Hello Spring! I don’t know where you are, but around these parts it’s still quite chilly, quite often. On the one hand, I’ve been able to mostly avoid the spring pedicure/open toed shoes, but on the other hand, I really need to get rid of the chill that has settled in my bones. Maybe in May, I suppose!
In the meantime, Stitch Fix has struck 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).
For this Fix, I put in a couple of requests, because why not? Last time was a grand slam and so it felt good to request some types of pieces that would complement my pretty-solid wardrobe. I asked for bright colors to complement the neutrals from Fix #19, cardigans for my AC-blasted office, and either chinos or leggings as a non-denim Casual Friday option. Lauren delivered on all three requests, which makes me super-happy! I don’t tend to look at the number of pieces bought as a measure of a Fix’s success so much as what we learned from trying things on. Let’s get to it!
Tempe Scoop Neck Sweater by Olive & Oak ($68). I love the bright gorgeous color of this sweater, as well as the texture and V-detail, but I literally JUST bought a hi-lo sweater in the exact same color at 50% off from LOFT. Stitch Fix just waited too long to send me some spring sweaters, I suppose. I’m not crazy about the boxiness or length of the O&O sweater, and the weave is open and easily snagged, so it wasn’t too tough to put this back into the bag. Verdict: Return.
Waters Printed Maxi Dress by Papermoon ($68). The new one is the one on the left, and on the right is the exactly same style I received last summer. It’s also the same size, but whether I’ve gained more weight than I thought, or the new one is cut differently at the waist (higher? shorter?), the new one just made me feel like a tube of cookie dough. Sometimes I want different versions of pieces I’ve bought before, despite all my railing about it (the Emer pants I bought last time are a case in point), but this just feels a bit lazy. There are so many types and colors of dresses out there that I want to try, I would have preferred a riskier choice. Still, had this been the slightest bit as flattering as the old one (especially in a more radically different color palette) I would have considered it. As it is, it was a bit of a disappointment. Verdict: Return.
Poppa Open Cardigan by Dahlia ($58). In my dream world, I am taller, more slender/longer-waisted, and can wear the kind of sophisticated, pale, color palette than I find so elegant on other people. The reality is that beige and light gray make me look like a corpse. I accept this, which is why of the many, many colors in the Stitch Fix profile, the only two that I have checked as not wanting to receive are Beige and Gray. This gorgeous drape cardigan is both. I tried to keep an open mind about it since the texture was so beautiful and it felt very comfortable on, but eventually had to admit that given the choice between this and any cardigan in a bolder more saturated color, I would always choose the latter. Verdict: Return.
Patrick Cropped Chino Pant by Level 99 ($108). I was so confused by these photos! I’ve never worn something that FELT so right on and LOOKED so wrong at the same time! I mean WHAT is going on at the waist here? I admit I’m not in the same shape I was a year ago but those pictures are not reflective of what I look like underneath these chinos! Promise! All that being said, I don’t think the light pink wash + cropped length works for me as a shorter person, and frankly I had a lot of trouble finding things to pair with these. While I very much appreciated Lauren responding to my request, for $108 bucks I have to be in love. One thing, though: I think it just took a really well-made pair of chinos to help me discover that I really am a jeans girl at heart. I should have known that — my all-time favorite song is Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ American Girl, and you don’t get much more denim than that. Verdict: Return.
Jacey Striped Reversible Tote by Street Level ($62). So, this was not something I requested, but WHY DIDN’T I? I’ve been needing to replace my sad, disassembling teal tote from Old Navy for some time now, and then this awesome and enormous bag shows up from Lauren. I’m about to start working on a new show soon which means I’ll be living out of my bag between rehearsals, work, and home. This bag will carry everything from all my meals, clothes, shoes, books, water bottle, script, whatEVER without blinking an eye. The interior is black and after a small struggle, my husband managed to reverse it for me and then reverse it back. It comes with a detachable clutch so you can easily find the necessities amongst everything else. Very, VERY happy about this purchase! Verdict: KEEP!
Like I said, I refuse to judge this Fix based on the number of items purchased. My closet is really well stocked from previous Fixes and it’s just going to be harder to find things worth adding to it, and barely a day passes that I don’t wear at least one, usually two, Stitch Fix items. I like that the last two Fixes have included a variety of pieces and continue to appreciate Lauren’s thoughtful notes and choices. Until next time, fashion friends!