I’ve always wanted this blog to take a little more personal turn instead of just being about paper, so I guess we’ll start here with clothes…and Stitch Fix! Let’s just jump right in with me and some awkward selfies in front of a mirror in my living room.
I think I am the last woman in the world to know about this personal styling subscription service, but I finally stumbled upon it and now the fun can begin! (If I am not the last to know and you’re curious: you sign up to receive a box of 5 items as often as you’d like, ranging from every two weeks to every 3 months. You can get very specific with your stylist and tell them what you like, if you want a big variety or just want all shirts – you get the gist. You take a style survey and even send your Pinterest style board for inspiration if you have one. It’s $20 per “Fix,” which covers the personal styling and shipping both ways, and also gets credited toward anything you end up keeping. They give you a pre-paid bag to return items, or if you keep them all you get 25% off of everything!)
I’ll start by saying that I used to love shopping, but I just can’t get excited about it these days. Target and World Market, well yes, but mall window shopping and dressing room lighting, on the other hand, sound just painful. And so I wear the same things all.the.time. Even though I actually have two closets full of duds. I used to have an office job, and although casual, I still made an effort. Now I work from home or from my solo studio, sometimes visit with clients, and often with friends at our local breweries and hang outs. And the occasional date night in Denver with the mister. I have no need for bling.
With this in mind, I gave my stylist a Pinterest board full of skinny jeans and boots and lots of layering. I keep pinning elbow patch sweaters, but have never actually thought about where to buy one of these. Guess what they sent me?! So I can tell they are really paying attention. Your stylist includes a personalized note about what they sent and why they sent it (note the bit about how she saw all the elbow patch sweaters pinned and had to send me one) and also little cards that show styling possibilities for each item.
RD Style Maureen Twisted Seam Elbow Patch Sweater – $64 – RETURNED
Straight out of the box I thought I was keeping this baby for sure. But you know one good thing about this Stitch Fix stuff? It gives you 3 days to ponder, try and re-try and even price match for the same or similar items elsewhere. You can’t do that when you have to decide quickly in a store dressing room. The elbow patch sweater that I was sure I was keeping? I found it on sale half-price somewhere else. So although I didn’t keep this one, I am thankful to Stitch Fix for letting me try one on in the comfort of my own home and sending me on the path to finding the perfect one at the perfect price. I never would have taken it upon myself to do that.
Kut from the Kloth Baxley Zipper Detail Skinny Jean – $88 – RETURNED
Now let’s talk about these jeans. The magic jeans. I am pretty sure this is the actual pair of jeans shared by the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I am the queen of Old Navy skinnies – I think I have them in every color – and don’t spend a ton on pants. Somehow I was blown away. They are the perfect wash, fit and stretchiness that doesn’t get droopy. So, with another glowing item review, why didn’t I keep these? Again, with the three day window before you have to return things, I was able to research. I have never heard of this Kut from the Kloth brand and never would have found it, but now I see they are available at Nordstroms. Here’s a good tip I figured out: these jeans are called Baxley and I couldn’t find those available anywhere else online except from Stitch Fix, but then there’s another tag on them that says “Mia Skinny” and sure enough, those are everywhere, and the ones without the little slant zipper detail are much cheaper. So if I don’t need that zipper, I may as well go buy the same jeans elsewhere for less money. Another good lesson and brand find, and so another reason I am still thankful for this service even though I didn’t keep this particular item.
Olive & Oak Mulliken Raglan Striped Knit Shirt – $48 – KEPT
I like stripes. My Pinterest board says so. She sent me stripes! I love the colors. It seems like something I could get at Forever 21 for super cheap, but the feel. So not cheap. This is the softest shirt I have ever felt and fits great. Looks great alone, or I can see it being adorable with a blazer or fitted vest. Ignore the wrinkly, straight-from-the-box look. Now that I have kept it I will get out the iron!
Milla Vero Woven Drape Vest – $48 – RETURNED
That orangey drapey vest. NO. Just no. But it made me realize something. I said I liked the layered vest look, and now I realize I need to go back to my stylist and say I like the FITTED layered vest look. I didn’t even know this until I had the chance to try something else.
Octavia Dustin Window Pane Print Infinity Scarf – $32 – RETURNED
And lastly, the scarf. You can get all kinds of accessories and jewelry, but I opted out of everything but scarves. I really liked this one, but I already have too many that are similar, and especially for $32. So good job to the stylist, but I just couldn’t justify keeping it.
Although it seems like it may have been a bust since I only kept one item, I consider this a raging success. It got me excited about clothes again! I honestly adored every single thing except the vest, so I will just go buy those items where I found them less expensive and feel good about getting a deal, while also being introduced to new brands and elbow patches. It also made me look at the abandoned items already in my closet very differently, and this week I wore several things that haven’t seen the light of day in a while, just because I had been inspired to style or layer them differently.
This is definitely not a sponsored post, but I know when I went to research before I pulled the trigger on my first shipment, I loved reading about everyone else’e experiences with Stitch Fix and seeing the photos, so thought I would add my two cents. If you think you want to sign up though, I would love for you to use my referral link, which allows me to earn credits toward my next fix. Then maybe next time I can keep more than one item! 😉