Ever since I wrote about Stitch fix back in September (click here to read that post), I've been receiving monthly packages of new clothes. I haven't written about any of the other packages sent to me by Stitch Fix, because I had nothing nice to say.
I was taught that if you had nothing nice to say, then it's polite to say nothing at all.
The first month was such a success... and the second month was such a disaster. The third month was a little bit better than the second, but then the fourth month was so horrific, that it almost sent me over the edge.
I'm not sure what was wrong. I filled out the forms, I answered the questions, I gave detailed notes about what I liked and didn't like about each shipment, and yet no one at Stitch Fix seemed to understand my taste.
Or maybe they just didn't have the kind of clothes that I - or any of my peers here in the stylish 40 year category - wore.
Here, is an example of one of the better boxes.
Behold! A pretty black dress:
Flattering, well-fitting... could have done without the cap sleeves, but at the time, I was so overjoyed to find something good in my Stitch Fix box, that I overlooked the sleeves and kept the dress.
I haven't worn it yet, though, so that's telling.
Can I pause for a moment and ask,
Does anyone look good in a cap sleeve?!?!
And can I pause for another moment to apologize for my dirty mirror and my scrunched-up photo-taking face?
Next item in the box?
A black and hunter-green plaid, cropped, button-less jacket with a back peplem.
These photos are too dark to give you an idea of the ugliness of this coat. I felt like a mixture between Calista Gingrich and a preppy grandmother wearing a boiled-wool jacket from Talbots.
No offense, Mom, boiled wool jackets suit you perfectly.
To give the jacket a chance, I tried it on with jeans and a tee-shirt.
Oh! That's right! I'm a long-waisted, short person!! I did mention that cropped things look strange on me in my Stitch Fix profile... and that I hate plaid... but I guess my personal stylist didn't read those parts of my bio.
And then I pulled out this:
A mud-green silk shirt. It fit fine and I might have kept it, had it been in one of the bold, bright, fun colors that I requested! But mud-green? Really? On a blond?
And then there was this:
An enormous, sequined potato sack with three-quarter-length sleeves and a high-neck.
I had no words.
I packed up the box that night and contemplated ending my subscription to the service.
While I did so, Josie tried on the jacket.
Long-sleeves aside, it was the perfect length for my seven year old.
I didn't part ways with Stitch Fix that month - or the month after.
I'm a sucker for the second (or third, fourth and fifth) chance and I REALLY like mail.
I stopped photographing each item, but over the months, I did keep a necklace, a pair of earrings and a scarf. I wrote a pleading message on my profile site, begging for some color and some younger, hipper items. I asked that all plaid and muddy earth tones be removed from my pile. I wrote that I'm not a lumberjack and forty-one is really not that old.
Last month, I really liked two of the items, but neither fit me well enough to keep. The fact that I even thought about keeping something got my hopes up. Maybe - just maybe - someone out there was starting to understand me.
I got my sixth (or maybe seventh?) box on Friday:
It was tied in a lovely pile and the top item looked remarkably like the tunic I had asked for:
I spread the items out on the floor:
That burgundy/white zig-zag thing is an infinity scarf, which I put right back into the box. It just wasn't me.
The first glance was an optimistic one. No plaid. No old-lady jackets or duck-hunting colors.
I started with a black knit shirt which fit well and was very soft:
I liked it, but not enough to keep. It reminded me too much of an exercise top or something one would wear under a wool sweater to ski.
And it dipped in the back.
Another pause - I am sorry - but what is it with Stitch Fix and the un-even shirt hem? I never, ever see women walking around with shirts that are short in the front and long in the back, and yet this is at least the fifth one I've received from this company.
Next item - the bird tunic:
Cute! A keeper!
But I have to show you all this:
The $%^$% thing dips down in the back!
I tucked it in and rolled up the sleeves:
Josie came in to help me. She wanted me to try on the paisley dress:
and while she waited, she tried it on herself and accidentally ripped off the tag.
That's not good news since I was undecided about the dress itself and I'm not sure how tag removal effects my return ability.
The dress is cute, but shapeless and way too short for my age.
I tried it with leggings but then my long-waisted / short leg ratio is highlighted and I try not to emphasize that part of my figure too often.
Perhaps if I was 19.
I'm still on the fence about Stitch Fix. When I read about the service on another woman's blog, I saw her modelling beautiful sweaters and a gorgeous knit dress. My lovely friend Tara tried the service and received a wonderful black dress and two fabulous bright-and-funky tops. This month was a great improvement, but I'm only keeping one of the five items, so I could hardly call it a success.
I would love to learn more about what the stylists at Stitch Fix have to work with. Do they just randomly select clothes for each shipment? Do they have some strange fashion bias when it comes to Boston? I know we aren't LA or New York, but believe it or not, there is fashion here. And this is a blue state, so the Calista Gingrich look is not what we go for.
Is any one else out there trying Stitch Fix? How have your fixes been?
Leave me a message and let me know!
And if you want to try Stitch Fix out yourself (which would be odd after this review, but good for me because I get some credit if you do!), then click below: