Happy New Year! I hope your 2019 is off to a great start. Now that the excitement of the Christmas season has died down, it was a perfect time to enjoy the surprises that only a Stitch Fix can bring! I mean, what’s more fun than opening a box of new clothes to try on? This month’s fix was a pretty good one, and I’m excited to share the items and my thoughts on them with you. But first things first…
What is Stitch Fix?
Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service. To begin, you go to www.stitchfix.com and complete a detailed style profile that includes information about your age, profession, lifestyle, body size and shape, personal style preferences and budget. You are encouraged to link a Pinterest profile or Instagram account to provide further input to help your assigned personal stylist, who is tasked with choosing items to send to you. Each Fix includes five items selected for you, and can include apparel, outerwear, jewelry, handbags and even shoes. The service is billed as a “subscription” service, but you are not obligated to receive monthly Fixes. Your account will specify whether you want them monthly, quarterly or “as requested.”
How much does Stitch Fix cost?
Each Stitch Fix shipment has a $20 styling fee, which covers the cost of your stylist selecting items for you, plus shipping both ways (returns are free). The $20 is applied to any purchase you make from the shipment, though. I received an invitation to sign up for Stich Fix’s Style Pass, in which I pay a $49 annual fee, and it covers the styling fee for all of my Fixes for a full calendar year. Best of all, the $49 was applied to my account as a credit to spend on items that I kept from my shipments. The cheapest item I have ever received was $28 and the prices go all the way to high-end designer prices, but you can set a general price range in your style profile, so that you aren’t receiving $200 dresses if $50 is more your budget. If you keep all 5 items, you get a 25 percent discount on the total price.
What do I do when I receive my Fix?
First, try on all of the items. Decide what you want to keep and what you want to return, then log into your Stitch Fix account to complete the checkout process. In checkout, you will give detailed information about what you liked and didn’t like about each item and why you are keeping or returning the item. This helps your stylist get to know you better and over time, improves your Fixes so that they become more personalized for you. Pack any items to be returned into the postage-paid envelope and drop it in the nearest mailbox or at the post office. Easy peasy!
So, now let’s take a look at the items from my January Fix!
Amour Vert Kaitlyn Drawstring Cotton Pullover ($68) and Liverpool Kaylee Skinny Jean ($78)
The Amour Vert Kaitlyn Pullover is an athleisure piece. It was a good fit, with enough length to cover my long torso. The fabric wasn’t as soft as I imagined it would be, though, and the neck was very strange. It was kind of a funnel-neck, though there was so much fabric in the back that it almost seemed like half a hood. In fact, when I pointed it out to my husband, he said, “Oh, I actually thought that WAS a hood.” While this piece looked surprisingly nice on, it isn’t really my style and I knew it would never be worn, so I sent it back. The Liverpool Kaylee Skinny Jeans were a very flattering fit. I’m 39 years old, so I appreciated the mid-rise construction, as the days of wearing low-rise jeans are long past me. These jeans kept everything solidly in place and were a beautiful dark wash. I really debated on keeping them, but ultimately sent them back because I have a pair of ankle-length dark wash skinny jeans that I really like and because I just bought a pair of jeans in last month’s Fix that are also getting a lot of wear. I would definitely keep these in mind for the future, though, when I am in need of another pair of skinnies.
Status: Pullover – Returned; Jeans – Returned
Pink Clover Valencia Curved Hem Pullover ($44)
Next up was this lightweight pullover sweater by Pink Clover. The Valencia Curved Hem Pullover was soft and fit my body very well. The material was soft, too! I really liked this sweater – it was exactly my style – but I returned it because I have a navy and white striped heavy-knit dolman top that is almost identical. I also kept a solid navy pullover from a Stitch Fix box about three months ago. I just felt like my wardrobe didn’t need another navy blue sweater.
Marc New York Skien Quilted Puffer Vest ($98)
My stylist, Nicole, suggested wearing this puffer vest with the skinny jeans and striped pullover sweater. I liked this combination a lot. Although it’s hard to tell from the photo, the vest is a light grey color. It also has a detachable hood. In the end, I sent the vest back for two reasons. First was the $98 price tag – I knew I’d never wear it enough to justify the cost. Second was the fact that the neck was extremely padded – it stood straight up and hit me right in the cheek. I knew I would never be comfortable enough in this vest to enjoy wearing it, though it was a beautiful item.
Market & Spruce Tabatha Waffle Knit Cotton Blend Cocoon Cardigan ($68)
I’ve had several cocoon-style cardigans pinned to my Stitch Fix board on Pinterest for a few months. I had received a couple of waterfall and slub-knit cardigans throughout the fall, but gave feedback to my stylist that those styles don’t usually look good on me because I am so petite that the fabric overwhelms me. I was thrilled to see that my stylist sent this cocoon cardigan. It was a beautiful piece that looks more tailored on my petite frame, but still hits me low enough to cover my rear end so that I can wear it with leggings. This sweater is cozy comfortable and flattering. I also love greys since my complexion is cool-toned. This item was a keeper!
Overall, I was really pleased with this month’s Fix. It felt extremely personalized and everything fit me really well. Even the items I returned felt pretty on-point with my personal style. I’m already looking forward to February!