Before we get started, here are a few things I have mentioned in multiple checkout and stylist notes:
*No blousey, shapeless tops. Needs to be at least somewhat fitted or structured.
*I'm not a fan of black and white as a color scheme, nor grey.
*There's pretty much zero chance of me paying $60 for a top unless it's the greatest thing since espresso.
With those things in mind, here's this month's fix:
Yes, the colors are funky. Looks like their printer was running out of ink but they didn't bother to reprint.
Want a second to scroll back up and look at my requests? Go for it. Yeeeeah.
Ready to dive in?
Mystree Serratoga Lace Trim Damask Print Tank - $48
Let's start out on a high note! This was pretty cute. I like the colors fairly well, and the lace detail is cute.
Sadly, it was too tight on me in the chest and like I keep telling them, shapeless tops just don't work for me. I need some kind of darts under the bust or an empire waist or a belt to tie or *something* unless it's made out of a stretchy fabric, or the side view just looks tent-y. I ended up selling this one to recover my styling fee. Wish I'd done that sooner, since 5 out of my 6 Stitch Fixes have resulted in keeping nothing and just loosing the $20 fee! (I've always had a gift card or referral credit, so I never lost any actual cash, but still. Bleh.)
Collective Concepts Pamela V-Neck Blouse - $58
Like the first top, this one has cute print and color scheme, but bad fit on me and totally not worth sixty bucks. And I guess my stylist didn't see last month's review where I said that tops with pleats just below the shoulder aren't my thing.
Does this really count as a v-neck? I think this would look better if I was shorter.
Paradigma Monterrey Henley Top - $58
I'm just going to quote my sister on this one. "Well, it's not a bad shirt, I guess... like, maybe for a dude..." At least the fabric was soft, I guess?
My only guess about how this ended up in my Fix is that maybe my stylist saw the pic I pinned of me wearing a maxi dress I like, which I hoped would inspire them to send a similar style dress?
Paradigma Westwoode Pleated Henley Blouse - $68
This thing reminds me of one of those swimsuit cover-ups you can buy at Walgreens for $8. What IS this? And WHY? And...just... huh? I mean, at least it's something different, but this is such a no. How do they read a note that says "Blousey tops don't work on my body shape at all" and think "Let's send this billowy blouse!" But that aside, there's no way I'd ever pay $68 for this. Check out the stitching:
At that price point, the garment construction should be flawless! Not this, which looks like it was sewn by a drunk monkey.
Pixley Tamir Dress - $64
Okay, first, the name of this dress is incredibly depressing.
Anyway. The fit of this isn't bad and the price is pretty good for a Stitch Fix dress. It was easily my favorite item in this box, but I still felt like it was just okay.
The stretchy fabric on top was definitely good but the fabrics were quite heavy, which kinda goes against its very warm weather cut. If this had been under $50 and more colorful, I definitely would have kept it, but as it was I just didn't like it enough.
Thing that totally flummoxes me: There aren't a ton of pins on my Stitch Fix Pinterest board, but there are well over 100. Of those, I'd say that at least half are items that Stitch Fix carries. (the rest are styles that I like to serve as inspiration.) If, as a stylist, you look at my account and notice that man, I haven't liked much of anything that I've been sent, why wouldn't you make a point to include at least one item that I've pinned (or at least something super similar) since chances are good I'll really dig it? For instance, I know that Stitch Fix carries multiple styles of kimono cardigans (I spot at least a dozen different ones on Pinterest after a quick search.) I've pinned a bunch, both from Stitch Fix reviews and from other sites. Wouldn't that maybe tip you off that throwing a kimono cardigan into my box might be a really good idea? Maybe they're actually looking at my boards for inspiration, but something is getting seriously lost in translation?
My overall impression of Stitch Fix is this: totally ignore the style categories that they promote via the style profile, their pinterest, blog, etc. Based on pretty much everything I've seen, they have one style of clothes - I've never really seen anything that stands out as boho or edgy or romantic, etc. I see a lot of people LOVE everything they get, and I think that if you happen to be a good match for the style they carry, you're probably going to love it. If you don't, you're probably not.
With all of THAT said, I feel pretty okay about leaving Stitch Fix behind for the foreseeable future unless I happen to win a gift card or get a referral credit - I'd be cool with giving it another go as long as I have nothing to lose. Maybe someday I'll get that magical stylist who totally gets me and I'll be one of those people loving everything? In the mean time, I am super excited that my first Moda Box is being styled! Unlike Stitch Fix, there is no styling fee, and my stylist has already gotten in touch with me twice to make sure the things she's picking are on the right track. I have high hopes!