confession: i've jumped on the bandwagon, both with stitch fix and now with blogging about it. just what the internet needs, right? another stitch fix review. but, i enjoy looking through other bloggers' reviews, so i figured why not?
first, what is it? : stitch fix is a clothing subscription service. you fill out a style profile, specify what you like and aren't interested in receiving and set budget limits. then, they pair you with a stylist, mail you 5 things as often as you want (i get mine once per month), you pay for what you keep and mail back what you don't want. if you keep everything, they give you a discount.
there's a $20 styling fee that, if you buy something, you can use towards that item. the part i missed when i signed up was this: the styling fee is not a one-time thing. you have to pay it with each box. i don't have an extra $20 just floating around each month to spend on nothing, so this part, especially when i don't like the items in my box for reasons i said upfront i knew (pants length, fit of particular items, patterns), makes it a bit of a struggle sometimes.
i wanted to blog about my experience because i feel like most stitch fix reviewers around the internets are 100%, totally crazy about stitch fix and, well, i'm just not. it's fun to get a box of clothes picked for me, and it really does feel like christmas when i see that fedex delivered my goods. however, i've had mixed success with the items they've sent.
the point, in part, is to have someone pick things for you that are kind of a stretch- you know, the things you wouldn't tend to gravitate toward in the store or that don't match everything already hanging in your closet. or, if you're me, things that help you look more like a well-dressed adult and less like you're going camping. however, turns out i'm a little opinionated. with my limited budget and preference for about how things fit, i haven't felt the same magic warm fuzzies as everyone else. maybe these cool lady bloggers report slam dunks because they're less picky and have bigger budgets or something. i don't know for sure.
i like the service enough to keep trying a new box each month, but i haven't reached the point where my boxes aren't joy with also some disappointment mixed in.
anyway. if you sign up with my referral link, i get a small credit towards my fixes (that i would definitely appreciate!) but, this is all paid for with my hard earned dollars, and my opinions are my own. it seems silly to say that, but there it is.
excuse the poor photos, awkward hair, bad lighting and funny backdrop. safe to say i could definitely not pass as a fashion blogger. now, without further adieu:
number one: pixley paloma dot print back cutout knit top ($54) in black and white.
i thought i'd hate the fit of this the second i saw it coming, given it's pleated at the neck. however, when i tried it on the fit didn't bother me at all because the fabric draped rather nicely. this shirt was soft, comfortable, had cute little details and, tied with my most favorite thing ever (stripes), it had polka dots.
i knew i wouldn't keep this one, though, because of the cut outs on the back/ shoulder blades. don't get me wrong- i love me my yoga muscles. but i stated in my style profile that i want things that are timeless, and while the print of this one fit, the back cut outs definitely did not. if it weren't for both the price and the cut outs, i'd probably have kept it.
number two: liverpool colleen straight leg jean ($78) in dark wash.
the denim was soft, the wash was great, the pockets were in the right place. the price, for a pair of designer jeans, seemed fair. the idea that someone could magically find me a pair of jeans that fit from miles and miles away seemed too good to be true. (they sent a pair last month that, if they had been blue and not black, i definitely would have kept.)
which brings me to the fit. i keep leaving feedback that i don't want ankle pants, and my stylist didn't send me those this time around (i've received two pairs in previous fixes), but instead sent petite ones despite my having specified i'm not interested in petite sizes. i'm not sure how it's possible to be 5'2" and not be petite, but i'm not. these pants, with a 28 inch inseam, are case in point.
(puppy beds to the right. you're welcome.)
if i wore them on my waist where they were supposed to sit, they were about 2-3 inches too short. if i wore them lower, where i like to wear my pants, they were just about long enough but then did this weird baggy thing around the fly and my thighs. (that's at least an inch, maybe two of fabric folded over in the photo below.)
verdict: returned. rise: too high. inseam: too short. please, stitch fix, trust me when i say i am not petite.
number three: 41hawthorn solana colorblock cardigan ($68) in navy and peach.
i thought i'd hate this one when i saw it coming. i gave it a shot and tried it on and to my surprise, the color blocking seemed less awkward than i initially thought. however, it was itchy, dry clean only, the buttons pulled funny, the color blocking didn't line up in the front and, for $68 it was far from perfect.
really, with that color blocking? it looks like a mistake.
number four: desires hampstead sweater ($64) in off white and teal.
this one i really liked. the shoulder seams are a little wide and it was a tad shorter than i'd prefer, but i think i can fix the length with a little blocking. the color is perfect and the buttons on the shoulder are an adorable addition. i pulled the tags off with the intention of keeping it though the price is more than i'd like, but then noticed there was a small hole under the arm.
i emailed stitch fix customer service to see what they could do and am hopeful because they are so very fantastic. i'm not kidding when i say they are the reason i have stuck with this service despite my disappointment with my earlier boxes. stay tuned.
verdict: keep, but waiting to see about the hole under the sleeve to see if i can exchange it.
last, item number five: la made ida striped dress ($98) in navy and white.
i had visions of wearing this dress to work tomorrow with tall brown boots, a brown belt and a mustard yellow scarf.
i wanted to love it. i really did. out of everything, i was most excited about seeing this on my shipment list. the stripes, the color, even the fabric were spot on. it wasn't too thin, wasn't too clingy or too short. the price was steep, but i specifically requested this item so i can't fault stitch fix for blowing my budget. the big bummer, though, was how weirdly the stripes fit across my bust. i checked with the google to see if maybe there was something that i'd missed about how it fit other people, but nope. i'm the only one.
i'd have maybe bitten the bullet and bought it if it weren't that the stripe situation made the dress feel dumpy. i tried it with a wider belt to see if that would make a difference, but that made it gather in the back and pull funny across my bum while not fixing at all the situation in the front.
frown face to match the frowning stripes.
so, there you have it. a very non fashionable, not-cool-lady-blogger take on stitch fix.
will i do it again next month? yes. am i a little sad about this box? yes, but in part it's because really all of these things were very close to working, but just didn't quite cut it.