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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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