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).
Friends, this Fix was a little rough on me. Not because of the style — in fact Lauren nailed it with her choices this Fix — but because of fit. This is the first time in 23 Fixes (23!) that I’ve ever had trouble putting on or taking off something they sent me. Rationally, I know it’s not because my body is radically different from last time. Different manufacturers, different designs — they are all going to fit differently and some are going to work and some aren’t. This time, though, the ones that didn’t work came from brands I’ve known, loved, and trusted from Stitch Fix, and it was the first time doing this actually made me feel just…ugh. Humiliated. But I sucked it up and took pictures anyway and struggled in and out of a couple of pieces because it’s all part of the process of self-acceptance and letting go of judgment. I have to remember that’s my *real* goal — not a closet full of tiny clothes.
Before I get into specifics I’d like to counter the above paragraph with something positive! Last time, I noted in my feedback that I’d like to move away from boho/romantic options that don’t translate well between work and play, and more towards what I’m beginning to think of as ‘my style” — Classic/Preppy with a Touch of Edge. Right off the bat Lauren apologized for the last Fix (not necessary!) and said she’d taken another look at my profile and Pinterest and definitely saw the Classic/Preppy with a hint of Edge that I was talking about. Her choices in this Fix absolutely reflect that and she continues to show that she is really paying attention and making thoughtful choices and that’s tremendous. She also noted that she could not find a really bright colorful necklace to accompany the Mitchel maxi from last Fix (another request from me), but that if I still want her to keep a lookout in the future to just say the word. I actually came into a bit of new-to-me accessories and dresses recently and don’t need her to keep looking (and the details on that would be another post entirely), so I won’t be pressing that issue further.
Kenmore Multi-Strand Necklace by Zad ($38). Lauren always seems to know where the holes in my closet are — after 23 Fixes I’m frankly astounded that she can still find items that are unique to me. When I peeked ahead at this item I could only find a picture of it in silver and blue, so opening this up to the warmer tones was a nice surprise. I doubt I would have considered keeping the blue but this one caught my fancy right away. Verdict: Keep!
Francesca Pencil Skirt by Margaret M ($78). Okay, this is where things get weepy. DH and I were out last night, so it was pretty late by the time I opened the box and got my first look at stuff. I knew we wouldn’t take pictures until the morning (better light), but I was so looking forward to a new Margaret M piece that I couldn’t wait to try this on. I pulled up to just above the knee…and it wouldn’t go any farther. Not an inch. Not half and inch. It just stuck there. Instinctively I thought I must have missed the zipper? But nope, no zipper, it’s a pull-on just like most of my other Margaret M pieces. But those pieces have stretchy panels at the waist and this one doesn’t. I felt defeated. I felt like oh great, I’ve finally gained too much weight for my size profile on Stitch Fix and it hit me unreasonably hard. Still. I couldn’t fathom getting something and just not taking pictures of myself in it so I had to try my only other option; pulling it over my head.
It wasn’t pretty. My shoulders may never be the same. But I got it on. And once on, it fit perfectly. Great length, great shape, and ohmygoodness do you see the color? I thought — maybe I can do this. I’ll sleep on it and decide tomorrow.
Well, it’s tomorrow and after another round of over-the-head pencil skirt chicanery, I’ decided I just can’t live like that. DH had to help me out of it this morning and I just felt embarrassed and clumsy and anything but the strong, sexy confident woman who should rock this pencil skirt. And for $78, I need to not have to have a zipper put in to make it work for me. Verdict: Returned.
Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse by 41Hawthorn ($58). This is one of those classic Stitch Fix pieces you see turn up in reviews time and again and in an array of colors. I was really looking forward to trying this on, but alas, there were more fit issues in my future. Let’s start by saying it did anything but “pop” over my head. It was a struggle to get on and off, though I suppose I could say it was at least easier to get on and off than the skirt. It was very tight in the shoulders, bust and sleeves, and it wanted to ride up instead of lay flat. I would have had trouble even just sitting at my desk and typing with this blouse on. I really hated wearing this shirt. Style-wise, while I really appreciate the flattering fitted shape of this shirt, I believe it’s undercut by the pockets on the chest. Designers take note — no woman is ever going to put anything in those pockets, and they don’t do a darn thing for anyone. Even if this had fit properly, I think the pockets would have put the nail in its coffin for anything but a 5-for-5 Fix. Verdict: Return.
Esten Button-Up Sleeveless Blouse by Collective Concepts ($54). Not one, but TWO Stitch Fix classics in my Fix this month! This one is right up there with the Emers and the Moni studded top. I love this top — it is versatile and professional, comfortable and wouldn’t show off a bra strap to save itself. I would have kept this in a heartbeat if I didn’t already have a sleeveless navy top from last fall. In my notes I said that if this ever came up in any other color I would definitely buy it. For the being I’m just grateful that not EVERYTHING in my Fix was too small! Verdict: Returned (but loved).
Panorama Henley Blouse by Pixley ($48). And finally we have the Panorama Henley. This top hasn’t accrued as many Facebook “likes” as the other pieces I posted, but I’m super-fond of it. It’s comfy and versatile and springy, but it will also transition into other seasons very well. I look forward to pairing it with my orange Emers for work and jeans for a weekend brunch. I’ve had lots of plaid-and-pencil-skirt combinations pinned for a long time so it was really satisfying to see this one in my Fix. Verdict: Kept!
So 2 for 5 this month which is right on target for me. Had the Esten been any other color it would have been a 3/5, and if the other two had fit without me thrashing about it could have been a grand slam. I’ll have a whole vacation between now and my next Fix to get over the body issues that came with this one, and I’m confident by the time I’m reviewing that I’ll be able to laugh at the memory of me pulling that skirt over my shoulders. Until then, enjoy!