Stitch Fix Review #7!

Good day, all! My latest Stitch Fix arrived last night and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service. You can subscribe for regular Fixes or just schedule them as you like. You fill out an extensive online profile of your tastes, sizes, and budget preferences and for a $20 fee, one of their stylist puts together a box of 5 clothing and accessory items to ship right to your door! You have 3 days to try things on, solicit opinions, balance your budget, whatever — you send back anything that doesn’t work for you in a prepaid envelope, and keep whatever you love! Your $20 styling fee is applied to anything you decide to keep, and if you buy the whole box of items you get 25% off the entire box! Prices vary but they say the average cost per item is $55 – 65. If you haven’t ever tried it and are interested, please consider using my referral link. If you use my link to schedule a Fix, I get a $25 credit towards my next purchase! (Note that I do not receive any compensation for reviewing this service; I just do it because it’s fun).

2014-07-23 19.01.27After my last awesome Fix, I sent a note to Stitch Fix’s customer service department just to let them know what a great job Lauren did. They wrote back to thank me, and then wrote back again to let me know they would make a note on my profile to pair me with Lauren whenever she was available and my next Fix was due to be styled. I thought that was pretty swell of them, and sure enough, Lauren was my stylist again this time around. I had requested items, specifically sundresses, for our upcoming resort vacation in Mexico for my next Fix. I was very sad when Lauren reported (in her personal note) that there weren’t any sundresses available in their stock at the time of my styling, but she did her best to choose pieces for me that would suit both my vacation and my emerging style. Without further ado, in the order I tried them on…

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Shoshanna Graphic Print Tie-Neck Top by Skies are Blue ($58). Lauren suggested pairing this cute top with denim shorts and sandals…which is a great suggestion if you are someone who ever wears shorts! Sadly, I am not. I don’t like the way they feel or look. It’s never come up in my profile or feedback to Stitch Fix, however, so how was one to know. Still, the fabric of this top was pleasant and I like the colors in the print. Once on, I tried dressing it up to see if it had some versatility between work and play, but ultimately, I just wasn’t in love. Of all the looks above, the tucked-in one is the most appealing and I’ve got several other shirts I’d choose with a pencil skirt before I chose this one. it’s a little too casual for the office, and a little too nice to lounge around in on a weekend. I will say, though, that i’m grateful for the opportunity to leave feedback about a short-sleeved shirt where I really like the length of the sleeve. Shorter than this and I think I’ve mentioned before how I feel like it looks like it shrunk in the wash. This length was very pleasing to me. However, it wasn’t enough to keep a piece that wouldn’t be a go-to for me. Verdict: Return!

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Ida 3/4 Sleeve Striped Shirt Dress by LA MADE ($98). I am digging this navy ancoverup pind white striped shirt dress for a lot of reasons — the main one being I don’t have anything like it in my closet. Also it’s flattering and comfortable! At first I was doubtful that it could double as a beach cover-up (per Lauren’s note), but once on, I could see why she said so. Also, it looks exactly like the very first thing I Pinned to the special “Resort Vacation” Pinterest board I sent to Stitch Fix as inspiration for this box (see image to right for J. Crew cover-up pin)! While I would definitely wear this to dinner at the resort, I would feel weird wearing a $98-dollar dress to the pool and watching it slide off the back of my lounger all day. I can, however, imagine myself wearing this to work and then going directly to a night out with my husband. I can also play around with different belt options…if I ever get around to buying some belts that aren’t just plan neutral colors. Verdict: Keep!

totebagDaniella Striped Canvas Bucket Bag by Toss ($52). I specifically requested a beach tote in this Fix, and I could only be more pleased with the result if this exact bag cost slightly less…but I won’t complain too much as the quality if obvious and it’s roomy and does everything I want it to do for my trip. I like the detachable shoulder strap so I can hoist it in the airport but tote it at the resort. As a side note, if I type the word ‘resort’ too many more times I’m going to start weeping with how far away my vacation really feels. Verdict: Keep!

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Char Ikat Print Maxi Skirt by Market and Spruce ($58). I confess I do not own a single maxi skirt. I had two from the Limited that I recently had to admit were out of style and not worth hanging onto anymore. I understand the draw of maxi skirt comfort, but it’s hard for me to choose a maxi skirt when I’m trying to fill my closet with versatile pieces. I think I just needed a stylish one, though, because I am all excited about this! I love the bright color with the navy and I feel like I have a lot I could wear with it. I even tried it as a strapless dress and it did not immediately fall of me! Win! Verdict: Keep! (and wearing to work tomorrow for casual day!)

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Kelsie Braided Detail Belted Maxi Dress by Kut from the Kloth ($78). Welllllll, at least I am keeping the maxi skirt, right? I did like the color here but there is just too much fabric above the waist happening that I cannot fill out. Looser fits like this overwhelm my frame. This is the third maxi dress I’ve gotten from Stitch Fix and the third that’s swallowed me. Is it time to give up the ghost? I have three other maxi dresses that I love and I wonder if it isn’t just because there is a lot less fabric and fuss involved in them? I couldn’t get comfortable in this, with the belt tied around my natural waist (half an inch below my ribs, ha ha), and the elastic waistband wanting to sit about an inch below that. There was all sorts of hiking and shrugging but the true death knoll for this dress came when I walked out of the bedroom and my husband just scrinched up his nose and said, “Not my favorite.” He’s usually very enthusiastic and open-minded about my Fixes, but he couldn’t muster it for this dress, so the decision was easy. Verdict: Return.

All told I am keeping three of the five items and enjoying what might be the last of my dwindling referral credits! While I was disappointed with the lack of sundresses, I think Lauren compensated with on-point items that stretched my comfort zone and felt fresh. Plus, I’ve still got one more Fix scheduled before we leave, so I’ll ask for sundresses again and otherwise, I really look forward to seeing how Stitch Fix’s algorithms and Lauren’s growing familiarity with me combine in the future. Oh, and fall is on the way…my favorite fashion season of them. Geronimo!

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