November means that my winter capsule is coming up, and it’s time for another Stitch Fix* post! I am incredibly excited to share this month’s fix. It was amazing, and I may end up keeping every piece!
So what is Stitch Fix again? (For those of you who already know, and just want to see pictures of my fix, scroll on down!).
Stitch Fix is an online styling service that picks and chooses 5 unique items for you based on your height, weight, sizes, style preferences, etc. Your 5 items are delivered to your doorstep, complete with a personal note from your stylist and a style guide giving you ideas for pieces to pair with your fix. You try on the 5 items in the comfort of your own home, mixing and matching with your wardrobe, keep what you want, and send back what doesn’t work within three days. There is a $20 styling fee, but if you keep anything, your $20 styling fee is applied to your order, so the service is essentially free. If you keep all 5 items, you get 25% off your entire order, making the prices really reasonable for what you get.
This is probably not a great service for the girl who absolutely loves shopping and has a lot of options nearby. I love new clothes, but I hate the process of actually trying items on at the mall or picking them out online, only for them not to fit when they come. We live in a tiny town, and our very small mall has only a handful of stores that everyone else in town also shops at. So I either have to online shop, or plan a semi-regular trip to the larger city 2 hours away with many more options! With ordering, sometimes I end up returning everything, and I’m out the shipping fee one or both ways anyhow (so the Stitch Fix styling fee seems even more reasonable!).
I know that people may be worried that they aren’t going to get items they love, and then they’ll be out the styling fee. It’s true! But for me, it is worth the risk. I love the fun of the surprise box, the uniqueness of some of the items, the personal touch of a stylist who hand picks items and writes you a note, and the ease of shopping. You can link a detailed Pinterest board to help your stylist out with your tastes, and take a look at Google and Pinterest for Stitch Fix specific items. If you request or pin them, your stylist will try to send you those or other similar items if they aren’t available. There are also Facebook groups (one with almost 26,000 members) where you can try to sell an item (if you want to recoup your styling fee). Things really do sell on those pages, too! It’s crazy. But if you want more information on what types of things Stitch Fix asks you during the signup process, see my other Stitch Fix post here.
But on to my review! 3 months ago, when I received my first fix, I loved the surprise and fun factor of it so much that I was itching to get another box as soon as possible. But because I’m trying to really limit my wardrobe, I decided to wait until November (when I would be wanting to add a few winter items) for my next fix. I chose my birthday (November 14th) for the next delivery date, and waited impatiently for the date to arrive. It came one day early, on the 13th, and it was a wonderful birthday gift!
I asked my stylist for several different items, and she delivered on almost everything (they only send 5 items, so I couldn’t get it all)! I requested warm pullover sweaters, tunic tops, a lightweight gray cardigan, a stretchy skirt, maybe a dress, and a pair of skinny or bootcut jeans.
Here is the box, waiting to be opened!
My clothes, all wrapped up pretty!
The first item I pulled out was the Pixley Ivy Split Neck Blouse. And oh my goodness, it was PERFECT!! Okay, it wasn’t warm… or any of the items I requested, but I did have it pinned on my Pinterest board, and it was so me! I immediately fell in love with it, and wore it all day Saturday with a cardigan, some jeans, and a pair of black ponte pants. Verdict: Keep!
Here’s a photo of the blouse styled for slightly warmer weather.
Next, I tried on the Pixley Bardy Cable Knit Sweater. It was a pullover like I asked for, and so warm and cozy! I could hardly take it off — it has a small percentage of cashmere! It has the large open neutral space at the top, so the stylist recommended a scarf to help make it pop.
I also tried it with some colored skinnies, and a necklace, and liked it that way, too!
I am worried it’s a little big. It definitely fits very loosely in the arms and in the body, but it is incredibly warm and comfortable. I think it is supposed to be oversized, because the length is a bit longer, too. I wasn’t sure about it when I received my box on Friday, but it is definitely growing on me. I think I may have to keep it. Verdict: Undecided, Likely Keep! (Edit: I kept it! And it has been perfect for fighting off the chill today!).
Next, I threw on the Renee C Heubert Space Dye Cardigan. I asked for a lightweight gray cardi, and my stylist delivered!
It was cute and fun, but I wanted something a bit more formal and streamlined to wear over dresses and with skirts. This cardigan has A LOT of fabric…. Both of my cardigans I own right now are longer open cardigans as well, so I don’t need another one.
Verdict: Returned (possibly keeping to get the 25% off)
I switched to my two bottoms next and tried the Pink Martini Textured Lacey Pencil Skirt. It was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted a skirt that looked put together, but was still comfortable and practical for sitting on the ground with the kiddos. This skirt fit the bill perfectly for me. My stylist recommended styling it with my new Pixley blouse for a more formal look.
I thought it looked really nice that way. But I also wanted to try styling it in a more casual fashion that would work for colder weather, so I pulled out a sweater, tights and my riding boots.
Here is a closeup of the skirt texture. It is really soft and stretchy.
It also has this really cute exposed zipper on the back, which I really like.
The only problem with it is that it is a wee bit tight in the waist… and I’m the smallest I’ve been in a while, so I’m not counting on it fitting any better later on. I would prefer one size up, so I emailed Customer Service about doing a size exchange, but I haven’t heard back. I *may* still keep it without the exchange because I needed to replace another pencil skirt I had in my wardrobe, and I love it so much. But I’m not sure. Verdict: Keep Pending Size Exchange (Edit: They were able to EXCHANGE!! Keep!)
Finally, I tried on the jeans they sent. The Liverpool Loren Bootcut Jean. I asked for a pair of new jeans because I don’t have a pair of dark wash (my favorite), I know bootcut is coming back into style, and one of my two pairs of jeans has gotten a little big. But I’ve worn skinny jeans for so long, I’m still at a loss about how to wear bootcut! I liked these, though, and they fit very well, especially in the front. They are a petite (28″ inseam), so the length was perfect for my 5’3″ frame. They just barely brush the floor with flats on.
They also are fitted enough along the knee that I can use boot socks and tuck them neatly into my riding boots. I paired them with my scarf I kept from my first fix, and the Pixley sweater from this fix.
They pucker just a bit along the upper thigh in the back, but I think they will relax a bit as I wear them. They are probably keepers! Verdict: Undecided, Likely Keep! (Edit: Kept!)
All in all, this was an amazing fix! If you keep all 5, you get a 25% discount, which would make the cardigan free (plus I would save an additional $30). So, if they can do a size exchange on the skirt, I will keep everything and try to sell the cardigan. If they can’t… I’m still trying to make up my mind. I had quite a bit of referral credit, and I really love almost everything. So we will see!
Edit: They were able to size exchange the skirt, so it ended up being a 4/5 for me! I’m so excited.
Try it out for yourself! If nothing else, the box coming in the mail is lots of fun! And maybe you will get an item or 5 that you love!
*all Stitch Fix links are my personal referral link! If you sign up for the service using one of those links, I would be so grateful — and it will give me a little bit of credit towards my next fix! Thanks so much!