Hey friends! I am very excited about my latest Fix and especially, my new stylist Stephanie! I emailed Stitch Fix’s stellar customer service to request that she be permanently assigned to style my Fixes as long as she was available, and they complied! While her choices are excellent, what really endears her to me are her fantastic notes — personal and thoughtful, addressing specifics of my feedback, Pinterest board, and requests. If you’re a Stitch Fix customer and not happy with your notes, keep asking for new stylists until you find a stellar note-writer — it can make all the difference in your Fix and in your day. And when you find your perfect stylist, don’t hesitate to write to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a permanent assignment.
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).
Lawford Knit Top by Market & Spruce ($58). I had this cute little casual top pinned to my inspiration board and Stephanie was quick to nab it for me — she even (BLESS HER HEART) noted that she thought it would be a great piece for its versatility and layering possibilities even though she knows I’m not a fan of short sleeves! Someone understands me! Yay! I actually don’t mind the sleeve length on this shirt at all as it doesn’t land at the widest part of my arm, and the tab detail is very interesting. I also like that the shirt is long, but ultimately I think you can see in the full front photo on the left above that the way the stripes connect at the shoulder gives a sort of bell-shape illusion to my torso. Additionally, I had to keep readjusting the shirt at the waist because it kept wanting to ride up. Some of my friends on Facebook noted that so much white near my face isn’t a good look for me. So, this was an excellent choice, but back it goes. Verdict: Returned.
Siena Cropped Pant by Kut from the Kloth ($58). Is this rich burgundy color not to die for? Yeah, it is, I know. Stephanie referenced some burgundy pants I had pinned and claimed this color was her “obsession” and “so hot right now”. Don’t you love her??? She recommended pairing these with black flats or heels for work and a fitted blazer. I dug the look in theory, but couldn’t get past the length of the pants, unfortunately. I definitely think I prefer my “cropped” pants to actually be “ankle-length”. With my curvier build and short stature, these tend to emphasize my hips and thighs too much. I liked the look with tall boots but felt that kind of defeated the purpose and thought these would be better off in a home with a more straight-figured gal. A 10 for color, a 10 for taking my work life into consideration, but I just couldn’t fall in love with these. Verdict: Returned.
Abana Skinny Jean by Henry & Belle ($174). Here’s the best comment anyone has ever left on one of my Facebook Stitch Fix postings: “So expensive, but the color is magical and makes you look like a Druid forest dweller who’s been given a big-city makeover.” I have in fact always wanted to look like a Druid forest dweller who’s been given a big-city makeover, and these soft jeans fit the bill. The color is divine. The fit was very good. Also there are front pocket seams but no actual pockets? I requested colored denim and these were spot on. But there are two things: 1) I already have a pair of dark olive skinny cords (on the right in the inset photo) from last year that still fit me very well, and 2) for $174, I think jeans should perform some sort of small miracle when you put them on. They should make you feel 19 again, or ten pounds lighter or something. While these jeans were awesome they were not miraculous. I did make returning them contingent on the old cords fitting, however, and would have bought them if they hadn’t. Alas, when I got home from rehearsal last night and pulled them on, they still did the trick, so the fate of these Henry & Belle lovelies was sealed. Au revoir, Druid jeans! Verdict: Returned.
If you’re wondering why I consider this a great Fix, even though I’ve returned three of the five items so far, I can only say, this is Fix TWENTY-SEVEN. I’m really not looking for grand slams. I get a box every three weeks and my closet is healthy. One or two items per Fix is very satisfying to me — and it’s especially fun when the choices are all on point with styling and I’m just being picky over fit and versatility. This was a box full of excellent choices for me, and this review is about to get a lot more positive!
Avah Knit Top by Market & Spruce ($58). This is probably the best-fitting top that Stitch Fix has ever sent me. It’s dolman style, with a fitted band at the bottom, a looser midsection, and a tapering sleeve. It’s extremely comfortable, soft, and versatile — you can see the color array in the pattern. One of the Facebook group members noted she has this top and that “it goes with EVERYTHING”. The top received mixed reviews from Facebook (some felt the pattern was dated, others thought the overall color effect washed me out a bit, one didn’t like the neckline), but the more I felt compelled to defend it, the more I realized I really, really liked it. Which is why it is hanging in my closet right now! Verdict: KEEP!
Sarah Zipper Detail Crossbody Bag by Octavia ($58). Per Stephanie, “…and, of course, I can’t forget this Octavia, it has a detachable long strap, but it also has the zipper closure which was what I was looking for!” Yay, Stephanie! I had requested a “large day to day bag with a zipper closure” for the upcoming Chicago snow. I love my Street Level tote, but it won’t do when winter comes, and while this bag is slightly smaller than I had hoped, it will force me to pare down what I lug around with me every day. It should be plenty big for my iPad, a book, and my lunch for the day, so I’ll be making the transfer this weekend. It’s so nice to feel like someone is really listening and paying attention to you. I made a lot of requests this time, and Stephanie even acknowledged that she made her choices based on inventory, and that “we can roll over the remaining requests for your next Fix.” Which is awesome. Stephanie is awesome. Do you get yet that I love my new stylist? Good. Verdict: Keep!
That’s that! I’m going to keep my notes for next time pretty light, but I will be noting that the real hole in my closet right now is with solid, bold-colored tops that I can pair with the many patterned skirts and Emers in my closet. I have several colorful patterned tops, but none I am brave enough to wear with my Kristina Leopard Skirt, or my June Polka Dot Skirt, or my patterned Margaret M skirts! So hopefully that will inspire Stephanie for next time. Until then, enjoy!