Stitch Fix Review #32!

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First Fix of the New Year! Not only did my Fix arrive four days earlier than planned, it also arrived with a big hole in the side of the box! Never fear, though, despite the postal mishap all of the pieces arrived unmolested and still nicely ensconced in tissue paper. Stephanie did another amazing job choosing my items — I’m starting to not even be surprised anymore. Though I never fail to be charmed by her notes, this one was especially endearing as she ended with an enthusiastic, “Can’t wait to see the pics, it’s like playing dress up!” I couldn’t agree more!!! On with the show!

2016-01-23 17.54.42 - CopyIf 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).

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Breely Crochet Neckline Knit Top by Market & Spruce ($58). The first piece was a basic black three-quarter sleeve top with a not-so-basic neckline of pretty monochromatic crochet. The almost-sixty-dollar price tag is all in that charming detail. It fit me well everywhere except in the shoulders – you know, I say this so often I am beginning to wonder if I should update my profile to say I have broad shoulders (currently I report them as “average”)? I think you can see the little peak over my left shoulder in the left-hand photo where it just doesn’t want to sit nicely. It wouldn’t have been a deal breaker, since this is a solid basic that would meld nicely into my closet, if I had had my eye on keep the other four items. But as you’ll see that wasn’t quite the case. Verdict: Returned (with a suspicion that I will one day wish I had kept it) (though maybe not for $58) (who knows).

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Sloan Boyfriend Jean by Just Black ($78). Oh, man, was I sure I was going to be all over these jeans when I peeked ahead to see what was coming in my next Fix (just for the record, I always peek, it never ruins my experience, and I don’t have time anyone who judges others for peeking or not peeking). The color was a gorgeous deep burgundy, they weren’t skinny, they were from Just Black, what could go wrong? Well it was a fit thing. I didn’t snap a photo of it, but these jeans on my body resulted in the dreaded gap-waist thing that happens in the back and I find insufferable. I might have learned to deal with it if they hadn’t also been extremely short. I prefer my boyfriend denim a bit looser, and a lot longer so I have more cuffing options. These were shorter than ankle length and very slender in the calf so I couldn’t get a good cuff in. As a result, they ended up feeling exactly like the cropped pants from a few Fixes ago (though I think the pictures show these were more flattering than those). Because I am short and curvy through the hips, any pants above the ankle have to be perfect (kinda like my Kut from the Kloth boyfriend jeans from a couple years ago, which I still wear!) or they really make me feel squat and dumpy. I also have trouble with finding the right shoes to pair with them since flats enhance the short-dumpy feeling in me even when they are super-cute. I like my black booties, but don’t always want a gap between my shoes and my pants legs when it is really quite cold here most of the year. So while I loved that Stephanie sent these, they weren’t perfect, and they had to go back. Verdict: Returned.

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Kalla Dress by Adrianna Papell ($118). When I saw this dress in my preview I was like, Whoa! That is FANCY! Am I ever that fancy? Well, if not, I’m gonna find a way to be because this dress was a knockout from the moment I zipped it up. I love everything about this dress, from the rich color to the V-neck to the length to the texture to the side-ruching and beyond. I don’t even mind the almost-cap sleeves! This Fix may not have been a Grand Slam, but this dress was still a Home Run.  I can’t wait to figure out somewhere to show it off! Verdict: Kept!

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Haven Dress by Gilli ($64). Gilli and me go together like rice and beans, I tell ya. Thought this dress is the same shape and brand as the Gilli dress I purchased last Fix, the lack of a plunging neckline actually makes it more appropriate for work (as you can see in the right-hand photo I was determined to tone down its polka-dottedness to something slightly more conservative for the office). I work in a fairly traditional suit-and-tie company but in a creative position, so I can get away with some more fun outfits than would be conservatively referred to as ‘business casual’, which is just the way I like it. Now all this is not to say I didn’t have some reservations about this dress when I peeked, because the last couple of polka dot dresses that Stitch Fix have sent me have been…less than stellar, shall we say…as you can see below:

SF_02 PolkaDot Dress

  Swimming, anyone?

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Literally the worst thing I’ve gotten from SF.

Anyway, THIS dress washed the memory of these other misses away for good and I’m happy to hang this little cutie in my closet. The fit is perfect and I prefer black and white to navy and white any day. Verdict: Kept!

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Cornelius Embroidery V-Neck Knit Top by Moon & Sky ($58). Last but not least, this gorgeous purple knit top with a deep v-neck enhanced with a broad swath of embroidery. I worried that we were heading back into Boho-land with this one but this was nothing like the endless string of unflattering navy embroidered tops from the past. The material was thin, soft, clinging, and long enough to cover my rear in leggings (that’s all I ask). A cozy shirt with a little oomph for a casual Friday or dinner out with friends. This color is going to look amazing hanging in my closet. Verdict: Kept!

So that was that! A potential 5/5 bartered down to a 3/5 mainly due to the fit of the jeans, which just wasn’t my preference. It was great getting it four days early though it does mean I have to wait a little longer for the next one. Until next time, enjoy!

 

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