Fashion Friday :: Stitch Fix Review #9, opinions please?

This month marks one year that I’ve been trying out the Stitch Fix* service. I’m a happy customer! Yesterday, my 9th box arrived, just in time for a Fashion Friday! I was very excited to see what warm weather pieces awaited me.

Box #9

Box #9

 

Before I review them, if you’d like to read previous reviews, you can check them out here:

Stitch Fix Review #1

Stitch Fix Review #2

Stitch Fix Review #3

Stitch Fix Review #4

Stitch Fix Review #5

Stitch Fix Review #6

Stitch Fix Review #7

Stitch Fix Review #8

I think my experience over the past year with Stitch Fix has helped me hone my sense of what I define as a “keeper.” I’ve become a little more clear about what pieces I definitely want to send back, and I also think I’m doing my own shopping with a keener eye. I’ve noticed that I’m willing to try new and different pieces more than I used to be. Yay for getting out of my fashion rut!

My Fix this time was mostly easy to make decisions about, but I do have one piece I want your input on. Let’s start, though, with the things I’ve already made up my mind about.

at first glance

at first glance

When I opened the box, I had mixed feelings. The top piece was the exact same colors as a piece I sent back last time, a dress that I didn’t like for several reasons, color combination being one of them. I love navy, but salmon isn’t my friend (not to mention it gives me an 80s vibe that I can’t quite get over). I tried to maintain an open mind, though, because I noted that the piece was made by 41Hawthorn, which is the brand of many of my very favorite Stitch Fix pieces over the last several months.

Franklin Striped Side Gathered Short Sleeve Shirt

Franklin Striped Side Gathered Short Sleeve Shirt

It’s kind of cute, but I’m not loving it. If it were just navy and white, or if the salmon were another color (kelly green! true red!) I might’ve been more enthused about it. Verdict: return.

I was really excited to see a pair of skinny jeans in the box. As you might recall, I’ve been wanting some skinny jeans, and Stitch Fix has sent me two pairs so far. In both cases, though, they didn’t work out. The first pair was a bit small and they cost far more than I was willing to pay; the second pair was cute and well-priced, but they were too large. I had high hopes for the pair I was sent this time. Plus, they were white! I love white pants and jeans for summer, and the truth is I’ve been wanting a pair of white jeans ever since my last pair wore out a few years ago.

Vinny Ankle Length Colored Skinny Jean, by Liverpool

Vinny Ankle Length Colored Skinny Jean, by Liverpool

But it turns out that “skinny” is a misnomer. These aren’t really skinny jeans at all. They are just regular ankle-length jeans, and not particularly flattering. I honestly can’t figure out why they’re called “skinny” jeans – there’s no real stretch to them, and they aren’t shaped liked skinnies at all. Also, they are too big:

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Bummer! As you can see, my kitty is equally unimpressed. I guess I’ll have to keep hunting for the perfect pair of skinny jeans. Verdict: return.

The next piece was a no-brainer:

Reanne Cap Sleeve Polka Dot Dress by Market and Spruce

Reanne Cap Sleeve Polka Dot Dress, by Collective Concepts

I was happy to see a dress in the box, and the print is very cute (love me some polka dots!). It was also VERY nice to get something with cap sleeves, instead of sleeveless; the cap sleeves completely covers my tattoo without making my arms look like sausages. However, this dress is entirely too short for me to get any wear out of at all. I would never wear it to work and I have things I like better for going out. This seems like a dress that would like great on someone half my age, but not me. Verdict: return.

The next piece had me from the word “go.” The color alone had me hooked.

Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan, by 41Hawthorn

Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan, by 41Hawthorn

It’s called “light blue,” but I call this “beach glass,” and I adore it. Absolutely one of my all-time favorite colors for spring. The cardi is long and it’s long-sleeved, but it is super-lightweight, almost sheer, so I think it will be perfect for work, even in warm weather.

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I absolutely adore it, and while I think it is totally my style, I don’t have anything else in my closet like it. Win! Notice, too, that it’s also made by 41Hawthorn – wish this was a brand I could get my hand on directly, because I clearly love their style. Verdict: keep, keep, KEEP.

So those four pieces were all very easy decisions for me. The last one, I’m on the fence about.

Roma Cowl Neck Jersey Knit Top, by Market and Spruce

Roma Cowl Neck Jersey Knit Top, by Market and Spruce

I have come to adore wearing jersey tops and dresses, thanks to Stitch Fix. And this color, labeled as “Soft Orange” but which I think of as peach, isn’t like anything else I own. The neckline is interesting but wearable, and I could see wearing this for work as well as out. But is it flattering?

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I’m not entirely sure. My inclination is to keep it, but I’d love more objective opinions. I could see pairing it with a white pencil skirt and heels for work, or with dark skinny jeans for going out. Maybe a fun colorful necklace for some pop.

love this color

love this color

In looking at these pictures, it comes across as too tight in the bust, though it didn’t seem like that in person, and it definitely didn’t feel like it. It’s a thin, drape-y material that I might be able to arrange in a way that looks a little less snug. At any rate, I’m interested in input. (Though, as always, I reserve the right to do whatever I want!)

Okay, y’all, verdict is in. After considering feedback here, on Facebook, and on Instagram, I tried the top on again and played around with the styling. No matter what I did, it wants to cling through the bust (even when adjusted to put extra amounts of the drapey fabric there it still has those dreaded horizontal lines). I bummed out, because I love the fabric and the color, and I’m always looking for another top for work, but this isn’t it. I’ll have to look for something else in this color. Verdict: return. Thanks for the input!

Stitch Fix #9

Stitch Fix #9

So, that’s Stitch Fix #9. I remain a happy customer! I may take a bit of a break- I don’t feel I need more summer pieces right now – and come back to it in the fall. In the meantime, I’m excited to break out some of my first Stitch Fix pieces from last May and June. The weather has finally turned beautiful here, and I’m so happy to be able to wear warm-weather clothes at last!

 

 

 

*Stitch Fix is a personal shopping/styling service – you fill out a style questionnaire on their site so that they get a sense of your “style profile.” Then you pay a $20 “styling fee” and they hand-pick five items for you, based on your preferences. They ship the box to you, you try everything on, and then you select what, if anything, you want to keep; the $20 styling fee goes toward the cost of anything you choose. If you don’t want to keep anything, you ship everything back in the package provided (they keep the $20 styling fee). If you decide to keep everything, you get a 25% discount (minus the $20 you already paid them). I do not receive any compensation from them for reviewing my experience with them.

But I *do* get a credit towards my next Fix if you schedule a Fix for yourself via my referral link: here. If you have questions about how it works, you can see their FAQ here – and I am more than happy to answer any questions based on my experience, too.

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11 thoughts on “Fashion Friday :: Stitch Fix Review #9, opinions please?

  1. I am also on the fence about the “orange” top. My main concern is fit across the boobs, so if that works better in person, I lean toward keep.

    I LOVE the polka dot dress on you. Is it really too short? Could it work with leggings or fun colored tights?

    • Thanks, Annika! The dress is so cute but I just know that, even with leggings or tights, I just wouldn’t actually wear it. Decided to return the peach top, too. Bummer!

  2. Sadly, no. The top is not a keeper. The color is great. The neckline is very nice. It just doesn’t fit. The biggest clue is in how you wrapped up your own thoughts on it. “might be able to”. I think you should hold out for the sure thing. Iffy isn’t worn very often.

  3. I feel like the orange/peach top doesn’t know whether it wants to be drapey or snug. That could be a fit issue, but, IMO, it’s really a design or fabric issue. Do you like to wear sleeves that length? I ask, because what I’m noticing that this top has in common with the navy/white/coral top is the sleeves end very close to your bustline. I think that can emphasize the bust and might make it look like you have a fit issue there when you don’t.

    I looked back over your previous Stitch Fix reviews and I really liked the pieces you chose that had dolman sleeves, v-necks, and other neat neck and shoulder details. I totally envy women like you who have the bust and shoulders to pull off those looks…pear shapes like me just end up looking like a tent fell on us. :-) This peach top should work the same way with that lovely drape in the neckline, but something just seems a little “off” with the rest of it. The color is perfect with your skin, though, and the neckline is great…so maybe it’s worth playing around with the styling??

    • Thanks so much for your thorough and thoughtful response! I was so focused on the fabric around the bust that I hadn’t even really considered the sleeve length, but you are right that it emphasizes things in a way that just isn’t flattering. You’re right about the top – it’s just not fitting right, or the way it should, or something. I tried it on again and played around with styling, and nothing I did (including trying different undergarments) helped. Bummer! I’ll have to look around for something else in the same color.

  4. I got the Abrianna sweater in my last Fix, but in a soft peach color and I couldn’t adore it any more! The cut and drape of it is just perfect and the weight of it is perfect for spring in the midwest! It’s actually the only piece I’ve kept so far, but I have another fix scheduled for the first week in June and I have high hopes.

  5. I love that waterfall cardi! I have a lot of clothes that colour (and yarn to make sweaters!), and love pairing it with beige, to remind me of the Caribbean. Did you try the peach top on with a different bra? It looks like it’s clinging to the bra. Or, a minimizer bra would make you “project” less forward and might have made it fit better. Always keep this in mind when trying on tops :)

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