Today I pulled out my favorite pairs of skinny jeans in a light mint color. I paired them with a polka dot peplum top (what else), a black cardigan, and some wedge heels. I love the color combination of mint + black and white. This peplum top in particular is good for pear shapes.
Stitch Fix #3 has arrived! I was super excited to see what I got this time. Upon opening the box I saw a variety of darker patterns, presumably for fall.
Here are the individual items:
Farah Fit & Flare Striped Dress from Ark n Co
I think this was my favorite item from this box. The fit and flare style was perfect for my pear shape, and I love the pattern and feel of the fabric. Also, it has pockets! I love pockets on dresses.
The card suggested pairing it with a blue cardigan or grey blazer, but I actually didn’t mind the look of the dress by itself for a change so decided to try it on its own with a chunky necklace. Love it!
Shanae Printed Tie Waist Dress by Daniel Rainn
I also really ended up loving this dress. The length was great, and I can see it going well with a wide black belt and tights and boots in the winter.
Mission 3/4 Sleeve blouse by 41Hawthorn
I love the color of this blouse, but wasn’t a huge fan of the fabric. This stitch fix contained three items with fabric that I didn’t care for. I hope I was able to get that across well enough in my notes to them. Sometimes polyester can be fine, but in the case of these three tops it felt itchy and non-breathable. I really love the fit and color of this though so I decided to keep it.
Zelda Plaid blouse by Under Skies
Again, the fabric on this was awful. It was thick and scratchy, but the pattern happened to go really well with a rust colored pencil skirt I had just bought at Ann Taylor Loft, so I felt like I should keep it. It looks cute on, but feels rather uncomfortable.
I like it with my teal wedges.
Cellar Open Front Drape Cardigan by Sweet Rain
I was planning to send this item back because I really didn’t like it. The fabric was itchy and hot and I hated the drape and fit of this. I’m not a fan of drapey cardigans for my shape. Unfortunately, if I sent this back I would have been losing the 25% off all items and would have ended up paying more for the order, so here it stays. I just plan to give it away to a charity shop.
This time I loved the two dresses, and liked the teal blouse and the pattern on the plaid one. I think my first stitch fix was still the best, but I’ve been happy with the price tag for all of these custom picked goods. The total for this box came to $225. For two versatile dresses and two blouses I liked, that seems like a pretty good deal. I scheduled my next stitch fix for 3 weeks out.
I didn’t even realize it when I picked this dress out yesterday morning, but it also has polka dots. Maybe I’ll try for a week of polka dots? I bought this dress last year from Shabby Apple and love the adorable Peter Pan collar and swingy skirt. (See the second “action” photo.) The lovely mint color is set off by the white polka dots and I felt a bit like a walking confection. The fitted upper half combined with the swingy skirt work perfect for a pear shape and helped to balance me out. I love this dress.
Today started out partly cloudy and warm, and ended up rainy and dark. In the morning I was still hopeful about the weather so I grabbed a bright yellow blouse and my ink blue accordion skirt. Looking at these two items on the hanger, I didn’t expect them to work for my figure, but surprisingly the blouse is balanced out with the pleats of the skirt and the necklace helps to elongate the look.
(Sorry for the grainy photo, I had to take it indoors due to the rain.)
Yesterday I got my second stitch fix and it was pretty awesome, but I think the first one was my favorite so far.
Here were the items I got:
I followed the cards provided for each item and tried everything on. Here were the results.
The card for the crochet top suggested pairing it with jean shorts and a teal cardigan. I don’t have any jean shorts (see previous post about the perils of finding shorts for a pear shape) and despite the fact that I have a rainbow of cardigans hanging in my closet, I do not have a teal one.
Since I wanted to try a summer look, I modified this a bit and went with a pair of khaki shorts and metallic sandals instead. The top itself is pretty comfortable and soft, and it looks okay with this outfit. It will probably look better with jeans as the second outfit suggested.
I loved the print on this right off the bat. I love anything navy with white.
Again, trying to mix it up I decided to try the skirt idea, but I don’t have any red pencil skirts, so I went with a red a-line skirt I had instead.
I mostly went with the suggested accessories, but swapped out the black pumps for nude sandals. I think that works better with this type of skirt. I think this top will look great with red skinny jeans, or mustard skinny jeans. (Both on my current wish list. I hope Ann Taylor Loft makes a curvy version this fall!!)
Tie neck blouse
For this one, I really love the idea of this with dark jeans and a red cardigan, but decided to try the pencil skirt since the only pencil skirt I do own is black.
This outfit is awfully dressy and a little outside of my comfort zone, but I like it and I know the blouse can be worn other ways. Now if I’m in the mood to look like a Mad Men secretary, I know I can pull together the look.
Funky Wrap Blouse
This one was tricky. On the hanger, this blouse was all open in the front, but when I put it on it looked more like the picture. They suggested pairing it with light colored skinnies, so I tried it with my mint skinny jeans from LOFT.
And the verdict… not a fan. It is super boxy in the front doing nothing for my shape and really long in the back. I love the necklace, but decided this top needed to go back.
So overall, I ended up keeping 4/5 items at a total cost of $202. It would have only been 8 dollars more if I kept the last top since keeping all 5 items gives you a 25% discount, but I didn’t want to keep something I didn’t like. (Less closet space!)
I already went ahead and scheduled my next fix and can’t wait to see what they send me next! If anyone is interested in trying it out, I have a referral code. Thanks!
- Stitch Fix #1 (apeartoremember.com)
I mentioned previously, that I had been first introduced to the new Box subscription trend from a post on Refinery 29 in April. After comparing both Tog + Porter and Stitch Fix, I had decided to go with Tog + Porter because I really liked some of the items I saw on other peoples blogs, and you could set your price point for that one. Additionally, the reviews I read of the service just raved about how awesome it was. (I suspect some of these people may have been getting incentives or free items.)
Let me start at the beginning with box #1. I didn’t take pictures at the time, but have a lot to say about the whole experience. Back in May, I signed up through their website and answered surprisingly few questions about my measurements, sizes I typically wore, and what I was looking for. They then make you set up a Skype call with one of their 3 stylists before they’ll send you your first box, so I set that up for the first week of May. For me, the call was a little awkward and incredibly short. I expected her to ask me more questions but it was very brief and felt like she was rushing to get off the call with me. At the time I chalked it up to her possibly having another appointment she needed to get to. The things we did cover were the fact that she should avoid picking bottoms for me because of my hard to fit pear shape, and I was looking for neutral toned casual clothing, and some cute patterned blouses. Before we hung up she told me I could expect to receive my first box within 2-3 weeks. Fast forward to 4 weeks later, and it finally arrived. I had been so anxiously awaiting my first box and don’t know why it took so long but I was excited nevertheless.
Then I opened the box. Inside were items that showed she didn’t necessarily listen to my requests, since she sent some pretty bright stuff when I had asked for neutral colors. Sadly, only ONE of the items even fit. The rest of it was way too small and extremely fitted up top which does not work for pear shapes. I had listed my measurements accurately and given the sizes I wear at the stores I typically shop at like Ann Taylor Loft and Banana Republic (and made a note of this on my profile). I was not familiar with the brands they send, and apparently they ran much smaller. Overall I was left feeling fat and sad that nothing fit except one solid colored rose silk blouse that I ended up keeping.
Before I could send anything back, I needed to schedule another Skype call to go over what I liked and didn’t like. The stylist ended up calling me from her car 15 minutes before the scheduled appointment which was fine since I happened to be around. I then shared my feedback with her about sizes, and she was surprisingly terse about it, suggesting that I had provided the wrong size in my information, telling me that “those” stores have vanity sizing that is way off. (Even though I declared that’s what I was referring to in my profile.) Then when I told her the belt she sent was actually too big to wear around my waist, she seemed disgusted and asked me how I tried to wear it, “did you actually try to close it?” No, I have no idea how to work these complex contraptions, how did I get out of bed today?? So I had to get up and physically prove to her on the monitor, that once the belt had been properly fastened around my waist, there was about 10 inches of excess room. She told me she didn’t think they made belts any smaller than that, and it was an impossible ask. (Well, I found one at Anthropologie a week later so it wasn’t that hard.) There was also a dress that was so skin tight I couldn’t fit it over my hips (did I mention I’m a pear shape??) and she seemed annoyed when I told her that as well. In our discussion and in my profile, I made it very clear that I couldn’t wear short skirts or dresses to work, and needed them to be close to knee length so I tried to tell her that again when she asked me if I actually put it on. Yes, I did, and it was too short and didn’t fit around my hips. In all, I think the awkward call lasted a whole of 5 minutes before she told me she’d send the next box soon after I returned everything, and this time we’d go with a size medium in tops. I again asked her to focus on neutral colored casual clothing since that’s what I’d like to wear the majority of the time.
I had read so many reviews ahead of time about Tog + Porter, and many had mentioned that it felt like “chatting with a new girlfriend”. Well for me, it felt more like being dressed down from one of the put together girls from middle school. (No pun intended.) I just felt rather deflated and sad about the whole ordeal.
Since I did like some of the clothes she picked that were just too small, I decided to try it for a second time and hoped that my bad experience was just a one off. I told her to go ahead and put my order in for the next one during our last call, which was the last week of May. Then one month passed. No box, so I decided to contact her to see what was going on. For this exchange, she had no explanation and just asked me to be patient and she’d be in touch when it was on it’s way. Two more weeks, no box. I contacted her again, and she said they were moving the main office and to be patient because she’d send it as soon as she could. Two MORE weeks, and it was now officially 8 weeks after the last Skype call, and no box. We had talked about summer clothes during our last chat, and I realized that almost the entire season had passed already with very few weeks left of warm weather here in the Pacific Northwest. Feeling resigned, I finally contacted her a last time and told her that if she thought she could get the box to me in the next few days then we could go ahead, otherwise the investment in summer clothes wasn’t going to be worth it and I wanted to cancel my order. Within a few hours, I got an email back from her apologizing and telling me that she contacted the main office and the box would be shipped that night and on my doorstep the next day. (A Saturday.) The main office then sent me an email apologizing for the delay, because when they switched offices my order fell through the cracks. (Even though I emailed twice to inquire about the status? So much for the squeaky wheel.) They offered me a $25 credit for the delay, which was nice but didn’t really make up for it.
So Saturday arrives, as does my second box. It’s the standard medium flat rate box from the post office, and weighs a ton so I can tell they crammed a bunch of stuff in there. (12 items to be exact.) I open it and it’s just wrapped in their chevron patterned tissue paper, with no personalized note or anything, just the receipt and return label for what I don’t want to keep.
I’m still hopeful at this point so I eagerly pull out the contents and lay them out. The colors are nice, but not exactly “neutral”. I like the yellow and orange.
Here are all of the items one by one.
At first glance, I could already tell that some of these things would not work, but I was committed to trying everything on regardless. What follows are photos of me trying everything on, even the embarrassing and very unflattering ones. (I can’t believe I’m making some of these public.)
The things I decided to keep
The yellow skirt was a lovely color and the fit was okay for my shape. It was a little shorter than I’d like and I’m not sure if I could really wear it to work and feel comfortable, but maybe I’ll give it a try.
I also liked the pattern of this sleeveless top and think it will look cute under jackets and cardigans. By itself it sort of looks like a pregnancy top. At least the pattern is nice and the colors are neutral.
I probably wouldn’t have picked this black and cream top myself because it’s pretty pricey for a simple top and I usually don’t care for tunics, but this one was really flattering on and made me look skinny. (It was also a size small and I probably could have used a medium as I had asked for before. I could move my arms just barely enough to wear it and sit at a computer.)
And last, I decided to keep the necklace. It was pretty simple and I liked the gold and silver accents. So out of 12 pieces I decided to keep 4. Now to the bad and the ugly.
What didn’t work
The orange maxi had to be one of the worst most unflattering items. In addition to a really unflattering fit, the back was entirely strappy and made me look like a piece of beef all tied up for the oven. My bra showed right through the mesh of straps. I think it was tied with the cropped denim for least flattering, but here is a lovely picture of what it looked like in silhouette. I look horribly frumpy and bumpy. Shudder…
Tied for first place of the worst fitting items were the “boyfriend” style jeans. (Maybe if my boyfriend was 10 sizes smaller than me? I’m picturing Eric Foreman from that 70’s show…) They were a little loose around the waist, and so tight on the legs that I literally could not bend my knees. Also, whiskers at the hips? That is the worst choice for a person with a pear shape or more weight in their lower half. It draws attention there and makes you look even more disproportionate. Major fail here.
Then the rest of the items were just sort of “blah” or unflattering. This blazer did not have enough definition at the waist to flatter my upper half, and the white blouse was just okay, hitting at a not great spot on my hips. Also it was 49.00 for a tank like blouse which seemed really expensive for what it was.
Next up, we have the “hoochi” skirt. It was so short, it barely covered my bottom in the back, and made me look as wide as a truck. The picture doesn’t really reflect just how short this was, and I’m not sharing a picture of the back, because its just too scary and offensive to the eye.
Next was the khaki sleeveless blouse that blended in with my skin tone and made me look rather sickly. Also it was 49.00 and I felt like I could get something identical at H&M for much cheaper.
And last we have what I’m calling the “mullet blouse”. It’s extremely boring and button up in the front, and then has the crazy twists in the back. Not to mention it’s sheer and see through so I needed to wear a tank underneath so you wouldn’t see my bra, but then that shows up in the back.
Overall, it felt like my requests weren’t really heard. I still received some size small items, the items were not very casual, and they lacked the modesty I prefer for work wear. I do not have the kind of life where I’m out at the bar on weekends, or sipping mojitos on a beach with girlfriends. (What I imagined you’d do in the maxi dress if you were fabulously skinny and stick straight.) I was just looking for pieces to wear to my casual environment job, and for weekends spent shopping and running errands. To me, Tog + Porter felt less personalized then Stitch Fix. It seems like maybe they have a set of items that they send to all clients, regardless of their taste and preference and hope that they’ll just stick with some of what they see. More of a one size fits all approach. I specifically said no bottoms, and yet received capri jeans and two skirts. Also there were no personal touches to this box. No notes or anything. Stitch Fix has the outfit cards which were incredibly helpful and give you ideas for how to wear things you might not otherwise have though of. Stitch Fix had asked how much I wanted to cover certain areas of my body, and respected those choices well. I felt like they had the appropriate level of modesty and style. I don’t see myself as extremely conservative, there are just parts of my body I’d rather not expose because I’m not particularly fond of them and just feel more comfortable covering up.
For our last call (which was required in order to send items back) she seemed a lot more friendly and was apologetic about the delay. It sounds like they must be doing really well and were just experiencing a backup with all of their customers requests. She gave me some general ideas about what to wear with the pieces I kept, and I might try some of them out, but in general it was just things I probably would have tried on my own. She was suggesting adding a lot of color, but that’s something I’m trying to get away from. The people in my office just really don’t wear color. It’s mostly grey and black and jeans so I try to wear neutral outfits that don’t stand out quite so much. I still want to be fashionable, but I don’t want to draw all eyes in a meeting room.
So was it worth the 8 week wait? Not for me. This box will probably end my journey with Tog + Porter, and I’ll continue to go with Stitch Fix for now. In general it’s a cool idea, and I love getting a box full of surprises in the mail, but I think I’ll pass on Tog + Porter for now.