Stitch Fix Review #18!

Welcome back! After my last Fix, I decided I wanted a new one sooner rather than later so I bumped up the date for the next box. It arrived two days later than planned, and while it wasn’t the redemption package I’d hoped for, it’s still an opportunity to give good feedback and continue refining my preferences with my partner in style.

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).

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Saffron Pave Chevron Drop Chain Necklace by Bay to Baubles ($28). A couple of Fixes ago, I requested a long gold necklace to replace my beloved LOFT tassel that committed suicide literally during my checkout process. I am guessing this is an effort to meet that request, which I very much appreciate. Unfortunately this piece is just a little too “slight” for my taste and skin tone. This price definitely represents the quality as well, and as I have, on occasion, had my skin turn green from a lower quality necklace, I decide to pass on this one. Verdict: Return.

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Denna Skinny Jeans by Kut from the Kloth ($78). If you read any of my non-Stitch Fix posts you know that I have been struggling with compulsive eating for some time and while I’m definitely making strides in that arena, getting off the diet train has resulted in a…let’s call it a “normalization” of my weight. I had to decide whether it would be better to received jeans that I love but are maybe too big, or jeans that I can’t manage to sausage myself into, and ultimately I chose to go up a size on my Stitch Fix profile. These jeans are the first test of that decision. First of all I was very happy with how easy they were to get on, but this particular pair comes with a lot of stretch, and as you can see from the photo above, I have a lot of room to grow into if I need it. So that’s one issue. The other issue is, I already have a pair of mildly distressed skinnies that I bought from Stitch Fix about a year ago from Mavi for $118. Those are a size 2, and I wore them to work yesterday. They felt fine (I’ve worn them enough that they’ve stretched to me), but they are definitely very form-fitting. They are also the same wash as these jeans, so I’m not convinced I even need another pair. In the style card for these, the wash looks much lighter, so it was a bit of a disappointment to see them in real life looking fairly dark in comparison. This decision would have been a lot easier if they were in a fun spring color or a dramatically different wash! The more I look at these photos the more I see the too-bigness at the knees as well, and I think I need to decide whether to stick with the size 4 jeans sizing or go back to the 2. My profile says I would prefer petites in jeans because I’m so short, but these jeans aren’t petite and would need to be hemmed if I decided to keep them. Are they worth it? I have a friend coming over tomorrow to help me make the final call. Verdict: Undecided. Update: Returned. Ultimately they were too big to hang on to, especially since I don’t love skinny jeans SO MUCH that I need multiple pairs in the same general wash, and I don’t really want to pay an additional amount to have them hemmed. I think Kut from the Kloth generall runs big on jeans, so I’ll let a couple Fixes go before I update my profile sizing.

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Micah Embroidered Bib Top by Skies are Blue ($58). I about flipped my lid when I saw the words “embroidered bib top” in the Checkout screen, after I complained last time about how many embroidered navy tops I have been getting. Obviously this isn’t just another version of the same top so I calmed down pretty quickly, but ultimately this top doesn’t work for me. Despite the beautiful, bold color and pretty bib detail, I still don’t like myself in short sleeves. Also the bottom of the bib detail cuts straight across my chest in a way that is unflattering. This happens a lot to me. My boobs don’t seem to sit where a lot of designers wish they would. So, not a great choice (I’ve been pretty specific about the short sleeve issue, and have been pleased that it hasn’t come up in a while) but not a horrible one either, as it would be great for the office and maybe paired with some white jeans, good for playful outings as well. I can’t get past the matronly/top-heavy side view, though, so this is going back. Verdict: Returned.

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Vince Crossback Dress by Pixley ($68). So this dress. Yeah. This dress officially gets the “Biggest Miss in 18 Fixes Award” for 2015. Where should I start? First off, I really appreciated this line in my stylist note: “I tried to find things that are different than what has been sent in the past,” but it’s wildly unfortunate that it accompanied a box with this dress in it. This dress is the dress version of a shirt I purchased in Fix #6, slightly darker, and with slightly smaller polka dots. While my stylist couldn’t know this, I recently decided to donate the Tracey Dot Print Cross Back Knit top because the neckline had stretched out so much I couldn’t even wear it without it falling off my shoulders. This dress had the same potential, but that was secondary to the real issue — there is so much fabric in this dress I could have drowned in it. I also felt like the only possible shoes to wear with this dress were cowboy boots, which I don’t own. Because I don’t go to rodeos. I’m all for playful dresses, but I have gotten a few of them already and I’m ready to receive more grown-up dresses that I can wear to the office without being mistaken for a guest on Take Your Daughter to Work Day. Okay, enough with the snark. Hopefully my feedback on this dress will put an end to getting items too close to what I’ve already purchased. Verdict: Returned.

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Lexis Henley Knit Top by Papermoon ($48). I really like this top, it’s a fun print and the buttons don’t strain across my chest, and the gang on Facebook definitely thought I should keep it. My only hesitation here is, do I need it? My stylist quite rightly loves to send me sleeveless tops and I’ve kept several of them, so I’m wondering how many more I really need (especially as this one isn’t as long as I usually prefer). However, I also have put the Colibri Abstract Print top (Fix #6) from the side-by-side photo above in the donation pile because it does strain across the buttons and also because the muted color palette doesn’t flatter me as much as richer colors do. This top definitely has richer colors and fits nicely, and it would be a smart replacement choice for the Colibri in my closet if I decided I had to have one. Looking ahead to spring I can see myself wearing this to the office or to the theatre, but if I keep it, I have to admit it will mostly be because I don’t want to lose the styling fee. My fee was credited for this box because the last one included damaged items, but it still feels sad to not find anything you love in a Fix. Whether I keep it or not it’s a good opportunity to sneak in my eternal request for more cardigans to pair with these sleeveless tops (my office is cold year-round!). Verdict: UndecidedUpdate: Kept! I tried this top on again today and remembered that I have those awesome Margaret M Cropped Pants in soft orange to pair with it. It was an awesome look for spring (and happily, the Margaret M’s still fit me, which, sadly, I learned last night that my mint skinnies no longer do — into the donation pile they went with an appropriate puddle of tears), so I decided to keep this and not lose my styling fee.

So this box has me wondering if my experiencing with Stitch Fix is hitting a temporary dip, or an algorithmic plateau? Does there come a point when the computer has cycled out the full range of choices for you and can’t expand beyond that? I hope not. Some of my happiest experiences have been the unexpected poncho, blazer, jean jacket — I still feel like there are a lot of styles out there for me to try but I don’t know that I’ll ever get a chance to see them. In my notes for next time, I’ve clearly stated that I prefer when the inspiration for my choices comes more from my Pinterest board and less from my previous purchases, but can the computer process that information to broaden the range of options that my stylists has to choose from? I don’t know — that’s making some big assumptions for How Things Work at Stitch Fix. It also doesn’t take into account that I have lots of Stitch Fix pieces now, it may just be getting harder for them to mine their inventory on my behalf. And have you noticed how freaking huge Stitch Fix is getting? I’m willing to attribute some off-point choices to growing pains. Possibly their inventory is having trouble keeping up with their demand.

Finally, I’ve tweaked my profile some. Last January I decided to downgrade my interest in receiving the trendiest stuff, and after that I started getting less-than-thrilling boxes, so I changed it back. I’ll check out tomorrow after my friend weighs in, include a link to this review if they are interested, and then update my status on the jeans and Lexis top here, so if you’re dying to know what I did, check back later to see what I decided to do. Thanks for reading!

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