I am definitely noticing how quickly these deliveries are coming now! Even though I have not been as busy since closing the last show and returning from vacation, the past few weeks have been a blur of allergies/cold, work, back pain, and trying to be considerably more social than I have been. We are lucky not be challenged by the cost (yet, knock on wood), but I am keeping an eye on the frequency of my Stitch Fix deliveries and whether or not I need to scale back to once a month instead of every three weeks. I have been consistently keeping 2 – 3 items per Fix, and had fewer and fewer referrals/gift certificates, but it still seems manageable!
Last week, my friend Mimi came over to help me with one final closet purge, particularly in the side of my closet with skirts and dresses. With her keen eye, gentle honesty and practical enthusiasm, we were able to pull out another two large stacks of items for donation. My closet finally feels like it can breathe a bit. I like that feeling, so I have solidified my Stitch Fix selection criteria. To keep any item, it must:
- Replace something I already own because it is better than the one I’ve got; or
- Be something totally new to my closet; or
- Be something I just completely love and can’t live without
That’s what I went into this week’s Fix with and it definitely helped me decide what to keep and what to return. As usual, Lauren’s choices were terrific — for the first time, I felt like I got pieces that totally felt like “me”. I went into this wanting to define My Style, and this Fix proves that it’s starting to happen. I also got one piece that totally didn’t feel like me, but I didn’t know that before I tried it on so it was still really useful information.
And now the spiel: 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).
Lorena Hammered Square Collar Necklace by Zad ($32). Excuse the blurry photos on the right, I was trying to show what happens to this adorable necklace when worn for more than a few minutes. This is SO cute. I like when they send me gold stuff because I’ve always been afraid of it. This little number definitely wants to fill a void in my jewelry collection but sadly, friend, I am way too OCD to handle how those squares flip up and around of their own accord every time I move. I spent the whole fifteen minutes I had it on trying to pat them down and make them stay in play. The more I fussed, the fussier they got. “Fuss-free” is turning into a rule so despite all my friends on Facebook who loved this necklace, I had to put it back in the bag. I remind myself, there will always be another necklace. Verdict: Return (sheds single tear).
Thatcher Short Sleeve Silk Blouse by Daniel Rainn ($78). For this Fix I asked for great layering pieces for Fall and this was a great effort on Lauren’s part. The olive color is beautiful but that was as far as my infatuation with this shirt went. For one, it’s silk and requires a level of care that I’m not sure I’m willing to invest on top of a $78 price tag. As far as how it looks…I don’t mind it tucked it (though not with that particular skirt I chose for the photo), but untucked it leaves a lot to be desired. I think combining a high neckline with short sleeves makes me look…oh how I hate this word…busty. There, I said it. That word has bad connotations to me and doesn’t make me feel good about myself. Busty is like something you wanted to be when you were eight and didn’t understand what the hell was going on in the world. The shoulder detail here was interesting but felt old-fashioned to me. This was the piece that didn’t feel like “me”.
I have a wonderful Facebook friend who fought for this shirt like gangbusters. She called it classy and elegant and curvy and perfect for work and could not BELIEVE I didn’t find it flattering. All those things, as it happens, are accurate. The only thing this shirt lacks is my affinity for it. So back it goes. Verdict: Return (sans tears).
Christiana Geo Print Pencil Skirt by Margaret M ($78). In my feedback from the last Fix I made the rather bold statement that “Pencils are my JAM,” and expressed heartbreak over having to return the plaid one that did not fit right on me. So this time, Lauren sent me TWO pencils! Whee! This one was a Facebook favorite, especially when my friends got a glimpse of the pattern close-up. There are multiple reasons to be a fan of this great-fitting attractive skirt but the one I like most is that there’s no zipper. You just pull it up and it sits there being all perfect and laying straight even when you walk. Margaret M, between this and the orange pants from two Fixes ago, where have you been all my life? Verdict; Keep.
Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan from Market and Spruce ($68). The very first comment I got on Facebook with this one was “How Buffy the Vampire Slayer are you?” which, let’s face it, was the right thing to say. I actually have a cardigan in this same style but a light heathered blue that I got from ModCloth several months ago (it’s the Airport Greeting cardigan, if anyone is interested in looking for it). It was cheaper than this one, but I hardly ever wear it, because a) the interior panel is held up with a SadMagnet system that died shortly after I bought it (note though that I have many friends with the same cardigan that have NOT experienced this problem), and b) the fabric is like a heavy rough sweatshirt material and it never quite lays right, zipped or unzipped. I have often used the word “lumpy” to describe it. When I saw this my heart sank a little but not for long. I have no freaking clue what “french terry” is but all that matters is, it isn’t lumpy. It’s smooth and hangs nicely, zipped or unzipped. This is a great versatile piece for me that will go from work to home to the theatre without fuss. While I still have my fingers crossed for a chunky jewel-toned or aztec open cardigan from Stitch Fix, this is a great add to my closet. Verdict: Keep!
Kristina Leopard Print Pencil Skirt by 41Hawthorn ($64). Here is what I wrote in my feedback for this skirt:
“ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Everyone needs this skirt. Everyone!”
Not sure what they’re gonna do with that but the fifteen-year-old in me would not be denied. What can I say? I pinned about four thousand leopard print pencil skirts on my Pinterest and whaddaya know? They sent me one! I have a feeling there will be times I feel afraid to wear this skirt, but instead of letting that dictate my choice, I’m just going to embrace it and wear the damn thing anyway. My big challenge is not running out and breaking my no-more-turtlenecks rule to buy a fitted black one to wear with this and tights. Turtlenecks never make me happy in the long run. Before I leave this skirt, I want to note that this is the same brand as the pencil skirt that was not cut well for me last time, but this one (despite being the same material) fits great, doesn’t ride up, and is very comfortable to wear. Verdict: Keep!
That’s a wrap on Fix #10 — I kept 3 of the 5 items and would have kept 4 if the necklace had been less fussy. In that case I probably would have also kept the silk shirt because it would have been cheaper to get the 25% discount, but I don’t know what I would have done with it. More of my friends are getting Fixes now, it might be possible to orchestrate some trades of those ubiquitous “fifth items” that just get bought for the discount. I’ll have to mull on that!