Hey there. It’s been…a weird week. The theatre community of which I am a part lost several folks this week, two of them in accidents within 24 hours of each other. I was not close personal friends with any of them, but I am close with several people they left behind. We are all sad and confused and in the middle of it all we are managing to come together with love and support. It’s been beautiful to witness. I know I am not the only person wondering what it’s all about and marveling at just how fast one’s whole life can change. So yes, this is a Stitch Fix review post, without apology. But while I’m here I’m going to remind you to tell the people you love how much they mean to you, whenever you can. Hold them close and revel in their wonderfulness. Soak it up. In the words of one who lost his beloved wife this weekend, “Love hard, people. Love hard.”
And so the clothes. I am so impressed with how much Lauren knocked this Fix out of the park…again! I received five pieces that all spoke to me (some more than others, of course), and had it not been for a couple of fit issues, I would have likely kept the whole dang box. If you are not familiar with Stitch Fix, here’s the skinny: 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 enjoy doing it).
Lauren made my week last Thursday by saying in her note that I am “so much fun to work with!” Of course that triggered all sorts of codie glee in my heart. I read some sad reviews by people who don’t like what they get but I often think their expectations aren’t quite lined up with what this service model offers. Certainly if you enjoy shopping and doing it is not a major hassle, then that is what you should do. I’m a terrible shopper and I hate making time for it. I understand that by using this service I am agreeing to pay full price for these items in exchange for the convenience and luxury of not having to shop. If I don’t love something enough to pay what they are asking, I don’t do it and that’s that. when I started my subscription I said I was willing to lose $60 to the service (that’s 3 boxes where I don’t buy anything and lose my styling fee), and I am sticking by that. I don’t expect Stitch Fix to lower their prices or to read my mind, and if that makes me fun to work with, all the better.
Pierce Crochet Detail V-Neck Blouse by Daniel Rainn ($68). Here’s a lovely little sleeveless blouse in a neutral (if dark) navy that dresses up and down with equal grace. In a box full of brights colors and prints, this was nice grounding piece that goes with many things already in my closet. I wanted to include a close-up of the sheer crochet detail and the light texture of the fabric. A staple piece I didn’t know I needed until I tried it on. Verdict: Keep!
Brentwood Tiered Striped Tank Top by Pixley ($58). The material of this top was very soft and I enjoyed the raw edges of the tiers, but ultimately I had two issues with the top. One was the coral and light gray color pattern — we all know I’m not a huge gray fan, and for whatever reason the brightness of the coral contrasted with the sweatshirt-gray felt a little cheap and a little junior to me. I also didn’t love that it landed at the very widest part of me. That’s not an insurmountable issue, but combined with the colors that left me feeling squinchy-faced, I decided I would not regret not keeping this one. However, if I had decided to keep the whole box, I would have found a way to love this one. A good choice for me, but ultimately the only real “like/not love” in the bunch. Verdict: Return.
Caddy Geo Print Fit & Flare Dress by Hourglass Lilly ($58). I just love that front-facing photo! I really dug this dress when I first saw it. However, when I was putting it on I was dismayed by what feels like a very large cut out in the back. I knew I didn’t have a bra to go with a cutout that large so my options were to invest in one (or one of those bra strap extenders that grab on to your straps and then wrap around you to fasten in the front — NOT very comfortable-sounding), or to never wear the dress without a cardigan or jacket. Because NOT wearing a bra just isn’t an option for me. I was mulling all over when I bent down to retrieve the pink suede pumps I wanted to wear in the pictures when I noted the real issue with me never being quite comfortable in this particular dress — bending over. Not gonna happen. I have no desire to flash my assets to the world in that way, ever. Yes I know I could pair this dress with tights, but frankly, flashing my butt in tights is really NOT that much more preferred to flashing my underwear. A really cute dress — it had pockets! Sigh! — and very well chosen for me, but two big fit/cut issues I could not overcome. Verdict; Return.
Waters Ikat Print Maxi Dress by Papermoon ($68). I swear by all that anyone thinks is holy that I was not in the market for a maxi dress, and frankly I was a little flustered from the THREE maxi dress failures of previous Fixes, but look at this! I love absolutely everything about! The fit, the cut, the pattern, everything. Truth be told, Lauren sent this to me with the note that she thought it would be great for my vacation, and well, it will be, but not until next year as we’ve been back from vacation for two weeks now! The only oddness about this dress is that while it LOOKS like there is a drawstring waist, there really isn’t. It’s just an elastic waist with a tie on it. But whatever. I wore it to a callback audition yesterday and then later to a birthday party and it was a big hit (especially with me — I was so comfortable!). I can probably only wear this to work on casual Fridays but it will be a great addition to my weekend wardrobe. Verdict: Kept!
Emilia Plaid Print Pencil Skirt by 41Hawthorn ($64). Folks, I’ve saved the heartbreak for last. I just LOVE the style of this skirt. Pencils are my jam, my go-to for work and feeling confident and yet I have not one like this one — I love the pattern and the color scheme SO much. Plus I was really excited to receive my first piece from Stitch Fix’s house brand, 41Hawthorn! Sadly (I mean really sadly), I could not get comfortable in the cut of this piece. The fabric has some stiffness to it and the skirt is sewn together in panels. For whatever reason, on me, the front panel of this particular skirt just had too much fabric. It pooched out in a non-flattering maternity-type way. You can see in the picture all the way to the right, when I untucked the Daniel Rainn blouse, the skirt is causing an unappealing pooch in the front. Additionally, it tended to ride up a bit when I walked, and the result was that middle picture. Super sad face because this is only the third skirt Stitch Fix has sent me and the first that was truly office-appropriate. I briefly considered taking it to a tailor (had I bought the whole box, I would have), but one of my rules is limited tailoring. It was with a heavy heart that I finally decided I couldn’t keep something that fit me like this. Verdict: Return.
Another 2/5 box, but also another SPOT ON STYLE box for me! Fit and cut issues are going to happen because everyone’s bodies are just so different, so I’m not disappointed by a low yield. That’s why I get boxes with such frequency, so I can afford to be pickier about what I keep. If I was buying the whole box every time I’d have to reduce the frequency to once every other months or so. I feel very satisfied with this Fix and am already looking forward to the next one. In my notes to Lauren I mentioned an anorak jacket for the cooler days before it snows, layering pieces, open cardigans, chunky sweaters, and jewel tone colors for fall. Until next time!