Friday, January 02, 2015

Stitch Fix Review - Take Two!

Let's try this whole Stitch Fix review thing again, shall we? I *really* need your input this time, I'm totally undecided!!!

If you missed it, I tried out Stitch Fix for the first time in November, and things didn't go so well. (You can check out that review here: November Stitch Fix Review) I still had a $30 credit, though, so I decided to give it another go in hopes of better luck the second time around. The only note that I sent my stylist this time was that I wanted to stick to all clothing items again (ie no handbags or jewelry), and I nudged her towards my style and Stitch Fix Pinterest boards. Ready to see how it went?

Some handy quick info in case you have zero idea what I'm talking about: Stitch Fix is a subscription service where you create a style profile and a personal stylist puts together a box of 5 items they think you'll love. You keep what you like and send back the rest in the handy pre-paid envelope. When your box of goodies ships out, you're charged a $20 styling fee, but if you do decide to keep any items, that $20 is applied to the price. You can send your stylist notes about what you're looking for (for example, if you've got a holiday party coming up and want a special dress), or link them to your style Pinterest boards to give them a clearer idea of what you like. (I included photos of each item I received hanging separately so that you can pin them if you see something you'd like your stylist to send you without having to have me in the pic, too!)

Here's what was in my January Stitch Fix box!

Pixley - Edmond Chevron Print Henley Shirt - $54

Pixley Edmond Chevron Print Henley from Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix Pixley Henley Edmond Chevron

I'm keeping this one, no question, I'm in love. I kind of want my stylist to send it in every color they make. (I know there's at least one other color!) I love the mix of colors and the print - it's a chevron but not the super cliche straight-lined graphic print kind. The fit is perfect, and the fabric is super soft and comfortable. Would I normally spend over $50 on a top like this? Nope. But I didn't question keeping this one for a second. Loooove. I know I'll get a ton of use out of it.

Did I gush enough yet? Maybe? Let's move on!

Pomelo - Avah Chevron Print Dolman Sleeve Top - $58

This top, you guys. It's killing me. I  LOVE the fabric. The colors and the print and the fabric quality are all amazing. I want to buy like ten yards of this fabric and make ALL THE THINGS out of it.

However, I'm on the fence about the fit. If I pull it all the way down, as it's pictured above, it's practically dress length on me, which is pretty major given that I'm just shy of 5'11". That also makes it stay almost the same width from my chest down to my hips, without dipping in much at my waist, which isn't super flattering. I've experimented with different ways of wearing it, from wearing the lower band of fabric (for lack of a better term) at about hip level so that the extra length just sort of drapes, to flipping that lower band of fabric under for a smooth looking, shorter top. Maybe I'm going about it all wrong, but nothing felt 100% right. I actually snapped some photos with it worn different ways, but managed to totally delete them from my phone when I was editing (smoooth!), so here's a terrible quality selfie I snapped when I first tried it on, instead. (Sorry.)

If this was a $25 top, I'd keep it without question and just do some alterations until it felt right. At almost $60, though, I'm leaning towards sending it back. Insert super sad face here.

Kut from the Kloth - Denna Skinny Jean - $58

Note - Stitch Fix calls these "Denna", the tag says "Diana", so take your pick, I guess?

I'm pretty sure that Stitch Fix employs wizards, because this is the second pair of jeans they've sent me that fits almost perfectly. Think about how many pairs of horribly fitting jeans you usually try on in search of one pair that fits decently. Now imagine that a total stranger who has never even seen your body in real live just magically plucked a pair out of their warehouse for you and they fit just right. There is no explanation for this other than magic.

I liked the jeans that came in my November Stitch Fix, but they were $98 so I passed since I didn't totally LOVE them. The price of this pair was way more comfortable for me, even though it's still a little above what I normally spend on jeans. In fact, I googled Kut from the Kloth to check out their other jeans, and found that these sell for about $79-$89 on their site and other retailers like Nordstrom, so getting them from Stitch Fix is actually a pretty sweet deal!

Kut From the Kloth Denna Skinny Jeans Stitch Fix

SO sorry that this is the best pic I have. Someone needs to educate me on how to get better mirror selfies, 'cause this was seriously the best out of a dozen or so! I'm also wearing them in all of the photos of the tops, though, so maybe you can get a bit of an idea?

On a more model-y body, they look like this:

The only reasons I'm on the fence about these are that
a) They're just the teeeeny-tiniest bit too big. Going down a size would definitely not work, but it's kind of like I need a 7 2/3 instead of size 8. The good thing about this is that it makes them "skinny" without being skin tight, but it does make me worry how they would fit if I lost a couple of pounds. (Of course, if I gained a few, they'd be spot on!)
b) $58 is about double what I usually spend on jeans, and to be honest my current favorite pair were $4 at a thrift shop. Arrrgh, this is tough!! On the other hand, I discovered that Target had a $20 jeans sale happening the other day, so I tried on NINE different pairs with zero luck, so maybe keeping these is worth it?

Bajee Collection - Barton Graphic Knit Drape Front Cardigan - $58

Front and Back view. Sorry the color is so funky on the back pic!

 I guess that my stylist totally did check out my Pinterest boards, because I remember pinning this from A Sorta Fairytale's October Stitch Fix review. I liked the graphic print and was all over the fact that I could pair it with black or brown boots.

There was something super weird going on with my face in this pic, so... I fixed it. 

Tried all kinds of ways of adjusting the drapey fabric, including pulling all of it back, but still didn't look great.

You may remember that I got a similar style of cardigan in my November Stich Fix, and it totally didn't work for me. I was a little optimistic because the fabric of this one was a bit thinner, so it didn't have that same super bulky feel when it all draped at the front. I definitely like this one a lot better than the one I got in November, but I still think I'm going to pass on it.

41 Hawthorne - Lana Lace Detail Blouse - $58

You know how I keep mentioning that my stylist paid attention to my Pinterest? I totally forgot that I'd pinned this, but this is my pin and caption:

Stitch Fix Review - I love that my Stitch Fix stylist paid attention to my Pinterest boards!

And so of course, because she is a wizard (I'm guessing a Ravenclaw with all of the research she did), she sent me the same top in BLUE. And it's gorgeous. I do generally love just about anything involving lace, and this is a fantastic shade of blue.

Putting this detail shot first because it's the most accurate depiction of the color!

It's way less electric blue than it looks here!

If you can't tell, my poor phone camera had serious issues getting the lighting right on this top! 

However, the fit is a little off. It's a bit tight in the upper third, because, well, boobs. I tried a few different things like throwing a cardigan on with it to see if it made it look more flattering, but no luck. The problem for me seems to be that the fabric hangs straight down from my chest, which is kinda a problem when your chest is the most prominent part of your body! 

I'll pass on the several extra inches added to my side view, thanks!

What the heck should I keep?

My stylist did an awesome job this month, and even though the fit was a little off on a few things and I'm debating about budget, everything I got was totally my style. My biggest problem with my first Stitch Fix was that I felt like most of the items I got were fairly generic, and thus not worth the prices. The four tops in this box were all items that would make me stop and think "Oh, that's something kind of special!", which is exactly what I'm looking for. The jeans, on the other hand, are exactly what I want in jeans that I'm paying a little more for- great fit, just the right color of denim, comfy, something I could wear pretty much every single day. And funny enough, the two items that weren't a great fit were items that I had specifically pinned! I also appreciate that my stylist sent lower priced items than last time - everything was $54-$58, whereas my last Fix had several items $70-100.

The total price for all 5 items I received was $286. You get a 25% discount if you keep all 5, and I have a $10 credit, so when you factor those and the styling fee I already paid in, I'd need to pay  $189.50 to keep everything.

So, here are the options I'm currently debating:
  1. Just keep the magical Pixley henley top. It's $54, so I'd only owe $24. This is the option that makes my bank account the happiest, by far.
  2. Keep the Pixley henley top and the jeans. I'd owe $82.
  3. Keep BOTH Pixley tops and the jeans. $140. I'd LOVE to do this, but I just don't think it's practical given my budget right now. I mean, for this amount of money I could almost buy the 32" TV I have my eye on. (I am currently rocking a clunky 19" of questionable age that I got at a garage sale for $5.)
  4. Just say "screw it" and keep all 5. With the discount, it would average out to $38 per item instead of $57, which is a pretty great deal, especially given the retail price of the jeans. There are Stitch Fix buy/sell/trade groups on Facebook where I might be able to swap the two items I'm not in love with for something that I really do love, like the Pixley henley in another color. 
What would you guys do? I'm not even doing that cliche blogger thing where we all tend to end posts with questions in hopes of getting comments - I'm seriously so undecided that I'm changing my mind at least once an hour. Thankfully since my Fix came during a holiday, they're giving me an entire week instead of just 3 days to check out! I need to mail back what I'm not keeping by Thurs, though, so HELP! PLEASE! 

Stitch Fix pros and cons

Handy disclosure - This is not a sponsored review and I paid for everything myself. I do get a snazzy referral credit if you order a Stitch Fix via my link, though, and credits equal more Stitch Fix reviews in the future!


Lorna Drach said...

Option two the first top is super flattering and when you find good jeans get them. I have searched for months for a pair of jeans and still haven't found them

Daisy B said...

I would keep the Hawthorne - Lana Lace Detail Blouse. That is super cute! Actually, I'd keep EVERYTHING, but that top is my favorite.

Amanda Rieter said...

Cute stuff! I'm an enabler so I say keep all of it!

I can't believe they sent you jeans that fit. I totally need new jeans and hate trying them on!

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valmg said...

I love sweaters! The longer and roomier the better. I like the colors of the dolman top and I think the length sounds great for jeans or leggings.

Karissa Ancell said...

Great stuff. I really like the blue top with the lace she found.

Literary Winner said...

Keep the first top and the jeans! I know they're not cheap but I'm finding that while great finds can be found in thrift shops, that's one in a million and if you can find a decent priced pair that works, go for it! But like you said, they don't fit perfectly. Hmmm...definitely at least keep the top though.

Rebecca Swenor said...

These are all really cute shirts, pants, and etc. I love these types of styles. The jeans look amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Ashley R said...

I like everything! haha But if you consider budget, the Pixley top only. I don't spend much on single items at all, so the cost of each really gets me. I'm the Macy's sale rack girl. :)