Stitch Fix: December 2015 Review

My latest Stitch Fix arrived two days ago and I’m only now able to sit down and write about it! It’s been a busy couple of days, what with my usual life and then going to see the painted bunting in Prospect Park. This week’s Fix is my 11th, and it’s a pretty good one!

December 2015 Stitch Fix

I didn’t have many specific pre-fix notes to my stylist this time around—all I really said was that I don’t have many holiday parties coming up so I don’t need fancy/sparkly holiday apparel. I also stated “no vests or jeans.” (Stitch Fix has been pushing vests quite a bit on their social media, but I just don’t like wearing them). My styling cards and stylist note were promising:

Stitch Fix December 2015 Styling Cards

I actually ended up doing two photo shoots for this Fix. I did the first one yesterday after my birding adventure, and it was very dreary outside so I had to turn the lights on in the living room in order to take photos. I wasn’t happy with the lighting in those photos, so I re-shot this morning using more natural light (the sun is out!). I actually put a little more effort into styling outfits this morning, too…i.e., “I put shoes on for this shit.”  😛

Okay! So the first thing I tried on was the Papermoon Chardonnay V-Neck Knit Top ($48). It’s very soft and drapey, so it’s a good cozy top for late fall/winter. I’m a sucker for stripes, so this top is right up my alley. The stripes are a bluish-purple, and the sleeves and sides are kind of a light, marled minty green. The back is a bit longer than the front so it gives nice butt coverage too, if you’re into that. The verdict? SOLD!

Papermoon Chardonnay V-Neck Knit Top - Stitch Fix

You may notice the bunchy crotch of the pants I’m wearing in the above pic. Didn’t notice? Good for you—thanks for not zeroing in on my crotch. I, for one, can’t deal with how it looks. See, those are the Liverpool Anita Skinny Pants ($78) that Stitch Fix sent me. However, the tag says that they’re leggings and the label inside calls them “Madonna Leggings.” I’m not sure if Stitch Fix sent me the wrong pants or if they just printed the wrong name on the styling card. Anyway, these are basically grey jeggings. I know I said no jeans in my note to my stylist, but I should have been more specific and said no pants. However, I was open to these because I don’t have any jeggings like them. They fit well except for the whole bunchy crotch issue. The butt looked good, but I can’t abide a weird crotch…especially not for $78. And let’s be honest, I really didn’t need to spend $78 on another pair of pants that are basically jeans. The verdict? RETURNED.

Oh, would you like to see more weird crotch? Here.

RD Style Iana Twisted Seam Sweater - Stitch Fix

See? I feel like if these pants were actual denim jeans I wouldn’t mind the bunching. But something about the material makes it look like there’s some kind of sideways camel toe going on (I know; sideways camel toe doesn’t make any sense, but I’m going with it.)

Let’s move on from my crotch. The item I’m wearing in the above pic is the RD Style Iana Twisted Seam Sweater ($68). It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the sweater is a very pretty dusty blue-grey with beige threads woven throughout; you can see detail better in the first photo in this post. I like this sweater, but the fairly open knit of the front and back really calls for a layer to be worn underneath. I mean, what’s the point of a sweater if it’s going to be drafty? Unfortunately, the wide scoop v-neck doesn’t really allow for a layer underneath. I tried the sweater on with a couple different shirts underneath and they didn’t look great because of the sweater’s neckline. The only thing that worked was a camisole, because it didn’t show at the neckline—but it wouldn’t do much in the “keeping me warm” department. Also, I wish the sweater was a little bit longer. For these reasons, the verdict is RETURNED.

I’m going a little out of order here, but now I’ll show you the Skies are Blue Abela Open Cardigan ($48) that my stylist talked about in her note to me. She said that she saw that purple is my favorite color…and she really nailed it with this one. The color is perfect! I threw the cardigan on over the Papermoon top and it made for a cute outfit. The only thing about this cardigan is that I wish it had full length sleeves (didn’t you hear? Winter is Coming.), but it’s nice enough and the price was affordable…so the verdict? KEPT.

Skies are Blue Abela Open Cardigan - Stitch Fix

I also want to show you a close-up of the cardigan’s color and knit, because it’s so pretty. The sleeves are ribbed but the body of the cardigan has sort of rib-and-herringbone-esque stitch:

Skies are Blue Abela Open Cardigan Knit Detail - Stitch Fix

Last but not least is the Loveappella Nerbi Long Sleeve Lace Keyhole Back Knit Top ($58). I’ll just say up front that this top is my favorite piece from this fix! It pretty much hits all the elements I like about an item of clothing: it’s comfortable, it fits well, and it’s casual but has just enough fun detail to keep things interesting. I sort of threw together an actual outfit for this photo; in it I’m wearing the top, a pair of burgundy Mavi Alexa pants from an earlier Fix, and a pair of Durango tall brown boots from Zappo’s (they don’t seem to be available anymore) that you can’t really see too well here.

Loveappella Nerbi Long Sleeve Lace Keyhole Back Knit Top - Stitch Fix

Here’s a closer look at the top:

Loveappella Nerbi Long Sleeve Lace Keyhole Back Knit Top - Stitch Fix

I just love the lace sleeves on this. But the really fun part is the detail on the back!

Loveappella Nerbi Long Sleeve Lace Keyhole Back Knit Top Back Detail - Stitch Fix

The verdict? KEPT, obviously.

Had I kept all five items they would have cost $200 with the 25% “keep everything” discount. For the three items I did keep I would have spent $154, except I ended up spending $129 because I had a $25 referral credit (thanks for signing up through my referral link, N.B.!). An average of $43 per piece is not bad at all!

To wrap up, I’m quite pleased with this fix and in my feedback I requested the same stylist next time. I feel like she paid attention to my Pinterest style board and really got my style, especially with the Loveappella top. The pants’ crotch issue was obviously not her fault, and I’m learning that I need to be more specific in my pre-fix requests. I really did consider keeping that RD Style Sweater, but I decided I just didn’t want to spend $68 on something that I liked but didn’t love AND wasn’t super practical for winter.

So! With the holidays coming up, I want to mention that Stitch Fix offers gift cards in three different ways: by email, by mail, or print-at-home. If you’d like to order a gift card to be sent in the mail, make sure to place your order before December 18th if you want it to arrive before Christmas. It’s a great gift for someone who’s been thinking about joining Stitch Fix, or for that friend or family member who just can’t wait to get her next fix.

New to reading my Stitch Fix reviews? You can read my past reviews by clicking the links below:

Read my October 2015 Stitch Fix review

Read my August 2015 Stitch Fix review

Read my July 2015 Stitch Fix review

Read my May 2015 Stitch Fix review

Read my March 2015 Stitch Fix review

What is Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix basically assigns a personal stylist to hand pick five items for you, including clothing and accessories, and ships them right to your front door.

How does Stitch Fix work?

Sign up at Stitch Fix and fill out a style profile by answering questions about your clothing sizes, what sort of styles you like (preppy, bohemian, trendy, classic, etc), colors you love or hate, styles you never want to see in a fix, and more. You can even specify a price range you’re willing to spend per piece. The style profile is pretty comprehensive, and they encourage you to include a link to your Pinterest style board (here’s mine) to help guide your stylist. You can request specific items via your Pinterest board or on leaving a note for your stylist on the Stitch Fix website, though there’s no guarantee you’ll get them.

Then you schedule a fix. You can get a fix as often as you’d like: monthly, every other month, for an upcoming special occasion, etc. When the appointed date arrives, you get a box filled with five items picked just for you by your stylist, along with a note from your stylist and cards showing suggested outfits for each piece. You get to try on each piece and decide whether you want to keep it or send it back. If you keep any items (even just one), they’ll deduct a $20 styling fee from the total cost. Even better? If you keep all five items, you get a 25% discount on everything! You only pay the $20 styling fee if you send everything back. What happens when you don’t like some of the items? That’s totally fine. Stitch Fix makes it very easy for you to return whatever you don’t want to keep. Each fix includes a pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope so you can seal the return pieces inside it, then drop it in any USPS mail box within three business days. Schedule your first Fix today!

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