And so, another Stitch Fix review (that referral link gets me a $25 credit if you use it to sign up, FYI). The last one until September, actually, because WE ARE GOING TO FIX UP THE SHINY BLUE CAVE ROOM!!!!! and we need the extra cash in August. Soon, my friends. Soon I shall have a big, white, light-filled space where I can take pictures that don’t look like I’ve applied some “blurry photo your grampa took in 1952 and then left in the sun” filter to them. This is good news for me, good news for my knitting that never gets to look pretty enough on the blog, just great news all around until I realize how much sanding it’s going to take. But let’s not talk about that part now.
Yet again, my stylist, Jenny, sent some stuff that was very me and heard my feedback and requests. There were some great things in this fix and some not-great things and also some personal timing problems that prevented me from getting everything I loved.
Let’s break it down:
Liverpool Harper Printed Bootcut Pant in Dark Grey, size 8P, $88
In my note for this fix I asked for some new work pants, preferably in gray or tan. These are gray and bootcut and I was a little excited when I saw the description in my checkout screen (I have found that “cheating” really helps me be prepared for how much I might spend before the paycheck comes in and needs to be allocated, and it turns out I don’t actually want to be completely surprised by these boxes). My first impression was that these had an overall pattern to them and I really think I might be a solids person? Like, I am letting myself be totally open to knew things so that I can figure out if I even like clothes in the first place, but something in me really protests the idea of any kind of patterning that isn’t stripes. I don’t know what that is, but I know it felt weird about these pants. Maybe it was that these felt distinct and I’m very used to owning very plain things because when you can only ever afford one or two of a particular type of clothing, you try to make them as plain as possible so people don’t really notice you’re wearing the same thing every other day? This is a question I’ll have to sort out is my point, but not just yet since these nowhere near fit me anyway.
In my profile, I specified no petite sizes. I am short (5’1″) but I find petites are either way too small in all directions or they fit lengthwise but assume I’m significantly wider than I am. I have loved the 2 pairs of fairly short pants so far in my last 2 fixes, though, so I can see why Jenny chose a petite size for these pants. Just 2 problems: one, despite my adoration for the Margaret M cropped pants and the ankle-length jeans I can wear with sandals and that stay totally out of my way, at the end of the day, I really like a longer length for pants, especially if I’m going to wear them with heels; and two, these are the kind of pants that have a zipper, a button, and a pair of those little hook dealies, and if I really really really tried I could get the button done and then that allowed me to get the zipper almost all the way up as long as I didn’t move or breathe, but there was no way those hooks were happening unless I was flat on my back and exhaling fully.
The shoes tho!
Franco Sarto Ingall Snake Heel Pump in Dark Purple, size 7, $89
Holy jesus, these shoes are fantastic. Definitely purple but so dark they’re almost black, a significantly high heel, and I really liked the snakeskin texture on the heel. These were an absolute definite yes, totally the most me thing that I’ve gotten in a fix so far, but then when we really sat down and looked at the bills for the week and the empty fridge and how often I’ve been buying lunches because I wasn’t planning for leftovers with dinner lately, I just couldn’t do it. Hy-Vee got my extra $89 this week and these went back in their little bag but also onto my Christmas list.
Market & Spruce Bri Knit Cardigan in Teal Green, size L, $48
I wear cardigans all the time, and we know how I feel about this color from my last fix so I might have squealed a little when I took this out of the box. The cut & length were good, but the sleeves were very tight around the biceps — like, I could only wear this with a tank because there was no extra space for a sleeve — and the shoulder seam was very lumpy and kind of stuck out right at the edge of my shoulder.
Pixley Darcy Weave Jersey T-Shirt Dress in Green, size L, $48
So, here’s a thing that’s been happening to me lately. Twice in the last year or so I have been just minding my own goddamn business trying to buy some practical item at a store, and a cashier has pointed straight at my stomach and asked what I am going to name it. I do my best to make it as awkward as I can for them, because even if I were pregnant this would still be none of their actual business, but it’s not really the kind of interaction I crave from strangers. This dress is cute and the ruffly thing it has going on is interesting, but if I want to keep these 2 isolated incidents from turning into a real trend, this is not the dress for me.
From the front it’s kind of ok. It gives an almost hourglassy effect. I’m not a huge fan of short sleeves, but they’re not necessarily a dealbreaker.
This is a dealbreaker tho:
Not all of that is even me! Several of those folds are the dress itself. But unless I paint “several of these folds are the dress itself” across the dress itself — and even then — I don’t think this is going to do anything to stop the nosy strangers. I will say it was an interesting dress to try on on the anniversary of my Essure confirmation x-ray, tho.
So, not the best box so far. But we do have one small triumph.
Loveapella Delany V Neck Knit Top in Dark Purple, size L, $48
I didn’t love this when I tried it on. Dark purple is definitely my color, but this particular dark purple was a little too jewel toned, maybe a little too burgundy. I don’t like warm tones. I’m a very cold person. Or something. The fit was great, the cut was great, the fabric was super light but not in that weird clingy way where it just wants to form a bond with your skin and you spend the whole day trying to escape its clutches. But I kind of thought “meh” and tossed it back in the box.
Then the next morning I went to get ready for work and there was not a single shirt that was clean that I could bring myself to put on. It’s been in the high 80s and 90s here with just absurd humidity levels and we have no air conditioning, and every shirt I was faced with that morning might just as well have been a winter coat. Then I remembered how wonderfully floaty and gauzy and still work appropriate this was. And I thought about how the Margaret M pants from my first fix have that great barely-there sort of feeling even on a hot day even though they’re black. And I thought about the shiny sandals I sort of got from my second fix and, well:
I tell you, I was very nearly comfortable the entire day. It was nice.
I had a $25 credit from a friend signing up, so after that came off and tax went in I paid like $26 and change. Not my most exciting experience with Stitch Fix so far, but since I’m not going to be able to get another box until mid-September, maybe hitting kind of a low note is good since I won’t be pining away the next 2 months.