So this mama is in drastic need of a wardrobe overhaul! First of all, nothing fits, because after losing a bunch of baby weight when I had Arlo, I’ve gained a bunch back. So not cool! Turns out you can’t continue to eat you’re breastfeeding when you’re no longer breastfeeding…who knew?! 😉
I also need some guidance, because suddenly any fashion sense I ever had went out the window when I had children. My brain can only comprehend hoodies and ill-fitting jeans these days. So I signed up for StitchFix! It’s a subscription service that brings hand-picked clothing to your door based on a questionnaire. You can try the items on in the comfort of your own…keep what you love, send back what you don’t! It’s like having a personal shopper!
I was pretty pumped about it, especially since they actually offer my size. I was a bit hesitant, especially since I don’t have a large budget for clothes right now. But I gave it a go for the $20 styling fee, and loved that the $20 fee can go towards any items you purchase. I had fun filling out the questionnaire and offered up my fashion pinterest board for inspiration. I was also glad to see that they offer sizes in my range, since that’s not always the case with boutique type clothing!
So my first delivery was set to arrive on January 4th and I was elated that it actually arrived a few days early! It was packaged up really cute, wrapped in tissue and sealed with a sticker. They included a personal note from my stylist, Tamika, which was cool because you could tell she really did her research and included some of her findings in the note. They also include style cards, showing different ways you could wear the pieces, which I appreciated because sometimes I just stare blankly at clothing like “what the heck do I with this?!” (sort of like the galaxy leggings I just impulse-bought because they were $4, but that’s story for another day…)
First up was a flowy, floral top that I absolutely loved! I’ve been wearing looser tops lately that are flowy because I’m still having trouble with disguising my mom pouch, not always an easy task! Especially when it’s super floppy and looks like a busted can of biscuits in most pants right now (<—-loved this analogy from a friend). But I was disappointed when I tried it on because it DID NOT fit in the bust. There was no room for the boobs, whatsoever! I intended to do a ‘try-on’ video for this, but it was kind of horrific. So my fears of ‘too small’ boutique clothing was coming true. It was a beautiful and well-made top, but did not accommodate the curves! While it was a size large, it felt more like a very small medium and was cut with a much slimmer frame in mind. I was so disappointed because the style and pattern were lovely.
Next up was an open-knit sweater in an oatmeal shade. I was sort of ‘meh’ about it. It just didn’t really ‘wow’ me at all. It seemed like a sweater I could have found anywhere else (for a lower price. It was pricey!) But I did really love the scalloped hem details! And again, wasn’t very accommodating in the curves department. Mostly across the shoulders. It was pretty and feminine, which is so me, but I just wasn’t in love with it.
Next up was a pair of black skinnies. These were SO SOFT! But far too low-rise for my mom body. I like higher-rise pants these days (never thought I’d say that) and these did not fit the bill! Otherwise the size was fine. Plus, I have plenty of black jeggings/skinnies anyway…and again, the price was way too high for what they were. These were still a great pick though, based on my specifications.
And then the shining moment. This piece came out of the box with doves, I swear! I absolutely LOVED this jacket! It’s a faux suede, taupe and black jacket and it fit so well and was so soft and comfortable. My favorite part was the contrasting sleeves. I literally went back and forth on this baby a million times. In the end, she went back to StitchFix for two reasons, it was cut higher than I’m used to in the back and knowing myself, I’d probably not reach for it very often because of that. And again, I just couldn’t justify the price! She was lovely though, and I’m going to miss her.
They included an accessory as my 5th item. My stylist added it noting that it’s probably cold here in Michigan…she was right! I fell in love with this cable-knit scarf! It’s the prettiest shade of pink and it’s really soft and cozy. I did end up keeping it and I’m so glad I did…it was priced at $34 and with my styling fee applied, I got it for $14. I’ve been wearing it a ton!
I’m also loving it with my KEEP Collective bracelets as a scarf accessory! Adds a little flair and keeps my scarf in place!
So, there you have it…my first StitchFix review. It was really fun and they actually did a great job picking stuff I like. I’m definitely going to try it out again. Overall I really enjoyed the experience and was glad they offered a wide range of sizes, even though some brands aren’t a perfect fit for my body. When James and I ran our clothing boutique, I ran into that problem a lot when buying…items advertised as larger sizes, but were still cut very small.
The price range of my items was also extremely high and I’m thinking I should probably go back and update my profile and price range. The black skinnies were priced at $88 and the jacket I loved so dear was priced at $78. I don’t know, maybe I’m naive to typical StitchFix pricing, but they seemed high. Not saying I wouldn’t pay that for something I truly loved, but it would have to literally be the perfect piece of clothing, which I don’t think exists for the current state of my body!
I DEFINITELY encourage you to try it out though! For $20, there’s not much to lose and it’s a really great way to think outside your own fashion box and try something new. Take a peek, sign up, then let me know what you think!