Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Friday, November 15, 2013

My First Stitch Fix

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had gotten in a rut with my cooking, so I've been trying new recipes lately. Well, I've also gotten in a rut with my wardrobe - or rather I'm wearing the same old things over and over again because I don't like to shop and have no motivation to get out and find a few new things to update and re-invigorate my wardrobe.

So, my curiosity was aroused when Natalie Parker mentioned Stitch Fix on a recent episode of Paperclipping Roundtable. Stitch Fix is an online service that will send you five items of clothing & accessories, straight to your home, for you to try out & either purchase or send back! Oh yeah, no shopping necessary!! I immediately signed up for an account at Stitch Fix and filled out a detailed style profile with my personal preferences, then scheduled my first Stitch Fix shipment, which arrived yesterday. There is a $20 styling fee to order a Stitch Fix, however that $20 goes toward any purchase you make from the box and there's a prepaid envelope to ship everything else back at no additional charge. I figured I might as well give it a try - worst case scenario was that I wouldn't like anything and I would be out $20 for trying something new.

My first box arrived yesterday, so I thought I'd share the results with y'all today! First up are the three items I did not keep:

This twisted shoulder cowl neck top was simply not my style - it was very thin, it had an off center neckline (which was too low for me), and it just felt too flimsy.

This long sleeve knit cardigan is in a popular style, but I thought it looked rather drab and sloppy on me.

These boot cut jeans were really cute, very comfortable, and fit me nicely. However, they are low-rise jeans and I have never liked or felt comfortable in that style. (I would spend the entire day feeling like I needed to pull my pants up! LOL)








I had decided ahead of time that I would only keep items that I could combine with other pieces already in my wardrobe to create at least three distinctly different outfits. The following two items met that criteria, and I'm thrilled to have these new items!

At first glance, I didn't think I would like this striped pullover sweater with the combination of blue stripes on the body and black stripes on the arms, however it fits nicely and is extremely comfortable. I knew it would look good with jeans, but I wasn't sure if I could put together three outfits. As it turns out, I was able to put together four outfits by pairing it with blue jeans, black jeans, and tan slacks.

My favorite of these outfits is the one with the denim jacket and brown boots, but I'm sure I'll be sporting each of these outfits over the next few weeks.

My first thought when I saw this black sequined tank was that it was too dressy. Also, I rarely never wear a sleeveless top, unless it's under a jacket or other top. We rarely attend functions that require fancy dress, however once I slipped this on I decided it could be dressed up or down. Once again, I came up with four outfits by pairing this with various jackets and blue jeans, black jeans, black slacks, and a black skirt.

I could actually pull together several more outfits by combining this tank with some of the other jackets in my closet as well as a gray skirt (and maybe even the white one in the spring!).

All -in-all I am very pleased with the Stitch Fix experience and will be scheduling another box in the near future. There were lots of positives with this approach (besides the obvious fact that I didn't have to set foot in a store!):
* While you cannot request specific items, there is a box to list items you might be interested in for an upcoming shipment. When I scheduled my Stitch Fix, I requested jeans and tops for this first shipment, and the box arrived with one pair of jeans and four different tops to choose from - perfect!
* All the items in the box fit me perfectly.
* All the items were in the price range I chose ($50 - $100), ranging from $48 to $98. (There were several price points to choose from, including "the cheaper the better.")
* It was so easy to checkout online & to slip the other items in the return envelope to be dropped off at the post office.
* I was able to try each item on and see how it looked with other items in my closet, so there was no worry about getting home & realizing nothing looked good with it!

I'd love your thoughts and opinions on the outfits I put together. Which is your favorite?

(If you'd like to give Stitch Fix a try and link from my post, I'll earn a $25 credit as part of their referral service! However, I haven't received any incentive from Stitch Fix for this review and just wanted to share in case there are other anti-shoppers out there.)

11 comments:

helena said...

Melissa, I love how you stuck to your target of 3 loks and took photos of them all with prooer model loses. My fav is the stripes with black jeans

Cheri said...

Well, you definitely caught my attention with this post because I hate to shop for clothes and I've had a terrible time lately finding anything I would want to wear! You had a great idea going in as to your criteria, so that really helped. My favorite outfit on you has to be the striped top with the black jeans - very slimming! And the sequined top seemed quite versatile given that you had so many jackets in your closet to pair it with. So now I have to go check them out...

Alison said...

I too hate clothes shopping, Melissa???it sounds like you've found a great solution..and the striped top and black jeans are my fave too!
Alison xx

Becky said...

I love the sweater with the jeans jacket looks great :-)

S said...

Oh, you make that sound like fun, although I already do a lot of my clothes shopping online at a couple favorite stores, but I still hate the part about trying them on and then having to send some back. I was only 3 out of six on my last try.

You did very well, I think I like the first outfit and the last outfit the best - you're covered at both ends of the spectrum - casual and dressy!

alexa said...

I love that photo of you, bottom right, in the group with the striped sweater - you look great in it! And good to have criteria for keeping or returning. Looking forward to the next fashion parade!

Sian said...

If only we had something like this in the UK! It's such a clever idea and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your first experience of it. I hope you do order another box, so we can admire your outfits all over again. I love that stripey sweater

scrappyjacky said...

I actually like clothes shopping....but what I really like about this idea is that you can try the clothes on with a variety of your own clothes....a great idea.
The striped sweater looks great with all those trousers and I'm sure you'll get loads of wear out of it.
P.S. Glad you and your mama liked the card.

Ellyn said...

how did I miss this post? It's been a busy weekend I guess. I love the sweater with the blue jeans, can't wait to see you sporting it!

Karen said...

I love to shop for clothes, so this wouldn't appeal to me. BUT I have to say I'm very impressed with the choices you were given and the outfits you put together. I need to pull some pieces in my closet out and do the same!

Beverly said...

This is right up my alley! I hate shopping so go, buy, bring it all home, try it on then return...the Chosen One thinks I am crazy @@ I love the striped sweater with the denim jacket and with the black pants you look so slim. For the black top I like the top right photo..with the multi colored jacket. Very good strategy to create multiple outfits from your closet!