Stitch Fix Review #11!

I never quite recovered enough from losing my last post to try again, but that’s okay because I’ve got another Stitch Fix review in the meantime! Here’s the spiel on the service, and then we’ll get to the clothes:

2014-10-16 18.06.51If 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 myreferral 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).

Let me preface this review by saying the normal means by which I typically preview the items I am getting in my Fix failed me this time. Those means never provide images of accessories (but sometimes I can find those on Google), but they do usually let me see the clothing pieces I’m getting, if not the color. Sometimes I find things in others’ reviews, sometimes not. I usually feel a bit cheat-y for peeking ahead and discovered it was sort of satisfying to be denied this way. Overall, I enjoyed opening the box itself more not knowing exactly everything I was going to find in there. So I’m committing to TRYING not to peek next time. Can’t say if i’ll succeed yet, but I certainly had some positive reinforcement to give it a go. Without further ado, in the order they came out of the box:

lacetop

Bernadette Lace Overlay Raglan Top by Market and Spruce ($58). I saw the words “lace overlay” on my invoice and felt panicky. I couldn’t find a preview at first and imagined all sorts of terrible things. Then a popular reviewer, The Box Queen, got this in her October Fix, and I felt great relief, even if it was not convinced it would look as good on me as it did on her. She has phenomenal styling sensibility. Anyway, it fits! That is all it really needed to do, but it also felt good and made me smile. So with little hesitation I cast my vote. Verdict: KEPT!

printblouse

StylingcardMacklin Striped Graphic Print Blouse by Renee C ($58). Wow, what happened here, right? Look at the styling card to the left. Now look at the pictures again. Is it me or do they not really seem like the same shirt? Anyway, this one was obviously a disaster on me for several reasons. The shoulder area is way too narrow for me, which pulls the V-neck wider than it wants. And then it just billows out over waist all crazy-like. But this otherwise very pretty colored/patterned shirt’s greatest offense is of the hanger-ribbon variety. We all know those ribbons they sew into clothes so you can hang them without destroying their natural shape. These cursed ribbons are not created equally and it often seems that they are placed with little or no regard to the idea that the primary purpose of the garment is to be worn, not hung. On this shirt, they were black and they wanted to hang out of the collar like a freaking design detail. They did not want to stay inside the shirt. In the feedback, in the interest of brevity, I wrote, “Hanger ribbons are abominably placed.” Yes, I know you can cut them out, but after dealing with them for five minutes just to try to get these awful pictures, I was done. This is not my shirt. Verdict: Returned.

skinnyjeans

Sophia Skinny Jeans from Kensie ($88). Pardon the repeat photos but I didn’t spend a ton of time with these jeans. I have no less than three pairs of plain denim skinny jeans, including the $118 Mavi jeans I got from Stitch Fix a few months ago, so while the Sophias are just beautiful, flattering, and fit well (other than the length), I don’t need these jeans. Had the red top not been such a catastrophe, I would have just as happily kept these for the buy-all discount, but short of that, these should go to someone who needs and wants them. Verdict: Returned.

jacket

Taira Faux Leather Jacket by TCEC ($74). And where has this little beauty been all my life? One of my friends commented that they felt it was too short for my figure, and then another staunchly defended it, but I had pretty much already decided to keep it from the moment I got it over my shoulders. Love the leopard lining, love the canvas sleeves, love the fitted style that will go with casual and dressier basics alike. Score! Verdict: KEPT!

infinityscarf

Sandra Abstract Print Infinity Scarf by Octavia ($34). My first scarf from Stitch Fix! A friend said it reminded her a bit of an old backseat-of-the-car blanket, and I had to admit that was part of its nostalgic charm for me. It’s soft and warm and mine, mine, mine. Note too that the color scheme matches that of the pencil skirt from Fix #9 that I had to return for fit purposes. I was sure to point that out in my feedback as I appreciated it so much. Verdict: KEPT!

Another three out of five, which is a huge score in my book! Style-wise, the red top was appropriate but ultimately felled by fit/cut, and the jeans were maybe not-the-most-interesting choice (though not out of left field). I am happier than ever with this service and look forward to my next box with joy. It’s especially heartwarming that despite everything else I am working through with compulsive eating and accepting myself no matter what I weigh, I still find confidence in myself when trying on these clothes, taking these photos and talking about it. When something doesn’t fit, it doesn’t feel like my fault. I was able to try on the skinny jeans knowing there was a possibility that I would no longer fit in that size without self-judgment or disdain. I really do owe myself the blog post about my plans to overcome overeating. Next up, then.

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