Friday, April 20, 2018

Calvin Klein Performance Wear from Stitch Fix: Fix #15

This is the first post of my March Stitch Fix box #15.  My February Fix (see the summary HERE if you missed it) was a great one;  I kept 3 out of 5 items.  But this one, wasn't as great:  I sent everything back.  I liked everything I received, but nothing hit it out of the ballpark for me.  Like I did last month, I will review one piece at a time, concluding with a summary at the end of the month.

The first item I am reviewing from my March Fix, Fix #15 is this Calvin Klein Performance Wear Top.

I mentioned in my critique to my stylist of my last Fix that I lead a casual lifestyle, so I think that's why she sent me this Calvin Klein Performance Wear top in my Fix.  She also knew I liked the color lavender.  


The color of the top is very pretty and I love the soft feel to the knit, but that's where my love ends.  The top is described on the style card as "boxy".  I don't think boxy looks good on anyone, and it's especially not good on my already top-heavy frame.  I need something with more structure.  And even though I lead a casual lifestyle, I don't want to wear performance wear out of the house.  I only get out twice a week on average, so I want to look nice and wear "real" clothes.


Since I sent the top back, I styled it for the purpose of a photo shoot only.  Since it's "performance wear" I paired it with skinny jeans from Charlotte Russe, a white hoodie, sneakers, and a back pack bag (all old except the jeans).


I found this cute white back pack bag on-line from JCPenney last year.  The shoes are by Dr. Scholls and I have had them forever.



The top is super comfy.  The cost was $58.00 which is ridiculously high for me.  Why would I ever pay that for something to exercise in or just wear around the house?  I don't know about you, but when I'm home I am always cooking, cleaning, gardening, or doing something messy.  I would never wear something "new" or "expensive" because I know I'd just end up ruining it.

Every now and then I come across articles that say women should dress nice around the house to feel better about themselves.  I just couldn't disagree more.  Unless that woman has a maid and/or does not engage in physical labour,  I just see it as a dumb way to wreck nice clothes.  😆  What are your thoughts about that?


As I stated earlier, even though it's trending to wear performance wear outside the house, I do not.  I like to dress up when I go out.  Unless I plan a physical event that day (like hiking in a park) I would not wear this top outside the house.




So what about you?  Do you wear Performance Wear outside your home or gym?  What do you think of this top?  Did I make the right decision to send it back?  I'd love to hear from you!

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23 comments:

  1. The top looks great - your jeans a super too!! x

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  2. I agree with everything you said... "boxy" just doesn't look good on anyone. You are the first person I've heard address this "women should dress nice at home" thing. I understand the reasoning and I know that when I've been home too many days in a row without make up or "real" clothes on, I am antsy to dress up even if it is just jeans and a nice top. But I just can't see wearing anything nice that I'll wind up spilling on or getting dirty when I'm doing my daily work around the house! I liked the lavender top but, I agree, I wouldn't spend $58! Good post!

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    1. Thanks so much Sarah, I so agree with you about the need to put on make-up or normal clothes if you're home too much. That's why I struggle with wearing active wear or performance wear outside the home. Yes, I was watching Oprah years ago and she did a show where she showed nice outfits women could wear at home instead of sweats so they wouldn't feel like "frumpy housewives". It was mostly just nice jogging suits (or what they called them back then. Now they would be yoga wear probably), but still, I know I'd get a bleach or oil stain on it immediately. haha! But, I have seen other similar topic posts too. A lot of them have to do with weight management: we need to wear jeans at home instead of sweats or leggings because it's too easy to put on weight if you're not zipping into skinny jeans everyday.

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  3. It looks like a cute outfit and I like the color. I also like the lengths of the sleeves but not so much the drop sleeves and for the price I would have sent it back too. In the photos it looks more like a dressier shirt than athleisure wear.

    I'm one of the people that have to dress in my regular street clothes when I get up, and only change when I go to yoga or when it's time for bed. But regular clothes for me are jeans and a pretty shirts, I don't usually wear blouses or dresses (and my shirts are not super expensive either), so I don't feel like I am overdressed for regular house work. I've occasionally had a shirt ruined from cooking grease, now when I cook something messy, I just through an old zippered sweatshirt over my tshirt while cooking. (I should invest in an apron LOL.)

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    1. Thanks Ellie! I liked the color too. My usual at home attire is sweats/leggings in winter or cut off jean shorts in the summer. And I always wear a tank because our house is always hot! I just throw a light cardigan over the tank if I get too cold.

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  4. I usually shy away from boxy too though I do buy more casual, loose pieces than I used to because it's much easier and practical to wear when I am with my daughter. Tighter, more fitted things are very heard to wear when chasing her in public (they rise up and show things I don't want to show). I tend to wear non-nice things at home too.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. I like a looser fit too, I tend to be uncomfortable in tighter clothes, but this is just too boxy. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. I agree with you on this top, it is a bit pricey and nothing really stands out on it that makes me think it's a special piece to keep. I usually like to keep pieces from Stitch Fix that are a little different than what I'd normally wear, looks great on and is something I wouldn't normally pick out for myself at a store. I think this looks like a nice lounge or workout top, but it wouldn't be my first pick! It still looks lovely on you and I love that jacket you styled with it. But, I am sure there were some other nicer pieces in your box! I was a little unhappy with my last Fix, so of course I ordered another one for next month. LOL! I stay at home, but I have to run out everyday for kids activities and such... so I usually do try to look a little put together. But, if I didn't have to leave the house... I would probably stay in my PJ's several times a week!! :) I like to do a lot of crafts, gardening, cooking, etc., too so I totally get what you mean. Why would you dress up for that?! And, why not just be comfortable?

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Yes Carrie, that's just what I thought. When I order a box from Stitch Fix, I'm expecting something special, not something so simple...and especially at that price. I actually thought your last Fix was pretty good. I loved that dress you received!

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  6. I think the top looks good on you and I wouldn't even describe the top as boxy. I am a SAHM and I get dressed and put makeup on everyday. No matter what we do. When I had my first daughter I didn't and I got very depressed and once I got out of that time period I decided to take a shower, do my hair and makeup and even if it's comfy clothes I change out of my leggings and put something normal on. For me it's more than just wearing nice clothes around the house.

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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    1. Ruth I think it's great that you do that and I totally understand why. I know when I go without make up for days, I need to put some on just to feel "pretty" again. I think my at-home lifestyle is a lot messier than the average homemaker. In the winter I have to keep two wood stoves going...and heating with wood is messy. I do feel like Cinderella sometimes covered in ashes! :) In the summer, I have a huge garden and I'm out there 4 to 6 hours a day covered in dirt. So that is why regular or "nice" clothes usually don't work for me.

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  7. I will wear my performance wear outside the house but typically only on a day when I'm either heading to the gym or a work day where I'm just running out to grab some supplies. I like dressing up too and rarely do I feel myself if I don't .

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    1. Thanks for visiting Shelly! I don't feel me either if I'm not dressed up a little bit.

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  8. I like it and think it looks nice on you, but if it's not something you will get a lot of wear of it's definitely good to return it :)

    I have days where I stay in my PJs or loungewear and we just play at home, but I have other days we get out the house and I'll put on something nice and keep it on all day. Nice for me isn't overly fancy though, haha! And always machine washable, so it doesn't matter what the boys have in store :)

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Our weather wasn't as bad as predicted so we got to spend some time outside and by the pool which was awesome. :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Mica, if I'm not ouside I'm usually in loungewear myself! Glad you were able to get outside last weekend!

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  9. I'm actually all about performance wear, so I'm loving this top, and your outfit! However, I do understand why you'e not a fan. For me, performance wear just fits perfectly into my lifestyle with young kids.
    Rachael
    www.threadsforthomasblog.com

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    1. That's completely understandable Rachael!

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  10. I understand the concept about looking nice around the house, but I don't do it often. Sure, maybe when I'm home all day on the computer and there are people coming over for this and that...but even now I'm still in my pjs...ha ha!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Yes, I do it once in a while myself!

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  11. Too cute, Amy! And I love your sneakers/shoes!

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  12. I don't dress up just to stay at home, it's just not practical (or comfortable) for me. I'm usually in jeans and a T-shirt. I do like the top but it is a bit expensive. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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