Stitch Fix Review #29!

Before I say anything about anything else, I want to tell you all one important thing: if you are ever having trouble summoning some body positivity for yourself, you need to get in gear and join the Facebook Stitch Fix B/S/T and Discussion group. When you do, more than 24,000 wonderful people will mobilize into action and get your head turned around before you can say Does This Make Me Look Fat. I can’t express enough gratitude to those fine folks for the much needed lift this morning.

I have been doing a lot of overtime the last few, and I just closed my latest show. Neither of these things has contributed to healthy eating habits or a lot of time for exercise. When I finally shut down the laptop last night to dive into my Fix, it was late, i was tired, I was overworked, and I had just eaten a big slice of lemon pie. I felt heavy, in body and spirit. Healthier-thinking me would have waited to try on these clothes. Last-night-me didn’t. So I did not approach this morning’s photo shoot with a great attitude (despite yet another incredibly awesome note from Stylist Stephanie). I’m in a weird place with sizes. I’m really between an extra small and a small, and my bottom half is curvier than my top half. Trying things on that you want to fit but don’t really can be depressing, even though it shouldn’t matter what the actual size is. Sometimes I know it doesn’t matter, and sometimes I don’t.

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).

Now that I have last night’s Body Positivity woes behind me I can see what an excellent Fix this is. Stephanie sent two items that addressed my latest request for warm pullover sweaters, two items that addressed my previous request for brightly-colored tops to pair with printed skirts and bottoms, and one item that was just inspired by a random pin on my inspiration board. I couldn’t ask for better than that! On to the pieces and the final verdicts!

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Ivanna Cowl Neck Sweater by Market & Spruce ($78). Pullover option #1. I am starting out with the piece that ended up challenging me the most. I had to have a trusted friend talk me through my feelings about this sweater as they related to my body image. I’ve probably gained somewhere between 10 and 15 pounds since I started this Stitch Fix subscription. Part of me believes that my current weight is higher than my “natural weight” because of all the stress-, boredom-, emotional-eating I have been engaging in. I am still working on that. I think seeing myself in bulky clothing at this higher weight is just jarring for me. I really like this sweater, but part of me didn’t want myself to like it. I decided to keep it, as a challenge to that voice that prefers when I shame my body instead of accepting it. Plus it gets SO COLD here. Verdict: KEPT!

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Cativo Button Front Top by Crescent ($48). Pretty color, pretty front detail. I feel confident claiming this shirt is Not Me. The fabric is wrinkly and fussy and doesn’t match my ideal aesthetic of clean, sophisticated style. The fit was also terrible. It has seemed a lot lately that there is always one piece in the Fix that absolutely prevents a 5-for-5 box, and this was it this time. Can you see how narrow the shoulders are in the left photo? It came about of the box with what my DH endearingly refers to as “shoulder nipples” (like you get from putting a damp shirt on a hanger). Can’t see it? Here’s a close-up: 2015-11-03 06.29.44

Also I already have a henley shirt from LOFT in a slightly darker shade of this color that I’m happy to keep wearing for awhile longer. So while appreciated a bold-colored, non-patterned top, there was no way I could keep this. Verdict: Returned.

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Kallan Dress by Papermoon ($58). Is there anything better than burgundy plaid in the autumn? Nope, didn’t think so. This choice was inspired by a Peter Pan collared dark blue and red plaid dress I pinned that caught Stephanie’s eye — I gotta that’s exactly the sort of connection that I hope is made when I Pin something to my style board. I will, but would prefer not to, Pin items directly from Stitch Fix’s inventory, but if I do too much of that it ends up being a wish list and not an inspiration board. This dress is very form-fitting up top, but once it’s zipped it’s quite comfortable. I like that it can dress up and down and is as appropriate for the office as it is for a holiday party. Score! Verdict: KEPT!

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Clarence V-Neck Pullover Sweater by Sweet Romeo ($68). Pullover option #2. This sweater is actually longer than it looks in either of the photos above, but because it was so tight at the bottom hem it felt uncomfortable and I rolled the hem up under. I think the result is that it’s too short. It’s a great teal color that I love and the knit is cozy and warm (though the sleeves are too tight to layer anything under it), but I kind of feel that I have bought this sweater a million times…and donated it a million times too. Verdict: Return.

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Esten Button-Up Sleeveless Blouse by Collective Concepts ($54). Yay! A few Fixes ago, in early summer, I was sent this same blouse in navy and I had to send it back because I already have a lovely navy shell with beautiful embroidered detail from Daniel Rainn. Since then I’ve been asking for it in any bright bold color and I couldn’t have asked for a better choice than this vibrant coral. It perfectly matches the Christiana skirt, and I can’t wait to try it with both my leopard print and navy polka dot pencils, too! Stephanie’s note claims she “literally hunted down this Esten blouse in coral” and that’s why My Stylist can trounce Your Stylist any day of the week (JK, Your Stylist is awesome too)! Verdict: KEPT!

This was my first Fix since I reduced my frequency from every 2 – 3 weeks to every 4 weeks, and it was a great success! I am keeping 3 of the 5 choices, and would have considered a 5-for-5 if the blue top had fit better or been more “me”. These are the days when you’re wishing and hoping that your stylist never leaves Stitch Fix — even though she’s already convinced you she can and will be great at whatever she decides to do in the future! Another kudos to Stephanie for another great Fix, and one last shout out to supportive friends for helping a girl out of the Body Image Doldrums. See you in a few weeks!

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