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I stopped getting boxes from Stitch Fix last year after committing to only buy clothes from ethical sources.
I’m not saying Stitch Fix is unethical, I had received some items in the past from China though, and I’m no longer comfortable buying things made in China. And let’s face it, I’m impulsive.
So when I got a postcard in the mail from Stitch Fix offering a free box, I was conflicted.
I told them my quandary, that I enjoyed getting monthly fixes, but going forward only wanted clothing I could be sure was made ethically, preferably Made in the USA.
And they totally did it.
I should have just asked ages ago, I don’t know why I didn’t. Four out of five items in my fix were Made in the USA, and the fifth was…Made in Canada.
What is Stitch Fix?
In case you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix, here’s the lowdown.
Stitch Fix is a subscription box service. You can receive a box just once, or subscribe to monthly, or bi-monthly fixes. You can stop getting fixes at any time. I’m doing bi-monthly right now. To get your own fix, click here! (That’s a referral link. If you click it and get your own fix, I get a credit. Then you get your own referral link. You get clothes, I get clothes, life is wonderful, isn’t it?)
A professional clothing stylist picks 5 items for you, based on a fun test you will take when you sign up. (These can include accessories like jewelry, bags and even shoes in addition to clothing, but you can tell them if you’re not into those things. For example, I don’t need any more bags right now.) I find the stylist’s picks are pretty dead on with what I want. Like, they’re seriously good.
Once you receive the box, you have three business days to
take pictures for your blog try everything on, decide what you want to keep and what you want to send back. Then you pay for the things you’re keeping and throw the rest in the included prepaid mailer and drop it off at any USPS mailbox. Easy peasy.
Getting the box costs $20.00. This is called a “Styling Fee”, and if you keep any of the items, it is deducted from what you owe. If you keep everything in the box, you also receive a 25% discount. Their clothes range from super affordable to kind of expensive, but you can choose the range you’re comfortable with.
For extra fun, your fix comes with a style card and a personal letter from your stylist. The card has options for different ways to wear the items in your fix, usually two different ways per item. They’re also perforated, so you can take them apart if you want. These cards have become my secret styling weapon. I literally carry them with me to places I think I may end up buying clothes, like Goodwill. That way, I know I can make awesome outfits with my Stitch Fix clothes.
Here is my July 2016 Stitch Fix Review:
Loveappella Torina Embroidery Detail Knit Top in Canary Yellow ($48)
Just Black Lara Distressed Skinny Jean ($88)
This top was pretty cute. Mostly rayon with a little bit of spandex. I liked the black (or navy? It can be hard to tell sometimes) embroidery and bright color. But something about it just didn’t feel quite…me. I don’t know. I’ll probably regret sending it back to be honest.
The jeans fit me surprisingly well. I’m not a huge fan of skinny jeans, in part due to the fact that I am not…skinny. When I took these out of the box, my first thought was that they wouldn’t fit, (Just Black jeans have been smallish on me in the past) but they did! I toyed with the idea of keeping them, but I’m not sure skinny jeans are for me. Again, I might be setting myself up for regret. This outfit is pretty cute. Why aren’t I keeping it? What’s wrong with me?
I think I made the wrong choice, but what’s done is done.
Margaret M Emer Bootcut Pant in Navy ($98)
Market and Spruce Sawyer Space Dye Dolman Sleeve Knit Top ($58)
I actually pinned these pants because I really liked them. On the person in the pin. I didn’t love them on me unfortunately. Which makes me sad, because I need some “back to work” pants for when I start substitute teaching again sometime next year. They were stretchy, but less stretchy than I imagined them being.
I did not like the way the top looked on me. It reminded me of the Corinna top from this fix, but the fabric didn’t lay on me in a way I liked. I understand why my stylist included it, I had several slouchy tops on my Pinterest inspiration board, but this particular one just wasn’t a winner.
41Hawthorn Montgomery Cross Front Knit Top ($48)
And last but not least, is this navy and white sleeveless wrap top. And this one is totally winner winner chicken dinner! I love wrap tops. I love sleeveless tops. It’s soft and stretchy, fitted but not revealing. I’m keeping it and asking for more like it in my next fix. It’s going to be perfect for casual hanging out mom stuff, or for teaching. And I can throw a sweater or jacket over it and wear it all year, so basically life is good.
And when I look at it with the bootcut pants I suddenly like them.