It’s been so long since I got a Fix! I mean relatively. This fix arrived precisely one month after the last one. The best thing about this Fix, however, is that I managed to sit with the ability to peek at what I was getting for three and a half days without actually doing it! How’s that for willpower! Not knowing what was in there added to the experience of opening the box, unfolding each item, inspecting it — is it a dress? A blouse? Is that jewelry tucked away in there? Though it was unfamiliar and a little uncomfortable not knowing what to expect, it was worthwhile. I’m going to try it again next time!
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).
Sloane Colorblock A-Line Ponte Shift Dress by 41Hawthorn ($78). I’m going to jump right in with the heartbreak.
DRESS: HI! I LOVE YOU! DON’T YOU LOVE ME?
Me: Why…why yes, I do love you, you Pretty Little A-Line Dress! I can’t wait to try you on!
DRESS: YAY! I ALREADY LOVE IT HERE IN MY NEW HOME.
Me: Um…Sloane? Are you…is this…um…
DRESS: WHAT IS IT, NEW MOM?
Me: Well it’s just…I don’t think…you’re not quite sitting the way you’re supposed to I think…
DRESS: YOU SHOULD GET TALLER!
Me: I wish I could.
DRESS: YES GET TALLER AND HAVE A LONGER TORSO AND THEN I CAN STAY HERE FOREVER!!
Me: Oh, honey, wouldn’t that be nice?
DRESS: YES IT WOULD BE! REMEMBER HOW WE LOVE EACH OTHER?
So, yeah, sorry to make Sloane all Buffy-Bot there, but that’s how it played out for us, I’m afraid. I checked in with my local clothing/sewing guru and she confirmed that maybe the type of adjustments needed to make this dress work for me were a little too much trouble. The dress gaped at the shoulders, neckline and armholes, and when I stood normally (i.e., not hyper-straight like in the left-most photo above), the orange band of the dress just collapsed in on itself and disappeared. Nothing I could do got rid of the bunching zipper in the back. All of this being said, I would have taken Sloane to a tailor had this box been a grand slam, which I’m sure you’ve already concluded it was not. I can only hope I adequately relay my love for this dress in case Lauren stumbles upon something similiar in the future. Verdict: Returned.
Adelade Woven Fold-Over Clutch by Urban Expressions ($48). Do you use a clutch? I have two, and use one of them maybe once or twice a year. Sometimes less than that, to be honest. This one was superior to both of those in almost every way (roomier, prettier, way better lining), except that I already own those and together they did not cost anywhere near $48. This was just a cost/benefit analysis that came down on the side of saving for something different in the future. Again, had the whole box been an option, I would have ditched the other clutches and happily hung this on my wrist at my next fancy event…which very likely could be as early as a year and a half from now. Verdict: Returned.
Larissa Pearl Bangle Bracelet by Pixley ($28). One of the coolest parts of not knowing what was in the box ahead of time was discovering that Lauren had sent me TWO accessories instead of the usual one or none. Exciting! I really think if I’d have sat with that knowledge for three days in advance I would have felt disappointed. Ultimately it was part of what made this such a fun box, even if the purchase to return ratio is lower than usual. As far as this little beauty goes, I just have trouble with bangles. Fitted, non-bulky bracelets are less likely to be removed and set aside while I work at my computer. I thought this piece was unique and interesting for the price, but I didn’t see myself getting a whole lot of use out of it. Verdict: Returned.
Halton Blouse by Amour Vert ($68). While I get SO excited about things like the colorblocked dress that I would have raced to grab off the hanger in any store, I get even more excited about pieces like this one that I never would have even paused to inspect in person. This silk blouse was just a little too narrow in the shoulders for a comfortable fit, but I still hesitated over whether or not to keep it because I like the more casual unbuttoned look better anyway. Buttoned, the high neckline combined doesn’t flatter my bust, my shoulders, or my face, but I did appreciate this top’s versatility. I just didn’t see myself ever choosing this top over one that fits more comfortably, so back it goes. Verdict: Returned.
Ava Floral Print Silk Henley Blouse by 41Hawthorn ($88). I remember a time when I got frustrated by the number of sleeveless blouses I was getting from Stitch Fix, but obviously I was just not getting the RIGHT sleeveless tops because I have adored the last two I’ve gotten. I love how this top manages to be flowy and form-adhering at once. Bra straps and bands are covered in every position, and both the pattern and color scheme are playful without being childish. It’s navy base guarantees I have plenty to pair it with but frankly I’m very fond of it with just jeans, too. This was an easy decision in a box full of question marks. I look forward to wearing it to work tomorrow! Verdict: KEPT!
That’s that! It’ll be another four weeks until the next one. Some other notes of interest:
- This box shipped from Indiana via USPS instead of from San Francisco via FedEx — I very much hope this is the new normal going forward! USPS doesn’t let boxes sit around! They can deliver without anyone being home to receive the package! Go USPS!
- I didn’t post the last two Fixes to Facebook for opinions since they were both grand slams from the get-go, and it was fun to go back and solicit opinions from my gentle and enthusiastic friends. Also very validating to find a general consensus on what to keep and what to pass on
- I found myself breathing a sigh of relief that the two silk blouses were Dry Clean Only, leading me to conclude that I prefer Dry Clean Only to Hand Wash Only because my time rather is more precious to me than my money when it comes to clothing upkeep
- I am amazed that Lauren continues to find things that are unlike anything I already have in my closet. Or maybe I am deluded and it’s all really the same, who knows? I know I am still having a great time with this, even 16 Fixes in!
I have a little backlog of blog post ideas so hopefully soon you’ll be reading about some non-Stitch Fix stuff like learning to socialize as an adult, coloring, and the challenges (read: PTSD) of Spirograph. Until then, wishing you peace and fun fashion!