Sunday, April 27, 2014

Stitch Fix

Sorry about the heaviness of my last post.  I think it came across a little whiny.  The last thing I want anyone to think is that I don't appreciate what I have.  It's like I said, it's all worth it, even if I feel a bit stalled in my career, because I love living in Charlotte, my friends, my daughter, my husband, our house...  We have a good life here and overall I'm very happy with where we are, it's just that I wish that my career was progressing a little more and if I had to do it over, I'd make some different decisions about my career along the way, but overall, life is good.

ANYWAY!  Totally shifting gears here, I recently hopped on the Stitch Fix bandwagon.  I had been thinking about it for a while and decided to give it a try since I never have time to shop for clothing for myself now and even when I do have the chance, I usually end up shopping for Allie instead.  I thought it would be fun to see what someone else picked out for me.

If you're not familiar with Stitch Fix, it's an online service that allows you to customize preferences and styles and have a stylist pick clothing and accessories for you.  You also give them all your sizes and you can tell them if there's anything specific you want or don't want each time.  They ship you a box of items and you try them on and decide what you like and don't like and send back the items you don't wish to keep in a prepaid envelope.  For the items you keep, you can apply the $20 styling fee towards them, and you just go online to your account and check out.

In my first box, I received a pair of pants, two shirts, a blazer, and a purse.  The items come with a styling card, which is awesome.  It gives you ideas of ways to wear each item included.

The first item I tried on were the pants.  They were coral colored and slightly cropped.  I liked the material a lot, very soft, and the color is similar to one of my favorite pairs of shorts.

I was not a fan of the fit or the price though.  Cropped pants are tricky for me since I'm only 5'3".  I feel like I either need long pants or capris that are more cropped than this or it looks like I'm wearing pants that are too short.  Also, I felt like they tapered in an unflattering way, since I'm kind of pear shaped...  And they were the most expensive item at $128 (I almost never spend that much on a single clothing item). These were returned.

The second item I tried, you can see in the above picture.  It's a t-shirt with stripes on the front, a blue and white print on the back, and a floral pocket.  I am a sucker for any fun shirt, because I feel like they are so versatile and can be worn with jeans, shorts, etc...

I liked it with jeans or shorts.

The top was a little more than I usually spend on a t-shirt at $44, but it's so much more fun and interesting than most of my t-shirts, that I decided to keep it.

The third item was a coral plaid shirt.  At first glance, I thought I would be returning it because I actually have a plaid shirt that is sort of similar from Ralph Lauren.

Oh, hi Clyde!
I tried it anyway on though.

Cute with shorts...  and with jeans.

What actually sold me though, was the style card.  The material is sort of dressy, and the style card suggested pairing it with a pencil shirt for work, something I couldn't do with my cotton shirt from RL.

I decided I loved the feel, the fit, the pattern, and the versatility of the coral plaid shirt and kept it.  It was also in the $48, which isn't bad.

The next item was a striped blazer.  I liked the idea of a striped blazer, but the biggest problem with this item for me was the material.  It was too soft and not structured enough.  It looked like I'd have to iron it to get it to hold it's shape.  It was too casual for work and I didn't think I'd use it outside of work either, so it didn't really work for me.  I didn't love it, and it was $72, so I sent this one back.

It actually looks better in pictures than I feel like it did in person, but I stand by my decision.

The last item was a crossbody purse/bag.  I have actually been curious about these for a while, so it was not a bad thing that they sent me one to try.  

The two things I liked least about this were that it has gold hardware (I prefer silver) and snakeskin texture.  And I'm at this weird point where I'm not that into bags/purses because I usually just use my standby black purse, which is on the small side, or the diaper bag.  I think if I weren't a mom and were more purses right now, I could have found this more fun and playful, but I didn't feel like it was entirely practical for my needs right now.  A smaller version a crossbody bag could be fun to replace my boring black purse though.  The price was $52, which I thought was pretty reasonable (non-leather), but I just didn't love it.

So in the end, I kept the two tops and sent the rest back.  

I think Stitch Fix did pretty good for my first try though!  Everything they sent fit well and all were items I feel like I wouldn't easily find shopping myself, which is pretty cool!  I actually already scheduled my second fix for a few weeks from now.  We have a family trip to Hilton Head coming up and I asked for some fun vacation pieces for the trip!  Can't wait to see what I get!

Oh, and here's my referral link if you want to try it!


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