my first stitch fix box!

“I’ve been wanting to try that.” Every time the personal styling service Stitch Fix comes up, I hear that comment. Until recently, it has been my own response. It seems every woman I know is itching to have a professional inject some life into their closet. (Not to mention avoiding shopping malls and getting a fun treat in the mail!)

After giving it a try, I am impressed with the ease and thoroughness of process, the quality of the items, and the presentation of the box. I won’t go in to the details of how it works, because their website does a great job of explaining it. They seem to have thought of everything, considering not only your style preferences but also your daily lifestyle and current wardrobe needs. You can even link to your fashion-themed Pinterest board to give your stylist a good idea of how you like to dress! I could tell my comments and pins were really considered. The only drawback is waiting for your first box. You get to pick your ship date, but for some reason the first available opening was four weeks away when I signed up.

So, without further ado, here is my first round of personal styling with Stitch Fix:

When I opened the box I immediately looked for the necklace my stylist, Jessica, had mentioned in her note…no, that’s not true. I went right for the invoice, first. Frugality is in my core, and I knew that this investment would mean stretching outside my normal supersale buying habits in order to get quality clothing that I actually like (for the style and not just the price). I was pleased to see that if I purchased every item in the box it would only set me back $200 (after the keep-all discount). Not bad. You can indicate budget preferences on your profile, but—as I understand it—the stylists are choosing from higher-end clothing brands.

stitch fic box

Included with the clothing items are perforated inspiration cards that show examples of each piece styled two different ways. This is a huge bonus for me. Not only has someone with fashion sense hand-picked clothing for me, but they’ve also shown me how to wear it! Yes! I tried to match the looks as closely as I could to get the best feel for if I liked the items.

In my “Fix” were two tops, two bottoms, and a piece of jewelry. The necklace didn’t have a card with photos, but Jessica mentioned in her note that she thought it could add interest to any outfit. At first it seemed a little dainty and unremarkable, but as soon as I put it on, I realized it is the necklace I never knew I always wanted. There are so many times that I can’t decide if I want to wear a neckline-skimming necklace or a long pendant—and this is both! I put it on with the t-shirt I was already wearing, and loved it immediately.

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tee from Shop Good

The two tops are a similar style—both sleeveless and flowy—which might’ve been disappointing if I hadn’t asked for clothing that would be cool in the oppressive summer heat. The shirts are different enough in the cut that I don’t think they’ll be redundant in my closet if I keep them both.

First up is a silky shirt in a pretty red and grey print. There are some nice details that are difficult to see in the photos, like gathering at the shoulders and the tuxedo collar.

stitch fix_abstract print blouse cardThe casual look pairs the blouse with wide-leg drawstring pants and gladiator sandals, while the dressier style incorporates a white skirt and statement necklace. My take:

Yes, those are the same shoes and purse from my first style post three years ago. This is why I need Stitch Fix! I really like both outfits, here, even though I had to substitute pinstriped seersucker shorts for the skirt in the second look. As we’ve established, my wardrobe has its limitations. :)Ā  Ironically, that linen skirt I got rid of would’ve done nicely. Always listen to your mother!

Next is a gauzy blouse in a gorgeous jade color. The angled hem, front pleat, and pockets really upgrade this from your average solid-color shirt.

stitch fix_natasha blouse cardThe casual look puts the blouse with cuffed straight-leg jeans and some chunky jewelry. The dressed-up look used the shirt to top a pale pencil skirt and delicate accessories. My take:

Don’t mind the awkward photo on the left. That is not a filter, something went wrong with the white balance and I couldn’t fix it in the editor. Also, I guess that facial expression is my “blue steel” look. Or, the timer on the camera ran out too fast. šŸ˜‰ And as long as I’m apologizing for my unprofessional photos, several of these are tilted a bit because my Joby GorillaPod kept slipping. Oh well, you get the idea.

So I like both of these looks, as well, but the blouse is just a smidge too big. Enough that my bra shows through the armhole, and bending over to help a toddler all day would mean flashing some cleavage. If I keep it, I would probably have to always have a cami underneath.

On to dressing the bottom half! At first I thought these dark skinny jeans were black, but upon closer inspection, they are actually a deep blue. I was skeptical that they would fit perfectly, because jeans are so tricky. Imagine my surprise when this pair felt like a cozy second skin! They have just enough stretch and are actually the perfect length for my short legs! I rarely find pants that I don’t need to hem.

stitch fix_skinny jeans cardThe casual look was classic stripes and denim with flats, and the dressier option matched the jeans with a lacy scalloped sleeveless top and heels. Here is my take:

Both of those shirts came from my favorite local boutique, The Pocket Shop. And for those of you from the OK/TX area, that purse is from Harold’s! That is how long things stay in my possession! (I still carry it, it looks great!) So what can you say about classic skinny jeans? They are good quality, a good fit, a reasonable price, but I don’t know if I really need them. I do remember indicating on my style profile that I would be interested in staple items, though, and Jessica delivered. Both of the bottoms she picked are very versatile.

The last piece in my first Fix is a comfy black skirt in a thick & smooth rayon. The fabric has a good weight to it, and is so soft. And scoring bonus points right out of the box—pockets!

stitch fix_ponte skirt cardOne look combines a ruched shirt and long striped cardigan with a scarf and booties, and the other layers the skirt with a long-sleeve tunic and chic jewelry. My take:

Neither outfit on the inspiration card has a shirt intended to be tucked in to this skirt, but that is the only way it looks good to me. It may just be that I hate everything about the second outfit I put together. (Except my Titu‘s bracelet.) That cardi went straight into the consignment pile. I could’ve improved the whole look with some color in the shoes and necklace, as shown on the card. Note to self: buy lilac flats! I love purple as an alternative “neutral.” But back to the skirt—I did like how the gathering gave me a boost in the caboose. I went fairly flat back there when I started breastfeeding. šŸ˜‰ Here’s a rear-view.

stitch fix_ponte skirt casual back

The skirt is a little pricier than I would usually like to spend for an item like this, but I can also see myself wearing it all summer with fitted tanks and all winter with colorful tights.

So that’s my first Stitch Fix Box! I would love your opinion on these items and which ones you think I should keep. I’ll send any unwanted items back tomorrow. If you decide to give the service a try, use my referral link and I’ll get a credit toward my next box! :)

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11 Thoughts on “my first stitch fix box!

  1. Eryn Leming Luis on June 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm said:

    Wow, you got a lot if clothes! Do they always send that many? I thought it would 1 outfit. I really liked what they picked for you. What did you end up sending back or did you keep it all?

    • Eryn, you get five items in each box. I used clothes and accessories from my closet to complete each outfit, based on their recommended styling of each piece. I’ll send back what I don’t want tomorrow–give me your opinion!

  2. Andrea Bryant on June 8, 2014 at 6:01 pm said:

    Great job pairing with what you’ve got! I was impressed with how you made the style cards come to life. I like it all. That’s probably not helpful. My most favorite was the blue pants – because it is a different color than expected and probably something you’d wear frequently, and least favorite the green top because if you have to wear a cami you might be less likely to wear. But honestly think it all looks good and you should consider keeping it all. (Easy for me to say when not my money) šŸ˜‰

  3. Sarah Bryant on June 8, 2014 at 6:03 pm said:

    I thought you looked happiest in the skinny jeans and black skirt. And POCKETS in the skirt?!? SOLD! Green has always looked good on you, and I liked the cut of the neck, but it defeats the purpose of the light summery shirt when you have to add layers underneath to be decent. The other shirt didn’t leave much of an impression, and I’d recommend hanging on to the style of the necklace, but finding it somewhere cheaper.

  4. Marcy Jackson on June 8, 2014 at 6:06 pm said:

    That necklace is genius
    I really like everything you got. Seriously! Favs in order would be: necklace, skirt, flower blouse, jeans(only because you said you may not need- they look awesome on SERIOUSLY) and then green blouse but it was cute too just all of it was!!!:)

  5. Savanah Turmel on June 8, 2014 at 8:23 pm said:

    Thanks for a great breakdown! You look wonderful!

  6. Nikki Bryant Brown on June 9, 2014 at 2:59 pm said:

    You look great in all of it! I would say def the black skinny jeans if you don’t already have a pair. Life changing. :) Same with the necklace. Love! Like the first shirt and skirt too! Did you sign up for monthly?

    • I signed up for every other month, because there is no way I could afford to do it every month, but I figure I can adjust the timing either way if I need more time or feel I am in need of a Fix! If I could I would get a new box every week!

  7. Ashley Rae Bryant on June 9, 2014 at 3:01 pm said:

    Two thumbs way up on the necklace! StitchFix is the ultimate personal shopper! A couple of years ago, I got all the way up to completing my profile, but I chickened out. My inner cheapskate got the best of me. So help me out: do you think the price is worth it?

    • Ashley, that was/is my biggest struggle, too. But when we moved into a house with small closets, I pared down to only my favorite (mostly higher quality) pieces, and it has changed the way I shop. I’ve become more comfortable with buying fewer, nicer items that look, feel, and last like they are made well, instead of purchasing lots of [very] inexpensive things. (Not that I don’t still gravitate toward the sale rack. :) ) Getting dressed is more fun, now!

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