I want to be able to say, “I can’t believe it’s been 40 Fixes!” but actually I can! It feels exactly like I’ve done this about that many times. Not that I mind. And actually, this one threw me for a little bit of loop which was sorta kinda fun!
See, I’ve gotten used to receiving a box that hits my style but doesn’t quite fit in all the right places. This time, Stephanie sent me a box that fit perfectly but maybe wasn’t quite my style. Not that I would knock her for that — I am always open to trying something outside my comfort zone, and this time I was thisclose to biting the bullet and adding a couple of pieces to my closet that I wasn’t so sure about. Then, my oldest friend in the world talked me back down to earth (Thanks, Suze!). It wasn’t quite like averting a disaster or so dramatic; it was a relief to not have an excuse to indulge in the “why doesn’t this fit what’s wrong with me” twisted thing I have am trying to get away from.
(Skip this paragraph if you read here often, it’s the same as it always is!) 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).
Before we get started I also want to acknowledge some lovely excerpts from Stephanie’s note. My old friend referenced above actually got her first Fix the same day I got this one (she promises pictures later today; also we got the same shirt, in two different colors, ha), and in the spirit of unsolicited advice-giving, I told her that if she plans to get another Fix any time soon, to pay attention to the stylist note. Stephanie’s, as I’ve noted before, are always terrific: specific, personal, enthusiastic. A couple of highlights from this go were:
“Whewhoo! It’s Fix 40! If we could toast with some wine and do a living room dance I totally would.”
“Have fun as always and I look forward to reading your posts they are always so inspiring, keep writing I know it encourages so many of us!”
Which I hope is at least a little bit true. On to the good stuff!
Diaz Crochet Detail Top by Brixon Ivy ($74). I think this top (one friend referred to it as “grandma chic”) is very flattering and the detail is unspeakably beautiful. Absolutely everyone on the FB B/S/T group told me to keep it. Two of my best friends agreed. For awhile it seemed the only person who didn’t agree was me, and I was all, what’s wrong with me? Who wouldn’t want to be the kind of person who wears a top like this? It nagged at me. For one thing, I have been requesting a white top to pair with patterned skirts and pants, and Stephanie has been making every effort to deliver. She praised this top as “cotton, breathable, and crisp and almost everything we need it to be”…and I’m stuck on the “almost”. I like the option of tucking or half-tucking shirts into pencils and pants and the gorgeous crochet and embroidery on this top resists that. And when I tried it on with a patterned bottom it just all felt super busy and fussy to me. In my profile I talk about preferring “clean, elegant looks” and while there is a kind of romantic/boho elegance to this top that I admire, it’s ultimately just not me. It would hang in my closet, unloved and ignored. Verdict: Return.
Monterey Lace-Up Sneakers by SeaVees ($68). I have this gross pair of beige canvas shoes I got from Payless several years ago so I’d have something to walk to and from the bus stop on rainy work days (which happen a lot here). While comfortable, they are dirty and ugly and I am always a little embarrassed to pair them with my swank Stitch Fix duds until I am in the office where I keep my good work shoes. So I unchecked the “Fashion Sneakers” box on my profile, pinned a pair of these exact SeaVees in orange, and added a request for something stylish to get to work in, and Stephanie delivered in a great color. These are comfortable and cute and not at all embarrassing! Verdict: Keep!
Quick side note: I do actually tweak my profile and Pinterest board after every Fix, sometimes to avoid specific accessories (like I have more than enough bags), and sometimes just to play around with the algorithm a little and see what happens. I recommend this to anyone — especially paring down your Pinterest board as your taste and seasons change and you wardrobe grows.
Lydia Floral Print Key-Hole Blouse by Collective Concepts ($68). This is one of those Stitch Fix classics that lots of people have and lots of others pine for — as a case study in Style Profile tweaking, a few Fixes ago I nudged my profile to include more “Romantic” pieces” and I think that may have made a difference in this little beauty finally making its way to my door (or maybe not, who knows, really?). I was excited to try it, even though my first impression was that there is just a LOT going on here. There’s floral, there’s a key-hole, there’s piping, there’s mixed material straps — it’s a lot. I love the colors and the fabric and think the shape and length are actually really nice on me. Had the Diaz top been a little more versatile or a little less fussy, then keeping this Lydia top would have been a no-brainer and I’d have had a 5/5 Fix. Realistically, however, I have several sleeveless tops and I’d likely choose a simpler look over this one most of the time. There is a fair bit of sadness with this decision, but again, my oldest friend set my mind at rest. I just went back in and unchecked the “Romantic” box again; it’s just not me. Verdict: Return.
Gena Cut Out Detail Top by Skies are Blue ($48). Anyone following along at home has likely read a number of mini-vents from me about the Skies are Blue brand “not being designed for real women”, and might even remember that I asked Stephanie to put a moratorium on it several months ago. I don’t recall if I reported it here or not, but when I upped my sizes on my profile, I added a note that I would be okay trying this brand again if she saw something she thought I’d like and here we go. While the style of this top is on the bland side (and the indecisiveness of the sleeve length – not short sleeve, not sleeveless — still drives me a bit nuts), the back detail is pretty cute, the color is terrific, and it will go with about a hundred other things in my closet. I had planned to hate this top, and while it’s not exactly love, we seemed to have reached a satisfying compromise. Verdict: Keep.
Imara Lattice Neck Dress ($78). I was hesitant to try this one on at all. Elastic waists make me feel a little oogy inside. They either really work or are really awkward. However, when I showed her these pictures, a trusted friend informed me that I am obsessed with being short-waisted and actually have a fairly normal human body. BTW, everyone needs a friend who is not afraid to tell you that you are being crazy, if not all the friends who will tell you this. I love this dress, and I almost talked myself out of it. The neck is amazing, I want to eat the color, and it’s very comfortable. I had seen this neckline on before on tops and always admired it, so it was exciting to get the dress version in my Fix, especially is such a terrific color. Verdict: Keep!
As I mentioned, I was very close to keeping the whole box this time. I could take or leave the Lydia, but the Diaz was a little too far afield for me to ignore the glaring financial advantage of keeping ONLY what I loved and was sure I would wear: With some credits, the styling fee and the discount, keeping the whole box would have $127. But with those same credits and the styling fee I already paid, keeping just the shoes, pink top, and dress was just $69. It was a big enough difference that I could comfortably decide to save the $58 difference for some future top that was a better fit with my style. After all, for the time being, I’m fortunate enough for there to always be another Fix just around the corner.
That’s it for Fix 40, my friends! I expect the next couple of post will focus on my experience with the Whole30, but I’ll be back with more clothes in a few weeks. Until then, enjoy!