You guys, YOU GUYS, OMFG YOU GUYS.
Here is my 6th box from Material World, my all-time favorite fashion subscription box. It's like Stitch Fix, but better, because all the items are designer, and they're also all really inexpensive because they're consigned (but only in excellent condition or new with tags, which I can't say for most consigned items).
First, here's what I received in my box:
Who wore it better: me and my lower thighs, or my 11-year-old daughter?
FIRST OF ALL, every single person already has this shirt for doing bullshit house projects in and yardwork. And if not, we can "design" our own with finger paint and too much wine.
Secondly, it just looks bad on me.
Top is by NSF.
And it fits!
This top by Alice + Olivia is shiny, metallic, colorful, and fit me like a glove. *angelic chorus*
This is by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, and the original tags were still attached and everything. It's pretty obvious why this was the one item I was TRULY looking forward to trying on! A large scale houndstooth pattern is hard to find! They tend to be smaller scale. And black and white is totally my jam!
But sweet baby jesus, this was nearly impossible to even get on. I had to get my 6 ft. 220 lb husband to physically force the zipper up while I sucked in my nonexistent gut because NO ONE'S WAIST IS THIS SMALL WTF. This dress has some SERIOUS compression, and it took sheer brute muscle to stuff me into it. It's not often that I think "I need to lay off the cupcakes", but yeah, I was feeling it. My organs were all smushed and my rib cage hurt.
Seriously, look at how I'm muffin-topping out of the dress back there! (Note: the tops of muffins are the best part anyway, so I don't even care).
My ribcage right below my bust is 27 inches around, and my natural waist is 23-24 inches. I literally shattered half of my ribs in a car accident in my 20s, and when they healed, my entire rib cage had contracted, so I have a very narrow rib cage due to that injury, which also took my waist down a little, soooooo... it just makes it THAT much more alarming to me that I couldn't even zip this up without sheer brute force, due to tightness. Holy crap.
On the plus side, super tight compression clothing is a great way to make sure you don't overeat.
The downside is also that super tight compression clothing is a great way to make sure you don't overeat. (Taco Night was RUINED for me. Who on earth exercises moderation around tacos?!)
(Spoiler alert: I decided to buy the dress. I'm having a black striped panel added in the back to add a couple of inches to this dress so I can zip it by myself, like a big girl.)
All in all, I still LOVED this Material World box, and would have loved it even more if the sizing had been a bit more precise. Most of the styles were spot on and things I would wear. Sizing though, yikes! This is generally not a problem so I'm hoping it was just a fluke. My measurements have been static for my entire adult life (excepting pregnancies), and I haven't gained any weight or had any shifts in my waist or hip measurements, so it must be the garments' sizing. It's a shame I can't just order the next size up (these items are consigned, so they are often one-offs). I'm very used to and willing to pay for alterations on my clothing, but this is one of the first times I'll be paying to have something taken out a bit to be LARGER. I'm in bizarro-land right now where I feel too large and too tall for these items. My short, skinny, size 00 body.
If you plan on ordering your own box from Material World, put your exact, honest, literal measurements into your profile, and don't be alarmed if the sizes you get sent seem to be larger numbers than you normally buy. A designer size 12 is more like a designer size 8 or 10, and your stylist should be able to help you get appropriately sized items. Make sure to give good feedback on the items that don't work for you. Be specific! I usually have items that are too big, so I think my stylist corrected a little too far in the opposite direction.
Here is my price list, by the way! The dress was the most expensive item, but if you compare to Stitch Fix, the item prices are actually quite comparable! (My most recent box fro Stitch Fix actually cost WAAAAY more than this, over $400, and you can check that out HERE).
The dress was the most expensive item in the shipment, but $120 for a designer dress that still has the original tags attached is a pretty good deal if you ask me.
Here are my other Material World boxes if you want to check them out!
- Material World Box #1
- Material World Box #2
- Material World Box #3
- Material World Box #4
- Material World Box #5
You can grab your own box HERE if affordable designer clothing is up your alley! (And if you don't like the idea of a stylist picking it all out, you CAN pick your own, by the way! Or you can opt for surprises, or a combination of both. I do a combination of both.)
Have a beautiful weekend everyone! I don't post on weekends as a general rule, so I'll see you on Monday!