as much.” I can’t even tell you how much I appreciate that she did her research before just sending it over to me! This dress has a similar shape to the dress that I liked and I also really like the pattern.

Stitch Fix Review - Skies are Blue Dove Printed Maxi Dress - Joules

I tried the dress alone and with a cardigan to make it appropriate for work. Unfortunately, this dress has some funky straps that would make it impossible to wear a bra. See:

Dress top

Keep or Return? I could wear a strapless bra, but honestly they are pretty uncomfortable to wear for a full workday. Also, I’m not totally in love with the dress anyways, so looks like it’s going back.

Help me!
I really liked this month’s Fix and I think my stylist did an awesome job picking pieces that I would like, even if they were a little out of my comfort zone. I’m leaning towards buying the crazy print tank top and also the pintuck detailed jersey tank top. They would both be great pieces to add to my wardrobe that would be totally appropriate for my job, as well as with casual shorts on the weekend. I will definitely be passing on the jean shirt, too-tight blouse and maxi dress.

What do you think I should buy? I always love to hear your feedback, so leave me some comments below and tell me what you think!

 5/18/15 Update: Thank you to everyone who left a comment here, on Instagram and on Facebook — I LOVE getting your feedback! I decided to just buy the Papermoon Zemba Henley Blouse and I can’t wait to start mixing it into my wardrobe!

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8 Responses to “My May Stitch Fix: Summertime, Summertime, Sum Sum Summertime!”

  1. Jessy May 14, 2015 at 10:12 am #

    The Papermoon Zemba Henley Blouse is a keeper for sure.

    Collective Concepts Mendolan Pintuck Detailed Tank is too drapey in my opinion. I’m not a fan of those straight lines across the top of the chest like that top has.

    It’s a shame about the straps on the dress, because I really like the dress on you!

    • Joules May 14, 2015 at 11:05 am #

      Thanks for your feedback Jessy! I’ve gotten some feedback on my FB page about the pintuck blouse and I might need to pass on that one. =)

  2. Jahnae May 14, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    I just signed up for my first StitchFix last night and my friend is a super skinny girl and I am well, not. 😛 Off to searching the IG world I go and lo and behold you had just posted your latest fix. May I say that I am now MORE excited to get my fix after seeing your pics. You should totally keep the Blouse and the Tank. The dress is cute but I agree going with a strapless bra all day doesn’t sound like a great day to me. Anyway, you have a new follower here today! 🙂 Have a great one!

    • Joules May 14, 2015 at 11:06 am #

      Thanks so much Jahnae, you totally made my day. I’m glad you enjoyed today’s review and I hope you get a great first Fix!

  3. Susan May 14, 2015 at 10:56 am #

    Love the printed top. It is a must buy. The pintuck top is a bit short in my opinion. If it was an inch longer, I would say go for it. The flowy-ness of the top it is wide at the bottom already making it seem even shorter. I worry if it shrinks even the slightest you may be wearing a crop top if you bend over or raise your hands.

    The dress is adorable with the cardigan. Maybe you should try clear straps.

    • Joules May 14, 2015 at 11:08 am #

      Thanks Susan… it’s looking more and more like I might need to throw the pintuck blouse back into the return box. But the printed top seems to be a winner! =)

  4. liz June 3, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

    Hi Fellow Marylander! Just read through all your stitch fix reviews. I really love the Papermoon Henley on you, it looks great styled both ways. The maxi was gorgeous too (great color for you!) but I can’t totally relate to having to pass the bra test. Too bad you can’t wear any of your new pretties this week since it’s been so cold and rainy!

    • Joules June 3, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

      Thanks so much! Maryland weather certainly is weird… yesterday was dress and sandals weather and now I’m back in a pair of jeans and a blouse!

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