September Stitch Fix (Fix #9)
The leadup to this particular fix was a bit more dramatic than usual. I acquired $75 in credit from friends and acquaintances signing up, so I wanted to make sure I received some worthwhile items in this fix. I read a lot of blog posts and people’s tips for getting what they call a “5/5” fix — a box where you love every single item. I have yet to receive such a box, so I wondered if I should be doing something differently.
For those unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, it is an online personal styling service. When you sign up, you fill out a detailed profile about your sizing, cost, and style preferences. For $20, your stylist selects 5 items to send to you. If you like them, you can purchase the items. Your $20 styling fee can be applied towards the cost of the items you buy. You can keep all, none, or some of the items (if you purchase all 5 items, you get 25% off your order). You don’t have to commit to a monthly subscription — you can schedule one-off boxes whenever you feel like it! I have also found that curating my style Pinterest board has really helped guide my stylists towards what I like.
For this fix, I crafted a very specific note to my stylist. I asked for items similar to the ones featured in Stitch Fix’s From Work to Weekend: Summer Fridays Style blog post. I did note that I prefer slightly less summery options as we head into fall. I mentioned my frequent business trips to NYC and suggested that versatile travel pieces that work for both work + pleasure would definitely have a place in my wardrobe. I also asked for NO jeans because I just bought a bunch when Twice announced they were being acquired by eBay.
I also combed through my Pinterest style board and narrowed down the number of pins so they better reflected my style. I removed all scarves from the board because I already own too many (even though I’ve asked Stitch Fix to avoid sending me scarves, I figured you can’t be too careful). I got rid of anything flowy or bohemian. I also updated my style bio to inform Stitch Fix that I tend to wear a lot of black with pops of color. I even put together a separate pinboard of me wearing my fixes so that my stylist could see ME wearing items I’ve been sent in the past.
Here’s what was in the box:
Kut From The Kloth Siena Cropped Pant
Here’s a few shots of me wearing the Siena Cropped Pant (styled with my own tee and scarf). A Stitch Fix-themed Facebook group that I joined really raved about the various Kut From The Kloth pants. I have to say, the fabric is great. Just the right amount of stretch. They could be dressed up or down. I don’t currently own any olive-colored pants, and the color would be perfect for fall. Ultimately I decided to return these because I think they are a little too long to be considered crops on me. Verdict: Return
Brixon Ivy Bixby Clover Print Blouse
I could really use some more travel- and office-appropriate tops, and this blouse fits the bill. I did make sure to pair it with the Siena Cropped Pant as suggested by my stylist. Love the print, but I don’t love the cut of this shirt on me. It’s a bit too boxy or something. Verdict: Return
RD Style Elly Dress
I really like the color of this dress and the faux leather accents. And, THERE ARE POCKETS!!!! I think Heather really nailed my style on this one. I do wish it cut in at the waist more, but I was willing to overlook that. It photographed surprisingly well, however, the knit of the fabric is very thin. I was worried about snagging the setting of my engagement ring on it. I think it would be useful as a layering piece only, and I would want to wear black leggings (and maybe even a black cami) underneath for modesty. I’m bummed. Would’ve picked this one up if the fabric was higher quality. Verdict: Return
Sweet Rain Acadia Jacket
I feel like there is always an outlier item in every fix, and this time it was the Acadia Jacket. It would be cute if it was half the length. The pattern of the fabric is kinda neat (also I am a sucker for black+white), I like the shape of the collar and the large amount of trim at the bottom of the hemline and sleeve cuffs. However, it is far too boxy for my small frame. I tried pairing it with my Level 99 denim trousers from a previous fix. My stylist suggested pairing it with the Elly Dress, but I thought that pairing made the jacket look even boxier. Verdict: Return
Skies are Blue Liffey Button Down Top
This shirt was love at first sight. I pinned this exact shirt to my Pinterest board and I’m so glad Heather put it in my fix! I pulled this shirt out of the box praying it would accommodate my broad shoulders and it does (although barely — but if I sized up it would be too big everywhere else). The colors are outside of my normal choices for sure, and I don’t have any plaid items in my wardrobe at the moment (with the exception of one scarf). I like that it is cotton and not flannel so I can use it for layering (and also, I can start wearing it sooner! it’s still 90 degrees in DC!). I also like that the sleeves can be worn rolled up or down. Quality could be a bit better (I already see a couple buttons that I’d like to reinforce), but I’m still really looking forward to wearing this shirt this fall! Verdict: Keep
Overall I think the time I spent improving my style bio and pinboards was well worth it. With the exception of the Acadia Jacket, every item in this fix was pretty close to my style! Just a couple of fit and fabric issues. Also, I think this is my least expensive fix to date? The most pricey item is the jacket at $74.
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