This post was previously published at catholicinasmalltown.com on June 16, 2015
I'm nervous about posting this because this will be quite a departure from my normal post. I am reviewing something. I'm doing this for two reasons. One...I think it's a cool idea. Not my reviewing something, but this start-up, Stitch Fix is innovative. And also, because if you have similar feelings then perhaps you will grab my link and I'll get a little referral fee. I'll explain more later. But first the review.
I was ridiculously excited to get this little box in the mail. As others who have reviewed this service have said, there's a surprise in every box, chosen for you by someone who may know your taste better than anyone else, because you made a Pinterest board just for them.
The way these reviews work, if you don't know, is that the reviewer takes pictures of herself in each item and then says a little about the item. What's kind of cool is that you can post a link of your review to the stylist and then they can know what you liked and didn't like. A little conversation online between stylist and subject. So, the rest of this post is all for Christina, wherever she may be. Special thanks to my hubby, who willingly got up from playing his video game in-between my costume changes to take these pictures.
#1: PAPERMOON Shea Striped French Terry Dress
When I first put this on, I was not keeping it. This dress is not the most flattering shape on me. And I think it's a little big. But only slightly so that the next size down might be too small (Christina actually knows my MEASUREMENTS...guard them with your life, Christina!) The waist is elastic, so it holds on without being uncomfortable. I do wish that the tie in the front was a belt. It would be nice to be able to add a belt just for some contrast. The tie in the front is just there as decoration. It doesn't come off nor does it make the waist tighter.
But as I wore it it I realized, that this is one of those dresses that I could live in all summer. It's light-weight, cool, can be a runaround town dress or a pool cover up. I love it...except for the horizontal stripes, Christina. I really don't like horizontal stripes.
#2: EVERLY Nadia Dress
Love the color on this dress. It's actually just right for me in the summer. The fabric reminds me of my grandmother's closet. That's not a bad thing. Mac, my husband, likes it and it's different from some other dresses I have in my closet. I think that this will work as a Sunday dress throughout the summer.
#3: PIXLEY Brook Dot Print Tie-Waist Top
Hard to tell from the picture, but this is a pretty sheer top. I don't have anything like this in my closet. I don't have ANY polka dots in my closet. So this is a departure for me. Christina, you said you put this in instead of a white tunic top. I do like it. It's nice and light for summer.
#4: COLLECTIVE CONCEPTS Dustin Mixed Material Top
When I first pulled this out, I didn't think I would like it. The colors are similar to dresses that I pinned. I love navy and white. But the pattern is horizontal and the shoulders give a more boxy appearance. But when I put it on with the white skinny jeans and navy sandals, Mac said "I like it." Unequivocally. I think this top can move from summer to fall pretty easily with jeans or navy dress pants. I should have taken a picture of the back...it's solid white with a zipper at the neckline. Again, not something that I would normally choose, but I see you, Christina, as someone who is broadening my clothing horizons.
#5: URBAN EXPRESSIONS Caroline Hobo Bag
I'm on the fence about this one, as well. I did post some pics on the Pinterest board of bags. I am trying to expand my accessories. Maybe even do a little bag swapping through the season instead of picking one and staying with that for 6 months or more (or until I wear them out). This is a nice bag. It looks fancier than what I usually buy.
So, there you go Christina.
Stitch Fix is a personal styling service in which you go to the website and create a style profile. There is a questionnaire asking about elements of style that you like or don't like. You can link to a Pinterest board of styles you are interested in. You can even leave personal notes for your stylist. For instance, I included some of my favorite colors and my measurements. Once you get all that info in, you go onto a list and your "FIX" is scheduled. There is a $20 styling fee which will be applied to anything you purchase. You will receive 5 items in each box and you can keep all or none. If you keep all five items, you get a 25% discount on everything. Boxes are scheduled to your desire, as often as you like. From other reviews that I have read, the customer service is pretty great. If you have a problem with your stylist or damage to clothing, they are good about rectifying those things.
If you, the reader, decide to try out the service, this link does allow me to get a $25 credit. Which is nice for me, I admit. Just in case you were wondering, the prices in this fix ranged from $40-$70.
UPDATE: I ended up keeping only the pieces I wasn't undecided about.