Thursday, October 27, 2016
Stitch Fix Number Eight
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On to Stitch Fix #8
This box arrived about two weeks ago. So, this is the first time I didn't even bother getting pictures of me in any of the clothes. I did try them on, but none of them suited me. Several of them flat out ignored specific requests or instructions I've given previously or in my style profile. Rich actually asked if I was given a different stylist this time, because it was so off the mark. I had high hopes for the dresses, and the dolman top in the slate blue, but there was something wrong with the fit or the fabric or the cut on every single piece.
- The pants fit, but were too long, and too skin tight. I like fitted clothes, but these were more like spray painted on me. Although I like burgundy, these were a little too much on the dark side, too, and more brown than red. They were just okay.
- I hate mustard yellow, which I have mentioned before and have (after my first fix) included in my profile, and there it was again, right up against my face, too. I didn't like the pairing of the floral print with the black and white stripes on the sleeves, either, and the fabric on the sleeves was thicker in an unpleasant way. The three parts together didn't go well, in my opinion, and I thought the floral print was a bit washed out, too.
- The purple dress was a lovely color and print, and I thought the cut might be nice for me. I couldn't even get the bodice over my chest. I have mentioned, numerous times, that items that button/zip/snap/fasten over the bust need to be larger than my regular size to account for the lack of stretch and keep them from pulling.
- The teal and blue dress was actually a color combination I really like, and generally I think that wrap or faux wrap style of dress is flattering for me. However, it was such a deep/wide wrap that I had to be constantly readjusting the top so I didn't expose myself. That is not practical for my life and, again, for a busty woman, something that low cut exposes even more than a woman with a smaller bust. I couldn't wear it to one of our dances, because I have to be able to move. I certainly couldn't wear it to church or a work event with Rich. I'd look like a hired date. And the dress itself wasn't all that immodest, but that bodice would have made everyone forget about the rest of the dress. It would make for a memorable work function.
- I did like the dolman top, but it was made of mostly polyester. I have stressed on every fix that I prefer all natural fibers, or if that can't be managed a blend that is primarily made of a natural fiber. I didn't want to pay retail, and department store retail, at that, price for this item that I could have picked up at the local Ross or Marshall's for about $15. I also thought it would have been better, had it nipped in more at the waist than it did.
I am so disappointed. This is a splurge that we only occasionally get for me. I have raised the price points to the highest point on everything to try to ensure that my stylist can more easily honor my requests. That meant that I wouldn't be able to get them as often, and that buying an entire box was going to be a rare experience. That was fine with me. A successful box for me did not have to be full of five perfect items. One item that delighted me and could replace something I didn't wear often or didn't flatter me was my goal. Anything more than that was a bonus. And I didn't mind paying retail if it saved me the time, gas money, and hassle of traveling to shop somewhere. This was supposed to be a treat for me before our 22nd anniversary of our first date. Instead, it made me sad. This is the first time I've sent every single item back. I was out the styling fee, but it was worth it to me, and since I have had referrals before cover quite a bit, I figured it wasn't too bad.
So, not a win this time. I don't know if I am going to try again. I had one disappointment, then the better box that came after it, but this was a bomb, through and through. It seems like the first few boxes were better, both in terms of quality and style, than the later ones have been. I was also rather frustrated that the Stitch Fix response algorithm placed all the blame on my stylist. The automated response was to change my stylist for the next time, but although she certainly shares some of the blame, some of it is what was available to her, and I think the in house brands are just not as good as the other brands they were getting before.
If you are interested in trying it for yourself, my disappointment notwithstanding, go ahead and use my referral link. I may wish to give them another chance in the future.