Monday, June 24, 2013

Stitch Fix Review: Judgement Day

Click here to read my first review of Stitch Fix and an overview of how the process works.

Click here to read my second review.

If you read my last review, you will know that I was on the fence. I was completely torn about Stitch Fix. My third box was to be the deciding vote between a decent first box and a frustrating second box.


Stitch Fix is a lie.

A lie, I say.

Let's start out with some of the information that Stitch Fix had about me. 1) I requested a maxi skirt and breathable work clothes, since, you know, it's June and Tucson is the surface of the sun this time of year. 2) I don't like shear shirts, mentioned by me and commented on by my stylist in the last box. 3) Under the materials portion of my style profile, it says I do not want polyester. 4) The only pattern I would like to avoid is paisley, part of the style profile.

OK, remember all those things.

Here's what they sent me!

On the description sheet of the clothes, there was a note from my stylist saying they were currently all out of maxi skirts. I don't really understand that, especially since I made the request for a maxi skirt about a month ago (plenty of time to set one aside for me), but I didn't really hold it against them because they tried to make it up to me with the first dress.

Cyrus Striped Maxi Dress by Fraiche by J, $118. This dress has a lot of pros. It's long like a maxi skirt. The fabric seemed nice and breathable. The cut is very on trend. However, it was $118. Ouch. And it was too clingy. I shouldn't have to break out the spanx for a maxi dress. I want a skirt with more flow to it, like my Walmart maxi dress. Also, I feel like they were trying too hard with the slimming elements of the dress. A little bit of black along the edge is slimming, but this was too much. Back in the box. {Sidenote: let's not talk about my ridiculously long bangs. I've since gotten my hair trimmed up.}

Calafia Jersey Wrap Dress by 41Hawthorn, $58. Another breathable dress, this one with pockets. It was actually really cute and twirly. I'm sure a lot of people could have worn this to their comfortable desk jobs. However, for me and my job, I move around too much to not worry about exposing myself. Because it's a wrap dress, I would have needed a cami under it to insure my boobs wouldn't pop out. And because it's short, leggings would have probably been a requirement. It just wasn't worth the required layering. Also, the quality of the dress was pretty bad. The slot for threading the tie through the dress wasn't hemmed (I don't know the proper term, but the edges were rough) and the fabric felt kind of cheap. Back in the box.

Kourtney Dot Print Blouse by I. Madeline, $68. So the first two weren't actually that bad. These next two, however, piss me off. It's a long sleeved, shear, polyester, flowy, button-up blouse. Yuck. The only, single redeeming quality of this blouse were the tiny gold buttons, which refused to stay buttoned. Nope, back in the box.

Patsy Paisley Print Button-Up Tank by 19 Cooper, $58. Alright, you ready? It's a paisley, sleeveless, shear, polyester, flowy, button-up blouse. There were two things I like about this top. One, the green was a very pretty color. Two, the detailing in the hemming at the bottom of the blouse. It created a nice, little panel that I kind of enjoyed. That is until I saw it in the mirror. The panel only covers the front half of the blouse. It's got this weird fishtail in the back so you would have to tuck it in. And if you tucked it in, you would hide the cute panel in the front! Back in the box!

Rashida Floral Print Tabsleeve Top by Collective Concepts, $68. First impression of this shirt was not in its favor. It's another kind of shear, polyester, flowy top. However, because of the pattern, you wouldn't really have to layer it to avoid being trashy. Also, no button-up, which I prefer in my flowy tops. And the sleeves and neckline were cute details. For the sake of transparency, I should let you know that I would not have kept this blouse if I didn't have a $25 discount, making the blouse $43, which is still A LOT for a blouse you aren't over the moon about. I did wear it to work and it is growing on me, but I still don't love it like my indigo blazer from the first box or the cherry tank top from the second.

Kind of a shame there were no accessories in the box this time because they've been posting about some cute ones on their blog lately.

So, if you haven't already guessed, I'm done with Stitch Fix. They just don't deliver what they claim.

I may consider trying again in a couple of months if there's evidence that they've somehow gotten better and are now actually trying to pick out pieces their customers would like, but don't hold your breath.

*This post was not sponsored by Stitch Fix. All opinions are my own.*


  1. You can set the prices lower. I selected $50-$100 price range for clothes and under $50 for accessories hoping that the quality would match the price. For a couple of items, like my blazer from my first box, this turned out to be true, but for most, it wasn't.

    I know this review turned out to be fairly negative, but my first box was a fun experience. I would recommend trying it with the budget set at the low end and maybe having a similar sized friend on board who might like some of the items if you don't.

  2. I appreciated your candid review. I just got my first Stitch Fix box and was pretty underwhelmed by all the sheet polyester items included in mine, too. I basically haven't purchased polyester since my college days of shopping at discount stores. The price tags for my items were in the range of Banana Republic or JCrew ($70-$80 avg, per shirt). But the quality was Forever21 all the way.