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Stitch Fix + Fancy Dates

I’ve lost count of how many Stitch Fix boxes that I have opened, but my last box turned out this top and it is beautiful. It was instantly brought into my capsule wardrobe. I have shared about it a bit here before but Stitch Fix is a great way to help you build a capsule wardrobe!
I am very picky these days about what I let into my closet. There was a long time of my life that I was not that way and I wasted a lot of money on clothing I never wore. My closet rules are as follows:
1. I LOVE IT
2. IT FILLS A VOID
These two rules are so important to me because for a long time my only rule was “IS CHEAP” and I ended up buying a lot of cheap crap that I didn’t love or need. I wasted money buying a shirt with a weird fit that I never wore, pants that were too lose/too tight, and dresses that I could only wear certain ways. When you look at your closet, finding an outfit should be easy. It should only have clothes that you feel confident in and those clothes should make outfits. It is simple really but also weirdly hard to do.
That is where Stitch Fix comes in. My personal stylist reads my notes (which is where I talk about the things in my closet that I am missing that would help me complete outfits) and then they send me a box! If this is your first (or more but you still are confused) time hearing about Stitch Fix, you need you read this post on all the gooey details! It is really one of my favorite services and I am sure I will continue using it forever because it is just that amazing. I just want to dispel a quick myth, Stitch Fix can be monthly but does not need to be. I do not get monthly boxes, so no need to fret about an excess of clothes entering your closet!
When I open my box, I try on everything, keep what I LOVE (read: I have no gripes about it and it fits me perfectly.), and I send the rest back for free! With this last box, I had a list of some things that my closet is missing with a huge emphasis on work appropriate but functional pieces! This top was interesting but I put it on and couldn’t take it off – seriously. I wore it on our date the very next day. Just what I needed – totally work-y and real life-y!
Best news, when you get your box it not only comes with new clothes, but also ways to wear them! I love and collect the cards that Stitch Fix sends each month! It helps you see how you can mix and match and plan outfits! It will also show you what type of item you might be missing (like if every card includes a pencil skirt or skinny jeans)
OUTFIT DETAILS:
Bag: ONA
Shorts: GAP
Bracelet: Ekata Designs
Shoes: Banana Republic (ThredUp)
Oh, and there is my sexy date man! He is the man behind the camera of all my “photo shoot” posts and his name is Bruce. Like the shark in Finding Nemo.
WHAT ARE YOUR SHOPPING RULES?

 

  • Aww that top is PERFECT. That's definitely something I'd purchase if we had Stitch Fix here in the Philippines. Re: shopping rules, I don't really have any (right now) because I received (not bought) over 90% of my closet. Most of my clothes come from cousins in the States 🙂 I am, however, in the process of experimenting with a capsule wardrobe. So I guess the rules I set for myself would be to buy what I need, buy something long-lasting even if it may be a bit pricey. I also need to make sure the piece would be versatile enough.
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    You look like such a down to earth soul, Elizabeth. Always a joy to visit your blog.

  • You are the most adorable. Tell Bruce he did a great job on the pictures! 🙂
    I love that shirt. It is different and unique and looks really good on you!

  • My obsession for your ONA bag is out of control. Also, that top looks amazing on you–per usual!

  • that's a great rule! I recently read a post about a girl who only buys something if she can think of four outfits to match it with already in her closet. It's a good way to avoid buying those random pieces we never end up wearing!

    Oh and PS the detail on the shirt is beautiful!

  • I just got my second Stitch Fix box yesterday, and loved everything in it! I hope that doesn't happen every time, or this could get expensive! Very cute top, it looks great on you.

  • What a fun stitch fix top that they sent you this time!

  • Yes, I agree your ONA bag is adorable!

  • I'll let him know! He will be proud. The lighting that day was crazy hard to work with!

  • I know! I love it!

  • Oh! That is so wonderful! Thank you! and you can also just start spacing your boxes out a little more 😉

  • Oh! I do that four outfit rule!

  • me too!

  • thanks!!!

  • Awe! Thanks for the sweet words! I am glad you are part of the Oak + Oats community!

  • jessica church

    Stitch fix scares me because you have to pay for the styling making it more expensive. I wish you could try it once without the styling fee! But I totally agree about only buying clothes you love. I still sometimes get caught in the, "its so cheap" thing, but I am starting to buy clothes that are higher quality and classic.

  • I am really trying to not do the "cheep thing" anymore but I find my brain saying that.
    Also, I totally get what you are saying but the $20 is subtracted from whatever you end up keeping. So if you really want to keep the $30 shirt, you only need to pay $10 for it. You don't just lose that money, it goes back to you.
    AND
    if you get just one referral you can get $25 in your account which just covers the styling fee so it doesn't come out of your wallet. and you still get it taken out of what you keep.

  • PS: you should link your blog to your Disqus profile so that people can click over to your blog when you comment!

  • I totally didn't know you could do that! Thanks for the tip.

    And I didn't realize that about stitch fix either. I'll have to think about it more seriously!!

  • Yeah! That is the confidence I needed to try my first box. and then I really enjoyed the whole thing 🙂

  • I really like your shopping rules! I definitely just had the IS CHEAP rule forever, but I've gotten a lot better lately. I've been trying to save money so I haven't bought clothes in forever except when I've had gift cards. It actually hasn't been that bad because I have found new ways to mix and match clothes I already have.

  • You look so cute! It looks so beautiful where you are! I love finding high quality pieces that I love at a killer price. That's one reason why I love TJ Maxx because I can find really fun items. I'm also really weird about short sleeves. I prefer razor back tanks or long sleeves.

  • You probably don't have an ugly back 😉 or bra issues. HAHAAH

    Thanks! That is the Broadmoor! It is a really pretty place in the springs!

  • This top is so cute, and it really does look so practical and easy to wear! One of my new rules for my closet is that I don't require a specific set of things in order to wear a single item (like a shirt that needs a specific tank top under it). I want all of my pieces to be easy to wear and interchangeable.

  • I have similar shopping rules!

    1) I must love it
    2) I must need it
    1-2 exception) If I need it by a certain date for a specific event, I don't have to love it
    3) Classics must be decent quality; trendy pieces should be inexpensive
    4) If I look at it online 2-3 days a week and after a month of doing that, it goes on sale, I can buy it even if I don't need it
    5) If I think it is a classic piece that fills a void in my wardrobe, but I'm not sure how often I'll wear it, I buy an inexpensive version before investing in an expensive one. Aka I'm getting fake tall brown leather boots this fall to see how often I wear them before buying real leather boots.

    I'm currently on the hunt for a white button-up, which is difficult as a petite busty person, and a black cardigan, equally difficult.

  • You are an super organized shopper!

  • Thanks! And yes, I so agree with that. I love things that I can wear a normal bra with!

  • My rules were born of necessity! After graduation, I lived in seven houses/apartments in five cities in three countries in 4 1/2 years. Living primarily out of two suitcases meant I learned a lot about prioritizing what to buy. As my cheaper clothes have slowly worn out, I've attempted to replace them with a small quantity of greater quality clothing.

  • Yes!

  • Haha, you had to mention Finding Nemo now I'm going to have the line "Hello, I'm Bruce" in my head all day!
    I love the top and your shopping rules, I'm down to 35ish items in my closet and I'm focusing on a capsule wardrobe I have a few items that I want to replace in the next 6 months to a year, like my black dress pants that just don't fit well, and a couple of other things but for the most part I'm happy with the few clothes that I have.

  • (I know this is an old post but found it through your twitter) I never tried Stitch Fix because I thought it was monthly and I don’t need new clothes often with my capsule wardrobe. Might have to look into it. LOVE that top, though! It suits you perfectly!

    • Oak & Oats

      Yes! I know. I LOVE that you can just sign up for a box whenever you want (and not commit to anything monthly!! You should try it! It is so fun – I get a couple a year!