After reading a review of Stitch Fix by Kara Swisher in All Things Digital, I was curious about ordering one. I’ve needed new clothes for work for a while, and I hate shopping for practical things, like pants.
I also haven’t quite grown out of the small town Wisconsin/intern mentality of buying everything at Target. (I’m 5ish years into my career now.) My co-workers give me that sorority girl side-eye (you know what I’m talking about!) when I tell them “Target” or “Kohl’s” or “Pay Half” after they ask where my clothes are from. Sometimes, I forget to lie and say they’re from Banana Republic. Or J Crew. Or vintage. Or that I “forgot” where they came from.
Anyway, since they say to dress for the job you want, not the job you have, I rationalized that I should start dressing like a Banana Republic model, or at least my co-worker, who I’ve never seen wear the same outfit twice. (Side note: So many redheads in clothing catalogs lately! I secretly flip through all my roommate’s fancy catalogs immediately after getting the mail. That’s a perk of being the only one who ever gets the mail. J ) I figured I can’t seem to put an outfit together, so I might have someone do it for me.
So I filled out a Stitch fix form that is written in a way us Millennials love. Because it’s all about how unique we are. I noted that I have small shoulders, a large chest, a small waist, a bit of a tummy, and great legs. I noted that I like to show off my legs, but not my midsection. I asked specifically for work clothes and noted that I am a redhead who lives in the Windy City, so layering is a necessary evil. I provided them with my Pinterest clothes board, my LinkedIn profile, and my Twitter handle. I think I also gave them my height and weight, told them I didn’t want any dresses (I buy enough on my own) or any fur or faux fur. I filled out a questionnaire about what type of “style” I like. Turns out I like a romantic style. I also gave suggestions on what colors look good on me, being a redhead. I believe that’s why they sent two green tops. I also noted my job is creative but at a large corporate company.
I’m trying to decide what I want to keep and what I want to send back. My $20 styling fee goes toward making a purchase, and I got a $25 referral credit for referring a friend. (If you’d like to try it, please use this link.) Please forgive me for not being a fashion blogger & never having posted pictures of myself modeling clothes before. And not knowing that much about photography. Here is what I was sent.
41Hawthorn Harper ¾ Sleeve Jacket ($58)
I like the idea of this tweed jacket. The colors are interesting, and the piece is versatile. However, I feel it isn’t quite as fitted as I’d prefer, and it looks a little stuffy. This is a medium size but I’m wondering if a small would look better. I’m also not sure, but I think I may be too petite for the slightly longer cut of this jacket to be flattering. All in all, I’m not impressed with the quality. Stitch Fix also suggested this is a great layering piece for fall into winter, but anyone who lives in Chicago knows ¾ sleeves is inappropriate for the -20 degree December windchill we’ve been experiencing lately. It’s pretty flimsy & wouldn’t keep me warm. PASS.
Margaret M Emer High Waisted Cropped Trouser ($98)
I loved these when I tried them on yesterday. But yesterday I felt skinny, and today, I feel bloated. Today they were a bit harder to pull up – no buttons or zippers to fool with on these –and wrinkled in the front and back, which I read is a sign pants don’t fit you quite right. However, I thought (yesterday, anyway) they were quite flattering. The thing is $98 is quite expensive to me for a pair of pants! And not in the price range I requested (as cheap as possible). DEBATING.
41Hawthorn Mission ¾ Sleeve V-Neck Blouse ($48)
I see why Stitch Fix sent me this blouse. It’s a pretty color for redheads, it’s romantic and it hides my stomach. The thing is -- and the picture doesn’t do this justice -- it felt like a green potato sack. I think it made me look a lot more top-heavy than I am. And honestly, it makes me want to yawn. But, again, I think my size for tops should maybe be smaller than what I told them it is, so a smaller size might look a wee bit better. Still, the neckline was a bit too low for work, and this is the type of piece I don’t mind going to the store to buy, so I don’t need it in a Stitch Fix box. PASS.
41Hawthorn Cassandra Tailored Button-Up Shirt ($38)
At first I liked this, then I hated it. Then I hated it again, and then I liked it. The body part seemed to be slimming, but the collar is so wide, the shoulders and arms are a little too big. However, I was impressed this didn’t pull across my chest, which most button-up tops do. Again, I wonder if a smaller size would make a difference or if it would pull across my chest. I also like the way this looks tucked into the pencil skirt much better than out and about, but still there seems to be extraneous material hanging out that could be avoided if the shirt was better fitted. I also noticed this is slightly see-through. DEBATING/LEANING TOWARD PASS.
Katherine Barclay Julien Zipper Detail Ponte Skirt ($98)
I believe I asked for no skirts, but maybe it was just no dresses. Anyway, I LOVED this pencil skirt. High-waisted, work-appropriate and flattering. It has a zipper detail in the back, which at first I thought was ugly but now I kind of like that it adds just a little bit of flair to standard office wear. The other thing I noticed trying it on today is that it might be a bit too loose at my waist. But then again, I have a weird body, and nothing’s going to fit perfectly unless I get things tailored. Again, this is crazy expensive for my usual $7 H&M dress-wearing lifestyle. DEBATING.
This is an outfit Stitch Fix suggested with 3 of the pieces. I like it better in the picture than I did in the mirror, but it still seems a little too buttoned up for my creative-ish job. I was also confused on how to style it, since the jacket is ¾ sleeves but the shirt is long-sleeved.
Here are styling card suggestions for how to wear all the pieces. I don’t think I have any of the appropriate accessories/ other clothes to wear these. Also, don’t the outfit suggestions look kind of boring? Or is that just me?
What do you think? Should I keep any of these? Also, if you are interested in ordering a Stitch Fix (Hint: This would make a great holiday gift), and want to use my link, I get a $25 referral bonus. :)
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Stitch Fix and was not contacted by them to do a publicity piece. All thoughts here are my own.
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