Yay! Check this out — my Fix arrived in the early afternoon yesterday, and not only was I able to hold it together until I got home, but I was further able to do a forty-minute workout AND eat DH’s lovely lemon chicken and broccoli dinner before I tore into that box!
To briefly recap for anyone who may have stumbled here without prior knowledge, Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service. You fill out a profile questionnaire of your sizes, tastes, and pricing preferences, and schedule yourself a Fix for a $20 styling fee. On or around your scheduled date, a box arrives with five items chosen specifically for you by your stylist. You have three days to try on each item with pieces from your own wardrobe and decide what you want to keep and what just doesn’t work for you. Stitch Fix provides a postage paid envelope to return the unkept items. You check out online and fill out a questionnaire about each item and the whole experience. If you decide to keep anything, your $20 styling fee is used towards the cost of the items. If you decide to keep everything, you get 25% off your entire order. You can also link to your Pinterest board to give your stylist a better idea of what your dreaming about at the moment. The website is friendly and filling out the profile is a lot of fun. You can sign up for a monthly Fix, as I am currently subscribed, or just one at a time as your budget allows.
Stitch Fix does not compensate me for reviewing their service and items, but if you are interested in trying it out, I would love it if you’d consider using my referral link (I get $25 credit for every person I refer who schedules their first Fix)!
This was my second Fix and I was fortunate to have the same stylist, Marlyn, picking my items for me! My first time around, I kept all five, so clearly she did a good job assessing what I might like! While I did not end up purchasing everything in this Fix, Marlyn’s choices were still fantastic. When it came time to check out, I had the opportunity to make special notes or requests for my next Fix, but I just said that I was really happy with the choices so far and I hoped they would keep up the good work.
On to the specifics, then! Let’s start with the items I did not keep. The first is this, the Claire Polka Dot Fit and Flare Dress by Hazel. I loved, loved, loved the polka dot print but this dress just didn’t flatter my figure. The drop waist, the looser fit at the shoulders, and the voluminous fabric of the skirt overwhelmed me, but I could see how on the right figure it would be just adorable. In a different silhouette I would wear the polka dot fabric in a heartbeat for work or play. Looking at the picture now I can see too that maybe the sleeves and length of the dress don’t work as well for me either. Ooh, the other thing besides the fabric that I loved about this dress? Pockets. Don’t know why. They made me really happy when I discovered them. Still, this was an easy decision to send back.
I am admittedly a bit of an idiot when it comes to jewelry. I only started wearing it regularly this year, and then I bought a bunch of stuff at LOFT on a 60% off flash sale because, you know, it was there. I don’t really think about it. I got a great necklace in the last Fix that I kept, and while it really clicked with me, I was hoping for something a little more statement-y this time around. I got that in the Bay to Baubles Gaffey Large Rhinestone Beaded Bauble Bib necklace, but it the rhinestones themselves didn’t do anything for me . I like all of the other materials, and I actually almost decided to keep it and just wear it backwards, exposing the frames the rhinestones sit in. Ultimately I decided I did not want to make room for something in my necklace stand that I didn’t absolutely love. While the price was reasonable, I still sent it back.
Okay on to what I decided to keep! One was a no-brainer. The Vita Boat Neck Stripe Knit Shirt is soft, machine-washable and adorable. I have this thing where I don’t always feel like something fits unless it is very very fitted. I have trouble with loose or slouchy clothing. I have trouble accepting that some clothes are just supposed to fit more loosely than others. This shirt is the first step towards curing me of that notion. And on the bottom are the Just Black brand Adora Skinny Jeans in Honeydew. I mean, the tag says Honeydew. But really, these are mint. And thank heaven! I have been pinning mint skinny jeans on my Fashion board for weeks! Once my Fix shipped I was able to see the names of what I was getting and I looked up the Adora skinny jeans on Polyvore, so I knew they were very likely to be mint, a light mustardy yellow, a pinkish melon, or a grayish blue. I would have taken any color, but my preferences were definitely in that order! Here’s the deal with these jeans though — they are hard for me to get on, and they are three-and-a-half inches too long (I have them rolled up in that picture)! I debated over whether to keep these for a long time. I can easily get them hemmed, but are they too tight? I couldn’t find other acceptable options online for less than what these cost, and the few I did find were more than twice the price. By the time I had to decide, I had had them on for about twenty-five minutes. I could move around in them easily; bend over, squat, etc. They weren’t leaving marks and they weren’t causing pain. And they are denim and will stretch themselves to me at least a little (as long they don’t go in the dryer). So my friend and I decided I loved them more than I was worried about them, and they made me happy. We also had a bit of a discussion about whether they were motivation to stay in shape, or just an opportunity to be ashamed one day for not fitting into them. Then we decided that kind of thinking wasn’t going to get us anywhere.
Last was the Daniel Rainn Kacia Geo Print Mixed Material Blouse, which I went back and forth on about thirty times since last night. My first impression was that it was too big. I had pretty much already — very sadly — put this in the bag for return in my head when I tried it on for my friend. We didn’t get a picture of the back, which is of a stretchy black material and hangs several inches lower than the front. I did get a close up of the material on the front — the geometric orange pattern on a black field with cobalt detail. I tried this on with my black jeans as you see here but also a navy skirt, belted at the waist with not-quite-the-right belt. I kept asking myself if I would feel comfortable pulling this out of my closet, but ultimately…is this not the point of Stitch Fix? The stuff I have been “comfortable” pulling things out of my closet for the last several years are just…well, boring. Seriously very boring. I kept asking myself, “Is this me?” until I finally told myself to just shut up. I don’t know if it’s “me”, but it can be “me” if I bloody well want it to be. So I kept it!
I had some referral credits for this Fix so for the three items I ended up paying $125 (plus the $20 styling fee). Part of me was glad that the polka dot dress was not right as it made it easy to return the necklace as well (that potential 25% off for keeping everything is a master stroke — I am definitely more likely to considering keeping something i don’t completely love if it makes the whole batch cheaper. Oh speaking of keeping everything, I had the Margaret M Alivia Ankle-Length Pants professionally tailored last week and now I pretty much never ever want to take them off. Also the LL Bean white Oxford (I didn’t know until now that it has been a lifelong dream of mine to own a tailored white shirt that does not wrinkle) and my daisy print tank from Modcloth. Oh, damn, I forgot about Modcloth! A couple of Fridays ago, backstage at the show, two of us received emails from Modcloth offering us “surprise” items for only $10. I got a lovely mid-length dark green skirt with red and brown embroidery and a black pleather band around the top. Think vintage 90’s – is that a thing yet? Seems like it should be. I don’t know what they heck I’m going to do with it but it was awesome for just $10 and shipping.
Well I could go on, but I have to call it a night as DH is getting up super-early tomorrow for a show, so I figured I would work out as long as the alarm was going off. I was about to type, “After all, if I want to keep fitting into these new jeans…” but I need to stop doing crap like that. On the recommendation of a blog comment I just started reading a book about compulsive eating, and it’s been very enlightening. I am not far enough into it to process it yet, but I can say with assurance that I already know I need to stop making fitting into some jeans the focal point of doing things that are good for me even if I wear sweatpants all day everyday. This paragraph brought to you by unformed thoughts. More on that later, I’m sure.
Again, please consider using my referral link if you want to try Stitch Fix!