StitchFix as an “Inbetweenie”

I’ve been seeing StitchFix Blog Reviews and Social Media posts forever but I was always so skeptical about it because finding clothes that fit me is stupid hard. I’m in a weird place size wise. I’m not fully “plus size” and I’m not exactly “straight size” either. I’m what has been labeled an “Inbetweenie” in the fashion world. I’m a pretty solid size 14 in pants, which is the largest size StitchFix currently offers. In most tops I’m a large, unless it has no stretch and then I usually size up to XL. When I go clothes shopping I am one of those people who go in with 9823 pieces and comes out empty handed because nothing fits right. I’m a CrossFit coach and spend the majority of my time in workout clothes, which is awesome. Except for when I actually want to try to look like a grown up who has their act together on occasion and I realize I have no fashionable options because I really don’t know how to dress like a grown up.

Despite my skepticism I signed up for my first fix back in May. I answered the questions in the style quiz, filled out the sizes to the best of my ability, signed up for my first fix with my only hope being that I could at least fit into 1 or 2 of the pieces they sent me. They charge you a $20 Styling Fee, which you can use to put towards your purchase if you decide to keep the items. If you keep all 5 items from the fix you get a 25% discount. The clothing they select is, for me, on the higher end of the price point I usually spend on clothing. Since I don’t buy “grown up” clothes that often I figured it would be worth it to invest in some versatile pieces that would last awhile, even if it was above what I would normally spend for clothes.

After I spent some time making sure my style profile and sizes were right, as well as updating my fashion board on pinterest and writing my stylist a note I scheduled my first fix. It showed up right on time in a beautifully packaged box with a note from my stylist.

Despite the fact I had just gotten home from the gym and looked like a hot mess, I ripped the package open and tried everything on.

 

 

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The first thing I tried on were, of course, the jeans. Ohhhh the jeans. They were buttery soft. They fit over my butt and thighs, but they were AT LEAST 6 inches too long. and they were supposedly a petite cut. They were $78. But they fit over my butt and thighs! Ultimately, I decided I didn’t want to pay $78 for jeans that I would have to pay to hem. Looking back now I kind of wish I had kept them. Lesson Learned!

The top was a fun color and I loved the crochet, but it wasn’t stretchy at all and I felt so constricted in it… if it had been a knit material I would have kept it for sure. But it was a return.

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Next was this adorable tank top. I loved the print and the length, but again, it wasn’t stretchy at all and it was way too tight on my boobs. I felt trapped. Another tank that if it had been in a more flexible fabric would have been a keeper. But I returned it.

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Ah, this dress. I love love love loved the way this dress looked. It was rather formal though. I had asked for a summer dress and this was a bit of a thicker material. It was also $74. And I have no where to wear it. I literally am in workout clothes 80% of the time and the other 20% is casual. I go no where fancy. If I had a special event coming up I would have kept it. But to pay $74 for a dress I would maybe wear… I couldn’t do it. Return.

So – Good news from my first fix is that most of it fit. Bad News is that none of it was something I wanted to keep. Good news – they sent a cute pair of dangly earrings that were $28, I don’t normally buy dangly earrings but since my $20 styling fee would be lost if I returned the entire fix I figured I could make good use of a cute pair of earrings instead of forfeiting $20.

Sometimes all it takes to feel fancy is the right pair of earrings. Thanks @stitchfix #stitchfix #fancy

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After my first fix I had a better idea of what kind of feedback to give my stylist. Stretchy material on everything (I live in Spandex!), more casual dresses, no earrings. I scheduled my second fix for the next month. I have been searching high and low for some cute, casual and stylish tanks to pair with my shorts for a pulled together summer look. Maybe a casual light weight maxi. And jeans that weren’t made for someone with legs as long as Taylor Swift.

My second fix showed up and I was just as excited as when I received the first one. A cute note from my stylist about the things she saw on my pinterest board and tips for styling each of the items included in my fix.

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Of course, the first thing I tried on was the pair of jeans she sent. I wanted them to work, I really loved them… but there was no way they were going to button or cover the top 2″ of my butt #liftingprobs

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The shirt was cute. And comfortable. But not something I felt like I couldn’t get at Target.

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This was a fun option, it was actually a split back tank – which is something I had pinned on my Fashion board on Pinterest.

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I liked it, but it was one of two split back tanks in my fix and I didn’t want to keep both. Oh darn, now I spoiled what the next thing was! Another split back tank!

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This one seemed a bit more grown up. It was a neutral grey, which also was more versatile. I like that I can wear it by itself and it can be a little more fun and sexy, or I can layer it over a cami for a more professional look. Keeper!

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And the grand finale. I loved this dress when I pulled it out of the box. It was soft and I felt like it really complimented my figure. I liked it, I just didn’t like it $58 worth. Maybe I’m just too cheap. Maybe it’s the fact that I wear “real” clothes only 20% of the time. I don’t know. I’m really looking for more versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched for several different looks. And while this was a stellar find, I just couldn’t pull the trigger. Returned.

Overall I’ve really enjoyed my StitchFix experience. I was concerned with fit at first, as I am the largest size they advertise, but I feel like the stuff they sent fit me just as good, if not better, than the stuff I would go try on in a store. I don’t think I’ll keep doing a fix every month because, like I said, I’m cheap. But when I feel like I need to spice up my wardrobe I’ll let StitchFix help me with that. If you want to try it, use my referral link! I get credit for everyone who uses my link and signs up for a fix. So basically you get a fun new wardrobe and it helps me pay for mine. Winning.

Have you tried StitchFix?

My Favorite Cyber Monday Deals

In the past I’ve gone out on Black Friday and fought my way through the crowds for some crazy deal. But now, ain’t nobody got time for that! I have become a total internet deal stalker. I’m all about the online deals! I’ve found them to be even better deals than you get in store… plus you don’t have to wonder if they will have what you want in stock (for the most part). I’m going to share some of my favorite Cyber Monday deals with you, hopefully you can save a few bucks on things for those on your list or for yourself!

Reebok – 40% off Sitewide use the code “HOLIDAY”

Ok, this is the BIG one for all my CrossFit loving friends! Most Reebok sales exclude all CrossFit gear, but this one only excludes customized shoes and the new Honor pack… That means you can get the Nano 4.0 for just under $72, and free shipping!! That is a steal!!

nano4I have these and they are by far my favorite CrossFit/Fitness/Every day shoe. Totally worth the investment! You can also get some of the newly released JUNK Brand Headbands for 40% off as well, coming out to just under $11! I’m totally digging this Burpee The Snowman one…

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Also be sure to check out the Online Outlet section, you can take an additional 40% off the already reduced prices!

Maurice’s – 30% off Regular Priced Merchandise Use Code CYBER1214

Ok, let’s talk jeans. The only jeans I will wear lately are the Maurice’s Brand Denim Flex. They fit my quads/thighs/butts comfortably and they come in SHORT so I don’t have to drag a foot of material across the floor! They are cute and comfortable. They should be around $20 with this sale!IMG_7095

I am also loving their comfy casual look of their tops. Lots of people asked about this sweatshirt:

And Yes, it is from Maurice’s and it’s on sale for $20.99! They are also having 40% off their activewear line. Check it out!

Thick to Thin – 20% off, Free shipping (to the US) AND Free gift for orders over $100! Use code smallbizsaturday

t2tAndrea is my BFF. and I love her stuff! She just released a bunch of new designs and they are amazeballs. Check it out!

MODCLOTH – 25% off Sitewide use code CYBERMONDAY

Modcloth is one of my favorite places for dresses, accessories, and cute unique gifts and housewares.

I mean, who wouldn’t want this Ryan Gosling T-shirt?

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They also have a collection of vintage inspired t-shirts like the Bayside Tigers (Saved by the Bell!) and Uncle Jesse from Full House! I love it! They have tons of housewares and adorable vintage type clothing. This is where I got my fancy dress when we went on the Disney Cruise in January, which apparently I never got a picture of… Lame!

HumanX Gear-  50% off X3 Gloves & CoreFlex Belts! Use Promo Code “CMM50” to enter for the discount!

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I love my CoreFlex belt! They are also offering free shipping all day (no code needed)

25% OFF SITEWIDE* ON HONEST.COM

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I love the Honest Company! Payton uses their Bubble Bath, Shampoo, & Conditioner. All of their cleaning products are great as well. I love products that work well without all the extra chemicals and stuff.

Fabletics

Ok, this isn’t a huge Cyber Monday deal but I just had to share… Fabletics released their new December line today. If you are new to Fabletics you can use my link to get your first outfit for 50% off! I just snagged up this sexy little number

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I love love love the mesh cut outs! This full outfit is just $49.95, but if it’s your first outfit it is just $25! What a steal!

What sales are you shopping today?

Fran’s Closet RX Giveaway

It’s no secret that crossfitters love their gear. From nano’s to tanks I am always on the look for the coolest new gear to sport when I’m sweating it out in a WOD. I love all the funny crossfit sayings you see on shirts, but I also love the simple design I came across with Fran’s Closet RX. Their signature line included barbell applique and my favorite, the barbell love shirt!

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The shirt is the ever popular Next Level Apparel brand with the burnout type design. It fits pretty true to size, I wear a Large. I love that this is a t-shirt you can wear during a WOD or with a cute pair of jeans. Either way everyone will know about your love for the barbell!

If you aren’t a t-shirt person they have you covered with tanks as well. Their newest striped tanks are to die for. I seriously need to order one of these because they are just too cute. I love me some stripes and dots!!

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Most importantly what I love about Fran’s Closet RX is that it is run by a crossfitter for CrossFitters. Mandy is an awesome crossfitter, wife, Mom, and nurse who hand screens each of her designs. I’m all about supporting small businesses, especially knowing what it takes to run one!

Mandy is amazingly generous and has offered to give a free shirt or tank to one of you lucky readers! Just enter using the rafflecopeter below!

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If you won, what top would you pick?