Stitch Fix | February Fix

Time for another Stitch Fix review…but first, the details for any newbies out there:

Stitch Fix is a subscription box clothing service for women. You can set up a recurring monthly subscription, or you can schedule the service as-needed.

With each box, you are sent five items selected by a stylist based on an extensive style survey. The process is very in-depth, which can be a turn-off for some users who don’t want to spend so much time answering questions, ranking orders, and giving feedback to the stylists about each item and fix. You can specify a lot of style preferences both in general and for each order.

When you receive your order, you have three days to try on your items. Decide what you want, check out online, and send the remaining items back in the envelope included with your shipment.

There is a $20 “styling fee” for each box. However, the $20 fee is deducted from your purchase. In addition, there is a 25% discount if you keep all five items.

My top tips for a great fix:

Details are key – offer lots of specific likes and dislikes in your profile and your order feedback.

Link to your fashion-specific Pinterest board (here’s mine – and yes, I pin specific Stitch Fix items).

Check out other bloggers’ posts for feedback and tips (you can request specific stylists with your orders!).

Be honest about price points! Stitch Fix allows you to specify a price range for each type of item they offer; I ended up with much better results after I adjusted my price ranges to reflect my actual fashion budget (erm: as cheap as possible).

February’s order was…interesting. In the fall I started “previewing” my orders when I got the shipping notification; I sign in to Stitch Fix, look at the item titles in my order, and try to Google them to pull up images.

This month, I think I may have been a beta tester for a lot of the items. I couldn’t find any of them when I first searched!

AMELIA MULTI CHEVRON STRIPE SCARF, $32

Has my love affair with chevron ended? I already have two chevron scarves. They’re slightly different patterns/colors and different materials (one for fall/winter, and one for spring). When I saw the item in my order, I knew this scarf had to blow me away to justify keeping it.

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This scarf is okay. It’s not amazing, but the colors work well in my closet and I could definitely see myself wearing it.

ADRI CROSS FRONT MAXI DRESS, $58

I am not a huge fan of maxi dresses/skirts. I would not pick one out for myself. Granted, I think they look great on almost everyone else, but they just don’t appeal to me. And that’s kind of why I was the most excited about this piece when I saw it in my order. A huge benefit of Stitch Fix is you get items you might not necessarily pick out but fit within your style profile.

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Whoa, Nelly. I loved the top of this, except it’s so low-cut I couldn’t wear it to work without something underneath. Also, the “figure flattering” elements promised in my order card were a lie. Not pictured: the super clingy bottom half of the dress, which also had a slit halfway up? I’m 5’2″ and this made 2/3 of my body look like a spoon. Somehow. Weird.

FONTANA STRIPED & COLORBLOCKED TANK, $58

A $58 tank has to be high-quality, unique, flattering, and multi-purpose (work, date night, etc).

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This is…cute? I don’t love this, though. I know I would never wear it, and it would sit in my closet until it landed in a giveaway box.

CALIMESA PRINTED CREW NECK TANK, $74

A $74 tank has to be super high-quality, unique, flattering, multi-purpose (work, date night, etc), and like, file my taxes or something.

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This was probably my favorite “first look” piece of the whole fix. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t worth such a high price tag.

CHRISTINA JEWELED PENDANT NECKLACE, $78

How is the most expensive item in my box a necklace? This necklace better be frickin’ phenomenal. Also, two accessories in my fix? That is…odd, right?

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So yeah. This necklace is not frickin’ phenomenal. Not even close. I really don’t understand the price tag for this piece. I like the length, but I prefer silver tone pieces and the jeweled pendant just didn’t speak to me.

Overall, February’s fix was my worst yet. I wasn’t even sure what I would keep from it. I liked the printed tank, but it was so expensive for a boxy cotton sleeveless top.

It ended up coming down to the maxi dress (which I would have altered to end at the slit, and basically become an above-the-knee piece) or the scarf. I liked the top of that maxi dress so much, but it seemed silly to invest so much in what would be a cotton spring/summer dress.

So, scarf it was. No wow factor, but it has the potential to be a good staple in my closet.

Any other Stitch Fix fans out there? What pieces did you get this month?

Stitch Fix | December & January Boxes

Time for another Stitch Fix review…but first, the details for any newbies out there:

Stitch Fix is a subscription box clothing service for women. You can set up a recurring monthly subscription, or you can schedule the service as-needed.

With each box, you are sent five items selected by a stylist based on an extensive style survey. The process is very in-depth, which can be a turn-off for some users who don’t want to spend so much time answering questions, ranking orders, and giving feedback to the stylists about each item and fix. You can specify a lot of style preferences both in general and for each order.

When you receive your order, you have three days to try on your items. Decide what you want, check out online, and send the remaining items back in the envelope included with your shipment.

There is a $20 “styling fee” for each box. However, the $20 fee is deducted from your purchase. In addition, there is a 25% discount if you keep all five items.

My top tips for a great fix:

Details are key – offer lots of specific likes and dislikes in your profile and your order feedback.

Link to your fashion-specific Pinterest board (here’s mine – and yes, I pin specific Stitch Fix items).

Check out other bloggers’ posts for feedback and tips (you can request specific stylists with your orders!).

Be honest about price points! Stitch Fix allows you to specify a price range for each type of item they offer; I ended up with much better results after I adjusted my price ranges to reflect my actual fashion budget (erm: as cheap as possible).

December and January were two more good months. I ended up keeping all of my December items (remember, that 25% discount sometimes makes it cheaper!). I mean, when you open up your box and it looks like this, that’s a distinct possibility:

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Uh, cute red belt? Fun and fan patterns? Hello!

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Because I kept this post queued way too long and then because life happened, I neglected to include the names of the items. I normally keep my style cards, but a recent cleaning binge means you get nothing but pictures. December’s theme seemed to be “work and play chic.”

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A black and beige elephant and polka dot print top that is super comfy and great paired with jeans and a blazer. I would wear this to work every Friday if I could.

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Another great work-friendly top, this bold berry shade looks amazing with my skin tone and fits like a dream.

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Well, it’s green. And it’s a really soft, casual chic sweater. It works with jeans and leggings. And it’s a pattern. Yep, I kept it.

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I was so happy to get this sweater. I had it on my Pinterest board and it looked great in other bloggers’ pictures. It more than lived up to my expectations, and I get compliments every time I wear it.

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This has a great retro feel, and it looks beautiful. You can’t tell from the photo, but the polka dot pattern is actually from the texture of the fabric. I love this for work.

Now, January wasn’t as solid a fix. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – frankly, with how solid November and December were, I wasn’t sure if I could get a third perfect fix in a row. I also kind of hoped it wouldn’t be the case, since I can’t get into the habit of shelling out for a full fix every month. January’s fix was interesting, though!

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I would never pick out one of these cardigans in a store, but I loved the soft fabric and the draping. Plus I’m on a real black/white/gray kick lately, so the colors meshed with my closet picks. The verdict? Kept it!

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Eesh. Black pants are black. I don’t know, I don’t get super excited about “work” pants. I usually buy them at Ye Olde Target because they’re like $30 and I can wear them for months without needing a replacement. The fabric was scratchy and just plain weird, so this was a pass.

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Recognize this? Yeah, so it was a pass because I already own it.

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This shirt. I liked it, but it was a disaster waiting to happen. The fabric was really thin, and the shoulder embellishments weren’t as secure as they should be for someone as clumsy as me. If I had made it through a day without tearing on a bag or purse, I would have been surprised. Definitely a pass. You gotta know your limits.

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A moss green dress with a cowl neck and sleeves. Work appropriate. Date night appropriate. It’s even soft, not scratchy. Definitely a keeper. I’m saving it for a special occasion.

And with that, I’m caught up with Stitch Fix reviews just in time for February’s fix to arrive on Thursday!

Any other Stitch Fix fans out there? What pieces did you get this month?

Stitch Fix | November Box

Time for another Stitch Fix review…but first, the details for any newbies out there:

I heard about  through a food blog I follow. Stitch Fix is a subscription box clothing service for women. You can set up a recurring monthly subscription, or you can schedule the service as-needed.

With each box, you are sent five items selected by a stylist based on an extensive style survey. The process is very in-depth, which can be a turn-off for some users who don’t want to spend so much time answering questions, ranking orders, and giving feedback to the stylists about each item and fix. You can specify a lot of style preferences both in general and for each order. I will admit, it takes a little more time than a service like Golden Tote, but successful results have made me a true Stitch Fix fan.

When you receive your order, you have three days to try on your items. Decide what you want, check out online, and send the remaining items back in the envelope included with your shipment.

There is a $20 “styling fee” for each box. However, the $20 fee is deducted from your purchase. In addition, there is a 25% discount if you keep all five items.

My top tips for a great fix:

  • Details are key – offer lots of specific likes and dislikes in your profile and your order feedback
  • Link to your fashion-specific Pinterest board (here’s mine – and yes, I pin specific Stitch Fix items)
  • Check out other bloggers’ posts for feedback and tips (you can request specific stylists with your orders!)
  • Be honest about price points! Stitch Fix allows you to specify a price range for each type of item they offer; I ended up with much better results after I adjusted my price ranges to reflect my actual fashion budget (erm: as cheap as possible)

Well, it’s official: Stitch Fix gets better and better. November was an amazing fix. The company sent out a cute holiday kit with coupons, recipes, and gift ideas

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My overall haul looked really promising – there were three items straight from my Pinterest clothing/accessories board, a chevron scarf, and a basic black skirt.

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RYAN CHEVRON KNIT INFINITY SCARF, $38

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I was initially worried about the scarf. I already have a chevron infinity scarf, which I absolutely adore. I wasn’t sure if I needed a second. The nice surprise about this piece? The only things those scarves have in common is “chevron” and “infinity scarf.” The fabric was different, the size of the pattern was different, and the colors were different. My other scarf is a solid spring/summer piece, while this screams fall and winter.

ISABELLA PLEATED SKIRT, $58

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One thing I neglected to mention about Stitch Fix – styling cards! They offer two “looks” for the piece. From my experience, there’s usually a casual look and a date/professional look. I like using them to get ideas on pairings from within my closet, or try out an “edgier” look.

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For this piece, I wasn’t a huge fan of the skirt. It wasn’t super flattering, though I imagine as I continue losing weight (I gain mostly in my waist, hips, and thighs) it might be a solid staple. I could definitely see pairing it with a cute pair of tights.

THOMSEN STRIPED PULLOVER SWEATER, $54

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A couple of years ago, I would have put this back into the box without trying it on because I refused to pair black and blue together. I’m a little more open-minded now, especially because I love shades of royal blue. This sweater is really soft, and it is something that I can wear at work and on the weekend.

SANYA CUT-OUT SUEDED SHORT SLEEVE TOP, $58

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Pairing this top with jeans or a black pencil skirt? That’s a solid bet for my closet.

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I like the cut-out detailing, and I think this would be a fun statement piece to play around with.

SEURAT POLKA DOT CREW-NECK SWEATER, $88

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Ah, yes – the casual lighter wash denim and the more formal darker wash denim.

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I was so happy to see this sweater in my fix. I’d been coveting it since I saw it earlier this year. It also comes in a gray/black, but this dark berry shade was perfect. The sweater is so soft and comfy, and it fits well without seeming tight or baggy. I don’t have many items with a polka dot pattern (I have to cool it with the chevron pretty soon).

The verdict? I kept it all. Yes, even the skirt. Why? With the 25% discount, it was actually cheaper to keep every piece instead of sending just the skirt back. So far, I’ve worn everything but the skirt and cut-out top. I’ve gotten compliments on each piece – so this was definitely a winner in my book. I can’t wait to see what December’s fix brings!

Any other Stitch Fix fans out there? What pieces did you get this month?

Stitch Fix | October Box

October was by far my most successful Stitch Fix to date (though the November items look very promising!).

I heard about Stitch Fix through a food blog I follow. Stitch Fix is a subscription box clothing service for women. You can set up a recurring monthly subscription, or you can schedule the service as-needed.

With each box, you are sent five items selected by a stylist based on an extensive style survey. The process is very in-depth, which can be a turn-off for some users who don’t want to spend so much time answering questions, ranking orders, and giving feedback to the stylists about each item and fix. You can specify a lot of style preferences both in general and for each order. I will admit, it takes a little more time than a service like Golden Tote, but my results of late have made me a true Stitch Fix fan.

When you receive your order, you have three days to try on your items. Decide what you want, check out online, and send the remaining items back in the envelope included with your shipment.

There is a $20 “styling fee” for each box. However, the $20 fee is deducted from your purchase. In addition, there is a 25% discount if you keep all five items.

My top tips for a great fix:

  • Details are key – offer lots of specific likes and dislikes in your profile and your order feedback
  • Link to your fashion-specific Pinterest board (here’s mine – and yes, I pin specific Stitch Fix items)
  • Check out other bloggers’ posts for feedback and tips (you can request specific stylists with your orders!)
  • Be honest about price points! Stitch Fix allows you to specify a price range for each type of item they offer; I ended up with much better results after I adjusted my price ranges to reflect my actual fashion budget (erm: as cheap as possible)

My October shipment was great. I knew it would be when I opened the box and saw an intriguing necklace, chevron, and something green with a fun pattern.

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It looks even better laid out.

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Here are the items I kept:

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The necklace! Ignore the golden glare from my indoor lighting (ick) – this is a great adjustable silver tone piece. It’s really versatile; it works at the collarbone level and when it is adjusted to the full length.

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Yeah, so my stylists and I have acknowledged that if it is chevron (especially black and white), I will keep it. This was no exception. But honestly, what I really loved the most about this dress wasn’t the pattern – it was the pockets and the back.

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I don’t tend to go for a lower back or an exposed zipper, but I’ve started getting out of my fashion comfort zone. When I tried this on, I knew I had to keep it.

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Unf. This blouse. It’s dark green with gold accents (they’re birds – cue Portlandia joke!). I hate gold accents, but as soon as I tried this on I snipped the tags. It was just different enough to stand out in my closet, and it looks sophisticated – I can easily dress this up or down.

Now for my “one that got away” piece – my first pair of jeans from Stitch Fix, which were an unfortunate bust.

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I liked that they were not your basic denim, and the price was fine. However, I wanted the color to be even darker and the fit to be a little better – they were tight at the thighs and hips. If you’d like to see them on, check out this blogger’s post – they are seriously amazing on her, which makes me wish I’d kept them…except they would never have looked as good on me, so I should just get over it.

Finally, my one complete miss of the box:

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I was excited about this asymmetrical cardigan with leather inserts. The only problem? It looked better on the hanger than on me. I spent ten minutes trying to fix the way it draped and zipped and tied, but nothing worked. Also, the way the leather inserts hit the seams were just awkward on me – I’m talking permanent shoulder nipples. I didn’t feel so bad sending this one back!

So, that was the October box – and as I’m typing this for the queue, it sounds like the November box just arrived. Can’t wait to see what is in there!

Any other Stitch Fix fans out there? What do you like/dislike about the service?

Battle of the Boxes: Stitch Fix

Hey, it’s the second entry in my “Battle of the Boxes” feature this week on ye olde blog! This entry is all about Stitch Fix.

I heard about Stitch Fix through a food blog I follow. Stitch Fix is a subscription box clothing service for women. You can set up a recurring monthly subscription, or you can schedule the service as-needed.

With each box, you are sent five items selected by a stylist based on an extensive style survey. The survey is much more in-depth than Golden Tote‘s, which can be a turn-off for some users.

When you receive your order, you have three days to try on your items. Decide what you want, check out online, and send the remaining items back in the envelope included with your shipment.

There is a $20 “styling fee” for each box. However, the $20 fee is deducted from your purchase. In addition, there is a 25% discount if you keep all five items.

My success with Stitch Fix has been limited. I attribute this more to a lacking style profile than the stylists. My latest shipment was just shy of a perfect fix. Here are a few of my favorites:

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…a nice green cowl neck top that I can dress up or down.

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…a chevron dress that is super flattering.

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…and a chevron tab-sleeve blouse.

I keep almost anything chevron. It is taking over my closet.

Of course, there have been some near-misses and duds.

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…a sweater too small to be oversized and too boxy to be fitted.

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…a great patterned sweater that was a bit too expensive and uncomfortable.

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…my only chevron reject; I should have taken a picture of the “high-low” part of this shirt, because it actually resembled this weird butt-flap on me.

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…a pleated black skirt that was too similar to other pieces.

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…a super unflattering blue top.

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…a weird lace shirt that looked really matronly-yet-slutty on me. How?

What I’ve learned from Stitch Fix so far:

  • Details are key – offer lots of specific likes and dislikes in your profile and your order feedback
  • Link to your fashion-specific Pinterest board
  • Check out other bloggers’ posts for feedback and tips (you can request specific stylists with your orders!)

I do really like Stitch Fix, and I plan to continue using it – especially as my “fixes” are getting better and better!

Any other Stitch Fix fans out there? What do you like/dislike about the service?