My June Stitch Fix Review & the REAL Nitty Gritty

12 Jun

Before we get into the nitty gritty, if you are wondering “What the Heck is Stitch Fix” you should probably check out this post. If you’re feeling super stalkery and want to see ALL my Stitch Fix posts, you can find them here.

Speaking of stalkery… as I’ve been skulking around and checking out other blogger’s Stitch Fix posts, I’ve been seeing quite a bit of backlash. There have been many comments to the effect of “OMG, I’m so freaking sick of hearing bloggers talk about Stitch Fix!!!” and feedback that Stitch Fix is nothing but cheap “mom clothes” that are marked up 3x higher than they should be.

Um… wow.

So, I put a little question on my Facebook page to see if I was boring you all with my Stitch Fix posts and apparently you guys love it! So yay! However, in case there is some backlash hovering at the corners of my blog I wanted to cover WHY I bother with Stitch Fix and why I write about it.

Let’s take for example the distressed jeans I received in my last Fix. I love them and I’ve worn them a TON… feeling like a sexy little minx each time.

But let’s say I wasn’t doing Stitch Fix and I had an idea that I wanted a pair of “grown up” distressed skinny jeans. I would probably search online at my favorite stores (Loft, Gap, Banana Republic, etc) and possibly order a pair in a couple different sizes, only to find out that they don’t fit/look like crap/aren’t what I expected. So, I’d return them. Then, I’d make a trip to the mall and try on probably a dozen pairs of jeans in various stores… hoping that I find a pair that fit and look nice on me. I’d probably start beating myself up that nothing fit properly and give up in disgust, deciding that my body just wasn’t the “right shape” for skinny jeans.

This process – my old process – took up SO MUCH of my time. And money. And brain power.

So how does it work with Stitch Fix? I added a note to my comments that I’d like to try a pair of distressed skinny jeans and pinned a couple pairs to my Pinterest board. My stylist took my size, feedback and brands I like into consideration and mailed me a pair in my next box. They looked great and fit perfect, so I bought them. No extra thinking, driving or internet searching is needed. So yes, the $88 pair of jeans was worth it to me. Is it worth it to everyone? Of course not.

Now, have I loved everything that Stitch Fix has sent me? NO! There have been dresses that I’ve gotten stuck in, horrifying boobie zippers and the ugliest Aztec blanket sweater I’ve ever seen. And I’m honest about that and share my thoughts (and terrible pictures) with you. The reason why I stick around is that Stitch Fix has sent me some of the most worn items in my closet.

Also, just to set the record straight – I am NOT getting rich off my Stitch Fix reviews. It seems that some people think that bloggers are just SWIMMING in referral money. Well, maybe some of them are. But I’m not. After 8 months of Stitch Fix posts, including one that was syndicated on BlogHer with tons and tons of views, I have gotten THREE referrals. That is $75 towards my Stitch Fix purchases. So no, I’m not swimming in Stitch Fix money like Scrooge McDuck.

And I’m OKAY with that – I’m not writing these posts to earn money, I’m writing them because I think it’s fun (and funny) to do my silly little fashion shows and read your comments.

So, let’s get to it! For this month’s Fix, I told my stylist (Meagan) that I was going to BlogHer next month and would love some warmer weather clothes – like dresses with full skirts and fun print tank tops.

Here’s what I got:

Ezra Cosette Crochet Detail Knit Shirt - Pocketful of Joules

Item #1: Cosette Crochet Detail Knit Shirt – $48
One of the brands that I’m obsessed with is Lucky Jeans, and this shirt totally reminds me of a Lucky shirt. Here’s the style card for the Stitch Fix suggested ways that you can wear it, which worked out great for me since I already own an almost identical skirt.

style card - eosette crochet detail shirt - Joules

The detailing is super pretty close up, see:

close up of crochet detail - Pocketful of Joules

I love this shirt. If I saw it in a store I’d immediately run over and grab it up on every size they had to make sure I found one that looks good on me. The fit is great and I could totally wear it with a pair of jeans or a work skirt.

Keep or return: Absolutely keep. I LOVE it!

Just Black Adora Ankle Length Skinny Jean - Pocketful of Joules

Item #2: Adora Ankle Length Colored Skinny Jeans – $78
You know what; I never owned a pair of skinny jeans before Stitch Fix. I figured that they only looked good on super skinny people – but then I got my red pair and my distressed pair and I LOVE them. I actually think they’re super flattering on my curves, especially when they have a bit of stretch and don’t cause that dreaded muffin-top.

When I first tried this pair on I could barely get them buttoned. I had a huge (and salty) Chinese food meal for dinner and it just wasn’t working with the lack of stretch in the pants. I tried them again this morning and they went on a bit easier, but they’re still pretty darn tight. I’m wondering if these just need to be worn around for a couple hours to be comfortable though…

Any skinny jeans aficionados want to weigh in? I really love the color and they look really nice with one of my new tank tops (a Marshalls score).

Keep or return: I really need your feedback on this one… what do you think? Do I look too sausage-y? Do they tend to stretch out quickly? Has anyone seen any similar colored skinny jeans out and about?

Loveappella Karissa Chevron Tank - Pocketful of Joules

Item #3: Karissa Chevron Print Henley Tank – $48
YAY, a tank top! I really wanted a couple tank tops to add to my collection, because the ones I have are super old and tend to be fitted (aka, I never wear them). When I pulled this top out of the box I was struck by how similar it looks to the Henley shirt I bought from Stitch Fix last month:

chevron comparision

I love this tank top though because it is incredibly soft and fits just loose enough that I’m comfortable. I also I have hardly ANY tank tops that I wear and it gets really hot and humid in Maryland!

Keep or return: I’m feeling kind of torn on this one. What do you think, is it too similar to the t-shirt pattern?

41Hawthorn Bindi Fit and Flare Dress - Pocketful of Joules

Item #4: Bindy Fit and Flare Ponte Dress – $78
Oh holy hell. When I first put this dress on and realized I was HULKING out of it, I figured I’d hang it on a hanger for the picture and be done with it. But the hilariousness of me busting out of the dress was just too much and I had to share it with you all so you can laugh with me. This dress is horrible. It’s made out of a very thick fabric, which is terrible for summertime. It is also tight EVERYWHERE, except for the short skirt that looks like it was stolen from an ice skating costume.

Keep or return: Um, NOPE.

Pomelo Shana Sleeveles Embroidered Dress - Pocketful of Joules

Item #5: Shana Sleeveless Embroidered Detail Dress – $74
Megan really knocked it out of the park with this dress (so I’ll forgive her for the blue monstrosity) – it’s got a fitted bodice, a cute t-back and a full skirt. LOVE IT! It’s perfect for a summer date night, BlogHer or even work (with a cardigan). Check out a close up of the embroidery, so sweet:

close up of embroidered detail - Pocketful of Joules

Keep or return: I’m 99% sure I’m going to buy this dress, unless someone sees a reason why I shouldn’t!

HELP ME!
So now it’s the fun part where you get to tell me what to do! My mind is totally made up on the black crochet top and I’m leaning towards buying the embroidered dress too. I’m totally torn on the tank top though – I could really use a tank top, but it is kind of a similar pattern to another shirt I own (which is admittedly a favorite). I’m also not sure about the mint-colored skinny jeans, do they tend to stretch? Pretty much the only definite NO is for that horrible blue dress. Please help me decide and leave your comments below!

 6/13/14 Update: Okay, so after swooning over that black crochet top and swearing undying love to it, I packed it up and sent it back to Stitch Fix. Yeah, I was surprised too. But when I went to fix a random stray thread in the sleeve (you can see it in the picture), I realized that the fabric can snag SUPER easy. So, back it went. I ended up keeping the chevron tank top and the cute little black dress and I can’t wait to wear them. I did leave a note in my Stitch Fix account that I’m all stocked up on chevron and don’t need any more. Thank you all for your help!

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Stitch Fix, I pay for the $20 styling fee and any clothing I purchase with my own hard-earned money. If you enjoyed my review and decide to try Stitch Fix for yourself, the biggest compliment you can give me is by using my referral link. Thank you to anyone who chooses to click through and support my shopping addiction!

21 Responses to “My June Stitch Fix Review & the REAL Nitty Gritty”

  1. Ashley June 12, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    LOVE the dress. NOT loving the skinny jeans. I think it’s the shade of blue/grey/green-ish that’s not flattering about them.
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    • Joules June 12, 2014 at 11:45 am #

      Thanks Ashley! I’m on the fence about the jeans so I appreciate your comment! =)

  2. Quirky Chrissy June 12, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    I actually think that the skinny jeans make you look super skinny (though I’m not a huge fan of the hue).

    The tank is adorable and totally different than the Henley. Do it.
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    • Joules June 12, 2014 at 11:45 am #

      Thanks Chrissy! I think you may be right about the tank…

    • Ashley June 12, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

      Yeah, no issue on the fit at all. It’s the color that’s off about them. At least for a bottom.

  3. Joanne June 12, 2014 at 11:40 am #

    I wouldn’t take a chance with the skinny jeans, not worth it if not completely comfortable (I’ve had some tight ones actually shrink on me and are now unwearable). Love the black dress! Also really like the tank. It’s a good fit and I like the colors.

    • Joules June 12, 2014 at 11:47 am #

      Thanks Joanne – that’s kind of what I’m thinking too. I mean, what if the jeans get SMALLER?! I think the dress and the tank are keepers… but now I’m wondering if nobody else likes the black crochet shirt? Hmm, second thoughts.

      • Joanne June 12, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

        I do like the black shirt, I think no one is commenting because you already said you were getting it! lol.

  4. Patti June 12, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    Hi — I personally love skinny jeans myself, and they do tend to grow throughout the day, but I don’t like that color either. The blue dress picture made me giggle …I have had so many of those moments too LOL. Everything else looks like a keeper to me. That black dress is adorable on you :)

    • Joules June 12, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

      HULK SMASH!!! lol

      You guys are convincing me about the jeans. They’re off the table now!

  5. Diana June 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    I’m with you. I never thought skinny jeans would look great on me, but I have a pair that I LOVE. They’re surprisingly comfortable.

    So I like the color of the skinny jeans. The fit seems off though…

    The last dress is really cute. I’m not normally a fan of the exposed zipper, but that back is really cute. It’s unique and elevates the dress to something a little more sophisticated.

    • Joules June 12, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

      I used to hate exposed zippers, but I think that sometimes they actually add to the look. I love the dress and I think my decision might be made up… dress, black shirt and tank top. =)

  6. Jessy June 12, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    I am torn on the jeans and if it’s up to me when I’m torn about buying something, I normally don’t buy it. I figure if I don’t love it, why spend my dollars on it when there is something else I will love and want those dollars for? I like the chevron tank, I would get it even though you have a similar t-shirt because girl logic says a t-shirt isn’t a tank top so you must have both (haha). I love these reviews, keep ‘em coming! :)

    I could TOTALLY relate to your jeans shopping story. It’s awful. I feel like it’s a struggle all women can relate to. Take a hint, designers!

    • Joules June 12, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

      Right!? I wish I could walk into a store and always know what size would fit me!

      I like your girl logic on the tank top!

  7. Katie @ Words For Worms June 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    I love the dress. Why are my Stitch Fix dresses always more like the hulk dress than the cute one?! My experience with skinny jeans sans stretch is not good, particularly after washing. I’d send those bad boys back and hope for a better pair next month.
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    • Joules June 12, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

      That’s kind of why I felt I HAD to post a picture of the Hulk dress. Just so everyone knows, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies… =)

  8. Kimberly June 13, 2014 at 3:17 am #

    I would keep the black top, black dress and tank. Good tank tops are hard to find. I would send the jeans back in case they shrink when you wash them.

  9. Caro June 13, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    I love the tank (especially as you could dress it up with black trousers or a skirt, or go casual with shorts or jeans) and the black dress (again you could dress it up by adding some arm bling or a nice shawl (I’m thinking red or gold), or down with leggings and a cardigan) but the colour of the jeans reminds me of hospital scrubs…not that they look bad on you, they fit great, but the colour is a no from me.

    • Joules June 13, 2014 at 9:20 am #

      Thanks Caro — you’re totally right, the skinny jeans ARE the color of scrubs!!

  10. JoAnn July 1, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

    Mom clothes that are marked up? Wow, people are a little harsh! :-) I love the embroidered dress on you! Thanks for linking up!
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