A StitchFix, that is. In case you don't recall, I tried this service several years ago (read about my first three attempts here, here, and here). Basically, you answer an extensive questionnaire about your size, clothing style, and lifestyle, and they ship you a box of five pieces of clothing, jewelry, accessories, etc. You get to choose which, or all, pieces to keep.
I stopped because they hadn't been nailing my style, and when they finally figured out my style, the clothes they sent were too big. But my referral link was still up on my blog posts, and somebody (Jennifer P.? Anyone know who Jennifer P. is?) found it. And she ordered a StitchFix, so I got $25 credit. I wasn't about to turn that down.
Y'all, in the south, monograms are everything. It was a consideration (a minor one, but still) when choosing a husband - his last name must be compatible with my monogram. I am a master circle monogram gal (just Google Image it), and my mother did a hell of a job naming me, at least from a monogramming standpoint. I couldn't ruin her good work by adding a ridiculous last name.
Being a Stevenson? Why, it works very, very nicely with an E on the left and a P on the right. So now that I have this beyond-perfect monogram, I want it on everything. My cousin-in-law knows this. And she somehow found out about this monogram box subscription from I Love Jewelry.
...well, charm seems a bit too optimistic, but my third StitchFix box is definitely better than the first two - from a style perspective, anyway. As far as sizing goes, everything except one dress was a bit big (and a couple things were WAY too big). That's kind of a disappointment, because I would possibly have kept everything if it had fit. Pictures below. And as always, commentary is welcome (yes, Mom, even you).
Anila Floral Print Flutter Sleeve Blouse
I really liked this blouse when I first pulled it out of the box. Then I tried it on. While I LOVE the pattern and the general concept, it just felt a little too baggy. I'm afraid it looks frumpy. Maybe it would look better with a black belt around the waist to give it more definition? Or is it a lost cause?
Rowson Colorblock Striped Sweater
As far as the style goes, they NAILED it. I have a Carolina blue and navy and white striped sweater JUST like this from Lilly Pulitzer. The difference is, my Lilly sweater FITS. If a sweater can fit your 6'0", 200-pound fiance, that's pretty sad. I know it's meant to be layered, but this is even with my white button-down beneath it. Still a fail. This one's going back.
Audrey Pearl Neckline Striped Dress
This one is relatively cute, but like the blouse it's just a wee bit too big, especially in the waist and bust. The rhinestones interspersed between the pearls on the collar look kind of cheap. And it's an awkward style of dress. It's really too fancy (or cocktail dress-looking) to wear to work, but where else would I wear it? We don't go out often enough to make this one worthwhile. Cute style, but a pass.
Andrea Floral Brocade Knit Dress
This was my favorite item straight out of the box, and after trying them on it's still my favorite. For starters, it's the only one that fits in the waist and the bust (seriously, they have my bra size...how is it this hard to get things to fit my top half?!). I could put a cardigan with it and wear it to work, or I could wear it on its own. I think this is the one I'm keeping.
Giselli Chevron Print Sleeveless Dress
This dress is super cute and work appropriate, but I knew it the minute I pulled it out of the box - it's way too big. If it fit, it would be a keeper, along with the gray and white flowered dress, but there's just no way. You could put an entire extra set of boobs in the top, 'cause mine take up about half the room allotted to them. A shame, because this could have been a super-cute versatile dress.
So that's my third StitchFix, and possibly my final for a while (unless any of you sign up using my link and give me credit). It's been fun, but they haven't nailed my style and size the way they've advertised. So feedback welcome.
And here's a picture of my sweet Luna. She was such a good girl. When B was taking pictures of me, she would just sit and look at him expectantly, so of course he had to take her picture, too. Gah, I love my sweet furry bug.
My second StitchFix came today. I was even more excited about this one than the first. Between feedback on the other box and the addition of a link to my Pinterest fashion board, I'd been hoping this box will be a little more tailored to my actual tastes. I do not do tribal or Little House on the Prairie. Just...no.
And still no. When I opened my box, with all my girl coworkers eagerly anticipating the excitement inside...I was wildly disappointed. Not sure where these "stylists" are getting their ideas from, but NOTHING in my box really screamed "me." At this point, I've now filled out an extensive questionnaire AND dedicated a Pinterest board to my fashion ideas and sent them a link to it. You would think they would get a clue.
I guess in retrospect they did, because I did not get any baggy, hippy-dippy grandma dresses, but this wasn't much better. I'm pretty disappointed. I was looking for some new clothes because I'm sick of everything I own. Some of this stuff I like a little, but there's nothing I'm really 100% sold on. AND it's all MUCH more expensive than last time, too. I don't know what, if anything, I will keep. Take a look at the pictures, and give me some feedback. What looks good? What doesn't? What's worth the money and what's not? I really have no idea.
Disclaimer: B is out of town and I left my DLSR (with the self-timer) at my house. There was nothing for it but to drag a chair to the bathroom and take some selfies. At the risk of looking like a teenager, or possibly just sad and ghetto, here you go. Don't judge THIS. I did what I had to do :)
Collective Concepts Josefin Striped Ruffle Detail Blazer
Well, the one thing you can say for this one is that at least it's work appropriate. It's also freaking expensive, at $78. It's kind of cute, but it's really short. I keep feeling the need to tug it down. I have a really long torso and I feel a lot more comfortable if shirts/tops/jackets hit my hips. It actually fits pretty well otherwise - blazers tend to make me look boxy, and also like a kid playing dress-up, but this one has some shape to it. So what is it: keep or return?
THML Aptos Button Detail A-Line Dress
This was actually the only thing I really liked on first glance. Then I tried it on at my coworkers' insistence, changing clothes in the kitchen since my coworker, Megan, who also got a StitchFix today, was in our single-stall women's room. Not as much. Even though it has stripes, and a different-colored skirt, and buttons on the shoulder, it still seemed bizarrely plain, and also a little shapeless. I'm wearing it here with brown tights and my old brown boots (not my good riding boots). It seems like an okay outfit. Maybe it would be better with a cardigan over it? I have a dark brown cardigan. What do you think? Worth a keep or not? It's $68. Does that influence anything?
Black Swan Olive Fit and Flare Ponte Dress
This one also was tried on in the kitchen at work. My coworkers REALLY liked it and said it fit me really well, giving me a defined waist. I didn't love it as much at work, but I actually kind of like it in this picture with the leopard Tory Burches and the long necklace. It's $78, so I would hope I'd like it. It's a bonus because I could wear it to work, or I could wear it out on the weekends. Versatility is important to me. So is it worth the money or not? Cute, or too plain?
Hourglass Lilly Justin Floral Print Cowl Neck Tank
I like the pink and gray of this one. That's a good color combination. It's a little big and baggy, but it works being slouchy with the skinny jeans. It also does pretty well tucked into a pencil skirt. Whatever I wear it with, it needs to be something slim-fit. This is also one of those that I can wear to work and wear for fun. It's also the cheapest of the bunch, but it's $48, which is a lot for a knit shirt. Then again, if it's that versatile, maybe it's worth it. Opinions?
Pink Martini Fierro Elbow Patch Crew Neck Sweater
This was probably my least favorite at first glance. It seems a little shapeless, the color is kind of a blah, washed-out turquoise/gray, and while I admittedly DO need elbow patches to keep from busting holes in my clothes, I wasn't super thrilled about this. That opinion continued once i tried it on. I like the look in GENERAL, of a sweater over a collared shirt with skinny jeans and pearls, but this is just kind of a weird, no-color shirt, and it's a little bit too big for me. It's pretty shapeless. This one I think I have the most certain opinion on: I definitely don't want to keep this one, especially since it's $58. But I'm open to opinions - anyone think it's fabulous and I should keep it?
So that's it - my October box. And the jury is still out. So it's up to you, sweet and faithful readers. Keep or return? Add to my clothing line-up or hold out for better? What's it gonna be, y'all??
It came! It finally came! After being shipped a week late, and then hanging out in the FedEx facility here in G-Vegas for a few days (because that seems logical), my StitchFix FINALLY arrived! I have been so very anxiously awaiting it, as have my coworkers, who are waiting to order their own box until they see if mine is any good. Luckily I've had lots of experience being everyone's guinea pig, being a firstborn and all. Occupational hazard, you know.
Anyway. It's finally here! There was much rejoicing at the office. In fact, one of my coworkers met me at the door when I came back from lunch with the pronouncement, "It's here!!!" Well, I had to open it then, of course. I looked at everything and showed it to the girls. They liked more of my stuff than I did, but at this stage of my life I'm very practical. If I can't wear it to work, it generally doesn't get bought.
I formed some opinions pretty quickly, but I wanted to wait to reserve final judgment until I could go home and try it all on. The waiting would've been incredibly painful had I not received, about 30 minutes later, the proofs of our engagement pics. That helped occup my afternoon - butttttt more on that later! That will be another post!
But anyway, back to the box. It was a long afternoon waiting to go home and try this stuff on. And when I did...my initial predictions were pretty accurate. See my reviews (and pictures) below...
Kinlie Floral Applique Cardigan
Love. Love, love, love, love, LOVE, L-O-V-E. I keep saying that I must have been a librarian in my past life (or else I missed my calling), because I LOVE cardigans. They're so versatile and practical and cute! And this one...ridiculously adorable. It was the first thing I pulled out of the box, and right away I knew I was keeping it. It's my favorite color (which is turquoise - the picture looks a little gray). AND it was only $28. So with the $20 payment/credit up front, it was only $8. Quite possibly the biggest fashion win ever. SO excited to wear this...fall, hurry up! It's still a little too warm in SC!
Wendie Tribal Print Sleeveless Blouse
I wasn't super-crazy about this when I pulled it out. The tribal pattern isn't my favorite (I'm not very bohemian), but I did like the colors. When I tried it on it fit pretty well - not super-tight, but not too baggy, either. I didn't completely love it by itself. It was just kind of meh. But once I put my pink cardigan on over it I liked it MUCH better. I'm kind of torn whether or not to keep this. The jury is still out on this one, so stay tuned for the verdict.
Opaque Leaves Necklace
This one isn't my favorite. I thought the green leaves were kind of pretty, but when I pulled it fully out of its box, I really didn't like the thick, yellow-gold chain. The leaves were also pointy and kept poking me. If it was really, really cheap I might have considered keeping it just for a bit of costume/statement jewelry. But $32 is way too much to spend on something I already know I'll wear sparingly. Decent try, but pass.
Stacy Tabsleeve Floral Print Dress
My first thought when I pulled this out of the box is that my mother would be laughing her head off if she saw it. She would invariably make some kind of "Little House on the Prairie" joke. After I put it on, I just thanked all my lucky stars my mama is safely up in North Carolina because she would STILL be laughing at me if she saw this. In fact, she's probably laughing at this picture, and will continue to do so at least until next week. It was too big...wayyyy too big. And frumpy. When your fiance's response is, "Gertrude? Is that you? Weren't you on the last episode of Amish Mafia?" you know it's a fail. This one is DEFINITELY going back. Now excuse me while I go hunt down my horse and buggy.
Milan Lace Print Sleeveless Dress
My "stylist" said she chose this for me because I had mentioned in my Style Profile that I was getting married soon, and she wanted me to have some fun party dresses for showers or rehearsal dinner or whatnot. I thought it was super pretty when I took it out. My first thought with this one was that, even with the wedding stuff, I don't know how much of a chance I would have to wear this. And it's the most expensive of the bunch, at $68. It's pretty, but it's a little large in the chest (story of my life). I also just can't see how much opportunity I'd have to wear it, so I really can't justify purchasing it.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with my box. I actually was hoping I would NOT like everything, because I can't really afford to buy it all. But it was worth it to get the cardigan. I wouldn't have found that on my own, and it's super cute (and appropriate for work).They didn't quite nail my style, which is interesting since I had to fill out a pretty extensive questionnaire, but I'm hoping after returning this stuff my next box will be a little more on-target. The thing that really impressed me was the sizing. Aside from the grandma dress, which I think was just MEANT to be big, everything was pretty dead-on. And that was my biggest concern.
The bottom line? Not only would I recommend it, I would totally do it again. Actually, I AM going to do it again. My dear coworker, Megan, signed up using my referral link, so I'll have $25 credit toward whatever I buy from my next box, which is incentive enough to do it again. If you're interested in signing up, definitely use my referral link. And by all means, let me know how it goes!
**Mad props to my sweet B for being my photographer. Best fiance ever :)
Anyone that knows me knows I'm addicted to my Birchbox. $10 a month, and at least 5 samples to try, sometimes more (and sometimes full-size "samples!"). Now my darling coworkers have sucked me into trying something new.
One of them, whom I'll call Wife (because of HER blog, which you can click here to read), mentioned this new subscription thing - for CLOTHES. It's called StitchFix. And y'all, I'm not going to lie - I have been in a serious fashion rut lately. I'm bored with all my work clothes, aside from a few key pieces, and when I get home, I typically wind up in workout clothes to go to yoga, to the gym, or to walk the Labrador and generally get dog hair all over.
How it works is, you pay $20 up front, and they ship you a box with five pieces of clothing and accessories, all tailored to your size and specifications. You choose what you want to keep and mail the rest back for free in a pre-stamped envelope. If you DO choose to keep something, your $20 fee goes toward whatever you purchase.
So basically this is a no-brainer. I don't have TIME to go shopping. I have a wedding to plan, meals to cook, an 85-pound furry monster to walk, a blog to write, and, oh yeah, a full-time job. Not to mention a LIFE (seriously, I need more down time!). I don't WANT to go to the mall and battle through all the hipster-y teenagers huddling in clusters. I do not have the time or patience for that. But this - this will be delivered straight to my office. I can take everything home and try it on with my existing clothes. If I don't like it or it doesn't fit, or even if I like it but think it's too expensive, I can return it FOR FREE (which certainly beats some online retailers...RueLaLa, I'm looking at you!). And if it does fit and the price is right, I keep it - win!
My first box is scheduled to arrive September 12th. Stay tuned for reviews...
***Also - if you feel so inclined to sign up yourself, please use this link to do it so I can get credit. Thanks!