You guys! As I sort of suspected, my long-time (16 Fixes!) beloved stylist Lauren is no longer styling for Stitch Fix! I got the news confirmed with my Fix yesterday in a very lovely, very personalized note from Stephanie, and one of the big things I’m trying to figure out with this Fix is whether or not to request Stephanie to style me again. Of the three replacement stylists I’ve had since Lauren’s departure, Stephanie had the best note and the most delightful choices. While yesterday’s Fix isn’t a home run, it had more potential for one than any Fix I’ve had in a couple of months. In her note, Stephanie proudly announced that she was able to fulfill my request for a good pair of leggings, acknowledged that she had read extensively through my past notes, referenced the many draped cardigans I have Pinned on my inspiration board, AND told me “P.S. I love your blog!” Oh Stephanie, flattery will get you everywhere with me.
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).
Sawyer Space Dye Dolman Sleeve Knit Top by Market & Spruce ($58). I know from scouring many Stitch Fix reviews and discussion boards that this top comes in a lot of different colors and I was really hoping to get this red one, as I’ve noted a serious lack of color variety in the tops I have to choose from in my closet. I have a wealth of color in my cheap Old Navy vintage-style tee shirts but when it comes to work-appropriate styles I’m lacking. This one is more casual than work-ready but the real question I have is do I want another dolman in the exact same shape as the one from Fix #25? I like how lightweight and loose this is, and can see myself wearing it for tech rehearsals as we transition into fall. I acknowledge that I don’t *love* it, but I am actively looking for tops and this one mostly fits the bill. Facebook friends and fellow Fixers are torn on this one and for the time being, so am I. I’ll have to report back on the final choice for this one. Verdict:
Undecided. Edited to add: In between starting this blog post and finishing it, my friends on Facebook, including my most trusted fashion consultant, absolutely convinced me to put this shirt in my closet. So let’s revise this verdict to KEEP.
Kadence Cowl Neck Drape Front Dress by Gilli ($64). I just absolutely adore the timeless, elegant silhouette of this dress. I am just a little disappointed that it’s navy. I have to check the Stitch Fix profile to see if there’s a box I can check to stop getting navy. Apparently not even writing “My closet runneth over with navy dresses!” will stop Stitch Fix from sending me more! I know from past experience that Stitch Fix does not do color exchanges, so if I really wanted something different, I’d have to risk requesting it in a future Fix with no guarantees. For the time being, I’m telling myself it’s Midnight Blue because I really really really can’t send this back. I have an opening night to wear it to in a few weeks. Bless you, Gilli, for these amazingly flattering dress designs that seem made for curvy girls. Verdict: KEEP.
Laurel Faux Leather Trim Draped Cardigan by RD Style ($74). I KNEW if I kept pinning drapey cardigans and kept sending back the ones that were too bulky they would eventually send me one with a clingier fabric like this. And here it is. I love it! I have nothing even a little bit like it! I can’t wait to wear it! I think this and the boot cut jeans from last Fix are my two favorite pieces this year, possibly of all time. This is a total no-brainer! Verdict: KEEP.
Ferina Drawstring Dress by Skies are Blue ($68). Four or five Fixes ago, I told Lauren I wanted to break up with the Skies are Blue brand. I hate the way their clothes fit me. They don’t seem designed for women with shoulders, a bust, or hips, and they can do a number on your self-confidence. Of the many many SaB pieces I’ve been sent, I have only ever kept one, and it was the 5th item in an otherwise 5-for-5 box (I noted in the feedback that I wouldn’t have kept it under any other circumstances). But let’s talk about the Ferina. This color is AWESOME. I love it under ANY circumstances, but especially heading into Fall. Unfortunately, after that, my admiration for this dress turns into abject disappointment. It’s too tight in the shoulders. The waist doesn’t sit right. The lining is tight and unyielding and rides up every time I breathe. The fabric is scratchy and wrinkly and cheap-feeling. I can’t move without everything pulling out of place. I very briefly entertained the idea of trying to size up, but then realized nothing would atone for all the other sins in construction and cut. In short, I really hate this dress. Verdict: Returned.
Joylyn Ponte Legging by Lysse ($78). I am starting this out by saying if you have the opportunity to get leggings from Lysse, take them! These feel awesome and sturdy and wonderful. However, they were a terrible struggle for me to get on. I thought about requesting a Small in exchange for the extra Small, but am concerned that the Smalls would be too long (these Extra Smalls are already cuffed under in these photos). For $78 it is simply not worth the risk. I think leggings might be one of those things I’ll have to try on in person. Verdict: Return.
So by my tally that’s 3/5 and that’s pretty good considering the last few have only been 2’s. I think as much as the thoughtful clothing choices, Stephanie’s note sealed the deal for me — I’m going to write to customer service and request her as long as she is available. I prefer building an ongoing relationship with a stylist rather than getting a new one every time. Until next time, enjoy!