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Stitch Fix #20 Review - April 2016

Stitch Fix #20 Review - April 2016 - Collage

Stitch Fix Review - April 2016

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

I know.  It's May.  Sigh.  I received this fix about a week ago, but this is crunch time for me!  In the past week, I've hosted a middle school class during their visit to our campus, successfully completed a long dress rehearsal and a major concert, and gone out into the community for a few performances at local high schools.  Fun, but . . . craziness!  Ha ha.

I'm going to get right to it, since I'm already behind the eight ball!  You're probably familiar with Stitch Fix, but if not, read on for a brief description of my history with Stitch Fix (and a couple of other clothing-by-mail services) and a short explanation of how the whole thing works:

I became a member of Stitch Fix in January of 2015, and I am definitely a fan!  My closet has improved 1000% since then.  I've found that fashion can be addicting, though.  In October of 2015, I tried Golden Tote, another clothing-by-mail service!  I may never see the inside of a mall again!  :)

If you've never heard of Golden Tote, you can follow the links below to any of my reviews and get the scoop on this other great service.  It's a little different than Stitch Fix, but I've found it equally fun!  I've gotten five 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!  My latest one even has a link up for other bloggers!

Golden Tote Review and Link-Up - April 2016
Golden Tote Review - March 2016
Golden Tote Review - February 2016
Golden Tote Review - January Mystery Totes
Golden Tote Review - December 2015
Golden Tote Review - November 2015
Golden Tote Review - October 2015

Before I get on with Stitch Fix, I have to post one more link.  O.o

This is a little embarrassing, but there is another clothing box service called Trunk Club that I recently tried.  Why?  I don't know.  Because it was there.  That's all I can tell you.  Ha ha.  It was fun, though I ended up sending most of the items back.  Here's my review of that experience (this one also includes a link-up):

Trunk Club #1 Review and Link-Up - April 2016

OK.  Back to Stitch Fix!

To get started, you go to their website and fill out your style profile!  That gives you a chance to show your stylist your measurements, usual sizes, how you like things to fit, and the styles that generally appeal to you.  
If you're interested in checking it out, please consider following my link to 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!)

When you order a 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:

March 2016 - #19

February 2016 - #18
February 2016 - #17
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

It is possible to peek (using Stitch Fix's mobile app) at what you're getting in your fix once it has shipped.  I have to admit - in the past, I usually have.  I think I'm over it, though.  It's more fun when I don't peek!  Here's what I saw when I opened the box:

Stitch Fix #20 Review - April 2016 - Box

More shoes!  (I got shoes last time, too.)  Stitch Fix just recently started offering shoes, which gives me yet another reason to keep ordering fixes . . . ha ha.

I was delighted to see that I had been assigned the same stylist that has put together my last few fixes - Lauren!  I think she has done a great job for me - my last fix was probably my best ever!

Well . . . here we go!  Here's what I got:

1. Maggy London Patrisha V-Neck Dress - $108.00

Maggy London Patrisha V-Neck Dress - Stitch Fix Review - April 2016

When I saw this dress, I had high hopes for it.  The print is gorgeous!  I love the colors!  I'm not usually a paisley person, but I was digging the blue and the bright colors. 

It doesn't quite work, though.  The fabric is stiff, it's fully lined, and it just feels a bit too dressy.  I'm not sure when I would wear it.  

That's not the main issue, though.  The main issue is that this cute dress does not look cute on me.  Ha ha.

My husband looked at me and said, "That dress makes you look twenty pounds heavier."  


You might think those would be fighting words, right?  No.  I thought the exact same thing.  We don't always see eye-to-eye on fashion, but I knew he was right.  This dress was just not happening.  I've got quite a few dresses in my closet (and not enough occasions to wear them), so I definitely don't need to add another unless it's truly flattering.

Maggy London Patrisha V-Neck Dress (2) - Stitch Fix Review - April 2016

Oh, well.  Other than being a bit too dressy, it wasn't a bad choice for me.  It just didn't work when I put it on . . . 

Verdict:  RETURN

2. THML Ami Embroidered Top - $54.00


3. Eden Society Chelsie Crochet Short - $58.00

THML Ami Embroidered Top and Eden Society Chelsie Crochet Short - Stitch Fix April 2016

Lauren suggested trying the top and shorts as an outfit (along with the shoes that you'll read about later).

Coral/orange has become my new favorite spring color.  I love the embroidery on this top!  I'm just not crazy about the fit.  I've got several THML tops that fit just fine, but the last few have seemed just a bit small and short.  I could have kept this top, but I knew the length would bug me.

Also, I just received a lovely coral top in my latest Golden Tote shipment, so I wasn't extremely motivated to keep this one unless it was perfect.

The shorts are another matter.  Those definitely aren't perfect.  They're too small.  You can see that I was able to try them on (and they don't look too bad), but they are uncomfortably tight.  They're such great shorts, though!

THML Ami Embroidered Top and Eden Society Chelsie Crochet Short (2) - Stitch Fix April 2016

I love the fact that they have a fitted waistband and zipper.  I love the crochet overlay!  Seriously, though - I'd probably have to lose 15 pounds for these to work.  I could definitely get rid of 5 to 10 sometime soon, but that's about it.

I decided to check in with Stitch Fix's customer service to see if they could send me a large.  Well, they DID!  Interestingly, they don't seem much bigger than the medium.  They're a bit better, I guess, but still on the tight side.  I think I'm going to take a chance, though.  I can wear these on a skinny day, right?  These shorts are so cute and I don't have anything like them!  I'm going to keep them!  :)

THML Ami Embroidered Top and Eden Society Chelsie Crochet Short (3) - Stitch Fix April 2016

I think they will be a great addition to my summer wardrobe!  :)

Verdict (top):  RETURN

Verdict (shorts):  KEEP (with size exchange)

4. Dolce Vita Delila Open Toed Leopard D'Orsay Flat - $90.00

Dolce Vita Delila Open Toed Leopard D'Orsay Flat - Stitch Fix #20 Review - April 2016

I love that Stitch Fix is now sending shoes!  I received a pair of Dolce Vita polka dot flats in my last fix and I love them!  I was happy to receive another pair to try.  I love the combination of leopard and coral.  The shoes are a perfect match to the shorts and top that I received!

Dolce Vita Delila Open Toed Leopard D'Orsay Flat (2) - Stitch Fix #20 Review - April 2016

There are several things about these shoes that don't work, though.  They're a little big.  (I've since changed my preferred size from 10 to 9.5 in my style profile.)  I don't like the thick criss-cross straps at the front.  I don't know.  They seem a little old to me - like something someone twenty years older would wear.  Hmm . . .  It's probably just me.  

Also, they're quite distinctive.  I don't think they would work with as many outfits as the polka dot flats will.  There are just too many cons for the price.  I can see why Lauren chose them - I love leopard and coral!  I know Stitch Fix is great about size exchanges, but I don't love these shoes enough to ask.

Verdict:  RETURN

5. Mavi Irvington Split Neck Top - $68.00

Mavi Irvington Split Neck Top - Stitch Fix #20 Review - April 2016

I love the pattern and the colors of this blouse, but everything else just doesn't work.  Right out of the box, I thought it looked too big.  It kind of fits, but the cut seems very boxy - I hate shirts like that.  Also, it's a bit tight in the arms and shoulders.  That seems odd, especially considering how baggy it is everywhere else!

The fabric is very sheer, flowy, and drapey.  I hate how the little flaps at the neckline won't stay up.  That's a deal breaker for me - it would constantly bug me.  I know that about myself!  Ha ha.  It does look great with the blue pants from my February fix, though!  :)

Mavi Irvington Split Neck Top (2) - Stitch Fix #20 Review - April 2016

Again, this wasn't way off.  Lauren really pays attention to what I like.  It was . . . close.

Verdict:  RETURN

So . . . that's that!  I'm pretty happy with the shorts, even though I might need to skip a couple of beers now and then to make them fit better.  Ha ha.

Even though I only kept one item, I'm not disappointed.  I really feel that Lauren gets my style - I can see why she chose each item.  There were some great colors and patterns.  I had fun trying everything on.  Since my last fix was a 5/5, it was probably a good thing to give my credit card a break!  I am definitely requesting Lauren for my next fix and I'm looking forward to next time.

My school semester is about 10 days from being over.  I'm looking forward to super casual clothes that I can wear all summer in blistering hot weather.  Well.  I'm not particularly looking forward to the blistering hot weather, but cute clothes will help!  :)

By the way, if you'd like an easy way to check out items that other people have received, you can check out some other great Stitch Fix reviews by visiting this linkup:

It's hosted by Maria of Crazy Together and Kinder Craze.  She received some great items this month, including a super-cute elephant blouse.  I should pin that one . . . I love elephants!  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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