Scarf: Neva Colorblock Striped Infinity Scarf by Look By M
Shoes: Thrift find for $5! Oldies but goodies. Sofft Shoes are the most comfortable, and similar styles can be found here
Vest: Talbots circa 2009, I like this J.Cew version if you’re looking for a current option
What Is Stitch Fix?
“Stitch Fix is an online styling service that delivers a truly personalized shopping experience, just for you. Fill out your Style Profile and a personal stylist will hand pick pieces to fit your tastes, needs and budget—and mail them directly to your door. Each box contains five items of clothing, shoes and accessories for you to try on at home. Keep what you love, send the rest back in a prepaid USPS envelope. Shipping and returns are free—even for exchanges! ” –Stitch Fix
Why did I try it?
I have been reticent to try this service because I clearly love styling myself and I’m a little put off by the styling fee (you pay a $20 fee that is applied as a credit to your purchase… unless you don’t make a purchase). What if I don’t like anything?! I can think of so many other uses for that $20. But I’ve heard such wonderful things, I figured I’d give it a try. If nothing else I thought it could get me out of my comfort zone or turn me onto some new brands. It’s always good to be open minded! I followed their advice and completed a detailed style profile, I also figured it was worth it to create a Pinterest Board full of looks I have my eye on so the stylist could have clear idea of what I like. Here’s an outfit they sent me:
What did I think?
Just Black | Adorra Skinny Jean | $88
When I first tried these on I was borderline obsessed. I loved the color, the fit was perfection, they’re made in the USA, they’re comfortable, and they looked great. I was hesitant to spend $88 on a pair of jeans that *hopefully* won’t fit much longer as I continue to loose baby weight, but I was S-O-L-D.
Notice the past tense?
I’ve been wearing these regularly for over a month (they are one of two pairs of pants that currently buttons… because… baby). They say love fades and the brightest stars burn out the fastest. Well, I’m sorry to report that holds true here too. For the first two weeks I couldn’t get enough of them, then I started to notice the knees were getting baggy. Then I was pulling them up more often. Now, they lose their shape completely shortly after pulling them on. I wish this was from a miraculous return to my pre-baby body, but alas! I haven’t tipped the scales in either direction.
The upshot is the color is holding up beautifully. They are still quite comfortable, and I love that they are made in the USA. I was truly bummed they didn’t hold up, so I contacted Stitch Fix. Their reply was prompt and amazing. I was completely blown away when I read that they were issuing me a full refund. Talk about service! This seems to be just as good as the L.L. Bean return policy. It really means a lot when a company stands behind their products.
“Regarding your jeans, this is definitely not up to our quality expectation and we are just as disappointed as you are. We stand by all of our items so if you ever have an issue, we’d encourage you to reach out so that we can find a suitable solution.
I didn’t have an exchange available at this time so I’ve taken care to issue a full refund for this style. You’ll see $69.63 back on your statement in 3-5 business days and will retain the Buy-All discount you received on the other four items. Go ahead and donate or recycle the jeans as you see fit.” – Stitch Fix
Rene C | Aubree Striped Elbow Patch Pullover | $54
It would not be an exaggeration to suggest 80% of the contents in my closet contain stripes. I’m doing my best to branch out, try new things, and get creative. That all went out the window when I saw the professor patches on this sweater. What is it about a professor patch that makes me swoon? The patches instantly upgrade this sweater that otherwise may have tread along the path towards pedestrian.
I have worn this approximately once a week since purchasing, and it’s holding up quite well. The tag directs you to hand wash, and my husband promptly put it through the washing machine on a regular cycle right along with dark denim (cry). BUT despite this error, I don’t think it looks significantly worse for wear. While the white is not quite so bright, it’s not pilling or stretching, despite my baby’s best efforts to distort the neckline. In a sea of stripes, this sweater definitely stands out. I love it!
Look By M | Neva Colorblock Striped Infinity Scarf | $34
Hello cozy! I love infinity scarves because I feel like I can’t mess them up. No intimidating fancy knot work here! Amanda is the scarf lady in this relationship—she always makes them look like perfection. Alas, I do not have that skill. Needless to say, this infinity scarf is right up my alley. Ease of wearing aside, I love the softness. It’s acrylic, not wool, but it doesn’t feel like plastic as some acrylic yarns can. It has also worn well. The upshot of it not being wool is that it can go through the wash (so my husband may continue doing laundry). This scarf is also doubling as my lap blanket at work when the office gets a little chilly. My co-workers may mock, but it gets the job done. I am not a huge fan of the “hair like” bits that poke out all over, but I’ve moved past that. It’s a fun accessory that I would not have picked up in the store, but I am finding myself reaching for on a regular basis.
The Take Away?
Stitch Fix was a convenient service that provides a decent product. I feel like the stylist took the time to thoroughly review all of the information about my personal style that I shared, and she thoughtfully compiled a selection of pieces she hoped would suit. While I was disappointed with the jeans, I was thrilled with the company’s prompt efforts to make it right. I think they genuinely aim to provide personalized service and I’ll be eager to see what surprises come next in a future fix.