Stitch Fix #13: Summer Edition

The dog days of summer are here! While it was scorching hot for several weeks in June, July has cooled down a bit, but the humidity around here is biblical for this part of the world. The high temps are only in the 80’s, but the humidity sits right around a comfortable 90% or higher every day. Sticky? YES. I told my stylist to surprise me once again. Whenever I say “I want this” I hate it, so I’ve relinquished control over this part of my life in the name of fun!

Stitch Fix #13 {Domesticated Academic}

Love that green poking out!

Pixley Beckett V-Neck Blouse-$48

Stitch Fix #13 {Domesticated Academic}

Liked it, didn’t love it. Fit perfect, was cool to wear. I liked the pop of pink in it, but it seemed a little juvenile for me. I have something very similar with a different pattern from Ann Taylor already so I sent it back. Would have kept if another color.

Collective Concepts Ardenas Split Neck Blouse-$58

Stitch Fix #13 {Domesticated Academic}

This blouse is fantastic! I loved the color, the pattern, everything. Green is NOT the best color on me though. I sold this (for the record). Again, another color that flatters Asian skin and it would have been a winner.

Loveappella Leanne Maxi Skirt-$44

Stitch Fix #13 {Domesticated Academic}

This skirt was really comfortable and beautiful. While I hate to be “that woman” I have to say this: I can find the same thing for $20 at Target. In fact, I have a black one from Target. If I had to be critical, I’d say it was too long for my short frame.

Mavi Sonja Boyfriend Jean-$88

Stitch Fix #13 {Domesticated Academic}

Lovely jeans. Too tight. The end.

Bancroft Kate Stone & Pave Disc Layering Necklace-$34

Stitch Fix #13 {Domesticated Academic}

Nice piece, just not my style. No other complaints.

Stitch Fix has been a great service for me. I can honestly admit that I’ve cut down on purchasing clothes in general and when I am at Target, I’ll think, “no, a box is coming soon” before I spend money on stuff I won’t wear or just wear a few times. I can honestly say I wear the crap out of my stitch fix pieces. I get compliments on them frequently and the clothes are always interesting and not things I would normally purchase. If you’d like to give it a try, you can use my link https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3924112

No pressure either way. Stitch Fix doesn’t compensate me. I pay the $20 styling fee each month and appreciate what they send me.

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Stitch Fix #11: May Flowers

Stitch Fix #11: May Flowers {Domesticated Academic}

May flowers are blooming, graduation is next week, and the Spring semester flew by. This box greeted me on a Friday and it was a great way to end a work week. Susan did a great job this month. My instructions were “surprise me!” on my note to my stylist and she did a lovely job choosing pieces that were great. This month’s box was a great selection. The pieces fit beautifully and if the black blouse fit better, I would have kept all five pieces. Apparently, I have rugged shoulders like Sean Connery.

41 Hawthorn Renesme Graphic Print Faux Wrap Dress $78

Stitch Fix #11: May Flowers {Domesticated Academic}

Beautiful dress. Fit really well. I’m so glad it has sleeves so I can wear it without a blazer or sweater over it. Very appropriate and I’m planning on wearing it for graduation events. I like the faux wrap idea of this and it’s a flattering cut. If you have a bigger chest, this will probably not work for you, but I don’t have much going on there so it’s perfect. It’s also lined with navy, making it very easy to wear without a slip or any special undergarments. Great dress.

Collective Concepts Lydia Floral Print Key-Hole Blouse $68

Stitch Fix #11: May Flowers {Domesticated Academic}

A nice mix of colors that I’ve not received from Stitch Fix yet. Bright blues with hints of yellow. The contrast white caps on the shoulders add a nice level of detail and the key-hole is fun without showing too much. Perfect for layering and will match a variety of colors. Keeping to mix up my summer style and try to stay cool while doing so.

Skies are Blue Pacheco Ikat Print V-Neck Top $48

Stitch Fix #11: May Flowers {Domesticated Academic}

Stitch Fix #11: May Flowers {Domesticated Academic}

Back to black and white, but more white than black on this top. The contrast neck line is a really nice detail and the fit is very generous without looking sloppy. Basic but perfect for dressing up or down, depending on the occasion. Thinking of returning but only due to budget. This is a great piece.

41 Hawthorn Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse $58

Stitch Fix #11: May Flowers {Domesticated Academic}

Loved it. Too tight in shoulders. The tulip hemline is nice and you don’t feel obligated to tuck it in. I’ll be honest, I don’t tuck anything in. EVER. I find it a bit odd they sent me something black for summer, but that’s just me. If it fit in the shoulders, I would have kept. It’s a great shirt for everyday wear that could easily work for any kind of function.

Street Level Anchorage Striped Canvas Tote $64

Stitch Fix #11: May Flowers {Domesticated Academic}

I liked this bag, but I didn’t love it. It’s huge if you’re looking for a carry all kind of bag. I really wanted to like it more but I just couldn’t get on board with it. The canvas was a great weight. Someone must have returned it, because it was covered in animal hair. That did not gross me out, but was a point to note: this bag will pick up every piece of anything it encounters.

Stitch Fix has been a great service for me. I can honestly admit that I’ve cut down on purchasing clothes in general and when I am at Target, I’ll think, “no, a box is coming soon” before I spend money on stuff I won’t wear or just wear a few times. I can honestly say I wear the crap out of my stitch fix pieces. I get compliments on them frequently and the clothes are always interesting and not things I would normally purchase. If you’d like to give it a try, you can use my link https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3924112

No pressure either way. Stitch Fix doesn’t compensate me. I pay the $20 styling fee each month and appreciate what they send me.

Stitch Fix #9-Looks A Lot Like Spring

Stitch Fix #9-Spring!

Stitch Fix #9-Spring!

Stitch Fix #9-Spring!

Stitch Fix #9-Spring!

Box nine was like opening a box of spring! I was so pleased with the items and wanted to keep 3/5, but remembered I have some travel this month that I needed to set aside funds for. That’s life! Prints, color, light, and some great pants were included. I was also happy to see that my stylist stuck to my price points this month. I appreciate her attention to detail on this box.

I was totally in love with three of the items and sent pics around to my girlfriends. As I type this, I still haven’t made up my mind, which isn’t a bad thing. Certainly better than disliking it and the fit of all of it and sending it all back.

Octavia Emily Lightweight Chevron Scarf, $28

Stitch Fix #9-Spring!

ADORABLE! I don’t even wear scarves once it gets warm. It’s so lightweight, almost sheer. I don’t know why, but I just love it! It’s sleeveless and will be perfect for spring/summer weather here. A light sweater will pair nicely.

Skies Are Blue York Geo Print Henley Blouse, $48

Stitch Fix #9-Spring!

I adore this blouse. I love the fit, the way it falls, the print, and the color combination. I tend to gravitate towards darker patterns, but I really like this! You can see it above as well with the scarf.

Market & Spruce Beckett Graphic Print V-Neck Blouse, $48

Stitch Fix #9-Spring!

I love the color combination on this blouse. It fits nicely and is very flattering to my round middle.

There’s two items you won’t see because they didn’t fit properly:

Fun2Fun Sonoma Striped Sleeveless Top, $38

It was a bit snug and when I tried it on, I mostly felt like the hamburglar from McDonald’s. It was also so sheer that I’d have to wear another shirt under it.

Just Black Adorra Skinny Jean, $88

Great pants. Too snug in the waist, which is my “fluffiest” area. These would have otherwise been adorable and worth a “splurge” for the month.

Stitch Fix has been a great service for me. I can honestly admit that I’ve cut down on purchasing clothes in general and when I am at Target, I’ll think, “no, a box is coming soon” before I spend money on stuff I won’t wear or just wear a few times. I can honestly say I wear the crap out of my stitch fix pieces. I get compliments on them frequently and the clothes are always interesting and not things I would normally purchase. If you’d like to give it a try, you can use my link https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3924112

No pressure either way. Stitch Fix doesn’t compensate me. I pay the $20 styling fee each month and appreciate what they send me.

Stitch Fix #8-Consistency is Key

Stitch Fix #8 {Domesticated Academic}

Box #8 was consistent as always. I’ve never had a box where I love everything. I think it has a lot do with the fact that I’m right on the size cusp, but also I’m very picky. I was pleased with this box overall and returned things due to sizing or just because they weren’t my taste and it was a stretch for me.

Stitch Fix has been a great service for me. I can honestly admit that I’ve cut down on purchasing clothes in general and when I am at Target, I’ll think, “no, a box is coming soon” before I spend money on stuff I won’t wear or just wear a few times. I can honestly say I wear the crap out of my stitch fix pieces. I get compliments on them frequently and the clothes are always interesting and not things I would normally purchase. If you’d like to give it a try, you can use my link https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3924112

No pressure either way. Stitch Fix doesn’t compensate me. I pay the $20 styling fee each month and appreciate what they send me.

Stitch Fix #8 {Domesticated Academic}

I had one necklace and four pieces in this months box. It was a dark palette this month. I had requested print tops and my stylist obliged with two tops.

Stitch Fix #8 {Domesticated Academic}

I really fell in love with this necklace at first sight. That’s how I knew I’d keep it. The Zad Connie Abstract Circle Bib Necklace was pretty, simple, and something I would have picked out for myself in a store. I usually don’t buy jewelry in general and could not recall the last time I purchased a new piece so this was a keeper. This is what I love about Stitch Fix. You never know what you’ll like.

Stitch Fix #8 {Domesticated Academic}

The top is a Skies are Blue Larkin Embroidered Knit Top. I really like the detail in the neckline and the navy is very trendy. The shirt is well made. At $54, the jury is still out on this one.

Stitch Fix #8 {Domesticated Academic}

LIverpool Raina Dark Denim Jacket. Liked but I already own one. Need to remove any pins off pinterest board.

Stitch Fix #8 {Domesticated Academic}

Loved this shirt but couldn’t get it over my head (Renee C Santorini Crew Neck Blouse). The way it was cut or something wasn’t going to work. At all. I did like the shirt though.

Finally, the Level 99 Lilah Skinny Jeans were super cute but the price point was too high ($98) and the pants were too skinny on even my skinniest day.

Stitch Fix #8 {Domesticated Academic}

Stitch Fix #7-The Magic is Fading

Stitch Fix #7-The Magic Faded a Bit

I love it when my box gets shipped. I waited on this box due to the holidays and budget issues. Two weeks after the holidays was a safer bet in general for me for monetary reasons, travel reasons, and it gave me two weeks to shed the salt and alcohol from my system that compounded during the holidays (if we’re just being honest here) so I could try something on with a more accurate eye. Over the holidays, I found a couple groups on facebook that were all about stitch fix and joined both of them. I’m sure there’s more out there, but two is plenty. I started seeing what other women were getting, learning some tricks of the trade, and about stitch fix house brands (41 hawthorn & market and spruce) and where I could find their goods with other labels on them. Good information.

So, my box shipped and I peeked at what was coming. I was very excited once again to see how things looked on me and this was a good box with ONE exception: THE PRICE POINTS THIS MONTH WERE HORRENDOUSLY HIGH!!!!

Four items and a cross body bag (that I requested) came. Everything fit this month. Everything was mostly flattering. Two items were highly overpriced. The bag was the most moderately priced item. Stitch fix says that item’s average $55 per piece but mine averaged over $70 per piece this time around. Why? Do they think I can afford to pay more? Because I can’t. My stylist cited my Pinterest board and fulfilled my bag request, thank you!

The Yumi dress caused me stress. FIRST WORLD STRESS. Read on below.

**Photos are dark this month because it gets dark early and this girl has to work.

Yumi Marina Polka Dot Belted Dress- $114-returned

Holy shit. $114 for a cotton blend dress? Is it going to make my dinner? I tried it on and was in LOVE. Flattering, generous cut, appropriate length, looked great w appropriate blazer (but not in appropriate socks). Man, I liked this dress. So, to the Internet I went. I found this same dress at 6pm for half the price. I emailed customer service with the link after one of my girlfriends told me stitch fix will price match. I carefully looked at the 6pm dress, making sure it was the same one, same details, same zipper. It was.

Stitch fix denied my request because 6 p.m. currently doesn’t have the same size available. I’m sorry stitch fix, that’s crap. The fact that you marked this dress up double to what an online retailer had it listed as is ludicrous. If an online retailer is selling it as a sale item at this point (late in the game/more than one season old), then you should consider that as well. I know you have people trolling the web each day to make sure you’re getting your fair mark up, but you’re going to have to work harder to keep up. We’re smart women, we know to search google. You need to do your homework before sending out items with that price tag on them.

I have to say, this has really soured my opinion of your service. I’m not upset that I didn’t “get my way” like a brat, I’m disappointed in the gross markup and the technicality you worked to your favor. You got your $20 fee but you lost more than money this month.

******UPDATE: stitch fix later reversed their decision and offered to send me back the dress at the discounted price. I appreciate the act of good faith and the update to their policies. Brent was very kind to drop a note to me and I, in turn, am ever so grateful for the follow up. I appreciate the note. I did not have them send it back, I’ll live without a dress and am looking forward to my next box.

Stitch Fix #7-The Magic Faded a Bit

Stitch Fix #7-The Magic Faded a Bit

Urban Expressions Sylvia Crossbody Bag-$48-kept

I asked for this and my stylist sent this. I love it and I kept it. I find it hilarious that it’s “vegan” leather AKA: pleather. Stop trying to make it sound so fancy, it’s ok to many because we don’t care if we spill on it and don’t want to spend hundreds on bags for work. Good job Stitch Fix.

Stitch Fix #7-The Magic Faded a Bit

41 Hawthorn Silk Henley blouse- $88

Lovely, but not for the $88 they were asking. Sleeveless in January? Are you drunk stitch fix? Stitch Fix #7-The Magic Faded a Bit

Renee C Tucker Mixed Print 3/4 Sleeve Blouse

Super cute but it felt cheap, thin, and flimsy. Wasn’t in love. And if I’ve learned anything about myself in life, if I don’t love it, I won’t wear it. This was around $50, not bad.

Stitch Fix #7-The Magic Faded a Bit

Cecily Crew Neck Sweater in Grey- $58

No pic. No love. This had a pull in it when I opened the box so it went immediately into the return bag. I’m not messing with fixing a $58 sweater.

The fix itself wasn’t bad this month. The price point they have me at is. The dickering about the dress should have been easy. It would have guaranteed my loyalty. I’d read about the nordstrom rack dispute and have read enough blogs to know their game. I respect they need to make a profit and offer a service that I appreciate. I’m willing to pay a nominal amount for the service, but I’m not willing to pay double.

Stitch Fix #3

Stitch Fix #3 | Domesticated Academic

Welcome to this edition of Stitch Fix Day!

I love me some stitch fix and I’m growing to like it more each month. Great clothes right to my door. No fuss, no muss, three days to try them on and decide if they should be in your wardrobe.

This month I found I liked several of the items and if it weren’t for the price, I would keep more! I do have limits and $98 for a pair of pants is just a price tag I cannot yet fathom in my life.  I’m wearing those pants in the photos above. Great pants, nice stretch, super cute, but that price tag. Nope. Couldn’t keep. The other item that I didn’t even try on: a hoodie. My stylist didn’t know this because I didn’t tell him/her, but I’m not much for hoodies in my real life. I own two or three but that’s about it and they’re from my colleges or my old FFA chapter. I don’t usually don a hoodie as a wardrobe staple. EVER. Again, no one’s fault, I’ll put it in my notes for next time.

What I did love were the three pieces in the pic. The Kensie top with lace details in the shoulders was super attractive on the eyes and flattering for the fit. It’s got some stretch in the back since the back panel is cotton and the front is rayon. I love how it laid and knew immediately I was going to keep it.

The gray blazer in the middle has me on the fence. I like it. I like the stretch to it, but find that it might pill up and not look good for very long. I love the ruffle details in the back instead of just a basic, boring back and since it’s not lined, it’s roomie and could be used as a sweater instead of a cardigan (which can make one look a bit dowdy day after day). I have to keep thinking on this one. I’ve got a day or two.

Finally, the asymmetrical zip royal blue sweater. LOVE. LOVE. Wanted and requested and boom, it landed. I love this thing. I don’t know why, but I do. Ok, I know why: it’s soft, it’s comfortable, it feels like a hug, and it’s stylish! I’m going to have to hem the sleeves or cut a thumbhole (aka: take the stitch out & reinforce it) because they’re too long, but I’ll figure that out after I wash it once. I love the off-set zip to it and the royal blue is simply beautiful and classy. I’ll put a bright top under it and make it pop or wear the kensie top, since it looks good with both this and the gray blazer.

Solid fix stitch fix. I’ll think on this blazer. What do you think?

 

Stitch Fix #3 | Domesticated Academic

Check it out and save yourself a few headaches and a lot of stress and time! As a young academic, I’m always looking to improve my appearance to make up for the lack of gray hairs on my head. This is the perfect way for me to do that without losing time doing research or teaching.

Stitch Fix Friday!

Stitch Fix Friday | Domesticated Academic

I’ve started getting stitch fix! I couldn’t be more excited about it for many reasons which I’ll get into below. I got my box my first month and was underwhelmed by the choices. I was told, “don’t give up” and to try again for another month or two so I could get my profile “nailed down” and happily, my box arrived and I was thrilled to like more of the items this month!

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(like my bra?)

Here’s how it works:

When you fill out your style details online, you can be as specific as you want and it may take a month or two to get things right. I got an off the shoulder shirt last month, hhmmm, no thank you. Went into my profile and said, “please don’t send off the shoulder stuff anymore.” My friend loves jeans w blazers and asked for “as many blazers as possible.” Her last fix had two of them for $80 each, which is reasonable for a well made & lined blazer. You can also include your pinterest board to help the stylist get a good read on you. If you buy all of the items, you get 25% off the whole box price. You can pick flexible delivery dates and how often you get a fix in the mail to manage your preferences. Nothing shoved down your throat. You pay a $20 “styling fee” that can be applied to your fix if you keep any items.

Stitch Fix Friday | Domesticated Academic

In the box: my clothing items, a price list and some really nice style cards to help you coordinate outfits with helpful suggestions. The best part: you don’t have to keep any of it if you don’t want too.

I kept one shirt from my first fix and was glad I did. I love that shirt and I never would have tried it on in a store or bought it off an online retailer. I have a few issues w some of the pricing vs the quality of the fabric and construction. I really like that you can sit with the clothes for three days. It gives me time to make sure I’m really going to wear these things and I don’t feel bad that I can’t make a decision within the first thirty seconds. It pushes me to try on things I normally wouldn’t pull and take a little risk with no pressure from bad lighting or inner feelings of guilt that come with any human trying on clothes.

Stitch Fix Friday | Domesticated Academic

There’s proof that they do mark up the clothes in price but that’s how they make their money. I would not have kept the teal shirt had it not been for the $20 off of the styling fee, which made the shirt in my price range/budget. My validation is that there’s not a lot of good shopping here for a professional woman and if someone wants to deliver five nice items to my door and then give me three days to figure out if I will wear them, that’s worth a few extra bucks. While it can be very much about the price, it’s also a really nice convenience thing for me bc I hate shopping in general and everything down here seems to have been attacked by a bedazzler from hell. This also keeps me from browsing otherwise and buying things I don’t really care for or being wasteful with my money.

Total first world problems up in here today…. 😛

So, that’s my two cents on Stitch Fix.