Earlier this week I confessed to friends on Facebook that I wanted to purchase at least three articles of clothing I’d seen in the Cracker Barrel Country Store. Cracker Barrel, for those who may be unfamiliar, is a chain of country-style restaurants that cater mostly to Interstate travelers. The restaurant also features a country store filled with candies, toys, audio books, gifts and yes, even clothing. The clothes typically are not what I’d describe as fashion forward. They are more rustic and matronly.
Well, it had been a while since I’d been to a Cracker Barrel. I am older than the last time I visited, but I’m still 30-something for a few more months. I’d venture to guess I’m younger than the average Cracker Barrel clothes buyer, but surprisingly I really liked the cardigans and blanket scarfs I saw there! Seriously, they were cute, and not the tacky lace or appliquéd Christmas sweaters I’d expected to see. Cracker Barrel must have a new “fashion” buyer, or maybe I am just getting older.
At any rate, my friends and I had a good laugh about my budding old lady fashion tendencies, so I am more thankful than ever I have a Stitch Fix subscription to keep me in touch with contemporary styles and trends (as opposed to the meat-and-tres-chic finds, cute as they may be, at Cracker Barrel). Which brings me to my latest Fix…
If you’ve never heard of Stitch Fix, scroll to the end of this post for more info. For the initiated and the die-hards, keep reading.
The Market & Spruce Sawyer Space Dye Dolman Sleeve Knit Top (above) was an item I had pinned on Pinterest. (Stitch Fix stylists will reference a Pinterest board to see items you like if you provide a link in your Stitch Fix style profile.) I really liked this top. It fit generously and was a great length for pairing with jeans and boots. The only reason I did not keep this top is I’d recently bought another shirt and a dress in this color. I probably should have removed it from my Pinterest board, in hindsight.
I’d requested cardigans in this Fix, and my stylist delivered. The first was the Pixley Potina Plaid Draped Cardigan (above). Some of the draped front cardigans I’ve seen have so much fabric in front that they seem too bulky for my taste, but this one thankfully did not. It is dark grey and the inside is a lighter grey plaid, which provides a nice contrast. I really like that you can see this detail on the sleeves. This is so comfortable and a very practical item I can wear with jeans when working out of my home office or volunteering at my children’s school.
The Market & Spruce Lauderdale Knit Cardigan (above) also came in this Fix. It is another item I had pinned on my Pinterest board. The teal color was nice, but because I knew I wanted to keep the plaid cardigan and the teal color wasn’t one I particularly needed, I let this go back. I wanted it in a cobalt blue and even emailed Stitch Fix customer service to ask about an exchange, but they only exchange for size/fit issues and suggested I could request a blue one for a future Fix.
I’m convinced that the algorithm that helps Stitch Fix stylists select items for each customer tells my stylist, “Send this woman something blue!” I get something blue in every Fix and many of the items I’ve kept have been blue. The Donna Morgan Masona Shift Dress was the latest blue item I received. I’d kept another Donna Morgan dress from my last Fix, but this time the style didn’t work as well for me. It hangs oddly on the hanger because of the ruching just above the waste. It’s a nice looking dress, but I didn’t like the drape of the fabric so I sent it back.
The last item, the Bancroft Elisia Chainmail Fringe Necklace, shown above, is probably not something I would have picked out on my own. In my note to my stylist, I requested a long necklace to wear with tunics, but I was picturing something a little different. After trying it with a couple tops, this one grew on me and I decided to keep it.
So from this Fix, I kept two items and returned three. You can see the Fix in its entirety, along with styling suggestions for each piece, on the Style Card below.
I was pleased with this Fix. The stylist addressed all of my requests and included items I’d pinned on Pinterest, so I consider that a success. Although I didn’t keep every item, I think the stylists have gotten better with each Fix at sending items I like and that fit well.
I’m not compensated for my review of the Stitch Fix service. I’ll get a small credit toward a future Fix if you join and schedule a Fix using one of the links in this post. If you’ve thought about trying it, I hope you will. It’s fun and a convenient way to spruce up your wardrobe. Here’s to a stylish New Year!
What is Stitch Fix? Stitch Fix is a subscription service that assigns you a personal stylist who selects clothing and accessories for you each month (or at whatever interval you prefer) based on a personal profile of your likes, needs and sizes. Each shipment, or Fix, contains five items, and the company says no two Fixes have ever been the same. Much of the fun of Stitch Fix is the element of surprise and discovering styles and items you otherwise may not have tried. The styling fee is $20, which is applied to the purchase of any items you keep. If you keep all five items, you receive a 25 percent discount. A postage-paid, pre-addressed envelope is provided in the box to send back any items you do not want to keep. It is so easy and convenient for busy women! And the variety of styles and inventory can appeal to all ages and tastes, as well. Give it a try!
Also, I’m participating in a blog link-up with other bloggers so you don’t have to just take my word for it – you can see some of the styles other bloggers have received from Stitch Fix here.