Stitch Fix Review: October 2014

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mash: simplify / fashion

Stitch Fix review clothing subscription box reviewSo if you know anything about me, you know that I’m always looking for ways to simplify my life. I’m also trying to revamp my look–including my wardrobe. It isn’t OK with me to go quietly through this stage in my life, coming out the other end looking a frump. However, I’m short on time. When exactly is a full-time working woman who is a mom, wife, and blogger supposed to go shopping for that outfit that will make her look like she is Olivia Pope’s body double? Um, never!

The simple, smart solution? Hire a stylist! I mean, that how the celebrities do it, right? And hiring a stylist isn’t as expensive as you might think–especially if you have a virtual stylist. It does take some hunting to find a stylist that has the right mindset to encapsulate who you are in an outfit–but it isn’t impossible. I decided to try Stitch Fix because the upfront commitment wasn’t that bad. It was only $20 for 5 pieces hand selected by a stylist for me–plus if I kept any piece I could deduct the $20, so it would be like I didn’t pay a stylist fee. And if I kept all 5 pieces I’d receive a 25% discount.

In the grand scheme, I’d pay someone $20 to avoid a trip to the crowded mall where I may, or may not, find what I need. To me, it’s worth the investment–especially because you can tell your stylist what kind of items you’re in need of, or what kind of upcoming event you need to be styled for.

Truth be told though, I was a little leery when my first Stitch Fix box arrived. I’d already tried another company earlier that month, and did not like the outfit at all. I’d sent the entire outfit back, and was wondering if I’d be writing a Stitch Fix review explaining that I had sent back all 5 pieces.

How quickly my doubts were wiped away. I love my first Stitch Fix box! Every. Last. Piece.

And when I thought about it, I shouldn’t have been so surprised. I was given an in-depth style quiz, and asked to share a Pinterest board that was inspired by my style. Apparently someone actually looked at my responses and my board, and they compiled a wonderful personalized experience that made it hard for me to select which piece to gift myself this month.


What Was In My Box (Remember, subtract $20 from the listed price of the item to see what I’d have to pay)


Zad Adrianna Circle Bib Necklace in Silver- $34 The necklace was delicate, and definitely in my style house. As a professional woman, my jewelry can’t be louder than the words coming out of my mouth–so this piece would fit in well with my work wear.

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Just BlackDean Ankle Zip Skinny Jean in Black – $78 I wish you reach through the screen and touch these jeans. They are the softest, most comfortable pair of pants I’ve ever slipped on. They have 4 pockets, and matching black thread and buttons. And the cute-factor comes in down at the ankles, which have zippers. This is an especially impressive feat to me because I am petite. My stylist found a pair of pants that were sized to the waist in inches that were also for my petite frame. Do you know how hard that is?

Eighty Sixty Ginsberg Metal Bib Striped Tank – $68 As a woman who still has a post-baby body, I loved this shirt. The flattering metallic bead work at the top drew the eye up. Also it was nice and soft, just like the pants. And it was just loose enough to keep me comfortable.

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Pixley Layna Textured Fit & Flare Dress – $78 This dress was adorable! It really did fit and flare in just the right places. And the color combination–a darker blue with a lively shade of green–what great. The material itself had two different textures to it, so that lent to a very unusual look to the dress when you got up close. I’ll admit, I’m still self-conscious about my body. However, I felt completely comfortable in this piece.

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Coffeeshop Iona Houndstooth Coat – $108 When I pulled this coat out of the box, Mr. Mashed Up (a huge Scandal fan) immediately remarked “That’s something Olivia Pope would wear.” And after trying it on, I couldn’t help but agree. This fully-lined wool coat hung about 3/4ths down on me, and was fitted at the top, and flared out at the bottom. The draping of the coat definitely gave it an original, high fashion look. It has a beautiful gray and white pattern, with distinctive shiny silver buttons. The quality of the craftsmanship on this coat is obviously there. It’s sturdy, well made, and very warm.

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In the end, I decided that to stick to my preset budget, and I only get one item. It was actually a difficult decision, as I was pulled by almost everything in the box. However, I decided to go with the item that I’d get the most wear out of–the pants. Somehow they found jeans that fit me and flattered me perfectly, even though I didn’t try them prior. Plus they are seriously soft.

I’m definitely getting another box from Stitch Fix next month!

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  • Robin Rue

    That is an interesting idea, but I definitely would not like someone picking out my clothes for me. I am really fussy.

  • busybeeblogger

    Those clothes are really cute. I especially like that coat

  • Amby Felix

    That’s a great idea, but I’m extremely picky about what I wear and really enjoy coordinating my outfits! ^_^

  • Amy Glass

    Wow, you got some cute things. I’m not sure I would like someone picking out what I wore. Then again, they might do a better job than I would ha

    • Mrs. Mashed Up

      I decided to give them a try. They are professional stylist, so I figured it couldn’t hurt. They actually did incredibly well on finding items that I liked. I think they did better thank I could have done in a trip to the mall. lol

  • Cindy

    Thanks for sharing some of these awesome fashions. I need to update!

  • Nina Say

    I love that dress! You look stunning in it!

    • Mrs. Mashed Up

      Thank you. Mama is trying to build that confidence back up. Every little thing helps bring “sexy back”. :-)

  • Samantha Lee Amberstone

    everything looks great. it looks to be a good service for thoes who have no time, or would like a new perspective. you look very comfy and happy in your pictures

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    I love every single thing you got in that box. Whomever they have doing their picking is GOOD!

  • Shanéy Vijendranath

    Great concept, you look good :)…! They have similar brands here in SA too.

  • Mia Myrabev

    I have heard so much about stitch and it sounds like a wonderful box just not yet ready financially to join

    • Mrs. Mashed Up

      Totally understand. I balance my box purchases each month. I decided to try them because $20 is pretty cheap, and I had some funds for clothing in my budget for the month. Worked out well for me. :-)

  • Rochkirstin Santos

    The necklace looked like a great conversation starter piece. Is it light?

    • Mrs. Mashed Up

      It actually is very light and delicate! I found it unusual also. :-)

  • Glamour-Zine

    my favorite is the coat i <3 it. I need to try Stitch Fix!

    • Mrs. Mashed Up

      You should. The coat actually surprised me. It was unique and fashionable, but definitely designed for cold weather!

  • Nicci

    That sounds amazing! And the clothes do fit your body so well. I’ll keep this company in mind.

  • Melissa Smith

    Those are some great choices they picked for you! I’d love to try this, but I think my wallet may be in trouble if I loved everything, LOL.

  • Lavende L.

    You look great! This is such a cool box, nice find!

  • Jessica at Team Wiking

    This stuff looks great on you! My favorite is the striped top.

  • HilLesha O’Nan

    That Houndstooth Coat is gorgeous! I had a coat by that brand a few years ago. Love, love that brand!

    • Mrs. Mashed Up

      I like it too. And the only reason I discovered it was because of the box. :-)

  • Cassie Tucker

    I love seeing what people get in their boxes. I really liked the dress.

  • Rebecca Swenor

    I love the outfits indeed. The coat is the thing that caught my eye. I love coats like this one and it looks great along with the price of course. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    I love all the outfits. This sounds like a great service.

  • Tiany Davis

    Love this subscription service! You were sent some lovely pieces!

  • Kathy

    What a great idea. I love everything that they sent you too. That dress is adorable. I would do this.

  • songbirdsandbuttons

    That coat looks great on you!!! Love it!

  • Joanne T Ferguson

    G’day! Thanks for sharing as I always enjoy learning something new!
    Cheers! Joanne @What’s On The List

  • Andrea Callahan

    That coat is might chic. I love it. New to the brand Houndstooth, I will certainly check them out! Looking good in your new gear. :-)

  • hannah staveley

    The coat is lush but do like the dress.

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