On Tuesday, with more than a foot of snow on the ground and the windchill at something around -35, I received my sixth Stitch Fix* box. What a delight, on a day when I was hunkered down inside, to have the FedEx man come to my door! I’m so happy to have a chance now to write my 6th Stitch Fix Review. To see my previous reviews check them out here:
My last review was in November, and I’ve been looking forward to receiving this Fix since then. As I’ve mentioned before, the wait time has gotten longer than when I first started last May – I’m guessing that more and more people are catching on to the funtimes provided by this cool service.
That moment of opening the box is always so exciting! I never peek at my account ahead of time to see what’s on its way to me, so it’s always a surprise when it gets here.
My first impression was good! Love the print on this top.
I unwrapped everything and got a nice wintry vibe from the package:
I love grey, I love black, I love white. And it was fun to see the deep red and the dark teal-ish blue, too. And of course – stripes! As I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying to get more stripes in my wardrobe. At first glance, I thought this might even be my first time of keeping everything in the box (in which case you get a 25% discount on the whole thing).
I tried on the grey and white striped top first.
It’s very cute, but hard to imagine wearing anytime soon. In my climate, I just don’t wear 3/4-sleeves in the winter, even inside. Of course, I could hang on to this for late spring, but the truth is, it’s a very flimsy top, and I have one almost exactly like it – but in solid grey and with full sleeves – from Target. I got that one for less than $20; this one is $54. Not worth it.
The second piece I tried on was this adorable cardigan. I absolutely love these wide stripes and there are some sweet little details – a little gold butterfly sewn on the waist (I got a close-up but it was too blurry to use here) and these cute little buttons:
(I see now that this picture is blurry, too – oops!)
But then I tried the cardigan on.
Waah! This is the biggest bummer about Stitch Fix – if you find something you love, but it’s too small (or too big), you can’t exchange it for one that fits. You’re basically just out of luck – you can either keep what’s in your box or send it back, but you can’t get an exchange. It just doesn’t work this way. I don’t know if you can tell from that picture quite how tight it is, but I didn’t even bother buttoning the buttons where the tightness was most obvious.
I suppose I could’ve kept it and always worn it open:
But again, not worth it. I don’t want to pay good money for a cardigan I can’t properly button.
The third piece had me on the fence. It was the only one in the box that I immediately thought of as work-wear – a nice, silky-feeling, geometric-print dolman top. I could see pairing it with a silver belt and a black skirt or trousers. I’ve enjoyed the solid black dolman top I got from Stitch Fix #4, but in this case, something about it didn’t seem entirely flattering. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it…
So I posted a shot online asking for feedback and suddenly Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr all told me exactly what the problem was: it makes me look pregnant! This is NOT EVER the look I am going for. Yuck! Back in the box it goes.
On to the fourth piece.
Total winner! I loved this from the moment I put it on. I did second guess myself a bit afterwards, thinking it (like the piece #1) is a flimsy somewhat cheaply-made top. But when I tried it on for my husband, he completely agreed it was a total keeper. I absolutely adore this dark red, and the stripes are so fun. I’m really looking forward to wearing this!
And finally, the fifth item – a dress! Hooray! And it was a nice, heavy knit, perfect for winter. Only as soon as I unfolded it, I had a sinking feeling that it was going to be too tight, too short, and not flattering. Because it reminded me just a little bit of a huge fail from Stitch Fix #5:
But y’all! I was so wrong! The dress fit perfectly, and it wasn’t too short, and it didn’t make me look pregnant (well, as long as I don’t poke out my belly, which I try very hard not to do).
I LOVE THIS DRESS. It is so fun!! It does have that slight babydoll cut, since it’s got a bit of an empire waist, and those always have the possibility of looking like a maternity dress on me. But I think it works (please don’t tell me that it doesn’t, because I’ve already kept it).
I love the print, I love that it’s warm, and I love how it looks with tights and boots. I think the only thing that’s missing is maybe a deep red scarf around my neck. Wouldn’t that look good?
So I have two excellent pieces I’m keeping from this box, and I’m thrilled. I generally feel satisfied if there is just one thing in the box that I love and get a lot of wear out of; to have two such pieces is icing on the cake. And after my last box (the first time I didn’t keep a single thing), I am especially pleased. And even the ones I didn’t keep weren’t terrible – they just weren’t flattering enough to keep.
I was also really happy this time that the prices were much more reasonable (and more in line with the price parameters I set in my Style Profile) than in my last box (which had been, frankly, absurd). In truth, most of the pieces in most of the boxes are priced a bit higher than I would normally pay in a store (except in the case of the three dresses I have kept so far – they have all seemed very reasonably priced). To me, it’s a trade-off I’ve mostly been willing to make – paying higher prices for the convenience of having things picked for me and shipped to me (and the fun of having a “personal stylist” who surprises me in each box).
I’m scheduling my next fix as soon as I can. And maybe by the time it gets here, I will actually have cleaned up my bedroom and finally put batteries in the darn smoke detector (instead of leaving it open to remind me it needs batteries), so I don’t keep showing you the mess of my room in my review!
*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.