Monday, February 22, 2016

Stitch Fix Review #1

Stitch Fix #1

I decided to give Stitch Fix a try because
1) I hate going shopping. I would mail order everything if I could
2) I tend to buy all of my clothes from the same handful of stores. I am starting to look like the jcrew poster child. I figured I could stand to branch out a little and get some variety
3) Stitch Fix works in the way that I buy clothes anyway, in that I will order a bunch of stuff, try it on, and send most of it back

If you are unaware, Stitch Fix is a clothing subscription service. You fill out a style profile with sizes and preferences, pay a $20 styling fee, and your stylist chooses 5 pieces to send to you. In addition to the clothes you get a personal note and style cards with ideas of how to wear the clothes (pictured above), a price list, and a postage paid return envelope for whatever you send back. Then you have 3 days to try on the clothes and decide what you want to keep. If you keep at least one item, your $20 styling fee applies toward your purchase, and if you keep all 5 items, you get a 25% discount on the total. You can also choose when to receive your box--whether it's by scheduling automatic deliveries or simply ordering a box when you want one. Right now I am scheduled to receive a box every 2 months.

For the record, I'm 4'9", 112 lbs, and I typically wear petite size S (4-6) and 26-27 in jeans. I am shaped like a capital T with broad shoulders, thick waist, and narrow hips.

Onto the review!

Street Level Myla Leopard Suede Clutch $58

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I think I may have pinned this to my style pinterest board (which your stylist does consult when they are choosing items to send you). I like leopard accessories and this clutch is cute, but it's pretty small. I like small bags but this is too small. there are no interior pockets. It does have a metal chain strap, which I liked, but I didn't unwrap it for the pictures. I just don't see myself carrying a bag this small on a regular basis.

Verdict: Return

DL1961 Moscow Skinny Jean, Size 28P $178

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Styled with: Old Navy chambray shirt, Ann Taylor statement necklace, Rockport nude patent leather heels

I asked my stylist for white jeans, so I appreciate that she (he? sorry) is listening to me. Sadly, these are too big. The back waist gaps quite a bit and you can see the ugly crotch and knee wrinkles in the front. White is extremely unforgiving so it looks really bad. In addition to the fit issues, there are faux front pockets which I'm pretty sure would drive me crazy as I would constantly try to put my hands in the nonexistent pockets. They are also very expensive. I'm not opposed to paying that much for pants if I think I will still be wearing them in five years, but white is a dicey proposition as far as that is concerned. I think I'd be better off buying white jeans on sale from jcrew or gap.

Verdict: Return

Daniel Rainn Bilson Silk Pleat Tab Sleeve Blouse, Size SP $88

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Styled with: Banana Republic ruched pencil skirt, freshwater pearl necklace from etsy, Rockport black leather heels

I like that it's silk and I like the color. I could not get the sleeves to roll in an attractive, non-bunchy way. I don't like how balloony the sleeves look when unrolled either. and finally, there is a flaw in the side seam. Not worth $88 in my opinion.

Verdict: Return

Loveappella Jessie Draped Front Terry Knit Cardigan, Size S $64

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Styled with: Pink Old Navy long sleeve tee, Rag and Bone skinny capri jeans, Cobb Hill black leather ankle boots

I was on the fence about this one. The material is on the scratchy side but I bet it would get softer with washing. I like the marled white/grey. The fit is pretty good. But I don't know--it didn't wow me and I wasn't sure what I would wear it with. I decided that I should only keep the pieces that I'm really in love with, as there's no point in buying a bunch of new clothes that I will never wear.

Verdict: Return

Hailey 23 Joel Long Sleeve Layered Striped Dress, Size S $74

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Styled with: Gold feather necklace from etsy, brown Frye boots
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Styled with: ASOS white skinny belt, freshwater pearls from etsy, nude Rockport patent leather heels

When I pulled this out of the box, my first instinct was, "Ew." I would never have tried this on if I saw it hanging on a rack in a store. So I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it on and it was actually very flattering. I think because the over blouse is an A-line shape, it balances out my narrow hips even though it has a straight skirt, kind of like a peplum. The hem of the dress also hits me above the knee which is a very rare find for me. On normal folks this would likely be a really short dress. I really liked the look belted as well. So I decided to keep this one, as it's different from everything else I have in my wardrobe, but not super outside the realm of what I would normally wear (navy and stripes).

Verdict: Keep!

So I must say I was pretty impressed with my first box, even though I only decided to keep one item. Peng did a great job as everything was at least in the ballpark of something that I would wear and I especially appreciated finding a dress that I wouldn't have picked for myself but turned out to be fabulous. What do you guys think? Did I make the right decision?

Linking up with Crazy Together

This post uses referral links. If you are interested in trying out Stitch Fix and sign up using my link, I receive a $25 credit. This is not a sponsored post--I am a regular subscriber of the service, and I promise to only give my honest opinions of the clothes and the service.

2 comments:

  1. This is a neat idea! I like the red blouse on you except for the sleeves. You're right, too balloony. The cardigan is okay but you could knit something so much better. The dress, though...totally cute and looks great! I think that this service is great for items you wouldn't pick for yourself, things just a teeny bit out of your comfort zone that look fantastic...that dress is really a WOW! But the jeans and the cardigan, you can totally get those somewhere else and for cheaper.

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  2. I hate shopping, may give this a whirl.

    Love your reviews. Dress is really cute on you, it's a keeper!

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