I’m not going to sugarcoat it, my friends, it hasn’t been a great deal of fun reviewing my last few Stitch Fix boxes — I haven’t decided if it was the lingering cold and gloomy weather that had me down, or whether my love/admiration/obsession with the service was just on the decline, but it really doesn’t matter much this time around as I’m thrilled to report Stitch Fix and my stylist Lauren came through this time around with a fantastic box that has me swooning all over again!
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).
Ami Teardrop Tassel Necklace by Bay to Baubles ($28). This simple piece was not a huge hit with the Stitch Fixers in my Facebook buy/sell/trade/discussion group (at least compared to most of the other items), but what they don’t know is that I have been requesting a gold tassel necklace for a few Fixes now, and even had this one pinned to my Pinterest inspiration board. So yay, Lauren for paying attention and coming through! Since my LOFT necklace broke I’ve missed it terribly – for whatever reason, in my limited imagination for such things, this is the kind of necklace that just makes a lot of outfits work that didn’t work before. It’s going to make my LA Made poncho extremely happy, as well as my gold trimmed high brown boots. Verdict: KEEP!
Emer Printed Cropped Straight Leg Pant by Margaret M ($98). When in doubt, try sending me some Margaret M pants because oh my GOODNESS. How are they magic? What the living what? Truthfully I’m a little scared of the bold print here and don’t really know what I’m going to wear with them but I don’t have a ton of pants I can wear to work in warmer weather so this pair is very welcome. Also, yes, I know they are not truly “cropped” on me because I’m pretty short, but I like the length as is. I think next time I might request some chinos and/or leggings just to mix things up a bit — the only pants I’ve gotten from them have been from Margaret M and I’m curious to see what else they have. Verdict: KEEP!
Paddy Bird Print Faux Wrap Dress from Uttam ($114). In my notes last time, I requested more ‘grown-up’, work-appropriate dresses, and I also bumped up my price range from dresses from $50 – $100 to $100 – $150, just to see what would happen. This happened! I’m so happy with the fit and comfort of this dress — wrap dresses are very hit or miss with me, either they expose too much cleavage or the waist doesn’t sit right or they are too long, but this one is spot on in every respect. It maintains a level of sophistication while still sporting a whimsical bird print.
I will confess, however, to a moment of Body Image Meltdown when I looked at the first photo. I saw nothing but hips. I felt a little gut-punched. My husband said he loved it. We took more pictures. I felt fussy and weak-kneed. And then…I dunno. I looked at the first picture again but this time I thought, “Yep. You have hips. You are human woman.” I don’t know what shifted or how, or if it was just something that’s been shifting for awhile settling into place. Hey guys, I have hips! This dress shows ’em off! I’m gonna wear it anyway! Easy choice: Verdict: KEEP!
Evan Crochet Yoke Top by Skies are Blue ($54). Frankly, this isn’t my favorite. On its own it has one thing I like (pretty detail) and three things I hate (short, non-fitted sleeves, a high neckline, and a neither-here-nor-there length). It’s also a little bit tight in the shoulders, the same way the last four tops I’ve received from this brand have been. I know Lauren chooses these because they all have interesting details, but in any other Fix it would have gone right back in the box without a second thought. This time, however, I could see this was shaping up into a 5-for-5 Fix so I was determined to find a way. I’ll probably never wear this on its own, but it will make a striking layering piece for both casual and work events. Paired with interesting jewelry and a colorful cardigan, I’m confident I’ll find plenty of uses for it this spring. However, I will be clear in my feedback that I am only keeping this to get the discount, and I will let Lauren know that after five attempts, maybe the Skies are Blue brand is not one to keep sending me. Verdict: Keep (reluctantly, and only to get the discount).
June Polka Dot Skirt by Pixley ($58). I mean…polka dots? Pencil skirt? Are you in my brain space? I knew as soon as I was sure it fit that I would be keeping this little number. It transitions between work and play easily and I will have fun pairing it with bright spring colors. I am considering requesting any top in a mustard-gold color to wear with this. I am amassing quite the collection of navy neutrals, it might be time to start searching for an excellent (and comfortable) pair of shoes to coordinate with all the navy. Recommendations welcome! Obvs, Verdict: KEEP.
So yay for me, after a string of not-so-hot Fixes I’ve got a Grand Slam on my hands. The best part was Lauren’s note. She addressed the Note to Your Stylist in which I wrote, “I feel like the algorithm is working against me!” by saying, “Okay, so I ditched the algorithm and really took a good look at your Pinterest board, and I’m hoping we might get it right this time around!” Well, we sure did, Lauren! Until next time!