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).
Suffice to say I haven’t had the most pleasant few weeks since the last update. My little community has experienced so much loss and heartbreak lately it’s getting hard to believe it is just an aberration and that things will eventually get better. I hesitated even to write this post, and truth be told my heart isn’t much in it, but sometimes you have to soldier forward and not let the little things go. I certainly never want to look back in this blog and wonder what happened to Fix #21, and have to relive all this pain and grief. Getting my teal-ribboned box the other night reminded me that things just keep moving on no matter what, and somewhere in that is a profound lesson that I am simply too emotionally exhausted to elaborate on.
I’m gonna start by saying this was a very good box. It had the right mix of challenging me and letting me groove around in my comfort zone (something more welcome these days than in others).
Genevieve Stacked Chevron Pendant Necklace by Romolo ($28). I so don’t need this! I JUST got a gold pendanty-type necklace two Fixes ago! However, I’ve worn the heck out of that necklace and was pretty excited to see an alternative in this box to throw into the rotation. This has darker tones and will go with many thing. Easy choice. Verdict: KEEP!
Felipe Embroidered Spaghetti Strap Top by THML ($48). I re-checked my profile and confirmed that I have the “Bohemian” style as a “don’t really like” and its box is unchecked for styles I want to incorporate into my wardrobe, but Lauren sent this in response to my request for items for my resort vacation in a couple of months. It was a good call! I was really close to throwing caution to the wind and buying this top despite a couple of big problems: 1) it flounces out at the hem and accentuates the widest part of me, my hips, and 2) no bra exists to wear with this deeply cut top (not one that actually provides support, at least). So while I could definitely picture myself wearing this on vacation, I just couldn’t picture myself wearing it anywhere else. It’s too bad because it’s super cute except for that flouncing thing. This top inspired me to request a halter top dress in my next Fix, if one is available, because I very much like the shoulder exposure. Verdict: Return.
Croydon Knit Top by Papermoon ($38). SO cute! I love the perpendicular stripes across the shoulders. I just can’t seem to get across how unflattering I find the combination of short, non-fitted sleeves and higher necklines. And this one definitely has that quality of looking like the sleeves shrank in the wash. Just falls short for me. Had I been more enthusiastic about the THML spaghetti strap top, though, I probably would have given this a shot for grand slam. But I don’t really need two tops in my closet that I pass over for things I am more comfortable in or find more flattering. There’s always more tops on the way, right? Verdict: Return.
Nikky Striped Faux Wrap Jersey Dress by Gilli ($58). So here’s a good example of shorter sleeves (fitted ones, to be sure) being nicely balanced by a v-neck and easing up on the boxiness I see with higher necklines. I felt so comfy in this dress! It’s probably less work-appropriate without a cover-up or a less enthusiastic bra, but I have lots of events coming up where I can see myself wearing this dress. I actually wrote to customer service to see if I could exchange for another color (I’ve seen them in black and white and green and white, and I was hoping for the green), but I got a very nice apologetic response that they can’t accommodate color exchanges. I decided to keep this dress instead of requesting it in a different color in a future Fix because I liked it and would rather see a broader variety of styles in future Fixes. Verdict: Keep!
Kelly Dress by Papermoon ($64). I had requested dresses for vacation so was very pleased to see two choices in this Fix. Despite a small issue with the waist of this dress sitting higher than my natural waist (a feat that does not seem possible), I really liked the smart patterning that draws the eye inward in the middle, and the almost-boat neck style of the neckline balances the short sleeve as well as the V-neck of the Gilli dress. This was my Facebook group’s number one like-getter and I appreciated that it could be dressed up or down, and throughout the seasons. Verdict: Keep!
3 out of 5! Not bad. This was also my least expensive Fix by a significant margin. I was tempted just to keep everything since it was so inexpensive…then I looked at the enormous box of clothes-to-donate next to my closet and decided to stick to just the things I really liked and knew I would wear. Lauren did a great job on this Fix — I especially liked that the THML top challenged me to expand my thoughts about boho-style. She also asked for any specific requests for next time, told me she’d keep an eye out for sundresses, and wanted to know if I liked to wear maxi dresses in the summer (occasionally). So another good and satisfying Fix for me that even gave my bank account a little bit of a break. Until next time, enjoy!