Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Stitch Fix #29 Review - January 2017

Stitch Fix #29 Review - January 2017

Stitch Fix #29 Review - January 2017

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Wow!  The first part of 2017 has just flown by!  I just barely got back on track with my blog and it's already time for another Stitch Fix review!  If you checked out my last one, I'm sure you noticed that I took about a 6-month hiatus.  I was receiving fixes during that time; I just wasn't reviewing them.

I've found that Stitch Fix is a fun experience to share, though.  I always enjoy trying everything on, attempting to find a spot in the backyard with decent light, and forcing my husband to take pictures of me.  Ha ha.

Seriously, though.  There's a certain satisfaction in sorting through the photos and assembling the experience into something that might help (or at least entertain) someone else!  :)

If you're reading this, you're probably familiar with Stitch Fix, but if not, read on for a brief description of my history with Stitch Fix 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!  The situation in my closet is definitely looking up.  In fact, if there any issue at all, it's that it's TOO FULL!  It's been really nice to receive clothing in the mail that I can try on at my convenience, especially since I'm not a fan of shopping!  (Well, I've been known to drink and Prime now and then, but that's a different story . . . )

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 am a member of 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:

December 2016 - #28
June/July 2016 - #22
May/June 2016 - #21 
April 2016 - #20
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

I was pretty overwhelmed with the whole holiday and end-of-semester madness in December, so I did not manage to write my stylist a note or update my Pinterest board before my my last fix.  Luckily, Lauren still picked out some great things and I ended up adding a beautiful top to my closet!  This time, I did much better!  I wrote Lauren a note with some ideas and did a decent overhaul of my Pinterest board.  

She noticed!  Here's her note to me:

Stitch Fix #29 Review - January 2017 - Stylist Note

Wait . . . what red blazer?  Is that a thing?  Can I have one, please?  Ha ha.  :)

One of the nice things about Stitch Fix is that they send you a style card with ideas for each of the items that you receive.  If you're clueless about fashion (as I can be sometimes), it's nice to see a couple of different ways to wear a new style.  Here's the style care that came with this fix:

Stitch Fix #29 Review - January 2017 - Style Card

At first glance, I was excited about the halter top, the dress, and the split back blouse!

Well . . . here's how it all turned out!

1. Collective Concepts Krissa Keyhole Halter Blouse - $54.00

Stitch Fix #29 Review - January 2017 - Collective Concepts Krissa Keyhole Halter Blouse

Sorry about the shadows!  The light was pretty weird when I these pictures were taken and it was hard to find a good spot.  Oh, well.  At least you can see the top!

I can see why Lauren picked this for me.  It's definitely my style.  I love bright colors, and this orange/red background with the beautiful (but not too-girly) flowers seemed right up my alley.

I probably could have figured out a much better way to style this.  Cute jeans?  Nicer shoes?  In all honesty, though . . . this is probably how I would wear it.  Denim shorts and Converse!

The fit was perfect.  I was also glad to see that it was polyester, not rayon, so I could count on it NOT shrinking!   

Here's a shot of the back that also contains a closer view of the pattern.

Stitch Fix #29 Review - January 2017 - Collective Concepts Krissa Keyhole Halter Blouse Back

Lauren did suggest that I try this top with the cardigan.  However, I just knew I would never wear it like that.  To me, this is a spring and summer top.  The only bad thing about it is that it will probably just sit in my closet for a couple of months.  That's OK, though.  Those hot days will be here in no time!

This was an easy decision.

Verdict:  KEEP

2. Renee C Leida Split Back Blouse - $48.00

Stitch Fix #29 Review - January 2017 - Renee C Leida Split Back Blouse

As you can see, I moved to a new spot.  The shadows got even crazier, so by the time I got to my second outfit, I had to switch things up!

I was really excited to try this split back top!  I knew it would be a perfect for either work or casual wear.  I love polka dots and I could already think of several items to pair it with.  I decided to go with the Liverpool Anita Skinny Pant that I received in my September 2015 fix.

The top did fit, for the most part.  Unfortunately, I felt that the split back came up a bit too high for me.

Stitch Fix #29 Review - January 2017 - Renee C Leida Split Back Blouse

If I bent over at all, my back was exposed.  I wouldn't wear it to work like that, and I didn't want to have to wear something under it.  I knew that I might wear it as part of a casual outfit, but something about the fabric and pattern combination was just saying "work" to me.  It didn't work for work, so I decided to pass!

Verdict:  RETURN

3. Loveappella Leila Knit Dress - $58.00

Stitch Fix #29 Review - January 2017 - Loveappella Leila Knit Dress

I immediately liked this dress.  I prefer dresses without a defined waist.  I'm tall and I have a long torso, so I seem to have better luck with swing or straight style dresses.  I liked the pattern and the soft knit seemed comfortable but thick enough to provide some camouflage.  I hate knit dresses that cling to every lump and bump!

To style this dress, I decided to go with basic black tights and riding boots.  These boots make frequent appearances in my review photos - they're my favorite pair!  They're so comfortable and they fit my calves just perfectly - reasonably priced, too!  They're available here:

Here's a shot of the back of the dress.  I have to say - that pattern was pretty good at the whole camouflage thing, too.  There have been times when I've seen a shot of the back of a dress and thought, "Nope."  Ha ha.

Stitch Fix #29 Review - January 2017 - Loveappella Leila Knit Dress Back

Well, it wasn't bad.  I just wasn't super excited about it.  My husband called it a work dress.  Well, I don't actually wear dresses to work all that often.  And the fact that he called it a work dress kind of takes the excitement about wearing it as a date-night dress.  Oh, well.  Seriously - no one dresses up for anything in this town anyway, so my date-night outfits often look like the halter top/shorts/Converse combination that I wore in the first photo!  

Verdict:  RETURN

4. Staccato Caylie Textured Open Cardigan - $48.00

Stitch Fix #29 Review - January 2017 - Staccato Caylie Textured Open Cardigan

This cardigan was a pretty shade of blue.  It seemed rather thin to me, which isn't necessarily a bad thing in Arizona.  However, this was more of a throwaway, lower quality kind of thin.  I got the feeling it might fall apart if I threw it in the wash.

Once I put it on, I noticed that the sleeves were just a bit too short.  That sealed the deal for me.  I need long arms!  Too bad, though.  I liked it more than I thought it would.  Honestly, if I had loved the other four items, I might have kept it.

Stitch Fix #29 Review - January 2017 - Staccato Caylie Textured Open Cardigan Back

As you can see, I chose to wear my other favorite pair of riding boots - also Steve Madden.  I don't know what it is about that brand - maybe they work for me because I have rather narrow feet and calves.  If you're the same way, you might want to check them out.  Here they are on Amazon!

I also wore the Kut From the Kloth jeans that I received in my very first fix.  There are still working quite well for me!

Anyway, back to the cardigan.  Nah, not really working for me.  Oh, well.

Verdict:  RETURN

5. 41Hawthorn Liss Button Back Striped Pullover - $58.00

Stitch Fix #29 Review - January 2017 - 41Hawthorn Liss Button Back Striped Pullover

I do like stripes.  Lauren was right about that!  When I first saw this sweater, though, I just didn't go for it.  The combination of the mint pastel and light grey just seemed kind of . . . frumpy?  I don't know.  Either color is fine by itself.  I just didn't love them together, and I'm not sure why.  Hmmm.

The back had some cute button detail, which I also usually like.

Stitch Fix #29 Review - January 2017 - 41Hawthorn Liss Button Back Striped Pullover Back

This was a very thin sweater.  Again - not a bad thing in Arizona, but it was pretty see-through.  The flimsy fabric was super clingy.  Remember what I said about knits, and how they sometimes stick to every lump and bump?  Yeah.  

I just didn't feel good in this.  It wasn't awful, but I think there are many other striped sweaters that would look much better on me.  Someone else would love this; it just wasn't my cup of tea!

Verdict:  RETURN

So this fix was a 1/5 (which is still a win), and I'm super excited to wear my new top.  In March, maybe.  Ha ha.  No, really - it's perfect.  Around here, it's summer for 8 months out of the year, anyway!

I'm excited to see what Lauren will send my way next time!

By the way, if you'd like an easy way to see Stitch Fix items that other people have received, you can check out some other Stitch Fix reviews by clicking on the link below and visiting a great linkup.  It's hosted by Maria of Crazy Together.  I always enjoy seeing her fixes and joining in the fun with other Stitch Fix fans!  :)

Crazy Together Stitch Fix Linkup Graphic

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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