Sunday, January 31, 2016

Stitch Fix #17 Review - January 2016


I recently decided that I had to take control of the clothing subscription box situation around here.  I used to receive boxes from Stitch Fix every few weeks, which was awesome, but . . . then I joined Golden Tote.  I kept items from Stitch Fix.  I kept items from Golden Tote.  You can see where this is going.

If you've never heard of it, I'll give you a little basic information about Golden Tote.  It's a little different than Stitch Fix, but I've found it equally fun!  I've gotten three totes so far, along with a couple of mystery totes.  (Those weren't quite as successful, but what can you do?)  It's addicting!  Anyway, here are my Golden Tote reviews if you're interested:

Golden Tote Review - January Mystery Totes

Golden Tote #3 Review - December 2015

Golden Tote #2 Review - November 2015

Golden Tote #1 Review - October 2015

OK.  Back to Stitch Fix!

I just changed my account settings so that I only receive fixes once a month.  Like I said, I'm trying to get this situation under control.  I was supposed to receive this latest fix on February 1st, but it arrived a couple of days early!  As long as I remain selective about the items that I keep, I am hoping that this helps to keep my closet situation more manageable!

If you're reading this, you probably already know the ins and outs of Stitch Fix.  If you've never heard of it, here are 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.  Here are some links to my previous reviews, if you'd like to check them out:

January 2016 - #16

December 2015 - #15

November 2015 - #14

November 2015 - #13

October 2015 - #12

September 2015 - #11

Stitch Fix Keepers

September 2015 - #10

August 2015 - #9

If you're not currently a member and are interested in trying it out, here's my referral link:

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 about a year ago and I've really been enjoying it!

Lauren styled my last fix, which was a 5/5, so I was excited to see what she chose for me this time.

Here we go:  :)

1.  Liverpool Reagan Skinny Pant - $88.00

I asked for pants in this fix.  It seems like it is so easy to find tops.   But pants that are flattering and long enough?  And preferably not plain black or denim?  Those are harder to come by!

These Liverpool skinnies are the first of two pairs that Lauren chose for me.  At first, I was kind of wishing they weren't just black and grey.  I do like the pattern, though - see?

They fit perfectly.  The waistband seems pretty substantial, which is a good thing.  I hate skinny pants that fall down all day, and these don't have belt loops!  They don't feel like they will fall down.

They are also the perfect length for flats.  I did receive another pair of Liverpool skinny pants in a previous fix - those substantially shrunk in length after one cold water wash.  I was disappointed.  I still like them, but I usually wear them with long boots now.  Otherwise, they feel too short!  These feel like they are made of a different fabric than the others.  I like them enough that I'm going to give this brand another try!

Verdict:  KEEP

2.  41Hawthorn Lucida Colorblock Dress - Price - $68.00

OK.  I took a picture so everyone could see it.  As long as I can get an item on my body, I always do.  Sigh.  I really don't like this dress, though.  It feels super conservative and plain - not me at all!  Why?  Well, it's a little bit of everything.  I don't like the color combination.  Navy is a good color.  Pink is sort of all right.  It's not my favorite color, but I don't mind it in a print.  The same dress in black with a pop of red?  Well, maybe, but the fabric and the cut just seem so . . . old.  (In a bad way, because we all know there's nothing inherently wrong with "old".)  I'm not feeling it.

It's also a bit too small - sometimes I need a large in dresses thanks to my broad shoulders and long torso.  (Especially now, when I'm still feeling the holidays.  Oops.)

Here's a view of the back.  It's no better.  It might even be worse!  (See, it's too tight!  And I refuse to wear shapewear.  Under any circumstances.)  Ha ha.

No.  No, no, no.

Verdict:  RETURN

3.  Brixon Ivy Pinson Drape Cardigan - Price - $54.00

I really don't get this cardigan.  When I peeked at what I was getting in my fix, I had some doubts.  It's so . . . feminine and flowy.  I am not that kind of woman.  Maybe I should be, but what can you do?  Ha ha.  I did see that it also comes in grey and black.  That would work, though I have no shortage of cardigans these days.  I was hoping for THAT one.

I was really surprised when I got the light tan and blush pink that I had seen in so many other reviews.  I don't see anything on my Pinterest page or profile that would indicate that this is my thing.  It's just way out of my preferred color zone.  This little dog print top than I got from Anthropologie is about the only top in my closet that seems to go with it.

It is pretty.  When I put it on, I didn't hate it.  I just don't have anything to wear with it, so it's a no!

Verdict:  RETURN

4.  Margaret M Emer Printed Knit Straight Leg Pant - $98.00

So - I did request a pair of Margaret M Emer pants.  I have seen some lovely examples in blue and teal lately (on other people's reviews).  I do have one pair from a previous fix.  I like them.  I don't go as crazy for them as some, but I wanted to try another pair.  Well . . . there were no blue ones available in my size (and the longer length, since I'm 5'9"), so Lauren sent these.  Here's a close-up of the print:

I like the print, but once I put it on, I didn't think it was very flattering on me.  Trust me - I picked the two most flattering photos out of ALL of the ones we took.  Ha ha.

Also, the fabric feels a little bit different than my other pair.  These are more of a knit fabric (and stretchier).  I could tell I would be pulling them up all day long.  There are no belt loops, so . . . it's a no.  These pants are almost $100.  They would have to be perfect, and they're not.  I'd try some other Emers at some point, but these just didn't work for me.

Verdict:  RETURN

5. Brixon Ivy Sylvester Split Neck Blouse - $54.00

I went back and forth with this blouse!  I was not a fan when I took it out of the box.  The color is pretty, but it seemed so plain!  I like details - lace, leather, cutouts, whatever!  The material seems so flimsy and crepe-y.  I don't mind wearing a camisole underneath a blouse that I really like, but why this one?  It's just a generic tab-sleeve blouse.

Well, once I put it on, I started to appreciate it a little more.  I like the color.  The tab sleeves are kind of built-in, so they won't come undone.  It is flattering, as long as I wear a fitted pair of pants.

However, my husband (correctly) pointed out that the neckline looks like a choir robe.  O.O

It does. 

I am a choir teacher.  That might be taking it a little too far, though!  Ha ha!

He also said that the fabric was kind of grandma-ish.  (Again, in a bad/stereotypical way.  Nothing wrong with grandmas - they can rock it just like anyone else!)  Yeah.  I hadn't yet told him that I thought that, too, but I had.

 I belong to a couple of Stitch Fix discussion boards on Facebook.  I decided to ask for some advice.  Most ladies advised me to keep it.  I was soooo close!

This was a tough call, but I decided to send it back.  This is not the type of item that I was looking for when I signed up for Stitch Fix.  I just didn't find it that interesting.  I have too many tops in my closet already to justify keeping something that I don't absolutely love.

Also, I want to order a new tote from Golden Tote tomorrow when they launch their February sale.  It's getting out of hand.

It's cute, but it's going back.

Verdict:  RETURN

Well, this fix was a mixed bag, but I'm thrilled with the Liverpool skinnies, so I'll consider it a win!  My last fix was a 5/5 - Lauren knocked it out of the park!  This one wasn't quite there, but that's OK.  It was fun.  I'm still a little puzzled by the conservative colorblock dress and the super-feminine flowy cardigan, but whatever!  I'm excited to see what I'll get next time.  I think I want to be surprised!  :)

By the way, you can check some other awesome Stitch Fix Reviews at this link:

It's hosted by Maria of Crazy Together and Kinder Craze.  She received some great items this month as well!  Check it out!  :)

Please comment?  Did I make the right calls?  Have you received any of these items?  What did you think?  Thanks again for reading!

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