Stitch Fix #1

I received my first Stitch Fix shipment this week and I’m excited to show you the items they sent me. If you aren’t familiar with the service Stitch Fix provides, basically you pay a styling fee, a stylist puts together a group of items for you based on your style profile (and Pinterest board if you provide one), they mail it to you, and you have 3 days to decide if you like the items and want to keep them. The styling fee is credited toward anything you choose to purchase from your fix. Whatever you don’t purchase is returned in the included envelope. Shipping is all taken care of. Let’s get to the fix!

First things first — oh my goodness, I do not like modeling.

Stitch Fix Blouse

Forgive me, I was on the phone with my mom and I was trying to get these photos finished. And I’m barefoot because I’d taken off the shoes I tried on with the first outfit. More on that later. Anyway, two items from my fix here — Pomelo Downing striped knit shirt and Just Black Adora skinny jean. The top is a smidge too big, but it’s meant to be worn loosely so that doesn’t bother me. I specifically asked for pants that were lightweight and good for travel to take on my trip that were not denim and my stylist listened. Coral/melon is such a trendy color, I have avoided it thus far. They are not something I would have picked up on my own. I do like them and they fit, but they are pretty snug in the thighs and I’m not sure how I feel about that. It’s one thing for dark denim to be tight. That’s forgiving. Coral…not so much. I’m not a “tights as pants” person and, well, there you go. (Necklace not included in the fix.)

Stitch Fix Dolman

 

Two more items — Pomelo Aleah v-neck solid dolman sleeve shirt and 41Hawthorn Cara tassel border wrap scarf. Here we have another trendy color I have avoided — mint. I just don’t like to wear things because people tell me I should! Okay, that probably makes it sound like Stitch Fix is not for me. What I mean is I don’t particularly care to wear the same colors that everyone posts on their Pinterest boards. My feelings on these pieces are mostly positive though. Dolman sleeves can make you appear wider and that’s kept me from buying similar blouses in the past. This blouse doesn’t do that. It’s long and fitted and covers my hips in the coral pants. I could see myself wearing the pants and blouse together because of this. The scarf is great — it’s thin fabric that’s light and good for spring/summer. It’s very wide though and not super long and that makes it difficult to wrap the way they suggested (looped with the ends pulled through the loop). I worked out my own way.

 

Stitch Fix DressMe telling Clare she cannot be in the picture.

Last item in the fix — 41Hawthorn Maddy Ponte fit & flare dress. The dress is a deep crimson and I love that color. I’ve got a lot of it in my closet, mostly tops, so it’s nice to get a dress in this shade. I paired it with the boots because they were the closest to me when I put the dress on 🙂 The bodice is nicely fitted and there is a little flare to the skirt, as the name suggests. If I had seen this on a rack I doubt I would have picked it up. The cut isn’t one I’d ever considered working well with my body type and I was pleasantly surprised with the fit. In that regard alone I think my first Stitch Fix is a win because they made me try on something I wouldn’t have otherwise. And I like it! The first time I tried it on I was a little scared because it’s so fitted and it’s difficult to zip up a dress on your own! I did manage it today and I’m glad to know I can. Now I can take it on my trip if I want.

A note on sizing because people have asked me. Stitch Fix currently only offers up to a size 14/XL (if you are looking for a plus size option, I’ve heard great things about Gwynnie Bee, though I haven’t tried it myself). I am at the far upper end and barely that. There’s not one part of me (of the parts that get measured for sizing) that measures the same size. Parts of me are an 8, parts are an 18, and I’ve got the delicate wrists of a size 0 😉

If you do a search for “Stitch Fix” and “plus size,” brace yourself. There are a lot of very angry blog posts out there and I understand that, to a certain extent. I know what it’s like to want something to fit your body so badly and it just. won’t. zip. Or button or go over your thighs or over your head. When I’m shopping I buy mostly in the middle of everything I am and that’s a 14. Let me tell you something about being a 14 — nobody cares about you. Standard sizing can make you feel like you’re in sausage casing and “plus” sizes are too big or are cut in a way that doesn’t look right. It probably doesn’t help that I’m a “petite” 14 (all of this is in quotations because you never know who on earth you’re offending and for goodness sake, what does it all MEAN?). But I’ve been short and curvy for about 15 years now and I’m used to living in a world that tells me I’m not the average size. Whatever. I’ve been out in public enough to know the truth about that.

There are parts of this fix that I wish had been a little roomier and parts I could handle taking in a bit. You can’t win them all, but I am very pleased with my first fix.

 

Stitch Fix items I’m keeping:

I can’t make you wait. I kept all 5 pieces. The dress is my favorite, with the striped knit shirt coming in second. I felt like the stylist paid close attention to the things I posted on my Pinterest board (with the dress, specifically) and took my requests to heart. I will be doing another fix when I get back from my trip. You can expect to see those items at the end of May!

Referral links used in this post. If you sign up using my link and schedule a fix of your own, I’ll receive a $25 credit. Thanks!

15 Replies to “Stitch Fix #1”

  1. I really love that dress on you! Very very cute. I think the dolman top looks really feminine, love it! I’ve wanted to try stitch fix, but haven’t taken the plunge. I’ll use your link if I decide to finally do it!

    1. Thanks! They have one part of their survey where they ask if you are a mom. I’m not sure what sort of difference that would make, but it’s interesting. Let me know if you decide to do it! I’ll be eager to see what they send you. Even if you don’t end up signing up for a shipment, it’s fun to fill out the survey and sort of get an idea of what your style is.

  2. Yay! I’m jealous you kept all five pieces. I loved 3/5 of mine, but I couldn’t afford it. I kept a pair of pants. Funny you didn’t have as much of a response to the cards as I did. I feel like the style cards are worth the styling fee itself. For example, one of the tops I loved but didn’t keep had a certain neckline (I should have blogged! What was I thinking?). I saw a similar top at Tar-jay the other day and noted that I should try it since my Stitch Fix stylist thinks it would look good on me.

    My favorite of your pieces is that blousy top. GORGEOUS. You have a lovely figure and all the pieces compliment it perfectly, I think.

    1. When it came down to it, the pieces I liked the most were the two most expensive ones and without the 25% discount for buying all 5 pieces, those 2 were almost as expensive as buying the entire box. Of course that’s how it would go. If that hadn’t been the case I probably wouldn’t have bought the pants.

      I wouldn’t say I didn’t have a reaction to the cards, I just chose not to focus on them in the post because I was writing it while watching Vikings at 10pm 🙂 It’s nice to see the different looks that can be made with the various pieces and I think it’ll help me get out of my slump a little bit. Working from home creates a huge temptation to just stop getting dressed, but things are picking up in an interesting way in that area, so having some new clothes is a great thing!

      Thank you for the compliment. I don’t know how I got to the point where I was cool telling everyone my size, given that it’s the largest one I’ve ever worn, I guess there’s something about aging that makes me not care at all what bad things folks might think anymore.

  3. Those are great outfits! I like the coral pants. I’m afraid to wear leggings though. I was all about them in middle and high school but now…I don’t want everyone know alllll of my curves. 😉

    1. Thanks! I think it’s a good thing for me because it’s gets me out of my comfort zone a little bit. I can still wear my jeans if I want, but this gives me a few new options.

      Notice that is a front facing shot. From the side my skinny calves + thick thighs (it’s muscle!) — eek. It is not my favorite thing. And there wasn’t any way I was going to take a photo of the backside. I’m not sure I even want to know.

  4. Aww, yay! I’m so glad you had a great first fix. All the pieces are perfect and they look fabulous on you. My favorites are the dress and striped top, but really they are all awesome. Also, you are pretty. 🙂 (not meant in a creepy way) Ok, that’s all.

    1. Aww, thanks (not creepy at all)! I’m thrilled that the first one turned out so well. My expectations were pretty high and I was worried they wouldn’t be able to please me. Happy to be wrong!

  5. Love all of this. That dress looks amazing on you!

    Do you happen to know if you choose when shipments arrive/control the frequency? Or is it something that auto-ships? I’ve been wondering that as I want to test it out but hear it can run on the expensive side…

    1. Yes, you have a lot of control over that. Currently I am set up for monthly shipments, but I changed the date for my May shipment (to the 28th) since I won’t be here when they were originally scheduled to ship it. I don’t know if there is any perk to being set up for monthly shipments vs. requesting a fix whenever you want one, other than the fact that you may encounter a wait if you choose the later. It’s pretty self-explanatory once you get in there. They have a calendar and you choose the day (out of the available days) that you want them to ship to you.

      And thanks!

    1. I’m not 100% sure, but I think they style pregnant ladies as well, at least for a little while. And by the way, you’re like the cutest pregnant lady ever!

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