Okay listen, I know it’s April. I know! And I’m just now posting my review from March. What is time, anyway? It’s a flat circle, right my fellow True Detective Season 1 fans?
Anyway, let’s talk Stitch Fix.
For those who aren’t familiar, Stitch Fix is a personal styling service that sends you 5 items (a “fix”) that are personally selected for you based on the style profile you fill out when signing up. The style profile helps give stylists a sense of who you are, what you like, and what might push your style a little bit. You can put all kinds of parameters in place – for a while I said “shirts only” and I’ve asked that they avoid paisley because my husband despises it.
When you schedule a fix, you’re charged a $20 styling fee. That fee is then applied to any item you keep. So if you keep a $48 shirt, you only pay an additional $28 at checkout.
Shipping is free both ways, and returns are super simple. There’s a prepaid priority mail bag included with your fix and you just slip the items you don’t want in the bag and drop them at the post office. (Or if you’re lucky, you catch the mailman on your street and hand it directly to him!)
If you return everything, you forfeit your styling fee. But I’ve never done that…
And one of the best things about this, and a reason to try it at least TWICE is their referral program. When you sign up, you get a referral link. Share it with your friends on Facebook or Twitter, and if anyone signs up with your link, you get $25 in Stitch Fix credit! The more you share, the more likely people are to sign up, so show them what you got!
This month my real life friend Sarah was my stylist! I mean, does it get better than that? If you’re going to try Stitch Fix, feel free to request her. Here’s what I like about the way she picks clothes or me – she listens to my note and really let’s it guide her. She looks at my Pinterest board and understands that I pin things because I want to try them, not because I’m 100% sure they’ll work. And she gets excited about what she’s sending. Here’s what I don’t like about the way she styles my fix – I WANT TO KEEP EVERYTHING. And, as you know if you’ve seen my “Stitch Fix on a Budget” post, I rarely keep everything. But that’s a problem I’m happy to have!
Here’s what was in my fix this month:
RD Style Jojo Open Cardigan
This sweater was straight from my Pinterest board. I saw it on someone else’s review and loved it immediately. Listen, I’m not a great at loungewear. It just isn’t my gift. One time I had some friends coming to town and they had specific plans to be in sweats as much as possible. I texted back and explained that I don’t….do sweats…
It’s not because I insist on being dressed all the time, it’s because I don’t ever invest in comfy stuff to lay around the house in. So I can wear like, pajama pants, but I don’t have good lounging options. Whereas I have several friends who really excel at looking comfy and cute. They’re excellent loungers.
Anyway, I asked for this sweater because I knew I would wear it all the time both at home and out. I like that it’s long in the back, I like that it’s straight, I love the adorable hood (which you can’t see because the photo wasn’t focused! Boo!). It was SUPER soft and comfy, and was everything I hoped for. But, sadness of all sadness, I didn’t keep it. Because I couldn’t afford it. Keep reading for further explanation. I did, however, sell it on Facebook because this fix was so good I had to do my “keep all 5 get the 25% discount” trick. You know, where I keep everything as far as Stitch Fix is concerned, but I actually sell a few items (and pass on the discount) in order to get 25% off what I want to keep for myself.
I’m still mourning this sweater. I just need you to know and maybe to send some chocolate.
Echo Hana Ombré Infinity Scarf
This whole fix was basically neutrals, so Sarah did a smart thing and threw in this perfect pop of color. The goal with Stitch Fix isn’t to end up with an entire new coordinated outfit from head to toe (unlike 1992 Kristi walking into The Limited Too) but it was nice to be able to try the scarf with everything else in my fix. I love orange, loved the gauzy feel of this scarf, but ended up selling it because I didn’t love it as much as a few other things. And actually, the same person bought the sweater AND the scarf, so I was able to just ship them together. She is my Stitch Fix spirit animal, apparently.
Pixley Willow Draped Cardigan
Sarah was able to find two of the big comfy cardigans I’d pinned, and I was glad she sent both, even though I knew I wouldn’t keep them. I have to say, on its own, this is a great sweater. I wear it with white, black, and my favorite, chambray. It’s easy and comfy and cute. But. When I compared this sweater with the hooded one, the other one wins. The RD Style cardigan is more unique, and part of the reason I use Stitch Fix is to find things I wouldn’t see on my own. I feel like I could have picked this cardigan up – it’s more basic. I tried to sell it to be able to keep the hooded one, but I think other people felt the same way I did. It’s great! But it’s just not as exciting. I was happy to keep it, but not as happy as I would have been to have the other one. That being said, I’ve worn it at least 5 times already because WINTER WON’T QUIT. It’s a great addition to my closet.
RD Style Novalli Split Back Tank
This shirt was on my Pinterest board too. One thing I told Sarah in my note was that I was feeling especially inspired by Joanna Gaines’ style. I watched a lot of Fixer Upper last month, okay? She wears colors I can’t because, I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but we have slightly different hair and skintones. But I asked for this shirt after seeing an almost identical one on an episode. She wore a white cami under it, which is what I planned as well.
We are basically best friends right now, Jojo and I. This shirt is a great spring option because it’s cute on its own, but it also works as a neutral top under cardigans. I debated about what to keep in this box for a long time, but this is the one thing I knew I wasn’t sending back.
Kut from the Kloth Denna Skinny Jean
I wasn’t really in the market for jeans, okay? But I mentioned that I was still sad that my Kut from the Kloth Denna skinny jeans developed a hole a few months ago. The hole wasn’t from wear, it was a defect in the fabric, and Stitch Fix refunded the cost of the jeans, which I really appreciated. But I’m still without my favorite “fit like a glove” pair. This time, Sarah found a pair and sent them, but they’re a lighter wash than I’d had before. I’m so stuck on dark denim for everyday that I wasn’t sure I’d be into them.
Then I put them on, and they totally won me over again. This brand is just Kut for the Kristi, apparently, and I’m happy to know it. (I have a pair of their cords too!) I debated about these jeans ONLY because I wasn’t planning on spending money on jeans last month. But I showed them to Duff and he told me to keep them, so I used all my credit and made it work. I kept them and I’M SO GLAD I DID. They’ve become my go-to, and I’m wearing them now.
So I was more strategic about this fix than I’d been in a long time. And that’s mostly because I wanted to keep as much as possible without making a big dent in our bank account. Cash flow responsibility, you know? So I decided I would definitely keep the split back top, and I’d see what else happened. I posted the two cardigans for sale, as well as the scarf, and said I MIGHT be interested in selling the jeans. A girl responded about the scarf almost immediately, and when I said I’d sell the RD Style sweater too, she said she wanted it. I had someone say they wanted the jeans if I sold them too. So I had some decisions to make. I waited a few more days to see if anyone wanted the drape cardigan, but no takers. In the end, I kept the jeans, the split back top, and the draped cardigan and sold the hooded cardigan and scarf. When I stopped being sad about the hooded cardigan and focused on what I did get to keep, I was super pleased. This was a great fix. Thank you Sarah!
If you’ve been considering Stitch Fix, click here to fill out your style profile. (You won’t be charged!) Be sure to add your shoe size because they’ve just added them and I’ve seen some GREAT options. Then schedule your fix, pin some items you love or that inspire you, and write a great note to your stylist! (Might I suggest asking for Sarah M? She doesn’t get extra points or anything if you do, I just love her.) Check out my previous reviews, tips, and my post on using Stitch Fix without breaking the bank, and let me know if you have questions!
And those of you who are mothers, or have a mother, or have ever met a mother – keep a Stitch Fix Gift Card in mind for Mother’s Day! Moms aren’t always great about treating themselves, and one of the best parts about Stitch Fix is that it’s just FUN. A $25 gift card will cover the styling fee, but a $50 card would likely cover the cost of keeping on item. If you want to try to cover the entire fix, I’d recommend a $250 gift card. If she doesn’t keep everything, she can use it on her next fix!