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?)

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?)