Listen, the same disclaimers apply as the first Stitch Fix review I offered:
- I fully admit that I am not good at identifying trends, and certainly which trends will look good on me
- I am CHEAP — I hate paying a lot of money for a shirt that I will invariably spill on
- I default toward basic blacks, grays and other neutrals and am generally afraid of patterns and layers
- I wear business casual and/or workout gear 90% of the time
And while my first Fix was a moderate success (I’m still happy with what I kept) I’m not sure I’m completely sold on the service.
For example, in May I kept this shirt:
It retailed at $44 and the thing that I loved most was the patterned back.
A few weeks later, I stumbled upon this shirt at Target:
I know it’s probably not apples to apples (hopefully the Fix shirt is higher quality, better fabric, etc.) but it is the kind of thing that frustrates me when it comes to fashion.
And I’m having a similar angst-y moment with my second Fix. I ended up only keeping one of the items, a pair of capri pants that I like but don’t love, and don’t hold a candle to a very similar pair of pants I bought on sale at Old Navy for $25 (now listed at $35 online).
So, here’s what I received and why I sent almost everything back (my apologies for the truly terrible pictures…the box came the weekend that I was in Boston for a running event so I had to try everything on Sunday night and take indoor mirror selfies — the very worst kind — so I could get the return out on Monday).
1) KUT FROM THE KLOTH CROPPED CAPRI PANT, $58
This is the only item I kept from this month’s Fix and I did so with some hesitations. This is the same brand that makes the shorts that I kept and LOVED from the last Fix, so I knew that they would be comfortable, but they’re a little large and kind of hit my shins at a weird length. I really do like capris for work, so even though they weren’t a total home run, I figured that instead of losing my $20 styling fee, I might as well keep these (I also had some credit in my Stitch Fix account which drove the price down even more). I wish they were one size smaller, but what can you do?
2) POMELY LYRA 3/4 SLEEVE ABSTRACT CHEVRON DRESS, $58
Fail fail fail. I knew the second that I picked this muumuu-looking dress up that it was not going to fit well. And it didn’t. I’m sure a more stylish lady would look at this and pair it with a belt or find some other way to create a waist, but I’m not that lady. I can’t ever figure out how to belt a dress without the fabric bunching in weird ways, and while I like fabrics that don’t need a lot of ironing or dry cleaning, the stretchy fabric of this dress just felt cheap.
3) THML RAYDON EMBROIDERED STRIPED TANK, $48
I loved this tank the moment I took it out of the box and despite wincing at the price tag ($50 for a TANK TOP?) I had already started dreaming of ways that I could pair this with a blazer, or with cute jeans and heels. But when I put it on, I was very disappointed in how it hung and looked on me.
It gave me a weird pooch in front, bunched oddly under my armpits when I lifted my arms (hey, there’s one side benefit to taking a selfie — I might not have noticed this otherwise) and overall just felt…fugly. If this had been $10, I wouldn’t have purchased it, so it wasn’t even a consideration at $48.
4) EZRA TARA MIXED MATERIAL PRINTED BLOUSE, $48
Pretty pattern, nice fabric…but I already have three orange/coral-colored blouses in my closet and this one just didn’t give me any definition in the waist.
5) PIXLEY RITA TEARDROP BIB NECKLACE, $42
I came REALLY close to keeping this necklace. I loved the color, the style and even the gold/bronze detail (I normally stay away from gold so this would have filled in a gap in my jewelry box). But when I put it on, it just felt like an in-between size. Bigger/chunkier? Would have been great. Smaller/more delicate? Also great. This middle ground just didn’t feel flattering to me (and again, I’m CHEAP).
Overall, I’m disappointed in this Fix but I think a lot of it falls on me. I had not done a lot of work on my style profile to help my stylist out, so for this next Fix, I’ve created a Pinterest board of items that I think might be good examples of styles and fashions that I’m interested in. Hopefully that helps, and I also think that my notes on the last two Fixes will make a difference.
(Note: I was NOT paid to review the Stitch Fix service but if you do decide to sign up and use this link to do so, I get a small credit toward my next order. If you don’t know, now you know.)