Greetings from Wilmington and a belated Happy New Year! Since I teased you last month about my fabulous Shoptiques New Year’s Eve outfit, I think it’s only fair to show you a picture in this post. Below is me with my handsome husband, Nick, on NYE!
Now, let’s get down to business and talk about Stitch Fix! I’ve been a subscriber for 22 boxes and this service has brought lots of joy to my life and great items to my closet. Today, I’m excited to share a post from my first box of 2016!
Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service. It is a great way for the busy woman to get fun, stylish clothes delivered to her door each month. To get started, you fill out a personal style survey on their website. It is also helpful to create a Pinterest board with items that you would normally wear or would love to add to your closet. Each month, a stylist will send you five pieces of clothing and accessories for a $20 styling fee. You can try the items on in your own home and see how well they incorporate in your closet. If you keep an item, your $20 styling fee acts as a credit towards your purchase AND if your stylist send you and AMAZING box and you keep it all, you get a 25% discount! I have been doing stitch fix for almost a year. I love the surprise of getting clothing delivered to my door and when I do not like an item, I just slip it into the prepaid mailing envelope and send it back.
This month, I asked my wonderful stylist, Sara, for tops and a blazer. We downsized quite a bit when moving to our apartment, which meant saying goodbye to several items in my closet. 🙁 When I went through my remaining items, I realized that I have lots of great pants and jewelry! However, I could improve upon my selection of tops.
Sara delivered a box that met my requests and I’m glad to share a few Stitch Fix items that I have not seen on Pinterest.
- Kensie Jacoby Woven Open Blazer in Black ($98)
I have seen several bloggers get Kensie blazers and they are often a frequently mentioned item on the Stitch Fix B/S/T boards. When I asked for a blazer, I was really hoping for the 3/4 sleeve 41 Hawthorn Benson blazer in navy. This blazer just did not compare. The fit is nice and the style is comfortable, but the fabric wrinkles easily and the lining is so thin you can still see the blazer fabric.
It also did not help that my mom got me the fabulous Chelsea28 Open Shawl Collar Jacket from Nordstrom for Christmas. The Kensie blazer would be great in the Spring if you wanted something really light weight and don’t mind the lining or wrinkles. This was not for me, so it was SENT BACK!
2. Alice Blue Abiqua Woven Back Knit Top in Navy ($54)
My stylist said there were no cute knit tops in my size, so she went up a size to send me this one and I think it was right on point. I love navy blue because it brings out my blue eyes and the polka dots on the back are lots of fun.
Since I will have a little more time to wear casual clothing now, I think this shirt will be a nice piece to have in my closet. KEPT!
3. Greylin Sweeny Crochet Overlay Blouse in Black ($108)
When I first pulled this out of the box, I was not a fan of the crochet overlay material, but the top really looks nice when styled with black pants.
I was excited to learn that Stitch Fix is carrying Greylin items because I think this brand really makes some fun clothing. Unfortunately, the price was a little too high, so this had to be SENT BACK!
4. Plenty By Tracy Reese Oksana Floral Tunic in Navy ($138)
When I opened my box, I knew instantly that this was the item that would ruin my chance of a 5/5. Looking at this top makes me feel the opposite of joy, so it must be my anti-style.
This top has a color scheme I do not care for and the fit is huge! I could not imagine a scenario where I would like this top, but I followed my stylist’s instructions and paired it with my Level 99 Blossom Flare Jeans from Stitch Fix #18. This may be my least favorite Stitch Fix item of all time. SENT BACK!
5. Sweet Grey Colfax Henley Blouse in Green ($108)
When I took this out of the box, I really thought it would be my keeper. The green is a beautiful color and the pleating is elegant and just my style.
When I tried it on, I wondered if they sent me a petite item. The sleeves were awkwardly short and the banding on them made it really hard to pull the sleeve over my wrists; however, the shirt length was normal. I think there was a design flaw with this shirt. When I say the bands on the sleeve were tight, I mean they were so tight I could not pull them over my watch when I tried it on. This did not have the fit or feel of high end merchandise. SENT BACK!
This box was disappointing, but at least I received one cute top. My stylist, Sara, met all of my requests. I really appreciated that she took time to read my last blog post and even dropped a hint in her note to let me know she looks. Sara is a gem and I definitely asked to keep her for my next fix.
When I feel unsatisfied by a box, I try to figure out where I think things went wrong. My stylist does not know me personally, so choices on my Pinterest board and style profile can have a big impact on my fix. This time, the real let down for me came from the price to quality disparity in the items chosen for my box. When I pay upwards of $100 for a shirt, I look for expensive material, interesting details, and a great fit. Well made clothes fit and feel differently than cheap clothes and the $100+ tops I was sent in my past two fixes were not different in quality than items at Stitch Fix’s lower price points and in my opinion, much less desirable. I’ve already gone into my style profile and lowered my Stitch Fix price points for tops. I think that encouraging the styling algorithm to pick higher priced items for my stylist to choose from compromised my Stitch Fix bliss. I’ve already scheduled another fix and hope that my lowered price points translate to a better box.
Are you thinking about signing up for Stitch Fix? If so, please consider using my referral link. I will receive a small merchandise credit and you will be on your way to a fun and fabulous new look!
Until the next fix,