Sunday, November 8, 2015

Stitch Fix #13 Review - November 2015


So - I was out of town this weekend for a jazz festival (along with my advanced vocal jazz ensemble) and I knew that my Stitch Fix box would be waiting for me when I got back.  How excited was I about that???  VERY!  It's always fun to get a new fix!

I've never been much of a shopper, but the longer I use Stitch Fix, the more I learn about fashion!  During my trip, I had a great time shopping in some cute little boutique stores.  We had a little bit of downtime, and I discovered that our pianist (new this semester) was a great shopping partner!  It was fun getting to know her and exploring some interesting shops!  The festival that we attended was in San Luis Obispo, CA.  We ended up staying in the cute coastal town of Morro Bay.

Morro Bay had a fun, eclectic assortment of shops, restaurants, and other attractions.  Well, to make a long story short, I bought two cardigans and a pair of crazy-looking, colorful boots!  They caught my eye right away - they were either the cutest or the ugliest boots I had ever seen.  I decided to go with cutest, and I splurged!

Anyway, after my shopping excursion, I was a little worried about having TOO MANY clothes.  I recently joined Golden Tote (another clothing-by-mail) service, and I've been having fun with that, too.  Here's a review of that experience if you're interested:

Golden Tote #1 Review - October 2015

Anyway, back to Stitch Fix!  :)

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:

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:

October 2015 - #12

September 2015 - #11

Stitch Fix Keepers

September 2015 - #10

August 2015 - #9

Well . . . here's what I got this time around:

1.  41Hawthorn Presley Colorblock Button-Back Sweater - Price - $68.00

My first impression of this sweater was mixed.  I liked the colorblock effect and the buttons on the back, but I wished the colors were different.  The combination of light tan and a dark brown with an olive cast to it was not immediately appealing to me.  Here is a picture of the back:

After I tried it on, my mind didn't change.  It's OK, but it didn't stand out to me as something particularly flattering.  The fit was right on, but I just didn't have a great reason to keep it.  I was underwhelmed.

Verdict:  RETURN

2.  Look by M Timber Vintage Plaid Infinity Scarf - Price - $34.00

I have not mentioned scarves in any way on my style profile, so I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised to receive one.  The truth is . . . I don't know what to do with them!  I think they're cute on other people, but I've never bonded with them.  What about my hair?  I have long, wavy, voluminous (yes, I do think that's the appropriate word) hair.  A scarf is pretty awkward for me unless my hair is up and out of the way . . . As you can see, I put it in a bun today so I could try on this scarf!  Here's another photo:

Wow - I look pretty serious about that scarf, huh?  Ha ha.   

I wasn't really crazy about the pattern and colors of this scarf, either.  I have not jumped on the fall plaid bandwagon yet.  To me, plaid is just OK.  I don't hate it.  I definitely don't love it.  A bright blue plaid might convince me . . . maybe.  This plaid was rusty orange and hunter green.  I might dig it if I had other things in my closet that would match it.  I don't.  I'm more of a primary color or jewel-tone kind of woman.

I didn't mind getting this scarf, though.  Why?  Because - my youngest sister is a GREAT scarf-stylist!  Also, I think these colors work for her - it's way more up her alley than mine!  I'm going to give it to her and I know she will look ADORABLE.  :)

I thought about updating my style profile to show that I do not want to receive scarves, but that's really not true.  A blue scarf with polka dots?  A leopard scarf?  Sure - I'll try those!  I could have kept this one, but I think my sister will get much more wear out of it than me!

Verdict:  KEEP

3.  Laila Jayde Bowie Solid Dolman Sleeve Top - Price - $58.00

I love the bright burgundy color.  The style and cut, though?  Not really.  I'm just not into it.  It's a little too long for the style, a little baggy, and not flattering enough to justify keeping it.  It does match with my crazy boots, though.  Check them out - ha ha!

There's not much else to say about this sweater.  It's OK.  Since I seem to have an abundance of clothing at the moment, I'm going to pass!

Verdict:  RETURN

4.  41Hawthorn Venessa Dress - $88.00

I was sad about this dress.  Out of everything in the box, I thought this was the closest to my style!  I loved the teal color.  It even matched my tattoo perfectly - see?

It just didn't fit.  It was too tight.  I was able to get it on and zip it up, but it was very uncomfortable and tight around the middle.  The funny thing was that it fit in the shoulders.  That's usually my problem area .  .  .  Sigh.  Look at the cute faux leather detail at the shoulders and waistline.

I'm not sure that a size up would have done the trick.  The top was perfect.  With a bigger size, it might have been too big.  The only way this dress would work is if I lost 10 pounds.  Yeah.  If you've looked at the rest of my blog, you've probably noticed that I like to cook.  A lot.  I don't think that's happening.  Ha.  :)

Verdict:  RETURN

5. DownEast Turin Asymmetrical Wool Jacket - $78.00

This jacket was a good idea.  It is my style.  I like the color and all the zipper detail.  There were a couple of things that were strange about it, though.

The fit wasn't quite right.  It was a little baggy/puffy in the underarm area.  It's hard to see in this picture, but it just seemed like there was some extra fabric there.

Also, the arms were a bit tight and had no stretch to them at all.  It looked alright, but wasn't comfortable.  I don't think I could have worn it over a sweater.  I just didn't see myself wearing it very often.  I'm starting to realize that if I don't love something, I should pass!  Too many clothes!

Verdict:  RETURN

So, this fix turned out to be kind of a miss.  That's OK.  It's really OK. I've kept all five items from my last two fixes, so I was due!  I've also gotten a lot of clothes within the last few weeks, so I don't NEED anything.  This is really just for fun!

My stylist, Melanie, has sent me some awesome items in my last few fixes that I love and wear regularly!  (I wore that grey cardigan from my last fix all weekend in Morro Bay!)  I hope she can style for me again!  I have updated my style profile to indicate that I don't love plaid and some of the "in" fall colors, such as olive.  I think I needed to make some of my preferences more specific.  That colorblock sweater in black and blue?  I would have been all over it!

I'm excited for my next fix - and I'm looking forward to handing that scarf over to my sister - she'll look so cute!  :)

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!


  1. Oh man, that Laila J top... I got it in gray in a previous box and felt the same way about it. And THEN I regretted sending it back... those plain, easy-to-wear tops are always what I grab for, know what I mean? Anyway, I liked the first color-block sweater too... and the dress, but no good if it doesn't fit! Better luck next time! (PS, I'm a new blogger too! -

    1. Thanks, Sheena! I just checked out your blog and really enjoyed reading your review. Also - Bombfell . . . ??? That's a new one for me. I'm going to have to check that out. AWESOME!

  2. But...but... but... the dolman looked fantastic on you! The dress was super cute too. Too bad about the fit. I've seen that sweater in other colors and thought it was cute, but the brown, not so much. This is the first fix of yours that made me scratch my head. Usually, everything looks spot on for you, but this time, it's just a bit off.

    1. Thanks! I did kind of like the dolman top - I just didn't love the baggy fit. Yeah - this fix wasn't my favorite. But I did just have a couple of winners, so . . . next time! :)


I'd love to hear what you think! Please comment! :)