Stitch Fix Review #38: I Heart My Stylist

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It’s finally summer! I mean, yes this weekend has been kind of blah but that constant chill has finally left my bones for a few months, work is quieting down, and our vacation is just a few weeks away. Perfect time for a Fix!

This one arrived a couple of days early and Stephanie did an amazing job once again. Lately I’ve noted that almost all of my boxes start off as grand slams right out of the gate, and then it’s just a matter of winnowing down due to need, fit, and cut. This one was a perfect example — when I peeked ahead, I thought, yup, I can see all of those things in my closet. It didn’t work out this time, but I did snag a couple of staples and one fun extra.

2016-06-04 15.12.55If 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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Banny Button Down Blouse by 41Hawthorn ($54). Stephanie said, “The palm prints are so on trend right now and I loved the mix of v-neck meets green and white and a whole lot of positives so I can’t wait to see this one on you too!” and I can’t argue with any of it. I love the colors and the shape, but unfortunately, when I sized up to get better fits on tops in the shoulders and bust, sometimes things are just too long, and this is a good example. The shirt landed at my widest part and felt tight around my hips, so when I walked, it wanted to bunch up and gape open like you see in the second picture above. I considered just unbuttoning the last button, but there were a couple of other factors working against this top as well — the fabric felt rough and scratchy and kind of cheap, and I don’t know if I have made it clear on this blog anywhere yet, buuuuuut I absolutely cannot stand when there are pockets on the front of women’s shirts, especially pockets with a little flap. No one is ever going to put anything in there and they just add a layer in a place no one wants a layer. The pattern makes them hard to see in the photo, but I knew. Oh I knew. So, a good choice for a lot of reasons, but a couple of fatal flaws. Verdict: Return.


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Behati Jersey Faux Wrap Dress by Donna Morgan ($128). I’m pretty sure Stephanie snagged this based on the sleeveless version I had Pinned to my inspiration board, but it may have been a different dress with a similar palette and pattern. Who cares, though, right, this dress is awesome! I love the retro, Joan-from-Mad-Men vibe and plan on pinning a lot of Christina Hendricks looks for inspiration in the future. Per Stephanie, “I couldn’t resist a good Donna Morgan dress for you, especially in these colors I think they are going to be fantastic.” She’s right, and I’m planning on wearing this dress to a press opening today! Verdict: KEPT!


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Kally Mixed Material Top by Pixley ($54). I wanted to love this so badly, I think it’s just adorable. But I don’t think the cut flatters me at all, the back is completely sheer, and the textured fabrics are far too busy for me to comfortably pair it with any of my (multitudes of…) patterned skirts and pants. Still, it did help me clarify a request for future Fixes for a crisp white top with a little less fuss. Verdict: Return.


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Kaiden Cuffed Denim Short by Liverpool ($48). Hi, remember me? I hate shorts. I do. But I can no longer pretend I don’t need at least one good pair for outdoor events and for getting to and from the pool in Mexico (yeah, Big Problems, I know). So I requested a simple denim pair and Stephanie sent these. They fit like a dream and I dunno, I think they look pretty good? It’s hard for me to tell with pieces that are more like, necessities than things I’m all gaga for. Anyway, they’ll get the job done! Verdict: KEPT.


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Christiana Textured Pencil Skirt by Margaret M ($78). Now, I normally don’t look to Stitch Fix for my basic staple pieces (like the shorts above), but lately every time LOFT has sent me an email to look at their new arrivals!, I leave their site feeling pretty blah about their selection. I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask Stephanie to keep an eye out to replace the trusty LOFT navy pencil skirt that is just no longer getting the job done. She sent me my THIRD Christiana skirt from Margaret M and it was totally on the nose. It was impossible to capture the color or texture on this one, but the pattern is so subtle that I felt comfortable pairing it with my patterned silk top on the left (which, by the by, was also another reason I didn’t really need the Banny top in my closet). I expect this skirt will get a lot of use just like all my other Margaret M favorites. Verdict: KEPT.

There you have it, Fix #39! But before I leave you I have to offer up another couple of quotes from my stylist extraordinaire, Stephanie’s note:

“My fave from last Fix is that color block dress, swoon! You look fantastic in it!”

(I mean, who could maintain body positivity issues with an ally like this in your corner? And then there’s this, the real treasure:)

“FYI I’ve made it my mission to track down that Carla blouse for you!”

Here she is referring to the lovely Carla Crochet Detail Blouse that I have not-so-subtly bumped to the top of my Pinterest board every time I have a new Fix on the way for months. I was supposed to receive one in that long-lost stolen box, but of course everyone wants one for summer and they’ve got to be impossible to keep in inventory. At this point, I get it or I don’t get it, but having Stephanie acknowledge that she’s looking out for me is what makes this service special. Until next time, enjoy!

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