Stitch Fix #9 Review — Near Perfection!

I love my stylist Alessandra! This my my fourth Fix with her: while not everything was perfect, she keeps nailing my style and my wants!

This time around, I asked for some seasonal transitional items — both for weather and for my return to my part-time job at the theatre. I wanted more separates, maybe one dress, no black and white or polka dots. Oh, and maybe a teal skirt, and anything in dark blue/teal, plum, or mustard yellow. I received my Fix three days early (a second time in a row!) and loved what I found!

Item #1: Brixon Ivy’s Dona Lace Sleeve Knit Top ($48)

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This has to be a new Brixon Ivy top for the fall because I couldn’t find an image of it anywhere online.

I loved the color (a rich navy) and the lace yoke/sleeves — I thought it was fun, playful, flirty. Because of how idiosyncratic it is, I tried pairing it with a new skirt I just bought from Old Navy and booties. Not a great look, but sometimes it’s fun to push a limit and see what could/couldn’t work. Some of my favorite outfits are those that come out of “well, what if I paired…”

Anyway, back to the shirt. it’s about a half size too small and pretty thin (I notice it so much more when seeing these photos). It also has a weird hi-lo, shirt tail hem that, when it comes up at the seams is well above my hip. Weird. If it fit properly, I think it could have that casual sexy feel, but I feel kind of frumpy in it with the size being off. Returned. 

Item #2: 41Hawthorn’s Lisbon Stud Detail Blouse ($58)

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Love it! As you’ve probably noticed, I wear a lot of bright colors, but never much black. It’s from years of working at the theatre and always wearing black so I could slip through the audience unnoticed. I revolted when I got a promotion a couple of years ago: “no black unless I need to!”

I pulled this blouse out and loved it. The weight is great, so, despite being loose, it fits beautifully. I love the stud detail, as well as the cuff on the sleeves. I love it with jeans, and I could easily dress it up with slacks or a skirt. Kept.

Item #3: Papermoon Soldano Scallop Trim Blouse ($44)

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The color is rich and lovely, and the scallops at the neckline and armholes are sweet. While I loved it with a more masculine, edgier (faux) leather jacket, this was really light and airy, making it feel boxier than I would like (unlike the heavier 41Hawthorn blouse) with other pieces. Returned.

Item #4: Margaret M Christiana Pencil Skirt ($78)

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When I saw the price, I was ready to throw the skirt in the return bag without trying it on. “Almost $80 for a skirt!? No way!” I tried it on despite that reaction and loved it. It’s quite fitted, but the fabric is soft and the pattern is fun. I paired it with the purple Papermoon blouse above, a white one here (which I wore to work!), and I have so many fun ideas for this one into the fall! I had some credit, cutting down the price a bit. Kept.

Item #5: Kut from the Kloth’s Caleb Dress ($68)

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Sound familiar? That’s because I received this dress back in June! (Actually, that’s when this photo was taken! I didn’t have a great one from today; sorry, folks!) The original I received was a size 12, but fit like a 14 or so. I was so dismayed that I emailed Stitch Fix to see if I could exchange it somehow. They were out of 10s, so they offered me a size 8. I accepted, then declined.

Well, Alessandra was great and tracked down a 10 for me. And it’s $30 cheaper than it was in June! It fits beautifully, the fabric is fantastic and the watercolor pattern is stunning! Obviously I had to keep it!

Hit or miss: overall, success! I kept three of the five pieces, though I now kind of wish I had kept the Papermoon blouse. It did look really nice with that jacket! Alas! I received pretty much everything on target of my desires: mainly separates, and ones appropriate for the fall; plus a dress I knew I would love in my size and $30 cheaper!

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Stitch Fix #8 Review

For the uninitiated, here’s the low-down on Stitch Fix:

  • Register with Stitch Fix and complete a style survey based on your sizes/measurements/likes/dislikes/current lifestyle/etc.
  • Choose a date for your first “Fix.”
  • Pay a $20 styling fee for a stylist to review your survey, blogs, Pinterest boards, etc.
  • The stylist chooses five items and sends them to you directly.
  • Try on all of the pieces: keep what you want, send back what you don’t in a prepaid shipping envelope.

If you buy any one to four items from your Fix, then SF will take off from the total the $20 styling fee they charged you originally. And if you decide to keep all fives pieces, then they take off the $20 fee AND an additional 25% off the total price, which is simply awesome.

Now, to the Fix review!

I was at first dubious about the SF’s claim that you get a personal shopper with their business. Why? Because I had to go through five (FIVE!!) other shoppers before Alessandra stepped in and finally seemed to get what I wanted. She understands my quirky mixing of romantic and professional, my love of “organic patterning” (which means, really, no trendy chevrons?), and how I seem to bounce between floaty and fitted on a whim. If you read this, Alessandra, THANK YOU!

I think I must have changed my note to my stylist at least a dozen times! I’m too verbose, and too picky, so I edited it repeatedly until I made myself stop. I finally settled on this, figuring direct requests were best:

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That was Monday night. By Tuesday early afternoon, when I logged in again (yes, crazy lady), my Fix was in progress. Then, within hours, I had an email saying my Fix shipped and was scheduled to arrive TWO DAYS EARLY! (Again, Alessandra is amazing!)

My Fix arrived Thursday morning, bright and early. I couldn’t wait and tore into it — and I loved the color selection!

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Here’s the note and style cards for anyone interested. I love how Alessandra directly addressed my requests!

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Piece #1: Kut from the Kloth’s Caleb Dress ($98)

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IMG_2047I love the watercolory floral pattern of this dress. It reminds me a Donna Morgan dress that SF featured in the spring: both are bright, whimsical and perfect for warm weather. While the print was lovely and the fabric was silky and luxe, the sizing was all off. This is a size 12 — my normal — and it’s easily a size, maybe two, too big for me.

While I did track this dress down elsewhere online (and for $20 more), I decided to email SF about exchanging it for a smaller size. They told me that they were out of 10s, but could supply an 8. I originally said I would take an 8 and hope for the best, but then changed my mind and decided to get the dress elsewhere ($20 more, but free shipping and exchanges). I’m planning on wearing it to a wedding in August and don’t want to risk it not fitting — and, simply, being out $98. Returned.

Piece #2: Brixon Ivy’s James Laser Cut Dress ($78)

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Perfect! It fits snugly on the top, but then bells out just right to a flared skirt. I was a little concerned when I saw that this was in my Fix because SF sent me a dress in the same cobalt blue last summer, but I’ve put on some weight and it doesn’t fit quite right currently. (Oops!) This has enough interesting detailing between the laser cut outs and the gap in the back to make it worthwhile. It’s also a nicely made dress for this price point. I’ve styled it here two different ways — one for going out and another for work. Kept!

Piece #3: Mystree’s Serratoga Lace Trim Damask Print Tank ($48)

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I like this shirt much better in photos than I do in person. My first thought when, online, I saw I was getting it: “Nope, nope, nope.” This is technically called “navy” on the packing slip, but it falls awfully close to black and white, which I specifically asked to not receive. Plus I didn’t like the pattern much or the lace at the neckline when I pulled it out. Then I put it on and it was rather shapeless on me. Don’t get me wrong, the fabric is deliciously soft against the skin — but I can’t spend $48 on a “fancy blouse” only to want to nap in it. Returned.

Piece #4: 41Hawthorn’s Breyson Split Neck Pleated Sleeveless Blouse ($54)

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I had asked for golden yellow, but Alessandra said that they didn’t have anything in stock that shade, so she sent this. I surprisingly liked the color quite a bit — it’s bright and buttery, not garish or harsh. (And I think it looked really good with my hair.) With a specific bra on (ha!), this fit me perfectly, but the fabric was scratchy (kind of like $15.95 blouses from H&M that fall apart after a wash or two). Returned.

Piece #5: Mavi’s Hattie Skinny Jean ($98)

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Yeah, you’re not getting a picture of these on me. These are a size 31, the pant size I wear at the usually-runs-a-little-large LOFT. Simply: I can’t get these on past my knees. (C’mon, ladies, you’ve all been there too!) I liked the color a lot out of the box, until I realized that, when I tried pulling them on, they were deceptively similar to my skin tone. Hm… Skin-tight, skin-toned pants I can’t pull up? Returned.

Hit or miss? More hit than miss, but not perfect. I got, mostly, what I asked for: two flirty dresses, two sleeveless blouses, and colorful jeans. Only one item — the damask blouse — was a flop. In the end, I’m leaving with one SF purchase and a purchase elsewhere but of the same article. I’ll also just come out and say it: I don’t mind when some items are flops — my bank account is happier when I only buy one or two pieces!

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(Full disclosure: Stitch Fix did not ask or endorse me in any way to write a review of their service. If you click through the links above though, I will receive a $25 credit when you order your first Fix.)

Stitch Fix #7 Review

Stitch Fix (“SF”) is a part of the trend of boxed subscriptions available to women currently. As a member, you can opt to subscribe regularly (quarterly, bimonthly, monthly, etc.) or select dates whenever you’d like to update your wardrobe. The prime focus of SF is not to create outfits in every box for you, but to enhance your closet with fun, new pieces that may go things you already own. Every shipment comes with a note from your stylist, as well as recommendations on how to wear each piece.

Here’s a basic run-down:

  • Register with Stitch Fix and complete a style survey based on your sizes/measurements/likes/dislikes/current lifestyle/etc.
  • Choose a date for your first “Fix.”
  • Pay a $20 styling fee for a stylist to review your survey, blogs, Pinterest boards, etc.
  • The stylist chooses five items and sends them to you directly.
  • Try on all of the pieces: keep what you want, send back what you don’t in a prepaid shipping envelope.

If you buy any one to four items from your Fix, then SF will take off from the total the $20 styling fee they charged you originally. And if you decide to keep all fives pieces, then they take off the $20 fee AND an additional 25% off the total price, which is simply awesome.

I’ve been using this service for close to a year now. I’ll admit that, in the past, I’ve been so frustrated with what Stitch Fix has sent me that I’ve thrown it all in the return bag and vowed never to return. Then I see a great dress or blouse that they post on Instagram and I’m hooked. What can I say, I’m an optimist when it comes to lovely surprises! This is my seventh Fix and it has been the absolute best thusfar. While SF says on their website that you get your own personal stylist when using their company, I’ve found that my stylists have changed with almost every Fix I’ve received, so there’s no dedicated person for me (yet?). This may be my best shipment simply because I’ve had the same person, Alessandra, a second time! Here we go!

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I always love opening the box and finding everything so neatly assembled!

Piece #1: Taylor’s Theodore V-Neck Dress ($138) IMG_0611

I loved the fun, quirky nature of this piece! The colors and patterns are so, so, so sassy. The material is thick and THERE ARE POCKETS! I was so tempted to keep this dress, but the steep price tag was hard to swallow admittedly. I have a slew of great dresses, a number of them recently acquired. I simply couldn’t justify keeping this one on this day (especially after renewing some theatre/philharmonic subscriptions this week and our mortgage payment due!). I’m already regretting my decision a tiny bit, but c’est la vie. Sent back.

Pieces #2 and #3: 41Hawthorn’s McAdams Beaded Neckline Blouse ($58) and Mavi’s Ankle Length Skinny Jeans ($98)

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When I took this blouse out of the box, I had mixed feelings. I loved the beading detail at the top, but the color was so bright and far from my natural inclination. Then I tried it on and I fell hard for it. The photos sadly don’t do justice to the awesome pinky/orange color of this blouse. It’s so fiery and summery that I had to keep it. I think it looks great with jeans, but will play well with slacks too.

As for the jeans: I felt like I was poured into them they fit so well. The fabric was lovely and soft and I knew that there would be plenty of consistent stretch after multiple wears (as opposed to those jeans that stretch out after two hours). Unfortunately I was experimenting with automatic photos on a grey, rainy, dusky night so the lighting is off enough to not show these pants well. They appear black here but were really dark denim — except for major fading on the thighs. The photo above does not hide the fact that I have some substantial curves going on and I really didn’t like the jeans keying in on that either. Blouse: kept. Jeans: sent back. 

Piece #4: Renee C’s Kirkwood Mini Dot Crew Neck Sweater ($48)

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This was a cute polka dotted sweater. But it was a touch too small (I’m clearly not doing a great job of holding in my belly), a bit too sheer, and I have a bolder, thicker, similar top from the Loft last season. Sent back. 

Piece #5: 41Hawthorn’s Astrid Spade Print Tie-Neck Blouse ($54)

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I really liked the quirky pattern of this retro-style blouse: with a lot of crazy chevrons and giant florals gracing shirts like these, I was surprised by this spade/ironwork design. The blouse is a little boxier than I would have liked, but it’s a simple thing to fix by sending it through the sewing machine. While I’m wearing it with the Mavi jeans here, I have a pair of red slacks or yellow jeans I think this would look great with! Kept.

All in all, I kept two pieces for a grand total of $92 (that’s after the $20 stylist fee taken off the top). While I loved that dress, I couldn’t swing it, but I’m certainly always in want of some nicer, dressier tops for work.

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(Full disclosure: Stitch Fix did not ask or endorse me in any way to write a review of their service. If you click through the links above though, I will receive a $25 credit when you order your first Fix.)