July Stitch Fix Review

And we’re back.

Jul01

Between being out of town for almost two weeks, work getting crazy, and general summer-time events, both my Stitch Fix delivery and review for July were a little bit late.

I put in a request for a jean jacket before I left for vacation and told Jessica to go nuts with my Pinterest board (which I double-checked this month to make sure there weren’t any wildly out of character pins).

The biggest surprise from this month’s fix was the note from my stylist — written by my new stylist Kaylee, as Jessica is no longer with Stitch Fix. She excitedly mentioned my Pinterest board and gave several styling tips for the pieces she sent me.

Here’s what I got.

Just USA Morrie Boyfriend Denim Jacket

Navy, $58.00

Jul03

Pros: The jean jacket that I own — which led me to requesting this piece — has incredibly long sleeves (which is fabulous for my orangutan arms), but is also a crop jacket, has a rose-tinted denim, and was purchased at Target in 2007. Therefore, I was really excited about the wash of the denim and the length of the jacket that Kaylee picked out. I love that it has some worn details and that the denim is heavy and is good quality.

Cons: The fit was a little bulkier than I had in mind, but it will be nice for layering come fall. Additionally, I would have liked just a little more length in the sleeves, but they’re still much better than anything I’ve found for myself.

I just noticed that the entire left lapel is tucked under for this picture. Stellar.

I just noticed that the entire left lapel is tucked under for this picture. Stellar.

Verdict: Keep!

 

Pixley Vincenzo Cargo Vest

Olive, $78.00

Jul04

Pros: Like all other corporate 20-somethings who still have the urge to dress like a teenage punk rock wannabe on a semi-regular basis, I love a good vest. Is that just me? Whatever, the asymmetrical zipper and other moto details made this piece seem like it would be a hit.

Cons: Unfortunately, the combination of the color, the canvas-like material, and the weird flap that ran across the back ultimately gave the vest a much stronger fisherman vibe than anything remotely punk or rock or, well, me. Finally, a philosophical question: can it truly be considered a cargo vest if it has no real pockets?

Jul15

Where does all my cargo go?!

Verdict: Sent back.

 

Amour Vert Ahren Knit Dress

Black, $74.00

Jul06

Pros: This is a great dress. It can be dressed up or down, and even though the length is a bit longer than I would typically go for, the slits on each side even it out without being cut too high. The material is dense enough to be fully opaque (it passed the window test!), but it’s still flowy and comfortable. Guys, this dress is ridiculously comfortable.

Cons: Honestly, this isn’t even a bad thing, but I wore it to work today and realized how much of a 90’s throwback it is. I felt like I should wear it with some patent Doc Martens, dark lipstick, and a choker. I didn’t, obviously, but you know, options.

Jul13

Verdict: Keep!

 

Liverpool Phillip Printed Straight Leg Trouser

Light Grey, $98.00

Jul08

Pros: I actually like this style for dress pants, and the material for these was really nice and comfortable, which is typically difficult to find for dress pants. Also, pockets!

Cons: These just really didn’t fit me. They were huge throughout the thighs and hips which gave them kind of a 1970s golf look. The gingham pattern (which gave me violent scrapbooking flashbacks) really did not help with the Caddyshack vibe.

Jul11

Verdict: Sent back.

 

Zad Nicolas Pre-Layered Vertical Bar Necklace

Gold, $28.00

Jul05

Pros: I had pinned several similar pieces, and really like the layering effect of the different chain lengths.

Cons: I don’t usually wear gold jewelry. Maybe this is actually a pro since it will make me diversify.

Jul17

Verdict: Keep!

 

This is the best fix I’ve gotten in a few months, so Kaylee can stay. She gets me.

If you’re interested in Stitch Fix, check it out! It’s free to sign up, and filling out the style profile is actually really helpful for thinking about what you do and don’t love for your wardrobe.

(Plus, between friends, if you sign up with my referral link, I earn credit with the site when your first fix ships. Win-win, right?)

Also, shout-out to Mary P., who received her first Stitch Fix using my link and earned me some sweet, sweet credit.

June Stitch Fix Review

I’ve been really busy lately, so the email reminder that this month’s fix was about to be styled took me by surprise.

Jun01

I jotted a quick note to Jessica that I wasn’t looking for anything specific (having abandoned my quest for black pants last month), but would love to see some sundresses. I also mentioned that I have several weddings in the next few months, and would be interested in seeing something a little more formal if she found something that would work for me.

In her note, she made mention of my Pinterest board and touted that several of the pieces could be dressed up for the office.

Here’s what I got.

THML Abriana Colorblock Embroidered Dress

Navy, $68.00

Jun03

Pros: I really loved the embroidery on the front of the dress, and the twin cutouts on the front and the back.

Cons: Shifts look really good on a lot of people — effortless, chic, and cool — but I am not one of those people. I’m one of the people who puts on a shift and transforms it into a sad lamp shade. The orange color of the bottom of the dress was also pretty awful with my skin tone.

Jun08

Verdict: Returned. I’ll have to reiterate my standing ban on the shift silhouette.

 

Karen Kane Lisa Printed Pencil Skirt

Navy, $88.00

Jun06

Pros: This skirt is awesome. It reminds me of the one I almost kept from my April fix, but it’s less frumpy and the pattern covers the entire skirt instead of just the front. I love the pattern, which is similar to several things I’ve pinned recently, and the length is great to fit into my work wardrobe. I also tend to gravitate to skater skirts, so a pencil skirt is a nice change of pace.

Cons: It’s a touch big in the hips, and the lining is partially detached, so that’s a little annoying.

Jun09

Verdict: Keeping it. Did I mention this skirt is awesome? Yes? That’s because it’s awesome.

 

Collective Concepts Janae Dress

Navy, $78.00

Jun04

Pros: I had pinned this a few weeks back, and really liked the idea of this dress. It seems like a great piece for summer that could be dressed up for the office or down for going out. Plus it has pockets!

Cons: Despite liking the idea of the dress, the reality is it was a hot mess on me. It’s huge up top, making the neckline a baggy and inappropriate plunge. The gathered waist hits me at a weird spot, and gives the entire middle a bulky appearance. The straps are also incredibly thin, which seems like a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.

Jun10

Verdict: Returned. Bummer.

 

See U Soon Kesse Cross Back Top

Light Blue, $58.00

Jun02

Pros: This isn’t really a pro, but apparently I pinned this? I have no recollection of doing so, or any idea why I would think this monstrosity would be a good addition to my style board, but it is in fact there. Mocking me. Points to Jessica for actually paying attention to my board.

Jun12

Cons: This shirt is a perfect storm. It’s pastel, and floaty, and gauzy, and shapeless, and has super weird accents at the top, and the straps are flimsy, and it’s too big, and it’s just terrible. Guys, this shirt is terrible. Plus, there’s the bra situation. I have a sneaking suspicion that it was designed with the intention that it be worn with no bra, which would be fine were it not for the incredibly sheer nature of the fabric.

lol no

lol no

Verdict: Returned. Seriously, why did I pin this?

 

London Times Darlena Lace Dress

Cobalt, $88.00

Jun05

Pros: This dress was Jessica’s answer to my wedding mention, and she nailed it. I don’t typically go for jewel tones, but it works well with my coloring, and it’s different from anything else I have. The fit is great, and it has a vintage vibe, which I really dig. Also, it’s pretty. Guys, it’s like really pretty.

Cons: Lace is kind of a misnomer, since it’s really more a crochet, but honestly? I don’t even care, this dress is perfect.

Jun11

Verdict: Like you even have to ask.

 

Overall, the bad pieces were really bad, but the good pieces were amazing. As far as the bad pieces go, Jessica really only had one miss — granted, an orange shift dress is one hell of a miss, but for the other two she was just trying to do right by my Pinterest board and I can’t fault her for that.

Clearly I need to cut back on my post-happy hour Pinterest usage.

Even with my misguided pins, she still managed to find me two pieces that I’m actually quite excited to wear. Thank you, Jessica, for dealing with finding me clothes.

If you’re interested in Stitch Fix, check it out! It’s free to sign up, and filling out the style profile is actually really helpful for thinking about what you do and don’t love for your wardrobe.

(Plus, between friends, if you sign up with my referral link, I earn credit with the site when your first fix ships. Win-win, right?)

May Stitch Fix Review

Stitch Fix time.

May16

My May fix arrived on Thursday, and since Peter was in town visiting, I had a ready second opinion and an actual photographer (as opposed to balancing my camera on a precarious stack of boxes and setting the self-timer) to help me out.

In addition to my monthly ask for work appropriate black skinny pants with pockets and non-jegging skinny jeans, I asked Jessica for some spring/summery skirts or dresses that avoided pastels and could be paired with a jacket or sweater for the office. In her note, she mentioned that she was glad my last fix was more successful, and that she leaned heavily on my Pinterest board for inspiration for this month.

Here’s what I got.

TOMS Desert Wedge Booties

Black, $89

May09

Pros: I actually really wanted these shoes, I had pinned them and had been dangerously close to buying them from the TOMS site about a week before this fix arrived. They’re super cute and incredibly comfortable, and would be a great addition to my wardrobe.

Cons: This is such a nit-picky thing, but I really wanted them in taupe, not black.

May10

Verdict: Returned. I truly do not need another pair of black shoes, especially at this price point.

It's just math.

It’s just math.

 

Pixley Brisma Lattice Trim Knit Top

Black, $44

May02

Pros: I really liked the idea of this shirt, and the cool edgy details in the shoulders. Peter said that he really liked this when I pulled it out of the box.

Cons: The biggest strike against this shirt is that it is not designed to be worn with a normal bra. The material is fairly sheer which means my options are limited to a strapless bra, which is something I absolutely do not have the patience for. Also, this isn’t something I could really fit into my work wardrobe, which makes the price difficult to justify.

May14

Verdict: Returned.

 

41 Hawthorn Abbie Reversible Skirt

Black, $68

May01

Pros: This is a really great skirt. It’s an appropriate length for the office or going out, and it’s a nice heavy material that would make me comfortable wearing it on a windy day. The floral print is totally outside the box for me, but it didn’t remind me of upholstery and should be good for spring and summer.

Cons: I’m not really sure why this is considered a reversible skirt. It’s solid black if you turn it inside out, but it also has a sturdily-sewn tag, and the pattern is visible on the hem.

May12

Verdict: Keeping it. I already wore it out to dinner with Peter with a white tee and the leather blazer from my April fix.

 

Market & Spruce Nic Knit Dress

Navy, $64

May04

Pros: I was probably most excited about this when I opened the box. I liked that it was navy instead of my traditional black, and that the stripes in the middle were positioned to be super flattering. It was pretty much what I had in mind when I asked for a summery dress that could be paired with a blazer for work.

May15

Cons: I just wasn’t nearly as excited about this once I put it on. It’s fine, but it didn’t wow me. The shoulders are cut really narrow, so my bra straps hung out until I hooked them together in the back — not the end of the world, but still annoying. Additionally, I tried it on again before writing this post to see if I liked it any better, and one of the seams popped.

May05

Verdict: Returned. I was really waffling on this until the seam broke — I’m not going to spend $64 on a dress that falls apart the second time I put it on.

 

Eden Society Mara Tulip Hem Straight Leg Pant

Black, $68

May06

Pros: I mean, they had pockets.

Cons: These were horrible. The material felt like petrified tissue paper and was somehow weirdly stretchy, and stiff and scratchy all at the same time. They were an awkward length — too long to be ankle length and too short to be normal pants — and way too big in the waist and the hips. I’m not a fan of the tulip hem, and the raised piping along the seams was just an annoyance.

May13

Verdict: Returned. I’m officially relieving Stitch Fix of their duty to find me new black pants.

 

Overall, it wasn’t exactly a great fix, but I still think Jessica did a good job. I really love the skirt, the shirt and the dress were definitely in the right direction, and the only reason I didn’t keep the shoes was a technicality (I was so close to keeping them I literally had to pull out all of my black shoes just to illustrate how ridiculous I was being). The pants were the only thing that I would actually categorize as bad, and since I’m no longer going to be asking for black pants, maybe Jessica can focus on finding other great pieces moving forward.

If you’re interested in Stitch Fix, check it out! It’s free to sign up, and filling out the style profile is actually really helpful for thinking about what you do and don’t love for your wardrobe.

(Plus, between friends, if you sign up with my referral link, I earn credit with the site when your first fix ships. Win-win, right?)

April Stitch Fix Review

After last month’s little box of horrors, I ended up contacting Stitch Fix’s customer service to vent my frustrations. They were incredibly apologetic, offering to pay for my next styling fee, and giving even more tips to ensure my stylist understands my wants and needs – since apparently explicitly asking for pants with real pockets and non-jegging skinny jeans wasn’t specific enough.

Regardless, I complied with their suggestions. I pinned pins to my Pinterest board from boards they suggested. I updated my style profile summary to spell out things that I love (fitted tops, structured dresses, real pockets, earth tones) and things that I hate (flowy tops, flimsy fabric, fake pockets, pastels). They asked me to forward along any styles or aesthetics I prefer, so I shared the link my Pinterest board. For about the sixth time.

They also asked me about celebrity styles I admire, but the only people who came to mind were fictional characters from BBC and the Marvel universe, so I side-stepped that question and instead listed current trends that I like.

Thankfully, all of the extra effort seemed to have a big impact on my stylist this month.

Apr11

In my special instructions for this fix, I entered a final plea for work-appropriate skinny black pants with real pockets (I told them to think twill), and another request for a non-distressed, non-jegging, medium wash pair of skinny jeans. I emphasized the non-jegging part, telling them not to bother sending me any pair that contained more than 5% spandex or elastic. I didn’t have any other specific requests, and pointed again to my Pinterest board and updated style summary for further inspiration.

In her note to me, Jessica — my stylist for the month — apologized for my experience last month, and assured me that she spent lots of time looking at my notes, profile, and Pinterest board. She pointed out that she didn’t send me any black pants because they didn’t have any that fit my specifications, which is fine — I’d rather get no black pants and five things I might love, than a pair of black pants I’m going to hate. Based on her note, I was actually kind of excited about the fix.

Here’s what I got.

RD Style Belem Faux Leather and Ponte Jacket

Black, $88.00

Apr01

Pros: Yay, I love this jacket! The fit is amazing (and the sleeves are actually long enough!), and it goes with basically my entire wardrobe. I was a little hesitant about the mixed-media — the sides and back are a stretchy spandex-like (think yoga pants) material — but I actually really like it. It’s very well tailored and fits like a blazer.

Cons: Did I mention I love this jacket?

Apr02

Verdict: Keep.

 

Papermoon Beverley Lace Side Panel Knit Top

Gray, $54.00

Apr03

Pros: I like this a lot more than I thought I would. It’s a little looser than most shirts I would go for, but is still flattering. I love the stripes, and like that the color isn’t my typical black, but still fits in with the palette of my wardrobe. I also really like the lace detail on the side, which is very different from most things that I own.

Cons: $54.00 is kind of steep for basically a glorified t-shirt.

Apr04

Verdict: Keep.

 

Pixley Tenille Mini Skirt

Blue, $58.00

Apr07

Pros: I really wanted to love this skirt. I’ve pinned several geo-print minis, so this was a great pick. I love the pattern (it struck me as almost art deco), the color is great, and it’s long enough to be appropriate for work.

Cons: Unfortunately, it’s just too big. The fabric on the front also laid kind of funny due to the embroidery, which gave it a frumpy effect.

Apr08

Verdict: Returned, though returning this is how I justified keeping the Papermoon shirt.

 

Market & Spruce Jahana Cargo Vest

Olive, $68.00

Apr05

Pros: I had pinned a couple things with similar vests, so I was excited to see this in my box. I think this is a great piece, and will be very versatile for layering throughout the spring and fall. It has big pockets and a hood, and some really interesting zipper and button details around the shoulders. Additionally, there are internal drawstrings to cinch the waist.

Cons: The drawstrings are a little tricky to get to stay in place, so it doesn’t stay cinched for long.

Apr06

Verdict: Keep. I’m sure I’ll figure out the drawstrings eventually.

 

Mavi Gold Freida Skinny Jeans

Medium wash, $128.00

Apr09

Pros: She nailed exactly what color wash I wanted.

Cons: While these do contain only 4% elastic per my instructions, they also contain 9% polyester and are very stretchy. In short, Jessica thinks I’m going to spend over $100 on a pair of jeggings.

She is wrong.

These are painted-on tight, which makes them incredibly uncomfortable, as well as incredibly inappropriate to wear to most places I would want to wear them. Additionally, they’re way too long — they cover my heels and almost hit my arches.

Apr10

Verdict: Returned, just as soon as I manage to peel them off.

 

All in all, this was a huge improvement. The jeans were a miss, but they were closer, and everything else was spot-on. I’m planning on requesting to stay with Jessica for my next fix, so hopefully I’ll continue to have better luck with my boxes.

If you’re interested in Stitch Fix, check it out! It’s free to sign up, and filling out the style profile is actually really helpful for thinking about what you do and don’t love for your wardrobe.

(Plus, between friends, if you sign up with my referral link, I earn credit with the site when your first fix ships. Win-win, right?)

March Stitch Fix Review

It’s that special time of the month again…

Fix #3!

Fix #3!

OK, it hasn’t quite been a month, but I moved this fix up a week to better accommodate my schedule. Points to Stitch Fix for flexibility.

What’s Stitch Fix? It’s an online subscription personal shopping service that asks you to fill out a style profile, and a personal stylist sends you a package with clothes, shoes, jewelry, and accessories once a month (or however often you schedule to get a “fix” delivered). You’re charged a $20 stylist fee when the fix is put together, which is applied to your purchase if you decide to keep any of the items. If you keep everything, you get a 25% discount. Anything you don’t want can be returned in the prepaid envelope they provide, along with comment cards detailing what you did or didn’t like about the different pieces, which helps the stylists for future fixes.

In my special instructions for this fix I requested work appropriate skinny black pants (again), as well as a new pair of non-distressed, non-jegging medium wash skinny jeans. I also reiterated my prohibition on pastels, fake pockets, and see-through jersey knits, and encouraged her to take my associated and frequently updated Pinterest board into account.

In her note, Elena — my stylist for this month — said my requests were great since it gave her specific pieces to hunt for. After seeing what was in the box, this comment seemed ironic since she clearly didn’t actually hunt for what I requested.

My stylist was wrong.

My stylist was wrong.

Olive + Oak Jaen Chambray Top

Blue, $68.00

Mar04

Pros: The color blocking details of the shirt are really cool, and it fit pretty well in the shoulders.

Cons: The material is very thin and flimsy, which makes the price point kind of outrageous. Additionally, I already have three denim button-up shirts — one over-sized, one with a pattern, and one that has long enough sleeves for my orangutan arms — I really don’t need another one, especially in a silhouette that I don’t like. In Elena’s defense, there are two pins on my board that feature denim shirts. However, I have nineteen pins featuring leather jackets and over forty with skirts or dresses, so maybe any of those things would have been better choices.

Mar05

Verdict: Returned.

 

Mavi Freida Skinny Jean

Navy, $98.00

Mar07

Pros: I desperately need new skinny jeans, so I was excited to see these in my box. They were way darker than the medium wash I requested, but I still like the color. They fit well, though they’re a little on the short side.

Cons: These are jeggings, and I specifically requested jeans, not jeggings. I have no problem paying $98.00 for a quality pair of jeans that will be a wardrobe staple and last for many years. I have a very big problem paying $98.00 for a pair of jeggings that are pretending to be real jeans, while containing the same denim to spandex ratio as a pair of Target jeggings.

Mar08

Verdict: Returned. Seriously, is “real jeans, not jeggings” a confusing request?

 

Brixon Ivy Sylvester Split Neck Blouse

Green, $54.00

Mar10

Pros: Elena clearly listened to my complaints about jersey knits that are trying to be chiffon, and opted instead to give me…polyester that’s trying to be chiffon. Not exactly what I was going for, but points for creativity. The color is similar to the color palette I most regularly frequent.

Cons: I’m just very confused by this shirt’s inclusion in my box. It’s a nice shirt, but 110% not my style, as clearly illustrated by the lack of floaty or shapeless tops throughout my Pinterest board, the fact that my Stitch Fix style profile lists “fitted” as my preferred fit for tops, and after my January fix I explicitly told them not to send me shapeless sheer shirts. I’m all for stepping outside of my comfort zone, but this style of shirt doesn’t look good on my body, which is why I avoid them.

Mar11

Verdict: Returned. The fact that I even tried this on is a miracle.

 

Margaret M Emer High Waisted Trouser 

Black, $98.00

Mar13

Pros: Nope.

Cons: Are you kidding me with this?! These are basically yoga pants. They have no zipper, no buttons, no pockets, no belt loops, nothing. They’re yoga pants that cost ninety eight dollars, and aren’t even Lulu Lemon. This is honestly the furthest away from “work-appropriate skinny black pants that don’t have fake pockets” you can get while still technically being skinny black pants. They’re also incredibly uncomfortable — the material is paper-like and thin, and they seemed confused about whether or not they were ankle length or shorter. The waist was also a bit big on me, which I’d normally remedy with a belt, except the no belt loops makes that a little difficult.

Mar14

“Work-appropriate skinny black pants that don’t have fake pockets” is not an outlandishly difficult request, and it’s incredibly frustrating that this is an actual pin from my Pinterest board that Elena was supposed to be referencing:

Do i have to provide a product number, too?

Do I have to provide a product number, too?

Finally, while I appreciate her taking my “no fake pockets” comment to heart, THE ABSENCE OF POCKETS IS NOT BETTER.

Verdict: Returned. I read somewhere that you should only keep clothes in your wardrobe that bring you joy. These brought me anger.

 

Jill Michael Marianne Triangle Stud Earrings

Gold, $28.00

Mar16

Pros: They’re simple, and pretty, and I could use some more studs to rotate through my everyday earrings.

Cons: They’re too small and too gold for my taste.

Verdict: Returned.

 

So that’s the story of how I paid $20 for a cardboard box. I know I’m kind of picky when it comes to clothes, which is one of the reasons I hate shopping. I don’t expect my stylist to read my mind; however, I do expect her to read my instructions and at least look at the Pinterest board she’s supposed to be using for reference.

I am not shy with any of my feedback, so hopefully another month, another stylist, and one final plea for work appropriate skinny black pants with real pockets will make a positive difference. If not, I need to seriously consider if I want to continue paying for a “personalized” service that doesn’t listen to me.

Spoilers, I don’t.

If you’re interested in Stitch Fix, or at least in seeing if you have better luck than me, check it out! It’s free to sign up, and filling out the style profile is actually really helpful for thinking about what you do and don’t love for your wardrobe.

(Plus, between friends, if you sign up with my referral link, I earn credit with the site when your first fix ships. Win-win, right?)

 

February Stitch Fix Review

I still need clothes, and I still hate shopping, so I’m still on board with Stitch Fix.

Fix #2! My stylist for this month, Kari, definitely heard my feedback from the last fix concerning the quality of the clothing for my current climate, and there were no fake pockets in the box.

In my special instructions for this fix, I reiterated my need for Minnesota-worthy sweaters, and work appropriate skinny black pants.

Maru Marilin Fitted Knit Top

Navy, $48.00
Feb01

Pros: I really hate to say this, but I didn’t like anything about this shirt. I guess the color was okay?

Feb2.5

Cons: Except the color was heathered and I didn’t really like that, either. The fabric was incredibly thin and clingy, which is not a combination that I find particularly attractive. In addition to being thin and clingy, the material was ridiculously sheer — to the point that my bra was visible — yet the shirt was too tight to be able to wear a second layer underneath. I wasn’t incredibly surprised though, considering the shirt failed my primary litmus test.

Feb04

COME ON

Verdict: Sent back, with instructions to stop sending me knit shirts that resemble chiffon.

 

Staccato Dolan Open Cardigan

Navy, $64.00

Feb05

Pros: The length and the fit are both great, and I think it could be fairly versatile. I really like the design, and it’s a sweater without an open knit, just like I asked for!

Feb06

Cons: I just got a cardigan from my fix last month, and that was more neutral and goes with a lot more. This is on the pricey side, and the sleeves are bordering on too short.

Feb07

Verdict: Keeping it. I wanted winter sweaters, this is a winter sweater. And it’s pretty.

 

Kut From The Kloth Johnathan Skinny Corduroy

Brown, $48.00

Feb08

Pros: I really could use some new pants (evident by the jeans I’m wearing in some of these pictures). I like the chocolate color, and it would be something new and different for my wardrobe. They fit really well, and the material seems pretty good quality.

Feb09

Cons: I asked for black pants. Black pants, to accommodate my wardrobe that consists mainly of black and gray neutrals and accent colors that look best with black or gray. While I like the color, and it’s nice to consider other options outside of my normal blacks and grays, the fact remains that I asked for black pants because I really need black pants. Corduroys strike me as less of a wardrobe staple, and more of something you get in a fun jewel tone and wear in the fall with riding boots or cute flats. Furthermore, the cord parts of the corduroy material was very small, so the effect was closer to crushed velvet.

Feb10

Verdict: Sent back. I appreciate the attempt for something different, but this isn’t really the different I’m aiming for. Plus, I actually need black pants.

 

Market & Spruce Tommy Pointelle Weave Pullover Sweater

Dark Gray, $68.00

Feb11

Pros: This is exactly what I had in mind when I requested Minnesota winter-proof sweaters. Cozy, slightly over-sized, and dark neutral colors. It fits nicely and the sleeves aren’t too short, which is a big deal for me. It also has an abstract basket weave pattern on the lower half, which I really like. 

Feb12.5

Cons: It’s a little pricey, and it would be nice if it was a bit longer.

Feb14

Verdict: Keeping it. Kari definitely took my Pinterest board into account for this one.

 

Octavia Altura Cable Knit Infinity Scarf

Mint, $34.00

Feb15

Pros: I love the cable knit, and that it’s a great length without being super bulky.

Cons: Pastels make me even more washed out than I am in my naturally freakishly pale state.

Feb16

Verdict: Sent back. I don’t need help looking pale.

 

I’m not really sure if this was an improvement over my last fix. Kari definitely followed my request for Minnesota winter-proof sweaters to the letter, but she also completely missed/ignored my specific request for skinny black pants, and my notes to avoid pastels. Carefully worded feedback pending, but I’m still looking forward to what they come up with for me next month.

If you’re interested in Stitch Fix, check it out! It’s free to sign up, and filling out the style profile is actually really helpful for thinking about what you do and don’t love for your wardrobe.

(Plus, between friends, if you sign up with my referral link, I earn credit with the site. Win-win, right?)

January Stitch Fix Review

I hate shopping and I need new clothes, so I signed up for Stitch Fix.

For those of you who have never heard of it, Stitch Fix is an online subscription personal shopping service. Basically, you fill out a style profile, and a personal stylist sends you a package with clothes, shoes, jewelry, and accessories once a month (or however often you schedule to get a “fix” delivered). You’re charged a $20 stylist fee when the fix is put together, which is applied to your purchase if you decide to keep any of the items. If you keep everything, you get a 25% discount. Anything you don’t want can be returned in the prepaid envelope they provide, along with comment cards detailing what you did or didn’t like about the different pieces, which helps the stylists for future fixes.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect. My mom has had a lot of trouble getting clothes that she likes in her fixes, and all of the reviews I’ve read say you need to be really specific about what you like/what you want. Knowing this, I made sure to describe my general style preferences as best as I could, plus linked a Pinterest board that reflected my fashion inclinations.

In the special instructions for my fix, I relayed that I’m incredibly pale and try to avoid colors that wash me out, as well as the fact that it’s January in Minnesota so I’d love to see some sweaters.

Then my fix arrived – three days earlier than scheduled, which was awesome – and I excitedly opened the package to see what was waiting for me. Standard of all fixes, there were five items and style cards with suggestions on how to style each piece, as well as a note from my stylist, Ines.

For a first fix, she did a pretty good job.

Liverpool Anita Skinny Pant

Black, $78.00

Jan01

Pros: I actually need a new pair of black skinny pants, and was planning on requesting some in my next fix. These fit really nicely, despite looking tiny, and they have the potential to be very versatile and get a lot of use.

Jan02

Cons: They’re more jeggings than actual pants, and are too tight to really be appropriate to wear to work, which makes the $78 price tag hard to justify. Additionally, the front pockets are fake, which I take great offense to on principle. Seriously, why with the fake pockets? Why would you do that, Anita?!

Jan03

Verdict: Sent back, with a more specific request for what I’m looking for in a pair of black skinny pants, and instructions to never send me anything with fake pockets ever again.

 

Pixley Greenich Striped Knit Top

Burgundy, $48.00

Jan04

Pros: There was so much that could have gone wrong with this shirt. Horizontal stripes can be unflattering. As a ginger, I tend to stay away from reds in my clothing. I have freakishly long arms and can almost never find sleeves that are long enough for me. I also have a long torso so t-shirts tend to ride up on my midriff.

However, there is nothing wrong with this shirt. I love it.

I really like the pattern, and the red is deep enough (it’s described as “burgundy”) that it doesn’t clash, and it’s something different for my wardrobe. The fit is fantastic, actually long enough in all the right places, plus the jersey material isn’t the cheap or flimsy stuff I’m used to from Target or Old Navy. The faux leather trim is a fun feature, and I adore the elbow pads.

Jan05

Cons: It’s white so I’ll probably spill something all over it, and it’s cotton so I’ll probably accidentally shrink it, but those are both on me.

Jan06

Verdict: Keeping it. I’m actually wearing it right now with skinny jeans and a black blazer as I type up this review.

 

Skies are Blue Brilla Open Cardigan

Black, $58.00

Jan07

Pros: I asked for sweaters. The color of this is a nice salt-and-pepper gray that could be worn with almost anything else. The length of the sleeves are good, and I like the general silhouette. Plus, it has pockets (take note, Anita).

Jan08

Cons: I asked for sweaters because it’s January in Minnesota. As I write this, it is twelve degrees below zero with a wind chill of -45. This sweater is beautiful, but it’s not particularly functional. I need sweaters that will actually be warm, not sweaters that have an open weave to show off the clothes underneath. It will be great for spring and fall, and even summer in my intensely air-conditioned office, but it really doesn’t cut it for the winter.

Jan09

Verdict: Keeping it because I know I’ll get a lot of use out of it, but I’m also sending more explicit instructions of what I need to survive the winter.

 

Market & Spruce Annabeth Faux Leather Trim Sweater Tunic

Dark Green, $68.00

Jan10

Pros: I asked for sweaters. I really like the emerald color of the sweater, the keyhole feature was interesting, and the faux leather trim is right up my alley.

Jan11

Cons: Hate is a strong word, but this came close. Again, I asked for sweaters because it’s January in Minnesota. This one didn’t have an open weave like the cardigan, but when I took it out of the box and held it up, I could see right through the fabric. Tip for success, if the fabric is thin enough to be transparent, it isn’t thick enough to be called a sweater.

I don’t really like boat necklines, and the trim on this one made it stiff and uncomfortable. Additionally, while I’m a huge fan of the oversized-sweater-with-leggings-look, the silhouette on this piece was horrendous. It was too long, far too baggy, had absolutely no shape, and the sleeves were too short.

Jan12

Verdict: Sent back with notes to avoid sheer shapeless sacks in the future.

 

Romolo Genevieve Stacked Chevron Pendant Necklace

Gold, $28.00

Jan13

Pros: It’s an interesting statement piece that wouldn’t be annoying to wear, like I imagine those chandelier/bauble statement necklaces are.

Cons: I’m not really sure if it’s my style. I’m kind of weird about jewelry, and I’m not always sure what I would like/consistently wear, so it’s hard for me to make a $28 commitment to a necklace that may never see the light of day. Also, I was wearing it around the house while I was taking pictures for this, and that sucker is heavy.

Jan14

Verdict: Sent back.

 

All in all, not terrible for a first fix. I feel like Ines has a pretty good handle on my style and color palette, it was just the little details that were off. The sweaters were probably the most disappointing part of the fix simply because neither of them are functional for Minnesota winters, but when the stylists are located in California, I can see where there might be some disconnect.

Feedback can only help, so I’m looking forward to February.

If you’re interested in Stitch Fix, check it out! It’s free to sign up, and filling out the style profile is actually really helpful for thinking about what you do and don’t love for your wardrobe.

(Plus, between friends, if you sign up with my referral link, I earn credit with the site. Win-win, right?)