My 24th Stitch Fix!
I’ve been running behind on some of my regular blog posts! I blame the holidays, the work we’re doing on the new house, and on the winter for not providing me with good light for taking photos. THANKS, WINTER! Last weekend I got my first Stitch Fix since June; for a variety of reasons, I took photos that are 100% not up to my usual standards. So my apologies for the less-than-stellar photos of me wearing the clothes.
What is Stitch Fix?
Stitch Fix is a subscription-based personal styling service for women, men, and kids. It’s free to create an account and complete a style profile. Once you schedule a Fix, a stylist selects five pieces of clothing, accessories, or shoes for you. When the Fix arrives you have three days to try the items on and decide which ones you want to purchase. Find more details at the bottom of this post.
I actually paused my subscription after my last Fix because I just wasn’t feeling like having someone else pick out clothes for me. But I turned it back on recently because I was interested in seeing if I could get a cute dress for upcoming holiday parties.
December 2018 Styling Notes
Stitch Fix assigned Jennifer as my stylist this time. Jennifer clearly read my blog because she included some kind words in her note to me about our kitty, Walter, whom we put to sleep in October. So that was lovely (thanks, Jennifer!). And she nailed my style preferences with this box: florals, stripes, and purple? Very on point!
I left a note to my stylist prior to my Fix asking for a holiday party dress that’s not too fancy. I said some sequins or lace detail would be fine, but not a full-on sequin or lace dress. First I tried on the Collective Concepts Erika Crochet Trim Shine Detail Dress ($78), which hit all the holiday-appropriate notes I was looking for. It’s a very cute floral print with some shimmery gold touches throughout.
Unfortunately, though, I didn’t love the fit. One reason I’m disappointed in my photos is that you can’t see the fit very well in them. But the top part was a little too blousy for my taste, and the sleeves fell a little short. The sleeve issue is no one’s fault but my own DNA…my arms are so damn long. 😛 The verdict: RETURNED.
Jennifer selected a second potential holiday party dress for me, the 41 Hawthorn Pilar Lace Trim Dress ($74). It’s a cute purple number with black lace detail. My favorite color is purple so the dress is right up my alley. The lace trim adds just the right amount of fancy for a holiday party dress, too—it’s not over the top.
I didn’t love the fit of this dress either, though. Again, you can’t tell in the above photo, but the arm hole area was gaping on me. I could have either kept the dress and had it altered or exchanged it for a smaller size. The dress fit well aside from the arm hole issue, so I don’t know if I really needed a smaller size. I decided against keeping and altering the dress, so the verdict on was RETURNED.
The Tops and Jeans
Jennifer also picked out two tops and a pair of jeans for me. I’m pretty sure I asked for a pair of jeans in my pre-styling note. Anyway, here’s another crappy photo of me wearing the Blu Pepper Fenmore Split Neck Top ($36) with the Democracy Parisa Skinny Jean ($68).
The top is super cute! I love the split neck style, and I like the floral print and colors. Check out a better photo of the top below. As you can imagine, the verdict is KEPT!
The jeans, however, were a different story. They were a little short on me and looked kind of funny with my sneakers, which I basically live in. The metal Democracy logo charm on the right pocket was a huge turnoff for me; I also didn’t like the stitching above the pockets. I prefer plain back pockets. The jeans were a little loose in the back thigh area, so the fit wasn’t great anyway. As I’m sure you’ve surmised, the verdict is RETURNED.
But Wait! There’s More!
The final item I tried on was the Olive & Oak Maryanne Striped Pullover ($58). This navy, cream, and purple striped pullover is very much my style. I love stripes and I love these colors, plus it fit well. This one was an easy KEEP decision for me! The only thing that gave me pause was when I tried it on for my husband and he said he thought there was a little too much going on with the two different sized stripes. I decided I was fine with it. 🙂
So for the two tops I kept (plus tax but minus the $20 styling fee), I spent a total of $79.64. Even though three of the items didn’t work out, I’d still say this was a pretty good Fix. The dresses were totally my style; they just ended up not fitting too well. The jeans were a miss, but jeans are hard to shop for to begin with. At least I ended up with two tops that I know I’ll wear!
New to my Stitch Fix reviews? You can read my past reviews here.
Stitch Fix assigns a personal stylist to select five items for you, including clothing, accessories, and shoes—and ships them right to your door.
Sign up at Stitch Fix and complete a style profile by filling out your clothing and shoe sizes, what sort of styles you like, color preferences, and more. They offer plus sizes and maternity wear as well! You can even specify a price range you’re willing to spend per piece. The style profile is comprehensive, and you can include a link to your Pinterest style board (here’s mine) to help guide your stylist. You can request specific items via your Pinterest board or by leaving a note for your stylist on the Stitch Fix website, though there’s no guarantee you’ll get them.
Then you schedule a Fix (you can get one as often as you’d like). Ladies: you can now add Extras (e.g., intimates like bras, underwear, camis, etc) to your order before your stylist starts working on it! Stitch Fix will send you a box containing five items selected for you, along with a stylist note and outfit ideas.
You have three days to try everything on and decide what to keep or return. If you keep any items (even just one), they’ll deduct a $20 styling fee from the total cost. The styling fee can be applied to your extras. Even better? If you keep all five items, you get a 25% discount on everything! You only pay the $20 styling fee if you send everything back. What happens if you don’t like some of the items? Stitch Fix makes it simple for you to return whatever you don’t want to keep. Each Fix includes a pre-addressed, USPS postage-paid envelope for easy returns. Schedule your first Fix today!