Stitch Fix: March 2016 Review

My 13th Stitch Fix arrived today, though I had scheduled it for this past Tuesday, March 22. This Fix didn’t even ship until the 21st, so I got it three days later than I had expected. Not a great start, but I was still excited to crack the box open and see what my stylist picked out for me!

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I’d like to note that I didn’t put any specific requests in for this Fix; I didn’t request anything last time and it worked out well for me. Though I realized too late in the game that I really should have requested a cocktail dress to wear to my 20th (!!!) high school reunion which is coming up in May. However, when I gave feedback on my last Fix I did ask to have Lucy style me again—which she did, so I appreciate that they listened.  🙂

The first thing I noticed upon unboxing was a handbag in a mint green color that made me go “hmmm.” In addition to the bag, my stylist picked out a pair of cuffed denim shorts and three tops—two sleeveless and one 3/4 sleeve length.

My styling cards seemed promising:

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The first piece I tried on was the Le Lis Alapay 3/4 Sleeve Printed Back Knit Top ($58). It’s cute and very soft, with a paisley-ish print detail in a sheer material at the shoulders and on the back. The top fit well and felt very cozy. Below I’m wearing it with grey Banana Republic skinnies and a pendant I bought from Urban Outfitters a few years back that I recently spotted Stephanie Tanner wearing in an episode of Fuller House:

Le Lis Alapay 3/4 Sleeve Printed Back Knit Top - Stitch Fix

Here’s the back of the top:

Le Lis Alapay 3/4 Sleeve Printed Back Knit Top - Stitch Fix

Cute, right? Although the top isn’t super appropriate for the upcoming warmer weather, I was considering keeping it until I discovered a hole in the right armpit region:

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So the verdict on this top is RETURNED, DUH. I’m not in love with it enough to ask if I could get an intact replacement.

Then I moved on to the Kut From The Kloth Lonnie Distressed Cuffed Denim Boyfriend Short ($68), which I first tried on along with the Skies are Blue Cupertino Eyelet Detail Top ($54). I was not thrilled to see Kut From The Kloth in my box, as I’d received a pair of the brand’s jeans in a previous Fix and hated the “K” embroidered on the back pocket. I decided to keep an open mind and tried these shorts on regardless! I’ve styled the outfit with a pair of gladiator-type sandals from…Payless, maybe? I can’t remember…I’m terrible with shoes.

Kut From The Kloth Lonnie Distressed Cuffed Denim Boyfriend Short, Skies are Blue Cupertino Eyelet Detail Top - Stitch Fix

I liked the fit and the boyfriend style of the shorts, but the length was weird on me, like they needed to be a little shorter or a little longer. And then there’s that damn embroidered “K” on the butt, which I just can’t get past (and I won’t apologize for it). Also, $68 feels pretty steep for a pair of denim shorts. The shorts verdict? RETURNED.

The eyelet detail top was very cute and unlike anything else in my wardrobe (unfortunately the eyelet detail doesn’t translate in the above pic). I also liked the color, which happened to match the current color of my toenails. The hue looks pinkish red in the photos, but in person it’s more of a reddish coral. HOWEVER. The top has several loose threads, which I’ve so classily (Is that a word? No? Well, it is now.) pointed out below, as they’re sort of hard to see. At least you get a better sense of the top’s detail here:

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I didn’t want to spend $54 on a top that didn’t seem like great quality, so the verdict on this one is RETURNED.

I also decided to try the Urban Expressions Elisha Zipper Accent Structured Satchel ($64) out with this outfit…apologies that you can’t see the bag’s color in these photos. I don’t know enough about photography or how to use my camera to make the light not reflect off of the bag so much!

Urban Expressions Elisha Zipper Accent Structured Satchel - Stitch Fix

Here’s a closer look at the handbag, though the color still doesn’t fully translate:

Urban Expressions Elisha Zipper Accent Structured Satchel - Stitch Fix

And here’s the bag’s very roomy interior with a cute printed liner. The interior has a large zippered pocket and two open pockets:

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It’s hard to tell in these photos, but this bag is VERY mint green, which is not exactly an “everyday bag” color for me (though I’m not opposed to playing around with color when it comes to smaller “going out” bags). And honestly, the bag also looks a little cheap. I feel like if it were a darker color it would look a little more high-end—and would also be less prone to scratches, scrapes, and dirt. When I get a new bag I tend to use it every day for quite some time, so my bags get pretty beat up. What I do like is that this bag is versatile; it comes with a detachable strap that allows you to wear it crossbody if you’d like, though the bag is a bit too big for me to wear it comfortably that way. Had I received a darker color or a smaller bag I might have considered keeping it, but the color combined with the size turned me off. The verdict? RETURNED.

Last but not least is the Collective Concepts Georgina Keyhole Detail Blouse ($58), which is the piece that really caught my eye when I unboxed everything. It has a beautiful floral-esque print that includes purples and blues, shades that I always gravitate toward:

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Here’s how the top looks on me, paired with the denim boyfriend shorts:

Collective Concepts Georgina Keyhole Detail Blouse - Stitch Fix

Print and style-wise, this top is unlike anything else I own, and it’s very pretty. The print gives the top the illusion of being pleated…which sounds horrible, but it actually works quite well. It’s light and flowy but manages to be form-fitting enough, and I like the keyhole cutout at the neckline. Once the weather warms up I can see myself wearing this to a rooftop party or a backyard BBQ. I’m sure you can guess that the verdict on this piece is KEPT!

Even though I sent back four out of five items, I’m not overly disappointed with this Fix. My stylist sent me some pieces that went outside of my comfort zone, and not all of them worked—that’s to be expected. The most disappointing aspect was the quality of the pieces…one had a full-on hole, and another had enough loose threads to make me send it back. But you know what? My wallet is pretty happy that I only spent $58 (including the styling fee) on this Fix. I guess it wasn’t lucky number 13 for me, and I’m okay with that.

New to reading my Stitch Fix reviews? You can read my past reviews here.

What is Stitch Fix?

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

How does Stitch Fix work?

Sign up at Stitch Fix and complete a style profile by answering questions about your clothing and shoe 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 by 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 if you don’t like some of the items (it’s okay, it happens)? 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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