Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Stitch Fix Review - Fix Regret Be Gone!

With every new Stitch Fix box that lands on my doorstep, I have more and more fun sorting through the unexpected items my stylist sends me.  Sure, I requested a fall coat in my last fix (and the one they sent didn't work out), but I honestly didn't expect another one to come this time.  And burgundy skinny jeans?  For me, this was a very adventurous box! 


(P.S.  If you're reading this and wondering what the heck this whole Stitch Fix thing is that I'm talking about, I invite you to check out my previous reviews for the more detailed run-down.)

Super Quick Recap of Stitch Fix:
  • Sign up and get on the Waiting List (this usually moves pretty quickly)
  • Fill out your detailed Style Profile
  • Schedule your first "Fix" and work yourself up into a frenzy as your stylist chooses some great clothes for you to try on
  • Pay your $20 styling fee and wait for the goodies to arrive on your doorstep
  • Receive a box full of items hand-picked by a personal stylist, just for you, based on your profile
  • Try everything on, keep what you want, send back what you don't. (The $20 styling fee comes off the price of anything you choose to keep and if you buy all 5 items, you get a 25% discount!)
First Impressions:  Ummmm...where is all the COLOR?  I love it when I open a box and discover a variety of saturated hues - blues, greens, etc.  This one was very monochromatic so I was a little worried at first.  I also had a new stylist trying her hand at selecting items for me, so that always makes for an exciting experience.  Lizzy wrote a very detailed note of introduction about why she chose each item for me, including referencing my Pinterest board and my feedback on previous Fixes


I wish you could touch this sweater.  It is so soft and flowy.  Just looking at it, I knew it would be super-comfy!  My concern was that it would make me look frumpy.


I took my cue from the styling card and I wore it with a v-neck white t-shirt and jeans.  I tried putting a scarf with it, but it seemed like too much fabric around the neck for me.  I tossed on my favorite colorful earrings and a pair of black flats (I'm still too shy to try this whole ankle boot trend).

Basically, I never wanted to take this sweater off.


After sending back a really cute yellow color-block sweater in my very first Fix, I've been hoping to have another shot at one.  I've regretted not keeping that sweater so many times!  I hate it when I get a bad case of Fix Regret.


While this top didn't quite fill the hole in my closet that the elusive yellow sweater left behind, it did a pretty decent job.  It was a lighter knit than I was expecting and it did cling to my trouble zone a bit more than I would usually be comfortable with.  BUT.  I loved the red on top and I thought the button detail was darling.  I could definitely see myself wearing this top a lot, as long as I remembered to squeeze into my SPANX first.

See my little helper there holding the belt up?  What a cupcake.  Can I just say how stoked I get when one of my items comes with an included belt?  Free accessory, people!!  Nice.  The feminine details on this tunic top jumped out at me right away and I was excited to try it on.


Couple of things.  First, I wish I would have worn this with my leopard print flats.  Whew, I feel better already now that I have that off my chest.  Second, my leg is not broken, despite the freakish and unnatural angle I am holding it at in this photo.  I really don't know what on earth I'm doing.  Third, I dig this top.  The length is great and covers my bum and it's loose enough that I don't have to worry about sucking it in all the time.


I asked for a fall jacket in my last Fix and the one my stylist picked for me was sent back because it was too small and just not quite right for my style.  This one was spot on.  I loved the color, the casual feel, but the best part was how the drawstring created a cinched waist.


I tried it on and loved it.  I immediately wanted to hang it in the closet, but the $100 price tag had me a little gun shy.  I put this one in the "maybe" pile because I needed to see what the fifth item in the box held in store for me.  There was that 25% discount I needed to think about.....


Burgundy. Skinny.  Pants.

Really?  I have started letting my stylists know that it is ok to send me something a little wild and outside the box to surprise me a little bit.  This certainly qualifies because I was scratching my head a bit trying to think about how on earth I was going to wear these.  But then I touched them.  Oh mylanta, were these pants soft.


They were several inches too long, so I had no choice but to wear them with my brown boots.  If I kept them, there would be a serious hem job sometime in my future, so that was definitely a concern.  I struggled a bit to find something cute to go with these pants and for once the style card didn't help me very much because my closet didn't really reflect well the suggestions pictured.  I ended up going with this green striped sweater simply because I got fed up and said, "To heck with it! This will be fine!!"  And let me tell you, these pants are crazy comfortable.  I never thought I would say that a pair of skinnies could actually be comfy, but these are really amazing.  The fabric is super soft and they fit great.

Doggonit.

I went back over all the options in my box and I really felt stuck this time.  See, after I sent back a few items in my last Fix, I suffered from a serious case of Fix Regret.  Looking back, I wish I would have kept the blue blouse.  *Sigh*  Anyway, I didn't want that to happen this time.  I was determined to think it over carefully and not wind up parting with something I would later lament over losing.

Before I reveal what I decided to keep, let me remind you of one of the fabulous features of Stitch Fix.  If you keep all FIVE items in your box, you get a 25% discount right off the top of everything

**STITCH FIX TIP!!**
Don't forget about the 25% discount!  Sometimes the math works out so that keeping four out of the five items in your box will actually cost you MORE than if you kept all five.  Consider your options carefully and really do the math if you are on the fence about one or two items.  That discount makes a big difference!

THE KEEPERS

I was determined to have no regrets this time around and the math was favorable.  (Yes, I can do math when it applies to how many clothes I can keep.)  So.....I kept everything.  Anyone know a good seamstress who can hem my new pants?


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Ready to give Stitch Fix a try?  I have really enjoyed using this styling service as a way to mix things up in the wardrobe department.  It's so fun to see what my stylist has chosen!  My favorite part is that it is NOT a subscription service where you are charged every month.  You can get one Fix and be done or not get another one for several months if you choose.  Or....you can choose to get a box of goodies every month.  It's your call!  CLICK HERE to get started for free!

Disclosure:  I was not paid by Stitch Fix to write this or any of my other reviews and all opinions are my own.  I do use a referral link so I get a credit to my Stitch Fix account when new folks get their Fix on!  Thank you for supporting this blog (and for helping keep my clothing budget under control)! 

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19 comments:

  1. I think someone must have forgotten about our fabulous Waupun seamstress that you have used before!! Shall I take them home on the 14th and get the pants hemmed for you? I'll check with her first to make sure she will do jeans.

    Mom

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    1. A friend of mine here in town has a gal she uses a lot that she really likes. I might give her a try this time just since it's local! :)

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  2. I've never heard of Stitch Fix but I just signed up! I can't wait! I, too, love getting mail and have done birch box before, sample sizes of beauty products, but I never found I was able to use everything. This seems much better because they'll get a sense of my style first. Finally putting that fashion pinterest board to use!

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    1. Oh Heather. You will LOVE it. It's so addicting and wonderful and terrible all at the same time, if you get my meaning. Definitely use a Pinterest board as a tool because it helps your stylist a LOT. Make sure you're pinning and describing items you ACTUALLY wear versus items you WISH you wore. I made that mistake at first. ;)

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  3. Just found your blog because I love reading stitch fix reviews. Love everything you received and hoping a couple of these pieces make it into my fix next week!

    PS - I totally feel you on the clingy sweater thing. For what it's worth, I can't tell, and I think it looks great in the photo!

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    1. Welcome! I love writing these posts because then other Stitch Fix gals can pin it and use it to help their own boxes get better and better. Thanks so much for your comment!

      And thank you also for relieving a little of my uncertainty about the clingy top issue.

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  4. What a GREAT fix! My favorites are the jacket and skinny pants -- they look fantastic on you! =)

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    1. I just love the pants. They are so comfortable! I wore them out on a date with my husband and I said, "I feel like I'm not even wearing pants!" He gave me a funny look. :)

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  5. I love the things you got! I am going to request an open cardigan like that grey one. I received my second fix yesterday, and it was much better than my first! I got a sweater that is very similar to your red and striped top, but mine was pink instead of red. Love it!

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  6. Any chance you can let us know the prices of each item? I'm tentatively thinking about signing up for a box, but it would really help to know pricing ballparks, especially the pants you received, which I think are a-dor-a-ble.

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    1. Your wish is my command. :)

      Skinny Jeans - $88
      Renee C Cardigan - $58
      Button Striped Shirt - $38
      Hooded Drawstring Jacket - $108
      Belted Tunic - $48

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  7. I think those burgundy skinny jeans would look great with the cardigan in the first pic. Great fix!

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  8. Those pants look fabulous on you! Totally worth the cost of a hem job.

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  9. I got the burgundy skinnies in my last fix and I sent them back. MAJOR regret. Don't stress the length. I am 5'9 with long legs and I usually do shop for long length pants. These pants still came down over my feet like some strange version of half finished footies. I wish I had kept them and had them hemmed, but with the $98 price tag, I couldn't justify additional costs for alterations. Sigh...so pretty...

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    1. Isn't Fix Regret the WORST?? I think that's why I kept this whole box - I was too scared I would be missing something later.

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  10. I got the burgundy skinnies in my last fix and I sent them back. MAJOR regret. Don't stress the length. I am 5'9 with long legs and I usually do shop for long length pants. These pants still came down over my feet like some strange version of half finished footies. I wish I had kept them and had them hemmed, but with the $98 price tag, I couldn't justify additional costs for alterations. Sigh...so pretty...

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  11. Newest follower here...because I love how you review your Stitch Fixes!! I just got my 2nd fix last week and had major regret over a dress. Waaaaaah! Thanks for sharing! If you'd like to see my fixes, I'd of course love if you came over to my blog and had a little fun in the "fitting room" with me. That sounded creepy...but hopefully you know what I mean. :-)
    being-ladylike.blogspot.com

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    1. That fix of your was super-cute! Those black skinnies were outstanding - so flattering on you! I might have to request those in my next box. :) I hope you'll stick around these parts over here!

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