as i said in my previous stitch fix reviews, it's safe to say i will never, ever be a fashion blogger. or, you know, someone who takes decent selfies. this fact really only bothers me when i'm blogging about stitch fix. round three of awkward, poorly lit, dirty mirror selfies!
there's a $20 styling fee for each box that, if you buy something, you can use towards that item. this styling fee is my struggle with stitch fix. if i'm going to spend a substantial sum of money on something, i really want it to fit well and really love it. but i also don't want to lose my $20 per box styling fee. i often find myself trying to justify keeping what came in spite of fit or prices that are higher than i'd pay otherwise because it feels like i'm throwing away the little spending money i have each month.
i've had mixed success with stitch fix, and this month was particularly frustrating. at this point, i haven't decided if i'll go another month or not. everyone says that the magical thing about the service is that it gets better with time, and sadly that hasn't been my experience.
if you sign up with my referral link, i get a small credit towards my fixes (that i would, of course, appreciate.) but, this is all paid for with my hard earned dollars, and my opinions are my own. it seems silly to say that, especially as my reviews aren't all sunshine and rainbows, but there it is.
number one: moon collection amy embroidered skirt $78.
this skirt is not something i'd have picked off the rack. the length, color, fabric and pattern are things that i know i'd have a hard time with if i brought this skirt home and tried to put together a whole ensemble. having said that, i was fairly pleasantly surprised when i put it on. the embroidery is cute and if i could find a shirt to pair with it (my summer go-to is a solid color v-neck t-shirt, which wouldn't work with this), i might have bit the expensive bullet and kept it. after all, it's almost my birthday.
but i don't have a good shirt, and the top/ waistband did this weird thing that made me look... bubbly? i'm not sure how else to put it. see the weird little bubble and then indentation where my finger is pointing? i don't normally look like that in, well, any of the clothes i own. but that made it easier for me to not have to justify the price tag.
number two: kut from the kloth dayna skinny jeans $88.
never in my life have i paid this much money for a pair of jeans. even for designer jeans, this felt steep.
the fabric had a nice stretch, and it was really soft. these were far more comfortable than my current pair of thrifted jbrand skinny jeans, and though the hem is rather long, i don't mind. but when i sat down in these once and then got up off the couch, they were already too baggy in the bum. for $88 they need fit like a glove, not just for 5 minutes outside of the box (/ dryer.)
number three: skies are blue zade roll top tab $54.
this was, i think, an attempt to make up for the tie-front shirt in my last fix. however, i've said again and again that i want things that i can wear to work and that are well-fitting. this, being translucent and super boxy, fits neither of those specifications. i like the idea of this fabric- lightweight, interesting texture, white- but it had a lot of threads hanging off it in addition to how see-through it was. no, thanks.
my stylist suggested this would be great for work or the weekend. i think we have different ideas of what's a good thing to wear to work.
i did like the little split back detail.
i call this "the tent effect." actually, my mom coined that phrase when we were traveling in india and trying to find well-fitting kurtas. finding kurtas, or shirts made from anything other than stretchy fabric, that fit across both mu bust and torso can be a challenge. unless well tailored, a shirt that fits my bust has a good 5-6 inches extra around my torso. this shirt isn't doing me any favors in that department. subtitle: how i gained fifteen pounds when i put on this shirt!
verdict: returned without a second thought.
number four: collective concepts esten button-up sleeveless blouse $54.
i was hopeful for this one when i pulled it out of the box. i like navy blue, and i know how to wear it. plus, this top looked like it would be a good spring to summer sort of thing, and the fabric is definitely dressy enough to wear from 9-5.
then, i put it on. this is my best disappointed face.
there's room for one more of me in here.
dry clean only. whomp, whomp. even if it fit, i'd have sent it back for this reason. i can't manage to do normal adult things like bring checks to the bank, or remember to get stamps. there's no way, ever, that i'd manage to bring things to the dry cleaners and then pick them up again.
number five: bancroft cambridge metal cuff bracelet $28.
i'm not sure how i left 'bracelet' as an option i'd like to receive on my style profile. (i've opted not to receive bags, earrings and necklaces as well as things made from leather or pleather). when i received my first fix ever and it had a huge, bauble necklace that i'd never wear and never pay the price tag for, i went in and edited my preferences to say that i'd rather five items of clothing instead of jewelry. i tend to wear simple, classic things and rarely change from my standard silver hoops or pearl earrings, simple silver necklace or coin pearl. (i have one exception: my jones market beaded necklace). i had a photo but can't find it now, and my package is sealed up with all of my returns, so you'll have to do without. i didn't like it anyway- it looked like a belt, and the clasp was a belt buckle.
this month, stitch fix was 0/5. i'm a little disappointed as i've asked them not to send anything that is dry clean only, and have had them send ill fitting shirts on several occasions, each sent back with a note about how the fit does not work at all for my body type. the jury is out as to whether i'll do this again next month. i really like the idea of someone helping me figure out what to wear and when, but this feels like a struggle.
anyway, enough of my pouting. my next post will be entirely devoid of whining, i promise.