Last week I received my first Stitch Fix and promised to do a review of it here on my blog.
I enjoy shopping and wearing stylish clothing, but as I’ve confessed, I’m a slow shopper – especially when it comes to clothes – and that doesn’t always mix well with a busy schedule and four kids.
So when my friend Jody posted her Stitch Fix review on Des Moines Moms Blog, I was sold on the idea of trying on five stylish items in front of my own mirror and with several days (instead of several minutes) to make a purchasing decision.
I stayed up late that night completing my style profile (and Googling style descriptions like “casual chic” and “classic” because I didn’t know what they meant), and I was able to schedule my first fix for just over a week later.
To my surprise, my fix shipped early and arrived at my doorstep prior to my scheduled date. I guess that was a good thing since I was heading out of town that weekend and wanted a new outfit to take along.
My First Fix
The Denna Dark Wash Skinny Jeans were the first thing I tried on. I wasn’t really looking to buy jeans, but I was anxious to see if they got my fit right. (I’m that girl who tries on 10 pairs of jeans before finding one I like.) They did. I’ve got to say, I was impressed. The jeans were plain but practical, and I liked the cut and feel of them. At $78, they weren’t a purchase I could justify in the absence of need, though I would have considered keeping them in a different season.
Still wearing the jeans, I tried on this Lillian Printed Flutter-Sleeve Blouse. I wasn’t thrilled with the color or pattern, and I thought at first that this particular flutter sleeve was weird, but overall the fit was flattering and comfortable. The price? Way too high. I’m not sure I could ever spend $68 on a lightweight shirt.
Next up was the Geena Tab-Sleeve Belted Tunic. I was pretty sure right out of the box that it wasn’t my style; belted tops just aren’t my thing. My first impression was right. I hated the sleeves, and the material was hot and heavy. It felt more like fall than spring to me. Even if I’d liked it, the size wasn’t right. It was too big through the chest and arms. That was $48 pretty easily NOT spent.
By this time, the kids were dying for me to try on the Laney Empire Waist Jersey Maxi Dress. (Yes, even though I was “shopping” at home, I still felt like I had a dressing room full of kids.) We’d all fallen in love with the color before I’d even unfolded it. After the first three somewhat disappointing selections, this piece put a smile on my face. The dress fit perfectly and looked like something I would have pulled off the rack myself. My only dilemma? The price tag. Excepting jeans, I never spend $74 for a single article of clothing. Was this dress really worth that much? I decided it might be, since it’s an outfit all in one piece. I cut the tag off and wore it – with buyer’s remorse – the next day. All I can say is it better hold up to a lot of wear, because I intend to get the goody out of my $74 this summer.
The last item in my box was the Bianca Heathered Drape Front Cardigan. I had no clue what I’d wear it with, so I just threw it on over the top of the maxi dress. And then I threw it right back off. I hated the cut and style so much that I didn’t even take time to have my hubby snap a picture. Realizing that I should probably have a photo of it for this review, I put it back on for the camera a couple days later just before packing it into the postage-paid return sack. I think this $58 cardigan brought extra disappointment because it wasn’t the white full-zip layering piece I had specifically requested.
Overall, I was a little disappointed in my fix. Two of five items I couldn’t even consider keeping because of fit and/or style; and all of them were too expensive for me to be able to keep more than one. I was impressed by the accuracy of the sizing (in four of five items). The color/style/fit of the dress was right on, though the price was pushing my comfort zone; I’m hoping the quality will prove the cost to be justified.
Although my first fix was less than ideal, I think there is a chance I’ll schedule another one at some point – as long as I’m prepared to spend upwards of $50 per item. In the meantime, I think I’d do well to add some inspiring looks to my fashion board on Pinterest, giving my Stitch Fix stylist a better look at what I like.
So, what do you think? Would you ever try Stitch Fix? Or maybe you already have? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Disclaimer: I did not receive anything in exchange for this review. However, fixes scheduled through my referral link will earn me credit toward my next fix.