Friday, October 23, 2015

Stitch Fix #6 Reveal & Review

I may take a break from Stitch Fix for a few months after this last Fix.  Not because they aren't hitting the mark, but because I loved 3 out of the 5 items they sent SO MUCH that I already happen to have things EXACTLY like them.  When I realized this, I had to face the fact that I have way too many clothes.  Time for a break.  At least from clothing.

I had a new stylist this time, Melissa, and she did really great.  I asked for leggings, the Mavi jacket and Fall clothing.  She really listened and did a great job--it was just unfortunate that I already had the types of things she sent.

I want to start with the two items that didn't work at all for me so we can end on the fun stuff.

Item #1
Goodwin Cowl Neck Sweater 
by Fate
Goodwin Cowl Neck Sweater by Fate

I feel like this sweater can't even photograph well.  It's a grayish/beige color, which always looks awful on me.  The material is really super thin, I tried wearing it with a tank underneath but that just made it look worse.  It completely SWAM on me even though it was my normal medium.  I love the IDEA of this top.  Had it been in a darker color it may have even worked, but with the light color and thin material it was basically see through on me.

Item #2
Kiley Ankle Zip Legging
by Rune
Kiley Ankle Zip Leggings by Rune

I know.  It IS a really bad picture.  I blame the anger I felt at not even being able to pull these suckers up.  Again, the size was my normal medium but I couldn't squeeze into these at all.  You can't tell in the picture but they're a purplish/blue, which is just a color I wouldn't wear in leggings.  I can see how these leggings paired with the Fate cowl neck sweater and some cute booties would look AMAZING on someone else.  Just not me.  I'm also not a fan of zippers on leggings.  I typically wear my leggings with boots/booties so either the zipper would be covered up with a tall boot (and probably uncomfortable) or there would be a lot going on around the ankle area wearing a bootie.  I think I'll skip the Stitch Fix leggings and try the department stores.

Now on to the things I LOVED!

Item #3
Terese Quilted Faux Leather Jacket
by Skies are Blue
Terese Quilted Faux Leather Jacket by Skies are Blue

So, like I said, I had requested the Mavi Faux Leather jacket.  They didn't have it available so Melissa sent this one instead.  It is super cute, lightweight and perfect for the Texas Fall/early Winter months...but I already have a jacket I LOVE that is exactly like this.  It would have been a keeper otherwise.  Really great detail.  The only drawback I could find was that there weren't any pockets.  Extremely flattering design and I love how it adds a bit of edge.  I styled it with a 70's hot pink dress from Redbird Vintage (available to be requested in "The Lorene" box) and a one of a kind silver tassel necklace I made from broken vintage jewelry that had come in some of the large lots we've purchased.  When jewelry comes in that we've gotten through an estate or eBay lot auction, there are typically a lot of pieces that are too damaged (or not authentic vintage) and we can't use them.  We throw those items in a "reject jewelry" box.  We use some of the items as gifts for client's children (since the kids don't care about a missing stone/authenticity) and in our spare time we try to fix/rework the items so they're useable again.  We've gotten some really amazing one of a kind pieces out of that "reject jewelry" box.

Item #4
Ohana Open Drape Cardigan 
by Market & Spruce

Ohana Open Drape Cardigan by Market & Spruce

This cardigan kills me.  I love it.  It is so comfy, super long sleeves, love the colors...I have one JUST LIKE IT except for the red/teal on the bottom.  I seriously went back and forth for an hour on this but in the end I couldn't justify spending $78 on an item that was so similar to something I already had.  This cardigan is crazy cute, though, I would recommend it to anyone.  If you request it and want a more fitted look, for sure size down.  My regular medium felt big on me and if I was going to keep it I would have tried to exchange it for a small.  It feels really well made, thick/solid material but not too heavy or bulky.  It would have totally been worth the $78. I styled it with dark jeans, a teal tank from Express and an amazing  3 strand heavy beaded vintage necklace, available to be requested in either "The Marie" or "The Lorene" box from Redbird Vintage.

Item #5
Bernise Cutout Detail Sweater
by Alice Blue
Bernice Cutout Detail Sweater by Alice Blue

This COLOR!  I was so excited when I saw this sweater.  That deep red wine color just has my heart.  I styled it with jeans, a 50's gold clutch and a vintage red rhinestone necklace, both available via Redbird Vintage.

This sweater was another item that I have something very similar to, but the real nail in the coffin was the price vs what I felt was the quality of the sweater.  This sweater was designed specifically for Stitch Fix by Alice Blue, which I like.  I'm big on the exclusive "you can only get this through us" stuff.  It makes it less likely I'm going to show up wearing the same thing as someone else. I hate that.  Who doesn't?  BUT, $64 for a red cable knit sweater that I don't think is going to make it past a few washes (and the material is so fine that if it snags the whole sweater will be a goner)...I just couldn't do it.  I know myself, and I know my lifestyle.  I would have that sweater on for 10 minutes before velcro from a backpack/lunchbox/toddler tennis shoe came into contact with it, ruining it instantly.  I sadly put it in the return bag and allowed myself to be momentarily depressed that I was returning the entire Fix.

Then I decided to be grateful that returning clothing was my biggest problem.

Even though I'm returning everything, I don't feel like this Fix was a failure.  My stylist doesn't know what I already have in my closet, and she picked out items that I obviously love.  I'm going to try to hold off on getting another Fix for a month or so, try to wear the things I already own.

We'll see how it goes.  


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