Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Stitch Fix #9 Review - August 2015

August 2015 Stitch Fix Review Collage

Stitch Fix Review - August 2015

Note:  This point contains affiliate links to support my blogging addiction!  :)

Well, I'm going to try a new kind of post this time.  That's right - a Stitch Fix review.  As you can tell from my first photo, this is my ninth fix.  I'm a little late to the party.  That happens a lot.  I enjoy reading reviews from other women that enjoy this service, so I thought, "I have a blog.  Why not?"

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 about the cool phenomenon that is Stitch Fix.  I won't go too crazy, but I'll tell you the basics:  Basically, as a member of Stitch Fix, you pay $20.00 to have a stylist look at your personal style preferences (which can include a Pinterest board) and choose five clothing and/or accessory items specifically for you.  They are shipped to your doorstep in a box, like the one pictured above.  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.  You can choose to receive fixes every month, every few weeks, or only once in a while.

If you're interested in checking it out, please consider following my link to fill out your style profile and schedule your first fix!  (I just recently joined Stitch Fix's affiliate program, which means I get a small commission for anyone who signs up using my link.  However, my opinions are always my own and I pay for all of my own fixes!)

August 2015 Stitch Fix Review - In Box

So . . . here's what I got:

1. THML - Samford Petal Sleeve Top - Price - $48.00

THML Samford Petal Sleeve Top - August 2015 Stitch Fix Review

I liked this top right away.  The embroidery across the front (and back) is blue - my favorite color.  I loved the diagonal black stripes as well.  It fit perfectly!  It's all polyester, so on this post-monsoon-storm afternoon, it was not a fun top to wear outside in the sun.  Under normal circumstances, though, it should work pretty well.  This is definitely a great work shirt.  It's a little sheer, so I will probably wear a camisole underneath.  I don't love doing that, but - oh, well.  It's cute.  :)

Verdict:  KEEP

2. THML Gloria Hi-Lo Blouse - Price - $48.00


3. DL1961 Ember Straight Leg Jean - Price - $98.00

THML Gloria Hi-Lo Blouse and DL1961 Ember Straight Leg Jean

I decided to try these two items on together!  First:  the top!  I like the fit, the colors, and the print.  Orange is not usually my favorite, but the blue seems to mellow it out a bit.  It's another polyester shirt, so I was dying out there, but I had to get my pictures!  I could definitely see myself wearing this, and my husband also gave it a thumbs up.

Verdict (top):  KEEP

Honestly, I was not too excited to see basic jeans in this fix.  I would love to try colored or printed denim, but I have plenty of blue jeans that fit pretty well, and I knew the only way I would keep these is if I was in love with them.  They were VERY long!  I'm pretty tall (5'9"), and the only way these would work is if I rolled them up.  They were also a straight leg cut, so the cuffs were kind of baggy.  They were extremely stretchy.  I had the feeling they would have been sagging in an hour or two.  The rise was also a little higher than I prefer.  They were kind of a cross between skinny jeans and "mom jeans".  I didn't think they were particularly flattering.  They are expensive too.  They weren't terrible, but I wasn't a huge fan.

Verdict (jeans):  RETURN

4. Pixley Meryl Tulip Print Sleeveless Blouse - Price - $54.00

Pixley Meryl Tulip Print Sleeveless Blouse - August 2015 Stitch Fix Review

This was a surprise.  I loved the print, but when I put it on, I immediately thought, "No.  It's too baggy.  The arm holes are too big."  I had my husband take a quick picture so I could have it for the review, but said I wasn't keeping it.  Since this is my first Stitch Fix review, he didn't realize that I wanted to keep the picture for my blog, so he deleted it!  A little while later, I had to put it back on to take another picture and then had some second thoughts.  It is a little less fitted than the other tops, but I think the cut is part of it.  There are pleats in the shoulders that make it a little looser than a top without those pleats would be.  I turned around and looked in the mirror, and I saw that I was perfectly covered up.  Nothing really showed through the arm holes.  My husband basically told me, "You're crazy.  It looks great.  Keep it."  :)

Verdict:  KEEP

5. Gilli Liana Maxi Dress - Price - $68.00

Gilli Liana Maxi Dress - August 2015 Stitch Fix Review

Last, but not least, I got a maxi dress.  I loved the colors.  I'm not usually crazy about paisley, but I liked this print.  My husband thought it was pretty, too.  Sigh.  It didn't really work.  The fabric was extremely clingy.  I felt like it hugged every bulge on my body, and not in a good way.  I refuse to wear shapewear, so if something makes me feel self-consciously pudgy, it's not going to work.  It is what it is - ha ha!  Also, the pattern was crooked.  You can kind of see it in the picture.  The pattern looks like it has a "middle", but it didn't really line up with my middle.  Weird.

Verdict:  RETURN

In general, I think this was a great fix.  I got three tops that I really like.  Melanie, my stylist (a new one this time) did a great job at picking items similar to things I had pinned on my Stitch Fix Pinterest board.  Here's my style card and her note to me:

August 2015 Stitch Fix Review - Style Card

Melanie, PLEASE style me again!  :)

I really wish I could have more luck with items that are not tops.  As in some of my previous fixes, I kept the tops and sent the other things back.  I will make a note next time that I'd like to receive fewer tops and more shorts, pants, skirts, and accessories.  I can't complain, though.  I had a fun time modeling for these pictures in our hot and humid backyard at 4 in the afternoon - and there were some winners!

Thanks for reading!  Let me know what you think about my choices!  Did I made the right calls?  Feel free to comment!

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