My November Stitch Fix: A Total Turkey?

24 Nov

It seems like it’s been a super long time since my last Fix in October, doesn’t it? I guess this past month has been so busy that it just FEELS like a lot of time has passed, but it’s really only been a month + a week.

I was actually thinking of skipping my November Fix because I’ve been working through my existing closet with #thejoulespurge and I’ve also done a bit of season-change-induced shopping. However, I LOVE being surprised with the clothes that Stitch Fix sends me so I decided to get a delivery right before Thanksgiving.

Maybe my hopes were too high though, because when I opened the box I was super disappointed…

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In the notes section for this month’s Fix, here is what I put: “Stylist: Sara J again. It’s getting colder in Maryland so let’s do some layering stuff – sweaters, ¾ or full sleeve tops, a fun blazer, skinny jeans… I’m open to it all, I just hate to be cold! Also, check out my pinterest page because I updated it for fall!”

So, did I get anything to keep me warm? Is EVERYTHING going back? Let’s check it out together.

Actually, before we check it out I have to warn you that I kind of look like death warmed over in these pictures. I’ve been struck down with some kind of daycare plague and haven’t slept for the past three nights due to coughing ALL NIGHT LONG. I’ve tried cough medicines and nothing is working. At this point, I’ve coughed so hard that I burst a blood vessel in my eye and have actually made myself sick a couple of times. In short, it sucks. So if I look rough… that’s why.

On to the fashion show!

Collective Concepts Melandry Chevron Blouse - Pocketful of Joules

Collective Concepts close up - Pocketful of Joules

Item #1: Collective Concepts Melandry Dotted Chevron Print Blouse — $68
In the fall and winter, I tend to do a lot of layering so that I can deal with the freezing cold outside and the fluctuating temperatures at my various office locations. This type of shirt is perfect, because I can pair it with a blazer or cardigan for an extra layer of warmth. I can also throw on a tank top underneath it all to keep me extra toasty.

When I opened the box I liked the pattern with its fun mix of blues and greens. I feel like this pattern could go either way though and you may think it’s the ugliest thing you’ve ever seen. When I put it on though, I realized the fit was off on me. Instead of draping nicely, the buttons strained across my chest. So sad, otherwise I would have snapped this top up in a heartbeat! For my picture, I styled it with a pair of black skinny pants (Democracy, by way of Nordstrom Rack) and my leopard print heels (Target).

Keep or Return? It doesn’t fit, so it’s going back.

Peppercorn Hazel Metallic Striped Knit Top - Pocketful of Joules

Peppercorn sweater close up - Pocketful of Joules

Item #2: Peppercorn Hazel Metallic Striped Knit Top — $48
When I opened this month’s Fix I was super excited to see a bit of metallic thread. With Christmas coming up, I like to add a little sparkle to my wardrobe. However, this sweater is pretty terrible in person – the fabric is SUPER itchy and it just fits like a big old uninteresting box. If it had a deep v-neck, it might have looked a bit more flattering… but as it is, I pretty much hate it. Even with my super cute red pants (a previous Stitch Fix) and my knee-high boots (Naturalizer).

Keep or Return? I hate it, so it’s going back.

Kut from the Kloth Moto Jacket - Pocketful of Joules

Close up moto jacket - Pocketful of Joules

Item #3: Kut From The Kloth Cia Boucle Sleeve Terry Moto Jacket — $98
First off, I’m kind of in love with anything from Kut from the Kloth. I never even tried this brand until Stitch Fix started sending it to me and now I search it out in stores (especially Nordstrom Rack where I’ve found some awesome deals). So, a big THANK YOU to Stitch Fix for introducing us! My initial thought when I saw this jacket was coming to me was, “ANOTHER moto jacket?!” I already got one in a previous Fix that I wear pretty regularly.

I decided to keep an open mind though, until I opened the box. BLEGH. So UGLY! I can’t even believe this is by the same brand that I’ve fallen in love with! The mix of fabrics is like a super cheap sweatshirt made dorky, awkward love with a grandma sweater. What. The. Heck. I tried it on anyway though, with my favorite jeans (Kut from the Kloth) and a pair of sparkly Toms. And um… well, does my face spell it out for you?

Yuck face

This is absolutely NOT living in my house, especially for $98?! I hated it so much that I immediately went into my Stitch Fix account and made a note that said, “no more moto jackets… I have plenty!”

Keep or Return? Nope. Not going to happen. Ever.

41Hawthorn Benson Blazer - Pocketful of Joules

Blazer close up - Pocketful of Joules

Item #4: 41Hawthorn Benson 3/4 Ruched Sleeve Blazer — $78
I specifically asked for a blazer in this month’s Fix because I have a lot of work events coming up which require me to be more dressed up. I have three in heavy rotation, a black one, a grey one and a green velvet one… so I wanted something different. I pinned a bunch of cute patterned blazers to my pinterest board, hoping that I’d get something similar. But instead, I got this. It is a navy blue sweatshirt material fitted blazer with stripes on the inside. I tried it on with a striped top from Anthropologie, my black work-horse pants (Democracy) and my leopard print wedges.

Sigh. It’s the SAME blazer I’ve seen on pretty much everyone for like a year now. Also, since it’s made out a super casual cotton there is no way I could wear it to work for an event. I was thinking about using it for a sweater replacement for work, but for being made out of such a comfy material this is really NOT very comfortable to wear. It has some pretty substantial shoulder pads, and the upper arms and back sections are both quite tight.

Keep or Return? GOING BACK.

Kut from the Kloth Jonathan Skinny Cords - Pocketful of Joules

cords close up - Pocketful of Joules

Item #5: Kut From The Kloth Jonathan Corduroy Skinny Pant — $68
Okay, here we go. I know for a fact that Kut From the Kloth pants are my friends because I have a pair of their skinny jeans and a pair of their bootcut jeans. As you can imagine, after trying on all the rest of the losers in my box, I was crossing my fingers that these fit properly!

I don’t have any other skinny cords in my wardrobe and actually pinned a couple pairs on my Pinterest page with the thought that winter is coming and I could use a pair. I feel like these can be a really versatile piece for upcoming holiday events, normal weekend fun and even a more casual workday.

YAY, they fit! They are comfortable! The blue is pretty! We finally have a keeper. Which is great, because I really didn’t want to lose my $20 styling fee! Here’s a closer look at the shade of blue:

pants in light

I styled them with a Daniel Rainn tank top from a previous fix, a pink cardigan (Marshalls) and my knee high boots (Naturalizer).

Keep or Return? Looks like they are my only keeper from this Fix!

Normally now is where I would ask you to help me decide what to buy… but the decision is pretty darn clear. To be honest, I was super disappointed in this Fix (hence the Turkey title). I had really hoped for an interesting blazer and a great sweater or two for the upcoming cold season. But that’s what you get with a service like this – sometimes you love them and sometimes you hate them.

I would love your feedback on my pictures from this month’s Fix though. This month I made them much bigger (instead of the collages I normally do) and included some close ups so you could see the details from each piece. Do you like this way better, or do you prefer I return to the old way of having a collage of a couple different outfits made from each item?

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10 Responses to “My November Stitch Fix: A Total Turkey?”

  1. Jessy November 24, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    I wanted to like the moto jacket, the difference between the torso fabric and the fabric on the arms interested me. But I agree with you on this fix, the only item I would have kept is the same one you chose – the corduroy pants. I just bought a pair from LOFT a few weeks ago (yay, sales!) and LOVE them. So comfy, pretty and warm. I wear them for more “casual” days at work, too. Glad you got the one winner!

    • Joules November 24, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

      I usually like a fun mix-match of materials, but the moto jacket was really weird — the sweatshirt material was kind of stiff and then the sleeves were thick and floppy. I usually love Loft cords too, but haven’t been there in a really long time to check out what they have for this year! =)

  2. Stacey November 24, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    I actually like most of the pieces you got. The moto jacket is totally my style, but at that price point, if I didn’t love it, I’d be sending it back. I think that you definitely made the right decisions.

    Stitch Fix hasn’t been great for me lately. I’ve decided that this upcoming fix will be the last one for me if it doesn’t get better. It’s fun, but they have been totally off for months on what they’ve been sending me, even though I’ve been leaving extensive feedback and specific requests.
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    • Joules November 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

      Thanks Stacey – I have certainly had some disappointing Stitch Fix months and I’m hoping that my December one is much better. I tried to be more specific in what I wanted (ex, instead of just ‘sweaters’ I said I tend to prefer v-neck and cardigan sweaters) so we will see if that helps! Have you tried asking for a different stylist for your Fixes, if your current one isn’t getting you?

  3. Holly November 24, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    Personally I prefer the style of pics from previous Stitch Fix posts. I like to see the pieces worked in different ways as opposed to the closeups of each piece. Seeing how different pieces can look styled in different ways is just mind-blowing to me. Sometimes it takes a piece from horrible to hurray! And sometimes, there is just nothing you can do with a real dud.

    On a related note…I feel like we (you) should host a clothes swap party as a result of the Purge. You’re doing it. I want, need, intend and plan to do it – as I’m sure a lot of other women do too. Have you ever heard of the idea? Been to one? Had one?

    • Joules November 24, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

      Thanks Holly – I think I like the other pictures better too, but realized that in some of them it was hard to make out some of the item details.

      I have heard of clothing swap parties and I love the idea. However, it can be kind of hard unless everyone is the same size. As I’ve been purging my wardrobe I’ve been donating items to Goodwill and also sending them to Twice (an online consignment store) and making some money back. When I post my #thejoulespurge wrap up, I’ll give an update of how much money I made back! If you do a swap, keep me posted!

      • Quirky Chrissy November 24, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

        Clothing swap parties are actually really fun, and you don’t have to all be the same size, as long as everyone is in a range with someone else. We noted that ladies tend to have varying sizes sometimes as big as a difference of 5 dress sizes in a couple years with weight fluctuations (I’ve actually had clothes in sizes 11 to 22!) It was a surprising success.
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  4. Katie @ Words For Worms November 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    I kept a pair of skinny Kut from the Kloth corduroys (in brown) from my very first Stitch Fix. I probably should have sent them back as they’re too long, but they’re otherwise really cute and I disguise the length issue with under cuffing.
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  5. Amanda January 29, 2015 at 8:56 am #

    Hi! You look great!!! I loved the dress paired with the green cardigan. 🙂 I am getting my first Fix in a few days
    Quick question– Where did you get the “Be the Light” t-shirt?

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