Good morning all! THIRTY FIXES, can you believe it? The only reason I can believe it is because I can look in my closet now and see color and patterns and smile. When I started this whole thing in early 2014 I felt intimidated by clothing choices, and it’s been good for my confidence to get a box of clothes every week and make choices. Has it been good for my recovery from compulsive eating? I don’t know. I have to ask myself that question, because sometimes I get this box and it makes my heart so to try stuff on and feel pretty. Sometimes I get it and it makes me feel bad about how I look and feel. Now that I see those words in print, though, I know that the BOX doesn’t MAKE me feel anything. All it does is offer up an opportunity every few weeks to examine where I am with self-acceptance, which is obviously up and down, as you can see from my previous post. To try to tie this up too much with a clothing subscription service is unfair. It’s good to be reminded that the work goes on.
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).
Let’s start with Stephanie’s super-awesome, as always, note: “I am so happy I got to “see” you before the holiday festivities! I really had fun and for starters, I snagged the pencil skirt from your board! (New Years option?) Pair it with the Lasalle top, I have to be honest I debated a long time whether to send because the brand is Skies” (are Blue, which I have repeatedly asked to avoid) “but it was such a gorgeous color and on your board!” (True! SF’s representation on polyvore, where I get about a fourth of the stuff I Pin on my inspiration board, has stopped adding brand and item names to their collections so I no longer no what brand’s item I am pinning — or even if what I am Pinning is a maternity option! I added to my feedback that I wish they’d restore those brand names to their collections!) “I felt it was different enough to send, but AHH sorry if it was the wrong choice! I also really loved the graphic print vibes on your board and pulled this Mavi, I thought the open look vs drape would be better on your frame. Try the Juno as your layered silver necklace and I had to snag the Maxx dress pair with tights and a fitted blazer I just felt like it would totally your color! Sending so much love and warm wishes! XO, Stephanie P.S. That Esten color was amazing on you!”
It really is nice to feel like someone you don’t even know in person is being so thoughtful with you. I know it’s her job and stuff, but lots of people go through their job by the numbers and no one notices. I like that it’s clear she enjoys what she’s doing. I like having happy people in my life — even on the perimeter like this. I sense a resolution forming…
But that’s another post on another day! (And I can’t leave this paragraph without reporting that it was just suggested to me that I write this entire review in Hamilton lyrics. I am not going to, but make no promises for next time, when I will have had another four weeks of constantly listening to it and nothing else).
Tian Open Cardigan by Mavi ($88). As stated in the note, I have a lot of super long tribal print cardigans Pinned to my inspiration board, but I’ve been down the road of drape cardigans with Stitch Fix and that style tends to swallow me and spit me back out. So this was an awesome compromise, with its strong graphic print and open look. I think it’s clear from the photos though that it’s just a bit too square, from the shoulders down, to flatter me. I don’t need everything in my closet to be perfectly fitted, but I think a little pull in at the torso would have really helped this piece (with me). I want to be hugged by my cardigans, snuggled by them, and this one just doesn’t want to hug you. Verdict: Returned.
Veronica Trim Detail Pencil Skirt by Brixon Ivy ($78). I found this Pin on polyvore when I was still looking to replace my basic black pencil from LOFT, but in the interim, LOFT had an awesome sale that landed me a perfect replacement for about $20 bucks. While I really like the sparkly white-gold trim on this piece, and especially like the comfortable fit, this skirt isn’t lined, The first time I tried it on (with the Lasalle top, further down), I didn’t tuck anything into it and I thought for sure I’d be keeping it, but when I tucked in the Esten top, above, you could see every bump and lump where the shirt hem bunched up. I wear tops tucked in with pencils more often than not, so for $78, I wanted a skirt that made that more comfortable. Another excellent and thoughtful choice, but not worth the price for me, not right now. Verdict; Returned.
Maxx Sleeveless Illusion Dress by 41Hawthorn ($78). I was really excited to see another 41Hawthorn piece in my Fix as it’s been awhile! The color is gorgeous (though I wish the illusion detail was black instead of navy), and the material has excellent stretch. I wasn’t crazy about the higher neckline, and while I had this dress on I had to keep smoothing it and pulling it down — I think maybe the center seam was just at odds with my natural waist, making this fit more awkward than I could handle. I don’t mind body-con dresses at all (not even now that I’ve put on some weight) but I must insist on a perfect fit if I am going wear it. Another excellent choice, foiled by the fact that women come in all sorts of delicious shapes and sizes. 🙂 Verdict: Returned.
Lasalle Cross Front Blouse by Skies are Blue ($48). I had a little vein pop in my forehead when I checked what was being shipped to me and saw the Skies are Blue brand listed in the checkout screen — until I realized I had actually Pinned this top! Stephanie’s right, this color is phenomenal, and I’m happy to report that I did not have the extreme fit issues with this top (it was still tight in the shoulders but not prohibitively so) that I have had with everything else I’ve tried from them. This brand builds for smaller-chested women, and that’s fine. That being said, I couldn’t even put this shirt on until I dismantled the tab sleeves from their factory condition. I really did like the style, but it was wrinkly (fabric that wrinkles like that always feels cheap to me, but I know little about fabrics and can’t say that it actually is) and boxy. This shirt was just too much work. Verdict: Returned.
Juna Triple Layer Tassel Necklace by Romolo ($34). I confess I wear a long pendant necklace almost everyday, and the two I have are both gold. I had requested a silver option and this one made me giddy and excited. I’m wearing it right now! It was also basically free as I had a couple of referrals from friends who ordered their first Fixes last month. It keeps getting tangled out of the box, which is frustrating, but basically if you shake it around enough the strands just untangle themselves suddenly (physics?). Verdict; KEPT!
I always have a fear when I don’t buy very much from a Fix that the company will assign me to a new stylist. I keep stressing in my notes that I just don’t need that much stuff anymore, but I don’t know if anyone’s listening. I rate my Fixes very highly so hopefully that counters the fact that I don’t often buy very much. My next Fix is scheduled just before the New Year so I will request some casual but fun separates for the party we host on the holiday. Until then, enjoy!