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).
With that rigmarole behind us, let me just say that this has been a really awesome holiday weekend, but it was touch and go for awhile. There was an emotionally exhausting therapy session on Tuesday afternoon, after which I can officially no longer pretend that my problems with compulsive eating have anything to do with food, and then some last-minute work nonsense that cut into my half-day Wednesday after the big bosses shut the office down at 1. BUT! By Wednesday evening it was all Survivor and Skyrim and looking forward to four full days off with my husband and very very few commitments and responsibilities. He made us a fantastic Thanksgiving Day feast, and then yesterday we put up our tree while watching Firefly. And in the evenings, of course, we indulged in our favorite Thanksgiving weekend tradition: watching the entire Cornetto trilogy: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End. I also got a great deal on replenishing all of my favorite Arbonne products from a great friend of mine who recently started her own business and is well on her way to her first promotion. Celebration!
And then, to top it all off, Stitch Fix arrived on Friday afternoon! I have been so much better about knowing what I like and what flatters that I didn’t even need to post the photos on Facebook to solicit opinions on what to keep and what to send back (and I’m confident that at least a few of my Friends are grateful for the reprieve). If you recall, after making some requests for Fix #12, I decided to let the experts do what they do best with less interference from me for Fix #13. I amended my note when I had the chance to remind my stylist that winter was hitting us early around here and I’d appreciate layering pieces, warmth and rich color to brighten the icy landscape. My experience with Stitch Fix reminds me that expectations are my worst enemy. The lower I keep them the happier I am. This Fix confirmed that, and I figure from here on out, unless I really desperately need them to find me something specific I can’t for some strange reason go get on my own, I just want them to keep sending me stuff to challenge and inspire me. I am confident enough in my wardrobe at the moment that I no longer fuss over what to wear to work each morning, and what more can a girl ask for than that.
Dwane Colorblocked Knit Top by Olive & Oak ($64). When I first put on this soft colorblocked top I felt comfortable and warm and was pretty sure this was going to go into my closet. However, when I looked in the mirror and at the photos, I didn’t like what the neckline was doing for me. As a shorter gal, I tend to favor v-necks and lower necklines to give me a little bit of length. So the crew neck was a strike against it, unfortunately emphasized by the coloblocking itself. Also, while I appreciate that they haven’t sent me any short-sleeve shirts lately, these sleeves felt bulky and awkward, and gave a linebackery feel to my shoulders. Verdict: Return.
Esmerelda Embroidered Knit Top by Skies are Blue ($48). I am kind of a sucker for pretty embroidery, but sadly this really-affordable knit top had too many other things going on that I’m not a fan of. For one, the completely sheer back makes me feel a bit self-conscious. For another, it’s another hand-wash only item and I think I’ve got more than enough of those now, thanks! Then there’s the shoulder. Can you see it in the inset photo above? There’s a short seam running from the neckline straight towards the shoulder for only about an inch and a half. The shirt just wouldn’t sit right across my shoulders and it affected the whole look. It felt poorly designed and not well constructed. The most damning thing against it, however, was its similarity to this shirt, on the left in the picture on the right, the Lyssa Embroidery Detail Knit Top by THML, which I received in my very first Fix! I prefer the bolder color, length and neckline of the Lyssa shirt, and can’t picture myself choosing the Esmerelda over this one if pressed. Verdict: Return.
Winsome Faux Leather Textured Sleeve Drape Front Jacket by Kut from the Kloth ($88). You just can’t see how sparkly the sleeves of this jacket are! It’s a shame. You can see how long they are, though, which is fun. Not a dealbreaker by any stretch. I liked the versatility of this jacket, and I have been wanting to try a drape-front type whatever for awhile. It turns out, sadly, that I don’t think it’s for me. So much fabric all around my bust — well, it’s not that it doesn’t flatter in and of itself, so much as it limits my ability to show off my better assets. Does that make sense? I just didn’t see how this did anything for my figure or confidence. And again, two Fixes ago I received a very similar jacket (the Taira Faux Leather Jacket by TCEC with the asymmetrical zipper, on the right) with black faux leather and different-material sleeves, which I kept and adore. My rules for keeping items include not having anything like it in my closet already, so like the embroidered top, this drape front jacket just didn’t fit the criteria. Verdict: Return.
Reid Suede Sleeve Drape-Front Cardigan by Fate ($74). I apologize in advance for the photos that don’t capture the color of this cardigan. It’s a lovely rich olive-brown with lighter olive suede sleeves. Like the Kut From the Kloth jacket above, there was just way too much fabric for me. I didn’t like where the very top layer hit me, nor how the rest of the drape swung out to the sides. I think this would look just marvelous on a taller more slender person, but when you have some curves, you need a little more definition in the right places. I love the chunky sweater part and was sad that it didn’t work out — I’ve since taken about twelve Aztec print drape front cardigans off my inspiration Pinterest board! Still, the lesson learned here is that in general, fitted is more flattering on me. Verdict: Return.
Dita Sleeveless Ponte Dress by 41Hawthorn ($68). It’s looking a bit gloomy for Fix #13, no? Well don’t worry. There is no force in the ‘verse keeping me from this fitted, flattering dark pink dress. It dresses up and down equally well, it’s comfortable and mostly, the color is just fantastic. I used to be so afraid of color. Now I’m afraid of not having any in my outfits! I can’t wait to wear this dress to a holiday party or something. Verdict: Kept!
For a lot of people, 1/5 is not a great ratio, but I am completely happy with it and with the service and styling I get from Stitch Fix. I get these boxes every three weeks, it’s not reasonable to expect they are all going to be 5-for-5’s (and I couldn’t afford it if they were!). If I keep one item I love then I’m not even out the $20 styling fee, and my closet gets that much more embraceable. I will send the other four items back a little bit wiser about what I think might look good on me and what actually flatters me, and that alone is worth it!