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Stitch Fix No. 2: Lessons Learned

Dec 3, 2013

Since I last posted about Stitch Fix (and then Stitch Fix picked it up and made the post my most popular by nearly 2,000 hits), I have definitely formed a little dependency. Not addiction...there's a difference y'all, and the latter involves abuse and I don't think I'm abusing until debt collectors call. Right? 

Here's the thing -- my main point about this service is that I think it can actually save you money in the long run. One terrible shopping habit I've worked years to break is buying something that I just sort of like, especially if it's on sale, and then only wearing it a couple of times, and then yelling "I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!" at Noli, which isn't fair to her at all since she hates wearing clothes and therefore cannot relate. 

I have worked very hard to break this cycle, but sometimes, especially when a girl is feeling blue because the holidays remind her of her ex and how this time last year she was obsessing over what to get him for Christmas and then spent more money on a present than she ever had, not to mention it was a really frivolous item, but it was an investment in the future and worth seeing him smile, and now she'll be spending the holidays alone but at least she's lost 30 lbs. since the breakup, a girl's just gotta buy a new shirt to help her get over it.

My second Stitch Fix came at the absolutely perfect time -- the night I was stood up by one guy, got dumped by another over text, and then found out a third was telling the friend who set us up that I was a liar, because, as I've bemoaned before, DC is the smallest world in the world and the third guy, who lives in Baltimore, happens to be friends with the first guy, who lives in NOVA (Northern Virginia) somewhere, and -- guess what ladies? -- guys talk. And they made the connection then read my blog and bad mouthed me some more. 

I'd like to emphasize, though, that I was dating three guys at once. And I was feeling very Phoebe Buffay about the whole thing. 

The first thing I noticed was my stylist was different. And not only that, my stylist was a dude. And not only that, the dude told me to have a great time in St. Thomas, which was the trip I went on right after my first fix. And not only that, whomever signed my form was different than the stylist. I was nervous.


I was hoping for some fall/winter clothes because, on account of my recent weight loss, most of my fall/winter clothes are huge on me. When I saw Brent mention St. Thomas, I logged on to my account to try to figure out why that note was still popping up, as I had mentioned the trip when I first signed up. That's when I saw I had told them I was going to St. Thomas on my profile, not on my fix request.


Even with the St. Thomas mix-up, I was pretty pleased with my fix. Here's what I got:




1) My eyes immediately went to this cute blouse. The arrows were a nice twist on a black and white print, and the way it draped was unusual and flattering, almost like a wrap dress (which is a lifesaving style for us big-boobied ladies), plus some added length on the back to keep it from coming out of your skirt -- very nice touch. I put this in the keep pile.


2) I was enamored with this dress. I wasn't sure it would fit, but I was I gleeful when it did -- albeit difficult to get over my aforementioned chest. The top was navy and the bottom mustard, a color missing from my wardrobe that I've been wanting to try for a couple of years. I sent out a tweet to get some opinions, and the consensus was I should keep it. I went back and forth for a while but finally decided not to. It was pretty short and I think I was more excited about it fitting than how it looked. If I were in college? I'd have absolutely kept it. But I wouldn't have been able to eat for two months.

 

3) This jacket looked cool, but I had to fuss a lot with it to get it to look right. The zippers were very confusing and it wasn't something I particularly needed, as I have a pleather cropped motorcycle jacket from H&M already.


4) I liked this blouse because it was a rust color, which, like mustard, is not a color I have in my wardrobe. I've spent years thinking I can't wear anything with yellow tones because of my skin tone, but since I decided to become a redhead, yellow-toned colors seem to be okay on me. The fit was nice and it fell perfectly. But I really wanted to keep the black and white top, and since I needed clothes for fall/winter. I didn't want two sleeveless tops, so I decided not to keep it.


5) This was the last piece, and while I thought it was cute, I was self-conscious of the way it flared because I thought it made me look hippy. Now that I've gotten a little more used to my new size, I wish I'd kept this one. Not only was it swingy and a fun print, it was only $28!


I put the arrow top aside and placed the other items in the return bag. And then, the second before I sealed it, I realized I'd made a mistake. I have a million black and white things in my closet; what was I doing?! I snatched the rust blouse out, put the arrow one in, and quickly sealed the bag before I could change my mind. When I wore it the next day, I received lots of compliments.


My next fix is already scheduled! I'm really happy with what I've kept so far, and I'm still impressed with how the Stitch Fix stylists get it so right. They know my style and know when to push my beyond my boundaries. Not every piece is a win, but the ones that are are big wins.

Sign up here if you're interested in trying it out -- $20 styling fee goes toward your purchase, and you only get a fix when you ask for one.

4 comments:

  1. Woo! It's good to be back! :)

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  2. I just found this post and your blog. My 2nd fix in January was from Brent and he got it so wrong. I sent it all back and was out $20. And I was thinking this dude did not pay attention to my style profile or Pinterest board. I haven't scheduled another, that made me very disappointed. Here's hoping Brent's getting better at the styling! Oh and I totally agree about spring pieces in cold weather. Another reason I haven't scheduled. Can't wear sleeveless or 3/4 sleeve thin stuff in below zero Michigan winter! Nice to see others posts about fixes. Very interesting.

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  3. There's also Designer Mystery Box: It's a curated box of 3+ designer items, with a total retail value of $500+, tailored to your style for as low as $125 (depending on subscription chosen). You can get a $99 deal right now through Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/273326864/designer-mystery-box

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