Let me start by saying that I am in no way fashion forward. I have been a jeans kinda gal for a long time now, but when I needed to be a presentable adult I started branching out. Some of that included finding creative ways to sneak jeans (black jeans that look like slacks, anyone?) into my work wardrobe, but ya know, it was a start! I discovered I do kind of enjoy exploring new things and putting together outfits, but I also really hate shopping. I’ve also realized I really like having examples of how to wear things because sometimes I’m just totally lost. Enter Stitch Fix!
If you haven’t heard of it, Stitch Fix is a styling service that sends you a box of 5 clothing items and/or accessories (if you want them). You pay a $20 styling fee when your box is sent, and if you keep any items your styling fee goes towards your purchases. If you keep all 5 items, you get a big 25% discount on top of that. You fill out a full style profile that gauges your style, and you provide your measurements, sizes, etc. as well as preferences. You can even ask for specific things or outfits for upcoming events. Shipping is free, and anything you send back goes in a prepaid envelope that is easy to drop off.
Pro tip: if you sign up for Stitch Fix, definitely start up a style board on Pinterest and provide a link to it in your profile. They really pay attention to it and it helps a lot.
Anyway, onto my first fix! Overall my stylist, Meredith, nailed it. My box mostly felt very me, and she managed to meet all my requests: summer work clothes, jewelry because I’m bad at getting accessories, and clothes that would be good for an upcoming trip to San Diego.
Stitch Fix Review July 2015
Item #1: Bay to Baubles Garner Stone and Feather Pendant Necklace
I love this necklace! It’s really earthy and can go with a bunch of things. I really balked at it being $34, but because I don’t have a lot of accessories right now I was willing to pay for a necklace I liked a lot. I mentioned in my feedback that I definitely wouldn’t pay that much consistently for accessories, though.
Item #2: Skies are Blue Artilo Crochet Overlay Top
I loved this out of the box, and I was super impressed that my lovely stylist had found a top so much like something I’d pinned on Pinterest! However, I did not love it on. 🙁 Because it’s cut pretty short and is very flowy, it really drapes off my chest and makes me look wider than I am. I considered keeping it because I love the style so much and I could wear it with my brown leather jacket or a denim jacket over, but $58 is a lot for an item you’re not totally happy with.
Item #3: Kut From The Kloth Melissa Tencel Short
These shorts are awesome and really comfortable! I only have two pairs of shorts I wear: dark denim ones and khaki ones. I really liked that these are lighter than the ones I have and go with some different colors and tones. They were just slightly loose though and have a bit of stretch to them, so I think I would need the next size down. I couldn’t decide about keeping them because as I slowly decided to keep items, the less it made sense to keep things without getting the 5-item discount…
Verdict: Returned. I decided that I wanted to keep things inexpensive unless I was getting a really good deal, and I do already have jean shorts I like.
Item #4: Papermoon Cooper Dress
I’m going to be honest and say I hate this dress, haha. It’s the only thing in my box I didn’t like, which is actually pretty impressive for a first box. I was thisclose to saying “no pink” in my style profile, because I really don’t like pink, but I occasionally wear things that involve the color so I didn’t want to exclude too much. Of course the first thing I get is a pink dress. It’s sad because the dress fit like a glove and was really flattering (although I don’t think this color looks great with my skin tone). If it had been black or grey or navy or green with the overlay design, I probably would’ve loved it.
Item #5: Papermoon Garland Geo Print Maxi Skirt
Saved the best for last! This is probably my favorite item in the box. I had actually just worn a maxi at the beach for the first time and wondered why I a) hadn’t worn it before and b) didn’t have more maxis. They’re so comfortable and flattering. I was so nervous it was going to be too long because I have to roll my current maxi (I’m 5’2″), but then I noticed the tag said petite. Thank you, Meredith! She also gave me some great tips on how to dress it up for work. I hadn’t thought about wearing maxi skirts to work before, but I’m definitely going to now!
Like I said, I’m really impressed with my first box. Two out of five ain’t bad, and I could’ve kept another but I was being thrifty. I know a lot of people who said the first box was rough for them and their feedback helped make future fixes better. I think it helped that I asked for a couple of things and referred them to my Pinterest. Meredith also did an awesome job!
If you’re interested in giving Stitch Fix a try, please use my Stitch Fix link so I get a referral reward.
(I’m not endorsed by Stitch Fix at all and this review was completely unbiased; I do get credit if people sign up with my link, though.)