Friday, November 21, 2014

Fix #8 from Stitch Fix - November 21, 2014

Hey, everyone! Another month has gone by; time for a new Stitch Fix Unboxing!

Last month, I got very very close to a 5 out of 5 box. I ended up keeping everything and selling the one cardigan sweater I didn't like for a discounted price to a family member in order to get the 25% whole box discount. Hoping for another awesome box, I requested the same stylist - Sari - who sent me some fabulous pieces. (See my October 28, 2014 Stitch Fix post for the details)

And to read all of my other Stitch Fix reviews, click on the links below:

Fix #1 - May 2014
Fix #2 - June 2014
Fix #3 - July 2014
Fix #4 - August 2014
Fix #5 - September 2014
Fix #6 - October 1, 2014

Fix #1 gives you all the information about the Stitch Fix service, so I won't reiterate here.

This month I had requested more long-sleeved items, an additional infinity scarf (since I love them), and a new purse (neutral color, not too large).  I am cheap. I usually buy a $10 purse from, not too big. I only have one purse (bags are not my 'thing'), and I use it until it falls apart. This time, I thought I'd let Stitch Fix find a new bag for me...something more expensive that would last. I also tentatively added a request for 'boyfriend' jeans, since I thought maybe that style would work better for me and my body type. I have never tried on a pair before and thought, why not?

Then the most exciting thing happened: My Stitch Fix box arrived 4 days early! My original delivery date was November 25th, but I received it today!!!!  My assumption is that they wanted to fit in one more delivery before Christmas.

Here's to hoping the kids get the hint and give me Stitch Fix gift cards!

Needless to say, I was very excited to get my box today. Here it is when I opened it:

This was a little bit larger box than I usually get. I assumed that was to fit whatever bag or sweater my stylist decided to send. Then, I unwrapped the paper:

 Hm, top item looked rather blousy...

Then I stacked them on my bed to get a picture of all the layers. Looks like my stylist went for a certain color 'theme,' which I thought was cool:

 However, I immediately noticed no bag of any kind. I was a bit disappointed, since I'd specifically asked for that. But that's the way it goes sometimes with Stitch Fix! Instead, I tried to get over my sad face and get excited about the contents of my box. To the Trying On phase of the event!

I read the note that came with the delivery. My stylist mentioned she'd looked at my Pinterest page (I thought that was nice...sadly, I suck at keeping that thing updated with stuff I like) and that she'd sent me more red jeans!

I was struck dumb at this comment. I had epic fail on red jeans and pants in general in September...and in my very first box. I had been horridly, horridly disappointed in all of them and actually asked that no more pants be sent unless they were truly trouser style or true boot cut jeans. No skinny pants ever again for me!

As is my norm, I hung up each item individually and then tried EVERYTHING on. Even something I thought I'd hate. Here's what happened:

1) Curious about the red jeans, I tried both of these on first. Pair number one was Denna Colored Skinny Jean by Kut From The Kloth for $78.00. Sari mentioned in her note that she knew I wanted a trouser-style jean, but that the Kut From The Kloth brand had a 'comfortable fit.' All right, Sari, prove it to me.

 I put on a plain white t-shirt and tried on the pants. Holy moly, they were a PERFECT, AWESOME, INCREDIBLE fit!  Sari, you blew my mind. The precious red jeans were now mine (evil laugh of triumph inserted here). Check it out:

 I know! What is going on? Skinny jeans on my backside with the extra curve? YES!  They do exist. Any woman out there who likes curvy style jeans, get yourself some of these babies. Could not believe the fit. And the length was perfect. KEEP!  A MILLION TIMES KEEP!

2) Pleased at the success of red jean number one, there was a lot less pressure on red jean number two. The next pair was the Jonathan Corduroy Skinny Pant by Kut From The Kloth for $68.00. These pants were an incredibly soft, tiny corduroy material that almost felt and looked like velvet. Check it:

 These were a slightly dark red/burgundy color. They looked to be a little bit skinnier than the first red pair, so I assumed they wouldn't fit as well. Which was all right with me, because I already had my red jeans, baby. Trying these on was merely to follow through on my dedication to trying on ALL items in my Stitch Fix box. So, I went in thinking these would be rejection material. Boy, was I wrong:

 OMG, they also fit amazingly well. I was flabbergasted. I had such epic pants fail once before that I thought the beautiful red jeans would never be mine. They were only for a certain kind of gal, and I would never be that gal.

I stand corrected!  Now I had TWO pairs of red jeans. What is a girl to do? I also put these in the KEEP decision would be made based on price, perhaps (as you recall, I don't look at the prices until the end). I kept the jeans on for the next clothing item. For now, I put these pants in the UNDECIDED column.

3) Next in the try-on phase was the Milan Lace Print Back Pleat Top by 41Hawthorn for $58.00. When I saw this in the box and hung it up, I was mystified why I was sent this item. It was not long-sleeved. I had specifically told Stitch Fix back in September that I wanted no more short-sleeved tops. But here it was, lurking in my box:

 Overall, it was cute. But the fabric was incredibly thin for Idaho in almost-December. However, it did match the awesome jeans, so for a split second I thought...maybe....? Then, I put it on (sorry for the blurry photo; it was the best of the bunch):

 Hm, a shapeless yuck. Just not for me. It needed a waist of some kind to make it work on my body type. It even seemed to downplay the bust area, which is weird. I literally had no curves at all in this top. Big time NO.

Note: It wasn't until about 10 minutes ago that I realized my stylist sent me a top that looked similar to something I'd posted on my Pinterest board from White House Black Market (see pic to left). So I had to appreciate what my stylist what trying to do for me! Even if it didn't work.

Bummer it didn't work out, but a short-sleeved top would've ended up in my spring wardrobe and not seen until April or May. I'd rather have more items I can wear right now.

4) The next item in my box was the Byers Houndstooth Open Draped Cardigan by Staccato for $64.00. I was a little disappointed to see more dull colors when it came to cardigans:

The pattern was fun, but the gray and cream wasn't calling out to me. However, I do have some bright colored tops I could wear under it, so I tried to stay positive. However, the positivity did not last:

Not terrible, but not the best either. The sleeve length was great, the shape of the cardigan was not. It just wasn't flattering. It may look okay here, but overall I thought it made me look dumpy. Plus, I was not excited about gray. I really wanted colorful cardigans for the drab winter time.

Then, I got a photo of the cardigan from the side and knew it had to go back for sure:

I mean, seriously, I look pregnant and hunchbacked at the same time. Not good. Definite NO.

5) The last item in my box was a sleeveless dress - the Edie Sleeveless Textured Fit & Flare Dress by Gilli for $64.00. I wasn't that pleased it was sleeveless. I don't need a sleeveless dress for my neck of the woods. Also, when I hung it up, it looked oddly short:

If you see where the belt is, I knew it wasn't going to be pretty. I'm in my 40s. I'm not 17. But, as is the rule, I try EVERYTHING on. So, I did:

 Oh, Lordy! This is crazy short!  Even if I WERE 17. There was no way for me to bend over in this dress even one inch. I needed about a foot longer hemline to feel comfortable. But, hey, my legs don't look half bad. LOL.

The belt was nice, the top fit well, but oh my the length. I took this dress off as quickly as I could and put it in the NO pile.

Now the dilemma began. I rejected everything but the two pairs of red pants!  LOL. Should I really buy two pairs of red pants? I tried on both of them again to see if one fit better than the other. No. They both fit great. And then I rationalized that the corduroy pair was warmer than the regular red denim. The corduroy pair was also a little classier looking, so I could dress them up for work or a date night, or even church.

I decided to check the price. If they were both expensive, I would need to choose only one pair. When I looked at the prices, however, I was pleasantly surprised. They weren't that bad!  In fact, the warmer corduroy pair was $10 cheaper than the denim!  So I went for it.

I have such a hard time finding pants that I like and these were the prayed-for red jeans of my fashion fantasies!  I decided to KEEP both pairs and am wearing the corduroy ones right now. :-)

Please let me know what you think of my items and which ones you may have kept or returned. Also, if you have yet to try Stitch Fix, can I tempt you to click on my referral link below?  FULL DISCLOSURE: I will receive a $25 credit if you sign up!

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