Finally Tried Stitch Fix!

March 12, 2014

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I am the opposite of a trendsetter and generally adopt fashion trends long after everyone on the street is wearing them. {Toms, skinny jeans, infinity scarves, etc.} I would rather read a research paper than Vogue! I like classic jeans, dresses, jackets + shirts that are comfortable and casual. I don’t live in yoga or sweat pants, but my worst attire nightmare is being uncomfortable.

I have been watching others try out Stitch Fix for….years. See – another trend I am behind on! But after falling head over heels with the monthly cosmetic box BirchBox, I figured I should give Stitch Fix a try. The way it works is you pay a $20 styling fee to have a box of clothes put together based on preferences you submit (the questionnaire was long and fun to fill out!) This was the profile I liked the most of the ones they ask you to rate. Go figure – it’s preppy casual with a touch of dress.

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If you buy any of the items the $20 stylist fee is put towards the price, so as long as you buy something the service is free. Any items you don’t like, you send back (for free) in a prepaid envelope. It couldn’t have been easier (or more fun!)

I’ve seen a lot of people say that they sent back everything in their first fix but as their stylist learned their likes and dislikes, body shape and more, the clothes got better and better. Moreover, trying on clothes is not something I enjoy, as I feel like there are so few items that fit my body spot on. Thus, I had low expectations for my first trial.

Imagine my surprise when I ended up keeping 3 out of 5 items!

I love seeing others recap the clothes in their boxes in blog posts, and while I wasn’t planning on blogging about this, once I tried on my clothes I couldn’t resist sharing : )

DELANEY 3/4 SLEEVE IKAT PRINT DRESS | $58

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LOVE!!! Fits perfectly. So flattering. Great price! This was by far my favorite item and worth the whole box alone. I have tried on these cinched waist dresses in stores and they never fit right. Miraculously, this one did!

DELLEN CHIFFON TRIM STRIPED THERMAL | $54

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I liked the style of this top a lot (the casual with a fancy touch). See the chiffon black trim along the bottom?

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Unfortunately the top was too boxy on my frame and not very flattering. And I felt that the price was a bit steep for something I’d wear with jeans.

ROGER ASYMMETRICAL ZIPPER JACKET | $78

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This was just a bit too small and too expensive. But I really liked the style! I probably don’t need any more jackets though.

MONI STUD DETAILED 3/4 SLEEVE BLOUSE | $58

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This top is a bit of a splurge for me, but it fits so well and is flattering on the neckline that I kept it. People always say I look good in black. I don’t have many flowy tops like this one, so I felt it was a good addition to my wardrobe too. Love the sleeve length!

DENNA SKINNY JEAN | $78

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I took one look at these and thought “there’s no way they will fit!” Skinny jeans are generally not my favorite cut, but the stretch was great and they fit me really well! Only problem: too long by about 3 inches. I’ll have to get them hemmed. I’m not sure I would have bought these if I’d seen them in a store, so they might be part of the spell of Stitch Fix.

Overall | $174 for the 3 items I kept

I loved the style of casual with just a touch of dressy!  My stylist got that just right. The prices were reasonable too. I probably won’t ever buy anything over $100, so I’m glad they were closer to $50. I will say that the fun in this experience definitely makes you more tempted to spend money. I dropped $174 much, much easier than I would have in a store where I tend to be a lot more critical. However, you could argue that Stitch Fix just knows fit and style and that’s why I wanted to buy them! I think it’s a really neat service for people who need a little help finding great clothes OR those who just love to shop in all ways possible!

I won’t be making this a monthly habit (too expensive!) but I have scheduled another fix for April : )

FYI, this post isn’t sponsored by Stitch Fix and I bought my clothes with my own moolah. I have included affiliate links, however, which kick back a small fee to me if you decide to use them.

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1 Lisa C. March 12, 2014 at 8:10 am

I am also not trendy- but that’s a good thing! I proudly still wear my bright blue Crocs, thank you very much. They are comfy! Just be you. You always look adorable!

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2 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh March 12, 2014 at 8:38 am

Looks like a fun service for the fashionista or if you need a nudge toward a style change. Very cool!

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3 Tragic Sandwich March 12, 2014 at 8:52 am

I tried Stitch Fix last month and kept two of the items–although one that seemed to fit when I tried it on felt too low-cut when I actually wore it. I’m taking a couple of months off, but I want to try it again!

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4 Michelle March 12, 2014 at 8:57 am

I haven’t had great luck with stitch fix thus far. However, I love Kut from the Kloth jeans!!! I can usually find them at Nordstrom Rack for a great price….just a tip!

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5 Ali March 12, 2014 at 9:06 am

Yikes…these prices are not reasonable to me! $78 for jeans + hemming? I know a lot of bloggers are doing stichfix and I’m sure it’s nice if you can afford it but I just don’t see it as practical or realistic for many, many people.

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6 Amanda March 12, 2014 at 5:22 pm

I have to disagree. It’s not like she bought a pair of $200 Citizens of Humanity jeans. I think $78, plus the cost of hemming, sounds pretty reasonable if you really like them and know you’ll wear them often.

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7 Maia March 13, 2014 at 7:20 am

I can see where Ali is coming from. I have never understood how so many people can drop that much money at a time on clothing- it certainly never works out that way for me. Granted, my thrift store jeans always get holes in them after about a year, but that’s because I’m getting up and down off the floor multiple times a day (I work at a preschool.) If I spent eighty dollars on a pair of jeans and that happened, I think I would cry.

Rambling, sorry… The point is, I thought just what Ali did on reading this post, but kudos to Kath for having her life together enough to buy these fun clothes.

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8 Lea March 13, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Agree with Amanda. These comments are really bizarre. If you don’t want to spend money on clothing (i.e., it’s not your top priority, or just not that important to you), then that’s great…but a lot of people DO enjoy allocating some of their money to clothing, and don’t consider $78 for a pair of jeans very unreasonable. At all.

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9 Ali March 15, 2014 at 1:57 pm

I don’t see how voicing a different opinion is bizarre. I like clothes and I do allocate money towards a nice wardrobe but I would never consider spending that much money on one piece, especially through a mail order service with a styling charge when many people send back the first one shipment as Kath stated. You don’t have to spend upwards of $80 to get quality jeans that last a long time – I’ve been wearing a $30 pair for the past three years that look and feel brand new. It’s cool if that’s how you want to spend your money, I just have a different opinion – and that’s not bizarre, it’s the truth for many people (in fact the majority of people I know).

Kath – I don’t think the follow up comments widget is working for me?

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10 Nikki March 19, 2014 at 9:38 am

I agree with Lea, if you don’t want to spend that much money on something then don’t. But just because YOU spend $30 on jeans doesn’t mean that it’s wrong to spend more or that anyone who does should feel guilty. Everyone’s income and spending ability is different, and people who earn more will logically spend more. Personally, I actually enjoy splurging on jeans like Citizens. But someone who earns twice as much as me wouldn’t think twice about spending say, $500 on jeans which is well above my means. But I’m not going to criticise them because they can afford it and as a percentage of income it probably works out the same!

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11 kat March 19, 2014 at 10:41 pm

It didn’t seem like Ali was being critical at all. All I got from it is that she’s stating a portion of Kath’s readers can’t relate to being able to spend $80 on one item of clothing It’s not judgment, it’s just different circumstances.

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12 Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog March 12, 2014 at 9:10 am

I felt the same way about Stitch Fix. It was fun, but I know I bought more (at a more expensive price) than I would have at the store. I think the best deal is if you buy all 5 pieces and you get the extra percent off. I’ve only done one, but I think I’d try it again.

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13 Parita @ myinnershakti March 12, 2014 at 9:16 am

Haven’t jumped on the Stitchfix bandwagon quite yet, but the more posts I read, the more I’m tempted! Love the dress – so flattering!

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14 Aleesha March 12, 2014 at 9:21 am

You look so pretty in all of the clothing items. The dress is my favorite too.

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15 Laura @FitMamaLove March 12, 2014 at 9:22 am

That stud top looks great on you! Lucky you that you got a good first fix!

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16 Cheri Armour March 12, 2014 at 9:29 am

I so so so want to try a stitch fix! My wardrobe really could use the refreshing every so often!

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17 Jackie March 12, 2014 at 9:35 am

Love your picks but I totally agree it’s a splurge and I enjoy going to stores to shop!

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18 Eva March 12, 2014 at 9:36 am

Oh that dress is SO cute on you! Great choice!!

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19 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 12, 2014 at 9:41 am

I’ve been intrigued by the whole StitchFix thing but I’m definitely too cheap to talk myself into it so far…

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20 Jessica March 12, 2014 at 9:49 am

Girl, you needed Stitch Fix!!! Super cute.

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21 Katrine March 12, 2014 at 10:11 am

I love the black blouse on you. It’s super flattering!

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22 Christianne March 12, 2014 at 10:12 am

I tried an auto stitch fix subscription and it ended up not being for me. The stylist was different every time and sometimes the clothes were great and sometimes they were ALL wrong! It was definitely fun to try though!

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23 Jesse March 12, 2014 at 10:26 am

those jeans are super flattering, kath! glad you kept them!

http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2014/03/pork-ragu-tacos-bok-choy-slaw-and.html

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24 Safa March 12, 2014 at 10:36 am

That Ikat print dress! I can’t stop drooling over it :)

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25 Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog) March 12, 2014 at 10:50 am

that dress is adorable on you!!!

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26 Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy March 12, 2014 at 11:04 am

I love the stripped top and I have been looking for one in the store, but haven’t been able to find one I like.

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27 Amber Schumann March 12, 2014 at 11:17 am

So fun, right?!?! I started using Stich Fix about a year ago (local business–gotta support them…at least that’s my justification. Ha!).

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28 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner March 12, 2014 at 11:45 am

Those pieces look great on you! I especially love the dress. I am so frugal when it comes to shopping that I’m not sure I would be a part of Stitch Fix. Although, my reasoning is, if it’s made out of quality material and is worn often, it pays for itself. Jeans for $78 may seem pricey, but if you wear them often and they’re comfortable, they’re worth it! And I could see wearing that dress to a baby shower, summer wedding, or paired with leggings in the winter.

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29 KathEats March 12, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Agreed. My most expensive jeans have definitely lasted the longest.

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30 Melissa March 12, 2014 at 11:46 am

Love the studded top! It’s super cute and looks like you (IMHO…based on what I’ve seen on here!).

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31 Tonya March 12, 2014 at 11:51 am

Oh my gosh you look so much like your sister in that jacket photo! I was confused for a second.

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32 Sally March 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm

I want that dress! Many of the other blogs I read have reviewed Stitch Fix and it never seems to work out that well. You got lucky, all of those pieces are great!

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33 Jessica March 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm

cute!

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34 Tracy March 12, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Super cute pics! I love the dress the most, too. I’ve been so tempted to try Stitch Fix…maybe I’ll give it a go. What price range did you say you wanted to spend?

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35 KathEats March 12, 2014 at 1:47 pm

I think $50ish… Don’t remember the ranges but I’m not likely to spend more than $100 on a single item

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36 Bri March 12, 2014 at 12:53 pm

I am in love with Stitch Fix. The best part is that they send me things I would never pick out for myself. I like to get a box every 3 months or so to see what’s out there. It is amazing how well they nail the fit sometimes! I had a similar jeans experience with my first box and was amazed when the jeans fit perfectly. Sure beats struggling to get a pair on the in the changing room!

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37 Pamela Burns March 12, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Hi Kath,
I’ve followed you for years and have never commented until now. I haven’t followed you in many months as I’m back in graduate school but just clicked in to see how things are going for you. You look SO different. I may be really behind the times – and perhaps others have commented on this – but your look is softer, and dare I say – prettier. And then it hit me. You’re parting your hair on the opposite side. I just recently listened to an NPR piece about how MUCH this can change your appearance, and I am now a believer. You were always lovely but you look even lovelier with your new part. I am going to reassess my own part now!

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38 KathEats March 12, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Haha thanks so much but I’m pretty sure it’s the same side… Might just be the mirror flipping it? I guess my opposite looks better than my real side : )

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39 Alexia March 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm

I agree–something is different! Maybe its your longer hair. I love how you look.

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40 Jess @ Cook Smarts March 12, 2014 at 1:34 pm

You look so cute in all these photos! I still haven’t tried it but all my girlfriends that have just love it. My favorite on you is that black top with the brass studding. Simple but just a bit embellished!

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41 Lauren @ Foodie on the Run March 12, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Love the dress and the stud blouse. You’ve inspired me to give it a shot! Just signed up via your link, FYI :)

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42 KathEats March 12, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Many thanks!

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43 Molly L. March 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm

That dress looks fantastic on you, Kath! I love it! My 1st fix was sort of all over the place and not really me… I guess I should give it another try. Maybe I can send my stylist this blog post :)

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44 KathEats March 12, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Haha that would make it easier!

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45 Shel@PeachyPalate March 12, 2014 at 3:19 pm

I think that’s the most I’ve seen anyone keep! I LOVE the dress! I love just classic pieces you can wear again and again and for the most part I live in gym gear!

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46 Alex @ Kenzie Life March 12, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Such awesome timing on this post because my first fix is supposed to arrive tomorrow! I can’t wait. After hearing such great things, I figured it was worth a shot since I don’t have a ton of spare time to go shopping right now. I love those jeans the 3/4 blouse–I think the blouse especially looks awesome on you and I love the gold stud/buttons around the neckline. I’m hoping that I’ll at least get one accessory and piece of clothing I like so I can have one cute outfit for spring break!

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47 Kimberly March 12, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Do you know if there is a way to just buy the clothes directly? I really like the dress and the studded top and I googled the names you have for them, but all I can find is other bloggers posts for Stitch Fix.

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48 KathEats March 12, 2014 at 4:40 pm

I’m honestly not sure

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49 Jeri March 12, 2014 at 5:04 pm

I love the length of the dress. I feel as I get older anything too short will have me looking like someone trying to hard. But that seems like the perfect length for all season.

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50 Jeanie March 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Everything looks great on you in the photos! This is one service I won’t try, simply because I love to go out to the stores and shop so much. You could say it’s my hobby.

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51 KathEats March 12, 2014 at 8:33 pm

I used to too… Then I became a mom :)

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52 jen March 13, 2014 at 5:37 am

Ditto… sigh… my rare shopping moments are spent scrambling for bigger sizes for the growing kiddos now. My clothes are officially momish, poor fit and blah from just grabbing stuff on my way through target for diapers!

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53 Emily @ Life on Food March 12, 2014 at 6:55 pm

I have heard about Stitch Fix for a while now. I cannot decide. I didn’t know you could opt out certain months or at least not get one every month. Maybe I will have to give it a go.

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54 KathEats March 12, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Yeah that’s what convinced me too. It’s basically no risk other than the $20 style fee which includes shipping both ways so I find it very reasonable. You could just get a box on your birthday month each year if you wanted. Love the no commitment concept.

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55 Danielle March 12, 2014 at 7:18 pm

I saw your instagram pics of your stitch fix box and loved what you got. I ended up signing up for one that day! I’m excited to see what comes. (I’m hoping the shirt you kept is in my box too!!)

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56 Eileen March 12, 2014 at 8:40 pm

That dress looked amazing on you!!!! I could see you in stripy black wedges for a date night:)

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57 The Many Thoughts of a Reader March 12, 2014 at 8:51 pm

I kind of want to try it out but I am so cheap when it comes to clothes. Plus I’d like to see examples of various body shapes and I haven’t found as many examples as I’d like. Perhaps I shall google some more.

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58 Marie @ My Personal Finance Journey March 13, 2014 at 12:54 am

You look very great at your moni stud 3/4 sleeve blouse! I love wearing skinny jeans too, for me whatever you pair with skinny jeans would be perfect.

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59 carrie March 13, 2014 at 2:48 am

Thanks for blogging about this. I was hoping you would when I saw the pic on instagram. Love the dress. It looks amazing on you. Beautiful pics as always.

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60 Ellen March 13, 2014 at 7:03 am

LOVE the dress and black top! I’ve been a Birchbox subscriber and now may want to try the Stitch!

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61 Jules March 13, 2014 at 8:57 am

What a cool concept. The dress looks perfect on you! Love the jeans and black top too.

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62 Kierstan Peck March 13, 2014 at 9:18 am

I am supposed to get my first “fix” next week. I had read mixed reviews before I decided to give it a shot, but in the end – I really HATE shopping, but need some new clothes for this new office gig I just got (worked from home for 7+ years…yeah yoga pants!). I am excited to see what comes!

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63 Livi March 13, 2014 at 10:39 am

Stitch Fix is such a fun treat!

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64 Judith Scott March 13, 2014 at 11:05 am

LOVE that dress, it is so perfect on you!
The other things were very cute as well.
I agree on the price of the jeans being within reason.. I spend something like that on 7 jeans a few years ago..love them, wear them constantly. A good pair of well fitting jeans is a must in everyone’s wardrobe today. I’d rather have 1 really nice piece than several less expensive items

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65 Rita HERNANDEZ March 13, 2014 at 11:54 am

I sent back everything in my first fix. I’m hoping the second, it’s on its way, will be better. If not, I may just stop the service. Because I’ll be out $40 for nothing. I LOVE the stuff they sent you, so maybe it’s not the service, but rather how I created my profile.

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66 KathEats March 13, 2014 at 12:20 pm

I tried to be really realistic in my profile rather than pick things that looked cool and hip. I was hoping they’d send me some casual clothes that were a touch cool and hip and I think they were spot on

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67 Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork March 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Thanks so much for sharing! My style is very similar to yours. I generally “play it safe” – classic American/prep. I am fearless in other parts of my life, but definitely not when it comes to fashion. I’m most “outspoken” with my workout gear because I feel it’s more acceptable for it to be a little more wild. But that’s just me. I’ve been wanting to try Stitch Fix for awhile and knowing your style is similar to mine and they sent you some fabulous pieces, I just may have to try it!

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68 Emma March 13, 2014 at 4:34 pm

I like reading research papers too! And Vogue is full of some classist, sexist pooey. What was the last interesting research paper that you read? Mine was by John Bohannon.

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69 Ellie@Fit for the soul March 13, 2014 at 6:02 pm

I definitely like to wear what feels fashionable TO ME, but I enjoy getting inspiration from other real fashionistas. :D And I was gonna say, that studded shirt looks beautiful on you! :D

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70 Tiffany March 13, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Kath you are glowing! Love everything you kept!

So there is a $20 styling fee for every box?

Have you heard of tog and porter? I’ve never tried it but heard there is no styling fee and you get to skype with your stylist before they send your box of goodies.

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71 Tracey from Mississippi March 13, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Thanks, Kath–I signed up today!

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72 Stephanie @cookinfanatic March 13, 2014 at 9:00 pm

I love that dress! Looks great on you too. I need to give this service a try, I’ve never looked too much into it but I feel like I may really like it. Thanks for sharing!

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73 melissa (fitnessnycblog) March 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Stitch Fix definitely has a way of making me spend way more on a piece then I would if I got it in the store. I guess I probably wouldn’t try anything expensive on in the store, but once it’s in your home, it’s a different story.

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74 Kavi March 14, 2014 at 10:38 am

Kath, I agree with the other readers – you look fabulous! The first thing I noticed was how happy you look and how you’re just glowing in the photos :) StichFix seems like a cool concept, and I’m definitely curious to check it out!

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75 jilliann m April 6, 2014 at 4:41 pm

I like the clothes you picked and this is really tempting me to try out Stitch Fix. But I have to say I love that jacket on you!

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76 Mandy V August 12, 2014 at 12:20 pm

I just heard about Stitch Fix this weekend. I am going to give it a shot!

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