Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Stitch Fix Review #1


This is a little different than my regular posts, but having recently moved from Colorado to DC, my wardrobe doesn't really match the East Coast (you mean you can't wear North Face pants and a puffy jacket to a business meeting in DC???). When we arrived, it was apparent I needed some business clothes that were a little more dressy than Seattle and Boulder. Maybe I'm just growing up.




WHAT IS STITCH FIX?
That's when I found Stitch Fix (referral link - if you sign up using that link, I get a $25 credit!). Basically, I filled in a "style" profile, linked it to a Pinterest page I made for clothes that match my style, and wait, semi-patiently. A box shows up at the doorstep with 5 pieces, hopefully matching your style. It's a personal stylist so I don't have to shop, and there might be pieces that I wouldn't have necessarily grabbed. I have 3 days to decide what I want to keep, and send back what I don't like. They charge a $20 styling fee that gets applied to anything you keep, and if you keep all 5 pieces, you get a 25% discount. Yep. It's pretty straight forward, and fun.

WHAT'S IN THE BOX? 
Ready to see what I got in my first fix? It was February...

41Hawthorn Maddy Ponte Fit and Flare Dress - $78
41Hawthorn Maddy Ponte Fit and Flare Dress: I actually really liked this dress. It fit well, looked great, and was comfortable. The problem? It was February (end of), and I was about to leave for South Sudan for 3 months, so by the time I got home and could actually wear it, it would be the dead middle of sweltering summer in DC. Not exactly a summer dress. Maybe if they sent it to me in October I would have kept it, but not spring. Sent back.
Kut from the Kloth Giuliana Bootcut Jeans - $88
Kut from the Kloth Bootcut Jean: These jeans were comfortable. The fit well, looked good, and had lots of stretch. They were LONG. I needed to hem almost 6" to make them wearable. I might have kept them if not for the price tag and sewing I would need to do, just couldn't justify. Sent back.

41Hawthorn Filbert Houndstooth Henley Blouse - $58
41Hawthorn Filbert Houndstooth Henley Blouse: Sometimes I think the Stitch Fix prices are a little high. Turns out, 41Hawthorn is their own clothing line, so you can't find these anywhere else. I thought long and hard about this one. I wanted to love it, but it was big, and semi-see through, and just a little off. Close, but not 100%. Sent back.

Lunadi Striped Solid Trim Blouse - $28
I didn't like anything about this blouse. I had to will myself to try it on, reluctantly. And nothing I paired it with looked good. It was black.white stripes, and the cuffs ans neck were just a little too bold. And if I raised my arms too enthusiastically, the buttons would pop open. Didn't have to think on this one. Sent back.

Pomelo Chaplin Hooded Anorak Cargo Jacket - $88
Pomelo Chaplin Hooded Anorak Cargo Jacket: This was actually a great jacket. This is the one piece my husband actually reacted to and said I would wear. I did like it - the piping and contrast were a soft pink. It was a light weight jacket, perfect for spring and fall. It also had a hood, which was great. Not sure really why I sent it back, but I did. I guess the price was too high that day, and I couldn't justify it. Looking back, maybe I should have kept it...Sent back.

So, of the five pieces, how many did I keep? None. But I am still optimistic. There is a whole following of Stitch Fix folks out there, and there are some really interesting clothes. I am setting up my next fix for June right after I get back, so let's hope it's a good one!

SIGN UP FOR STITCH FIX

Interested in receiving a box of your own, perfectly styled just for you? It's easy! Sign up using my referral link (yes, I get credit when you use that specific link), fill out your Style Profile, and get excited - only a few weeks until your box! Just make sure you set up a Pinterest page with your style - this helps highlight what you like. It's that simple!

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