Friday, February 13, 2015

February Stitch Fix Review!

It's Stitch Fix review time! I've you've missed my past reviews, Stitch Fix is a subscription service where you get a personal stylist who learns about what you like (via a style profile and other info you give them), picks 5 items they think you'll love and sends them over in exchange for a $20 styling fee. You keep what you like, send back the rest in the prepaid envelope, and that $20 is deducted from the cost of anything you do keep. Want to sign up and try it out? Using my link will take you there, and if you do place an order I'll get a $25 account credit that will be a huge help towards my future orders! (Also, I'll think you're really neat.)

First, I have to mention that Stitch Fix's customer service was awesome - this shipment came while I was stuck in St. Louis after my car accident, so I emailed them that I probably wouldn't make it home for a few days and therefore would probably miss the 3 day deadline for mailing things back. They responded ASAP and told me not to worry about it. Whew!

As far as requests, I mentioned in my note to my stylist that I had some fun Valentine's Day plans coming up and that I'd love a cute red dress or top that would fit the theme. I also asked that my items be kept at around $50 max if possible, 'cause freelance writers are poor. (Or at least this one is!)

I got the same stylist who put together my fantastic January Fix, which was great since she already had some experience with my likes and dislikes, but unfortunately I didn't love this month's selections quite as much.

One last note - Sorry I'm totally headless in these pics. I've been sick pretty much ever since I got home from St. Louis, and just plain could not deal with trying to look cute for photos.

Ready to see what I got?

Honey Punch Layla Striped Elbow Patch Detail Cardigan in Grey - $48

Stitch Fix Honey Punch Layla Striped Elbow Patch Detail Cardigan in GreyHoney Punch Layla Striped Elbow Patch Detail Cardigan in Grey

I've pinned several elbow patch cardigans lately, and have actually been on a hunt for the perfect brown or grey cardigan or sweater with elbow patches for a few months. I even bought a suede skirt at a thrift shop so that if I come across a great plain sweater, I can DIY some elbow patches myself from the skirt fabric!

Sadly, despite the overall awesomeness of elbow patches, this wasn't quite me. The grey and white stripes weren't doing it for me - I think that if this had been a solid navy or charcoal, I would have found it more appealing and easier to pair with other tops. Also, as you can sort of see here, the stripes don't match up correctly on the sides - pattern matching is important, manufacturers!

non-matchy stripes
This is the kind of item that I would probably grab if I found it for like $12 on the clearance racks at Target, but it just wasn't awesome enough for the almost $50 price tag.

Pink Martini Moises Colorblock Sleeveless Dress in Grey - $48

Stitch Fix Pink Martini Moises Colorblock Sleeveless Dress in Grey

I basically had a near death experience trying this dress on until I figured out that there was a side zipper. Thank goodness for that, or I'd probably *still* be stuck in it- there was no way that waistband was going to come anywhere close to fitting over my chest! (I also poked myself in the eyelid with the tags during the struggle. Traumatic stuff!)

This dress seems to be having a bit of an identity crisis. The lower half is a gorgeous semi-structured red skirt that would be perfect for Valentine's Day shenanigans if it was paired with something else. The top half, however, is a very thin, very stretchy light grey fabric that just wasn't working for me. (You can definitely see the lace of my bra in the pic - eep!) I think that if the top portion had been made of different fabric, this could have been great. I tried putting other tops and cardigans on with the dress, but nothing looked quite right. So close, which is a total bummer since at $48 this dress would have been perfectly within budget. But nope. I really wish that my stylist had sent more than one dress so that I would have had at least one other option! (The fact that I need to get a new car means that my Valentine's plans have been delayed a week anyway, so at least I still have time to shop for a dress!)

Brixon Ivy Jarred Lace Detail Cap Sleeve Blouse in Cobalt - $68

How freaking gorgeous is this cobalt color? And the lace? So pretty. I can definitely see how you could pair this with a fantastic skirt or maybe black skinny jeans for a super cute date night outfit.

However... as I learned from last month's equally gorgeous blue lace top, blousey style tops just do NOT work on my body type. Let's be real here - my boobs stick out a good 5" from the rest of my frame (I haven't exactly measured, but....) so when a top has fabric that just hangs straight down from the outermost point, I lose my shape entirely. So as gorgeous as the details on this blouse are, the shape just didn't flatter my body type at all.

Also, I would have been terrified to wear this often, because cats + delicate lace = disaster. I noticed a few spots where threads had already frayed before I even tried it on, so it seems like keeping it in great condition would be a struggle. Again, super sad!

And one of the biggest factors in returning this - I genuinely can not imagine a scenario where I would pay almost $70 for a top, and I'm trying really hard to come up with one. Even if it was the most awesome, most perfect-fitting top ever, I still probably wouldn't be able to talk myself into dropping $70 on it. This is why I included the note that I hoped my stylist could keep items at around $50 max - I want stuff that there's a good chance I'll actually keep!

Market and Spruce Memphis Lace Overlay Knit Shirt in Grey - $58

Market and Spruce Memphis Lace Overlay Knit Shirt in Grey

 Another top with stunning lace detail! Plus, the fabric is super soft and cozy, and the fit is great.

Stitch Fix Market and Spruce Memphis Lace Overlay Knit Shirt in Grey

This is definitely the item that I came closest to keeping, since I can see working it into my wardrobe on a pretty regular basis, it's versatile, and you could easily dress it up or down. If it had been in a different color, I think I would have seriously considered it, but the grey just didn't feel special enough for me to convince me to spend almost $60 on a fancy t-shirt. I am, however, now planning to see if I can find some similarly beautiful lace at a fabric shop so I can make my own version of this.

Stitch Fix Market and Spruce Memphis Lace Overlay Knit Shirt
The grey lace would have looked awesome over another color!

And as I mentioned on the blouse before this, even though the lace is super pretty to look at, I'd be worried about snagging it on something and keeping it looking new. Those two factors meant ultimately deciding to send this one back.

Pixley Messi Lattice Neckline Knit Top in Black - $68

Pixley Messi Lattice Neckline Knit Top in Black

Okay, the cool lattice design around the neck is obviously pretty freaking cool. But as I mentioned above....

Yeah, not flattering on my shape at all. The busty girl struggle is real, y'all. I love the idea of the lattice neckline, but wow do I need something that either is cut differently or made of a type of fabric that will dip back towards my body below the bust.

I keep forgetting to post pics of my style cards in my reviews, but I think it's awesome that they offer suggestions on how to wear the items you receive, so here's a look at this month's!

I haven't scheduled my next Stitch Fix yet - I want to wait until after I buy my new car (hopefully next week! Yay!) to see what my financial situation looks like. Definitely hoping that next month goes better!

Want more? You can find my past Stitch Fix reviews here!


Kelly Mogk said...

Those really are fun pieces! I should get my first fix later this week, and would love to see a few of those show up!!

Shelly Culp said...

I agree with you 100% on this fix. I, like you, am quite busty on top and there are just some styles that do not work for us. I totally loved the bottom half of that dress, but seriously, what happened to the top of it? And loved the elbow patch cardigan, but you are exactly right; the stripes gotta match.

Amber Ludwig said...

Some of those prices! Ouch! Do they have a box for cheap people lol? Is love to try this but I feel like id never keep anything due to price!

aquaedenpaige2 said...

Love this line of clothing .