I've been tying to decide why this whole Stitch Fix thing is as fun as it is. There's sort of an online culture that surrounds the whole experience. Female bloggers (ahem!) will post pictures of themselves in the clothes that they get. They talk about what they like and don't like, why they kept what they kept This is ground-breaking because you can go and see pictures of REAL WOMEN in these clothes. Not that models aren't real women, they are just a very particular type of woman. And the rest of us are chubbier and shorter - for the most part. Real women are taking pictures of themselves in these clothes. Sometimes the clothes look good. Sometimes the bloggers or posters themselves get lots of positive affirmations regarding how the clothes look. Often, in the comments, people will give honest yet gentle criticisms. I've never seen a comment that was mean. (Now, I'd be interested to know if that was because we bloggers tend to guard our com boxes or because people are just being nice. I hope for the nice part.)
Seriously though, it's like you've gone shopping and are in the dressing room in front of the mirror and all these people are coming by saying things like, "You know, that blue top just didn't flatter you as much as that maxi dress. If you are only keeping one piece, I'd go with the dress." Or you have a certain shirt in your Fix and you want to see how it looks on someone else with your body type. YOU CAN FIND THIS!
One of the most interesting features is this idea that there are pieces that women on message boards call their "unicorns." This would be a piece of clothing that one sees on a review, loves, asks their stylist for but then never sees. They search the web, Ebay, Facebook pages, leaving posts asking for the piece, new or used. Such a strange phenomenon. And often, they will find the piece.
I got my second fix in the mail today. Ridiculously excited when I knew it was on the way. The website updates you with a check-out area as soon as the box ships, so you can go see your items and look them up online. I’ve “peeked” the last two fixes, but for my next, I’m gonna try and be surprised. We'll see how that works.
The rest of this post is for Dawn, my stylist this time.
Dawn, thank you so much for the lovely pieces. I was so excited when I peeked at my box online. I’m enjoying pencil skirts so much right now and when I saw this first piece, after seeing it in so many other reviews, and after pinning in for my board, I was just hoping that it would fit. And it does. The thicker cotton makes it feel nicer.
#1. PIXLEY June Polka Dot Skirt in Navy and White
Verdict—KEPT (for sure)
#2. COLLECTIVE CONCEPTS Lisette Dot Print Blouse in White and Royal Blue
Thank you for noticing the blue and white short sleeve shirt that I pinned. This piece is very similar without the hearts. It’s silky and light. Perfect for the hot weather that we will continue to have here through October. I wore it today to the movies.
#3. COLLECTIVE CONCEPTS Esten Button-Up Sleeveless Blouse in Navy
Dawn, you sent this as something to match the pencil skirt, but there's just enough difference in the two navy shades that they don’t really work together. However, I love the top. Again, light and silky. Should work great in the fall with a cardigan or jacket. I even have something similar. But I’m still hanging on to it.
#4. FUN2FUN Julianna Back Cutout Top in Green and White
Verdict—KEPT - but may sell
I’m on the fence about this one. It’s the only piece that wasn’t blue. I love blue. It’s, like, my favorite right now. But I also like green and the hubby liked this one. It’s a little short in the front for my comfort zone. I only have one pair of pants that are a little more high-waisted, so that limits me wearing it.
#5. STREET LEVEL Anchorage Striped Canvas Tote
Pinned it. Love it. Keeping it.
Yep, you read it right. I kept it all. I may still sell the one piece. But it’s cheaper to keep it all with the discount. It’s like getting a piece for free. Next time, I think I’ll pin some jewelry and different colors. Maybe try something NOT NAVY.
Stitch Fix is a personal styling service in which you go to their 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. Shipping is free both ways. 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 $28-$64.