Saturday, October 17, 2015

Stitch Fix #12 Review - October 2015

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Hi, everyone!  I got my latest Stitch Fix box in the mail yesterday and I'm really excited to share it with you.  Overall, it was a good one!

I have to apologize in advance for my pictures.  I had a hard time getting good ones this time around.  It was cloudy and rainy (for a change), and I'm not a professional photographer anyway, so that made for some mediocre shots.  I tried taking some inside and outside and I posted the best of what I got - I hope it's enough to get an idea!

If you're reading this, there's a good chance that you already know about Stitch Fix.  If you've never heard of it, there are many blogs, along with Stitch Fix's own website, that will give you all the details.  I won't write you a novel about it, but I'll tell you the basics:

As a member of Stitch Fix, you pay $20.00 to have your own personal stylist look at your style profile and preferences (which can include a Pinterest board).  They will choose five clothing and/or accessory items specifically for you.  They are shipped right to your doorstep!  You have three days to try the items with other things in your own wardrobe and decide if you want to keep them.  The $20.00 styling fee is credited toward any items that you decide to purchase, and you receive a prepaid shipping envelope to return anything that you don't want.  If you happen to keep all five items, you receive a 25% discount on the whole box!  You can choose to receive fixes every month, every few weeks, or only once in a while.  I've had so much fun with Stitch Fix that I'm currently receiving boxes about every three weeks.

If you're interested in checking it out, here's my referral link: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/4660198  If you sign up using my link, I'll get a small credit.  Just in case you were wondering, I pay for all my own fixes.  My only relationship with Stitch Fix is as a customer.  I signed up this past January and I've really been enjoying it!

Here are a few links to my previous reviews:

September 2015 - #11

Stitch Fix Keepers

September 2015 - #10

August 2015 - #9

So . . . I have something new to add to my post this time.  Just to prove what a Stitch Fix nerd I am, I made a video of myself opening my box.  Well . . . who are we kidding, really?  I'm pretty much a nerd in an overall, general sense - not just about Stitch Fix!

Be nice - I know I said the words "excited" or "exciting" about 36 times in this video.  It was kind of awkward for me to watch.  Oh, well.  I'll get better.  Ha ha.

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If you don't want to bother with my video, feel free to scroll down and read!  Here's what I got this time around:

1.  Zad Bonham Hammered Geo Earrings - Price - $28.00



This was the best close up photo that I got of the earrings.  I had to laugh.  It looks like I'm about three beers into my Friday afternoon.  Ha ha - oh, well.  (I wasn't, by the way . . . )

I probably won't wear these unless I have my hair up or pulled back.  They'll just get lost and/or tangled in my hair.  I wear my hair up regularly, though, so that won't be a problem.  They also match perfectly with the mixed-metal bracelet I got in my last fix!

This was a pretty easy decision!

Verdict:  KEEP

2.  Kut From the Kloth Callie (or Amelia?) Denim Jacket - Price - $74.00






The Stitch Fix tag on this jacket said "Callie", but the fabric tag on the garment itself said "Amelia".  ???  It may have been mismarked. 

As Melanie suggested, I tried this jacket with the dress from my last fix and some ankle booties.  I liked the look.  So did my husband.    

I'm kind of on the fence with the jacket, though.  It's just what I had in mind in terms of style, but it's a little snug.  I think I would only be able to wear it over fitted tops.  It doesn't button comfortably.  However, when I look at pictures of this type of jacket online, they all appear to fit like that.  It's definitely just a layering piece and not something that I would wear as a seasonal garment to keep warm.  I don't know.  I'm not really surprised because I have very broad shoulders!  I could send it back and request a size up in a future fix, but then I wouldn't get my discount.  I'll probably keep it.

Verdict:  KEEP (I guess . . . ???)

3.  Level 99 Charley Zipper Coated Skinny Jeans  - Price - $128.00

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4.  Mystree Cavalry Relaxed Fit Dolman Sleeve Knit Top - Price - $58.00




These jeans were pretty hard to photograph!  They are a very dark, shiny burgundy.  I posted a few different shots, (one overly-dramatic piano pose with a different top!) but I wasn't completely happy with any of them.  The coated fabric is gorgeous, and you can't really see it in the photos!

They are sooooo tight!  Especially in the knee and calf area.  They don't quite fit over my marathon-training muscles.  Yeah.  That's the story that I'm going with.  Ha ha.

In a way, I think the tightness is good.  I'm starting to HATE skinny pants that fall down.  After one washing, the pants I got in my last fix started doing that.  I wore them a few days ago and I was pulling them up all day!  I think I'm actually going to buy a slim belt to wear with skinny pants, because this seems to happen a lot.  I don't think these pants will fall down.  They kind of stick to you.  Did I mention that they're also very tight?  :)

UPDATE:  I did try an invisible/flat belt and I've been very happy with it.  I actually tried two different brands and Beltaway was my favorite!  It not very stylish looking, but it's meant to be covered up with a shirt.  It helps the situation immensely!  Here's a link if you want to give it a try:



Anyway, I think these coated skinnies look pretty good.  My husband likes them a lot, too.  I'm 5'9", and I really hope they don't shrink.  They're a bit shorter than I'd like, but I'm still getting used to ankle-length pants.  I still prefer my pants to be longer.  Still, I can see these looking cute with ballet flats or even riding boots!

Verdict (jeans):  KEEP

As Melanie suggested, I tried the striped top (in the top two photos) with the pants and attempted a front-tuck, though I found that I liked it better untucked.  The top surprised me.  I didn't think it was super-exciting at first, but I ended up liking it a lot!  It's very comfortable, and I love the orange stitching detail, even though orange isn't necessarily my favorite color.  The fit is relaxed, but it's not as baggy as I thought it would be.  This might be my favorite item in the box!  It's a definite keeper!

Verdict (top):  KEEP

5. RD Style Colton Marled Knit Cardigan - $64.00



I didn't get a great shot of this cardigan.  The picture doesn't really do it justice!  The best thing about this picture is the little black pug in the background.  :)

It's hard to think about wearing it right now, because it's nowhere near cool enough.  Maybe in another month?  I like it, but it's right on the border of being too blankety for me.  (Yes, I made that word up.)  My husband looked at me and said, "Well, you just turned forty, so it's about time you started wearing old-people clothes."  Ha ha.  Nice.  He was kidding, but this sweater does have a kind of "grandpa" quality to it.  I think the key will be wearing something interesting underneath it.  The good thing about it is that it's neutral, so it will go with a lot of different things.  I don't particularly like it with the outfit above, but I think it will work with quite a few things.

This will be good for one of those January days when I didn't want to get out of bed anyway, so I can just pretend I'm still warm and wrapped up in the sheets!

So - why keep it if I'm not in love with it?  Well, it usually doesn't make sense to send back just one thing.  If I sent back the jacket, I could send this back too, and just keep the other three things.  However, the cost for keeping all five things is only $30 more dollars than it would be if I kept just three things.  I could also send back the super-expensive jeans and only keep two things, but . . . they're kind of cool.  I think I'll just keep it all.  I'm hoping that the denim jacket will stretch out a bit as I wear it.  After all, every other piece of denim that I own seems to stretch out without me wanting it to - so why should this be different?  Also, I do think the cardigan will grow on me!

Verdict:  KEEP (I think . . . )

LOOKS LIKE I'M KEEPING EVERYTHING AGAIN!!! 

Overall, this fix was another winner.  Melanie has really picked some nice things for me!  I usually feel kind of "meh" about grey, but I ended up loving the shirt.  I would like some lighter, more fitted, colorful cardigans (that still fit over my big shoulders), but there is plenty of time for that!

So, it's now Saturday afternoon and I'm finally finishing this blog post.  We went out to a low-key, casual art gallery opening last night and I wore the shirt!  (My husband tried to talk me into wearing the skinny jeans with a black tank top and his leather motorcycle vest from his brief stint as Harley man, but that was NOT happening!  Ha ha.)  This picture is awful, but it was dark by the time I took it.  The only room in our house with a full length mirror is my husband's art studio, so . . . that's what all that stuff is!  I wore my favorite Lucky jeans with some grey boots.  I felt comfortably AWESOME!



By the way, you can check some other awesome Stitch Fix Reviews at this link:  www.crazytogether.com/october-stitch-fix-28-review-giveaway-linkup


It's hosted by Maria of Crazy Together and Kinder Craze.  I always love reading her reviews!  :)

Please comment?  Did I make the right calls?  Have you received any of these items?  What did you think?  Am I the only one that both hates and loves skinny pants?  Thanks again for reading!

6 comments:

  1. I love the coated jeans. I pinned them, then unpinned them, then pinned them and unpinned them one more time. I love them, but I don't want to tempt myself with them. I agree with you on learning to embrace the whole "ankle length" pants thing. I know it's the trend, and I am trying, but it STILL feels weird to me. lol

    I got a similar dolman in my last box. They are SO cute, but unlike you, they just don't work for me. It looks REALLY cute on you. Most of all, I am jealous of that denim jacket. It's fall in Chicago. I have been begging for one every fix, to no avail, but you get one in ARIZONA?! Curse you! :) Another great fix! I don't know if you have a great stylist or if you are just one of those people that every damn thing looks great on...

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    1. Thanks! I am bonding with the denim jacket. I think it will stretch out a bit as I wear it. I hope you get one in your next fix! It's funny - I wore mine the other day and I ended up being too hot! The cozy cardigan is out of the question for now. Lol.

      The dolman top surprised me! That's one thing I like about Stitch Fix. I probably wouldn't have even tried it on in a store! :)

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    2. ha! I got my "your fix has shipped" email and of course, I HAD to go peek. They are sending the KFTK Callie Denim Jacket, finally!! I guess I just had to whine out loud to the universe to make it happen! I'm no longer jealous! :)

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    3. Ha ha - awesome! I hope you love it! Mine is definitely growing on me! :)

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  2. I absolutely love those earrings. I'm going to ask for them in my next fix. The skinny pants, too, are so cute! I don't know how they would fit me, though, because I'm really short. Great fix you got!

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    1. Thanks, Kim! I hope you get the earrings! :)

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