Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fix #10 From Stitch Fix - January 20, 2015

Happy New Year! I am back for another Stitch Fix review. This will be my 10th fix. I have no interest in stopping this fun, fashion-savvy service. I have gotten some amazing pieces since I started receiving fixes last May. If you haven't visited my blog before, I have many other reviews for you to read:

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 #7 - October 29, 2014
Fix #8 - November 2014
Fix #9 - December 2014

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

This month, I requested:
  • More long-sleeved tops and sweaters
  • The elusive 'colorful cardigan' 
  • A less fitted skirt option and 
  • A 'statement necklace.'
 I've only received one necklace in my fixes, and I am sort of sad I sent it back. I ended up seeing this exact same necklace on a news anchorwoman on a big news network...so now I wish I'd kept it.  
Trisha Clover Charm Layering Necklace by Pixley

This time around, I was ready to invest in a cute piece of jewelry, and I looked forward to what my stylist would send.

My box arrived yesterday. It was a larger box size, so I knew it would have some bulky items in it. I was hoping for a heavy sweater or cardigan. I mean, it's January, and I can practically see Canada from my living room, so I need some more warm stuff!

I opened it up, and had 4 separate wrapped packages. (Usually you get everything wrapped up in one bundle, so this was intriguing). I took out all 4 bundles and snapped a photo of them. Can you guess what my stylist may have done for me?

Yes, I was pretty certain my stylist had sent me TWO pieces of jewelry to choose from. I wasn't sure if I was sad about 2 of my 5 items being jewelry or happy. I went for 'happy' because after the holidays, I was feeling pretty broke and knew I wouldn't be spending much this month.

I unwrapped each bundle and took in the beauty that is Stitch Fix:

My stylist had chosen a blouse, jacket, jeans and two necklaces for me this fix. If it hadn't been for the fact that I didn't have much money to spend, I probably would've been more disappointed. I received things I didn't ask for (jeans, jacket) and very little of what I did ask for. But since I did not have a huge wad of cash waiting to be unloaded on Stitch Fixery, I knew I'd be okay this month and most likely wouldn't have to send something back that I loved just because I couldn't afford it.

I hung up everything for picture-taking and then started the try-on phase. I never look at prices until I am all done giving my evaluations of what's in my box. I want to choose items based on likeability, not cost. Plus, I sometimes have kept something despite the price and have been very glad I did so!

1) The first item I tried on was the jeans. They were the Denna Skinny Jean  by Kut From the Kloth for $58.00. During my November fix I discovered that Kut From the Kloth jeans fit me very well.

ADVICE: If you are pear-shaped or have a 'curvy' lower half, this is the jean brand for you. Very forgiving in the thigh and butt areas. If other jeans from Stitch Fix have not worked, I highly recommend this brand.

I was not in the market for a new pair of jeans, but if these babies fit well, I was up for adding them to my wardrobe. A woman does not turn down a nice-fitting pair of jeans! At the time I hung them up and tried them on, I did not know the price was so awesome. Most pants I have purchased from Stitch Fix have been between $75 and $100.

I slipped them on with a plain black t-shirt. The fit was fantastic! It was a mid-rise jean with a great waistband that didn't seem to overstretch. The legs on these 'skinny' jeans were a little bit loose, giving me a different fitting jean. I liked the comfort of these jeans. The length was perfect (I'm almost 5'10")

I knew these were a KEEP item. I had to have these.

By the way, I wore these all day yesterday, and the waistband never stretched out. Really a great pair of pants.

2)  The next item I tried on was the Moni Stud Detailed 3/4 Sleeve Blouse by 41Hawthorn for $58.00. I will be honest. I've seen this blouse before in other people's fixes online and really wasn't over the moon about it. I've never seen it in white. It was a bit sheer, so it came with its own white tank.

I didn't have high hopes for this one. I was also disappointed in the thinness of the material. I needed warm stuff, not sheer blouses. A little bit of sad crept into my day. But I try everything on, people!  I do not set something aside in the "NO" pile until it has been tried on. Here we go!

a) This was actually really cute and flattering.
b) It was in white, which is a good neutral for me (off-white is bad, bad, bad).
c) The sleeves that I thought I would find irritating weren't half-bad.
e) This would be wearable with many pants & skirts I own.

Those are the good things. If it were spring, I might've kept this one. Here's the bad:

a) It was very sheer fabric. I have 18 inches of snow outside, so I wouldn't be wearing this any time soon.
b) The tank that came with this was too large and I had to yank it backwards so it actually covered me properly.

So the good did outweigh the bad. I put this in the "MAYBE" pile in case the price was so incredible that it was too good to pass up.

3) The next item was the Reeda Quilted Puffer Jacket by Andrew Marc for $118.00 in navy blue. Let me start by saying I received a lovely red puffer coat with a hood and adjustable waist for Christmas from my husband. I love that coat. It is my dream coat. Very flattering with a fantastic hood. So, needless to say, I was not in the market for a new jacket. But let's hang it up, shall we?

I really liked the navy blue color. That is one of my 'neutrals,' so that struck me right off the bat. It also looked like it had some shape to it. Time to try that puppy on.

It looks okay in the photo. I didn't hate it, by any means. However, there were a few annoyances that told me this would not be a jacket I'd need to own. First, the stiffness of the sleeves. When my arms were down, the sleeves sort of forced your arms to hang a bit away from your body. It looked a little Michelin Man, to be honest. The shape of it was a tad unflattering. My husband pointed out later (when I tried it on for him) that the stomach area pooched out a bit and made me look chubby in an area where I'm not that chubby. Also, when I tried it on a second time, I had a sweater on (bulkier than the t-shirt I'd tried it on with in the photo). The sleeves were a little narrow for the bulk of my relatively thin sweater. I really despise jackets that don't allow you to comfortably wear your clothes underneath or take your jacket on and off. This was one of those jackets.

But, hey, we already knew I wasn't looking for or needing a new jacket, so it didn't pain me at all to put this in the NO pile.

4) Sadly, we are now done with the clothing portion of this review. We move to the jewelry! Next I tried the Genie Faceted Teardrop Stone Statement Necklace by Romolo for $38.00.

Purple is one of my favorite colors, so I liked the look of this necklace in the box. But when I picked it up, I was really surprised by the plastic feel of the 'gold' chain and clasp. Right away it screamed 'cheap.'  But I wanted to try it on:

 It was okay. I was not blown away by this necklace at all. It still had the look of cheapness to it. However, the worst part was the clasp. Holy heck, who designed this thing? The clasp was very chunky. The links you had to clip it into were pretty small. The main part of the clasp was too thick to fit through the links. Only the tiny sliding clasp piece fit through the hole of the link (if that makes sense). So, unless I perfectly aligned the retracted clasp end with the middle of the link, there was no way to successfully close the clasp. In fact, the first time I tried it, I thought I had it closed properly. But then the necklace fell off, and I took a closer look. NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO CLOSE.  And the necklace is too short to slip over your head. You HAVE to use the clasp to wear it.

That sealed the deal for me. NO.
5) The last item was another piece of jewelry - the Carly Multi-Stone Layering Necklace by Bancroft for $36.00. It's hard to see in the box how long this necklace is. The green of the 'stones' appealed to me. I thought this necklace might be better.

Once again, when I picked up this necklace, I was surprised the plastic feel of the 'gold.' The stones also looked very plastic and cheap. Pretty disappointing. At least the necklace sent to me last summer was more of a quality piece. But I tried it on.

At least with this one, I didn't have to worry about the clasp. It looked okay, and I probably could've found things to wear it with. However, the quality was so cheap, I really couldn't envision myself spending money on it, unless it was incredibly discounted. This was a NO.

Style Cards That Came With My Fix
So, all in all not a great box for me. I kept 1 item. However, I will remind you that I didn't have much money to spend...so it was actually GOOD that I didn't like more in this box. For me, the best part was looking at the prices and finding out the jeans I was keeping were only $58!  I'd already spent $20 on the styling fee, so an additional $38 for a great pair of jeans wasn't that bad at all. In fact, I was pretty pleased.

And, yes, I decided to send back the blouse...the one 'maybe' in the mix. When I saw the price ($58), I just couldn't pull the trigger. Maybe if it had been $38, I would've done it. But it was too hard to justify buying a summery-type item in the middle of January!

My stylist told me in the note that came with my fix that she couldn't find a cardigan in my size. And since I didn't receive much of anything I asked for, my guess is this was an inventory dump box. I possibly got such a good deal on the jeans b/c they were trying to unload them. Which is all right with me.

The biggest disappointment was the jewelry. I thought both pieces were incredibly overpriced for the quality. I even told Stitch Fix so in my remarks about this Fix. I have bought better quality jewelry in the $5 sale at my local department store. I think if Stitch Fix is going to include jewelry, they need to up the quality or lower the price. I don't know if I'd ask for jewelry again, honestly.

Definitely still enjoying my Stitch Fix experience. My wardrobe is being transformed by my Stitch Fix items, and I find myself weeding out old stuff as I accumulate more up-to-date and stylish pieces. Can't wait for February to see what the Stitch Fix Fairy brings my way.

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  1. If Stitch Fix has a blog, they should hire you to write for it, seriously! These are so enjoyable to read. It's just like being there with you. The jeans look great. I was fearing a maternity-vibe from the shirt, but no. It looks good on you. Agree that they need to up the quality on the jewelry. It seems that sweaters would be easier to find/fit than many other items (like jeans!) -- I wonder what the difficulty was there?

  2. Thanks, Susan! I am glad you are enjoying them. I began looking at other people's Stitch Fix reviews before I got my first fix and realized how interesting they were to read. There is something cool about seeing regular people in clothes they try on.

    Stitch Fix actually does have a blog...they link to reviews like mine. However, I have noticed they like to only use blog posts that show the whole person in the photo. I will have to try that one of these days, but I find that I like doing it all by myself!

    I loved the white top; I really did. But I knew I wouldn't be able to wear it until possibly May. Yes, MAY. So it just wasn't worth it! It didn't look like a top that would layer well under sweaters due to the blousy sleeves. Tricky.

    The jeans are the bomb. I just wore them again today! In fact, my whole outfit today is Stitch Fix. LOL. I really think they didn't send me any sweaters b/c they are trying to clean out their inventory for tax season. My stylist probably had very little too choose from in my size and just tried her best. We'll see what happens next month.

    Thanks for the comment!