Stitch Fix Review #17!

Welcome back! It’s now been almost one year since I started receiving Fixes. I can hardly believe it, but there it is. I don’t get quite as giddy about the box arriving as I used to, but that’s a good thing. I am also proud to announce that I did not peek ahead this time either — that makes two Fixes in a row without peeking! I find that peeking only introduces an expectation that is useless – either you are sure you are going to love something and you’re disappointed when you don’t, or you’re sure you’re going to hate something and you sit there with four to five days worth of resentments about it before you even see it in person. I am definitely converted to the surprise side of Stitch Fix!

2015-02-25 17.54.33If 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).

On to the clothes! Oh but first, note, please, that I am wearing my Mavi skinny jeans from Fix 4 in all photos and it’s making my day that I still fit into them without any discomfort. I recently upped my jeans size in the Stitch Fix profile to acknowledge that I have gained some weight in the last few months — I had to decide between the potential ego boost of fitting into any new size 2’s or the potential ego-blow of NOT fitting into them. I chose the latter.

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Dante Cut Out Metal Oval Layered Necklace by Bancroft ($32). A perfectly lovely necklace with a lot of fans on Facebook, but not necessarily a length or style I need right now. I already have the Leighton Metal Bauble Necklace in silver from Fix #3 and this one just isn’t different enough in feel or flavor to warrant a purchase. Still, this was a good choice and if I didn’t have the other, I would definitely want to keep this one. Verdict: Return.

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Gabrielle Embroidered Bib Knit Top by Skies are Blue ($48). Since I purchased the Lyssa Embroidery Detail Top by THML in my very first Fix, Stitch Fix has sent me two more navy embroidered tops that I haven’t liked as much as that one. The last one, in Fix 13, had a sheer back and cut that didn’t agree with me, and this one doesn’t fare much better.  It’s a very heavy sweatshirt material with arms that are too long and bulky. But mostly, I simply don’t need another embroidered navy top, and I’ve let them know as much in my feedback. I know, I know, I’ll be eating my words one day when I see one on Polyvore that’s just to die for and can’t get them to send it to me! Verdict: Return.

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Mulliken Raglan Striped Knit Shirt by Olive & Oak ($48). I really love my lace overlay raglan top from Fix 11, so this was a good choice for me style-wise. However, no matter how I imagined it dressed up for the office, I couldn’t reconcile it. I think I could get a similar casual raglan top on the cheap at Old Navy that I also couldn’t dress up for work — but at $48, however nice the fabric feels, I need it to be a little more versatile. Verdict: Return.

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Jaspers Split Neck Knit Shirt by Laila Jayde ($68). Ready for the heartbreak? I loved the color and shape of this shirt, and while I’ve railed against sheer tops many times on this very blog, this one just…worked. I’m wearing it with a black cami above but I wish I’d chosen the nude one to get a better idea of the weave here. But of course you can see the weave on the right…and also the big hole in the front neckline that this shirt came with. It was very obvious and I’m not sure how it was missed in packing. Very disappointing, but I can’t keep something damaged. I thought of asking for a replacement, but even then, I think I’d live in fear of it snagging on something every time I wore it. Verdict: Return.

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Dorinda Faux Leather Detail Sweater Jacket by 41Hawthorn ($68). I really like the idea of the sweater-jacket, but when I put this on, I felt like I was expected for tea. In the 80’s. With my grandmother. Matronly at worst, conservative (despite the cool shoulder detail) at best, the real problem here was one of quality. There were threads coming off of this piece in multiple places, including the big offender right in the front (those are my husband’s helpful hands, BTW). I don’t usually have a problem with the quality of items in my Fixes (though I have sewn on a button or two shortly after purchase), but two in one box was a bit deflating. While I don’t think this piece quite nailed my style mark, it was irrelevant in the end. Verdict: Return.

Kind of a bummer, but I did return everything. Normally I’d shrug it off to an off-month, but since there were not one but two pieces in sub-par condition, I wrote to the Stitch Fix customer service and asked for a refunded styling fee. I would love a replacement Fix, but felt bad asking for it. Between the unrelenting cold and snow and exhaustion from dealing with the cold and snow, on top of my husband’s horrible and incredibly lengthy rehearsal schedule, I’ve not been in the most optimistic mood lately. I’m not too upset about the buy-nothing Fix, but I do wonder if I was in a brighter place if I would have liked any of these pieces enough to buy them. I think maybe only the necklace, but it is true I don’t need it and would have probably still bought just to not lose out on the styling fee. I’m going to take another look at my Style Profile on the site as well and see if there are any adjustments I can make to spruce up future boxes. Until next time!

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