In the last few weeks Stitch Fix has come up in more of my conversations. People have asked about pricing, how often I do it, and how they can reclaim their wardrobe so that they feel good about what they’re wearing.
I’m not a style expert by any means, but I was kind of surprised at my own response the other day – a friend posted something about being a little lost at where to start with a basic wardrobe since she’d recently lost weight and her old clothes didn’t fit anymore. I read her question and had a quick answer with some concrete suggestions – something I wouldn’t have felt comfortable offering a few years ago. And of course Stitch Fix was one of them.
To review, Stitch Fix is a personal styling service that sends 5 items to your door in a “fix.” The items are picked for you based on a style profile you fill out beforehand. You rate different looks, give your measurements, any lifestyle specifics (mine mentions that I’m a stay at home mom in a VERY casual city), and that kind of thing. Each time you schedule a fix, you can leave a note for your stylist if there’s something you’ve been wanting to try, or if you have an event coming up that you want help preparing for.
Here’s why I’m such a fan – it makes me be more intentional. I’m not trying to pack out a closet, I’m trying to have reasonable options so that I can dress quickly, enjoy what I’m wearing, and be free to think about something other than what’s on my body. We all know those days when you wish you could hide or run home because you don’t feel good in what you picked in the wee hours of the morning, right? Let’s be honest, I basically spent my entire pre-baby career feeling that way. No more.
I love Stitch Fix as a way to think through what you want, what you need, what you like, and what you want to try. The $20 styling fee goes toward anything you keep, and shipping is free both ways.
Here’s what I got this month!
RD Style Kellen Split Hem Knit Tee
This month I pinned a t-shirt dress and my stylist sent this instead – it’s more tunic than dress because of the slits (yowza) but could serve the same function over leggings or jeans. The top was SUPER soft, but that’s all I liked about it. It wasn’t creative enough, hit me in funny spots, and just felt a little strange. I sent it back.
Pixley Montrose Embroidered Top
Okay, somebody turn the sass-o-meter down a notch. I took this picture a few weeks ago and I’m like dang, who is that and why is she on my back porch? And does she know the bag she’s holding is backwards?
Anyway, I was a little confused by this top as well. To be honest, my favorite stylist (and friend of my friend) is on leave, and I feel like this one just didn’t hit the nail on the head the same way Elizabeth has been. This top is okay, but it’s too short on me and too summery for this time of year. On the style card included in the fix, it showed this with white jeans as an option, and I think that look would be the best way to go. But I’m not going to wear that outfit anytime soon, and I wasn’t crazy about it anyway. I see the potential for it as a layering piece, and I actually tried to sell it that way on the Facebook B/S/T site, but literally NO ONE was interested. I think we all agree, it’s just not great.
THML Dalvin Open Drape Cardigan
Talk about a pendulum swing. As opposed to the Pixley top, this sweater is perfection, am I right? I want to sing boy band ballads to it. (God must have spent a little more time on you, dear sweater.) This sweater is a comfortable weight (pretty heavy but not stifling), it’s got GREAT color and pattern, and I basically love everything about it. BUT I kept a very similar sweater last month, and I don’t really need another. I love the one I have, so I wasn’t TOO sad to send this one back. But I think we can all agree that it’s a winner.
Mavi Freida Skinny Jean
When I pulled these out, I got kind of nostalgic because a friend of mine wore Mavis in high school and college. **Memories** I wasn’t sure if I’d be up for keeping another pair of jeans this month, but when I put them on they made sense. My Kut from the Kloth jeans from Stitch Fix are my go-to, daily jeans. They’re a dark-ish wash with a little feathering, and they’re pretty straight-skinny but not SKINNY skinny. As boot season settles in, I have room for something that hugs all the way down my ankle. These jeans fit really well, they’re a super dark wash, and they’ve got the perfect amount of stretch. I kept them, and I really like them. Mavis for the win!
Also, this is kind of a different look, no? Let me explain. I had Warby Parker try-on glasses so I figured why not throw them on. I hardly recognize myself here but I like how comfy I look. I’d like to go back to that place, please.
Urban Expresssions Elisha Zipper Accent Structured Satchel
(See the sassy photo above – although yes, I realize the back is turned around.)
On the Stitch Fix B/S/T page on Facebook, people often refer to their “unicorn” – the thing they see sometimes but never actually get in their box even though they’ve asked for it. This bag is a unicorn for a lot of people, so I was excited to get it…but only so I could pass it on. I’m a straight Lily-Jade girl right now, and I just don’t need extra bags. So while it’s SUPER cute and I’d definitely keep it if I were looking for a bag, it was an easy decision to offer it for sale to someone else.
This month’s fix felt a little off, and I’m hoping when Elizabeth gets back from leave we can get back on track. At the same time, it was nice to have an easy decision and get a great pair of jeans I probably wouldn’t have tried in the store. And actually, when I tried them on, I ended up wearing them around for a while to see how I felt about the fit and the stretch. I had coffee and folded clothes – not exactly something you can get away with at Macys. Although…I guess you could but you’d better be getting a paycheck.
If you haven’t tried Stitch Fix, give it a shot (and as always, I’d love for you to use my referral link). Their customer service is excellent, and they really seem to WANT you to find things you love. They just put out a new app as well, allowing you to upload a picture of yourself for your stylist which is REALLY smart. They’ve got something for everyone and if nothing else, the process of filling out a style profile and thinking through what you really like can be incredibly helpful. If you try it, let me know how it goes!
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