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Stitch Fix No. 9: Baby Got Back

Jul 16, 2014

I skipped Stitch Fix last month in an attempt to save money, but then I got a referral credit so I decided to use it. The good news is I have, indeed, been saving money and, in the process, changing my mindset about spending, which has also curtailed how much I go out to eat. The bad news is, when you're not spending as much money going out, you run the risk of sitting on your couch eating a lot of ice cream. And when you're not taking full-body pictures of yourself every month, you forget what you look like in clothes. Can you guess where I'm going with this?

Okay. So this is a ridiculous first world problem. But I'm really disappointed in myself for putting back on half the weight I lost last year, y'all. But man was that Ben & Jerry's Karamel Sutra amazing. And have you tried Front Porch? Ohmygosh TRY FRONT PORCH. Their slogan is "Southern Goodness". I mean. Come on. And then do lots and lots of squats. Lots of 'em.

And now, it is with great displeasure that I and my behonkis model clothes for you. I'm not crazy about any of the pieces in this month's box, but I love to hear what y'all think! Let me know your thoughts before I have to send back what I don't want on Friday.

I was excited to try this top because I've been looking for a graphic print sleeveless top, and the colors are unlike most other things in my closet. It drapes well without billowing too much, which I've noticed similar tops tend to do. Meaning they make you look pregnant. And by you I mean me. So that's a plus. Alas, I have very few things to pair with this top beyond jeans, which just aren't that practical for summertime in the swamp known as the District of Columbia.

This dress is...umm...sweet. I can't deny that the embroidery on the hemline is lovely. And the color is one of my faves for sure. It's just, um, a little too something I would have worn in high school, I think? I can't quite put my finger on it, but it's just not the best. I could definitely do without the tie on the front. I think if it were a simple keyhole without the tie, and if it had a little more structure, this would be much better. doesn't do amazing things for my bootay.

This was my favorite piece upon opening the box. The fabric is heavier than other blouses, making it feel more on the luxe side. The leopard print isn't overwhelming, and I lurv the hot pink piping around the sleeves. I first tried this with the black skinny jeans I got back in January for my 4th Stitch Fix, when I was 15 pounds less. Oh help me. FIF. TEEN. POUNDS. On the one hand, this is a testament to the jeans that they would even still button. But after stuffing my junk into them, this blouse, which happens to be billowy in the bad way I was referring to earlier, was just not working. So I tried it tucked in with a skirt.

Much, much better, wouldn't you say? Now it looks like the $68 blouse it should. That being said, it bums me out that I can't wear it untucked with pants. I have a lot of work shells that I wear with skirts and blazers, so I'm not in need of anymore. The one thing this top has that others don't, though, is a decent sleeve length, which allows you to go without a blazer or cardigan on the hot, sweaty days of summer, which you'd think would make you lose weight because you're sweating out calories, but no, they don't.

I didn't realize I didn't have any peach tops until I tried this on, and now I'm kind of obsessed. This is one of those tops I would never try on in a store, and that's one of my favorite things about Stitch Fix! Not only is it a great color, it's loaded with subtle details that make it one of my favorite tops I've ever gotten in a box. An Aztec print runs along the neckline; a pleat on the front breaks up the billowy-ness of the blouse; and a keyhole on the back encourages you to wear a side ponytail, which you haven't done in years, and it turns out it's a great look and perfect for summer in the city when the back a yo neck is gettin' dirty and gritty.  

Of all the pieces, I'm most torn about this one. The color is mauve-ier than it looks in the photos, and a little silver ball is at the top of the neckline (look close and you'll see it). The mauve looks kinda outdated, and the silver ball looks cheap. But then there's the lattice and the pleating, and add the dots and you've got some really lovely textures going on. Plus, it fits me like it's custom made. But $74? I don't know...

Now it's your turn to weigh in! And no need to tell me I don't look like I've gained any weight. The two skirts I ripped the back seams out of are proof that it's time for me to break up with Ben, Jerry and Hagen. 

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  1. I gotta confess, it's fun watching your stitch fix each month. :)
    So...I'm loving the zip front blouse! Think fall with the jeans and that top.
    Next choice is either the leopard or peach--a toss up.
    The dress and lattice top don't work for me.

  2. I'm sorry, I'm not gonna weigh in at this moment, but I just gotta say I can't see anything about gaining weight. All I can see is you amazing! And your hair is gorgeous! Ok fine! I'll weigh in...wait a second, why are we using that phrase!? Anyway...ugh on the 1st blouse. Blue dress is cute, but yes, could be a smidge bigger. I like the leopard print shirt. I think it looks very good out, and in the pictures of it tucked in, you look INCREDIBLE! The peach shirt is nice. The last shirt is nice too, but it looks hard to get it evenly tucked in...Over and out.

  3. I'm glad you enjoy them! They are a lot of fun. :) I'm not sure I want to think about fall just yet though. I'm still having PTSD from winter!

  4. Thanks Margels!! :) I miss having you around as my personal stylist.

  5. Haha thanks Naomi. :) It's mostly in the bootie. When I went back and read this post I realized there's a lot of mistaken puns! Appreciate your input. Leaning toward the leopard and have to make a decision in the next hour...

  6. For some reason, none of these pictures are coming through. I can still see the old Stitch Fix posts/pictures just find, so I'm not sure what's going on? New format?

  7. Well that's strange! I'm looking into it...

  8. So, fun fact, when you use Blogger, your photos backup to Google Photos, and if you delete the photos off of Google Photos because you think, "They're safe on my blog, so I don't need them in three places!" (counting my computer), they will also delete off your blog.