So I haven’t had much to say about Stitch Fix lately, but at least three of my seven readers have asked me recently about the “clothing posts,” so I decided to do another one. Part of the reason I skipped blogging about Fixes 4-7 was there was not much great to say and my Mom always said, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” (Not that that’s advice I follow as a lawyer but in my real life I strive to be a bit nicer, if less honest.) I can’t honestly recall much about Fix #4 but I only kept one item from Fix #5 and Fix #6. From #5 I kept a necklace, which I was ambivalent about but now actually enjoy and wear more than I thought I would. From #6 I kept a maxi dress even though it had spaghetti straps which can be challenging at my age. I found a shrug to wear over it and although I have only worn it once so far, I love it.
For those who don’t know, Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service. You can read all about it at stitch fix.com. You start by filling out a very detailed questionnaire about your size, shape, budget and fashion preferences so your personal stylist can get a sense of your style and what you might like. Then you schedule a “fix.” I signed up for monthly fixes so about once a month I will receive a box in the mail with five clothing and/or accessory items hand-picked just for me. They give you three business days to try on your items and decide what to keep and what to send back. There is a $20 styling fee, but if you purchase anything from your box they will apply the $20 to your order. Also, if you purchase all five items in your box you receive a 25 percent discount off the total price of everything. After you decide what to keep and what to send back you give Stitch Fix detailed feedback about the items you received to help them do a better job on future orders. The more feedback you give the better, although from my last three fixes I honestly wonder if anyone reads the feedback. Part of the problem seems to be that I never get the same stylist twice. Other bloggers seem to have the same stylist over and over and seem to have better luck. Still, it is a fun thing to do and I love clothes so on it goes.
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So, Fix #7, which, as it turns out, was not all that lucky, as the name would imply. It was styled for me by Arteresa. I’ll start with what didn’t work, but hang in there because things do turn around at the end.
The first item was the Sioban Striped French Terry 3/4 sleeve dress by Tart in blue and white ($88.00) This has a fairly boxy cut as you can see from the photo below on the hanger. The colors were pretty — very “boaty” — if only I knew someone with a yacht, I might have someplace to wear this. On a yacht, with a glass of champagne, I think my attitude toward this piece might markedly improve.
I tried it on and it was soft and comfortable, although I didn’t think it did a thing for me. Also, I found it a tad short. I usually wear skirts and dresses to the knee because my knees are just really not meant for the light of day. (Hence the obsession with maxis … please let them NOT go out of style too soon.) The dress also had some nice detail at the sleeve.
I considered keeping this as a beach cover up, but it is just too heavy. Plus, despite living three miles from the beach I just don’t think I go often enough to justify spending $88 on a beach cover up. So the verdict on the boat dress? Returned. Watch — I’ll meet a guy with a yacht tomorrow …
For all of these photos, excuse the yellow sports bra showing in nearly every one. What can I say? It’s just too damn hot people. It was enough work to try these clothes on today, much less hunt down the right undergarments. I just wanted to get the photo shoot over with so I could move on to the writing with wine spritzer portion of my afternoon.
Next on the hit parade (or hitless parade as the case may be) is the Cooper Cathleen Split-Neck Tulip Sleeve blouse in pink ($68.00). This piece had a lot wrong with it. First off, the material seemed like it would wrinkle if you so much as looked at it. Heck, it WAS wrinkled. That doesn’t work for me. Second, it was slightly tight across the back of the shoulders. This is the first top I’ve received from Stitch Fix that was too small — generally they are too big. In spite of that, the split in the front went down a bit too low for my taste and just did not lay right. The color here looks like a geranium, but it was a true (albeit bright) pink. Having said all that, the top did have some cutesy-dootsie details — if you are into that kind of thing — on the sleeve and at the hemline, as shown below.
I am sure it will surprise no one that the verdict on the tulip blouse was — Returned!!
So while the first two items in the Fix had something going for them, and I gave them a chance, but alas there was no love connection, item #3 had nothing at all going right. I did not even want to try it on, although I did. It is the Breyson Split-Neck Tab-Sleeve Knit Top by Hawthorn in Turquoise ($48.00). Once again, the color is not displaying correctly in the photos. It is a true greenish turquoise — a color I don’t fancy much — here it looks like actually a nice peacock blue but trust me — in real life it was way more green than blue.
One problem with this is that it was too big overall and, again, the split neck opening was open too much for me. The part I liked least though was the roll-tab sleeves. On a soft knit shirt like this I just think the tabbed sleeves look too messy. Tab sleeves only work with a more structured fabric that will stay nicely rolled and not sag down and just look like my neck probably will in about 10 years. To say this top did nothing for me would be an understatement. The look on my face says it all.
No surprise verdict for the roll-tab top: Returned!
Now, let’s lighten up the mood a bit because there were two items in the box that made me feel like it was worth trying on clothes on an 85 degree day.
The fourth item was the Lavern Tie-Dye Maxi Skirt by Renee C in black ($58.00). I had seen this skirt online and liked it, although I was hoping it would not be black. I just have a lot of black in my wardrobe already. I really would have dug this more in a deep navy, but the serenity of blue was not to be mine and instead I received the deeply depraved black. This may or may not be a metaphor for my life. Overall, I love the skirt. It is soft, flowy and moves beautifully. It is also the right length for me. One negative (besides being black and not navy [but, hey, it was born that way]), is the roll top waist. I don’t really get these, but they seem to be a “thing” because I have two other maxis with the same type of waist. First, they don’t stay in place that well; second, no one needs extra bulk in the waistline. I will probably end up taking this skirt to my tailor to have him surgically remove the roll down waist and just put in regular, flat elastic.
The styling card showed the skirt with more of a boho-style top, so I tried that too. Um, could work. This white top is from White House/Black Market (or is it Black House/White Market — arrgh, I can never remember, but I like that store. As long as I can remember how to drive there I don’t need to know what it’s called, right??)
A bit more about the open-front cardigan — this is a super soft fabric, although very, very lightweight. I have to say it arrived at the perfect time given we are in a stretch of sticky (what the hell?? San Diego is supposed to be dry!), 80 degree days. This is the perfect topper for air-conditioned offices or just to cover up a tank or the dreaded spaghetti-strap tops. I have been looking for something like this in white all summer. I have a lovely one in off-white that goes with, exactly nothing. I wore the cardigan to work the day after it arrived, over a cute tank that came in my very first Fix, and Talbot’s Heritage cut jeans in Indigo (which are fan-tab-u-lous). I just got these jeans and can’t believe how skinny I look in them. Way to go Talbot’s, but mind your manners and quit trying to hijack the Stitch Fix blog …
Okay, so the verdict on the cardigan and the black maxi? Kept both and now I have something to wear to work tomorrow. The other items are tucked away in the convenient, postage prepaid envelope Stitch Fix includes, ready to be sent back. I hope those items find their “forever homes” soon.
That’s all I’ve got. I drank my wine spritzer and chowed through 1/2 a bag of Skinny Pop so time to do something productive like de-poop the backyard. (Yes, my life really IS that glamorous. Maybe the guy with the yacht will take over poop patrol. Sigh. Whatever, a girl can dream, right??) Despite the highs and los of the Stitch Fix experience, I really do encourage others to try it. It’s definitely fun and the months I receive a lot of duds are, at least, easier on my wallet!