Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Stitch Fix Reviews 2014

(Scroll down to continue with fixes. They are all on this thread.)

Have you ever looked at your wardrobe and only seen faded, worn-out, and decades old clothes? No? Well, disregard that opening sentence. To say I need a few newer items in my closet is an understatement. I tried to pick a few items from Zulily, but those never look as cute on me as they do on the website. Plus, you can't return anything so that didn't work. 

Sometimes I think I could actually go to the department store like normal people. HOWEVER, I usually have my four kids tagging along and they almost always play tag running around the racks or play hide-n-seek inside the racks. Am I the only one with kids like that? Yes? Well, that's embarrassing.

Recently I came across Stitch Fix, a wonderful service that mails you five hand-selected items by your own personal stylist based on your profile, feedback, and Pinterest boards. Interested? See my full description here or select the STYLE tab above. You pay a $20 styling fee which is credited to your order if you keep any items. If you keep all five items you get a 25% discount!

When your package ships, you'll get an email notification. That way, you can methodically track your package until the second it reaches your doorstep. When it does arrive, open up your box and take a peak at your stash! 
Your box also comes with a style card to give you ideas on what to wear with your items.

You'll receive a nice welcoming card to help explain the process for your first fix.

#4 - December 2014
Let me show you my fourth fix!

In this fix, I specifically requested a quilted vest, something with red for Christmas, a new winter coat (we are moving to someplace colder!), and .... maybe that was it. Here is what arrived!

 Millibon Mira Striped French Terry Cardigan
I like the idea of adding something fun to my wardrobe but this was NOT it! On the style card, it looks great, but once I put it on I had several problems with this piece. 

 1. My husband said it looked like something out of "Alice in Wonderland." I didn't think it was that bad, but I don't want to buy something he doesn't like.

2. The back is cropped. Yuck. Having four kids, I don't want to spend my day picking up toys and then making sure my cami is still covering my behind. 

3. The style is fitted (so it looks more like a blazer from the back) and it lays wrong in the front (adding a few pounds to my already padded tummy). 

So no, this was not a keeper. Cute in theory and I had fun trying it on, but this was the first thing back in the return mailer. 

Kut From The Kloth Coralie Bootcut Jean
 I am looking for another pair of jeans. I currently have two pairs where the holes are starting to get a little too big. Actually, jeans might be the other item I asked for in my style notes. I love that my stylist read my notes, but the jeans missed the mark, more due to cut and fit. These jeans were navy and without any real fading or detail. When I put these on, they added about 10 pounds to my thighs. Um, no. They were also about 2 inches too long and even wearing my boots, they were dragging on the floor. Sorry, these also went back. (Note: I would like to find a lighter and more distressed pair. They stayed up the whole time - no yanking - and were so incredibly soft!)

Laila Jayde Lena Raglan Top
 This was a simple top in neutral colors so of course I kept it. I would have preferred it to be a little longer, but since the gray part is see-through anyway, my cami works. I love this one as it can also be dressed up with some black pants and jewelry if needed. Thank you!

 LA MADE Eila Wool Coat
I asked for a coat and was delivered a coat! Thank you! I have never been more on the fence about an item than I was with this coat. I LOVED the style. However, it was a tad snug with a chunky sweater on underneath (see photo from side). With a $168 price tag, I wanted to be able to wear it all of the time! I ended up sending this coat back. However, when I returned home later that night and checked out, the price had dropped to $114! Oh, I'm so tickled mad about that! I probably would have kept the coat at that price. It was so soft and so stylish, not at all like my outdoor sporting coat or my one other coat (pea coat that has been big enough to see me through my pregnancies). Uhggg. When I saw the new price, I was bummed. Sigh. Oh well! I'll try again with my next fix.....and maybe wait any extra day before sending back my package!

Urban Expressions Otis Mixed Material Crossbody Bag
 I still have a medium brown bag on my wishlist so my stylist sent this gem along. I have to say, it fit awkwardly. How does a big fit awkwardly? See below..

Using the small strap, there was too much of a bulge at the opening of the bag to fit comfortably under my shoulder.

 As you can see above, it doesn't lay flat, it bulges.

So, I also put the crossbody strap and gave it a try. I liked it just okay. I thought the bottom leather detail made it too much like luggage. 

Plus, it was still on the big side. I sent this bag back. I think I'm looking for a smaller messenger bag. 

Dear Stitch Fix, I wish your style cards actually looked like the items sent. Above is the French Terry Cardigan. It looks like a perfectly normal cardigan. The French Terry Cardigan that arrived had a cropped back. It has to be hard to be a stylist and not know some of these details.

Overall, I enjoyed my 4th fix. I loved that my profile was read and that items were sent to try to match was I was looking for. I do not expect every item sent to be a perfect match! When I try on jeans at the store, I take about 10 into the dressing room hoping to like just one! As usual, I'm glad there was something I did find to my liking and I am perfectly happy keeping just one item. Thank you!

#3 - November 2014
Let me show you my third fix!

Let's start with the Kaylie Knit Infinity Scarf. My last fix included a beautiful and incredible soft scarf, however the color was horrible. I requested another scarf and my stylist delivered! This scarf is unique as it has two different textures: a tighter weave on one half and a loose weave on the second. When on, I loved the look. I kept this one! Thank you!

 The next few pictures include several items, but I'll start with the Miah Zipper Detail Hobo Bag. I requested a brown bag and Stitch Fix delivered! However, this bag was H U G E! It was a cute style and I loved the color, but it reminded me too much of the size of my diaper bags which I finally got rid of a few years ago. I'm not ready to go back! I sent this bag back. Thank you for trying! I'm still looking for a medium sized brown bag.

Next up is the Paz Striped Raglan Sweater. I had requested something with a bit of red for Christmas and Stitch Fix delivered! I loved the look of this sweater on the style card. I loved the look of this sweater with the Anita Ponte Pants. However, I did not like the look of this with jeans and since I'm a casual girl, I sent this back. Sorry!

The difference between dressing up this sweater and wearing it casual was night and day. It just looked boxy and boring with jeans. 

I requested a pair of solid black pants that I could wear more versatility than a thin pair of leggings and Stitch Fix delivered! The Anita Ponte Pant was spot on for what I was looking for. The pants fit! Yay! The pants were thick and made of a great material. The pants had pockets on the backside (wear whatever you want under these ladies!). Lastly, the pants were the perfect length! (Yes, I wear Crocs for slippers. My little one wanted me to keep my feet warm. Isn't she sweet?)

Lastly, I received the Natalie Button Detail Sweater. I love this sweater! It is so soft (probably because it has cashmere in it!!) and fits so well!

I can easily dress it up with some jewelry!

The button detail is adorable. Thank you Stitch Fix! I kept this one! 

Again, I was 100% pleased with my Stitch Fix. Everything in my box was put there based on my stylist notes. They were read with consideration and my stylist picked out some great items to fit my requests. I may not have kept everything, but I probably couldn't afford to anyway.

#2 - November 2014
Let me show you my second fix!

These Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jeans went on great and were sooooo soft. However after five minutes they were saggy and baggy. Blah, I had to return them.

This Jocelyn Geo Knit Drape Front Cardigan is a perfect winter item to add to my wardrobe. At first I wasn't sure how to wear the drape, but it looks good no matter what (I've even worn it making bread). It's a big chunky sweater but is lighter and softer than it looks. Plus, I love the splash of coral. I kept this!

This Waller Contrast Trim Button Cluster Blouse doesn't look too dressy for being a blouse! I was able to layer it and love the fit. I kept this top. Thank you!  

I LOVED that I asked for a shirt with lace overlay and SF tried to accommodate. However, this Abigail Colorblock Lace Trim Top was just too dressy for me.

 Also, it looks fitted on the style card, but is 100% square and boxy on. I returned this one.

I loved how soft this Beatrice Diamond Stitch Infinity Scarf felt. However, tans (and yellows and oranges) do not work with my skin tone. I had to return this. Sorry SF :(

Again, I was 100% pleased with my Stitch Fix. Everything in my box was something I would have selected to try from the racks at a department store. All of the colors were spot on (except for the scarf) and the style of the items were also perfect. I'm just picky :) Plus, there is no way I could afford to buy the whole box!

#1 - October 2014
Let me show you my first fix!

Hello! This is what I look like. Be nice now. I don't wear make up and dislike styling my hair. See, I told you I needed help ;)

 Now, on to the pieces! 
Amilea Abstract Tie-Dye Mixed Print Maxi Skirt by Papermoon 
I loved the skirt (the pattern and the colors are spot on) but had nothing on hand to pair it with so I did not keep it. If I do get another maxi, it needs to come with the perfect matching top. The skirt was so soft and the perfect length.

Dash Button-Front Chambray Shirt by Market and Spruce
This Chambray Shirt didn't wow me. It was soft and comfortable but a little too plain. I don't have a scarf to spice it up and I really dislike wearing belts over shirts. Also, as a homeschool mom, I just couldn't keep it... 

Sophia Tall Length Skinny Jeans by Kensie Jeans
These were a little big. I couldn't find a size guide for pants and misjudged my size. This first pair was a little big but I emailed customer service and found out what size I needed to have in my profile.

 Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse by 41 Hawthorn
The style was cute and I don't mind black, but the fit was just unflattering and it flared out at the wrong spots at the hips (even with straight legged jeans). My HIIT thighs did not like that. I have seen this top in other fixes and it has looked cute on others, I'm not sure why mine didn't work on me.

Milan Lace Print Back Pleat Top by 41 Hawthorn 
This is a cute light-weight polyester top. I liked how it paired with skinny jeans and boots. It's not the most flattering top but I can toss a sweater over it when I'm feeling frumpy. I decided to keep this one :)

I was 100% pleased with my first Stitch Fix. Everything in my box was something I would have selected to try from the racks at a department store. All of the colors were spot on and the style of the items were also perfect. I'm just picky :) Plus, there is no way I could afford to buy the whole box!

Ready to treat yourself to some new clothes hand-selected by your own personal stylist? You can sign up for Stitch Fix using my referral link. If you use my referral link to Stitch Fix, I get a small credit to use on my future fixes. It's a nice surprise, but not the reason I am using this service to update my wardrobe. This is not a business venture, just something I personally find fun and helpful at the same time. Convenience is a wonderful thing!