Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Stitch Fix July 2014

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Stitch Fix July 2014

Yup, I drank the Stitch Fix kool aid.  After seeing Molly's June Stitch Fix review, I decided to try it out for myself.  Stitch Fix is a style service.  For $20, you can schedule a fix.  You leave notes for your stylist based on what you love/hate/want/need and she sends you five items.  The $20 styling fee can be applied to any items you keep.  If you keep all items, they take 25% off.  The $20 fee is not refundable.

When you initially sign up, you complete a style profile.  So, I did that, schedule my first fix,and here are my thoughts!

I really love classic pieces that can be mixed and matched.  I also work in an office setting, so work clothes are a must.  But, I also love to dress casually on the weekends, while still looking pulled together.  As far as notes for my stylist, I did not leave any for this first fix.  I wasn't sure where to start, so I left it open-ended.

On with the items!  Spoiler alert: I only kept one item but thoroughly enjoyed the process.  I've already scheduled my next fix.

Also, I was racing against time with these photos.  It was hot and humid and it was fixing to rain.  Horrible pictures galore!  My apologies.

Stitch Fix July 2014

I really loved the styling cards that came with the items.  Although I feel like I can remix my clothes pretty well, it was great to see their ideas.

Stitch Fix July 2014

Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse, size medium, $48

The first item is this shirt.  The moment I put it on, I knew I wouldn't keep it.  Sleeves are a frustrating thing for me.  Long sleeves are usually too long, so I aim for 3/4 length.  But, sometimes 3/4 lengths are more like bracelet length.  I must have short arms.  Anyways, I usually roll up my sleeves.  But, these sleeves would NOT stay rolled up.  (tried to illustrate both ways I tried it in the pictures)  The fabric was too flimsy.  And the button tabs were too long to leave the sleeves unrolled.  So.... no.

Stitch Fix July 2014

Ivy Crochet Back Tab-Sleeve Blouse, size medium, $68

The moment I took this out of the box, I knew I was going to keep it.  Do you ever have shopping moments like that?  The color is so pretty, I love the cut, and the back detail is perfect.  I promise that picture above is not a gratuitous booty shot, just trying to show the crochet detailing.  I'll have to wear a tank underneath, lest I want to show off my bra.  $68 is really on the edge of being too expensive for me.  However, I could picture this with casual and dressy outfits, it was technically only $48 since I wouldn't be getting the $20 styling fee back, and it felt amazing.  Remixability and perfect fit = yes.

Stitch Fix July 2014

Kut From The Kloth Jenna Bermuda Short, size 14, $68

These were a tough call.  I think bermuda shorts are really supposed to be shorter, as in right above the knee.  As you can see, they were well below mine.  I don't like pants/capris/shorts to hit that area.  I just think it looks weird on me.  So, I rolled them up twice.  Much better, but the fold felt thick.  Not too thick, just not ... perfect.  I could have gotten them altered, but at $68 I would really just want to buy something that's great as is.  The fabric is so nice, though.  The perfect amount of stretch, not see through, curve-hugging, and breathable.  I am very impressed with this brand and can see why people love it so much.

Stitch Fix July 2014

Marilyn Mix Striped Maxi Skirt, size large, $58

This looks awful on me.  Very comfortable, the right size, but ... no.

Stitch Fix July 2014

Abbi Mixed Print Elastic Waist Dress, size large, $78

This was really, really hard to send back.  Unfortunately, it was a size too small.  On the top, it fit perfectly. However, my pear shape just wasn't having the bottom of it.  Typically, with dresses that are not fit/flare or looser on the bottom I have to size up to accommodate my hips.  Had this fit perfectly, I would have kept it. In fact, I did the "but if I lose five pounds it will fit..." thing, but immediately put the brakes on that.  If there's one thing that I learned from What Not to Wear, it's that you dress for your body today and not the future. So, today this does not fit me.  And today I will send it back (err, well, actually last Friday I sent it back).

Overall, I am super happy with Stitch Fix.  It was a lot of fun to have someone else shop for me.  As far as prices, I have requested that my future items be cheaper.  Generally, I just like to get the most for my money. I am not adverse to paying more for certain items, especially if I love an item.  But, overall, I want my items to be cheaper.

I am very happy with how my stylist interpreted my style profile.  She hit the nail on the head.  Looser-fitting solid tops, interesting prints, and classic bright colors.  I am very, very excited for my next fix.

Have you tried Stitch Fix?  What do you think about it?

p.s.  I'm still sad about the dress.  I hope I can get it in my next box!

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