August Color Inspiration: Wanderlust

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As we soak in the last bit of summer this month we’re craving adventure, exploration and travel.  Join us as we get our fix of WANDERLUST and take our style cues from the lure of the open road and the promise of big, blue skies.

This month on the blog you can look forward to styles inspired by global destinations and tips on how to travel not just comfortably, but stylishly. We’re also excited to give you a behind the scenes glimpse of Stitch Fix CEO Katrina Lake’s road trip through the American Southwest and the Stitch Fix style secrets of what she packed!

So roll down the windows and recline your seat and come along on our journey this month!

XOXO,

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Tab Sleeve Styling

Tab sleeve shirts have become a Stitch Fix style staple.  These popular tops put a twist on the classic button down shirt with a utilitarian button + tab closure that stylishly holds a rolled cuff in place. 

Ranging from structured button downs to printed dresses to flowing tops we’re seeing tab sleeves incorporated into a variety of styles ranging from romantic to edgy to preppy.  

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But let’s talk about those tab sleeves themselves.  

Typically we see them with the standard button + rolled cuff and maybe a few added accessories to finish off the style.  What you might not know is that there are a bunch of fun ways to play with the cuffs and tabs to create a variety of unique styles!

Be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram this week for our tab sleeve styling series and learn how you can style this popular feature!  

Stylist Challenge: Classic Block Party

In our final installation of the July Stylist Challenge we have Jocelyn who created a Classic look for a Block Party!Classic OUtfit In her words: 

 

The Top:  I started with this shirt, which is a great piece to style because it flatters a variety of body types from curvy to slender.  The print is classic, but the geometric weave makes it more interesting because it’s not your typical solid or stripe.  

The Pants: I wanted to add in an element of white on the bottom because grabbing a color from the top ties the outfit together. Paired together, these two pieces are light, crisp and clean.  These skinny pants are best for straighter figures.  For a curvy girl, I would try a straight fit or a boot cut to balance her shape and flatter her figure.  

The Accessories:  When I pick jewelry, I pick one accent piece and simplify everywhere else because you want the accessories to shine, but not be overdone.  Here I went with a statement necklace and a few thin bangles. 

The Finishing Touches: I added the cardigan for a bit of intrigue and flats to keep the outfit casual, low key and relaxed. 

Joc Flat Styling

Stylist Challenge: Romantic Block Party

Next up in our Stylist Challenge series we have Miranda who created a Romantic Block Party outfit! Romantic Look

In her words: 

The Dress:  I think the waist is the sexiest part on a woman’s body so I wanted to create a look that shows this feature off. I picked this fit’n’flare dress because the cut brings in the waist without hugging the bottom.  This style of dress is particularly great for a woman with some curves, but will flatter any body type.  This style also has a lot of movement, which is fun, flirty and adds a touch of romance!      

The Accessory:  A statement necklace is a great way to dress up the look while bringing in your own personal style.  I don’t like to add too many accessories, instead I go for one main piece to keep a look clean and uncluttered.  I chose this pink flower necklace to complement, rather than overpower, the colors in the dress. 

The Layer:  Make sure to bring a cardi for when the sun goes down!  For a fun color blocking look, try highlighting a hue that is in the dress such as orange or blue.  Otherwise, simple black is always a chic, classic option.  

Styling on Dress Form

Come back on Friday for our final installment of the Stylist Challenge to see Jocelyn’s Classic Block Party outfit!

Stylist Challenge: Boho Block Party

Many of you have asked us to meet the stylists behind your Fixes and we’re thrilled to make those introductions!  However, we figured that instead of just showing you their faces we could show off their styling skills.

Each month we’ll be featuring three of our Stitch Fix stylists in a Stylist Challenge where we pick a specific destination or event and have each stylist create a fully styled outfit. This month we selected a Block Party, an All-American summertime event where families, friends and neighbors take a pause from the craziness of summer schedules to celebrate community. 

Starting things off, we have Alexandra who created a signature Boho block party outfit!  

Bohemian Outfit

{read on for the styling details}

In her words: 

THE JEANS: I started with a boot cut jean because I liked the relaxed silhouette and it’s universally the most flattering cut on all body types from  curvy to petite.  Plus, you can really dress up the dark wash denim.  

THE TOP: This silk top has a simple, flowing cut that is comfortable and flattering, especially for those who are more conscious of their midsections.  I chose this color because it picks up on the blue hues in the jeans while the silver embroidery adds a nice touch of bohemian style.  If you want more coverage on the arms, you can easily add a long sleeve draped sweater.

THE ACCESSORIES:  I love monochromatic and tonal styling, so I wanted to keep everything in the same color family.  The earrings have a silver leaf shape with turquoise dots that pick up on the same colors in the jeans and the top.  Again, picking up on the same tones I chose a blue star print scarf to add as an outer layer when the sun goes down.  You can wrap it around  your neck or use it as a shawl.  

Alexandra Styling outfit

THE OUTFIT: In general I think this look is effortless, breezy and carefree.  To me, that is the epitome of bohemian style.”

Stay tuned for Wednesday’s Stylist Challenge installment for the Romantic look by Miranda!

Announcing #STITCHFIXFRIDAY!

#Stitchfixfriday

Sunday.  Monday.  Tuesday.  Wednesday.  Thursday.  #STITCHFIXFRIDAY!

Join us as we celebrate the end of the week in full Stitch Fix style! This is not only the chance to show off your favorite Stitch Fix pieces, but also be entered to win a $50 credit!  Here’s how: 

1. Take a picture of you wearing a favorite Fix (selfies will work just fine!)

2. Post it to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Google+ and tag it #stitchfixfriday

3. Spend the rest of your Friday looking Stitch Fix fabulous!

We’ll be selecting a winner at random, so if you don’t win this time around be sure to take another #stitchfixfriday pic again next week!  

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DIY Cooling Cucumber Masque

While temperatures are hitting record highs across the country, we want to help you keep your cool with this refreshing facial masque!  The best part?  You can gather all of the ingredients right from your kitchen!

This soothing combination of oats, honey and cucumber will be sure to keep your skin summery fresh.  

So stay inside, pamper yourself and enjoy this refreshing homemade spa treatment.  

Cucumber, Honey and Oat Masque

Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4-1 cup oats (depending on water content of cucumber)

Cooling Cucumber Mask

Directions:

  • In a blender, pulse together yogurt and cucumber to form a paste. Pour into a bowl.
  • Add honey and oats (1/4 cup at a time) until the mixture forms a thick paste.
  • Give another quick spin in the blender to chop oats.
  • Pop in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to chill and solidify
  • Spread on face, paying special attention to on and around the eyes.
  • Sit back, relax and let visions of your next Fix dance through your head for 10-15 minutes. 
  • Wash off with warm water.
  • Enjoy a refreshed summer complexion!

FIX TIP: chop up a few cucumbers and add them to a pitcher of icy water for a hydrating spa water!  

(recipe credit: BackToHerRoots.com)

July Featured ‘Fixer: Anne of ModernMrsDarcy


Here at Stitch Fix, we’re all about the real women with real lives who really wear our clothes, which is why we’re going to be sharing with you their stories of how they incorporate Stitch Fix style in their day-to-day routines!
 
First up, we’ve got Anne of ModernMrsDarcy, an avid ‘Fixer who uses Stitch Fix to define and refine her style as a working mother of four.  
 
 
Stitch Fix: How does style fit into your day-to-day life?  
 
Anne: I don’t lead a high-fashion lifestyle, but I do believe that getting dressed in the morning–really getting dressed–inspires me to take on the day with a smile. I choose my clothes with care because my apparel makes a huge difference in how I feel about myself and how others feel about me. I use style to convince my body I’m bringing my A-game each day, and to project a warm, friendly, approachable vibe to the people I meet. 
 
Stitch Fix: How has your style evolved as a mom?
 
Anne: It’s evolved so, so much. I entered motherhood firmly planted in the realm of dry clean only, but that didn’t last for long! I slogged through survival mode, clawed my way out gradually, and am now happily ensconced in the realm of practical, everyday style. It’s taken me years—and I’m not exaggerating—to figure out how to dress functionally and fashionably for my parenting gig. 
 
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Stitch Fix Style on the SAP Catwalk

Last week, one of our Stitch Fix interns, Sheila, had the opportunity to participate in a fashion event hosted by SAP geared towards exploring the intersection of fashion and technology in the workplace. Featuring industry leaders in media, tech and fashion, the event sought to answer the questions Can fashion and design alter the way you build your career path? How do employees dress when it comes to choosing styles at work?

Representing in true Stitch Fix style, Shelia walked the catwalk showing off our styling team’s selections for office attire.  Here’s what she wore: 

SAP CatwalkThe Stitch Fix stylists chose the printed top and colorful blazer because of the way the pieces complimented each other. The bright peach looked great against a black and white background while the white statement necklace pulled it all together.  

My stylists also chose a long black dress because it’s figure flattering, classic, and elegant. We paired it with a long turquoise necklace and three bangles for a pop of color. It was simple yet chic: perfect for events where you need to dress up without revealing too much skin.

Colorful.  Refined.  Chic.

The perfect office combo.

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