Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Stitch Fix Review - Let's Hear it for Second Chances!

By this time, you know very well how I get when a new Stitch Fix box lands at my door.  There is squealing.  And clapping.  And for that brief moment, I turn into one of those "Woo Girls" that I usually roll my eyes at.

I just can't help it.  The little surge of dopamine or whatever hormone that hits my brain when I see that beautiful teal logo just makes me feel all the happy feelings and I'm skipping off to rip the box open in a nano-second.


(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:  Oh.  My.  Gosh.  It's THE SWEATER.  At the very top of my stack of goodies was the long lost colorblock sweater that I received in my very first Fix.  The one that I sent back and regretted it ever since.  The one that I wrote about when I lamented my Fix Regret.  And this time.....it was PINK. 

We were off to a very good start, folks.  Since I already knew I was going to love that sweater, I decided to start trying on the other pieces first.


Up first was this open draped cardigan.  When I saw this in the box, I thought two things:

1.  Am I having Deja Vu?
2.  I really want that teal dress pictured on the styling card.


Sure enough, this cardigan was the EXACT one I had received in my last Fix, just in a different color.  See HERE to check out the one I kept last time.  Did I like it?  You betcha.  But I really didn't need another one just like the piece I already kept, so I was a little disappointed that my stylist had sent me a repeat.  To be fair, I got the impression that I had somebody new style this box for me because there wasn't the usual personal note that I'm used to getting and it also wasn't signed.  Very strange.


Wop wop wop......

When I pulled this tribal print sweater out of the box, I laughed out loud.  Seriously?  Was my stylist trying to play some sort of joke on me?  It was one of the ugliest sweaters I had ever seen in my life!!  And the shape?  Ugh, I just knew it would look horrid on me, but I did put it on long enough to take this one photo.  That's how much I love you guys.


I know.  You can never un-see that, right?  My apologies.  After such a promising beginning, things were going downhill quickly up in here.


Ok, this looked pretty good!  Digging the stripes and the heart print was really cute.


Once I tried this sweater on, I realized it was too tight and too short.  That band of lace you see poking out from the bottom?  That's one of my trusty long tank tops that I put on under it because I felt like my muffin top would be popping out if I sneezed too hard.  And the hearts were cute.....TOO cute.  I'm 30 years old and I just felt like this print was a little too young for me.

It was time for a much needed pick-me-up.


Welcome home, darlin'!  This was the exact sweater I had so stupidly sent back in my very first Fix, returning once again.  I was pleased to see they had sent me a pink one this time because I look way better in that color than I do in the original yellow one I got.


Comfy, cute, and affordable.  SOLD.


My final item was a pair of black bootcut jeans.  At $98, I thought there would be absolutely no way I would want to keep these.


I tried them on with my favorite Stitch Fix score ever and I was pleasantly surprised at how well they fit, how comfortable they were, and how they were the perfect length. 

Decision time.

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 expect the prices of your items to look like an Old Navy or Target price tag.  I love a good clearance deal as much as the next gal, but that's not what Stitch Fix is about.  It's about getting quality pieces into your closet.  Be honest and reasonable when you choose your preferred price ranges on your Style Profile so you don't end up with sticker shock when your box arrives. 

THE KEEPERS


You already know I kept the sweater, but I couldn't bring myself to part with the black jeans so those stayed too!

StitchFix

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)! 

Linking up once again over at The Pleated Poppy for some amazing fashion inspiration!




20 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this - I kind of felt like I was at your house when you were opening your box! That sweater that you kept is really cute! And the jeans are awesome - I think sometimes a splurge is worth it if it's a classic piece that you know you'll have forever!

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    1. Oh good! That's my goal when I take these photos and write the posts. I'm not a fashion blogger in any way and I like to show you how it looks with a very VERY regular person. :)

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  2. Okay, I have to say, that tribal cardigan you hated reminds me so much of the kind of dressing gown type thing you see old guys wearing in movies from the 40s and 50s. Not too pretty! But I like what you picked! Someday I think I'd like a pair of really good quality jeans!

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    1. It's it just hilariously AWFUL?!! Such a hoot.

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  3. I do love that sweater! And the tribal cardigan? Looks like a bathrobe gone bad! lol
    The jeans look great too!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, not sure what they were thinking with the tribal sweater. LOL!

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  4. Oh I laughed out loud at the tribal cardi...yah, that was not good. hahaha.
    But the jeans and the sweater - thumbs up!

    Alyssa
    www.alyssabarnettbeauty.com

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    1. Me too! My husband thought it was hysterical too.

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  5. I love and pinned the item n. 4! So cute and stylish!
    Cheers from Italy!
    Carmen @ filodimiele

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    1. Italy?! Ciao! (Right? Is that right? That's Italian, right?)

      I don't get out much.

      Thanks for stopping in! :)

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  6. Ok - so I love living vicariously through you and your Stitch Fix boxes. :) There are many times I SO disagree with the items you think look awful, but I have to say that you were spot on with this one. That tribal sweater? Seriously? Yuck. You kept the right stuff this time for sure. :)

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    1. There are definitely a few items that I wish I would have kept in retrospect. Oh well! On to the next box, right? Yeah, that tribal sweater was....interesting. :)

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  7. "Don't expect the prices of your items to look like an Old Navy or Target price tag. I love a good clearance deal as much as the next gal, but that's not what Stitch Fix is about. It's about getting quality pieces into your closet. Be honest and reasonable when you choose your preferred price ranges on your Style Profile so you don't end up with sticker shock when your box arrives."

    THANK YOU for this note. I've been obsessively reading reviews while I await my first Fix and I am SO TIRED of seeing comments such as, "this item fit me perfectly and the fabric is sooo soft and the color is amazing and the quality is great and it's so stylish and it's basically the most perfect garment to ever grace my body and it makes me feel like a goddess, but it costs $60 and so I'm sending it back." What?? While I appreciate a good bargain as much as the next person, sometimes I wonder what people are thinking. Are they even thinking about the work the stylist did to pick things out, let alone the labor of the designers and seamstresses who made the clothing?

    I signed up for this service because I don't have time to shop. I want good-quality, stylish clothing, and I'm willing to pay a little more as long as good quality is what I get. I don't want people who are only after "cheap" clothing to ruin it for me!

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Crystal. I really felt it was an important comment to make because you're absolutely right in that a lot of people really flip once they see the prices of the pieces in their Stitch Fix box. I definitely still shop at my favorite discount stores (and Goodwill too!) for clothes at a bargain, but I love being about to try out QUALITY pieces from Stitch Fix. Your comment was spot on. Thank you!

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  8. I got so excited from lots of bloggers like you talking about it I signed up last week. I have to wait a whole month though to get mine and the suspense is killing me! I'm curious how it will turn out bc I'm so tall so we shall see. You look great fab blog :)

    www.kellysreality.com

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    1. It's a sickness, really. Get ready to get addicted. :)

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  9. I LOVE that green top (your "favorite Stitch Fix score")!

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  10. I think you should definitely send them a note about that first identical sweater! You were "cheated" a wee bit and perhaps you can get a credit out of it. :) And ugh on the tribal sweater! Yuck!

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  11. Loved your review! I am deciding whether or not I should try it out..I really like what they picked out for you. I am intrigued by this whole concept! I never go shopping because I am a stay at home mom of four so I usually do online shopping..love your blog. I just started a blog about getting rid of the clutter in my closet and improving my style. So I feel like this would help me start over. I really enjoyed reading about you and your life and look forward to more!

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