If you are not familiar with Stitch Fix, here’s the deal: 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).
It’s Stitch Fix time again already! First off, let it be known that my regular and beloved stylist Lauren was out again this time, which was heartbreaking to learn but turned out to be not such a bad thing. In her stead, Laura sent me a box full of basics, with some hits and some misses, but I’m so pleased with the items that I did keep that I don’t regret the ones that had to go back. In my last note, I mentioned I was looking for tops to go with the Christiana skirt from last Fix. I got a couple of options that were intended to fit that bill, plus a nice suggestion to pair it with my black dolman that I already own and any nice white shirt. Which made me realize I don’t have any white shirts I love!
Oh, also, I want to mention that I recently gave away a TON of clothes to friends willing to come pick them up. It felt SO good to get rid of stuff it has me really rethinking how I buy, wear, and hang onto clothes again. Frequent purging has torn a lot of the sentimentality out of my wardrobe and that’s a good thing. I don’t really need 10 pairs of jeans. Aren’t three pairs that I absolutely love preferable to ten pairs I can hardly choose between for lack of interest? I expect closet purges to start happening every three months now — anything seasonal that I haven’t worn can go to make room for newer stuff. We’ll see how that pans out — I’ll keep you posted. Onto the box!
Sanford Knit Top by Le Sample ($48). Two things I love about this top: the great back detail and the more fitted waist. Two things I hate about this top: the line between my cleavage and my crotch, and the linebacker shoulders those sleeves give me. I was very close to keeping this but I have another shirt in this shape that I never wear from Fix #2, and a handful of other basic black shirts that I prefer. One of my pals on Facebook reviewed this shirt saying, “I kinda think YOU make this top look better than maybe it is.” In fact, that was a recurring theme for this box. Though I really hate giving up any fitted tops, this one wasn’t special enough to hang on to. Verdict: Returned.
Corinna Striped Dolman Top by Market & Spruce ($48). So, this is one of those Stitch Fix specialties that EVERYONE loves and EVERYONE gets, so when I saw it was coming I was wary and ready to deny the hype. First I tried it on with the bootcut jeans you’ll see more of later and was less than impressed, but then I switched up to leggings and boots and I really started to understanding what all the fuss was about. Super-soft, super-comfy, and it makes you just want it to be Saturday, in a coffee shop, by a fire, reading the best book ever. So yeah, I’m sold. Verdict: KEPT!
Maree Textured Dress by Donna Morgan ($128). What a smart selection for me, right? It’s good for work, it’s good for events, it’s on the conservative side, sure, but it’s extremely well made. On the flip side, it’s also navy, and I gotta tell you, my CLOSET runneth OVER with navy these days! I have, I think, four navy dresses in there right now. So the color was a strike against, and so were those same linebackery non-sleeves, exactly the same as the Sanford. While I don’t want to look narrow-shouldered, I want to look masculine in the shoulders a lot less. So it’s the same old issue I have a lot with pieces I am sent: a high neckline plus short (in this case, micro) sleeves makes me look and feel top heavy and out of balance. I really wanted to like this one, but for the price tag, I needed perfection, and this wasn’t even close. Verdict: Returned.
Breyson Pleated Tab Sleeve Blouse by 41Hawthorn ($58). Okay, Imma need all women’s clothing manufacturer’s to get this through their brains — no one wants tab sleeves with this scratchy, spineless fabric anymore. Maybe there is someone with infinite patience out there who can afford to spend their entire day re-rolling and re-tabbing their sleeves but that person is not me. I loved the color of this top but that is where it all ended. But speaking of color, Laura included this to satisfy my request for a shirt to match the Christiana skirt from last Fix — but as you can see, it is actually scientifically the wrongest color it can possibly be to not go with this skirt. I’m being snarky. Ultimately this shirt is really fussy and the v-neck doesn’t go down far enough to flatter anything about my shape. The pleats are pretty in the front but awkward in the back. Verdict: Returned.
Dolce Bootcut Jean by Just Black ($78). I love Just Black! It pained me so to give away my only-fit-me-when-I-am-unhealthily-and-unsustainably-thin mint skinnies, but these wonderfully comfortable bootcut style dark wash jeans go a long way toward making up for the loss. I am wearing them right now and might never take them off. My closet needed these and now it has them! Verdict: KEPT!
At one point during the trying on and posting pictures for feedback and stuff, I had convinced myself that this was a 5/5 box, even though I didn’t even like the Breyson top at all, and was lukewarm on the dress, and telling myself I really SHOULD like the Sanford top. It proved to me once again how valuable it is for me to get outside opinions before I spend any money, and to really look at the full body pictures of myself and ask if how something looks aligns with how it feels. When it doesn’t — for better or worse — it’s a strong sign that I don’t need to buy it. Until next time, enjoy!