Right up front, I have to say something nice about Stitch Fix. Since my rant back in September, I have been getting really nice personal notes from my stylist each month, with many referrals to this-here blog, showing that they’ve actually been taking the time to figure out the right things to send me. Does it mean everything is perfect? Not at all, as you’ll see from the last two month’s worth of clothes. Does it make me feel better about them as a company? You betcha.
(Although, I’m a bit of a cynic and also experienced in the ways of tech companies, and I would not be surprised if this “Reese” person was actually a bit of software scanning my blog for nice things to say. Just kidding, Reese! Maybe.)
My December Stitch Fix was glorious, and my January Stitch Fix was a total bust. Although, to be fair, I declared January a no-buy month for clothing, so unless the pieces had been THE BEST PIECES EVER I would have been morally obligated to send them back. Alas, they were not the best pieces ever.
But let’s start with December.
I wore this Olive & Oak Abby cut-out detail sweater right out of the box to get my hair styled and it was a huge hit at the salon. Since then I have worn it half a dozen times. The fit is great, lose without being baggy, and the high-in-front-low-in-back ratio is perfect. The lattice cut-outs across the back and down the arms make this so much more than a grey sweater. I wish I could have it in another color.
Look at this cute Octavia Blaze horseshoe infinity scarf! Love the color, love the print, love how soft it is. It’s heavy enough for winter and light enough for any time. I’ve worn it a lot, and would wear it even more if I had more things it went with. (Sometimes being a girl who wears All The Prints bites you in the ass.)
Okay. If I’m being honest, I wouldn’t have kept this Dee Elle Olivia cardigan if it weren’t for the 25% discount for buying the whole shipment. Just days before this arrived I bought a Cynthia Rowley black and white cardigan that I like better, and how many black and white cardigans does one girl need? I like this one fine, but haven’t found myself wanting to wear it. It’ll probably end up in the bag for my next clothing swap. Which isn’t to say it isn’t a fine cardigan! It totally is. Just not needed by me.
This picture is a two-for-one, and admittedly, it’s hard to see the details of either item. When we took these pictures I was having a day of self-loathing, and this was the only pic of these things I didn’t hate. But I LOVE both of the items. These Kut From The Kloth Parcey polka-dot jeans are officially my new favorite jeans. I wear them at least once a week, and would wear them more if I wasn’t worried about the flocked polka dots rubbing off. They are perfect.
The sweater is another Olive & Oak, the Malia, and it’s so cool. You can see a little bit of the knit detail on the sleeve above, as well as one of the side zippers. I love how it looks like it’s been washed a hundred times, and it’s crazy comfortable. Olive & Oak really know how to take a standard sweater and make it feel fun/special.
See? December was so good. But let’s move on to January.
I could tell by looking at these Just Black Jake bootcut jeans that they were going to be too short in the rise, and I was right. I’m not showing them to you on because that would be indecent! They were also too narrow in the thighs and too long overall. Just Black jeans, not for me! At least not these.
How miserable do I look in this picture? I’m feeling so self-conscious about my weight, and along comes this Skies Are Blue Everette top that just hangs off my chest and makes me look like a whale. These pictures were also taken in the dead of winter when daylight was in short supply, and we could not get away from unflattering shadows. UGH. The color is nice, I guess, and the cut-out is interesting. But I think we can all see why I would send this back.
I actually like the fit and style of this Market and Spruce Yuna sweater. (Sorry, cannot find a link to Market and Spruce.) It’s worth noting that the sweater is also really soft, and would undoubtedly be comfy. However, as I’ve mentioned here before, oatmeal is not the best color for me. I’m hiding my face from the camera because oatmeal makes me look both splotchy and washed out.
This time I’m looking away from the camera because I felt like I had a double chin in every pic. Poor, poor Joel. This sweater is also from Market and Spruce, and it has a weird, fussy foldover neckline. The overall fit was terrible – tight in the upper arms, tight in the hips, baggy in the body. And this colorway is also not doing me any favors.
There is nothing intrinsically bad about this RD Style Maven cardigan. Like the black and white cardigan above, I liked it just fine, but didn’t feel like I needed another black and white cardigan. I will say that the sleeves were a little fitted and short, and I kept feeling like I needed to hold it closed.
Last month my friend Kelly wrote an article for the San Francisco Chronicle about a major, Marie Kondo-led purge. (If you click through the images, I have a cameo near the end!) Her steadfastness in the face of letting go of beloved things has been inspiring to me, and I am trying to be tougher about the things I let into my life and the things I let go. There is a huge pile of clothes upstairs that I need to sort. One pile of Claire stuff for my friend Erin’s twins, one pile of vintage stuff to try to sell/get store credit somewhere, one pile to keep for the next clothing swap and one pile to go to Goodwill. I have four dozen pairs of shoes in the closet to sort, and a bunch of vintage in the basement that deserves another look.
I’m going to try – TRY – to make sure I’m better about buying/not buying from Stitch Fix. Sometimes, if the box comes on a bad day, I’ll buy it all just to make myself feel better. Many things upstair are from past Fixes that I liked initially, but rarely wore. For now I’m vowing to only keep the things I know will get multiple wears. Wish me luck!