Stitch Fix Review - March
I always peek at my Stitch Fixes before they arrive. I can't help it. I struggle with patience, and once I know that box is on its way and I can see what's in it, I can't help myself.
Peeking is usually a mistake. The items are never well represented by one small flat lay photo. Ever. I'm usually disappointed, and then even more disappointed thinking about the limbo that these items are in as they are delivered to a house where they aren't wanted. (Too dramatic, I know.) The fix arrives, and nine times out of ten, I'm pleasantly surprised.
This fix was that one time where the surprise wasn't as pleasant.
(Confused? Here's the run down on Stitch Fix:
Stitch Fix is a personal stylist subscription box service. You sign on to their website, fill out a questionnaire regarding your wardrobe wants and needs, and a stylist chooses 5 items for you and they're shipped to your front door. You're only charged for what you keep, and the $20 styling fee goes toward whatever you purchase. Interested? Check out my referral link here and get your first styling fee waived!)
Let's get down to it!
ITEM: Vince Camuto Clark Bell Sleeve Cotton Top, Size S
THOUGHTS: I wanted to start with something positive, but all I can think when I look at these photos is, "OH MY GOD. I look like an extra in a community theater production of Fiddler on the Roof." I'm confused by this shirt. It is lavender (which I did request), but it's shapeless and closer to Kleenex than cotton. I'm tempted to Google it and see if it looks better, or more like clothing, on anyone else...
ITEM: Napean Sea Rd Olivier Peplum Top, Size S
THOUGHTS: I didn't think this top was that bad. I liked the V in the front and back. The straps and waist are a bit too big for it to be flattering, but that's a my-whole-life problem. I'm not a fan of the washed out color and pattern, but I thought in another color it could have potential. Christian, however, HATED this top. He told me I looked like a Beverly Hillbilly numerous times. Looking at it again in pictures.... he isn't wrong. :)
ITEM: Evolution By Cyrus Rosalyn Collarless Knit Jacket, Size XS
THOUGHTS: I told my stylist that, right now, I'm really loving the style of blogger Jenny Cipoletti, of Margo and Me. (Check out her Instagram here!) Looking at Jenny's feed, I totally see why my stylist sent me this coatigan. It really matches that aesthetic. And it's even in an XS, so it fits my shoulders! However, with spring (hopefully...) on its way, I don't think I'll have many opportunities to wear this until next year.
Also, as I continue on with the experiment, I'm feeling more and more inclined to wear colors, (Can you believe it!?) and I think I should ride that wave for as long as it will carry me. :)
ITEM: BC Footwear Snowcone Knot D'Orsay Flat, Size 8
THOUGHTS: First, the positives: These are way better quality than I anticipated (the insoles are padded!), and I love the color.
Now, the negatives: I have an unfounded fear that wearing red flats will make me look like I have clown feet, and I don't like D'Orsay flats because I feel like they give me foot muffin-top. Of course, I haven't mentioned either of these beliefs to my stylist. (Sorry, Kristin!!) I told her I wanted to add more red into my wardrobe, and this red is perfect. I'm just weird. I'm sorry, Snowcone Knot (perfect name) D'Orsay Flats. It's not you, it's me.
(They're also too big.)
ITEM: Seven Hills Papito Straw Circle Bag
THOUGHTS: I didn't have a lot of profound thoughts about this particular piece. I'd asked for a circular bag a few weeks ago, but Kristin said they didn't have any in stock at the time. She remembered (thanks!) and sent me this one in this fix. I decided against this bag for two reasons: 1. I went through my closet, and I have plenty of bags but not plenty of other (staple...) items. 2. The straw center didn't really sing to me. I think I'd prefer something with a bit more pop if I'm going to buy another purse.
I'm not keeping anything this week, and I think I know why. I asked for too much. In my note, I had a long, long list of pieces I'm looking for, and styles I'm trying to emulate. Kristin attempted to deliver on all of them, which I really appreciate, but I can see how I made her a job even more difficult.
If you peruse the internet for Stitch Fix tips, you'll see a lot of people telling you to be very, very specific. I've had a fair amount of fixes at this point (23!) and I disagree. Often, when I say I want something very specific they don't have it in stock, and then have to scramble to come up with other items. When I have a stylist who's really bringing it, like I do now, it's better to tell her what I want to accomplish (diversify my collection of tops, dress for an event, etc.) and then let her do the rest.
So, next month, no specifics!
Are you a stitch-fixer? What have you found to be the best method to communicate with your stylist?
Until next time!