Friday, January 10, 2020

Stitch Fix Review January 2020: Outerwear!

Oh hey there! My name is still Sarah. I still exist. As per the usual, it's been a while. But I just got an awesome fix from Stitch Fix and wanted to share it.  If you follow me on Instagram (@thezinnlifeblog) then you've already seen these photos, but not my full thoughts!

I've been doing Stitch Fix for a long time now. I think at least, maybe more than, five years. It's changed and added a lot more ways to be interactive, which I enjoy, but I still love sending a request and getting a fix.

The very quick rundown is that Stitch Fix is a styling service. You can sign up using my referral link (here) which will give us both a $25 style credit. The styling fee is $20 and can be applied to any item you buy. You'll fill out a questionnaire about your sizes, lifestyle, clothing style, etc. and then you'll get a fix with five items. You keep what you want and send the rest back in a pre-paid envelope. In my experience, tops run about $50, pants run between $60-80 (depending on brands) and accessories are around $30.  If you keep all five items, you get a 25% discount.

My stylist is Kelly and she's pretty much got my style nailed. I have the style pass and still do every other month, sometimes more frequently if I feel like it, because I usually end up loving a lot of things and my budget can't handle that every month. This time I asked for all coats and outerwear because, quite frankly, I'm still wearing my jacket from Motherhood Maternity.  I have a lot of coats and recently went through and purged the ones I don't wear. But my everyday jacket was from my maternity days. So I asked for all outerwear to get some variety and choices. Included with the request for coats and jackets were vests and work blazers, but no denim jackets because I already have one I love.

So here's what I got.

Mo-Ka Meriam Knit Hood Faux Leather Jacket - L ($78.00)

Kelly sent me this because I'd added some moto jackets that I liked and she wanted to give me some variety. I like the look of moto jackets, but rarely do I wear them because of their cut. I really, really liked this one because it has the fun styling of a moto jacket, but can zip up like a regular coat, something the moto jackets normally don't do. It also has a hood. As a mom that's usually carrying at least one bag and a toddler, umbrellas are dead to me and hoods are my new BFF. It's a heavier weight coat, too, which I liked for versatility. My big, heavy coat I have right now is a long trench, which tends to feel too fancy for weekends for me.

The large was too small on me. It was the only one that didn't fit, actually. I could do the inner zipper, but that was it. It was also tight on my arms. I decided to keep this one, but I exchanged it for an XL.  The XL came yesterday and fits like a dream!

Market & Spruce Emory Toggle Fleece Jacket - L ($88.00)

When I peeked (cause I always do), I was really excited to get this coat. It's spot on for my style and would be a good replacement for my current everyday coat (black, pea coat style, lightweight). This came in navy but my app tells me it's also available in olive and black. I really like the navy, though. It's lightweight, like a hoodie material. The hood has a really soft lining that make it feel super luxurious. I like that the material is lighter weight because I live in NC. Our winters are pretty mild. Plus,  I hate stiff coats and this one isn't at all.

The large fit me really well and I kept this one! I've already worn it once this week!

Eden Society Holly Contract Hood Cargo Jacket - L ($78)

I really liked this jacket. The fabric was really nice and I love grey. Grey is a neutral, but I feel like it's not as common of a neutral for jackets and coats (most are blue and black). This fit me really well and I liked the lightweight fabric. I also really loved the cute little zippers on the chest. They were a really fun detail!

But, I have a cargo jacket. Mine is olive, the fabric isn't as nice, but I own one and I just don't wear it that much. So I sent this one back.

Market & Spruce Jahana Shearling Lined Cargo Vest - L ($78)

I included vests in my request. I want to be a vest girl. I see them on others and think, "that's cute!" And I have a vest, but I don't wear it that much. So I included vests in my outerwear fix request in case there was something that I might like better. And I did, in fact, like this vest. It fit really well (mine is too small and doesn't zip, ha) and I loved the shearling lining. So, so soft!

I considered this one. It was in my top three. But it's the same price as the Mo-Ka jacket, which I know I will wear. This would be more of a novelty and $78 is expensive for a novelty. Plus, it makes me look a little like the zoo keeper in one of Carter's toys. So this one also went back.

Market & Spruce Regan Rain Jacket - L ($98)

We'll start with the good things of this jacket. It's a really nice weight. It's more than the cargo jacket, but less than the Mo-ka jacket. It's the rain coat material, so it would be great in fall/early spring/winter storms. I would die in the summer, though. But year round, it's great. It fit really well, too. And it's the right length. I got a coat in my birthday fix that was too long and I made sure to ask for hip length coats in this fix. Overall, it's a good jacket.

However. Every single time I look at it, I think of my Grandma Dollie. First, there's the pink. I like blush, but it's very hit or miss for me. This was a big miss. I think the grey and white striped lining adds to the Grandma feel of it, too. I'm not sure what it is. All I know is that every time I saw it, I thought "Dollie." I love Dollie, miss her all the time, but our style is not the same. Plus, $98 is steep for a rain coat. Obviously, this one went back.

I sent back four items, one for an exchange. And had the largest bag of return items to Stitch Fix that I've ever had! They almost didn't all fit in the bag.

It was a really fun fix, though. I got two great coats out of it that I'm excited to wear. I went ahead and scheduled another fix for February, a month early. I've seen all these cute athletic clothes on the shop feature, so I requested an athleisure fix!

What do you think? Would you have kept what I did? Also, Stitch Fix has added a lot of new features lately and I've been reviewing some of those features for them. Let me know if you're interested in a review of the new features and how they work!

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