Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Stitch Fix Review - January 2017

Let me tell ya, this fix was rough.  Not because I didn't love everything, but because I did! It was a 4/5 box, but we're on a fairly strict budget this year and I have a monthly allowance. My stylist always sends me great items and I'm always amazed at how quickly the time goes between each box! This month was no different! Let's get to it!

If you're familiar with Stitch Fix, scroll right on past this to the items! If you haven't ever heard of Stitch Fix, it's a personal styling service. You fill out a questionnaire that helps the stylists determine your style and how to size you.  My favorite thing about the questionnaire is that it allows you to specify not only the style of clothes you like (preppy, boho, casual, etc), but also the type of clothes you want (professional, casual, date night), how much and often you want each of those, and what you want to show off (cleavage, arms, back, legs, etc). Once you've filled that out, you determine your price points, how often you want a fix and then write your stylist a note. You can also do a Pinterest board to help your stylist get a better idea of your style. I have my fixes set for every other month and most of my price points are in the $50-$100 range.

Once you've scheduled your fix, your stylist will hand select 5 items for you.  A $20 styling fee is charged, but that is applied to any items you decide to purchase. You try the items on at home and mail back what you don't want in a pre-paid envelope.  Even better, you can now choose to exchange sizes! If you keep all five items, you get a 25% discount. If you are interested in trying Stitch Fix, you can use my referral link here.

Now that we're past all that, let's get to the fix itself.  I was super duper excited for this fix because I have gift certificates! My sister- and brother-in-law got me a gift certificate for my birthday and my mother- and father-in-law got me a certificate for Christmas! Score! I love getting fixes, but knowing that most of it will be paid for makes it that much sweeter.

I was also suprised to get a holiday box. This year during Christmas, Stitch Fix was putting golden tickets in their boxes. Each person got a ticket with each of their fixes (for those that get multiple a month!) that could be scratched off to see if you won free Stitch Fix! I didn't win, but it was still fun to get a ticket after the holidays!

I didn't have a lot to say in my note this month. Here's what I said:

Hi Kelly! I'd love some great layering pieces - vests, cardigans, neutral color tops that can be paired with everything. No jackets please, I don't tend to wear them as much. I really love the Rowen Faux Leather Quilted Vest that I have pinned or something like it. I'm also still on the hunt for a nice big tote! The one you sent last time wasn't quite as large as I would like and I'd like to be able to use it to carry my laptop.

Here's what I got!

Market and Spruce Sam Hi-Lo Short Sleeve Tee - L - $44
Overall, I really liked this top. I've been asking for neutral layering pieces pretty much every fix for a while because it's hard to find neutral layering tops.  Not camisoles, I have plenty of those. But actual shirts with sleeves or more substantial shirts. I was really happy to see this included in my fix. It's a great layering piece and will work under so many of my cardigans and jackets. The fabric was a little thin for my preference.  I always hate when you can see the belt loops and indentations of your pants through a shirt. I also thought that $44 was a little steep for a grey t-shirt, so I sent it back. I'll keep my eyes on the look out for a cheaper version in the stores!

41Hawthorn Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan - L - $48
I need another cardigan like I need another hole in my head. However, this one is pretty much made for me. It needs to be in my closet! The fabric is super soft and light, so I can wear it into spring. I also don't have a lot of this color in my wardrobe and definitely not in a cardigan! The price point is also a nice touch. Sometimes Stitch Fix can be a little high on my comfort scale, but at just under $50, this was perfect.

I styled the cardigan with the Sam Hi-Lo Tee and my Romolo Ellen Crescent Ladder Pendant that I received a few fixes ago.  Seriously, I wear that necklace with everything! I love this look together! While I'm not keeping the Sam Hi-Lo Tee, I think this cardigan will be a fabulous addition to my closet and will be worn non-stop, so I kept it!

Tart Skyros Quilted Wool Vest - L - $78
I've been asking for a vest for the past two fixes. I don't have one and I've seen so many cute ones on the Stitch Fix boards! I wanted to try one for myself. I didn't have this exact one pinned, but it is very similar and the same price point, so I'm happy with the substitution.  I see on the boards that so many people complain about their stylist not giving them the exact item that they pin, but I find that my stylist always gives me a really good alternative and one that probably looks better on me!

I was so, so torn on this! I was bummed because the vest is a little small. It looks good, but I can't zip it. We can now exchange on Stitch Fix (hooray!), but when I went to exchange it on my check out, I can only exchange it for an XXL, which will be way too big. This is a good problem to have, I suppose. I was torn as to whether I should keep it and just wear it open or send it back. It's such a well made item and I love the grey.  There are so many things that it will go with in my closet! Ah! Ultimately, I decided to keep it. It still looks super cute unzipped and maybe it'll help keep me motivated on my journey!

Fate Gradon Sheer Raglan Seam Sweater - L - $64
This box honestly could be the death of my bank account. I have a stylist that is really good at finding pieces that fit me well and are my style! 

The sweater fits really well.  I love a good black sweater as it will go with pretty much anything, but I don't know that I loved this sweater $64 worth. I also wasn't a fan of the sheer fabric up around my bra straps. It's a fun detail, but I hate when you can see your bras straps! And, I'm sorry, if I'm going to wear a strapless dress, it's not going to be for a sweater. Ultimately, I decided to send this one back.

Street Level Parvin Suede Detail Tote - $68
I've been asking for a new bag all year. Literally, every note has included "I want a new bag!" I received my favorite royal blue tote that I wore until it started falling apart from Stitch Fix two years ago and my favorite clutch, so I know they have good purse potential. But I am a picky, picky woman when it comes to a purse.  I want it to go over my shoulder comfortably, have substantial straps, leather, and (new addition) be able to carry my brand new Lenovo Yoga. It was already hard enough to find one that I liked and then I added that new requirement.

Kelly has tried really hard. She sent me a purse last time that was cute, but didn't meet the over the shoulder requirement.  This one, while meeting most of my other requirements, didn't meet the substantial strap requirement. I honestly think those straps will just dig into my shoulder with all the crap I put in my bag! I'm also not a change my purse out kind of girl. I'm a wear it everyday until it falls apart kind of girl.

So, I sent it back. I've decided to take my purse search outside of Stitch Fix and I've decided that it's probably going to hurt (financially) when I finally find the one I want. 

Honestly, this box could have easily been a 5/5. The tops all fit well, except the vest, and I could have kept the bag to get my 25% discount. But we are on a budget lock-down and I need to be smart about how I spend my money. I've bought all the things lately and need to calm.it.down! So I kept two items.  I call this a total success of a box and loved every minute of trying things on and hashing out with the hubs what I could keep.  What are your thoughts? Would you have kept the same items?


  1. Great Stitch Fix Review! I have never tried them before.
    xo, Lee

  2. You are cute and so are your clothes must be so hard to pick

  3. You look so beautiful in all of these! I saw your Insta preview and was really hoping you'd kept the cardigan - it's my favorite! I'm a sucker for a great black top too, but not for that price tag lol. Great picks!

  4. I never heard of stitch fix before but it sounds cool. maybe I can give that a try when we get off budget lock down cause i hate shopping

  5. i own that market & spruce gray top and it is a FAVORITE! seriously! SO comfortable!!!