It’s Stitch Fix time again!!! Oh, man, I could get used to this. What if I just keep getting clothes sent to my house every so often forever and I never have to go to Kohl’s again? I’m almost afraid to think about it.
If you missed my last post, you can check out how Stitch Fix works & my review of my first fix here. You can check them out for yourself and sign up here through my referral link. (I get a $25 credit if you do. And you’d get my eternal love & admiration. It’s probably a fair trade.)
The good news this week is that I found one time of day when I can get an almost-decent picture in the shiny blue room. The bad news is I found it on Saturday when it was sunny and took most of these pictures on Sunday when it was raining. We’ve been putting off fixing up anything around here until we have a solid plan, and we haven’t been painting because we know we have to redo the ceilings, but I maybe have reached my fuck it point because not only can I not get a good picture, I can actually even barely see myself in the mirror. (Yes, I could move the mirror, but every bedroom — all actual 4 of them! — is painted a color this dark.)
Anyways there are worse problems to have, so let’s just talk about clothes for a bit.
In my feedback on my last fix, I noted that the style of the shirts I got was pretty spot-on but the fit was just not right. I asked for longer tops with a looser fit this time. For my second fix, I got the same stylist (Jenny! She’s great!) as last time and she noted that she made a point of including longer shirts in stretchier fabric. I think one of my favorite things about this whole thing might turn out to be the little personalized note you get from your stylist. The whole thing feels so personalized anyway, but that extra touch of someone explaining why they picked what they did really makes you feel noticed and acknowledged, I think.
When I pulled everything out of the box, I was super pumped about the jeans and one of the tops, thought the sandals were pretty cute, and wasn’t quite sure about the other two tops. I decided to try the tops on in ascending order of how excited I was about them, so that if there were to be disappointments they would hopefully come earlier and I’d end the whole thing on a happier note.
So, here’s what I got:
Dear John Kyleigh Straight Leg Jean in Navy, size 8, $78
41Hawthorn Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse in Green, size L, $58
One thing I mentioned in my style profile is that I have a really hard time with button-downs and don’t really wear them anymore. All my upper body proportions, but especially my shoulders and upper arms, seem to be off from how a person is meant to fit into a button-down shirt. It ends up being a choice — I can either move my arms or look like I have a torso and not some shapeless void hovering over my legs. Jenny said she picked this top because the cut is a little more generous and she thought if I wore it unbuttoned over a camisole it might be a good fit. Sadly, no. It’s a really gorgeous color and feels like a perfect light summer work top, and just standing there like this I think it looks great. It still gives me pretty much every problem a button-down can, though.
Problem #1: The Arm Lift/Breast Shelf Situation.
If I go like this…
…it stays there.
This may not seem likely to come up very often, because how often do you do jumping-jack arms really, but trust that this happens if I lift my arms just enough to take a sip of coffee too.
Problem #2: The Gappy-Chest Conundrum.
Problem #3: HULK SMASH Shoulders
Oh, the pulling! Any position but anatomical position and my circulation becomes threatened.
This was definitely a more generous cut than other button-downs I’ve worn, but I still needed help taking it off because I thought I was gonna bust the seams. Perfect fit and length everywhere but the shoulders and chest, though, so I have to say I’m super impressed with Jenny’s ability to pick out clothes for someone she’s never met or even seen a picture of (though I did add a link to my Stitch Fix tag to my note for next time, so, hi, Jenny, if you see this!).
OK, but these jeans, tho. Remember last time how I was saying about the black pants that it was like I didn’t even have to think about them while I wore them? I don’t know about you, but I typically have to do a lot of thinking about my pants. Are they so long I’m walking on them? Are they riding down while I sit and need a good hike when I stand back up? Should I change before I eat so that there’s room for food? Etc. But these jeans! Perfect fit, perfect rise, perfect length. I have walked around the house in them all day and not stepped on them once! Actually, let’s back up: I have worn these around the house all day! I pretty much never wear non-jammies/sweats/yoga clothes inside, largely because jeans just are never comfortable enough to curl up on the couch and/or eat in, and that’s just about my whole weekend and every evening right there. But these might as well be pajamas, that is how comfortable they are. I have curled up on the couch and eaten food in them and everything. Get yourself into these pants, you guys–or, well, buy a pair, I mean. You need them.
Papermoon Wigan Shoulder Zip Short Sleeve Knit Top in Light Pink, size L, $44
I liked so much about this shirt. It has (working) zippers on the shoulders, which I wasn’t quite sure whether I liked, but once I had it on I didn’t feel like they affected the look of the shirt or how it fit. This one was actually pretty perfect for me, and even though I wasn’t sure about the zippers and I don’t wear short sleeves too often, I pretty much always wear a cardigan at work, so those factors wouldn’t even really be a big deal. I did have a sneaking suspicion that having a piece of metal on my shoulder while the sun beats down on my car window on my drive to work mightn’t be the greatest idea, though it would probably give me a cool scar.
Laila Jayde Bowie Solid Dolman Sleeve Top in Turquoise, size L, $58
Before I do anything new I tend to read up on it a bunch. So, I’ve spent a good month at this point reading Stitch Fix reviews and getting a feel for what people like/don’t like about the service as well as some of the trends or pieces it seems everyone gets at some point. And I do want to get the most of this experience, so I try to add a bunch of things to my Pinterest board that I’m pretty certain I would like wearing and keep any notes about things I don’t want to wear in my style profile. But I don’t really feel like I have much of a personal style at this point and I’m definitely staying open to trying whatever I get sent. So, while I did add some NOs to my profile based off some of the things that seem like Stitch Fix staples that I know for sure I won’t wear (for example: everyone seems to get a jean jacket at some point, and they all seem to love them, but I have worn a lot of jean jackets in my day and I can for sure tell you they are not for me), I also made a point of not putting in any preferences beyond that. Like, if there’s something I’m not sure I’d care to wear, I don’t say a word about it, because I really do want to try new things before I just decide to feel a way about them. All of which is to say, Stitch Fix seems to carry a lot of dolman sleeve tops and I’ve never worn a dolman sleeve before but always kind of figured they’d be not the best cut for me and I never thought they looked very comfortable. I guess I kind of assumed you’d feel like your arms were tied to your hips?
But I have got to tell you, I pulled this shirt out of the box and I almost cried a little it looked so perfect. And then I put it on and sent up a little request to the universe that Jenny has something really fantastic happen to her this week because she deserves it. Oh, people. It fits perfectly. It’s roomy but not voluminous; I think how it’s fitted at the hips helps with that. It hits my hips EXACTLY where I like a shirt to. The color is fantastic. The color is the color I painted my dream hutch. I match my hutch now! It looks great with these jeans and I’m betting it’ll pair nicely with the Margaret M pants from last time too. I was so excited to wear it to work tomorrow that I couldn’t wait and wore it today so now I have to do more laundry and maybe I’ll get to wear it to work on Tuesday.
So, yay for this shirt and yay for being open to new things! I’m not rethinking the jean jackets, tho.
Let’s talk about Stitch Fix math for a second. You pay your $20 styling fee upfront and then that’s deducted from whatever you decide to buy out of that fix (or you lose the $20 if you don’t keep anything). If you decide to keep everything, you get 25% off, which can easily be more than one entire item costs depending on what sort of price range you request for your items. The jeans and the turquoise top were definitely buys for me and they came to $136 combined, which went down to $111 with my styling fee and an additional $5 credit I had from a friend signing up through my referral link. The green top was a definite no, but the top with the shoulder zips I could have gone either way on. So, this last item ended up being really crucial in my decision making.
Steve Madden Sharin Beaded Sandal in Blush, size 7, $80
Agains, I’m not sure these are something I would have picked out for myself, but I love how they manage to be neutral and shiny at the same time. Shoes are one of the only things clothing-related I have ever enjoyed shopping for, so, even though a big part of signing up for Stitch Fix was about letting someone else pick things out for me and being open to getting stuff that I would never think to grab for myself, I wasn’t expecting that element on the shoe side of things. But twice now I’ve gotten shoes that I thought “that’s cute, but probably not really my thing,” until I put them on and then I LOVED them.
I was wondering if these would feel flimsy at first, but I wore them around the house a bit on Saturday and they were actually really comfortable and they stayed put really well. The ankle laces are just long enough to knot securely without trailing behind you and getting dirty. What really had me sold on them was when I realized I had nail polish that matched them perfectly. I don’t have a ton that I can wear these with right now, and that’s something that usually holds me back, but I had to remind myself that I’m intentionally building a wardrobe here and if my first two fixes are any indication it won’t be long before I have a bunch of stuff I love and surely some of it will go with these sandals.
So, the sandals were $80, which would bring my total to $191. This was a little over my budget for this fix and I would have had to move some other things around. It wouldn’t have been great, but I’m trying to relax about money a bit and prioritize myself these days, so I probably could have made it work if I really needed to. I liked the shoulder zip top well enough, but at $236 for all 4 items I would definitely be out of my budget. The thing about Stitch Fix math though is that at this point it actually makes sense to buy all 5 things. The total for all 5 would have been $206. I would have ended up with the green shirt that didn’t fit, but I probably could sell it. So at this point I knew I wanted the sandals and just had to decide whether I wanted to spring for the extra $15 and get the shoulder zip top, even if I still couldn’t shake the feeling I’d end up with the shoulder equivalent of when you put on your jeans too soon out of the drier every time I wore it on a sunny day.
This was a really tough choice to make! In the end, I decided to look around and see if the sandals were available for less anywhere else and let that be what made my decision for me, whether I just ended up buying them for less or getting a price match from Stitch Fix. (I googled everything, actually, and I did last time too, but it would have taken some amazing like $3 sale price to get me to send back the jeans and top and wait for them to come again from somewhere else once I had them in my hands.) I found these, which are identical except for the back…heel…part…thingy (there must be a word for that?) is a strap instead of the full-coverage of the ones I had. They were $40 and then Retail Me Not got me another $10 off and there was free shipping, so there was really no question at that point. I liked the ones I had, but that slight design difference wasn’t worth $50 to me. So, the Shoebuy ones are on their way and the Stitch Fix ones are back in their little bag and waiting in their prepaid envelope with the other two tops to return home tomorrow. Buying the Shoebuy pair also brought me down below my original budget while still getting everything I really wanted, so I’m still just beyond excited about how this is working out. I’ve got my next fix scheduled for the 20th — which means probably the 21st, given how FedEx has been behaving lately — and I requested some work pants in gray or tan but nothing special beyond that, since I didn’t really feel like there were any major issues in this box that needed to be addressed.
So, in conclusion: STITCH FIIIIIIIIIIIIX!!!!! Seriously.