My Fixes, it seems, are catching up to my age.
Still, not tired of receiving them! I am, however, getting slightly weary of blogging about them. 43 Fixes in and it’s hard to muster the same enthusiasm I had early on. It’s getting easier to for me to make choices these days, and if I do need help, I have many other outlets for getting it. And frankly I am a little weary of trying to find good lighting in the same room as a good background in our house.
But here’s something else: I’m feeling pretty good about myself these days. There are a lot of factors that layer into that feeling and some of them, for sure, won’t last forever, but just at the moment, the clothes are ceasing to be something that are helping me work through my body image issues. More and more, they’re just…clothes. I’m sure I’ve hinted at all of this before, and I may feel differently when my next box shows up in a few weeks…but also I hope no one will be surprised if that box shows up without the requisite documentation on this blog.
And one last point on this — I am not sure but I think that maybe, just maybe, this is my 100th blog post here. Perhaps that rounded milestone is telling me it’s time to make a shift.
But until then, here’s the skinny: (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).
Jessa Wide Leg Denim Trouser by Level 99 ($118). I was very jazzed to see these wide legs jeans headed my way, after pinning half a dozen images to my inspiration board of leggy blonds in flares and flowy floral tops, but cautious. These are exactly the kind of pants that can overwhelm a short person. Still, I was pleased to see that Stephanie had chosen a pair from Level 99, who also made the fantastic skinny cargoes from my last Fix. And wow, when I put them on, it felt like slipping into a vat of butter. Actually that sounds a little gross, so please ignore that because these pants felt amazing. Again, Stephanie managed to mine a hole in my closet that I didn’t even really know how much I wanted filled. I didn’t get a picture, but I also tried these on with flats and the length was great. Verdict: Keep.
Darcie Printed Pencil Skirt by Gilli ($48). There’s a lot to love about this piece — not the least of which is the price tag — including the fit, feel, and trusted brand name (I have five Gilli dresses in my closet). I thought this was going to be an easy yes for sure, but when it came right down to it I had a ton of trouble finding pieces to pair with it. Black was an easy choice, but white was a no-go since the skirt is off while. All of the hot colors in my closet felt wrong, and I’m not brave enough for the level of pattern mixing required to pull off most of my other tops. I have that great laser cut blue sleeveless top from two Fixes ago, but I think the skirt wants a tucked-in top, and the cut details on the blue would have made that tricky. Ultimately, while I really liked this skirt and wanted to try to make it work, I don’t love enough to balance the frustration of not having anything to wear with it. Frankly the last thing my closet needs is another printed pencil skirt with limited combination options. Verdict: Return.
Ramos Bell Sleeve Blouse by Market & Spruce ($64). When I saw this was headed my way, my first reaction was sort of “Whaaaaa?”, because the color notwithstanding, this shirt felt really, just REALLY, “not me”. But, go figure, when I reviewed my Stitch Fix Pinterest inspiration board, I saw that I had included this:
You can’t really deny the resemblance. But either way, I am always game to try whatever Stephanie sends because that’s the whole point of the service, right? I gave this one it’s fair due but, much like the fabulous elastic hem top from the last Fix, this shirt was just WAY too narrow in the shoulders and chest for anyone to wear and remain sane. I mean, I just need to be able to lift my arms more than a few inches. That’s just a basic. Beyond that, the thing I thought I would hate about it (the sleeves) I did not (though I don’t love them either), and the thing I knew I would hate about it (the high neckline) I did. It just looks matronly. Even with that amazing saturated bright color that I adore. Verdict: Return.
Belice Hooded Knit Top by Ink, Love & Peace ($64). In my Style Profile, I ask primarily for Business Casual clothes that I can wear to work, with the occasional Date Night outfit thrown in every once in a while, and at least one piece per Fix as Casual. I’ve found myself looking forward to that Casual piece more and more as I get older. I’m no longer satisfied with lounging around in cheap Old Navy gear on the weekends; I want stuff that feels good and looks good too. This soft-as-heather pullover hoodie was never something I would think of asking for, shopping for, or even paying $64 for, but once I, I wanted it to stay on. Like, forever. It’s a little more blue than the picture shows (so is my closet door, for that matter), and the lining and strings are a nice retro gray pinstripe on white. The sleeves are a tad too long on me, especially with the thumb hole detail in use, but that wasn’t enough to sway me away. Verdict: Keep.
Egbert Tie Front Knit Top by Daniel Rainn ($54). Sorry, sorry, sorry, it’s a textured black top with a front detail, there was NEVER going to be ANY chance I would get a good photo of it all. Suffice to say that it’s got a lovely fitted shape, tucks into skirts with ease, and it goes with everything I own. The tie neck is the same fabric as that back overlay in the second picture, a nice subtle textured polka dot print, which I had also pinned in a different style shirt on my inspiration board. A perfect addition to my work wardrobe from one of my favorite Stitch Fix brands. Verdict: Keep.
Another 3/5 from Stephanie that could easily have been a 4/5. I love that she listens to my requests and obviously looks at my Pinterest board each time, which still managing to send items that surprise and delight me.
I was about to sign off with “see you next time!” but I don’t know if there will be a next time! Hm, now I’m feeling a little sad about that, so maybe I’ll hold off on the decision for a little while. And no matter what I decide I’ll stop with the blathering on about it. Until then, enjoy your one precious life!