Our Paleo Family

My Second Paleo Stitch Fix

If you think I’m off my rocker calling Stitch Fix paleo, jump back and read my first Stitch Fix review and you’ll see how I justify ordering clothes from a personal styling service as fitting in with my paleo lifestyle.

This is technically my third Fix, but I didn’t review the second one because:

  1. I only kept one item from that fix and I really shouldn’t have kept that one
  2. I was second guessing myself on whether I should have posted that other review in the first place

But here we are at Fix #3 and I am posting again because:

  1. I got a really great fix and I think Stitch Fix is starting to get some bad press so I wanted to throw my positivity out there
  2. I want to read reviews from real people whom I presume are like me so maybe you want to do the same and
  3. It’s fun!

If you are here because you are searching for Paleo brownie recipes and have no idea what Stitch Fix is, I’ve got you covered on both accounts. Find the brownie recipe here, go make some of those, then come back and finish reading this post while you enjoy your brownies.

Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. For a $20 (refundable) fee, you will have five clothing or accessory items hand-picked for you, based on your preferences and requested price points. These items will be shipped to your door. You try on everything in your own home, with your own wardrobe to mix and match, check out online and ship back what you don’t want. It’s as simple as that. Well, there are a few more details and I’ll outline all that for you at the end of the post.

At the very end, after all the lovely pictures, I’ll tell you how you can get your own Fix, which will include my referral link. One of you lovely people has already used my referral link to get your own Fix, so thank you very much! That gives me a $25 credit. Just full disclosure here. (If you use my link to order your Fix and you love it, then you get your own referral link which you can share with your friends!!)

Now on to the fun part: the clothes. I told my stylist, Emma, that I wanted her to pick out some good stuff for me. I had posted some things to my Stitch Fix Pinterest board recently, just looks I like, but aside from that, told her I didn’t really need anything, to just surprise me, but something to get me out of the winter doldrums would be nice.

This is what she sent:

It’s so exciting when the Mailman rings my doorbell with a Stitch Fix box in hand! Because I’m trying to take nice pictures for you, I very patiently and carefully opened the box. What I saw had me very excited. I loved the colors, was excited that there was what appeared to be a scarf and a vest, two things I wanted to add to my wardrobe last fall, but just never found ones I liked.

When you first open your box, you’ll find your clothes (or accessories and shoes) wrapped neatly and alongside will be an envelope with your invoice detailing all the prices (more on that later) and the note from your stylist, plus some style cards that give you ideas of how to wear each item.

You have the option to “peek” at your Fix once it is shipped. You do this through the app. I never peek because being surprised when I open the box is one of the reasons I like Stitch Fix.

Something else I never do is look at the invoice before I’ve tried everything on. I am very likely to eliminate something based on price alone and I don’t want to be prejudiced against any item unfairly.

Upon first examination, I liked everything except the grey sweater. I just don’t wear sweaters like that. However, I always give everything a chance. One nice thing I noticed about the sweater is that it’s lightweight. During the cooler months, I like to layer with cardigans so I don’t tend to wear a lot of sweaters as my base layer. But this one is pretty light, so maybe.

Regarding those style cards, they pair each item they send with other items you may or may not have. I usually don’t have anything similar to what they’ve paired the item with, but in this case, I did have some similar pieces in my closet, so I tried to style them they way the Stitch Fix experts did.

First up is the Papermoon Melcon Lace Up Back Blouse – $54

Being the savvy fashionista that I am, I thought the lace up part was the front of the blouse, but then I noticed the tag. It’s little details like tags that help the fashion challenged like myself. I know that lace up everything is a big trend this year, but it is not one I have embraced personally. But this blouse had potential. I liked the pattern, the fabric and thought the lace part was subtle, and frankly, my hair will most likely cover it up entirely. I usually wear my hair down when I go out, which is when I am most likely to wear this and in a bun when I am just around the house. I am not likely to wear something pretty like this to homeschool my kids or clean the bathrooms.

Here’s an up close to show you the pretty pattern and colors

And the lace up back. There really is no lacing that you have to tie. It’s just criss-crossed fabric. They showed this blouse as part of a bohemian look with slouchy jeans and slip on sandals, so that’s what you have here.

They also showed it with skinny jeans and some high heel lace up boots. I don’t have any shoes like that and can’t wear heels, so here’s my version. My “I’m about to fly away” pose is to show you the sleeve length, slight bell sleeve and design details.

Verdict: Kept 

I honestly don’t have too many uses for this, but it’s pretty classic in style and pattern and is something I’m likely to reach for at least few times a year for several years to come.

The other four items I received are all mixed together in my photos. I think Stitch Fix is generally making an effort to send pieces that work together to make outfits, unless you specifically request that they not do that. For someone like me who is not a big shopper and not particularly fashion forward, this is something I appreciate.

The other four items in my Fix were:

Look by M Sammie Plaid Infinity Scarf – $34

Kut From the Kloth Simmons Bootcut Jean – $88

Market & Spruce Wilco Solid Quilted Vest – $68

Colourworks Angelah Open Stitch Mixed Material Pullover – $68

This is my own black top with the bootcut jeans. Frankly, I’m not the biggest fan of skinny jeans. I have plenty of them and I wear them a lot, but for whatever reason, I’m just more comfortable in bootcut. This particular pair has a nice even, medium wash. They’re heavy, not bad heavy, but just not flimsy feeling. I like the fit, even though they’re too long. I have them folded under a little in this picture and I’m wearing boots with a 3″ heel, which I would not normally wear.  My husband is particularly picky about jeans with crazy whiskering (those faded lines usually across the upper thigh) or real light patches. These are slightly lighter in the derrière, but not much. That’s why I’m showing you the back. Now move on.
Here I’ve switched out the black top for a longer, flowy, peplum top that happens to be the same color green that is in the scarf. You can find the top here. As of the writing of this post, it’s available in black only and is a steal at around $12. (I am not compensated in anyway by any of my clothing links here. I just wanted to give you the info.) I have a short neck, so whereas I love scarves and I love the look on other people and occasionally on me, I find them a little uncomfortable. I might go out of the house in this outfit, but the scarf will come off before too long. I do think it’s pretty though. And I still like the jeans with the longer top, though I like it better with the slightly shorter top.

Same jeans here, but now I’ve switched to the Colourworks sweater and added the vest. Olive green is one of the “it” colors of the season and something I have zero of in my closet, so thank you Emma, for keeping me current. This is the sweater I didn’t really like upon box opening, but it’s growing on me. The hem is not tight (which I like) so I can let it hang down straight like this Or fold it under like this:I’ve read reviews of this sweater, because I was considering trying to sell it on one of the Facebook buy/sell/trade groups, and saw that several other people said they cut out the white camisole that is attached and wore different colored tank tops underneath it. Could be fun. Not sure if I would do that or not. I kind of like the neutral aspect of the light grey and white.

Again, a back view, just to let you see the back of the sweater. Back to the quilted vest. It’s nice and lightweight and thin so I’m not sure how warm it will be. I have a couple other vests, one a thick, quilted one and two old fleece ones. I wear them all a lot. I’d much rather wear a vest than a whole coat, unless it’s really, really cold. I wanted to make sure this one would actually zip up and it does, though I think it looks better unzipped. Occasionally, we do have to be practical though and actually wear outerwear for its warmth.Apparently, I’m admiring the art on the mantle and wishing for snow. Actually, I wanted you to see that the vest is a little longer in the back.  The vest goes with the lace up blouse as well. Score!

My cameraman is so funny! Just so you can have a good laugh too, I have a joke for you: What kind of dog does a magician have? 

A labracadabra doodle! You’re welcome. 🙂

So there you have it, Fix #3.

I ended up keeping it all. Here’s why:

See that 25% discount line? I really like four of the five items enough to keep them. I thought I’d get enough wear out of them to be worth the cost. But it will cost less for me to keep all five, with the discount, than it would be to send that one item back. And since I actually do like that fifth item, just don’t love, it’s worth keeping.

Way to go, Emma, you hit it out of the park on this one. I’m already looking forward to my next Fix, which should arrive around the first of April. I’ll need some spring dresses for church so might ask for an all dress fix. That could be fun. I always seem to make a mad dash out to shop the Saturday before Easter realizing I don’t have anything appropriate for the still cold weather, but springy feel and my very pale skin. I’m hoping Stitch Fix will come to my rescue this year!

Stitch Fix continues to be a bright spot in my otherwise hectic days and it’s something I heartily recommend trying at least once. Here are all the nitty gritty details:

  1. Go to StitchFix.com and fill out a free style profile. The questions are pretty detailed, but the point here is to figure out your style and get you clothes and accessories you’ll love.
  2. When you’re ready to give it a try, schedule your first fix (you’ll see how to do this on the website – their site is really user friendly).
    1. You choose when you want your fix and if you want one every month, every two months, once a year or just this once.
  3. You pay a $20 styling fee to receive your fix. You’ll be assigned a personal stylist who will hand-pick five items for you based on your style preferences.
  4. Your fix is shipped according to the schedule you requested.
  5. You receive your fix, try everything on in your own home, take three days to decide what you want to keep and what you want to return.
  6. Then check out online, choosing what to keep and what to send back and leaving feedback for each item. The more feedback you leave, the better your fixes will be. So say the experts.
  7. If you buy ANYTHING, they waive the $20 styling fee. If you buy all five items, you receive a 25% discount off of everything. That’s right – they waive the $20 styling fee and you get 25% off.
    1. Here’s what I’ve observed through my research: lots of people buy all five items for the discount and then join various Facebook groups for selling or trading. I haven’t done that yet, so can’t speak to the success of this maneuver, but I am a member of such a group and there is a lot of activity there.
  8. Shipping is free both ways – receiving and returning!
  9. Schedule your next fix!

If you’re interested in giving Stitch Fix a try, I would be so appreciative if you would use my referral link.

One question I’ve received quite a lot is about the fit of the clothes they send. I’ve received three Fixes, which included two scarves, so technically, I’ve received 13 items of clothing. Aside from simply not fitting in a way that I feel is most flattering for me, everything has actually been the right size for my body. The Stitch Fix stylists are apparently magicians in this regard. So if worry about receiving pieces that will actually fit you is your only concern, I’d say, based on my limited experience, that it’s not an issue. I’m not sure how they find things to fit all our unique body types, but they do it.

And lest you think Stitch Fix is only for young whipper-snappers like me, they style women of all ages and sizes, plus they offer maternity and men’s clothing. So no matter who you are, Stitch Fix has something for you. I’ve seen people get $1000 Fixes, so they cover all the budgets as well.

))P.S. There is a sweet, young blogger named Maria who writes over at Crazytogether.com. Her’s was one of the first Stitch Fix reviews I read when I was researching the company. I like her style and from reading her posts, she seems like such a kind person, so I keep going back. You can see Maria’s most recent Stitch Fix review here: http://crazytogether.com/first-stitch-fix-maternity-review-45/2. She also links to other Fix Reviews so if you want to do a little more “research” in order to figure out if Stitch Fix is right for you, I’d suggest heading over to her site. I also like The Pleated Poppy, http://thepleatedpoppy.com/blog/, for more fashion inspiration. She’s another homeschooling mama that knows she feels better if she actually gets out of her pjs each day.

I hope you’re all ready for your big Super Bowl bash tonight! The grocery stores were insane yesterday so I’m guessing everyone will eat well! If you haven’t already, take a look at my Super Bowl Recipe Roundup Post for lots of recipe inspiration.

Coming up later this week: Recipe for Turkey Stroganoff Meatballs in the Instant Pot. So delicious!