A Disappointing Stitch Fix

Last Friday, I was thrilled to find a new Stitch Fix waiting for me on my front doorstep when I came home from work.

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This quickly turned to disappointment when I opened the box and saw that half of it was occupied by this bag:

Officially, this is called the “Emma Satchel” from Fossil and full retail price is $188, which is also what was listed as the cost by Stitch Fix.

I hated this bag. Immediately.

I hadn’t even looked at the price before I knew I hated it, and when I read the styling note, I was surprised to find out it was leather. It looked like pleather; this was definitely a cheap looking bag.

The contrast stitching was ugly and the bag did not seem well constructed. Also, Fossil is not a brand I would normally buy, although I can’t really explain why other than there are a million other brands out there that I like better. It feels more like a tween or teen brand to me, but I am willing to be wrong on this.

Regardless, this bag was NOT for me and I already knew that I would be sending items back.

Next up:

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Objectively, this Market and Spruce blouse is not hideous. Here is a close up of the bird print:

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Subjectively, this blouse is almost exactly like at least 5 other tops I have received from Stitch Fix, so it didn’t feel like a fresh wardrobe choice at all. As I recently posted, I am leaning toward modern silhouettes lately, and this did not fit the bill.

Decision made to send it back.

Same problem here:

This was a flowy navy print tank top. Two years ago, I would have kept it. Now, not so much.

Back it went.

This was the hardest decision:

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This is a knit top with a sweater-y material for the body and jersey (very soft) sleeves. The color is brick red.

Somehow I missed the elbow patch details the first time around:

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Out of everything in this Fix, this was the piece I liked the most. It was priced at $54, but with my $20 use-it-or-lose it styling credit, it would have been $34. In the end, I was so irritated with this Fix that I packed it all up and sent it back (spoiler!), but there were points between sealing the envelope and mailing it that I contemplated keeping this top.

Here was the decision maker:

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These jeans.

I don’t even know where to begin.

If I hated the Fossil bag, I *despised* these jeans with the heat of a thousand white suns.

These Liverpool distressed jeans are very similar to at least two pairs of jeans I have received, as well as a pair of jean shorts (which I surprised myself by loving).

Except: these jeans have a horrible, horrible wide leg capri cut. 

They are extremely similar to this, minus the distressed bits:

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These take Mom Jeans to a new, hideous level.

Gone.

The decision making for this Fix was my fastest ever. I was annoyed to the point of anger and had everything packed back in the return envelope within 20 minutes. Spouse even dropped it off at the Post Office the next morning to figuratively take out the garbage ASAP.

Sigh. So disappointing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Stitch Fix

This was waiting for me when I got home from running errands on Saturday:

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Yay. 

Let’s dig in, shall we?

Ok, I’m starting with my favorite item, this striped Pixley shirt with faux leather elbow patches.

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This was probably a no-brainer pick for my stylist; it’s so up my alley that of course I love it. Mine.

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I’d pinned this Loveappella cowl neck sweater to my Stitch Fix Pinterest page, so this was something I was happy to discover in the box. The color is olive-ish. It doesn’t look like much in the picture, but it’s cute when on and the fit is perfect.

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I don’t have too much to say about these Mavi skinny jeans. They’re skinny jeans. They fit. They’re soft.

Ok, I’m on the fence about the last two items. At first glance, neither tripped my trigger.

The first is this big square scarf in a washed-out yellow and blue plaid. The colors photographed better than they look; I’d describe the yellow as maize. It reminds me of uncooked corn on the cob. The blues are also quite faded. It’s not really me.

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Yeah, I don’t iron. Even for photos.

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This jacket puzzled me:

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The cargo style is on trend, and the fabric is washed and quite soft. I already have a mossy brown J. Crew Downtown Field Jacket that I adore, but recently I’ve browsed several similar cargo-style jackets in charcoal gray that are seemingly ubiquitous right now. So, when I saw this in the box, I was excited. And I thought it was charcoal gray, when it’s actually a faded navy.

Here’s the strange part: when I tried the jacket on I saw that the lining under the zipper area was ripped and pilled. I found myself wondering if the jacket was used. The fabric clearly seems washed and faded, which I assumed was part of how it was made, but the shabby quality of the front placket took the concept of distressing to a new level. Maybe someone else wore, washed, re-tagged and returned this?

I’m wearing everything except the cowl neck sweater in this photo:

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Overall, this Fix was ok.

The striped shirt is cool (but I have a million); ditto the cowl neck sweater. The jeans fit (and I recently have been working out a lot and could use a new slimmer pair), the possibly-second-hand jacket is stylish and priced well ($88 full price but roughly $60 if I take the 20% buy-it-all discount), and the scarf is just meh but it’s definitely not something I already have in my closet.

What do you think?

 

 

 

The Arc of a Stitch Fix Relationship

Dear Stitch Fix:

We’ve had our good times.

We’ve had our bad times.

But can we make this relationship work?

Doubtfully yours,

Fancy

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So, I’ve noticed a pattern in many Stitch Fix relationships, and mine is no exception.

  • Stage 1: Infatuation. After flirting with the idea, you order your first Fix. And when it arrives, it’s love at first sight. Your stylist *gets* you! You adore some of the pieces and convince yourself that the others are taking you out of your comfort zone in the best possible way. You keep the whole box, delighting in the buy-it-all 25% discount.
  • Stage 2: Understanding phase. You still get each other but tiny little flaws start to become apparent. You overlook the ill-fitting skirt for the keep-it-all discount.
  • Stage 3: Doubts. You receive yet another flowy printed sleeveless top. Which you absolutely don’t need.
  • Stage 4: Arguments and make-ups. WHY DID THEY SEND SKINNY JEANS WHEN YOU’VE EXPLICITLY MENTIONED SEVERAL TIMES THAT YOU LOOK TERRIBLE IN SKINNY JEANS? The whole Fix is sent back. You bitterly stew over the lost styling fee. But then the most perfect lightweight sweater arrives in your next Fix and you’re back hoping that the relationship can be saved…
  • Stage 5: Decision time. Should you stay or should you go? 

I’m definitely in Stage 5. My friend P. recently divorced Stitch Fix, and believe me, I’m almost ready to figuratively lawyer up, too.

I’m also wondering if Stitch Fix jumped the shark, meaning that they’ve peaked and are heading downhill.

Did they get too big, too fast? For my last three Fixes I’ve had different stylists, leading me to wonder if they either have a lot of new, inexperienced stylists or major employee turnover.

I’ve also noticed a disturbing trend in other bloggers where they seem to be ordering Fixes solely to review them and then repeatedly send everything back, despite trying on all the clothes in multiple elaborately staged blog photos. Without naming names, I saw one blogger who purchased exactly one item over the course of nine months. Not cool, people. 

So what’s a girl to do? I can’t decide, but a notice from Stitch Fix tells me that Fix #9 is on its way.

We’ll see what happens.

Stitch Fix #8

After disappointment with Stitch Fix #7, I wasn’t sure how Numero Ocho would pan out.

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First glance at unboxing showed a lot of promise:

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Lots of green and blue

As a sidenote, I’d also just received a dress from Banana Republic that I was banking on being something I could take on our upcoming trip to Alaska. I have one M.M. LaFleur dress (this one) that I’m bringing, and I was hoping to get away with just one other dress for the trip. When this one arrived, though, it was just wrong, wrong, wrong. So I was really praying that Stitch Fix had sent me a usable dress for the trip.

First item up:

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A dress! Score! This navy blue Donna Morgan dress was definitely my style.

Here’s a close up of the fabric:

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The only potential problems I saw with the dress were the possibility of wrinkles and the price, which was $158 (more on that later).

The second thing I discovered in the box was this Skies are Blue plaid shirt:

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This was a cute shirt. The colors are pink, green and navy. It’s made of 100% cotton but feels more like linen, and the construction is two-layered. I almost thought it was reversible until I realized it was two layers of very thin fabric – something that actually resembled cheesecloth – sewn together. The major issue was that the arms were too tight, which was depressing.

Next up: this green open cardigan.

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This was ok, but not a real style risk. I liked the color and while I have a lot of cardigans – some even nearly identical in style – I don’t have anything that’s quite this shade of green in my closet. It was a possibility.

The last clothing piece was a striped t shirt:

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Now, I definitely love a striped shirt. I thought that this would be a match made in heaven. It was ok, but oddly enough, it felt matronly (a look I am not going for) when I tried it on.

The final item in the Fix was this necklace:

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I hated this! I didn’t even take it out of the box. It looked cheap and you can see the “Made in China” tag in the photo above. Ick.

With the plaid shirt that didn’t fit and the hideous necklace, it was clear that I would be sending stuff back.

And that’s where Stitch Fix Math kicked in: it just doesn’t make sense to pay full retail for anything they send except for items I absolutely love.

Back went the t shirt.

Back went the dress.

Last Fix I didn’t keep anything and lost my $20 styling fee.

This time I decided to bite on the cardigan, which ended up being $48 – $20 styling fee = $28, a price I liked.

I’m still waffling on whether to continue with Stitch Fix or not. From reading other blogs and my friends’ experiences, I think there may be an arc to a Stitch Fix relationship, and I may be past the curve on the downside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stitch Fix #5

I was happy – and surprised – to find my fifth Stitch Fix waiting on my doorstep late last week.

And, wow! This was the best one yet.

I left brief notes in my profile that I was really digging blue lately, and my stylist Kelly hit it out of the park.

I could tell I was going to be reallllly happy as soon as I opened the box. Blue!

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First up was this Gilli swing skirt in a beautiful sky color. The fabric is thin, but I think it could be dressed up with a blazer for work. More likely it will be a fun, casual summer piece. Kelly recommended putting it with a gray moto jacket from one of my earlier Fixes, which is a great idea.

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(I’m back to having my kids help out with demo-ing these pieces. Not successful, see below).

The second item was this Collective Concepts sleeveless print blouse.

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Here’s a close up of the print:

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I already wore this to work! Totally me.

Another perfect work top was this Brixon Ivy lace blouse. 

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Amazing photography, huh?

What my horrible picture does not capture is the pretty lace details:

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I have some public speaking events related to work that are coming up, and this bright top will be perfect under a suit.

Next up: a Mavi chambray shirt with embroidered pockets.

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(MGM, 7, would NOT stand still. A millisecond after I snapped this, he twirled the shirt above his head and threw it down the stairs).

I actually wanted a new chambray shirt, so this was a welcome addition.

A still shot:

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Ok, I saved the best for last. The final piece was my favorite, a Tart French terry striped blazer. (Similar here).

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I already wore this to work, too, with lots of compliments.

I styled it with a light blue sweater, an indigo shibori scarf, slim gray pants and these gray suede ankle boots:

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Here is the part where I try to show the look and mostly fail.

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This was such a great Fix! These pieces will incorporate well with what I already have and also gave me a few fresh things for spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stitch Fix #4

It was a great surprise when Stitch Fix #4 showed up, since I’d basically forgotten it would be on its way.

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I could tell when I opened the box that I was going to be happy.

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This Skies Are Blue shirt was the first item I pulled out. Here’s a close up of the print:

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This is really more of a blouse than a casual plaid shirt, but that makes it good for work.

It also matches this J. Crew necklace well:

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The next piece was an Olive and Oak sweater that I had posted here on the blog, so I was thrilled to see it in my Fix!

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Next up: a light gray vest with a subtle herringbone print:

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It also looks good layered with the blouse or the sweater:

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I haven’t received jewelry in a Fix before, but I got a quartz bangle this time:

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The bangle’s pretty, but at $78 it was the most expensive item in the box and the wire it’s made from isn’t very sturdy, which makes me nervous that I’ll break it sooner rather than later.

The last item in the Fix was a pair of chocolate brown Kut from the Kloth cords. It didn’t seem like they’d photograph well, so I didn’t include them here. Sorry! They fit well and worked with everything else, so I was happy.

In the end, I kept it all and I’ve already been getting a lot of wear from every single item. Great fix!

 

 

 

 

Stitch Fix #3

Stitch Fix #3 showed up at my house last weekend.

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Honestly, I forgot it was coming so this was a pleasant surprise.

Last Fix, I kept just one item. Sadness. But I didn’t give up.

Full disclosure: first glance at this box didn’t seem too promising.

The first item that I unpacked was a faux suede jacket. It was the color of a weimaraner.

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Initially, I thought the cut was bad. The seams were not finished. It looked cheap.

I tried it on and styled the collar a few ways. There are an abundance of snaps and in the end, there are at least four ways to wear it.

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The faux fur lining is also super soft. Surprisingly, this was the least expensive item in the box ($58, eventually $43.50 with 25% discount).

The rest of the items also had a similar winter feel. 

Item #2, a navy and fuchsia blouse with brass studs:

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Super pretty. Super unusual. What Stitch Fix is all about.

Here’s the styling card that came with it:

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Next up was a quilted olive sweatshirt. When I pulled this out of the box, I thought the color was boring. Meh.

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But when I tried it on, it fit really well. Like, really well. And my photography is lousy, so it doesn’t show that the color is actually olive and not puce. I’m showing it here with two shark tooth necklaces I was wearing when the package arrived.

Close up of those necklaces:

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This is a good layering piece.

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The fourth item was a striped cowl-neck sweater. This had a strong Edith A. Miller vibe. 

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Definitely my style.

The last thing was a pair of dark wash jeans. I really don’t own many pairs of jeans and only wear them on the weekend. They fit well, though, and it was a deal  to just keep them.

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In the end, I kept it all. Final tab was $237, which I think is more than fair.

While I wouldn’t have gravitated to any of these items in a store, I was happy to add some spice to my usual wardrobe – which (again) is what Stitch Fix is all about.