Stitch Fix Review #37: It’s not me, it’s the dress.

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Hey there and welcome back to another Stitch Fix review! I got a great Fix yesterday, and I’m really looking forward to sharing it with folks! For a long time I had been feeling very self-conscious sharing these photos beyond trusted friends, but today I feel like, hey even though this one dress turned me into a sack of potatoes, I can honestly say, it’s not me, it’s the dress, and there’s not one thing wrong about that or to feel ashamed of. I am counting that as a step forward. I even avoided using the one “flattering” angle photo we took because it didn’t help tell the story of why the dress didn’t work for me.

Let’s not waste another minute!


Kammy Colorblock Ponte Dress by 41Hawthorn ($78). I can’t not start the review of this dress without relating my dear friend’s comment: “You look like corporate Black Widow like if her incognito day job was at a law firm.” And RIGHT??? I love this dress. Colorblocking is magic. What a confidence builder. Also, had I not changed my style profile with a higher size, this is exactly the kind of dress that would have had me a weeping mess, unable to try anything else on. Good call, me. Verdict: KEPT!


Katelynn Dress by Collective Concepts ($78). Wah-WAH, as Snoopy might say. Like I mentioned before, we had a more flattering photo for this but I chose not to include it. Look, there’s not a darn thing wrong with this lovely dress. The pattern is gorgeous, the skirt is lined, and it’s got a great feel and weight. But she and me? We are just not compatible. The high elastic waist, the high restrictive neckline, the increased volume of fabric at the hips and the ever so slight sleeves are conspiring against my own short waist and bigger bust to make me look all…bunched up. Make sense? Lovely dress. Not for me. Verdict: Returned.


Xander Short Sleeve Woven Back Sweatshirt by Market & Spruce ($54). Stephanie rocks! I’ve had this shirt Pinned for ages. The color palette is entirely outside my comfort zone (I even unchecked “Gray” from the colors not to send in the hopes that the algorithm would spit this one out), but I am digging the hi-lo look and the cute flowy surprise back. I’m glad I held out for a different mixed material shirt last time. This is the kind of piece that makes me glad I use Stitch Fix, a terrific standalone top I would 100% walk straight past in a store. Verdict: KEPT!


Staxx Braided Gladiator Sandals by Steven ($99). Two things: 1) Stephanie sort of apologized for sending shoes again and she should NOT have because I LOVE getting shoes!!!, and 2) these are not me, and I knew they wouldn’t be me, but I was still excited to try them. Sometimes you get surprised, and sometimes you just learn a little bit more about what you like and don’t like. I prefer shoes with a heel in general, but these are so trendy right now that I kept an open mind. Unfortunately, these were too big. I am a pretty consistent 8.5, but these felt at least a whole size too large. Also, weirdly, I tried to adjust the ankle straps (there are six of them!) but found that there was only actually one hole punched all the way through each strap (these zip up the back to get on and off). Adjusting them probably wouldn’t have made any difference but I would have liked the option. Verdict: Returned.


Lauderdale Knit Cardigan by Market & Spruce ($48). In her note, Stephanie also apologized for sending a “color theme” but again, I didn’t mind! I loved this from the get-go, it’s soft and lightweight and is a great length for me, but I was worried that my closet full of saturated colors would be a hard match for this piece. However, it has so many advantages that I’m willing to give it a shot. Also it’s the least expensive item in my Fix. Verdict: KEPT!

So there you have it, 3/5, a learning experience, and a couple of pieces that are huge winners in my book. For next time, I’ve asked for saturated colors, floral tops on black or white, and maybe a replacement navy pencil skirt (mine is so small!). Whatever Stephanie sends, I feel confident that trying it on will be full of fun as opposed to full of shame and self-doubt. Yay!

Afterword: 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).


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