as i said in my previous stitch fix review, it's safe to say i will never, ever be a fashion blogger. or hell, even someone who takes and shares halfway decent selfies.
so, anyway, here we go again: 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, 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 for each box that, if you buy something, you can use towards that item. 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.
as i said before, i've had mixed success with stitch fix, but i do like it enough to keep trying. i don't think i'll ever get the magic box (where you keep everything), but that's ok. i like the things i've kept and do wear them often.
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.
here's what i got in my box today. initial reaction in order of how things are stacked: hate it, hate it, might like it but why is it crooked?, love it, hope it fits.
and now, in very different orders:
number one: dear john marson wide leg denim trouser ($78).i'm not sure why stitch fix feels the need to send me denim in every box but so far we're at 0/6. some people pull their pants out of the box and they fit like a glove. though that has not been my experience at all, i remain optimistic.
wash was perfect. they're boot cut, almost flare (my favorite). they were a little long, but i can hem. but the rise is several inches higher than i like, and girlfriend won't do high waisted jeans. they make me uncomfortable. i was, however, impressed that these fit well everywhere that counts.
bad photo, yes? verdict: returned.
number two: olive and oak jessenia tie front top ($48).
then, i tried it on. the fabric was pretty great- soft and light. tab sleeves were surprisingly nice. the colors and the pattern are something i'd definitely wear. however, a tie front shirt? NOPE. even the idea of it makes me feel like a farmer or like i should be sitting at a 1950s soda fountain counter.
but, stitch fix, you do get mad props for, on your first attempt at a button down shirt, winning in fit. i have a very hard time finding shirts that get the shoulder/ bust/ body ratio right. either it fits everywhere up to my bust and then strains at the buttons, or fits my bust and is rather tent-like elsewhere. (the life of a small but curvy person. can i get an amen?) i can't find shirts in regular stores that fit this well. (it may not fit quite as well in the front now that i look at the photos, but still. props.)
this was a little bit of a bummer to receive because there's no way i'd ever try and wear this to work and my style profile says i'm mostly interested in work + things that can do double time (work and home).
i already walk the line often between 'is she going camping, or is she going to work?' and, well, this wouldn't be doing me any favors in the 'trying to look like an adult' department.
number three: market & spruce margerie dot & stripe open cardigan ($68).
heart eyes for days. y'all, this is a fitted open cardigan. FITTED, i tell you. i don't look like i'm swimming, it has enough structure that i could dress it up and it has stripes AND polka dots. i haven't taken it off since it arrived.
the price is, yes, a little steep. however, i had some credit from a friend that signed up using my link, so with my style credit it brings it down to a price i'd pay for a knit cardigan.
verdict: keep keep keep.
number four: 41Hawthorn harriet houndstooth print dress ($64).
when i saw this coming, i basically made up my mind not to like it. sneaky stitch fix and this 'try everything on' business. i was about 95% send it back until, again, i tried it on. hubs said he liked it, too, so now i'm about 60/40.
i had asked for a dress or two to try for our final mad men party in april. this wouldn't work so much as i couldn't fit a crinoline underneath it, but it's rather cute. the fabric is soft, the dress is lined (!), and it would be perfect with pockets. the fit is pretty great- it turns out fit and flare dresses work much better on me than shift dresses. the top front is a little plain, but the back is fun. i don't even mind the contrasting zipper. the only thing that annoys me is that the houndstooth is on a slant.
so why can't i decide? i feel like there's not much to it for the price. i don't know. the jury is still out on it.
i can't decide if i'll keep this, but if i do, here's how i'll wear it.
and, number five: collective concepts maisy geo print dress ($88).
the shoulders were a little poofy, the sleeve hem was gathered a bit and with the pattern it felt a little... grandmotherly. definitely mad men, but less glamorous 1950s betty draper mad men and more megan does weird things in LA with aspiring film stars mad men.
so, there you have it. another round of poorly lit iPhone photos taken in a full length mirror of me posing awkwardly in clothes sent to me in the mail. ha.
will i do it again? yes. i'm already looking forward to what comes next month.
and here's my link again to sign up should you feel inspired to do so.