Good morning! I am skipping the weekend recap this week.
You didn’t miss much, you guys. I’ve been sitting in the same chair and at the same table for the majority of the last 72 hours.
Scott was away at a weekend retreat with our church, which was really convenient timing for me to have the house to myself to focus on studying. I literally only stopped to eat (all the snacks), clean up the house (barely), and log in my final long run before my half next weekend (so ready).
I could have uploaded twelve different pictures of Roadie staring at me and an impressive amount of used coffee mugs, but I decided not to. You’re welcome. Instead, I thought it would be fun to kick the week off with some Fall Fashion. Woo hoo!
October 2014 Stitch Fix Breakdown
Almost every month, I receive a box from Stitch Fix (<- affiliate link), which is an online styling service I have blogged about several times.
For those of you who haven’t heard of it, you’re clearly a newcomer, (hello and welcome!) and you can read more about how it all works here.
Whether I end up keeping everything or nothing, it’s always exciting to receive outfits put together just for me at my doorstep and play dress up!
The short version of what these “fixes” entail:
• Sign up for the service and fill out an online styling profile.
• Receive your “fix” in the mail.
• Keep what you want, return what you don’t, and checkout online.
That’s it! This month’s fix included:
This Collective Concepts Melandry Dot Print Button-Up Blouse: $34.
(with the cutest aztec detail on the top and back)
This Urban Expressions Sylvia Front Zip Crossbody Tote: $68.
This Olive & Oak Kalvin Plaid Button-Up: $64.
This Echo Beatrice Diamond Stitch Infinity Scarf: $48.
And this Just Black Jacob High Rise Skinny Jean: $78
Before I tried anything on, I looked at the total price of the box – $204 including the already paid $20 styling fee and $68 off buy all discount – and crinkled my nose. I never like seeing anything over $200.
I just don’t feel right spending that much on five items!
That in mind, I thought I would only be keeping the plaid shirt and scarf at first glance. Both were so comfortable.
I tried them on with the skinny jean and fell for the pants right away.
I have been wanting a good pair of skinny jeans and liked the high rise cut and dark shade of this one.
I adored the entire look! Crap.
Next, I put on the black button-up blouse, even though I didn’t really need it. I already have a couple of black or navy and white 3/4 polyester blouses in my closet, courtesy of previous Stitch Fix purchases.
But… then I turned around and couldn’t get over the pattern on the back.
I was never really on board with the tote. I made a request to receive a small brown crossbody bag for the fall and this one was just too big.
Too big, too light, too expensive (for not loving it), and kind of frumpy.
I liked the looks of everything else and needed to decide what to keep and what to send back. This decision always involves scanning the price sheet.
I adored the plaid top and scarf combo, but would never pay over $100 for those two items. They went back, and I am now on the hunt for the same type of pieces next time I see them at a more affordable price.
The purse was an obvious return. I decided to keep the black and white dot print button-up, since it wasn’t out of my price range and is a unique and comfy piece I can dress up or down.
I don’t currently own a high waisted pair of skinny jeans, so I kept those too. I don’t normally spend that much on jeans, but the fit couldn’t have been better. The length is perfect, and I have already worn them twice since Thursday. Love them!
Stitch Fix boxes have always been a hit or miss for me.
I always enjoy the service of receiving a box full of fashion surprises at my doorstep, as well as the inspiration to try new styles and items I wouldn’t necessarily think to attempt pulling off.
I can’t, however, always justify keeping what they send me.
This time around, the jeans cost more than I wanted, but I ended up using some referral credit (thanks, guys!) to make them more affordable.
My last fix was spot on (style and price-wise), so I was a bit disappointed with the dramatic increase in price with this one. On average, I would say I keep 2-3 items per fix, unless I like everything and want to utilize the buy all discount. It usually depends on the numbers!
Improve Your Fixes
(I mentioned this last month, but am re-sharing just in case you missed it!)
I have always suggested this to those who have asked, but in order to make your fixes cater towards exactly what you are looking for, you have to be overly specific in the comment sections of your reviews.
Upon checkout, you select whether you are keeping each item and rate it on how close it was to your desired style, fit, and price. I almost always say “too high” for my price point. I don’t want to see a $100 dress in my box, and if I get one I won’t be keeping it. After all of my previous fixes and reviews, they usually get that.
Also, I make sure to utilize the extra comments box to request a certain style or specific pieces for my next fix.
For example, I am still looking for a nice denim button up and small brown crossbody bag, so I made sure to request both of those items in the checkout notes. I’m also eyeing a specific jacket I saw on Tina‘s blog (my friend Alex just received it in another shade in her latest fix too!), so I mentioned that as well.
To make sure you are getting close to what you are hoping for, periodically update your style profile on their website (I really need to do this) and pin as much as you can to your Fashion board on Pinterest. You could even create a “Fashion for Stitch Fix” board if you’d like.
Every time I get a fix, I get a note from my stylist mentioning she used my boards on Pinterest as inspiration, so it only makes sense!
I hope you enjoy reading these reviews because they are always fun for me to put together. It’s my chance to talk fashion every once in a while, which is a refreshing change from all things food and fitness every now and then.
Well friends, I better go. I have a major test to take tomorrow and a lot of preparing (still) to do for it.
I’ll see you back later with last week’s half marathon training recap!
Previous Stitch Fix Reviews
December 2013 – Stitch Fix #1: My First Stitch Fix
January 2014 – Stitch Fix #2: Second Stitch Fix for the Win
February 2014 – Stitch Fix #3: That Time I Kept Everything
March 2014 – Stitch Fix #4: Yes and Nos
April 2014 – Stitch Fix #5: Just a Few Quality Pieces a Month
May 2014 – Stitch Fix #6: May Stitch Fix Breakdown
June 2014 – Stitch Fix #7: June Stitch Fix Breakdown
September 2014 – Stitch Fix #8: Welcome Back, Stitch Fix
Disclamer: Although I included an affiliate link at the top, this post was not sponsored. I pay for my service and the clothing on my own, and wanted to share the company with you because I enjoy the service. I do get a small credit towards my fixes if you sign up using my referral link. Other affiliate links are also included. As always, any support is greatly appreciated! <3
Strength and Sunshine
Very cute! Love plaid and any scarf will make me swoon.
How are high waisted jeans? I know they are totally “in” right now, and I am debating on maybe getting some considering I only have 1 pair of jeans….I usually get low rise, but maybe I should try something new?
Me too… scarves are so cute and comfy! I love the high wasted jeans. You don’t have to worry about any kind of skin or “bc” (sorry, had to) showing when you sit down and can change up the look by tucking your shirt into it. I’m looking forward to trying new styles!
I love the polka dot shirt. That is adorable and the Aztec print on the back is so unique. What did you use to make that graphic? It looks great.
Thanks, me too! I always use Picmonkey for my graphics! 🙂
i just got a cute plaid shirt.. a little bit longer past the waist and LOVe it! I got it from marshalls! I agree, I try to find certain things cheaper and splurge when i know I cant find it! 🙂
I would have liked this one to have been a little longer to. I put that in my notes! I use the same theory 😉
Leslie @ Life Begins at 30?
I was disappointed in my October fix too. I only kept one item and it was an adorable cardigan.
Love cardigans. <3
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
Very cute stuff! I like everything you kept. Agreed about the purse. Where do you normally shop for jeans? I need some new ones and it is so hard to find a good pair! Jeans are something I normally like to try on rather than buy online since every pair seems to be a little different.
Thanks! Hmm. I actually haven’t bought jeans in a while. I have one pair from Lucky, a Big Star pair of skinnies from their outlet, but the rest are from Forever 21. I have had a lot of success in keeping jeans from Stitch Fix. I now own three from them!
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
Maybe because Stitch Fix is more individual the jeans are a good purchase through them too. Thanks for the suggestions!
Yes! Exactly. I would be weary of ordering jeans online, but for some reason they get my fit just right. It’s been great!
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries
Your weekend commentary made me laugh. We all have those weekends sometimes! Hope you got some quality study time in! 🙂
I love, love, LOVE that plaid shirt! But yeah, I don’t think I could justify $64 for it when I could probably find something similar for half the price. The skinny jeans are adorable on you. They look gray (?), and I’m loving gray skinny jeans for fall fashion this year.
Hehe, you gotta do what you gotta do, right? 😉 Thanks, I loved it too! I hope to find something similar soon. The skinnies are a very dark grey!
It’s all very cute fall-inspired stuff, but I guess you can’t always keep everything. Good luck studying, I’m sure you’re ready to get that test done done done!
Thank you! And YES I am! 😉
I can see why you kept those pants. They look great on you!
Aw, thank you so much!
Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
LOVE the plaid shirt!
oh my gosh! i love everything…