Can you believe I received my 20th Stitch Fix this week?! I sure can’t! Prior to this Fix, I reviewed my style profile and made a few tweaks to make sure it best reflected my current preferences, especially since they recently added some premium designers to their offerings! I didn’t receive any pieces by the luxe designers in this Fix, but to be fair, I did check the box in my profile that says “mostly non-Luxe/occasional Luxe item.”
My stack of clothing this month was quite colorful!
Right now you might be wondering…what is Stitch Fix? It’s a subscription-based personal styling service for women and more recently, for men, too! After you sign up, fill out a style profile, and schedule a Fix, you’re assigned a stylist who selects five pieces of clothing, accessories, or shoes for you. They ship your box and give you three days to try everything on at home so you can decide which items you want to purchase. Want to learn more and sign up to receive your own Fixes? Please see additional details at the bottom of this post.
This Fix was curated by a different stylist than last time. Prior to this Fix I wrote a note to my stylist along the lines of needing a not-overly-fancy cocktail party dress for an event later this month. Well, that event ended up being called off and by the time I thought to update the note to my stylist, my Fix had shipped. Whoopsie! I will, however, have more events coming up later this fall and into the holidays (jeez, I can’t believe I’m already talking holidays!) so I was open to party dresses regardless.
Before I get into the fashion show, have a look at my styling cards:
The color printed on the styling cards is pretty off—see that blouse in the middle column on the right? That’s the same piece that looks fuchsia* in the photo up at the top of this post (that photo doesn’t accurately capture the color, either, but it’s at least in the same ballpark). The blouse on the styling card looks like a rusty red to me. But I digress…
So! First I tried on said Skies are Blue Fischer Lace Detail Blouse ($40) with the Liverpool Kennedy Skinny Pant ($88). The blouse is very pretty, but it does not work with a regular bra. It’s too see-through to go braless, but a strapless bra would be okay. I’ll admit that I was too lazy to try the top on with my strapless bra, and these pics would have looked much better had I worn one. C’est la vie. The top is cute but I’m not that into the color—it veers too pink for my taste. I’m also not into the sheer factor.**
Although! The strappy lace-and-cutout back detail of the top is very pretty. Apologies for how crappy it looks with my black bra:
The pants are a hard no for me. My styling card called them a “skinny pant,” but the tag on them called them “Leggings.” The fabric feels more pants-y than leggings-ish, but there are no zippers, buttons, or pockets. Whatever the hell these things technically are, they did not work on me. They fit fine at the waist, but they’re too saggy on my stupid little chicken legs (I know, I know. It’s not a humblebrag, just a fact of my life). They’re also quite long so they bunched up around the ankles, and they looked weird when I folded the cuff up. Also, $88 for a pair of sort-of-pants feels like a lot of money. The verdict for both the top and the pants-leggings is RETURNED.
Next I tried on the Gilli Shay 2fer Maxi Dress ($78), which my stylist noted would be a good option for my upcoming party (that’s no longer happening). This dress fit very well and actually made me look busty, which might be a first! I love the wrap style at the top and the tie around the back. I guess the “2fer” aspect is that it’s solid on the top and printed on the bottom?
Speaking of 2fer (not the 30 Rock character), there are two things I don’t like about this dress—specifically, the bottom of this dress. The first is that the floral print has this wild, nearly-neon pink, which is a little loud for me. The below photo shows detail of the print but in no way demonstrates how bright the colors are in person:
The second issue is that the skirt is sort of a yucky polyester fabric, not unlike the Renee C Jayani Racerback Top that I sent back in June for feeling a little cheap.
I’m on the fence with this dress. I really like the style and fit, but I also feel like I would end up not wearing it much because the print is so dang bright. Though I’ll admit that it does photograph well! It’s fun to step outside your style comfort zone sometimes, but that loud pink is a bit much for me. When it comes down to it I don’t think I’ll regret sending this dress back, so the verdict is RETURNED.
I then tried on the second of three (!!) floral print dresses, the Fate Ruby Maxi Dress ($78), which has a beautiful garden print. Flowers AND butterflies? I’m here for it. I mean…look at how pretty this print is:
But when I went to try the dress on, I experienced that “how the fuck do you put this thing on” frustration, which is never a good sign. And once I got the dress on, I immediately took my bra off because it was clear that you cannot wear any sort of bra with it. You’ll see why when you get to the photo of the back. Anyway…the top of this dress did not fit me at all.
The top is way too saggy; it’s not secure enough in the slightest. To feel comfortable in this dress I’d need to be cool with providing at least one nip slip per night. The straps are way too long and they’re inexplicably not adjustable. Because the top portion is so loose and free, my whole chest would be exposed if I leaned over. I’m sure this dress gives good sideboob, too.
In all fairness, though? I’m not 100% sure I put the dress on correctly. Check out how wonky the back looks in the below pic. My husband wasn’t home when I tried the clothes on, so I didn’t have anyone to help me out with tying the back properly:
The dress has a slit partway up each leg, which I like. The fabric is so light and breezy; it would make a lovely summery dress if it actually fit well. And I really, really do love the print. However, given the issues with even putting the thing on, plus the problematic fit and almost-guaranteed peepshow, it’s obvious that the verdict here is RETURNED.
The fifth and final piece I tried on was the 41Hawthorn Evander Dress ($68) in fall-inspired colors:
I practically don’t even have to explain why the verdict on this dress is RETURNED. It just didn’t fit well—it was very sack-like. The waist didn’t fall in quite the right place on me. I probably could exchange it for a size Small, but I don’t really even like the dress style or color enough to do so, though I do appreciate that my stylist picked yet another floral dress for me…she was definitely paying attention to my Pinterest style board!
So, unfortunately, this Fix is zero for five and I’m out $20 for the styling fee because I didn’t keep any of the items. None of the dresses I received would actually have felt right for the party that’s no longer taking place—I think I was looking for something more sophisticated and less summery. I definitely could have done a better job communicating that to my stylist, though…my Pinterest style board is quite floral heavy so of course she sent me a bunch of flowery dresses.
I think the takeaway here is that I need to update my style profile again. I said up top that I had updated it to “best reflect my current preferences,” but I’m wondering if the changes I made don’t accurately demonstrate what I’d really like to wear. I don’t envy the Stitch Fix stylists—style is so difficult, and our preferences can change from day to day, even hour to hour at times!
Additionally, I’ve now received several pieces that feel a bit cheap, so it might be time to bump up the amount I’m willing to pay per item. It’s also a little frustrating that I continue to get pieces that have pink or pink-adjacent colors like fuchsia. My profile says in two places that I’m not a fan of pink, but I guess I need to make it clear that I’m also not a big fan of darker pinks like fuchsia and magenta.
Though this Fix was a miss, I feel partly responsible so I’m not giving up on Stitch Fix just yet!
Stitch Fix assigns a personal stylist to hand pick 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. You can even specify a price range you’re willing to spend per piece. The style profile is comprehensive, and they encourage you to 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 a Fix as often as you’d like: monthly, every other month, for an upcoming special occasion, etc. When the appointed date arrives, you get a box filled with five items picked just for you, along with a note from your stylist and cards with outfit ideas for each piece. 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. 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!
*I’m a great speller but I cannot for the life of me spell fuchsia correctly without spell check! Why is this word so hard?! 😛
**Sheer Factor would be a good Fear Factor spinoff…people would be forced to do activities in public while wearing sheer clothing with nothing underneath. Right?! Okay, maybe not, haha.