Stitch Fix November Box

After Stitch Fix reached out to me about my last fix, I was more than willing to give them another chance. While the stylists don’t really seem to read the feedback and review notes prior to putting my fix together, the customer service team is spot on.

I was cautiously optimistic in this fix. I was initially disappointed in my stylist’s letter. I requested jewel tones and saturated colors. I asked for clothes that would fit my shape and said only sweaters and dresses in this fix.screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-11-04-16-amI received a black and white sweater, a grey sweater, an olive sweater, a navy dress and a purple dress. For saturated jewel tones, only 2/5 items fit the bill.

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Item: Papermoon Isadora Dress
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My Opinion: This dress gave me hope. It was a Medium Petite, which meant the stylist at least acknowledged I was short. It looked awful. Frumpy and just like I was wearing a bag. The waist was not made for someone of my shape and size. I was really disappointed. The only thing I rally liked was the flutter sleeves. The rouching depicted in the look suggestions was completely hidden on the dress.
Verdict: Sent back.
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Item: Kut from the Kloth Mollee Knit Dress
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My Opinion: I already have two dresses in a deep plum color. Obviously, I like the color. This dress was again rouched in all the wrong places. It was too long (not in a petite size) and didn’t hang well on me at all. While the dress met the jewel tone requirement, it did not meet any of the other fit and style requests.
Verdict: Sent back.
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Item: Harty V-Neck Pullover
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My Opinion: I REALLY wanted to like this one. It wasn’t as soft as the others and the texture is much chunkier than I usually go for. I took the full allotted three days to think about this one. I was leaning pretty heavily toward keep until J pulled out three other sweaters from my closet that looked nearly identical and were softer and a but longer. This one was a bit short on my frame.
Verdict: Debated, but sent back.

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Item: RD Style Audra V-Neck Pullover Sweater
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My Opinion: In theory this sweater is beautiful. It seems to photograph well. On me, it looked awful. The shoulder threads hit at the wrong places, the v looked pulled (even worse than it did in the photo above) and it was too long and too short at the same time.
Verdict: Sent back. In fact, this was the first item back in the return bag.
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Item: Market & Spruce Catereena Mixed Material Zipper Detail Pullover
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screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-11-04-33-amMy Opinion: I don’t mind the color olive (Not just because it looks ok on me but because AXΩ), but the zippers could not have hit at a worse place. The overall length was good, but the zippers accentuated my shape far more than I would ever be comfortable with.
Verdict: Sent Back. I tried this on four separate times just to make sure, though. The last time I couldn’t get it off fast enough.

Final thoughts: I’ll give a box of shoes one more try to see what happens. Unless a petite specific box comes along, I doubt I’ll try the clothes again.

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Stitch Fix October Box

I was too optimistic. After keeping the dress (and wearing it regularly) from July’s Stitch Fix box, I was excited to schedule my October box. (Plus thanks to some really great friends who had much better luck than I did, I had a credit to use.) I was very careful in what I requested from the box. I wanted an outfit to wear for Miss A’s second birthday photos. I requested the colors coral, grey and navy.  I checked and rechecked my sizing and fix requests and was excited when the stylist referenced my extensive feedback and my note for this fix.
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First thoughts: This box has potential. I LOVED the booties when I opened them and immediately put them on. Turns out, I’ve never owned a pair of booties and these were perfect! Fairly flat and right height. Then I opened the rest of the box and was increasingly disappointed. I specifically requested a sweater and in the Midwest, a cardigan does not constitute a sweater. The box only contained cardigans, a dress and a pair of jeggings. While I’m all for jeggings when done well, these could not have fit me worse. So much so that I decided all photos from here on out would be the clothes on the hangers

img_5986 img_5987Item: LIVERPOOL Mira Skinny Jean
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My opinion: Too loose in the wrong places and too tight in the others. I felt like a busted can of croissants. The lycra made the material comfortable, but the cut was all wrong for me.
Verdict: sent back!

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Item: DV8 Bria Wedge Bootie
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My opinion: I so wanted to love these and I did, until I realized they were too big. What I initially thought was comfortable was actually my foot sliding forward. I nearly twisted an ankle after wearing these shoes for just a few minutes.
Verdict: sent back!

img_5993Item:  41HAWTHORN Chantel Open Cardigan
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My opinion: This was promising, but was just too casual. The pattern was reminiscent of pajamas and it was not flattering.
Verdict: sent back!
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Item: EMILY ROSE Martyn Textured Cardigan
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My opinion: In college, I briefly learned to crochet. This cardigan looked an awful lot like a “shawl” I tried to make for my sister. The material wasn’t very soft and the cut was also not made for someone my shape. I am so curious how this looks on other ladies. I’m sure on the right person it looks fantastic, but it looked hideous on me.
Verdict: sent back!
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Item: PIXLEY Millie Textured Knit Dress
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My opinion: This dress had so much promise! It was a cut that I usually love and the weight was perfect for fall. The problem was twofold: first, the pattern didn’t line up and emphasized my least favorite features and second, even worse, the hem and seam were already unraveling! SO much promise, so little execution.
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Final thoughts: I couldn’t have been more disappointed. I might ask for a box of just shoes for my final box. But I’ll have to work up some extra courage to try again. I have to wonder how many stylists work with different body types.

Update October 25: 
StitchFix reached out to me after the post and offered to refund the stylist fee. I’m happy with the customer service and the willingness to stand behind their service. 

Stitch Fix July Box

I know I said back in September that I quit Stitch Fix, and I never once second guessed that decision. However, when Stitch Fix emailed me an offer to waive the styling fee and try one more box risk-free, I didn’t think I had anything to lose by giving Stitch Fix one more try.

In an effort to make sure I got at least one item I would like in this box, I updated my style profile and even said I would be willing to try a pair of shoes. I’ve decided I no longer care if nearly every outfit I wear is blue, it’s my favorite color and I think I look pretty good in blue.

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First thoughts: I was really surprised when I opened the box. This stylist seemed to actually read what I wanted and thought through my requests. I was excited to try on every single item.

I wore my favorite jeans with the tops and my own camisole. I planned to wear the shoes, Dolce Vita Monica Lizard Criss Cross Slide Sandal, with each outfit, but they didn’t fit quite right and I was afraid I might trip. I erred on the side of safety and just took these photos. They’re really cute and I do plan to see if any local store has something similar.

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Verdict: Sent back, begrudgingly.

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Item: Pixley Edmond Henley Knit Top.
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Opinion: I’ll be honest and say of all the items I’ve sent back this is one I thought about. I didn’t regret sending it back, but I did think about it occasionally and once searched for it online. After seeing it again, I still love the cut and weight and overall style of this item. I just wish it was in a solid color.
Verdict: Sent back.

Loveappella Earnest Knot Swing Tank.

Item: Loveappella Earnest Knot Swing Tank.
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Verdict: Sent back.

Loveappella Garnet Knit Maxi Dress

Item: Loveappella Garnet Knit Maxi Dress
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Opinion: I’m sure this pattern looks great on ladies who aren’t as short as I am with my proportions. The material of this dress was comfortable and perfect for summer and for someone a few inches taller.
Verdict: Sent back.

Gilli Kamile Knit Dress.
Item: Gilli Kamile Knit Dress.
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Gilli Kamile Knit Dress SuggestionsOpinion: I really like this dress. It’s more of a purple-y navy than a true purple, which I liked. I had to recheck the washing instructions and make sure it was too much like my other favorite blue dress, but I really like the cut and fit of the dress. It was actually made for someone of my height!
Verdict: I will probably end up keeping it (!!!), but will absolutely take the one more day to consider it before completely making up my mind.

Final thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised. I think the people in charge at Stitch Fix have taken the many criticisms to heart and have made some changes. Or I just got lucky. I will probably give one more box a try in the next few months to see if they can get more than one item right in the future. Wish me luck!

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Stitch fix September box

As I said last month, this is the last test for StitchFix. If I kept even one item, I would consider keeping the subscription. If not, I’d cancel. Spoiler alert: I quit.

First thoughts: I was super clear (I thought) about what I wanted. Items that would transition well from late summer to early fall in Missouri (where it’s averaging in the 90s again temperature-wise) and be office appropriate. I wanted pants other than jeans and absolutely under no circumstances did I want another tank top. I think my opinion of what is a good transitional piece (that I don’t already own) and the stylists are very much not the same.

On to the actual pieces.

I wore the Margaret M Emer High Waisted Trouser in all of the looks. First, these pants are normal waisted, not high-waisted. Second, they were cropped to the point they looked way too short, even on me, who is actually short. Third, there was no button, no zipper, nothing. These pants just pulled on. They looked more like polyester leggings than work appropriate pants.
Verdict: Sent back. Super fast.

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Item: Brixon Ivy Nielson Lightweight Cotton Cardigan
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Opinion: Are you noticing a trend? As I said explicitly in my feedback the first time and subsequently, I already own a cardigan that is nearly identical. I think the stylist isn’t reading my feedback at all and isn’t reading the required comments on my Pinterest board. Also, the pants make my feet look huge and I assure size 7 is not Hobbit feet.
Verdict: Sent back.

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Item: RD Style Maureen Twisted Seam Elbow Patch Sweater
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RD StyleOpinion: In my initial profile I very explicitly stated no crew necks, so I was pretty surprised to receive this piece. It did not flatter and was way too short in the front. The texture was going for a tweed look and it did not achieve it. The elbow patches hit at odd places on my arms and felt rough. This was not a $64 sweater.
Verdict: Sent Back

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Item: Sweet Romeo Clarence V-Neck Pullover Sweater
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Verdict: Sent Back

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Item: RD Style Angus Split Back Mixed Material Sweater
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IMG_8220Opinion: Cute in theory and if I had not been wearing a black tank you would be able to see the back cut out. Just like with the Sweet Romeo Clarence V-Neck Pullover Sweater, I wanted to like it. I wanted it to be office appropriate and I wanted it to flatter me, but it didn’t. Not to mention, if I’m wearing a long-sleeved sweater at the office with a tank underneath, I probably am going to want the full back of the sweater for warmth.
Verdict: sent back.

Final thoughts: It was a good run. I’m certain these pieces would work for someone who isn’t me and doesn’t have my body shape and size. I can’t imagine I’m that difficult to style, but nothing from this box worked. Or to be clearer, the one thing that DID work (the Brixon Ivy Nielson Lightweight Cotton Cardigan), I already own. Sadly, my certificate for StitchFix is over and all I have to show for it is these blog posts.

Have you tried Stitch Fix? Did you have better luck? Is there something else I should try instead because shopping in my town is not getting any easier.

Stitch fix August box

This time my fix arrived on a Friday afternoon, so my favorite office fashionistas didn’t get to share their thoughts on the pieces.

First thoughts: I again was specific and said solid colors, no tank tops and work appropriate. This box only had two shirts and while both were technically v-neck shirts, they weren’t at all what I was going for in an outfit. It’s like the stylist didn’t read my comments on the required Pinterest pages or the blog post I suggested she take a few minutes to read. I’m not sure what I actually expected, but this box was not it. Despite knowing that the pieces weren’t going to work for me, I tried everything on just to make sure.

I wore the Level 99 Glenda Straight Leg Jean in all of the looks. I did not expect the jeans to fit, but they we the right length, but unfortunately too low-rise to wear to the office and the whisking near the pockets make it look like the jeans are pulling, but they are not.
Jean verdict: Sent back.


Item: Market & Spruce Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan
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Opinion: I actually already own a very similar cardigan as I indicated on the Pinterest board. Though this one was incredibly soft and VERY comfortable, I couldn’t justify spending $68 for a cardigan I already own.
Verdict: Sent back.

Item: Pixley Edmond Chevron Print Henley Shirt
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Opinion: I really liked the weight, cut and fit of this shirt, but the pattern is dizzying and I would never wear it.
Verdict: Sent back.

Item: Market & Spruce Forster Henley Top.
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Opinion: I hated this shirt from the moment I pulled it out of the box. I knew it wasn’t going to fit and was going to look terrible. It’s almost like my stylist didn’t even look at my body type or read the comments about what kind of life place I’m at when she sent me this shirt.
Verdict: Sent back as fast as I possibly could.

Item: Market & Spruce Kristah Ruffle Knit Blazer
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Opinion: I REALLY wanted to like this blazer, it was comfortable. It was black, it was different that all of my other blazers, but it was also a size too small and hit at odd places.
Verdict: Sent back.

Final thoughts: I really wanted to like something from this box, but every item was a miss. Some of them were near misses, but every item missed the mark. I’ll give Stitch Fix one more try and see what they send in September. I’m certain that if my stylist takes just about 5 minutes to read my comments on my board and read my review, I will end up with something I like. Keep your fingers crossed!

Want to try Stitch Fix for yourself? You can use my Referral Code and I’ll get $25 toward a future box and you’ll get my gratitude!