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I’ve wanted to try Stitch Fix since I first heard about it.
I’m so inept with clothing and fashion. In high school, my stepsisters would joke that I was going to end up on What Not to Wear. I’ve gotten better since then, but it’s still a struggle for me.
But when my husband and I decided to open a retail store, it was time to make a change. I didn’t have any nice clothes, and I didn’t have a single pair of pants that fit me post-baby. But how to even get started?
First, I joined Cladwell to help me get an idea for what colors look good on me and what kinds of pieces I should get. It doesn’t have a ton of features yet, but just giving me the color palette was huge for me and totally worth the $15.
But now I had to actually find and pick out clothes to fill an interchangeable capsule wardrobe. That was really intimidating for me. I have never had great luck in thrift stores, which is about where my budget is. Pinterest helped me generate a basic idea, but I knew I needed help getting the ball rolling.
So I finally made the leap to join Stitch Fix. I figured I may as well let a professional help me get started. And, to be blunt, that scared the crap out of me. Filling out the style profile did not do anything to calm my fears. I realized I knew nothing about my body type or even what size I was. I still didn’t have a good grasp on my style or what I was looking for. What if I hated everything they sent? What if nothing fit me? What if the world doesn’t make pants that fit my mama pooch and my lack of a butt at the same time? What if everything made me look frumpy or accentuated my thick waist?
What if I can’t afford any of it? Our budget is tight. Food shelf and WIC coupons, can’t remember the last time I bought anything for myself, tight. We set aside a chunk of our tax refund to dress ourselves appropriately, but every fiber of my being resisted the idea of paying more than $10 for an item of clothing. And the idea that I might lose the $20 styling fee because nothing was right?
But I did it. I bit the Stitch Fix bullet. And here’s how it went:
Ruth Split Neck Top – $68
I loved this top. It was comfortable, it looked good on, it was a nice color. It was exactly what I was looking for. I loved everything about it. I don’t know if I’ve ever spent so much on a shirt in my life, but I was ready to make the leap.
Then the thought occurred to me as I was taking laundry out of the dryer. I checked the label. Dry clean only. I did some research. Nope, that’s not just a nice suggestion. Rayon cannot be washed, and it’s risky to even hand wash. Maybe on a thrift store shirt, but I’m not taking any risks with a $68 shirt.
I mean really. Who sends a dry clean only shirt to a mom? What, am I supposed to just never wear it around my son to avoid spit up, drool, food, breast milk, etc. getting on it?I can’t even feed myself half the time without getting something on my shirt! Just this morning I spilled coconut milk all over myself while making a smoothie. Why do people even bother with this kind of fabric?
At first I was just disappointed, then I almost started to cry, then I got irrationally mad. I really liked this shirt, and it is HARD for me to find clothes I like. Especially post-baby! Well, I learned my lesson. Check the labels. If it can’t go in the wash, don’t even bother trying it on.
Adorra Skinny Jean – $88
Gulp! I’ve never spent so much on jeans before! But honestly, what are the chances of these fitting my stomach, hips, AND butt? Pretty good, actually.
First thing that came out of my mouth, before I even had them all the way up: “These are SO comfy!”
Surprisingly, they fit! And they have pockets! They aren’t perfect by any means. My poor flat butt. But they fit better than anything has fit since before I switched to maternity pants (that’s how small my butt is – XS maternity pants didn’t fit my pregnant hips and butt). They are petite sized, so they aren’t too long. They are shorter than I would have picked for myself, but since I’m a boots or sandals type of girl, I think they will go great with all my shoes.
I’m so excited by the prospect of a pair of jeans that fit – and a really nice looking pair, too – that I bit the bullet and decided to spend the money.
Marielle Knit Top – $44
First reaction pulling it out of the box: That’s a lot of fabric for a small.
I love the colors, but there was just no shape to this shirt. I was swimming in it. Too bad. As the cheapest item in my fix, I would have liked it to have been the piece I kept.
Rebekah Ponte Blazer – $98
First reaction: So much white! I don’t think I can pull off that much white.
I want a blazer, but navy or gray is more what I’m going for.
Plus, I just didn’t like the fit. It didn’t have much structure and it didn’t help give me the appearance of a waist at all. Am I asking for too much from a woman’s blazer? Plus it seemed way too large in the shoulders and chest. It got all bunchy and baggy around the top once I started moving my arms.
Cameryn Skinny Pant – $88
I really need some dress pants, but these pants were all kinds of weird. First, there was no zipper, fly, etc. And the waistband wasn’t super stretchy. I was worried I’d bust a seem pulling them over my hips.
They did fit decently over the mama pooch. So points for that. They were a good length, too.
But things continued to get weird. How can something be baggy and tight on the crotch at the same time? It was just uncomfortable and weird. Add in that they didn’t fit my butt at all, and it was pretty sad.
I think my stylist is getting some really good notes after this fix, and she was on the right track. I am sure I wasn’t the easiest person to create a fix for. I’m confident my next fix will be better, but I’m still terrified about the fit factor. And I’m still hung up on the budget. I have a bit more confidence right now, so I’m going to try thrifting it a bit more. There’s also a designer outlet near us where I always find great boots and my husband always finds great pants. I don’t know when my next fix will be, but after I fill out my wardrobe a bit more, I’ll definitely try again.
Have you tried Stitch Fix? How do you like it? If not, what has kept you from it?
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