Stitch Fix: August 2016 Review

It is HOT HOT HOT here in Brooklyn—according to my weather app it currently feels like 106°F outside—and when it’s that hot out I just go NOPE and sit my ass inside, in the AC. Fortunately, my August Stitch Fix box arrived yesterday to help keep me occupied during this self-imposed heat lockdown. This is my fifteenth Fix and it actually arrived almost a week early; I had scheduled it for August 18th but it arrived on the 12th!

Here’s a sneak peek at the goodies my stylist picked out for me this time around:

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Quick explanation in case you’ve never heard of Stitch Fix: basically, it’s a subscription-based fashion service that assigns you a stylist who picks out five items based on your style profile and mails them to you. Then you get to try everything on at home and decide which pieces you want to keep! There’s a more detailed description of how it all works at the bottom of this post, if you’re interested in learning more and signing up for your own Fixes.

I was happy to see that Lucy was my stylist again this month because she understands my style preferences and listens to my requests. Before my Fix this month I put a note in my profile that because it’s so hot here I wasn’t ready for fall clothing yet, so Lucy sent me some much appreciated lightweight pieces.

Here are my styling cards:

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The first item I tried on was the Daniel Rainn Wilken Lace Back Blouse ($68). The picture of this blouse on the styling card looked like it was a dark garnet color, but it’s actually much more purple than red. I do love the style of this top: simple with beautiful lace detail. The only thing about it that I didn’t like was the overall shape—it’s very blouse-y and not quite form-fitting enough for my taste:

Daniel Rainn Wilken Lace Back Blouse | Stitch Fix

Sorry for blinding you with my pale legs!

I tried tucking the blouse in, and it looked much better that way from the front:

Daniel Rainn Wilken Lace Back Blouse | Stitch Fix

But the lace detail on the back is so pretty that tucking it in just doesn’t look all that good. Here’s how the back looks untucked:

Daniel Rainn Wilken Lace Back Blouse, back detail | Stitch Fix

While I loved the color and lace flower detail of the Daniel Rainn blouse, the overall shape wasn’t great on me. And honestly I’m just not much of a top tucker-inner, aside from the occasional half-tuck. So the verdict? RETURNED.

The next piece I tried on was the Papermoon Bastille Tulip Sleeve Blouse ($44). I do love a floral pattern, and this one is SO me, with its shades of blue:

Papermoon Bastille Tulip Sleeve Blouse detail | Stitch Fix

The blouse has cute fluttery cap sleeves, which is a nice detail and something new for me. But again, the overall shape was a little too flowy for my taste:

Papermoon Bastille Tulip Sleeve Blouse | Stitch Fix

This blouse also looked better tucked in:

Papermoon Bastille Tulip Sleeve Blouse | Stitch Fix

But there was something I didn’t love about the way the fabric draped across my chest, whether the top was tucked in or not. Like…it made my boobs look strangely saggy, which made me feel like I wouldn’t wear this blouse much. So the verdict is RETURNED.

Next up was the Olive & Oak Mulliken Raglan Striped Knit Shirt ($48). I had noted that I would be okay with 3/4 sleeves in this Fix, so I wasn’t mad to see longer sleeves during this heat wave. This top is totally me: stripes (not just one kind but two!), soft, and somewhat fitted.

Olive & Oak Mulliken Raglan Striped Knit Shirt | Stitch Fix

The colors on this top are great, too. I love blue and green, and the contrasting coral collar is a fun touch. The verdict for this shirt is SOLD!

One thing I said in my pre-Fix note to my stylist was that a medium-sized everyday handbag in a dark color would be nice. I haven’t bought myself a new bag in some time so I figured I might as well see if I could get one from Stitch Fix. And  Lucy delivered! This Octavia Valencia Mini Structured Satchel ($58) was actually the first thing I saw when I tore into my box yesterday, and the style is super duper cute:

Octavia Valencia Mini Structured Satchel | Stitch Fix

The bag’s color in the above photo is a lot lighter than it is in person. The color is actually a dark teal that leans more green than blue. The bag has handles at the top as well as a detachable, adjustable strap so it’s versatile; you can carry it by hand, wear it over your shoulder, or  strap it across your body. There’s a fairly large zippered pocket on the outside, and inside there’s one zippered pocket and one pouch, plus a cute patterned lining:

Octavia Valencia Mini Structured Satchel

I’m not 100% sure if this will become my new everyday bag because it might be a touch small for all the stuff that I tend to carry. However, I absolutely love the color and the style, and bonus—it’s vegan leather! The verdict is SOLD.

The final item I tried on was the Papermoon Cecil Knit Dress ($68). This 3/4 sleeve dress has a cute pattern and a tie waist, and it will be a great fall piece! It also looks good with the Octavia satchel:

Papermoon Cecil Knit Dress | Stitch Fix

I love the simplicity of this dress’s style, and the diamond Ikat pattern keeps it from being bland. When the temperature starts to cool down (can someone please make that happen soon, because if I had balls I’d be sweating them off), this dress will look cute with a denim jacket. I’m a big fan of tie-waist dresses because they help create the illusion of curves on me, so the verdict is SOLD.

In case you were wondering about some of the non-Stitch Fix things I’m wearing, the earrings are my new Stella & Dot Hammered Wire Small Hoops. The denim shorts are from the Gap and my sandals are Born ConceptI’m wearing Bite Beauty lipstick in Palomino (which I believe is discontinued) and Zoya nail polish in Gia on my fingertips.

Overall, I’d call this Stitch Fix pretty solid—three out of five pieces is not too shabby! Style and color-wise I honestly did like all five items, but the two blouses that I returned were not quite the right fit and I knew I wouldn’t wear them much. Minus the $20 styling fee, I spent $159.15, so an average of $53 per item. Overall, I’m quite happy with my fifteenth Fix and I’m very excited to use my new bag!

New to 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 shoes—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, 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 with styling ideas 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? Stitch Fixmakes 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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