Hi gang! For this post, my Stitch Fix September review, let’s pretend RDR is a fashion blog. My blog does have ramblings in the title after all, and today, I want to talk about over-fifty fashion. Those of you not interested in fashion, check back later for more garden info. As I wrote in my last post, I can’t get out into the garden as much as I’d like this year due to my cubital tunnel problems–which are much improved by the way. My forced “rest” gave me time to think about a lot of things including my health and fashion. I’m calling this a September post because my box was supposed to get here September 1st for my birthday on the 7th. It got here early. My boxes ship out of Texas.
I’ve been receiving Stitch Fixes for a few months. According to my price sheet, this is my seventh fix. Several of you asked me to write about the experience, and, since I think blogging helps my stylist see how the clothing fits, here goes. It’s just one more way to connect with your stylist. Also, I’m fifty-three, and not many women who are middle aged do these. So, I’ll take the plunge for all of us who don’t have perfect bodies and aren’t twenty-somethings anymore. Ha!
Stitch Fix is a clothing subscription service. You sign up, fill out a style profile, pay a $20 styling fee, and they send you five pieces of clothing and/or an accessory, like shoes, to try on. You keep what you like, and return the rest. Shipping both ways is free. If you like all five pieces, you can buy them for twenty-five percent off retail. Out of my fixes, I think I’ve had two 5/5s. Most of the time I pick one or two things. It has revamped my wardrobe immensely, and I hate shopping.
I’ve heard people think Stitch Fix is expensive, but you can set your price ranges on your profile. Mine are set a little higher because I’m not a huge polyester fan–although it does have its place. I also get boxes from Trunk Club and Trendsend. I’ll write about these two companies in another post. In full disclosure, if you click on my Trunk Club or Stitch Fix links, sign up and then order a box, I’ll receive a small credit. Trendsend doesn’t have a referral program. I’m just linking to them anyway because I used some of their clothes in the fashion show. If you order from either of the other two, thanks from the bottom of my little red-dirt heart.
For me, when this box arrives in my mailbox, it’s like the best day of the month. My daughter, the social worker, says this is because my love language is presents and acts of service with presents being number one. I think this makes me sound shallow, but whatever. You can receive fixes twice a month, but that gets expensive. Ask me how I know this.
When you open the box, you’ll see a “burrito” of clothing and, possibly, an accessory. Yes, that’s what people call the little bundle of goodies, a burrito. You will also receive style cards and a note from your stylist. Some stylists are more personable than others. Kristi is my wonderful stylist. Hi Kristi! I’ve also had Emma as my stylist in the past. She was great too.
One of the complaints I hear about Stitch Fix is that people get one box they love. The next time their stylist changes, and they receive things they don’t like. Well, if you get a box you love, email Stitch Fix at hello
As you can see, we banter. It’s fun. I decided earlier in the year to try Stitch Fix because I couldn’t tell where style was going. My teens are all growing up, and they could no longer help me. I always wore jeans and a t-shirt. I had a few dresses for church, and I was stuck in a Jjill rut otherwise. I like Jjill, but it’s rather limiting if it’s your only go-to. Let’s put it this way, I thought the new styles I was seeing were exciting, but I didn’t want to embarrass myself either. Enter Stitch Fix to the rescue.
Below is my current fix, and I’ve come a long way baby.
I still wear tees, but girlie ones. They are my go-to at home when I’m working, but I also like date clothes, cool shoes, maxi skirts and other dresses too. I lost some weight so I could fit into things again, and best of all, I discovered designer jeans, also called premium denim. Before, I bought all of my jeans at the Loft. I like the Loft, but really, when you wear jeans all the time, designer jeans are amazing! They come in all prices and styles. They also have the miracle fabrics, lycra and spandex, that are kind to middle-aged bodies.
I am over fifty, but I’m not dead. I wrote this on my style survey. I really did, and I mean it.
Now, that you waded through all of my thoughts, here’s what I tried on, kept and returned, along with the descriptions for people who want to pin them for their fixes. Believe me, people do this. I do this.
First up is the Bella Dahl Ophelie Henley Top with the Luisa Distressed Frayed Ankle Skinny Jean. How did Kristi know I love frayed hems? She looked at my Pinterest boards. I have two or three boards, but I only highlight in my note the one I think most important to our monthly conversation. This month it was my Stitch Fix Style Over 50 Fab board and my Stitch Fix What I Own board. I sometimes buy things from other members off of the facebook groups like Shapely Stitch Fix Addicts and Stitch Fix BST L/XL so it’s important my stylist knows what I own. That’s the board where I also put my try-on photos. BST means buy, sell, trade.
Here are my thoughts about the jeans. I love button up jeans and frayed hems, but I don’t really like distressing to the point where the jeans are slit at the knees. In fact, it breaks my heart. It’s just a personal thing. I returned these beautiful jeans for that one reason, and it made me sad to do so. They fit fantastic. The Ophelie top makes me look a bit like a linebacker, but I don’t care. It is longer in back, and it has Tencel® in the fabric. I adore Tencel®! A lot of Stitch Fix shirts are hi-lo which is good for me. It covers my assets while taking advantage of my short waist in front. According to everything I’ve read lately, plaid shirts are back in. Hello 1980s!
Next up is the off-white Market & Spruce Brookline Mix Material sweater. I like anything with mix materials. It just appeals to me. This also has the edgy zipper detail in back and a pretty polyester lining beneath in the same color. My only problem with it is the color. I don’t look all that great in off white. I think it makes me look larger than I am. Now, if Kristi ever finds it in dark green, I’m in. I know it comes in that color from searching online. The necklace I’m wearing is Kendra Scott from Rocksbox. If you want to try Rocksbox, another subscription service, you can do it for a month free with my code: DEEBFF89. As for the jeans and shoes, they are from a previous fix and not the same one. I love both of them and wouldn’t have picked them out myself. Those style cards really help I think.
Next is Renee C Abreau Keyhole Front Blouse in this lovely green. My favorite colors are blue and green so if Renee C had fit, she would’ve had me at hello. It was just a little tight in the hips which usually isn’t my problem being so top heavy. Because it’s see-through, I put a cami beneath. Looking at it on me, it doesn’t look too small, but it was. I sadly returned it.
Finally, I received a pair of shoes I pinned to my over 50 board. These shoes! Yes, they have a heel, but it’s a block heel so it’s stable for those of us who can’t wear skinny heels anymore. They feel great on my feet, and they have this cute detail on the back. They’re also my favorite fall color next to green and blue! I love these shoes. I’m wearing them with my favorite jeans ever, 7 For All Mankind Josefina and the Matty M Crochet tank, both of which I got from Trendsend. In the third picture, I’m also wearing a sweater from Trendsend, the Billabong Beach Ramblin Cardy cardigan. Where do they get these crazy names?
I knew when I pinned these shoes that I would wear them with this outfit, but I can also wear them with the first shirt and a jean jacket. I also have these darling cargo pants from my last fix that will go with the Ophelie, but not with the shoes. I feel like Stitch Fix has taught me so much about fashion.
If you’d like to see some other bloggers and vloggers who post about Stitch Fix and other subscriptions boxes, here are three I really enjoy. I haven’t gotten up the guts yet to vlog about fashion. I felt self conscious enough just showing you pictures.
I adore seaweede Starfish because she is cute as a button and not twenty-five. I also watch the younger vloggers, but they are so hard on themselves that I just want to give them a big hug. seaweede Starfish vlogs about all kinds of things, and I envy her curly hair which she tells me is a lot of trouble. She is smart and funny which is part of the reason we watch youtube and read blogs, isn’t it? Here is her latest Stitch Fix unboxing and tryon post.
otherwiseknownasjill started vlogging about Stitch Fix about two months ago. I have no idea how old she is, but I enjoy her too. Here’s her latest.
Donna Walker is another vlogger I like. Here is her latest for September. She makes me smile.
These three will lead you to other vloggers talking about all kinds of unboxings and try ons if you’re interested.
As for blogs, Mid-Life Blogger just started posting. Here is her latest post on Stitch Fix. She’s super cute. I hope she keeps blogging. I know her from the Seasoned and Stylish Stitch Fix group on Facebook.
I also want to share with you the women I follow for more mid-life advice. I’ll share that on Friday. I’m also working hard to age as well as possible, and I’ve been reading some interesting books on a variety of subjects. I’m planning a post for that later too. I hope you don’t mind if I intersperse these with my regular gardening posts. I still love my garden and all things horticultural, but I’m also many things other than a gardener. Aren’t you?