I’ve always been super curious about what it would be like to have a personal stylist. In my head, it’s like having a sister/best friend who gets you and so knows your style instinctively and yet would push you to take a few risks, steer you away from yet another little black dress and sensible black pumps, and of course knows all the best places to shop. Clearly, this is fantasy though because not only do I not have a sister (though my mom is pretty great!), but well, stylists cost money. Money that must be spent on little league and giant supplies of toilet paper (seriously, Amazon subscription services have resulted in an insane collection of toilet paper in our garage) and also actual clothes.
But! I heard about this new monthly subscription service (why, yes, I am a sucker for things delivered via mail!) called Stitch Fix via a facebook friend, and I was intrigued. (FYI, I have not in any way been compensated for this post/review nor was I asked to either try or post/review by anybody. I just felt like it. So there.) I filled out this extensive questionnaire, included a link to my fashion pinterest board (and this blog), and waited for the Stitch Fix stylists to work their magic.
My first “fix” came today, and while it was super fun to get a package of clothing picked out just for meeeeee, I was pretty disappointed with the contents of said package. To wit:
The “Kristi Lace Detailed Striped Dress” ($78) is something I might have worn in college. Maybe. The cut was just really young. (And now I just feel old. *le sigh*) Also those weird black mesh things on the side are, I suppose, intended to make one appear thinner. But instead, the whole thing seemed fragmented. The lines are just off. The dresses I wear now are much more tailored and structured.
This is the “Eloise Lattice Detailed Silk Blouse” ($88), and is a pretty well priced for a 100% silk blouse (the liner, however, is poly/spandex), but it’s just not my style, cut, or color. (It sounds like I just got my hair did.) (Oh btw, sorry about the horrible iPhone pictures!) (Also, my space heater in the background!) (And endless parentheticals!)
This Kelly green cardigan (“Jaclynn 3/4 Sleeve Button-Up Cardigan” ($38)) was actually pretty nice if slightly boring, but it was too tight. If it fit a bit better, I probably would have kept it though.
The last clothing item was a pair of black jeggings (“Rizzo Skinny Ponte Pants” ($88)), which I’m wearing in all of the above pictures. I’m not a huge fan of jeggings in concept (fake pockets frustrate me. I want pockets that I can actually stick my hands in!), but these are super comfy. Like stupendously comfy. So maybe I’m missing out on a good thing with this jegging thing. Especially post-two-babies body. Elastic waists are just so lovely! So even though I’m kind of horrified at the idea of spending almost $90 on a pair of pants that have FAKE POCKETS, I may have to keep these. They also look pretty awesome on, and are convincing enough as skinny jeans that I could wear them to work and class. And they’re moderately high-waisted, which is a super duper important thing for me nowadays. I am so not cool with sitting down and having my students see my undies. Just. No. (Also, again, I am old.)
There were also a pair of earrings in the package (Eliza Druzy Stud Earrings ($55)) which I didn’t bother to take a picture of because they were a) totally not my style and b) I’m not spending $55 on earrings. Unless they’re perfect. I’m kind of picky about jewelry, unless it’s like $5 from Forever 21. Which I can’t buy anymore because it gives me a rash. Boo.
I did like how my stylist included a cute little personal note about her selections as well as nifty, perforated cards for each item with styling suggestions.
So, overall, nice idea, but I think I’ll stick to doing my own shopping. I’m pretty picky, and I know when I like something and when I don’t. So I guess I’m happy being my own stylist after all.