I always thought I hated shopping. Genuinely. Way too much fluorescent lighting, those teeny tiny spaces you have to get changed in to try anything on, not to mention the horrible mirrors at all angles when you try on something that definitely does NOT flatter. But truthfully, I actually like quite a lot about shopping: I love to browse, to feel fabrics, to check out how shops are showing off their styles for the season. I love to pick out things that I might like. I love to pair different items together to create outfits. I really just hate trying clothes on. That is why I've become such an online shopper - besides the convenience, of course. You can try things on in the comfort of your own home, the lighting you know, with no judgment from any waiting
I am definitely late to the subscription clothing box game; I've seen blogger friends try them out in the past and considered it but never signed up. I tried the shoes (JustFab) and kept that for a long time, in the UK and in the US - until I ended up with way too many shoes to wear! And I really enjoy Rocksbox jewelry subscription because you can just wear all the pieces and send them back for a new box, as often as you like. It's especially great when you have a special occasion coming up. But clothes - I just figured there was probably no way I'd like what was sent to me. Then I got pregnant again, and realized after wearing my maternity clothes for 2 pregnancies and postpartum periods that I was just sick of the things I had left. Plus I sent off 2 big boxes of my clothes to 2 friends going through pregnancies recently - and then I saw that Stitch Fix has a maternity option...decision made!
My first box arrived a week ago and I was so excited to check out what was inside:
I honestly didn't like this when I pulled it out of the box, or even the first time I tried it on. But I told myself to try everything on at least twice and on the 2nd try I decided the color was really nice on me and although it's different from my usual style (I felt it was a little 'resort wear' or vacation vibey) sometimes it's good to change it up. And case in point? I wore it over the weekend and M kept telling me how pretty I look in it. :)
This was a no-brainer. I had been looking online for a grey open cardi and here it was!! I had just ordered a maternity one from Asos that turned out not to be the nicest material, so I was sending that back. And then this one arrived and it is soooo soft, and the perfect neutral layering piece. I love it! Plus, it's not maternity so I'll keep getting use out of it post-partum.
Verdict: Return. (Regretfully)
I was so sad to send these back! I've been a huge skinny jean fan for the last few years so I didn't think I'd like the straight leg fit but these were AMAZING. They are the softest jeans I've worn ever and so comfortable - and the fit was like a smooth glove! BUT. They are miles too long. I have long legs for my height but these are clearly meant to be worn with heels and I rarely do that these days, what with my days at home and crawling around after toddlers. And I don't fancy wearing my jeans rolled up (plus, if I'm going to spend nearly $90 on a pair of jeans, I don't want to spend *extra* getting them tailored). So...I sent them back.
Like the cardi, this is another thing I had been looking for - a brown / tan leather clutch. It's as if my stylist was inside my head putting this box together...! This is another perfect neutral - and great quality for the price. The leather is soft and the tan hue is a perfect match for the shoes and boots I would put this together with.
Funnily enough, I liked the look of this when I lifted it out of the box. (I'm a big fan of navy, if you've ever seen my closet...) The lace sleeves and empire waist made it that bit more dressy than a tee. I balked a bit at the price - $54 - as it's essentially a knit tee with fancy sleeves! - but I always find that quality maternity clothes are more expensive than non maternity. But beyond the price, the empire seam sits way too low on me, so it hits right at mid bump and makes the fit all very odd. At simply looking at the pictures and the item, I definitely thought I'd be keeping this one over the purple top - just goes to show how important it is to try something on, even if you think you know how you will like it!
Stitch Fix Initial Box Verdict: 2 thumbs up!
I was well impressed with my first 'fix'. I certainly felt like these items work for me and my style, and my lifestyle. Both tops could be casual or dressed up, and although I didn't keep all of the items, I felt happy about keeping the 3 that I did. I'm not sure that I would have found anything similar on my own shopping ventures, which are limited given the strong desire to NOT shop and try on clothes with 2 little ones tagging along! And the cardi and clutch are non maternity, so I will get to keep those ones out in my closet even after this babe comes along this summer!
Have you tried any clothing subscription boxes? What are your thoughts on them?!