Stitch Fix Review – September 2016

Pumpkin spice everything, boots and booties, harvest and halloween decor are all showing up on store shelves and all over the Internet, heralding the arrival of fall. While the season we love so dearly for colorful leaves, festive holidays and college football is officially just a few weeks away, many of us would will it to begin today if we could. I know I would welcome the chance to bring out my fall clothes, although I’m afraid that may not happen for a few more months here in sunny Florida. But a girl can dream, and a girl can ask Stitch Fix for clothing and accessories to help transition her closet into the upcoming season.

My latest Fix was the first I’ve received in a few months. I took a break from the clothing subscription service over the summer, so I was excited when the Stitch Fix box arrived on my doorstep this week. Here’s a look at what I received:

Urban Expressions Zella Satchel

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The first item out of the box was this purse. It’s a rich burgundy color, and it comes with an additional strap that can be attached if you want to carry the purse as a shoulder bag. There’s a lot of room inside, which I love. What I didn’t love about it is the vegan leather it’s made of – and the $64 price tag at that. That’s a little steep for pleather. I’m not opposed to eco-conscious materials. I just prefer real leather in a purse. If I changed purses often, I might consider this one. But I don’t, and if I’m going to invest $64, I’d rather splurge and put that toward the real deal when it comes to a handbag.

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Note to self: Update style profile to indicate no pleather.

Verdict: Return

Daniel Rainn Shrewsberry Split Back Blouse

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Next up was a Daniel Rainn top that I’d swear the Stitch Fix algorithm suggested for me due to a string of blue items I’ve purchased from past Fixes. I should write a post just dedicated to all the blue duds I’ve amassed from Stitch Fix. Has anyone else seen this sort of trend in their Fixes?

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I really like the details of this top – the lattice and lace. And I guess I am a sucker for blue after all.

Verdict: Kept

Daniel Rainn Hitchon V Neck Blouse

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I do like Daniel Rainn tops. This one has a good looking print and a generous fit, but it was completely sheer. It did come with a black cami to go underneath, but I just didn’t love it for me. I’ve written in past notes to my Stitch Fix stylist that I do not want any more sheer tops. Stitch Fix seems to have that market cornered, don’t they? Or maybe it’s just me. Somehow I keep receiving them, so I guess I need to add “I don’t want sheer tops” to my permanent profile note because whenever I forget to mention it in the monthly request, I always get one. Ugh!

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Had I wanted to keep this top, I would have had to contact Customer Service to request an exchange because of a flaw I spotted in the material (shown above). Fortunately, my experiences with Stitch Fix Customer Service have always been positive, and I expect they’d send a new top to me if I’d wanted.

Verdict: Return

Loveapella Jorsana Textured Knit Top

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In my note to my stylist, I requested casual knit tops that I can wear when working in my home office or volunteering at my children’s school. I pictured something looser and lighter weight than this top, and I had pinned some examples to my Pinterest board. This doesn’t fit tightly, but it has a more body conscious style, which goes against the preferences I’d noted in my Stitch Fix style profile and my comments in the request to my stylist. Go figure.

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The double layered material also seemed like it would be hot and could easily get snagged by my jewelry or whatever object my youngest daughter happens to be carrying as she runs by me in the house. The sleeves were semi-sheer, too, which is not my favorite look. It’s a shame because the turquoise color is lovely. It could be a great top for someone.

Verdict: Returned

Collective Concepts Ryleigh Pintuck Detail Silk Blouse

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My stylist did include one item in my Fix that I had pinned on Pinterest. It was this classic, black blouse, which would go with so many things. I’d mentioned to the stylist that I had ordered some red jeans and needed coordinating tops, and she suggested this one in her note. I did appreciate that, but what I did not know when I pinned the blouse is that it is 100 percent silk. I was hoping for a more casual fabric for everyday wear – and one that would not require dry cleaning.

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The pintuck details make this an attractive top though, and it would be a nice addition to a traditional office wardrobe.

Verdict: Returned

If you are keeping a tally, I kept one out of the five items in this month’s Fix. The Daniel Rain Shrewsberry top was the winner. Because I’d already paid the $20 styling fee, it was applied to my purchase, bringing this transaction to $44. One day I hope to get a 5/5 fix so I can qualify for the 25 percent discount you get when you keep everything in the box. When I shop for myself, I rarely pay full price. That’s unfortunately the trade-off you make if you only keep a portion of your Fix, but I value this service for its convenience. I definitely think it has upped my style game – if there is such a thing when you are a busy mom!

Styling

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I took a nod from the styling card my Stitch Fix stylist provided and paired the Daniel Rainn Shrewsberry Split Back Blouse with jeans and an olive colored jacket (similar). I pined away for a jacket like this from Stitch Fix last fall, so I was delighted to find the one pictured below on clearance at TJ Maxx this spring. This was a great find! The jeans are NYDJ Barbara Bootcut Jeans from Nordstrom.

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I paired this outfit with my Sole Society ‘Jillian’ d’Orsay Wedges, but you could also opt for a more casual bootie like the TOMS ‘Desert’ Wedge Bootie. I own a similar pair. Did I mention I am ready for fall?

Here’s hoping you get what you want in your fall Fixes!

Want to try Stitch Fix?

I have not been compensated by Stitch Fix for this review. I purchase my own Fixes and all opinions are my own. If you sign up to try the subscription styling service using my referral link, I will receive a small credit toward a future purchase. (Thank you!) If you’ve thought about trying Stitch Fix, don’t let the term ‘subscription’ scare you away, you can order one Fix with no commitment to order more, or receive Fixes as often as you’d like. If this is all brand new to you, I provide more info. about what Stitch Fix is in a previous review post.

And don’t just take my word for it, see what other bloggers have to say about their most recent Fixes from Stitch Fix. We’ve all shared our reviews over on the blog Crazy Together.

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Stitch Fix Review – January 2016

Stitch Fix - December 2015

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.

market & spruce space dye dolman

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.

Pixley Cardigan

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.

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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.

Donna Morgan dress

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.

fringe necklace

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.

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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!

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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.

Stitch Fix Review – October 2015

Earlier this summer I decided to try Stitch Fix, a subscription service that provides personal styling and delivers clothing to your door once a month. It’s incredibly convenient if you don’t have a lot of time to shop, and I have to admit I have looked forward to the arrival of my Stitch Fix boxes each month!

I wrote about my first Fix (the term the company uses for each shipment it sends) on this blog, if you want to see what I received and my thoughts on each item. I also explain how Stitch Fix works in more detail there if you are not familiar with it.

I’ve received three Fixes since that first one – the fourth one arrived this past week. I’m going to review those items here. You can get a glimpse of all the items from my fourth Fix on the style card sent by my stylist. It’s helpful for giving you different ideas of how to wear each piece and how to style the clothes with accessories.

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I have an event coming up that I need a dress for so I specifically requested dresses in this Fix. The stylist sent three dresses:

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The Loveapella Paige Maxi Dress (above) came in a deep eggplant color. It was very soft and would be good for an elegant evening out, but the material was terrible for me. It is very thin and not at all forgiving. I tried it on for about 10 seconds and knew it was going back.

41Hawthorn Tillie Dress

The 41Hawthorn Tillie Dress in navy blue and white is a nice, classic look, but once again the material was all wrong for me. This material was not thin like the first dress, but it was clingy in all the wrong places and also too short for my taste. On the hanger it looks like an A-line style, but on my curvy frame not so much!

Papermoon Fabiana Dress

The Papermoon Fabiana Dress was the most interesting of the three in my opinion. I liked the floral print and the material was more in line with my conservative style. Unfortunately this dress did not fit. At all.

I’m a little bummed that only one of the three dresses is one I would have considered, and then to have it not work out was disappointing. One point of having a StitchFix stylist is to try things you may not pick up in a store on your own, but sometimes you wouldn’t pick them up because you know what will work for you and what won’t!

The two tops in this fix were definitely my style. I had asked for more color in this Fix as the last two I’d received had mostly neutral colors. I appreciate that the stylist honored my request.

41Hawthorn Colibri Tab Sleeve Blouse

The 41Hawthorn Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse was a beautiful aqua color. The stylist noted that she had seen it or a similar top on my Pinterest board (this is another way Stitch Fix gathers input on your personal fashion tastes – by looking at a Pinterest board you create, if you choose to make one. I love Pinterest so this is a no brainer for me). The top looked great on, except the buttons gaped open a little as it was too snug through the chest. This was the same issue I had with the Papermoon dress above. StitchFix knows your bra size if you choose to include it on the Style Profile that you fill out when you join, so I wish they were a little more effective at  sending you items that will work with your measurements. I guess it’s not always a perfect science with different cuts and materials.

Parkhurst Jeffrey Waffle Knit Sweater

The last item, the Parkhurst Jeffrey Waffle Knit Color Block Sweater, is the only item I considered keeping. The fit was great and it was oversized, which I prefer for pairing with jeans and boots in the fall. For a sweater, this was actually a pretty lightweight knit so it could have worked in Florida. I was on the fence about keeping this one, but I didn’t love it and the $84 price tag was more than I was willing to pay for a sweater I only kind of liked.

So, if you’ve done the math, I kept zero out of five items in this month’s Fix. I did feel that the stylist had listened to my requests but unfortunately these items just didn’t work out. (Although I didn’t blog about my second and third Fixes, I kept 1 maxi dress from those two shipments.)

I’m not sure how this Fix compares with others’ experience with receiving items you like and that fit well from Stitch Fix. I’ve made sure to log in and update my Style profile and I also provide detailed feedback on each item I have returned. Hopefully this will help make the next Fix more successful. I’m going to give it one more month but I don’t know that I will continue my subscription beyond that if it’s like this one. I just can’t see spending the $20 styling fee if I’m not able to apply it to a purchase.

After I received this Fix and knew I wasn’t going to keep anything, I did go shopping on my own and found several great items at Belk and Old Navy. It was nice to treat myself to a few new things, even if the Fix wasn’t quite right.

I definitely recommend trying Stitch Fix, as it is fun to fill out your style profile, receive the shipments and try some clothes you may not otherwise select for yourself. The convenience is unrivaled with the return envelope already included in the box when it arrives. You just log in to Stitch Fix and tell them what you’re keeping or returning, drop off the return package at your local post office and you’re all done.  Of the items I’ve kept from previous Fixes, I really do like and enjoy wearing them.

Stitch Fix does not pay me to review their service, but I do receive a small credit if anyone uses the links in this post to sign up. If you do decide to give it a try and use my link, thank you!

I’m also participating in a link up this month with other bloggers who review their Stitch Fix experience. See what fun pieces they received here.

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Giving Stitch Fix A Try

I’m often splurging on my children and sharing our stories on this site, but rarely do I splurge for myself. Most of my wardrobe consists of items I picked up at Old Navy or Target when I was there shopping for the kids. I will shop online occasionally, but I don’t remember the last time I walked into a store with the sole purpose of trying on clothes – stylish, quality clothing – for myself. It wasn’t always this way. I used to love clothes and dressing up, but now I am a wife and mom of three who works. I have scarce time for much else. Enter Stitch Fix!

first-stitch-fixAfter seeing endless Stitch Fix ads and posts from friends circulating in social media, my curiosity got the best of me. I decided to learn more about the service that sends clothing and accessories to your door each month – or at whatever interval of time you specify.

Each shipment (or Fix, as they call it) is filled with five items picked for you by a personal stylist based on the preferences, sizes and budget you indicate when you sign up for the service. You have three days to try on the items and decide whether to keep or return them. There is a $20 styling fee per box, which gets credited to your account for the purchase of any items you decide to keep from the shipment. If you keep all five, you also receive 25 percent off. Shipping is free and so are the returns if you use the pre-paid return envelope enclosed in each box. As inspiration, the stylists also provide photos of different ways to wear the items.

I had my doubts about whether Stitch Fix would have clothing I liked or that fit me, but I was intrigued and signed up anyway. Any measures I can take to prevent Stacy London from showing up on my doorstep to rescue me from a fashion emergency would be a step in the right direction at this point, I told myself.

When I received my first Fix a few weeks later, I was pleasantly surprised. I liked all five items on some level, and I thought they reflected preferences and information I provided when I signed up (Thank you, stylist Kelly!). You can see them on the styling card below.

stitch-fix-styling-cardI tried on all the items quickly, as I was in a hurry the day they arrived. I thought I’d made a decision to keep the Market & Spruce Jamie Button Down Cotton Shirt and the necklace.

Thankfully, I waited a couple of days and tried everything on again when I had more time. I made sure to try on the tops with different pants and skirts I might put them with. Isn’t that the spirit of Stitch Fix, after all? I was glad I did this. My opinion of the white shirt changed completely – the material is thin and a camisole is required. When I put it all together, it just wasn’t the most flattering piece on me.

I loved the Pixley Florence Colorblocked Dress. It was my daughters’ favorite on me (Yes, I made them judge my impromptu fashion show. Fun times.) It was incredibly comfortable and I loved the navy blue color. In the end though, it was too short on me. I knew if I kept it, I would either wear it and be self-conscious about the short length or it would sit in my closet. So I couldn’t justify the expense.

The Renee C Naya Knit Top was something I never would have picked up in a store. The fabric reminded me of something my late grandmother would have worn. With no disrespect to her, I’m 39 not 89! But — and here’s the beauty of Stitch Fix — I tried it on and I really liked the fit and feel of this top. I returned it simply because the pattern was awkward, with a row of Xs hitting right across the bust line (Not a look I’m going for). Because you can give feedback on each item in your shipment, I’ve asked whether this top is available in any other colors or patterns. According to Stitch Fix, the stylists use your feedback to help choose items for the next fix. Fingers crossed.

The one item I initially thought was plain and boring, the Market & Spruce Corinna Striped Dolman Top, turned out to be my favorite the second time around. Right now I’d prefer a more lightweight fabric for days when I’m outside in the Florida sun, but it is comfortable and I have no doubt I will live in this shirt this fall. I kept it and the Bancroft Kate Stone & Pave Disc Layering Necklace, which I love for its classic, feminine style.

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I slipped the returns into the provided envelope and dropped it off at the post office. I filled out the online survey to complete my order and give feedback to the stylists. Easy peasy!

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Now I’m really looking forward to my second Fix!

Stitch Fix provided a positive first experience. I spent about $60 on my order, and the convenience and styling suggestions were worth the price. That’s more than I would have paid at Target or Old Navy, but the quality of items appears to be better, as well. It’s a good thing to get out of your comfort zone and try new things, especially for those of us who are moms or anyone who is stuck in a fashion rut. Here’s to Stitch Fix and happy, little splurges for me!

Get happy, little splurges for you, too! If you want to try Stitch Fix, I’d appreciate your signing up with this link, as I will receive a referral credit toward a future purchase. Thank you, and I’d love to know what you think of Stitch Fix, too!