I've found myself going to Target and stocking up on the $6 t-shirts. This is all well and good, and I needed some inexpensive clothes to put on my new body, but I can also find some clothes that I enjoy wearing as well. It's not that easy, however, when you have a baby in tow. Exploring the clothes section and trying things on isn't as easy as it used to be, and we all know it takes some time.
This is where Stitch Fix is extremely appealing! Stitch Fix is an online clothing company that picks out clothes based on your style profile and ships them directly to you! You can sign up for monthly shipments or you can do a one time Fix (as they call it). It is pretty risk free. It takes about 5 minutes to answer the style profile questions about your likes/dislikes, lifestyle and size. You then pick a date that you'd like the shipment to arrive, and spend $20 to get something shipped to you. Each shipment includes 5 items. These items are everything from clothes to accessories. You can tell them not to include certain items. For example, I asked them not to send any jewelry because I know I wouldn't be interested. Oh, and I almost forgot...you pick your price point. I picked "the cheaper the better" option. The next range is $50-$100 per item and on up. I stopped reading after that range, so don't even ask me how high it went!
So, they send you 5 items. You try them on and decide if you like them. If you like all 5, you can purchase all 5 with a 25% discount. If you want 1-4 items, you pay for the ones you want (the $20 styling fee you already paid is applied towards your purchase), and ship the rest back in a prepaid envelope. If you don't want any of the 5 items, you ship all of them back and lose the $20. There are several Facebook b/s/t groups dedicated just to Stitch Fix, however, so just try and sell one item to get your money back and you have a completely FREE process!
I decided this was a super exciting way to shop! I knew that these items would be a little pricier than I'd normally like to spend, but the mystery, excitement, and convenience of it all seemed worth it to me. I jumped right in and ordered my first Fix! If you are also so inclined, please feel free to use my referral link (thank you in advance). Here's what arrived in my first Fix...
The mystery box...
The beautifully wrapped contents....
A sneak peak....
The personalized note...
The style cards (showing you 2 ways to wear each of the 5 items)...
The pricing sheet...
So disappointed in the prices. I specifically chose the option that was lower than the $50-$100 range, yet they still seem to have placed me in that category. I am going to note this when I try for another Fix and see if they adjust the prices. I would have to be head over heels in love with an item to spend this kind of money!
Here's a look at each item that I received:
Sabrina Yoke Detail Blouse
Osage Scoop Neck Blouse
This blouse is just OK. The color is nice, but the pattern is a little off for my style. It is also HUGE on me. I put that I was a size medium on my style profile, and everything seems to be fitting big, other than the Sabrina Yoke Detail Blouse. So, I will definitely be updating the style profile to be a smaller size.
Finnan Keyhole Blouse
Again, this blouse is just OK. Very large on me. I like the detailing in the front. I am not a fan of this particular pattern- seems too busy. The teal color is nice. A little too "flowy" again for my style.
Emer Printed Straight Leg Pant
So these pants are interesting. They are quite possibly the most comfortable pants I've ever put on my body. They are also quite possibly the most expensive pants I've ever put on my body. $98!!! While the comfort may be worth that, the fit certainly wasn't. They bunched in odd places, and I'm honestly not sure if they were too small or too big or just doing weird things! The pattern was not something I would have chosen, but it was nice and subtle. Had these pants fit as awesome as they felt, I MIGHT have been persuaded to spend that kind of money....maybe. They do have an appeal as well in that they can be worn casually or dressed up. We'll see if one day I get to try another cut that fits me better.
Oberlin Poncho Cardigan
This one was an immediate "NO". I love layering, and I love sweaters, but I do not love ponchos. I hate the openness and lack of control. The wings just aren't cutting it for me!
I am all about being proud of my new body, but for goodness sake I can dress it in a way that compliments it. These shorts are emphasizing my new knee fat! Haha! I ran out and purchased these shorts because they were the only thing I could find in my new, post-pregnancy, larger size. And I wear them ALL. THE. TIME. Time to find something that compliments me a little bit better! :)
My plan for my next Fix:
Adjust my style profile.
Pretty much all of the items that they sent were on the larger side and not fitting correctly. Since this was the case, I am adjusting the sizing in my style profile so this doesn't happen again.
Creating a Pinterest board.
You can provide a Pinterest link to your stylist! So, I am searching for Stitch Fix fashions in particular and pinning the ones that I like. I am also throwing in a few pins of other styles that catch my eye. I've heard that the trick is to not make your board too large, however, so that the stylist actually has time to review it. I am shooting for about 20 items.