Stitch Fix Review — August 2015

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After a failed Stitch Fix box last month, I was looking forward to this month’s box, especially after seeing a lot of cute clothes other bloggers received in August.

Excuse the cut-out photos! I had to improvise and use a green screen after Michigan weather refused to cooperate for outdoor pictures.

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).

This month I asked my stylist, Suzanne, for a variety of fitted pieces, but no sheer, flowy tops or pricey pants. I also suggested transition items from summer to fall and updated my Style Profile to say it was OK to send jewelry or bags/purses, but asked any jewelry to be something that would go well with past Stitch Fix purchases.

Here’s a look at this month’s Fix.

Papermoon — Garland Geo Print Maxi Skirt; Small/Petite; $58

EO2A5890Hallelujah, a petite maxi skirt! That’s the toughest challenge for me when picking out any type of bottom, so thank you, Suzanne, for finding a maxi skirt that isn’t as tall as I am. Although she said to pair it with the top below, I couldn’t imagine they’d look good together (I was right), so I grabbed a plain black top out of my closet, which I believe makes more sense, and my jean jacket. I debated what to do with this piece for a while, but I decided I didn’t like it enough to keep it.

Market & Spruce — Sawyer Space Dye Dolman Sleeve Knit Top; Extra Small;$58

SF8.24.15It was love at first sight when I saw this top, and that love grew when I touched the super-soft fabric. This piece is very much my style. It’s a great fit, and a little stretchy, and I really like the pattern and color. I can pair it with a lot of different accessories I already have and it makes me excited for corn mazes, hot apple cider, changing leaves and pumpkins.

Andrew Marc — Lanie Dress; Size 2/Petite;$98

EO2A5893I LOVED that this dress has pockets. Unfortunately, that’s really the only thing I liked about it. First off, the zipper wouldn’t go down more than about 3 inches. I tried to figure out what was wrong, but didn’t want to pull too hard for fear of ripping/breaking something, so I pulled it over my head. It fit well, but I was really missing an open neckline. I felt unbalanced in this dress and a bit — dare I say — claustrophobic. The fabric was really thick, which I guess is good for fall, but it reminded me of a wet suit. And the abstract print? Eh…

Amour Vert — Cathita Dress; Small/Petite; $98

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Here’s the first thought that came to mind when I tried this on: “Where’s the funeral?” This plain dress is the same style as the Andrew Marc piece, and it has a bit of lace detail near the hip line (that you can’t really see since it’s the same color as the dress). I paired this with the necklace that was included in my Fix and it worked fine, and you can jazz up this piece with other colorful accessories like a belt or scarf too. But I wasn’t sold on this and I already have a Little Black Dress I love more.

Bay to Baubles — Emerson Gemstone Necklace; $38

SF8.24.15This is the first piece of jewelry I’ve received from Stitch Fix. I was slightly annoyed by this piece, as I specifically said in my Style Profile that I never wear yellow gold. But I kept an open mind as much as I could. I don’t really care for the style of this and I don’t think the colors quite go together. I knew at the first glance I wouldn’t be buying this. Next time I update my Style Profile I will ask them not to send jewelry.

Overall Thoughts

My 9th Fix wasn’t as great as I’d hoped it’d be, but I did find one piece I adore and know I will wear often!

I’ve had some people ask why I still subscribe, even after a few bland or disappointing boxes. I understand that logic, but I also don’t subscribe to Stitch Fix with a goal of loving the whole box (though I’d love to have one of those some day). Even though I do get disappointed when they send something I really don’t like, I have to remind myself that I’m getting the service to get one or two things to keep. If I walk away with something, that’s a success in my book. I subscribe to add different things to my closet.

When it came to the two boxes I sent back, there was at least one item I liked, but didn’t like how it fit on me or the style was not what I envisioned on my body. That’s not Suzanne’s fault. That’s the trial-and-error aspect of Stitch Fix and finding new styles is yet another reason why I’ve still subscribed.

But here’s something I JUST noticed. I revamped my Style Profile and noticed they finally are adding shoes. I figured it would only be a matter of time and I’m somewhat excited for it!

Nevertheless, I think the time has come to take a rest from Stitch Fix for a few months.

SF8.24.15How did you like this month’s Fix? Leave me your comments below the post. Like what I got? Find me on Pinterest and pin my items to your own Stitch Fix style inspiration board!

— K

If you’re interested in trying out Stitch Fix, click on the banner below and schedule your first box! By doing so, you’ll help me earn $10 off my next Fix!

My Other Stitch Fix Reviews:

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

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*Photos by Justin McKee

About Karin

Journalist, singer, reader, movie fanatic, photography buff, GVSU alum, wanna-be-Brit, Crohn's fighter, Coca-Cola addict, animal lover, not a kid person, hater of winter, Michigander
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4 Responses to Stitch Fix Review — August 2015

  1. Laura Rhoades says:

    Loved your review! Very interesting….I’m still not sure if this would work for me or not. I am too picky when it comes to my clothes.

  2. Erin says:

    Karin you’re adorable! I love that top on you! 🙂 And I seriously feel your pain with maxi skirts and dresses. Short girl problems!

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