Clothing Haul | Winter 2017

It is about time for some new duds!  I spent the majority of the first year postpartum wearing my momiform of jeans and slouchy tees and flannels, which is still my daily look of choice, but I needed to replace some things I had worn out.  I recently did a huge sort and purge of my clothing and picked up some basics to refresh my wardrobe.  I also decided to give the clothing subscription Stitch Fix a try.  Read on to learn more about my first impressions of this service…

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clothing haul winter 2017

❊ Topshop Oversize Turtleneck Sweater – I’m not a huge fan of tops that are snug around my neck although I love the look of turtlenecks.  This sweater is the perfect option for me because the neck is pretty loose and I can wear it without feeling uncomfortable.  It’s also super fuzzy and warm but not itchy.  As someone who reacts to most wool blends, I appreciate a well made acrylic sweater that provides the look and feel of real fiber without discomfort.

❊ Madewell ‘Whisper’ Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee – I cycled through several brands of basic v-necks tees over the past year.  This version by Madewell is my absolute favorite in terms of cut and feel.  It wears on the looser side but isn’t boxy like some other ones I’ve tried.  I love the detail the pocket adds as well.  I wash mine on gentle and dry on low and they hold up great!

❊ Caslon Long Sleeve Slub Knit Tee – I always wish I could find every day casual long sleeve shirts that fit just right and I think I finally have with this one.  I picked up the white which is a bit see through but I pair it with a tank underneath and that works well.  It’s fitted without being figure hugging and is comfortable in the arms where other brands I’ve tried can get tight.  

❊ BP V-Neck Long Sleeve Sweater – I love a good sweater, but most of the time I am running around my house too much to wear one or I overheat.  This lightweight pullover is the perfect weight and oh-so soft!  I bought it in both black and grey I like it so much,  It does run big so I recommend sizing down.

Is there anything as frustrating as jean shopping?  Well, yes, maybe bathing suit shopping (😉).  Seriously, though, why must it be so gosh darn difficult to find jeans that not only look good but feel good, too.  I reached out on Facebook a few weeks ago asking for suggestions and so many people recommended both of these brands, so I decided to give them a try.  I love them both!

❊ KUT from the Kloth ‘Natalie’ Stretch Bootleg Jeans – These jeans are so soft and feel amazing on.  They’ve got a nice amount of stretch but not so much that they’re baggy by the end of the day.  They sit just at the navel on me which is perfect for keeping everything covered when I’m bending over to pick up my daughter or playing around on the floor with her.  I found they are pretty true to size for me (I wear a 27 or 4 in most jeans).  I absolutely love the wash of this pair I picked up.  It’s the perfect everyday dark blue that goes with pretty much anything!  I had them hemmed for the best fit.  I see myself living in these all year long!

❊ NYDJ ‘Barbara’ Stretch Bootcut Jeans –  These jeans are great for women who appreciate a lot of stretch and a high waist.  They’re definitely stretchier than my KUT from the Kloth ones so I sized down and they fit well.  I like that the wash is a bit grayer in tone.  I didn’t have to have these hemmed as the length is perfect on me (I bought the regular length in both brands).  These feel a bit more polished looking but move great with me as I’m up and down and all over the place all day long!

❊ NYDJ Sheri Stretch Skinny Jeans – I absolutely love these grey pants.  They call them jeans but the material reminds me more like a thicker chino than anything else.  They have a lot less give to them so I stuck with my usual size 4 and they fit great.  One of the things I like best about the NYDJ pants is that they hug my waist while allowing ample room for my thighs and caboose.  These are attributes every curvy girl dreams of in pants!  No more gaping waist lines for this mama!  These feel like real “grownup” pants to me since they aren’t traditional jeans and are so versatile in dressing up or down.  

stitch fixAfter months of hemming and hawing, my sister-in-law finally convinced me to try out Stitch Fix.  She’s been using it for the past year (postpartum with her second child) with great success and has raved time and time again about how her stylist sends great things that she would otherwise not find on her own.  I thought a clothing subscription wasn’t for me as I’m incredibly picky about what I even want to try on and tend to wear the same things over and over again (that momiform life!).  After feeling so frustrated yet again about wanting new things but feeling stuck and not having the patience (or time!) to search, it finally dawned on me that this service is actually perfect for someone like me.

Here’s how it works: you start by filling out a comprehensive style profile which goes through everything from sizing to taste.  You can specify what kind of clothes and/or accessories you’re interested in and price ranges for each category you’re comfortable with.  You can also select if you want to receive your “Fix” on a regular basis or just whenever the mood strikes.  Before your next shipment you can write a note to your stylist describing anything in particular you’re looking for in the next Fix.  You’re charged a $20 stylist fee for each shipment.  If you keep any of the items sent (I believe there’s a total of 5) that fee is credited towards your purchase.  Once you receive your Fix you have 3 days to decide on what you’re keeping and what you’d like to return.  You only pay for what you keep.  If you keep all 5 items you save a total of 25% on your entire purchase.  You check out online or using the app on a mobile device, pack whatever you’re sending back in the included pre-paid mailer, and drop it in the mail.  Easy peasy!

I had very low expectations for my first shipment as I thought if I can’t even figure out what styles work for me, how can a total stranger.  Boy, was I wrong!  My stylist really got me right away.  I only returned one of the five items.  I think that’s pretty good for the first box!  When you’re checking out you can rate and write comments on each piece sharing more about what you think about it which helps your stylist get a better understanding of your preferences.  I think this is a great service for anyone looking to revamp their wardrobe and try new things that suit them without spending hours searching.  I’m already looking forward to my next Fix!

I talk more about what I purchased and share a look at my first Stitch Fix shipment in this video:

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I’ve picked up for my basics refresh.  I’m happy to share more about my Stitch Fix experience in the future if there’s interest.  I’d love to know if you’ve ever tried a clothing subscription like Stitch Fix and what your experience was like if you care to share.

Happy Shopping!

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6 thoughts on “Clothing Haul | Winter 2017”

  1. Jen, you are unceasingly adorable. Anytime I need a refreshing sweet read, I go to you. Thanks for always being unique & wonderful. 🙂

  2. Perfect timing of this latest post. I’m also in the process of purging and adding new pieces into my wardrobe. My little one just turned 1 year old this week, so my little postpartum body has changed quite a bit and it’s time for some new clothes. Thanks for all your do!

  3. Stitch Fix sounds ideal for me! I have a ridiculously hard time shopping for things outside of my usual ‘black skater dress’. I don’t think we have anything like it in the UK!

    Love the basics you picked out, I am desperate to find good new jeans to invest in, every pair I try on I find something wrong with!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

  4. Jen,
    I know this has nothing to do with clothes..but THANK YOU for all the videos on Winnie. They have been super helpful to me as a first time mom to a shih tzu. I am going to check out the rest of the fun stuff on the web site. Thank you for sharing your tips and stuff with the rest of us.

  5. To dry clothes flat you need some of those sweater racks you can get at the container store 🙂 Also a good clothes horse for those clothes you can’t put in the dryer, because once before you mentioned something about not being allowed to have a clothes line outside.

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