Fashion Friday on a Tuesday: Stitch Fix Review #11

It’s been more than a year since my last Stitch Fix – I went out on a high note, keeping the whole box for the first time ever. I decided at that point to quit making clothing purchases and focus for awhile on refining my fashion sense and editing my wardrobe accordingly. This past spring, I worked towards a minimalist wardrobe centered around a specific palette and I’ve been trying to do that again this fall. It isn’t as hardcore minimalist as the wardrobes of people who limit themselves to 33 items, but for me, it’s pretty pared down.

But last month, I realized I had built up a little bit of referral credit in my Stitch Fix account, and I thought it would be fun to get a box and see if I could find one perfect piece to add to my wardrobe. Before I show you what I got, 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

Stitch Fix Review #9

Stitch Fix Review #10

My 11th box arrived on Friday, and my first impression of everything was very good. I had stipulated that I didn’t want any accessories this time, and that I really wanted to focus on work-appropriate tops and jackets/cardis. I was also open to a skirt or dress. My stylist Shannon kept to my requests and picked out some really cute stuff, all within the price  point I set.

As usual, please ignore my dirty mirror and messy room! All my house cleaning efforts have been focused on the downstairs, where our Thanksgiving company will be!

First up was this sweet Daniel Rainn Minal V-Neck Silk Blouse, in a deep teal – a color I had been looking to add to my fall wardrobe.

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When I first pulled this out of the box, I instantly thought this was the piece I was going to keep. And when I tried it on, I was still pleased with it. It’s 100% silk, which I like, but it’s different from my other silk blouses in that it doesn’t button all the way down the front (meaning I don’t have to worry about a gap between the buttons at the chest, as I sometimes do). It’s also long and just a wee bit blousy, so again, different from other tops in my current wardrobe.

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However, it lies a little funny around the shoulders and bust, and it looks like it wants to stay this way. Also, at $78, it costs more than the silk blouses I’ve been able to buy on sale at Ann Taylor, which also have a more upscale feel. So though my initial impression was positive, I’ve decided that I’m just not wowed enough to keep this one. Verdict: Send Back.

Up next was this really sweet Market & Spruce Kristah Ruffle Knit Blazer.

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I was suuuuper excited to see a black blazer in my box. The last time Stitch Fix sent me one, I fell in love with it and then it ended up being way too tight and I had to send it back. That’s one down side of this service – you may get something you love, but if it doesn’t fit, you are out of luck; you can’t exchange it for a different size.

But I had a very good impression of this when I first tried it on. It’s a pointe knit with a great feel, and I just thought it was so completely cute. With three-quarter sleeves, it’s different from the other black blazer in my wardrobe (which gets a lot of wear). I felt like I would definitely get a lot of use out of this piece. Plus, it has this really adorable little ruffle detail on the back:

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It’s like a slightly sheer two-tiered ruffle coming out of the bottom back of the jacket. I was sure this was a keeper.

Then I tried it on for my husband. And he immediately pointed out what my brain had selectively chosen not to see:

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Yeah, it pulls, y’all. It doesn’t feel too tight. But that pulling is not flattering. And when I looked around online to see this same piece in other people’s Stitch Fix boxes, I saw this same thing happening in their pictures – unless they were wearing it open, which many of them were. But on me, wearing it open just looks unflattering. Plus, I don’t like buying a piece that’s supposed to button but can’t be worn that way. Verdict: Send back, with a huge sad face.

Next up was this RD Style Kalin Draped Cardigan.

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It’s hard for me to love an acrylic sweater, y’all. Call it knitter’s bias, but if I’m not wearing a handknit wool sweater, I want my store-bought sweaters to be either wool or cotton. I’m also not a fan of the marled look. That said, the fit of this was kind of cute:

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But still, this one was a no-brainer. Verdict: Send back.

Next up was a sweet little Pixley Kathy Striped Fit & Flare Dress. My stylist wrote, “I checked out your Pinterest board and I noticed you pinning a ton of vintage inspired Fit & Flare dresses. I thought you may fall in love with this gorgeous Pixley striped number. The silhouette is very classic but the v-back is what makes this dress extra special.”

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I have to say, this dress is pretty cute. I love the stripes and I love the shape and I definitely love the v-back, which I didn’t manage to get a shot of. At $68, it’s a nice price for a dress.

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But here’s what’s keeping me from keeping it:

  1. Though it feels comfortable, it looks too tight.
  2. The shoulders have a little bit of puff to them (intentional, part of the style). This isn’t a feature I care for – looks good on other people, but just not my personal style.
  3. I have no place to wear something like this. It is too fun/casual/party-ish for my work but not something I would likely pull out for a night out, either. (I learned this lesson from the last dress I kept through Stitch Fix – I love the dress and thought I would wear it for going out, and I think I’ve worn it precisely once).

It’s a shame, because it’s an adorable dress, but I want to be very realistic about what looks good on me, what fits in my wardrobe, and what I will actually wear. Verdict: Send back.

Finally, there was this Paradigma Firnat Henley Blouse. My stylist wrote, “I noticed that a lot of the items you liked from your last Fix were very boho-inspired. The Paradigma henley blouse brings boho into fall with the sheer material and loose silhouette.”

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This is an interesting piece. It’s got a sheer black cami to be worn underneath, and then the top itself it also sheer (but layered on top of the cami keeps the body of the blouse from being sheer). It does have a loose silhouette, but the light, sheer fabric makes it flowy rather than maternity-ish (right? you guys would tell me if it made me look pregnant, I hope)

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I would not be pairing it with this A-line corduroy skirt as shown above. When I tried it on with skinny black jeans and black cowboy boots this morning, it was exactly the right balance between loose and fitted.

It looks black from a distance, but up close you can see that it actually has dark blue squares printed on it:

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It’s different from any other piece in my wardrobe but also fits right in. It was not a WOW piece when I first pulled it out or tried it on, but I think this is the one I’m going to keep. The price is right (it is exactly the cost of my credit), I like the color, the fit, the feel, and the styling. I could see myself wearing this out for dinner or fun, or even under a blazer to work. So unless y’all tell me that the knit blazer fits just beautifully and I should keep it instead, this is the piece I’m going to keep. Verdict: Keep.

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So that’s my 11th Stitch Fix. In the past, I would’ve been tempted to keep at least three pieces from this box – the silk top, the henley top, and the knit blazer – or maybe even four (the dress), which would’ve led me keep all five since that would be more cost-effective, and then I’d be stuck with an acrylic cardigan I wouldn’t wear. It feels good to be more disciplined with myself about what stays and what goes back, and I think I’ve made the right choice. But what do you think? I’m returning the box later today so there’s still time for me to be persuaded by other input.

*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.

Fashion Friday :: Stitch Fix Review #10

My tenth Stitch Fix* box arrived at the end of August, but it’s taken me awhile to tell you about it. How is it October already?!

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

Stitch Fix Review #9

If you’ve read any of my last few reviews, you know I’ve been wanting some skinny jeans for awhile. So far, I’ve received three pairs in Fixes over the last several months, and they never work out – either the fit, the price, or the style hasn’t been suitable. So I wasn’t really optimistic when I opened the box this time and found another pair of skinny jeans.

 

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skinny jeans

 

This is a terrible picture, but trust me – the jeans are fantastic. They are actually called “pull-on pants” because they have an elastic waist (i.e., no button and zipper), which is not something I would ever pull off the rack, because I have strong feelings about elastic waist pants and they are not positive. And yet these jeans are perfect! I LOVE THEM. The fit is spot-on, the length is perfect, the price was fantastic, and they have the perfect amount of skinniness and stretch. They look great with my favorite boots. I’ve been wearing them a lotVerdict: Keep.

black-and-blue striped top

black-and-blue striped top

Another terrible picture of another item I love – a 3/4-length sleeve striped knit top. I love the fit of this and, though you can’t tell in this shot, it’s a flattering top. I’ve worn it a few times already, and My Old Man always compliments it when I do. I love it with jeans but it also looks good under a jacket for work. I’ve paired it in this picture with the skinny jeans from the Fix, along with the aforementioned favorite boots. Total winner. Verdict: Keep.

embroidery detail tab-sleeve blouse

embroidery detail tab-sleeve blouse

You guys, I love this top. It’s another one of those items that I recognized immediately as very much my style without actually being like anything else in my closet. It’s too deep into fall to wear it now (at least, it’s not something I think I’ll wear now that it’s October), but it was a perfect transitional piece for late August and September.

I love the detailing:

tab sleeve

tab sleeve

The embroidery on the sleeve tabs matches the embroidery down the front of the top.

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embroidery

I just love it! Verdict: Keep.

crochet trim silk blouse

crochet trim silk blouse

Next up was this burgundy silk blouse. I love the trim, which strikes me as feminine without being twee. It looks great on its own or paired with a blazer, and I think it works equally well with jeans, with pants, or with a skirt. The color isn’t one I own any of, because burgundy isn’t a color I typically think of as being particularly flattering on me. But I’ve decided it looks fine:

burgundy top

burgundy top

This is another piece I’ve already worn two or three times since I received my Fix. Verdict: Keep.

Mini Pave Triangle Necklace

Mini Pave Triangle Necklace

The last piece is the little triangle necklace. It’s cute and I’ll probably get some good wear out of it, but it’s not something I really needed. As I’ve noted before, I am fairly picky about my jewelry and tend to err on the side of owning fewer pieces but loving everything I own. But with Stitch Fix, if you decide to keep the whole box, you get 25% off the price of everything, and as it turned out, it would cost me more to keep the four clothing items and send back the necklace than it would cost to keep everything. So … Verdict: Keep.

That’s the first time in over a year of doing Stitch Fix that I’ve kept every single piece! The prices on the items in this box were already right in my comfort zone, and that 25% discount made it all the better. I’ve already gotten lots of wear out of the four pieces of clothing (and have even worn the necklace once).

This fall, I’m working now to pare down my wardrobe to those items I absolutely love. So I’ll be taking a break from Stitch Fix, and from buying clothes in general, while I focus instead on refining my fashion sense and editing my wardrobe. Stitch Fix has been a lot of fun, though, and I’m pleased to go out on a high note!

Stitch Fix #10, all keepers

Stitch Fix #10, all keepers

 

*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.

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.

Fashion Friday :: Stitch Fix Review #8, opinions please?

My eighth Stitch Fix* box arrived on Wednesday night, just as I was leaving for a meeting. I tore into it anyway, just to get a glimpse of what awaited me when I got home, and I liked what I saw. I’ve been trying this service out for nearly a year now, and I never fail to get excited when that box arrives!

So now here we are, at my eighth Stitch Fix review. 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

In some ways, this box was easy, because sizing and pricing made some of my decisions for me. Actually, regarding pricing, I have to say I was overall super-happy with the pricing in this box. I found the prices very reasonable for most of the pieces I received; the best total price I think I’ve seen (or close to it).

I was most excited to see that I’d been sent another pair of skinny jeans. Last fall, I got some skinny jeans that I fell in love with, but they were both too tight and too spendy. This time, the price was perfect, but the fit was too loose. This isn’t a problem I’ve ever had with Stitch Fix pieces, as the opposite has tended to be the case, even though everything I’ve been sent has been technically my size. Anyway, I love the jeans they sent, but they’re too big in the waist.

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I’m obviously not even sucking my stomach in (the way I would normally do if I were showing you a shot of my tummy), and there’s still too much of a gap there, especially for skinny jeans. They’re also a little baggy in places in the legs. The price is so right, though, so it’s a real shame. However! I think I have located these jeans, or some that are very similar, online elsewhere – the first time I’ve successfully done this with a Stitch Fix piece – so it looks like I’m going to be able to try these one size down. I’ll report back!

The next piece had the opposite problem – too small!

polka-dots!

polka-dots!

(You can also see in this picture how baggy the jeans are in a few places – wouldn’t be a problem for normal jeans, but not the right look for skinny jeans). I love these polka dots, but the top is overall a bit small and the sleeves in particular are too tight for comfort. I don’t know if you can tell, but there are two zippers on the front (outlined in red) – a cute idea, but unless they are unzipped (which I would never, ever do), they create some weird lumps because of the stiffness of the zippers.

The next piece I would’ve kept, except for the price.

silver necklace

silver necklace

This is very much my style, and I think it’s really cute. But it’s $48, and it just doesn’t seem worth that to me. I know I always sound cheap about jewelry, but I’m just really particular about what I spend my money on in that department.

So those three pieces were easy to decide about. The next one I was initially on the fence about. It’s a 3/4-sleeve navy cardigan, and I totally love it, but I was afraid that it, too, was too tight.

navy cardi

navy cardi

It seemed the buttons were straining a bit – and that’s a look I really dislike. However, the more I have tried it on, the less it has done that, because the sweater is stretchy. I tried it on first without anything else on under it (since I was afraid that something under it would make the buttons strain even more).

But then I paired it with a dress I received in my very first Fix:

with chili pepper red dress

with chili pepper red dress

And YES, this is a definite keeper. This cardigan makes this sleeveless, plunging neck dress totally work appropriate, don’t you think?

I like the cardi open, too (though not for work when paired with this dress):

with cardi open

with cardi open

I think it’s going to be a perfect layering piece for spring and summer, plus it’s only $38. Perfect! Yay!

So that’s three I’m sending back, one I’m definitely keeping, and one more I’m on the fence about. It’s this lightweight sweater:

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I love the feel of it – it’s very lightweight and soft, a nice transitional piece (which I am always in need of at this time of year). The teal is very pretty (up close, it’s actually blue, white, and yellow):

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The lighting is off in this photo, but it gives you an idea of the stitching. The seams along the edge of the sleeves and the body are raised, and I like the cabled raglan detail as well.

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I’m just not sure it’s all that flattering, and I try really hard not to buy things unless I’m going to feel great in them. So it’s a tough call, and I know it’s hard to tell much from the pictures, but if anyone has any opinions about it, I’m interested. Especially if you have ideas about styling. I could just consider it Saturday knock-around-the-house wear, but it’s a bit pricey for that – I only want to keep it if it’s something I would wear, to work or elsewhere.

Stitch Fix #8

Stitch Fix #8

*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.

Fashion Friday :: Stitch Fix Review #7

Last night, I was happily surprised to come home to a Stitch Fix* box at my door. I say “surprised,” because I didn’t get a shipping notice this time so wasn’t quite sure when it would be on its way. But there it was, and I was thrilled. So now here we are, at my seventh Stitch Fix review. 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

Since my last review (in early January), I’ve gotten good wear out of the two pieces I kept from that Fix. In fact, I wore the red-and-black striped shirt from that Fix just this week, and was totally amused when Little Buddha came walking out of his room in his favorite shirt – also red-and-black striped.

mother-son matchy-matchy

mother-son matchy-matchy

Fun!

Anyway, before I show you what I got, a couple of caveats. First, I don’t know WHAT is going on with my hair. Please try to ignore it and don’t tell my mom I posted pictures of myself all over the internet with my hair looking like a rat’s nest. Secondly, there’s such a huge difference in the quality of pics when I take them with my real camera (instead of with my iPhone), that I really want to make that my habit. However, I also wanted to get this review posted today, and loading pictures from my camera to my computer has become a real trial (I really need to get the 40,000 pictures from iPhoto off my hard drive) and I couldn’t have done that and gotten this review posted today. So please excuse the low-rent nature of the photos. And, as always, also excuse the mess of my bedroom and my smudgy mirror – but please to note that I did finally change the battery in my smoke alarm and close the cover!

All right, without further ado, my review.

First up, a chevron print dress. My stylist this time actually noted that she had looked at my Pinterest board and seen that I liked printed dresses. That’s the first confirmation I’ve gotten that my stylists were checking out my Pinterest – how cool! – so I better get to updating it.  At any rate, I wasn’t sure about the dress before I tried it on – the light orange and dark blue weren’t really ringing my bell – but I tried to have an open mind.

chevron print dress

chevron print dress

But no, it’s not for me. It’s just not a flattering cut for me at all – too blousy and billowy, especially up top. My Old Man said it looked “matronly.” I actually thought the opposite – I could see a much younger person, with more of a waif-like figure, pulling this off. It has an 80s vibe that might work for someone who didn’t actually live through the 80s.

While I had the dress on, I went ahead and tried on the cute little denim jacket they sent:

denim jacket

denim jacket

As you can see, it’s far too small. But I wouldn’t have kept it anyway, as I just bought a very similar denim jacket from Eddie Bauer just last spring (one that fits!). I’m glad to know that my jacket will still be on trend! My Old Man also noted that the dress looked much better with the jacket on, because it covers up the problematic parts of it (the blousy top part, the billowy part right under the belt).

Up next was this jersey top from 41Hawthorn. I’ve had good success with this line in the past (if I remember correctly, a jersey top I kept from my very first Fix was also this brand), and I was immediately in love with this deep teal (it reads in this pic as blue, but it’s more of a teal).

Milano Twist-Front Crew-Neck Top

Milano Twist-Front Crew-Neck Top

(forgive that big smudge in the mirror – it’s more of a scratch and I can’t get it to come off)

I LOVE this top!! I have nothing else like it. Love the neckline, love the fit, love the color, love that it’s jersey. This is going to be perfect for work, and will go great under jackets or with a belt on top of it.

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It’s just my style without being like anything else I already own. Definite keeper.

Next up was a dark grey a-line skirt. I haven’t had great luck with Stitch Fix skirts in the past – I haven’t kept any I’ve been sent. As someone who has sewn a lot of skirts for myself, I have high standards for store-bought skirts. Skirts are the easiest thing to make, and can be quite inexpensive, even with very nice material. So spending $60 or $70 on flimsy skirts made out of t-shirt cotton isn’t something I will ever do. If I wanted a flimsy skirt, I could make one myself for less than $10. So I was VERY pleasantly surprised to receive this:

Jordanne A-Line Skirt

Jordanne A-Line Skirt

It’s simple but perfect. The material is on the heavy side without being stiff at all – it’s perfect for winter (and fall).

side view

side view

This isn’t a great picture, but I’m trying to show the nice waist band and perfectly spaced darts. The way I’m standing makes the skirt look lumpy, but it’s not. It lays perfectly flat around the waist, and it fits great. It will work with a blouse tucked-in or a top on the outside. It’s my ideal length and I adore how it looks with my boots.

photo 3I love this skirt so hard and it fills a hole in my wardrobe – I have all kinds of black skirts of various lengths and styles for winter, but nothing grey (surprisingly) and nothing of this particular material. Love it. Keeping it.

The fifth piece I got was a pair of earrings:

mesh triangle earrings

mesh triangle earrings

(Not sure why they’re called “triangle” earrings)

Another pleasant surprise. I love these earrings! They show up so great, even in my crazy tangle of hair, and I love that they are silver, which will go with almost every other piece of jewelry I wear. And they were only $28, significantly cheaper than the last pair of earrings Stitch Fix sent me (which I nevertheless kept and have been in heavy rotation ever since). In fact, the prices of everything in my box were very reasonable. Yay! Totally keeping this earrings and can’t wait to wear them.

So in the end, I am keeping THREE items from this box – that’s the most I’ve kept so far. And I’m super-happy that everything I’m keeping is stuff I can wear for work.

Great Fix!

Great Fix!

 

I’m so super-pleased with this Fix, and, as usual, I will be scheduling my next Fix as soon as I can. Thank you to Megan, my stylist this time, and to all the folks at Stitch Fix for making this so fun! And thanks to you, gentle reader, for peeking inside my bedroom and withholding judgment about my mess, my mirror, and my hair.

*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.

Fashion Friday :: Stitch Fix Review #6

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:

Stitch Fix Review #1

Stitch Fix Review #2

Stitch Fix Review #3

Stitch Fix Review #4

Stitch Fix Review #5

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.

what's inside?

what’s inside?

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.

first impression

first impression

My first impression was good! Love the print on this top.

I unwrapped everything and got a nice wintry vibe from the package:

wintry!

wintry!

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.

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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:

with matching collar facing

with matching collar facing

(I see now that this picture is blurry, too – oops!)

But then I tried the cardigan on.

too tight! not flattering!

too tight! not flattering!

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:

unbuttoned

unbuttoned

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…

is this a maternity shirt?

is this a maternity shirt?

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.

striped knit v-neck

striped knit v-neck

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:

hmm, is she pregnant or is she just dressed that way?

hmm, is she pregnant or is she just dressed that way?

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).

hound tooth print knit dress

houndstooth print knit dress

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).

fun!

fun!

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.

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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.

Fashion Friday :: Stitch Fix Review #5

So on Monday, I received my fifth Stitch Fix* box.To see my previous views check them out here:

Stitch Fix Review #1

Stitch Fix Review #2

Stitch Fix Review #3

Stitch Fix Review #4

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.

good mail!

good mail!

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:

nice neutrals

nice neutrals

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:

Sweater! Jeans!

Sweater! Jeans!

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!

white button-up blouse

white button-up blouse

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.

jersey skirt

jersey skirt

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.

hmm, is she pregnant or is she just dressed that way?

hmm, is she pregnant or is she just dressed that way?

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.)

brown geometric print cardigan

brown geometric print cardigan

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).

skinny jeans!

skinny jeans!

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.

cardi+jeans

cardi+jeans

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.

price list

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.

$458 worth?

$458 worth?

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.

Fashion Friday :: Stitch Fix #4, a review

Not long after I posted my Fashion Friday Stitch Fix review last Friday, I received my fourth Stitch Fix* box.

Good mail!

Good mail!

I knew as soon as I opened it that I was going to love it. The first top (the taupe-ish, there on top) is exactly my style (and color), and I was getting a good feeling about the peeks of other pieces I could see.

I tore into it and tried everything on. Before trying on, I really thought I had four (out of five) keepers, but I was sad to discover that the blazer, which I loved, was too small:

polka dot trim!

polka dot trim!

Such a cute blazer, and the price was right, too, but I just couldn’t make it fit (even though it was marked as my size). I loved the styling suggestions, too:

Blazer styling suggestions

Blazer styling suggestions

This really would have been a great piece for my wardrobe. Oh well, onward. Maybe I can find another piece similar to this (thought the price would be hard to beat).

Here is the whole box:

Stitch Fix #4

Stitch Fix #4

  1. (upper left) Hawthorn Blazer. Cute but too small. Sent back.
  2. (lower left) Black Dolman Sleeve Top with gold zipper at top of back. Loved this so much and I don’t own any other dolman sleeve tops. Keeper!
  3. (middle) Shoulder Button Striped Shirt. The stripes! The colors! The fit! The buttons on the shoulder! I love everything about this top and I am going to get so much wear out of it. Keeper!
  4. (upper right) Braid-Details 3/4-sleeve Top. This shirt is so far inside my comfort zone/native style, I can hardly believe it. I love this color and have a lot of it, but I don’t have anything quite like this (and some of what I do have really needs to hit the giveaway pile). I love this. Keeper!
  5. (lower right). Ridiculously expensive ugly 80’s style scarf. (that’s not what it was called on the label – I think it was something like peacock print silk scarf or some such). But y’all. UGH. What is this mess? I really dislike everything about this. To me, it screams 1980s and not in a good way. And it was $50! Sent back.
Dolman Sleeve Styling suggestions

Dolman Sleeve Styling suggestions

I think this will be a very versatile top. I have my eye on a patterned pencil skirt from White House Black Market, but I can also see wearing it with pants for work or jeans for going out.

Dolman Sleeve Back Zipper top

Dolman Sleeve Back Zipper top

I really, really like the cut of this, and the material is drape-y and sort of silky.

Striped Top styling suggestions

Striped Top styling suggestions

Super-cute suggestions, right? I see myself mostly wearing it with black skinny jeans and my red ballet flats. I love the shoulder-button detail.

Shoulder Button Striped Shirt

Shoulder Button Striped Shirt

I don’t have nearly enough stripes in my wardrobe, and I am very happy to change that.

Braid-detail top

Braid-detail top

This is probably the most “me” item of clothing I’ve received from Stitch Fix so far. I’ve been very happy to get pieces that are not what I would normally notice in the store – that’s part of the reason I’m using this service, to shake up my style a little bit. But it is really nice, too, to get something that is exactly what I would’ve picked out for myself.

This box was fantastic, and I was SO happy to receive so many tops (and nothing sleeveless!). I am really looking forward to getting a lot of use out of these three pieces this fall (and beyond).

What about the rest of you? Some of you tried Stitch Fix through my referral link (thanks for the credit!) – I’d love to know what you thought of what you got. I also love seeing what other people got, to give me more ideas for expanding or remixing my own wardrobe.

*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.

Fashion Friday :: Stitch Fix #3, a review

It’s not that every Fashion Friday will be devoted to Stitch Fix*, it’s just that I’m still trying to review all the Stitch Fixes I’ve received so far. I ordered three boxes in spring/summer, and reviewed the first one here and the second one here.

I ordered another Stitch Fix not long after the second one. With my first two boxes, I ended up with a couple of fantastic dresses; what I really needed next for summer was a couple of cute tops for work. I specifically asked for that when I ordered this box, and I stipulated that I needed them to not be sleeveless. Of the five items they sent, two of them were tops and only one would have been somewhat appropriate for work. And they sent me two more dresses, both sleeveless. Blast!

Stitch Fix #3

#1 – blue dress (left #1 and #2,, and middle picture) – yet another sleeveless dress! I totally didn’t need another dress. But the truth is I fell way in love with this color, which is not like anything else I own. It was a button-down shirt dress, made out of a slippery material. And it was pretty short. Shorter than what I ordinarily wear to work (though you can see in the upper left corner pic that it’s longer in the back, which is kind of cute). And of course for work, I’d need to pair it with a cardi (as in pic #2), which I’m not wild about in summer. Verdict: Sent back. Love the color, but nothing else about it works for me. Will look for something in that color for my wardrobe.

#2 – color block dress (left #3 and #4) – It’s hard to tell in these shots, but this was a dark navy (not black). Yet! Another! Sleeveless! Dress! Longer than the blue one. A nice, light material. The top is blousy, which was nice in that it was not too clingy, but maybe also not very flattering. I wasn’t sure what I thought of it with a cardi. Verdict: Sent back. Cute concept, but not particularly flattering. I also don’t need another sleeveless dress, obvs.

#3 – sheer white top with black lace stripes (right #1 and #2) – This was very cute but there were a few issues with it. It was sheer – so I’d have to wear a cami under it. Not a serious problem, but not my first preference for a work top. The lace stripes were very cute, but I just wasn’t sure about the Peter Pan collar. It felt on the verge of too twee. The real problem, though, was that, though the blouse fit everywhere else, it was a bit snug in the sleeves. But hey, at least it wasn’t sleeveless! Verdict: Sent back. I almost would have considered this top if the sleeves hadn’t been too snug, but that made it an easy decision. (With Stitch Fix, you can’t exchange something for a different size; if what you receive doesn’t fit, you simply return it without buying it.)

#4 – chambray shirt with polka dot details (right #3). This was pretty cute. It was lightweight, comfy, and the sleeves could be rolled up in a variety of ways, with a tab to hold them in place. The polka dots showed on the cuffs as well as on the button band. But I wouldn’t really consider this a blouse for work, and I don’t really need casual tops right now. It was also $58 – not too pricey for a good dress shirt, but too much for this particular top. Verdict: Sent back. I didn’t need it and I didn’t love it.

#5 – earrings – Sterling silver, very cute, and I’d been wanting a new pair of silver earrings. I wasn’t sure whether to keep these or not. They were $48, which I consider a lot for small, non-jeweled, non-handmade earrings. But I’d be out the $20 whether I kept them or not – that’s the styling fee. So after that, it was just another $28, and the question was did I love them $28 worth. Verdict: Yes, I love them $28 worth – total keeper.  And I’m so glad I did! I’ve actually gotten so much wear out of these – they’ve become my go-to earrings in place of my standard silver hoops. And I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on them. If you look closely, you can even see them in yesterday’s sweater post. 

Cape Cod neckline
They aren’t as noticeable as some of my huge dangly earrings, but they show up well enough, even with all my hair.

I also wanted to show you the purple top from my first box again. It was in a couple of smaller pictures in a collage in my first review, and those pics didn’t really do it justice. I’ve worn this top several times, in several ways, over the last three months, and I always feel good in it. I wore it to church this past Sunday and got so many compliments.

From Stitch Fix #1

From Stitch Fix #1

I paired it with a white skirt from White House Black Market, an old silver loop chain belt, and some light grey pumps, plus a purple pendant necklace one of my sons gave me for Mother’s Day. Also, please to note that I took this picture before Labor Day! I’m a Southern girl, y’all, and I don’t wear white after Labor Day!

So out of three boxes so far, I have two dresses, a top, and a pair of earrings, all of which have seen a lot of play this summer, and none more than these earrings. I’d call that a win, and I’m really looking forward to my next box, which, if the tracking is accurate, will arrive this very afternoon!

*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.

Fashion Friday :: Stitch Fix #2, a review

So you guys like the Stitch Fix*, eh? Judging from the response I got on Facebook to last week’s Stitch Fix post, there are a lot of us out there who would enjoy a little attention from a personal shopper. Like many of you, I really like to do a lot of my shopping online these days, which is great for convenience but not-so-great for getting feedback from a trusted friend or salesclerk. It’s nice to have an objective eye about what looks good, what might work together, what fits with your style, etc.

One thing I didn’t mention last week about Stitch Fix is that each piece in the package includes a couple of pictures of styling options. This is great for giving ideas about how to pair your clothes for work or for going out. So in addition to actually sending you clothing items, they are also sending you ideas that can help guide your own shopping.

As I mentioned last week, I’ve gotten a Fix three times now, and each time, I’ve kept at least one item. I got the second box in May. Here’s what they sent:

Stitch Fix #2

#1 – blouse – royal blue, flutter sleeves (left, top two pictures)- I really loved the color of this and the sleeves are darling, but as you can see, they fall open. I don’t like this because I have a tattoo (kids, I am a cautionary tale – I got this in my 20s and lived to regret it). This is a shirt that would’ve been great for work, except for that. I also wasn’t in love with the neckline and wasn’t sure it was the best cut for me. I was very on the fence about this piece, but I ended up sending it back. I am committed to only keeping clothes that I really love.

#2 – maxi dress – chevron print (pictured, with denim jacket, center; pictured, on its own, top right; print pictured bottom left)- there are no words for how much I LOVE this dress. I have worn it SO much this summer – by itself, with a denim jacket, with a light cream cardi. I’ve worn it to wedding rehearsals, bridal showers, a Fleetwood Mac concert, and even a pirate cruise. Yes, you read that right. This dress is super-comfortable and I ADORE the print. I own nothing else like it.

#3 – sleeveless red shell (pictured middle right). Very cute in theory but I didn’t think it was very flattering on. Might’ve looked good with a black jacket, which I don’t currently own.

#4 – polka dot top (pictured bottom right) – Theoretically the right size, but as you can see, it runs way small. Ugh!

#5 – an aqua print scarf (not pictured) – very cute, but at $50 I already knew I wasn’t going to keep it, so I didn’t even take it out of its sealed bag. I’ve read somewhere that, psychologically, we grow more attached to things we touch, so I decided not to even tempt myself by holding the pretty pretty scarf.

This box was a big success for the dress alone. I really can’t quite capture how much I love it. And I get compliments on it every single time I wear it, especially (and most importantly) from my husband, who is not a person who tends to repeat himself, so I take it seriously when he does.

On a pirate ship

Chilling in my maxi dress on a pirate ship, as one does

 

*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.