Two Years of Stitch Fix Personal Styling Service - My 8 Favorite Items (So far)

Yesterday was one of my favorite days - it was "Fix" day! I received the email from USPS telling me my Stitch Fix package had been delivered at home pretty early in the day - but it was a busy day at work full of deadlines and I forgot about it until I was heading home. Coming in the door and seeing that box inside the entry (my mom was watching my kiddo and had brought it in for me, thanks Mom!) put a big smile on my face! Even when I don't love everything in my Fix, it's still really fun to come home to a mystery package. It's like a mini-Christmas morning.

Since it’s been quite some time since I’ve blogged here on my personal blog, I’ll quickly explain how Stitch Fix works, in case it’s something you may be interested in, or know something about but need more information on.

How Stitch Fix Works:

Stitch Fix is a personal styling service that’s accessible at a reasonable price, which provides you with a box of 5 carefully selected pieces of clothing or accessories, mailed right to your home. You can sign up for a Stitch Fix account and schedule a Fix (shipment of clothing) any time. When you first create an account, you’ll complete a personal style profile that will give your stylist information about your sizes, favorite colors, styles, fits, least favorite colors and styles and your body type. You will also be able to add the price ranges you are comfortable with for each type of clothing.

When you request a Fix (can be done on a subscription basis, monthly, every 2-3 months, alternating months) or on a one-time basis (these is NO ongoing commitment required! A lot of people don’t realize this) you will pay $20. This $20 is your “styling fee” however, it will also be applied toward the cost of any item you receive that you decide to purchase. When your Fix arrives, you’ll have three days to try on your items and decide what you like. Whatever you want to keep, you simply keep, and your $20 styling fee will be deducted from the purchase total. Anything you don’t want goes into a prepaid, preaddressed envelope that’s included with your Fix, and you simply mail it back to Stitch Fix. Easy-peasy!

Stitch Fix is especially great for people who struggle to put outfits together, have little time to shop or are tired of seeing the same things in stores and want to try something different. It’s also really helpful when you have a special occasion and need a specific type of clothing. Each time you request a Fix, you’ll have a chance to send your stylist a note about what you’re hoping to see in that shipment. (The more specific you are, the better!)

Another nice thing about Stitch Fix, is that they are generous with referral credit. Each time you refer someone new to the service, and they receive their first Fix, you get $25 in Stitch Fix credit to use toward your next Fix! (That can add up to a lot of free clothing!) If my blog or posts about Stitch Fix have helped you decide to give the service a try, I’d be so appreciative if you wouldn’t mind using my referral link. Thank you so much in advance! J (And be sure to share your own link afterward with others, so you can enjoy the referral credits, too!) Click here to use my link. (You are the nicest ever! Thank you!) Questions about Stitch Fix? Feel free to leave me a comment or email me!

And now... on with the rest of the post!

I received two items in this week's Fix that I absolutely love and am keeping. I like them so much, that I thought, "These definitely rank up there in my favorites ever received from Stitch Fix..." which then made me think, "Hey, this is my two year anniversary of using Stitch Fix! I should do a blog sharing my favorite items!" 

So, bear with me, as I am nowhere near being a talented fashion blogger - (if I try to stand in that cute way other bloggers do, with their toes turned in and their knees slightly bent, I just look pigeon-toed!) and I felt super awkward taking photos of myself with a tripod, but I really wanted to show you the clothes, as I know personally it helps me a lot see how clothes fit on a person rather than hanging on a hanger. 

Favorite Items 1 & 2 (worn together):

Pulling on my cardigan because I've seen that in pictures of people cooler than myself.
Not sure if it's working for me. Oh well. I tried. :-P
41Hawthorn Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan in Navy
I have gotten so much use out of this open cardigan. I love the length, the soft, lightweight fabric, the color (you'll quickly notice a pattern in my favorites on color... one I didn't even fully expect!) and the fit. I believe I received this in my February 2014 Fix, and I still use it all the time. Every time I travel, I always pack it as a layering option I know that I'll enjoy wearing. (I've also received this cardigan in a sunny yellow shade, which I like too, though the navy is more versatile.)

Underskies Abby Pintuck Sleeveless Blouse
This blouse has a lot of feminine detailing, which makes it a total winner in my book. It has buttons down the back, pin-tucks down the front and the laser-cut lace/scalloped bottom hem is really cute, don't you think? The blouse also has a little bit of stretch to it, making it comfortable to move around in. In the summer, sometimes I'll wear it alone, but it's also a great layering piece year round.

Favorite Item 3:

I'm looking at my dog chewing up something he wasn't supposed to be.
But, pretend I'm daydreaming and gazing at the horizon or something cool like that.
Street Level Huron Reversible Magnetic Closure Tote (Vegan)
I really enjoyed using this tote as my summer purse. It's really big, even big for me, who is used to large purses, but it's also really lightweight, so as long as you don't overload it (just because you can, given its capacity) it's very comfortable to carry. The inside of the bag is white, and it's completely reversible (though I confess, the soft gold was so pretty, I didn't end up reversing it this past summer) making it even more versatile. 

Favorite Item 4:
Side head tilt means I really like this cardigan! Or... I'm tired of attempting to look less awkward in photos. Or both.
Market and Spruce Margerie Stripe & Dot Open Cardigan
I just received this cotton knit cardigan in this week's Fix, but I absolutely love it. I get really excited when sleeves extend halfway down my hand. There's something very cozy and comforting about it to me, and this cardigan does that. It also has contour stitching that keeps the back and sides from becoming so flowy that it gives me a boxy shape - so that's a really great added touch. I'm pretty much in love with all things navy and white, so the color scheme was an instant win with me, and the handkerchief front drape actually balances out the contour stitching and keeps the cardigan casual instead of blazer-like. 

Favorite Item 5:

I'm wearing a scarf and a tank top because it was hot when I took this. It's like Uggs and shorts.
Both combos = bad. Do not try this at home.
Octavia Tina Checkered Infinity Scarf
Oh how I love this scarf! It is SO warm and cozy and soft! I got so much use out of it last year - I wore it constantly on my evening exercise walks with my neighbor, and most cold weekends with jeans and booties. I liked wearing a simple long sleeve black fitted tee, burgundy cords, black booties and this scarf a lot. I think it was my favorite winter outfit in 2014. Often, large infinity scarves look goofy on me, they get too bulky and make my neck disappear, but this one, it just works. (At least I think it does. Please don't burst my cozy, plaid bubble.)

Favorite Item 6:

Oh hai rubber Fitbit! So fashiony. Oops.
Corinna Striped Dolman Top
This was the second item I received in my most recent Fix, and I absolutely love it. A quick Google search revealed that it actually comes in several colors too, so I'm kind of hoping my stylist Michelle can send me another one next month. (If you like it, buy it in every color, right? Kidding! But maybe two colors...) The fit and drape of the top is really nice - not so baggy that it adds bulk to my appearance (I don't think) and the stripes going down the arm vs. across is slimming compared to the alternative. I am sure I'll be wearing this top a ton this fall and winter.

Favorite Item 7:
Suddenly realizing these shoes are very blah! Hindsight is 20/20.
Andrew Marc Brodee Envelope Collar Sheath Dress
I had requested a dress to wear to a fundraiser and I received this. I tried it on and immediately fell in love. At the time, I was about 25 pounds heavier and having a very hard time finding a dress I felt confident enough in to wear in public locally, so when this dress arrived and fit nicely and comfortably, I was so happy and relieved. I thought the neckline was classy and unique and the sheath style minimized my backside, while still giving me a waist. While taking photos for this blog post, I realized that sadly, I think the dress may be a little too big now, but I like it so much, I may just have to take it to get altered. I don't remember the exact price, but I do remember being pleasantly surprised that it was less expensive than I expected it to be.

Favorite Item 8:

Um, didn't realize I was bald behind my ear! Interesting.
Papermoon Crissy Space-dye Cross-back Knit Tee
When I saw this top in my box, I was feeling lukewarm about it, but when I put it on, I just really fell in love. The fit, lightweight fabric and crisscross back make the tee unique and feminine. One thing I must say - the placement of the pocket on my particular tee seemed a bit off for me, so I actually very carefully removed the pocket using a seam ripper and sewed it back onto the tee in a spot that seemed to work better. I'd never sewn a knit before, and I wasn't sure if I'd be successful, but thankfully, I was and I'm really glad because this is a favorite weekend tee now.

Final Thoughts...
Though these 8 pieces are those I consider my top faves right now, there are many other close runner ups. Stitch Fix has been a really fun service over the last two years for me, and I do plan to continue using it. I've had a few so-so Fixes here and there, but I've found that by adjusting my profile, leaving specific notes for my stylist and linking her to my Pinterest style board, I've been able to communicate my preferences better and improve what I receive. Overall, I would say about 80% of my clothing has come from Stitch Fix in recent years, and I would highly recommend the service to others. *Of note, currently, Stitch Fix carries sizes 2-14 and maternity clothes. There is not yet a men's or plus-sized option, however based on popular demand, I would be willing to bet it will happen in the future. (I hope so!)

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