Stitch Fix: February 2017 Review

My seventeenth (!) Stitch Fix arrived the other day and made for a very welcome distraction from packing up the apartment for our upcoming move to DC.

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In case you’re wondering what Stitch Fix is, I’ll explain briefly. Stitch Fix is a subscription-based personal styling service that assigns you a stylist who selects five pieces for you based on your style profile. They send you a box in the mail and allow you three days to try everything on at home and decide which pieces you want to purchase. If you’re interested in learning more and signing up to receive your own Fixes, there’s a more detailed description of how the service works at the bottom of this post.

Rachelle styled my Fix again this month, and her note to me demonstrated that she’s clearly paying attention to my little blog here.  🙂

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Before I get started, I’ll admit that this post is definitely not my best. It’s becoming difficult to find a spot in the apartment without unsightly moving boxes in the background, so I posed in front of this large folded up table that’s going to be my husband’s desk. It was overcast out when I took these photos, and for some reason I had trouble getting my camera to focus properly (my photography skills are completely lacking). I’m not thrilled with the quality of these photos, so I apologize in advance for them!

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on to the first two pieces I tried on: the Papermoon Kaufman Crochet Detail Knit Top ($44) and the Just Black Cordelia Skinny Jean ($78). Rachelle noted that the longer length jean would easily pair with the black Nikes I wore in my last Stitch Fix post. These jeans fit me well, but unfortunately they were a little too long. I had to roll the cuff up a couple times, which just looked weird to me. Maybe I just don’t know how to cuff jeans properly.

Papermoon Kaufman Crochet Detail Knit Top & Just Black Cordelia Skinny Jean | Stitch Fix

The top was very cute and soft, and I really loved the crochet detailing at the neckline and down the sleeves.  You can get a little better sense of the details in the below photo. Ultimately, I wasn’t all that into the color of this top; it was a little too pastel for my taste and I would have preferred something in a darker shade. So the verdict on both items? RETURNED.

Papermoon Kaufman Crochet Detail Knit Top | Stitch Fix

As you can probably see, this next photo is one where I really had trouble with the camera’s focus. I tried on the 41Hawthorn Bronx Cable Front Pullover ($78), and while I liked the pattern and even the neutral color, which I don’t usually go for, I didn’t like how it sort of billowed out toward the bottom. It’s almost like it was intended to be a maternity sweater with all that extra room at the bottom. And, if I’m being honest with myself, I rarely wear pullover sweaters. They’re so cozy, but for some reason I usually reach for a hoodie or a drapey cardigan instead. Had this sweater been more fitted I might have kept it, but the verdict is RETURNED.

41Hawthorn Bronx Cable Front Pullover | Stitch Fix

Next up is the first thing I saw when I opened my box: the Seven Hills Kane Shopper Satchel ($58). Rachelle must be psychic, because the strap on my everyday bag (from Brooklyn Industries) broke just last week so I am in the market for something new. I didn’t even send a pre-Fix note to my stylist requesting a new bag, but lo and behold, I got one.  🙂

Seven Hills Kane Shopper Satchel | Stitch Fix

Here’s a look inside the bag, which has a removable zippered pouch containing compartments for all your stuff.

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Here’s how the bag looks when you wear it with the (detachable) long strap, which is how I prefer to carry purses:

Seven Hills Kane Shopper Satchel | Stitch Fix

I thought the bag was cute and I really loved the mushroom-y color. I didn’t love the shape of the handles on the top—it doesn’t look great when you’re using the long strap—but I was willing to overlook that if I thought it would work as an everyday bag. So I took everything out of the purse I’m currently using and put it inside this bag to test it out…but it was just not quite roomy enough. It was okay without a book but a little overstuffed with one, and I do need room for a book if I’m going on the subway. Purses are tricky, and I’m very picky about them! So the verdict, as you might guess, is RETURNED.

The final piece from this Fix was the Loveappella Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt ($64). I have a weird thing with funnel and cowl necks; by “weird thing” I just mean I feel weird wearing them. I don’t really know why. But I tried this one on anyway and the funnel neck wasn’t awful. Overall this piece was okay, but I just wasn’t in love with the sweatshirt enough to spend $64 on it. The verdict? RETURNED.

Loveappella Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt | Stitch Fix

By now you’re probably thinking this Fix was a big disappointment. This is actually the first of seventeen Fixes where I have not kept a single piece, so those odds are actually quite good. Was I thrilled to spend $20 on a styling fee without keeping any items? Not really. But I’ll take responsibility for this one not working out. I didn’t send a note to my stylist with any requests prior to my Fix. I haven’t been Pinning as much lately. And because we’re moving at the end of the month, I’m totally in “get rid of as much shit as possible!” mode. So I probably wasn’t in the best frame of mind for a Fix and would have been better off rescheduling it to a date after our move.

So there you have it—an unbiased, honest review of a Fix that wasn’t great. Will I continue to use the service? Totally! In fact, I bumped up my next Fix to April instead of May, because I’m curious to see what kind of springy goodies my stylist will pick out for me.  🙂

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 door.

How does Stitch Fix work?

Sign up at Stitch Fix and complete a style profile by filling out your clothing and shoe sizes, what sort of styles you like, color preferences, and more. You can even specify a price range you’re willing to spend per piece. The style profile is 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, along with a note from your stylist and cards with outfit ideas for each piece. You have three days to try everything on and decide what to keep or return. 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 Fix makes it simple for you to return whatever you don’t want to keep. Each Fix includes a pre-addressed, USPS postage-paid envelope for easy returns. Schedule your first Fix today!

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