I’m not really sure how the online personal stylist Stitch Fix does it, but somehow as soon as I send back each month’s Fix, I’m already excited about my next one. I’d been thinking about skipping a month, but … I’m kind of in love with it. Here’s how it works: Each month, I get a box of items hand-picked by a stylist, with my style, shape, and budget preferences in mind. I get to keep and pay for what I like each month, and return whatever I don’t want. The price for the service is $20 per month and if you purchase anything from the box, the $20 goes toward your bill. If you purchase EVERYTHING in the box, you get an extra 25% off your total.
My March Stitch Fix box is my seventh; you can check them all out here. Each month, I’ve only purchased one or two items, so it’s not breaking my budget. In fact, this process might actually be saving me some money. I’ve pretty much stopped most of my impulse purchases from fast-fashion stores like Target or Old Navy. Instead of buying a bunch of inexpensive items that will likely pill up or shrink oddly after just one washing, I’m buying better-quality pieces that I actually love.
If you’re interested in the concept, take a peek at what they sent me this month. (Note: This is a purely editorial review; I am not being compensated by Stitch Fix.)
When I sent in my request for March, I asked for the same stylist who put together my February Fix (Meagan), since I felt that she was on track with my personal style. I requested a blazer for work and an interesting cardigan, and tried again for some casual tops. There weren’t any interesting blazers available in my size for this Fix, but Meagan still knocked it out of the park. But what should I keep and return? I need your help to decide! Read on to see the picks …
Item #1: Kayla Skinny Jean, $108
When I checked my account after the order was sent and saw that I was getting a pair of $108 skinny jeans, I laughed. A pair of jeans for more than ONE HUNDRED dollars is not my typical purchase! Last night, I opened the box and saw a pair of orangey-red skinny jeans and snickered a little. Then, I put them on…
They are obviously magical skinny jeans—they have just the right amount of stretch, the fit is PERFECT, and I don’t even have a muffin top! Is it possible that I like bright red skinny jeans?! Actually, I kind of love them. I was worried that they wouldn’t go with anything in my wardrobe, so I styled them three different ways using clothes already in my closet. What do you think: Keep or return?
Oh, and to ensure that you are making an informed decision, here is the back view:
Item #2: Healdsburg Loose Knit Open Cardigan, $68
At work, I pretty much live in cardigans. With crazy temperature fluctuations between the outside world and crazy office air—plus my running around all day—I like to have the option to take off a layer. I also like a more casual cardigan for home, to throw over a T-shirt and pretend that I look like a grownup.
I’m not sure about this cardigan though. It’s a nice, neutral color, and it has an interesting open weave; it’s just not wowing me. Since it doesn’t have any buttons in the front, I tried it two different ways—first as a work look with a skirt, blouse, and belt, and then a "heading out to Target" look with jeans and a top. What do you think: Keep or return?
Item #3: Moni Stud Detailed ¾ Sleeve Blouse, $58
Holy guacamole—after MONTHS of requesting this shirt and basically drooling over it every time I saw someone post it on Instagram, the WHITE UNICORN of Stitch Fix arrived at my door!
Perhaps I should have said RED unicorn, because this blouse is a gorgeous shade of red. I love it so much! The fit is perfect, the color is great, and the little studs add just enough interest that I don’t need a necklace. I’m definitely getting this blouse and wearing it at least once a week!
Item #4: Cherise Cotton Tab Sleeve Henley Shirt, $58
YAY, a cotton shirt! I was hoping for a simple (yet awesome) cotton shirt when I asked for some casual tops.
This top is super soft, and it's a neutral color that can pretty much go with anything, including bright red pants. I’m not sure about the cut, though. It’s kind of swoopy in the front and back, which makes it great for butt coverage. Hmm… I really need your feedback on this one. Keep or return?
Item #5: Downing Striped Knit Shirt, $44
Another cotton shirt, whoo-hoo! Now you may be thinking, “Joules, if you wanted a normal old cotton shirt, you should have just visited Old Navy or the Gap," and I totally agree. What I wanted was an INTERESTING and well-made cotton shirt that I wouldn’t see on every single girl I know.
This top is super cute in person, with its orange stripes and three-quarter sleeves. It also has a curved side to it, but a bit less extreme than the grey top. I think it would look really cute with a pair of cutoff jean shorts in the summer. But now that I look at the picture, I’m wondering if this isn’t that flattering either. What do you think: Keep or return?
When I tried these pieces on last night, I thought I had finally gotten a box where I’d keep everything, but now I’m not so sure. I love a few things, and I like a few things. The kicker is that if I do decide to keep everything, I get 25% off of the total cost (which is pretty much like getting the sweater and part of a shirt for free).
Now, here’s the fun part… what do YOU think I should buy? My mind is totally made up on the red top, but everything else is up in the air. I have a couple days to make my decision, so please leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts!
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Stitch Fix. I pay the $20 styling fee and any clothing I purchase with my own hard-earned money.