Bet you weren’t expecting a fashion post. That’s reasonable, since I’ve never written a fashion post. Probably because I don’t know anything about fashion (which is why I’m calling on you to help me out today.)
So, here’s the deal. After a year of eyeing Stitch Fix, I caved and made my first order. If you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix, it’s a personal styling service that picks out several clothing items just for you (after you answer questions about what styles you love) and mails them to your door. You try ’em on, decide which ones you want to keep, and send back any pieces you don’t want. There’s a $20 styling fee, BUT if you purchase any of the items, your styling fee will go toward the cost of the items you bought. You only pay for the items you want to keep. But if you purchase all five items, you get 25% off everything.
I’m not sure exactly what drew me in. Maybe it was simply the allure of new clothes. I rarely buy new clothes because I’m always changing sizes due to pregnancy. If I can get by with what I have, I will because clothes shopping really isn’t in our budget. Usually my friends and I do clothing exchanges and trade items we’re not wearing anymore (free clothes and decluttering!). But after not having any new clothes in a loooong time. I couldn’t resist.
And the contents did not disappoint. Not only were the items good quality, but I could tell that the stylist paid attention to my extensive comments about what I like and don’t like. I’m kind of hard to fit because I’m such a shorty and I have a smallish frame but then I’m curvy. It’s tricky to find a good fit and I was skeptical that ANYTHING would fit right.
I requested summery things (because Florida) but nothing I’d have to wear a strapless bra with because…ain’t nobody got time for that, right? And now I need your help deciding which items to keep! There were five items total. I LOVED one item and really liked two others. Two just weren’t flattering, so I’m definitely sending them back.
OK, check out the awkward photos that I made Daniel take of me in our backyard, and tell me which items to keep in the comments! If I was a real fashion blogger I would try on the pieces and accessorize them, but I don’t wear many accessories. I feel like the red lipstick and my miraculous medal are enough and I just go with it. Maybe someone should also teach me to accessorize.
“Is she really that pale? Doesn’t she live in FLORIDA?!” you say.
Yes, I am that pale. Despite residing in sunny florida. Irish ancestry FTW!
OK, let’s get down to business:
ITEM #1: I really like this one. I love the colors and the pattern. I like the length and the cut. No bra straps show and it’s kinda fancy which is fun because I mostly wear t-shirts. Let’s check out the back, shall we?
What do we think, folks? I think I like it. It’s cool and breezy without showing too much skin. Maybe you can’t concentrate because you just can’t get over how someone can be this pale and live in Florida. It’s ok. I get it.
Daniel’s commentary: “I think it’s nice.”
ITEM #2: This is a no, friends. The cut is just weird. There’s so much shirt on the sides and the horizontal stripes aren’t doing me any favors. Like it’s screaming, “These hips have born many a child!”
Furthermore, it doesn’t pass the bra strap test. I can’t handle wearing special bras for things. Goodbye, Item #2.
Daniel’s commentary: “I feel like it should just be….opposite.” Agreed.
ITEM #3: In addition to this one just being a tad boring, I don’t like the ruffly-ness in the front. Not flattering to the tummy area.
Daniel’s commentary: “I think it would be better if it was more gathered here.” (I think he meant empire waisted) “I kinda like the ruffles….well…hmm..nevermind, I don’t like them.”
ITEM #4: I like it. I think the neckline’s pretty and I like how it’s more fitted at the bottom. The material is comfy. But do I love it?
Won’t you please decide for me. Thank you, kindly.
Daniel commentary: “It looks like you’re going into hyperspace. In a good way.”
OK and the real winner:
ITEM #5: I LOVE this. It’s hard to find summery dresses that aren’t too short and aren’t strapless, spaghetti straps, or halters. And this one is just forgiving enough around the middle. Because, hello, three kids. These abs will forever be pouchy. But wouldn’t it be BETTER with…
…cowgirl boots? (Or are they just cowboy boots and cowgirls get to wear them? I should know this. I lived in Texas for six years…..aaaaaaanyhow) I think I’ve found my Edel outfit, y’all. Definitely keeping this one.
Daniel’s commentary: “It’s like a dress you’d wear on a wine tasting in the Hill Country. Texas Vacation. I like the boots.”
So….so…now you have to help me decide which of the other items to keep. We’re talking Item #1 or Item #4. Items 2 and 3 are definitely out. Should I just keep the dress? The dress and Item #1? The dress and Item #4? The dress and Item #1 AND #4?
I can’t decide whether Lucy or I have the most awkward fashion poses. She REALLY wanted to try on the Stitch Fix stuff, but I redirected her to my closet and she picked out this summery dress and a pastel scarf. This is what she does when I say, “smile.”
Ok, back to Stitch Fix. Here’s some pros and cons from the experience:
Pro: I get to try things on IN MY HOUSE. The idea of taking three children clothes shopping is just….unfathomable. But when I’m footloose and fancy free while the kids are with grandparents, I really don’t want to spend my time shopping because it’s honestly not an activity I enjoy. An hour all to myself? I want to go to a coffee house and write. Not in a fitting room under florescent lights.
Pro: High quality clothes and styles that I really like but might not have picked out myself.
Pro: Surprise clothes in the mail. Fun! What will be inside? Let’s just call it my Mother’s Day present to myself (is that allowed?)
Con: Pricier than my go-to clothing place: Target. They say their average price point is $55. 4/5 items in my fix cost less than that. However, the quality is definitely better than Target, so I guess you get what you pay for.
I think a pretty brilliant idea and I’d do it again. And no, I didn’t get free product or compensation for writing about Stitch Fix, I just ordered for fun and now I need your fashion input as I agonize over what to keep. So leave your advice in the comments!
And if you want to try Stitch Fix for yourself, use my referral link! I’ll get some store credit for sending you which means more awkward fashion posts, yippee! Thank you, kindly.