Monday, May 12, 2014

Fix #1 from StitchFix - May 2014

What a fun day!  I received my very first Stitch Fix box in the mail today...a little gift to myself for Mother's Day. I don't do a ton of shopping in any given year. I live pretty far from a decent mall and find the whole process exhausting. Generally, I whip through the clothes on a rack looking for a certain pattern, color or style. I usually get through a store pretty quickly and like to maximize my time. Nothing is more tiring than roaming a huge mall, sorting through the piles and piles of clothing available and heading home with nothing or maybe one new clothing item for my trouble.

I like getting new clothes, don't get me wrong, but I don't particularly like the process. I have a hard time buying stuff for myself (I'm cheap!) and will typically only shop 3 or 4 times a year. I don't consider myself super stylish, nor do I have a clue how to pair things together in my wardrobe to get maximum use of all the clothes I have.

Stitch Fix is a great solution for someone like me. For a $20 'styling fee' they give me a stylist. The stylist picks out the clothes based on a questionnaire I filled out and my comments on each of my Stitch Fix deliveries (I have signed up for the once-a-month option to see how it goes). For me, the $20 styling fee would be less money than driving to and from the mall (about a 2 hour round trip) and the food I would inevitably buy. This may end up being my main source of clothing, if all works out as hoped.

My first box was full of a lot of stripes. I was a little disappointed that I didn't have other patterns in my box, but once I looked at each item, I got over that pretty quickly. Here is what came in my first Stitch Fix (from top to bottom in the picture):

1) Adorra Skinny Jean. The sizing did not work. I do not fit well in skinny jeans. That was an instant no. It might take a few tries before my stylist can find pants that work with my figure and the right sizing.

2) Addison Striped Knit Cardigan. Instant love. I wore it right out of the box. I actually had almost everything on the styling card for the casual look, so it blended right in with my wardrobe. It was also one of the most inexpensive things in the box, so that was a bonus!

3) Cloverdale Striped Short Sleeve Blouse. Loved the sheerness of it, but it was a boxy top that was unflattering for my figure type. Big old no.

4) Vita Boat Neck Stripe Knit Shirt. Loved it! It fit perfectly and was very flattering. Since I live in a cooler climate, I appreciated a thicker fabric this time of year that I can wear for another month or so. The only issue I have is price. A little expensive. Not sure if I'm going to keep it. Waiting to get my husband's opinion on it.

5) Kahlo Racer Back Striped Maxi Dress. When I pulled this out of the box, I really did not like it. I thought it looked a little blah and wasn't sure I liked the massive neckline decoration. However, I have read numerous times to "try it on before you say no." I'm glad I did. The dress was incredibly flattering, the cut was great, and the decoration added some interest to an otherwise plain striped dress. The only problems: the fabric is a little thin and the price. If I can find the appropriate undergarments to wear with this, I might pull the trigger as it really looked great when I put it on. I am very tempted to keep this one.

All in all, I loved the experience. I actually wished I could get a box once a week, as it was that much fun to receive and open. I could get addicted to this service before too long! The style cards are fantastic for someone like me who doesn't know how to put things together very successfully and, therefore, sticks to a lot of solid colors and blue jeans. Stitch Fix amps up my wardrobe and gets me thinking differently about my clothes.

I've been waiting for about 2 months for this first box and have been obsessively watching YouTube videos and reading blogs about other women's experiences with Stitch Fix. I'm very happy to now have had my own Stitch Fix experience and will report back every month with my newest 'fix' because it is just too much fun NOT to share!

I am also interested to see how this elevates my style and my self-image. Feeling good about how you look is so important and resonates through the rest of your day. Looking forward to being the best me I can be. Thanks, Stitch Fix!

If you feel so inclined, here is a link where you can try out Stitch Fix yourself and I can receive a credit:

UPDATE: I re-read this blog entry after my 2nd Stitch Fix box. I am kicking myself for not listing prices of any of these items. Anyway, since I never cleared up what I kept and what I returned, I will let you all know: I only kept the Addison Striped Knit Cardigan, which was $48. When I tried on the Kahlo Racer Back Striped Maxi Dress again later in the day, I realized that I did not want to have to wear specific underthings (nor shop for said underthings), so I returned it. If my memory serves me correctly, I believe the dress was $78 or $88. It really is too bad, because that dress was really comfortable and very flattering. :-(

I also am suffering from Stitch Fix Regret. I ended up returning the Vita Boat Neck Stripe Knit Shirt even though I loved it. My family convinced me that I could 'find something just like it in a regular store for less money.' But, have I looked or found such a top? NO!  I will never, ever do that again. If I really truly love something, I should keep it (unless it really is crazy expensive--this top was not. Wish I could remember the exact price, but that escapes me at the moment.)

Just FYI, I think my Stitch Fix posts will get better and better. I am zoning in on what I like to read in a blog post regarding Stitch Fix and am getting more comfortable with taking photos of myself wearing the items. Even if they are headless shots with ugly background stuff cropped out. I have realized how much better it is to see the item on an actual, normal woman's body, rather than laid out on a bed!  So, Stitch Fix number 3 should be arriving early next week (around July 8th). Keep an eye out for a better post when that box arrives.


  1. Interesting to see what they picked for you! I just said "no!" to stripes (horizontal at least) so they haven't sent me any of those. I hear you on the body shape thing, love me those boot cut jeans!
    Also, wish the prices weren't so high or I would have kept that second cardigan. I actually wore my hot pink shirt for the first time yesterday and it was great! I fit right in with all the pink springy colors at my MOPS meeting. ;)
    Have fun! I totally get the not shopping for yourself thing or living too far from anything decent. I have to go 3 hours to Seattle if I want anything besides Macy's or Penney's. ;) Also, this is the first year in eight that I haven't needed nursing or maternity clothes so that's a bit different!

  2. Maybe they sent me all the stripes because so many other women were not interested! LOL. I think skinny jeans remind me too much of the tapered jeans from the 80s that never worked for me (big calves + tall = pants stuck on lower legs). Plus, they don't balance my figure. I really loved the experience, however, so even keeping only 1 item was incredibly exciting. (I decided to return the dress and the striped shirt I'd been dithering over) Looking forward to my next Fix! Thanks for commenting. :-)