Last week, during some unprecedented completely ALONE time while hubby and Z were on a road trip, and coming off a terrible stomach virus, I got a package on my doorstep with that familiar blue tape and got really excited that my latest Stitch Fix had arrived.
|My referral link -- you sign up, I get $25! Yay!|
You may recall that I wasn't thrilled with everything in Stitch Fix #3 out of the box, but ended up polling the Facebook hive mind and keeping three things! I got great feedback via email from the company, but....Stitch Fix #4 was, unfortunately, a disaster. So much so that I wasn't even going to post photos, but I want to be honest about it. However, I did not and will not post these photos on Facebook for the hive mind to weigh in. One, because it didn't matter: I didn't like how any of the items FELT on me, and two, because it would come across as self-deprecation which I loathe. I don't want a bunch of "oh but you look great (for just having had a baby) (a year ago)!" because it makes me feel weird.
My biggest issue with the Stitch Fixes right now is that what I see online (via customer blogs that they post or that the company itself posts on Instagram) doesn't match what I see in my fixes. I LONG for some of the A-line dresses and skirts and even some of the pants. But my stuff always seems really kind of boring. Maybe that's just really good marketing, which, hey -- good for them! I mean at the end of the day I still ordered another fix because a) I really want to love it and b) I still have referral credit $ hanging out.
Also, I'm frustrated that I keep getting a different stylist. That may be because I don't have monthly fixes set up, and I can totally understand that! But I honestly can't afford to pay the styling fee every month, let alone the cost of clothing every month. Not with daycare costs. Even getting the fix feels like a Mommy luxury and I have buyer's remorse and guilt. But that's my issue!
Ricardo (the stylist for this fix) got it WAY wrong this time. He mentioned putting in "working mom" looks, but honestly?
|Believe me when I say this was the ONE photo in a long line of selfies that I deleted.|
On the other hand...
This tunic, while I LOVED the color (kind of a bright tangerine/pink) and pattern (mini Chevrons), it is completely shapeless and wrinkled if I looked at it funny. And it's hand-wash only. Not many working moms have a) the time or b) the clean tub needed to hand-wash clothing. Sigh. Back in the box, too.
HOWEVER -- unless it seems like I'm just totally bashing Stitch Fix, which I don't mean to do ("I'm not mad; just disappointed!")....these shorts were a contender. I didn't like the fit of either of these tops they sent (too small by just enough, and too pricey for what I thought the material warranted), but when I paired them with one of my own t-shirts, I actually considered keeping them.
|Over it. Sad.|
Truth: if they'd been a) pants or b) a different color, I'd have kept them. I saw on another Blogger's Fix that she got a pair of red, ankle-length skinny pants in this same brand and I was like "WHY NOT ME?!" They looked awesome.
So anyway. Sad. Back in the bag everything went and back to the Stitch Fix HQ. I immediately scheduled another fix for many reasons:
- I really love the idea of the company. I really, really do. I still pimp it out! I just warn curvier girls not to get their hopes up too high...my body shape must be hard to style, and I get that.
- I don't give up on things or people easily
- They have GREAT customer service and excellent response via their email/social media team!
- I still have referral credit and I really want to get some new pieces.
But as always, I am hopeful. Here's to Stitch Fix #5 being AWESOME. :)