Wow, it’s September already! I don’t know why I am shocked – we only got back from vacation a month and a half ago and I’m already ready for the next one. But there are a lot of exciting things in the works — an office move, a show opening, and, as always, a new Fix! So let’s get right to it, shall we? I’ll have a post at some later date about the rehearsal process, but I am prioritizing my review due to limited time — I like to include the link to my reviews in my checkout process, and my checkout date is tomorrow!
Sybil Cargo Skinny Pant by Level 99 ($88). Last winter, I went to this super cool wine tasting event through my theatre company to mingle with some audience members in a very informal setting. There was a woman there wearing the most amazing skinny cargo pants — they were so flattering that I had to ask her about them. Since then, I’ve been Pinning any skinny cargoes I could find and whaddaya know, Stephanie delivered. These are a great fit, but I apologize for how hard it was to get a properly-lit photo of them. Our house is very moody, we like it that way, but trying to get well-lit photos of dark-colored pants is a nightmare. So you might have to just trust me when I tell you these were awesome — I plan on wearing them all weekend! Verdict: Keep.
Creen Laser Cut Peep Toe Bootie by BCBGeneration ($90). Based on a lot of the complaints I see in the Stitch Fix Facebook group I belong to, I feel very fortunate to have a stylist who really looks at my Pinterest board and listens to my requests (even though lately I’ve steered away from specific requests in my note). I had Pinned several pairs of booties but didn’t hold out much hope for getting any I would love — I am definitely into the bootie trend, because I think they look fantastic with skinny jeans and pants, but very picky about the ones I like. Booties that open up at the top rather than tapering in make me look even shorter than I already am. Stephanie sent me this chic pair and I discovered the joys of perforated heels. However, I also discovered the (potential) pain of peep toe cutouts. The right bootie fit perfectly, but the cutout of the left foot sliced right across the nailbed of my big toe. You can even see it in the photo. I wasn’t the least bit ready to give up on the booties yet, so I did two things: 1) I checked online at all my favorite shoe places to see if I could find anything comparable, and 2) I asked around about shoe stretching possibilities. The alternate pair search turned up nothing even close except for the exact same pair direct from the BCBGeneration site, but the toe height stretching possibilities seemed broad and workable, so I thought I might keep them and see what I could do. The answer ended up being somewhere in between. BCBGeneration was offering their pair direct for $110, but 40% off, which came out to $66. They had the same color and size available, and the sale was to last another 5 days or until they were unavailable. Since a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush (possibly the worst adage of all time), I would have preferred to keep the pair I already had and go from there. So I reached out to Stitch Fix’s awesome customer service team and inquired into a price match. They replied very quickly that they could not honor price matching for limited sale prices, so I was able to immediately purchase a new pair direct from BCBGeneration. They should be here late next week, and if they have the same issue, I’ll try some of the many suggestions for stretching out the tight places! Verdict: Return.
Basinger Shoulder Pleat Blouse by Collective Concepts ($54). We had trouble capturing the terrific deep teal blue of this cute, versatile top, which was the best thing about it. The fit was all off; too boxy, the neckline was far too wide, and it has those not-there sleeves that make me look like a football player. This is one of those tops I would have kept (and possibly exchanged for a smaller size) if the rest of the box had been perfect, and likely given away in a year. Pretty, but nothing special. Verdict: Return.
Juanis V-Neck Blouse by 41Hawthorn ($64). I was intrigued by this blouse during the sneak peek. I liked the look of it, I like the v-neck and the pleating and the sleeve length. But take a look at the preview shot — can you see the elastic hem at the bottom of the shirt? I couldn’t quite wrap my head around it until it arrived. Of course the concept is super simple – the elastic sits at your waist and allows a bloused-out, tucked in look without actually having to tuck in a bunch of extra fabric under your skirt or pants. This probably makes me a bit grandma, but I think this is just genius. I so wanted to be able to keep this shirt, but as you can see, on the right side of the main photo, it was far too tight across the bust. I couldn’t raise my arms more than a few inches without it pulling in the most unattractive way and I thought a larger size would be too big everywhere else, so it had to go back, but it was a little heartbreaking. Verdict: Return.
Bowie Solid Dolman Sleeve Top by Laila Jayde ($58). This is one of those Stitch Fix classics. These dolmans have a great casual flair while not being totally shapeless. They are versatile, comfortable flattering but have just enough structure that you can’t really feel frumpy in them. Paired with a terrific burgundy color for fall, I couldn’t resist its charms. But I don’t plan on hanging this in my closet, as the last shirt I got in this shape has stretched out in the neckline from being on the hanger. This one is getting folded in the drawer with my other chunky fall sweaters. Verdict: Keep.
(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).
This was another terrific box, and I am still having a great time with this service. I’ve been paring away older items with regularity so my wardrobe never feels overwhelming, but I’m getting enough new stuff to keep things interesting.