So on Monday, I received my fifth Stitch Fix* box.To see my previous views check them out here:
That last one was a full two months ago, and I have been anxiously awaiting my next Fix almost ever since. The wait time has gotten longer than when I first started last May. I was pretty excited to finally get a box.
It was wrapped a bit differently than past boxes, perhaps because some of my items were bulkier. I didn’t see a list of the items with the prices (and in fact never found it until I was putting things together to ship back). So I tried everything on without knowing the prices, which turned out to be unwise of me.
When I unwrapped everything, things looked promising:
Some white, some charcoal grey, some navy, some stripes. Looking good so far. I love neutrals (especially grey), and I’ve been wanting more stripes.
The second set I unwrapped looking even more promising:
In my last Fix, I received a blazer that I dearly loved, but it was way too small. I asked if I could have the same piece or something similar in the next size up. My stylist indicated they didn’t have that piece in a larger size, but she picked out this heavy cardigan for me instead. I adore brown, so I was happy to see this yummy chocolate-y color. And jeans!! This is the first time I’ve received any kind of pants or jeans in my Fix and I was super-excited. On with the trying on!
I love a crisp white button-down blouse, but this was so long and billow-y I didn’t know quite what to make of it. I’m not really sure how I would wear it. The collar and sleeves are very cute, and I love the pleats, but I feel swallowed up in it.
This was cute enough, but the flimsy fabric feels like a summer piece to me. Nothing about this looks or feels like fall/winter, and I’m not sure why it was sent to me in November. I would have loved a new fall skirt, but this is not it.
Oh, y’all, WHAT THE HECK. This is a dress but there is no way I was going to show it to you without some kind of pants on because the hem hits at the upper thigh. I checked to see if maybe it was supposed to be a tunic, but no, it is a dress. Also, the stripes. Do you see how they curve upward, by design, at the top of my midsection? It makes this look like a babydoll-styled maternity minidress. Also it’s really tight. This would probably look really cute on someone half my age. It looks anything but cute on me. (Also, note the 3/4-length sleeves. This does not strike me as a fall/winter piece, which, again, is what I would be hoping for in late November.)
Now we are getting somewhere. I like the cardigan, even though the geometric print isn’t something I would gravitate towards on my own. I love the toggle buttons, I love the chocolate trim and cuffs, and I love how this looks with my brown boots. This seemed a possibility, especially paired with the skinny jeans (as shown).
I’ve been wanting some true skinny jeans for so long. I have some jeans that are sort of skinny, but they aren’t quite tight enough in the lower leg, so I struggle to fit them in my boots. These jeans were for real skinny, and they had this sweet brown leather detail around the waist. I was instantly in love, and my only concern was that they looked too small. They seemed it going on, but I managed to shimmy into them, and I found that, with the lycra, they expanded to accommodate me. Well, sort of. The waist hit very, very low, but with the right top, that would be okay (perhaps this is the point of the voluminous white blouse?). They were still really, really tight, but they weren’t exactly uncomfortable. I was really digging them, though they weren’t perfect – I felt that one size up probably would’ve been ideal.
I was definitely liking the two pieces together. The cardi also wasn’t perfect – you can see the little side pockets, right? Those hit right at the hip, and from a full-on front view have a tendency to make the sweater – and its wearer – look pear-shaped. Still, I was considering keeping these two pieces. I have a nice little credit in my Stitch Fix account, thanks to you lovely readers, and I figured I could splurge and keep two pieces.
Then I finally found the price list.
WHAT. I can’t even. WHAT? My previous boxes have all totaled $250-300 for five pieces (less with the 25% discount, which you get if you keep all five pieces) (but from each previous box, I have only kept one or two pieces, all reasonably priced). $458 for this box? And guess which prices are for the two pieces I thought I might keep – that’s right, the 3-figure ones. I liked the cardigan well enough but certainly not $106 worth. That was easy.
But the jeans. Oh, the jeans. I had fallen in love with them, despite their seriously low waistline and their too-tight fit. I really wanted those jeans. And using all of my credit to keep them it would’ve been like spending nothing. But y’all. $148 for jeans? I just couldn’t. Not even with a credit that made them seem free. Call me cheap, but I’m just not a person that wears $148 jeans. I just really couldn’t stomach it. Also, they were made in China. I certainly buy things made in China all the time, as most of us do. But again, the idea of spending three figures for a pair of jeans that someone in China was getting almost nothing for? Couldn’t do it.
Do I sound judgey, cheap, and/or up on my high horse? I hope not. But whatevs, y’all, this box was a BUST. It’s the first time I’ve not kept anything. Psychologically, this set-up really makes you want to keep at least one thing so your styling fee can go toward the cost of that, rather than just be something you spent to get a box of clothes to try on and not keep. But seriously, I’d rather be out $20 than $128 more on top of that. I’m disappointed, especially since the style questionnaire explicitly asks you to name your preferred price point for each type of items, and in no case did I select anything over $100.
At any rate, I went ahead and scheduled my next Fix. Sadly, it won’t come until the new year (like I said, the wait time has gotten a lot longer since last spring, I’m guessing because more and more people are joining). Sorry not to have a better report this time, but here’s hoping for something nice to show in the new year!
*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.