Stitch Fix Review — July 2015

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I chose to get another Stitch Fix box this month because I received some credit from my aunt who decided to try it out. As always, I love receiving Fixes and also love reviewing them.

So, What Is Stitch Fix?

This service provides the convenience of having five items shipped directly to your door. Right now, they offer tops, pants, skirts, dresses, outerwear, jewelry, scarves, purses and bags. When you first register on the website, you fill out a Style Profile, filling out vital body-type information, sizes, types of clothing you prefer to receive or stay away from, price range and other details. You also can leave a note for the stylist you’re paired with and can provide a link to social media sites or a Pinterest board with items that suit your style. The more specific details you leave, the better chance your box will have more items you like. In the box you’ll also find a note from your stylist and cards showing different ways to wear each piece (which I really benefit from).

The initial fee, or styling fee, is $20. Each item you receive is of a different price point. Once you try on each item of clothing, you have three days to decide which piece(s) you want to keep. The initial $20 will go toward the item(s) you keep. If you decide to keep everything, you receive a 25% discount. If you decide to keep nothing, that $20 is lost. The items you don’t keep you put in a pre-paid mail bag that comes in your box. Just make sure you ship it out within that three-day period or you’ll be charged for the entire thing. You’ll also perform a “check-out” process on the website after you’ve made your choice(s).

In the note to my stylist Suzanne this month, I asked for a versatile skirt and a top or two that I could wear with that skirt and under my jean jacket or blazer. I requested no geo prints, since my last box had plenty for my taste, but I asked for other prints and fun colors. Everything in my Style Profile was unchanged since my previous box.

Let’s see how Suzanne did.

Margaret M – Christiana Skirt; Small/Petite; $78

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(Photos by Justin McKee)

I was so happy to see this in the box, as it was an item I specifically Pinned, but I was slightly disappointed to receive a black one (I pinned a burgundy one). I like it, but it’s hard to see the pretty textured pattern unlike on the colored version. The fabric is great and I prefer the stretchy waistline as opposed to a zipper. However, I didn’t like the way it clung around my hips, accentuating them, and I thought the price was too high for such a piece. I tried this skirt with every other piece in the box (and even the top on the right, which is from my closet) and still wasn’t sold. Sadly, I placed this in the return bag.

Collective Concepts – Esten Button-Up Sleeveless Blouse; Extra Small/Petite; $54

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This is a basic top that can be paired with just about every type of pant I have in my wardrobe and it also looks OK under my moto jacket. Its versatility is a plus and I like the color, but I kind of felt like I looked like a soccer mom from the ’90s and all I was missing were the mom jeans. Suzanne said to pair this with the pencil skirt, so I did (as you saw above), but I still wasn’t loving it. It’s a return.

Collective Concepts – Rover Zip Back Racerback Blouse; Extra Small/Petite; $58

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I love the cobalt color on this hi-low top. Blue is always a winner with me. I don’t typically purchase racerback items because I don’t like straps of my bra showing so conspicuously, but I fixed that with a strapless bra and an inexpensive strap converter. The top is sheer and the armholes are large, so a cami is vital underneath. I debated purchasing this, but the price for such a plain piece and for something I feel I could find at Target for $20 cheaper made the decision easier. In the return bag it goes.

Collective Concepts – Rover Zip Back Racerback Blouse; Extra Small/Petite; $58

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This is the same blouse as the blouse above, but with a very odd print. I raised my eyebrow when I pulled it out of the box and I’m still not sure if it’s floral or fruit pattern or something random. The color scheme isn’t my type and its my least favorite item in the box, so I’ll be sending this one back for sure.

Papermoon – Wynn Front Pocket Blouse; Extra Small/Petite; $48

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Like I said before, blue is good! Just…something turned me off about this. I like the fabric and how the blouse gives me the options to keep the sleeves long or button them to half length. But the pattern isn’t flattering in my opinion, and I can’t see myself grabbing this from my closet very often. It’s also a return.

Overall Thoughts

Well, my 8th Fix is a bust. I have to admit, I wasn’t thrilled when I saw the lack of variety in this box. It’s a bit, well, boring. I would have liked some other styles of tops, for sure, and I’m getting very tired of the hi-low, sheer, flowy tanks Stitch Fix likes to hand out left and right. It’s nice to have a couple, which I already do, but I don’t need two or more options each box. I provided that comment specifically when I checked out.

I spent probably a good hour mixing and matching my Stitch Fix items with things I already own, and I’m sad to say nothing really worked well enough that I lit up when looking in the mirror. I really debated on this, because I didn’t want to lose my styling fee, but in the end I figured it was worth losing $20 than spending more money on a top I wouldn’t wear.

Also, while trying everything on I realized I need some colorful statement necklaces for some pop. Most of what I have is plain silver. Oh, and I need a pair of white skinny jeans. Badly.

What do you think of this month’s Fix? Did I make the right choice in sending everything back? This Fix was harder for me because I struggled to stick with my “if I don’t love it, I don’t buy it” policy. Leave me some comments about which pieces you liked or didn’t.

I think I’ll try one more box before taking a break from Stitch Fix. I’m going to revise my Style Profile again and possibly tell Suzanne to make the next one a “grab bag” like June’s Fix was. Seems I got better results that way.

-K

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My Other Stitch Fix Reviews:

April 2015 (1 of 2)
April 2015 (2 of 2)
June 2015

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11 Responses to Stitch Fix Review — July 2015

  1. Nicole says:

    So funny that you made that comment about white skinny jeans… my friends and I (all use Stitch Fix) have had the same conversation! I need to put that on my “staples” list.

  2. Carissa says:

    My white skinnies from Stitch Fix are awesome. They are the Just Black Adalyn distressed skinnies.

    • K says:

      I’ve heard Stitch Fix has amazing pants, but I know they’re also close to $100. I can’t afford that, especially when there’s a high chance I will have to spend money altering the legs because I’m so short.

  3. momovig says:

    I always have luck with petite jeans at Loft and BR, and they presently have white skinny jeans at both. Lift even has them on sale for an additional 40% off. Might be worth a shot, and way cheaper than SF.

    • K says:

      Thanks. What’s BR?

      • momovig says:

        Banana Republic. With both Loft and Banana Republic, if you catch them during a sake, you can usually find jeans that will fit your petite frame well for 30. They’re my go to stores for staples that will last, while not breaking the bank.

      • momovig says:

        Banana Republic. Most of my jeans now are from Banaba Republic because I usually find a good deal and rarely spend more than 50 on them. They fit really well and I’ve never had to have them altered.

  4. Stacey says:

    I have to say that I agree with all of your comments – especially the ‘no variety’ issue – and the lack of any other color besides blue. Too safe; anyone could have put that together, so why pay someone to do so? I never got any response from them after my first try, so they lost me. However, if you can get to GR there are GREAT sales at Macys and JCP on ‘work’ clothes – even Calvin Klein basics!

    • K says:

      That’s really surprising you didn’t get a response. I’m so sorry to hear it wasn’t a good experience for you. 🙁

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