So immediately after giving feedback for my first Stitch Fix, I scheduled my next one for the end of January. In the meantime, I told all my friends about how awesome the service is and wrote my first review in this blog. Then I obsessively waited for my next fix, read reviews on what other people were getting, and was generally thrilled with the entire experience.
I assume if you’re reading this post, you already know exactly what Stitch Fix is, but just in case: Stitch Fix is a fun online personal stylist service. You fill out a style profile and your stylist sends you five pieces of clothes or accessories to try on at home. You decide what you like, return the rest, and give the company feedback about their selections so the next time they style you it’s even more fun.
I’m happy to report that I think almost all women can have a lot of fun with this service and that there isn’t really a certain “type” who would enjoy it more. I know I felt a little nervous about trying it out at first because lots of the reviews I read were from women who seemed a bit more traditional than me. Would Stitch Fix be able to send anything that appealed to my aging snowboard punk Brooklyn rocker chick thing that I have going on? The answer is yes.
My second Fix was from a new stylist who seemed to really get my style. Just looking at the style cards, I knew immediately that I would probably like almost everything in the Fix. I was pretty psyched about that. My wallet less so. Let’s get down to some pictures:
41 Hawthorn ‣ Queensland Dolman Top in Dark Purple
I kept a dolman top from my last fix, so I definitely wasn’t surprised to see one again. When I first pulled this out of the box, I thought it was black and then I thought it was brown (the lighting in my bedroom at night is pretty terrible). Imagine how happy I was when I checked the price sheet and saw that, no, it was dark purple! Purple is hands down my most favorite color, and I tend to prefer deep, rich shades of it. So that was an early point for the top.
I also liked that the material on this top felt a little dressy. I specifically asked for fun tops to wear on dates with my husband, and I think this would definitely work. I tried it on and was pretty happy with the fit right away. I like that the top is pretty versatile too because of the stretchy fabric. I can adjust the length on it to vary up the look.
I definitely liked it, but as I mentioned, they sent me a dolman top last time as well and I wasn’t sure if I needed another one. I decided to think on it.
Le Sample ‣ Kahlo Embroidered Racerback Tank in Olive
I saw this tank in a different review of Stitch Fix (and another one here and here). I thought it was cute, but was never particularly in love with the tank when I saw it in reviews. Despite owning a few striped racerbacks already, I’m not big on the navy and yellow combination I saw in other reviews and I didn’t know how I felt about the embroidery. So when I saw the tank on my card, I didn’t feel that enthusiastic about it, until I noticed that the stripes were olive, not navy. Olive works a lot better with that aging snowboard punk Brooklyn rocker chick thing that I was talking about.
I was impressed with the embroidery as well, as it was way higher quality than I thought it would be. And as someone who actively avoids wearing yellow (as it is probably the worst color on me other than freaking beige), I was pleasantly surprised by how the pop of color looked, especially tempered by the olive stripes. The trapeze hem was fun too!
The fit on this was a tiny bit big on the hips (which is bizarre because…I do not have small hips) and as I mentioned I already own a few striped racerback tanks already. Because of these things, I wasn’t very sure if I should keep this, especially since it was pricey for a tank. Into the maybe pile it went.
41Hawthorn ‣ Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan in Dark Grey
Ah cardigans. Sometimes I really feel like I missed my calling in life by not becoming a librarian. I guess maybe I need to add geeky to my description of my style. Aging snowboard punk geeky Brooklyn rocker chick. I need to condense this somehow. Anyway.
The other day, one of my friends posted this on Facebook:
I’m finding that my current hobbies are wearing cardigans, talking about cats, and sitting in a rocking chair. Help.
I could totally relate.
I love cardigans too. I own a bunch and my current favorite is the plaid one that Stitch Fix sent me in my first fix. I also love wearing dark grey and I love the drapey cardigan look. My husband always tells me I look like an art teacher when I wear one. Shoot, is that another adjective I need to add onto my style?
Anyway, the fit on this was awesome and the fabric was super soft. It also looked adorable over the tank they sent me. On their suggestion, I tried it on with the dolman top as well, and that also looked pretty cute. I pretty much fell in love from the start.
Like the tank and the dolman top though, I already own a dark grey cardigan. Granted, mine isn’t as nice as this one, and mine has buttons instead of being draped. Still, was that enough to justify the cost? This was also something I would have to think about.
Dear John ‣ Sabrina Denim Leggings in Distressed Blue
I love skinny jeans. It took me awhile to be won over to them (mostly because after I hit 30 my metabolism betrayed me and I’m still dealing with no longer being able to eat half a pizza without putting on a pound). But I love that I can tuck them into boots (my favorite fashion items) and I love how they look with flats. So I like that Stitch Fix has sent me a pair in both of my fixes.
These fit me really well, despite being too long which is something that I’ve just learned to deal with since I’m not tall. They were fairly comfortable, though the denim didn’t feel as soft or as high quality as other jeans I’ve owned. I also like that they weren’t super low-rise. I do a lot of lifting and bending over at work, and I don’t need to be putting my ass on display every single time I go to pick up a box.
The problem with these jeans is that, like the other items, I already own two pairs of skinnies in almost the exact same wash. These jeans are on the more expensive side of things, and while I think that’s completely reasonable for a pair of jeans (I used to have a designer denim addiction and would happily spend $200 on a pair of jeans if that meant they actually fit me right) (I don’t do that anymore, because apparently I have to be responsible and think about things like retirement), I wasn’t sure about spending a lot on a pair of jeans that looked a lot like a pair I already owned. These went into the maybe pile as well.
Bay to Bubbles ‣ Posey Branch Necklace
I got super excited when I saw the name of this necklace on my style cards. I love trees. I grew up in the woods and I’m at my happiest when I’m back in them, playing or hiking or running a mud run. You can just go ahead and add “outdoorsy” to my style description. My apartment has many framed pictures of trees. Half my Instagram feed is of trees. I love jewelry inspired by trees too.
So I really wanted to love this necklace. Sadly, it didn’t really feel special enough to me when I opened up the box. The quality was okay, but I own nicer necklaces that are about the same scale as this one. This definitely didn’t feel like a statement piece to me, but rather something for everyday wear. And I already have a necklace I love that suits that purpose. So I was pretty sure this would be going back, which was a bummer. In the end though, statement jewelry is what I need help on. I have no issue picking out classic, understated pieces for myself to wear.
So, what did I keep?
Oddly, the decision making process on this Fix was a lot more difficult that on my first. I really liked everything, but at the same time, I already owned things like nearly every piece as well. How much money did I want to spend on things I already own?
I ended up keeping the dolman top, tank, and cardigan. What I struggled with was whether or not I should just keep everything, because it would have only been $40 more to do so. But ultimately, $40 is $40 and I didn’t need a another pair of skinny jeans in the same color as two pairs I already had, nor did I need a necklace I knew I wouldn’t ever wear. I’m pretty happy with my choices (and more so after doing my little photo shoot with the stuff I kept. I mean seriously, it’s all really cute).
Overall, this was a fun Fix, though perhaps not quite as fun as the first one. I think that’s because the first one was a bit more daring and they sent things I wouldn’t have tried on if I saw in the store. And I ended up really loving one of those things (and regretting not keeping the orange jeans). I would have picked up every single item in this Fix on my own. So while it worked out because I got a bunch of stuff I love, I don’t feel like it pushed me.
I scheduled my next Fix for March. I’m skipping February because I spent more than I wanted to this time around and I’m trying to save myself from myself. For the next Fix, I asked that they push me outside of my comfort zone a little. As long as they don’t push me towards preppy, I think I’ll be good. Since we’ll be getting into Spring by then, I’m excited to see what’s in store!
P.S. This isn’t an advertisement. I’m not affiliated with Stitch Fix, but I do include a referral link in this review. I found reviews helpful when I was trying to decide if I wanted to order a Fix, and figured I would return the favor to other women who might also be curious. Especially any of the ones that fall into the aging artistic snowboard punk geeky Brooklyn outdoorsy rocker chick niche that I fall into. Come on, there have to be more of you out there!