What I Wore

Happy Wednesday!  Today feels like a Monday here because we had a long weekend – Monday and Tuesday off of school! Long weekend + short week = happy family!

If you’re new here and wondering why in the world am I showing what I wore this week, well here goes: years ago, when my 3 kids were really little, I basically lived in either pj’s or sweats.  I put very little effort into myself and just felt blah.  When I did get dressed in real clothes, I realized I felt much better about myself.  So I began posting pictures of myself, good or bad (lots of bad), in an effort to keep myself accountable to getting dressed each day most days.  Over the years, I have started to figure out my style, while allowing a lot of variety, and am figuring out what looks best on my body.  I’ve hosted this weekly post as a linky party so if YOU want to join me, you can link up!  All the details on how to do that will be at the end of this post.

Also, almost everything I am wearing in this post is older and no longer available.  I do my best to find similar items for you if you want to find them (I do use affiliate links where I can), but my hope is that you can pull pieces from your own closet to make them work for you in a new way.

what i wore at the pleated poppy

field coat {similar} // shirt {similar & similar} // white jeans {similar} // ankle boots {similar} // earrings

I’ve got 2 Sunday’s worth of outfits to share!  Last Sunday I wore this outfit – super casual, but still nice enough for church.  The field coat is from Stitch Fix and its one of those staple items that I wear all the time.  This shirt is super soft and I love the wider boat neck.

what i wore at the pleated poppy

what i wore at the pleated poppy

what i wore at the pleated poppy

cardigan {similar} // t-shirt {similar} // jeans // boots {similar} // necklace // cuff {similar}

On Mondays, the kids are at school and I head into the thrift store for a couple hours to work (I’m the store supervisor and display lead).  It’s a nice excuse to get dressed (where on home school days I have a harder time).  I love a good cardigan and this inexpensive one I picked up a couple years ago from Forever 21 does not disappoint.  And again with these super soft jeans from Old Navy – they are like pajamas, you guys!

what i wore at the pleated poppy

what i wore at the pleated poppy

sweater {similar & similar} // jeans {similar} // heels // earrings (size small) // cuff

Date night!!! We’re at a really funny stage of our life right now.  Our kids are old enough that for the most part we don’t have to get a sitter in order to go out on a date.  But we’re old enough that many nights we don’t want to stay out very late!  So we went on a date last weekend and were home by 8:00 – we walked in, told the kids our date wasn’t over (as in “put yourselves to bed at a reasonable time”), and we went and watched a movie in bed!

This outfit was easy and comfortable.  Good fitting jeans, a loose sweater, and block heeled sandals, and a little jewelry.

what i wore at the pleated poppy

what i wore at the pleated poppy

what i wore at the pleated poppy

jacket // sweater // jeans {similar} // wedge ankle boots //earrings (size small) // cuff

And this Sunday, I wore this outfit for church.  This jacket is from Stitch Fix (I shared it last week in my Stitch Fix review), and it is already proving to be a great item in my closet (I think I’ve worn it 3 times already!).  I usually wear this lightweight sweater with leggings of skinny jeans as its pretty long, but I also like it tucked in like this!  I mostly love the color of this sweater – kind of a caramel-y brown.  These jeans are some of my favorites (I wear them a lot).

what i wore at the pleated poppy

what i wore at the pleated poppy

longline cardigan {similar} // shirt {similar} // ponte pants // converse // glasses

This outfit was from a lounge-y stay at home day.  We had playdates and sleepovers and crafts and baking and on these days I go for comfort!  Who am I kidding? I always go for comfort!  Both these pants and sweater were from long ago Stitch Fixes.

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Do you wanna join me for “what i wore“?  Yay!  Just follow the rules:

1. Link to your specific blog post, not your blog’s main page. Ex: http://thepleatedpoppy.com/2011/09/what-i-wore-wednesday-fall-inspiration/ not http://thepleatedpoppy.com/blog/.

2. Please only link outfit related posts. Your craft project may be adorable, or that may be a great giveaway, but this linky is for outfit related posts only – thank you!  ps – I WILL delete the super random posts that have nothing to do with outfits

3. Please please please link back here to me so all this wiw stuff makes sense to your readers. and its just nice to do ;)

4. Check out as many links as possible! I am constantly inspired by so many outfits each week! And you will definitely find some new blogs that you’ve never stumbled upon before – so fun!

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What I Wore: Stitch Fix Edition

stitch fix

Have you ever tried Stitch Fix?  I have been using their service for years.  In fact, I just received my 36th fix!

If you’re not familiar with Stitch Fix, its an online styling service, where you fill out all sorts of information about yourself and your clothing styles and preferences, sizes and budget, and a stylist curates a box of 5 items for you.  You get a box in the mail of 5 items (clothing, jewelry and shoes if you like), try them all on, and return whatever you don’t want.

stitch fix

A few confessions: I love to shop, so this service doesn’t really meet a need of mine to have someone help me figure out what looks good on my body.  If you are the type that hates shopping, or never knows how to attain the style you want, then this is an awesome service!  But that said, many of my most worn, very favorite items in my closet came from Stitch Fix.  Even though I don’t feel like I need someone to shop for me, its still fun opening up a box full of new clothes and seeing what will work.

Also, there are times when I send the whole box back, or just keep one item.  Sometimes its just a big miss.  What is helpful is I give details to my stylist as to exactly what I didn’t like about the items, and what I’d like different the next fix.

And I just got my first box after taking a very long break.  I was hesitant to start again, but my new stylist nailed it!  I only ended up keeping one item, but I’ll explain more as to why I was still very happy with the overall box.

Each of the items were great, but just not perfect.  I have decided with this service that I will only keep the items I really love.  You can choose your budget for all the items in your fix, and I have set mine a little higher.  Because of this, I am spending more on each item than I normally would, so I really want to love it and know I will get a lot of wear out of it.

A quick tip for you: when you get your box, have some basic items on hand to try things on with.  I chose jeans, a white t-shirt, and white converse.

stitch fix

The first thing I tried on were these lace up flats (Lucky Brand – Aviee lace up flats).

stitch fix

They fit perfectly and were comfortable.  I have flat feet so there was a little gaping above the toes, but overall a good fit.  The style was cute with the lace up detailing and the elastic straps weren’t annoying at all.  But… I just didn’t love them . the color is a great neutral, but I think I would’ve preferred this style in black.  Also, I feel like this ghillie (lace up) style is a trend from the last couple years.  I am not normally one to jump on a trend for awhile (I used to think skinny jeans were hideous!), but I felt like there would be other flats I would love more.  So these went back.

stitch fix

Next up was the Jana Poncho Pullover by RD Style.  Now I am always a fan of chunky sweaters!  This one had a lot going for it, but a few marks against.  I will say that this was an 80* day that I tried this all on, so that didn’t help things!

stitch fix

I love the cowl neck, the ribbing, the charcoal grey color and the length, but it was a little too boxy for me when my arms weren’t at my side.

stitch fix

I didn’t love that the side split all the way to the sleeves.  Yes, it was technically a poncho, so that is to be expected, but I couldn’t decide if I liked the creativity of it or if it just felt off.  So it was returned as well.

stitch fix

I was giddy when I opened my box and saw this sweatshirt.   Its the Club Nomade Hoodie by Scotch & Soda.

stitch fix

stitch fix

My stylist had clearly looked at my personal style online and on my Pinterest board (I gave Stitch Fix my What I Wore Pinterest board so my stylist knows what to look for).  I love this pale pink, almost peachy color.  The style is great – casual but still nice.  It has a fun cut, wider than I’d normally pick, but still cute.

stitch fix

stitch fix

But here’s what made me return even this beauty: the short sleeves.  Ok, not technically short sleeves, maybe 3/4 length.  I really really loved this sweatshirt, but knew I’d be super annoyed when I couldn’t pull the sleeves all the way down to keep me warm (I have this thing with being warm).  Everything else about it was so good!  Also, this was the priciest item in my box, so I would’ve only kept it if it were much less expensive.

stitch fix

Next up is the Angelo Cargo Anorak Jacket by 41 Hawthorne.  I have been wanting a blush pink field jacket, and this one fit the bill perfectly!

stitch fix

I have another lightweight field jacket in the perfect olive green that was from Stitch Fix as well.  This jacket is lined and feels like a quality piece of clothing.

stitch fix

It fits perfectly!  I love the option of wearing it with or without the hood (it zips off).

stitch fix

The color is great – not too bright or fleshy.  I have found others that are similar, but the pink just wasn’t quite right.  This one was a definite keeper!  It will be great in the spring over a t-shirt or even now layered over a sweater.

stitch fix

When I opened the box, my daughters were both with me.  As soon as these pants came out (Dustin Ankle Zip Detail Jogger Pant by Pistola), we all kind of said, “ugh”, and I had very little hope for them.  I didn’t love the twill fabric for pants with elasticized ankles.  They looked like pants for little boys.

But this is one of the reasons why I really like Stitch Fix!  When I tried them on, I actually thought they were a lot cuter than I was expecting!  I love joggers and a variation other than sweats would be nice!  Stitch Fix will send me things I wouldn’t normally choose for myself, which is kind of fun!

stitch fix

But these ones were gigantic.  In the first picture I am holding a wad of fabric behind my back.  They were just huge.  Stitch fix does offer an exchange for a different size option, but I knew that these wouldn’t get as much wear as they should, considering their price.

stitch fix

So these, too, went back.

After all that, keeping only the pink jacket, I was still totally pleased with the fix.  Each of the items were very close to what I’d love to keep, but just not quite there.  I was sure to give details to my stylist when I returned them, so she knew how to tweak my next fix.

Have you tried Stitch Fix before?  If not you can try it risk free with this link.  Normally, you pay a $20 stylist fee with each fix, which is applied toward anything you buy in your fix.  And full disclosure, I get a $25 credit when you order your first box, and you can too when anyone uses your unique code to try it out as well!

Let me know if you have any questions!

And if you’re here to link up with me for my What I Wore linky… here you go!

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Do you wanna join me for “what i wore“?  Yay!  Just follow the rules:

1. Link to your specific blog post, not your blog’s main page. Ex: http://thepleatedpoppy.com/2011/09/what-i-wore-wednesday-fall-inspiration/ not http://thepleatedpoppy.com/blog/.

2. Please only link outfit related posts. Your craft project may be adorable, or that may be a great giveaway, but this linky is for outfit related posts only – thank you! ) ps – I WILL delete the super random posts that have nothing to do with outfits)

3. Please please please link back here to me so all this wiww stuff makes sense to your readers. and its just nice to do ;)

4. Check out as many links as possible! I am constantly inspired by so many outfits each week! And you will definitely find some new blogs that you’ve never stumbled upon before – so fun!

 {This post may contain affiliate links}