Sunday, April 10, 2016

April 2016 Stitch Fix Review

Stitch Fix April 2016

I received my fourth Stitch Fix delivery this week and it was my favorite so far!

Let me start by saying that the previous three fixes have all been really good. Fix #2 had a couple WTF pieces that I later saw other bloggers wear and look great in. They just weren't me. But this fix—this one was just perfect for me. My stylist Carolyn had clearly paid attention to my request and reviewed my Pinterest board and she seemed to have a pretty clear idea of what my style is. I think I'm actually going to request her again next time.

For reference, here's my note to her:

And here's her note back to me:

But for now, let me show you what I've got. (BTW, I'm kind of rushing this post out because I have to return the fix tomorrow and I haven't completely decided what I'm keeping.

Alice Blue "Anemone" Split Neck Blouse—$48
Dear John "Finnegan" Roll Cuff Chino Short—$58

roll cuff chino short and split neck blouse

This is the part where you either gasp and shout, "$58 for shorts? Are you CRAZY?!" or you nod your head and say, "That sounds about right." If you are in the second category, then PLEASE comment and give me permission to keep these shorts. I love them and I desperately need shorts. (Like I said in my note, I literally don't own any.)

These shorts are great. They're just fingertip length—not too short, not too long—and they're made out of a trouser type of material. I could wear them with heels on a date or comfortably around town on my days off. It's just really hard for me to consider spending that much money on shorts for some reason. I've got the money in my budget; it's just doesn't feel right.

(I really need to read up more on ethical clothes shopping. Because now I'm in this weird in-between place where I feel guilty spending money on expensive clothes and I feel guilty buying cheap clothes.)

The shirt is great, but just not something I need. I loved the sheer fabric and even the floppy split neck. It's so fun and airy. But I already have a long-sleeved white shirt for work and don't need long-sleeves on my days off.

Fun2Fun "Dianna" Cut-Out Detail Tank—$38

Dianna Cut-Out Detail Tank

I loved this shirt, too, but am not considering keeping it either. This one was just, too big. Every opening showed my camisole. The neck was too low, the arm holes were too big, and the back went down too far. I know that if I really wanted it, I could check with customer service to see if they have a smaller size (although if they replace it, the purchase is considered finalized) but I already had other items I wanted more and I'm really trying to limit myself to one purchase this month.

Liverpool "William" Straight Leg Trouser—$98

William Straight Leg Trouser

So for some reason, I'm much more comfortable with the idea of paying nearly $100 for these pants, but not $40 less for the shorts.

These pants were all I could have asked for. In fact, I was surprised that they didn't cost more. They felt like the tuxedo pants that my husband used to rent back when all our friends were getting married. I want to own them so badly, but. . .

Do you see how high they were on me? These aren't supposed to be cropped pants. Carolyn sent me petite pants. At 5' 2", I've always bought petite pants whenever possible, but I think I'm going to have to change my size profile. These pants were a good three inches shorter than I would have wanted them.

It's probably for the best. I just bought a navy blazer (from Stitch Fix, of course) and I don't think they would have worked together.

Kut From The Kloth "Gracelyn" Pencil Skirt—$58

Gracelyn Pencil Skirt

When I peeked at my order in the Stitch Fix app, I was a little disappointed. I've been dying to have a pencil skirt since I went back to work, but this one has belt loops and a zipper. It seemed really casual—like a jean skirt. But trying it on changed my mind.

This is the fix where I really understood why it's worth it (for me) to pay for Stitch Fix's stylists. I pinned a bunch of super-sophisticated business skirts, but then I told the stylist that I wanted versatility. The dark material of this skirt makes it look very conservative when dressed up, but I can totally see myself wearing this around on my days off. 

So here's my conundrum: the pencil skirt or the shorts? I have no work skirts. I have no shorts. Do I keep both and skip my next fix? Let me know if you have an opinion. And quickly! I have to send them back on my way to work tomorrow.

As always, if you want to try Stitch Fix, would you use my referral code so I get a little credit on my account?

Sunday, March 27, 2016

February 2016 Stitch Fix Review

Navy Blazer

When I started using Stitch Fix, my Goal was to get a fix every six weeks or so. I patiently waited a month after I received my first fix before scheduling my second. 

I've found that once you get past the rush of scheduling your fix, tracking it's shipment, and trying on the clothes, the desire to do it all again dies down after a week or so. But that first week is rough. Everything in me wanted to schedule my second fix RIGHT AWAY.

Nevertheless, I waited. And I received my second fix early in February. I was expecting a sophomore slump. Most reviewers find that they're less impressed with their second fixes for some reason. I am among those, but I can't blame my stylist for that.

I'd requested business casual and anything in blush pink. Almost everything I received were perfect choices for me: a charcoal pencil skirt with a subtle pattern, a blush pink pair of slacks, and a blush pink moto jacket. BUT, since I'd had a problem with two of my items in my first fix being too big, I'd changed my size from an XL down to a Large. Big mistake. My favorite pieces were just too small. I didn't even bother taking pictures for the blog. They were so ridiculously unflattering. 

I almost considered keeping them because they were so perfect for me and just going on a crash diet, but then I realized. . . 

So, I kept the ubiquitous Pixley Ellie shirt because I kind of feel like it's a rite of passage to receive this in one of your fixes. Also, I figured if I ever wanted to get rid of it, I knew at least two friends who would love it.


That brings me to my third fix. 

The second time around, my patience was shot. I loved my Ellie shirt, but I really hadn't needed another work blouse. I needed bottoms and another top layer for the freezing temperatures inside my new company. I waited ten days instead of thirty and scheduled my third fix. It came just inside of the end of the month. And in the meantime, I'd gotten a Stitch Fix gift certificate for my birthday from my MIL, Linda!

Fix #3 came from my third stylist so far. I have had three stylists and so far I haven't had a fix that felt totally off the mark for me. This fix was really hard to decide on, but I still tried to restrain myself to one item (that way I have an excuse to order again). I'll start with what I didn't keep.

Mak Coffman Button-Up Cardigan ($48)

white cardigan

white cardigan

I'm going to take credit for coining the phrase "Power Cardigan." I just like the look of a fitted cardigan that can replace a blazer. This one was just everything I was looking for. It was absolutely beautiful. But, as my husband pointed out, it was very delicate and I'm pretty hard on my clothes. For $48, I couldn't trust myself to make it last its full lifespan.


Market & Spruce Walfrid Henley Blouse ($48)
Margaret M Emer Printed Straight Leg Pant ($98)

Black and white print blouse

This shirt was very me on paper (and by paper, I mean the awesome styling cards that Stitch Fix sends with the clothes), but in real life, I didn't like it. It just sort of hung there. The neck was too low, but not really sexy low. It just sort of looked too big. Like I was wearing my mom's clothes. And it was really sheer. But again, not sexy sheer. Because it was so long, the division between my pants and cami really stood out.

And now, the Emers. This is the second pair I've received and I'm not that impressed. It's not the price that bothers me, it's the fit. These are stretch waist and have no zipper. Both pair have been too large for me. 

Now, Stitch Fix seems to think this pair are "Jewel Tone Purple," but Margaret M seems to think they're fuschia because that's what the tag says. I agree with Margaret M. My daughter said that they looked "circusy." I agree with her also.


Pixley Millie Textured Dress ($68)
Kensie Rebekah Stretch Crepe Blazer ($88)

navy blazer

These were my keepers. Yep, both of them. It was quite a splurge month for me. All-in-all I bought three items from two fixes. CRAZY! But I did have that gift certificate. Thanks, Linda!

There's been a ton written about the Millie dress, so I don't feel like I need to go into all the details. Suffice it to say, it's a great dress. Google it. Everyone who tries it on looks good in it.

The jacket was amazing because it looks structured but is actually pretty stretchy. Also, the arms are short enough for me so I didn't even have to have it altered. I adore it. I wear it to work at least once a week. 

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Also, fix #3 was styled by Brittany.

Why Haven't You Convinced Me Yet?

Photo credit: David Hartman

[I wrote this post and sat on it for months. I know it is sensitive, and of the few people who ultimately read it, I know I will offend at least some for completely opposite reasons. But I most start by clarifying that this is written to my friends who are gun control advocates not to criticize your arguments, but to honestly suggest how you might improve them.] 

As someone who is on the fence about gun control, when a tragedy like a school shooting happens, I'm very open to hearing the arguments of Gun Control Advocates. Like the rest of the nation, I'm looking for a solution, a way to make it better, to make our country safer, but every time I am frustrated by the reactions my anti-gun friends provide. I don't like guns. I don't have any in my home and I don't feel comfortable around them in others’ homes. I should be very easy to convince but, my friends, you are not making your case very well! 

You're actually sending me inching toward the opposing side, holding my nose at their aggressive, vigilante philosophies, but not seeing any other real solutions.

Gun Control Advocates, I don't know if you can hear the way you sound, but you've become the liberal version of Westboro Baptist Church. You stand around and proclaim the killings to be God’s curse on our nation for our sins  instead of making converts by describing the way things could be changed. Instead of coming on Facebook or television and saying, “Here is a list of specific legislation and changes we can make that would have prevented this slaughter,” you stand on your soapbox before the dead are even buried and cry, “This is what we get for having gun nuts run the country!”

So instead of just saying, “gun control now,” please tell me: 
Should all firearms be illegal?
What weapons should remain legal?
Who do you think should be allowed to own a weapon?
Who should be allowed to sell a weapon

We’ve been told that the Oregon shooter owned his guns legally, so what laws would you have changed to prevent his killing spree?

Maybe you're not being specific because you are afraid of scaring moderates like me away. Maybe you wrongly  assume we've already heard it all before. Whatever the reason is, you're not succeeding. While you're busy insulting my apparently crazy, evil, gun-loving parents, they can calmly claim that the shooting would have been prevented by teachers and students carrying handguns.

Maybe that's not a good argument (it seems unrealistically optimistic), but it's easily actionable—take down a few signs and let everyone bring their concealed weapons in their backpacks. You don't think that's the answer? Then tell me what is. 

Everyone knows that guns are dangerous—that's why so many feel safer if they're evening the playing field with a weapon of their own. So it's time to tell me how you want to make me safer. Anger and insults haven't worked yet.