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Stitch Fix

2013 October 2

Have you guys heard about Stitch Fix? It’s a service where you fill out an online style profile, and like magic, they ship you 5 items that personal stylists feel you will like. It sounds too good to be true. It also sounds like it could just be some kind of scam to get you to buy more stuff. I was skeptical when I first heard about it. I had a lot of questions. How would they know what I like? Will any of the things they send me actually fit me? What if they only send me really trendy, Forever-21-quality crap with a $100 price tag?

Given these reservations, it’s no wonder it took me nearly a year after I first heard about it to sign up. But after reading many reviews and checking out their website, I took the plunge. I filled out the style profile, chose a date for them to ship the box, and sent them links to my Pinterest style boards and this blog. I was impressed at how detailed the style profile is–you can choose a price range you’re willing to spend on each type of clothing item (tops, dresses, accessories, etc.), and there’s a broad range of options, from under $50 to over $200. You can also specify what you’re looking for–for instance, if you don’t typically wear bracelets or earrings, you can opt out of receiving those items. Another great feature is that there’s space for notes to your stylist. You can ask for specific items, give general style preferences, or even request particular items from Stitch Fix you’ve seen on their blog, website, or in reviews. They can’t always accommodate these requests, but they do try. Case in point, I asked for a basic structured blazer and a-line skirts/dresses in my box. And that’s what I got!

Once you’ve requested your box, it’s time to wait. And wait. I had to wait about a month because the first date available was October 1 when I ordered. By the time my box arrived, it was like Christmas–I was that excited. Once you get your box, you have three days to try on your items and decide which you’d like to keep. When the box is shipped, you are charged a $20 styling fee. The good news is that this $20 is credited toward any item you keep from your box. The bad news is that if you don’t choose to keep anything, you don’t see that $20 again. However, I don’t view it as a loss because I really had fun receiving my items, trying them on, and filling out the style profile. It gets you to push your style envelope and perhaps wear something you wouldn’t otherwise try on if you saw it on the rack at a store. If you choose to keep all 5 items, there’s a 25% discount as well. The shipping is free to send back the items (you get a prepaid envelope to send the items back in).

Another nice feature of Stitch Fix is that it’s not a subscription service like a lot of other mail order boxes. You have the option of signing up to receive a new “fix” every month, but you can also try it one time and decide to never do it again. Or, you can order a “fix” whenever the mood strikes you. It’s flexible, and the more feedback you give on the items you receive, the better your style profile becomes.

SO, now for the fun part. I just got my box, and I have to say–I’m really impressed. They totally nailed it. My five items included a necklace, green blouse, polka-dot dress, faux leather skirt, and black blazer. I would have picked up ALL of these items had I seen them on the rack at a store. Furthermore, they all FIT me. I couldn’t believe it.

Of course, I took pictures of all the items so that you can see what I’m talking about and also so I can beg for your feedback because now comes the hard part–actually deciding what I’m going to keep!

Here we go:



First up, the polka dot dress. I liked the shape and the fit but the sleeves were a little puffy, and I already have two polka dot dresses so I can’t really justify the purchase of another one. Especially one that I’m not totally in love with. So, this one will be going back.

Next–the green blouse and faux leather skirt.

I really loved the color of the blouse and wish it had worked, but the shape was too boxy and at first, I couldn’t figure out the sleeves. They looked too much like I was wearing a kimono. Joe really hated it and said it made me look “old.”

But then I figured out it had buttons and tabs on the sleeves for rolling up! It made so much more sense and looked better, but the shape still wasn’t flattering enough on me.

And then there’s the skirt. The skirt–it’s perfect. It’s soft, and it fits, and it’s exactly what I secretly hoped they would send me. In fact, I was just coveting Kendi’s skirt this morning. The only problem? I just bought an a-line black skirt that I love and even though this one is different (leather!!), I’m not sure I can justify the $98 price tag. Of course, I love the most expensive item in my box the most. That’s just how I roll.

And then there’s the blazer and the necklace.

The blazer is cute–I like the polka dot lining (unsurprisingly) and I also like the bit of sharpness in the shoulders. I also have been in the market for a basic black blazer for a while–I have a nice purple one, but I need something a little more versatile. I feel like I could wear this to the office, with jeans, over dresses–it could work with a lot, which is why I’m leaning toward keeping it. The only problem is that the sleeves are a teeny bit too tight at the bottom–is that a dealbreaker?

I also REALLY like this necklace, but I already have one that is pretty similar, and jewelry is probably the least of what I need an update in right now.

So, I’m basically left with a bit of a dilemma–do I splurge on the faux leather skirt that I love, even though I already have a similar black skirt? Do I just get the blazer? Do I keep BOTH?

Opinions welcome. :)

I have to say I’ve been happy with my Stitch Fix experience so far. Check them out, and if you have any questions, feel free to send them my way!

Special thanks also to my patient and handsome photographer!

17 Responses Post a comment
  1. Melissa permalink
    October 3, 2013

    I love both pieces, especially the blazer. You will get a ton of use out of such a well fitting, basic piece.
    The skirt is great also. I think if it one of those pieces that you would be heartbroken letting go, then you need to keep both. If you think it’s just a whim you’d get over, then there is your answer. If you keep both, maybe you put off buying another piece a little longer to justify it…just a thought :)
    Really interesting post!

    • Jill permalink
      October 3, 2013

      Thanks! I did end up deciding to keep both the blazer and the skirt. Mostly because the skirt was $78 and not $98 as I had originally thought. Win win!

  2. October 3, 2013

    Can you send me the polka-dot dress please? I only have two so far–clearly not enough:) Love the necklace and blazer.

    • Jill permalink
      October 3, 2013

      I would love to send you the dress! But I have to send it back to the nice Stitch Fix people or they will bill me a lot of money. You should sign up! :)

  3. Lauren permalink
    October 3, 2013

    Damn girl, lookin’ good!!

    I think your smile in the last photo says it all– go with the blazer. If it’s good quality, it’s a good investment. You can always get a tailor to alter the cuffs for you by doing some /\ cutting and sewing it up nice or whatnot. (Plus, POLKA DOTS.)

    Regarding the leather skirt, if it makes you feel sexy and you got the bucks, go for that shit. Show off your sexy side. :)


    • Raquel permalink
      October 3, 2013

      I agree with Lauren. Keep the blazer and find a tailor to help with the cuffs if they bug you.

      And regarding the skirt, it seems quite versatile and like it’s a high-quality item, so I say go for it! :)

      • Jill permalink
        October 3, 2013

        I did go for it!! And you should totally investigate the service you mentioned on Facebook!

        • Raquel permalink
          October 4, 2013

          Hurrah for blazers and skirts! I will let you know how that service goes. It’s actually a clothes RENTAL service (!!!), and you can keep stuff as long as you like, or even buy them if you don’t want to send them back. I love the idea. Clothing library!

          BTW, I know you aren’t keeping the blouse because the cut is meh, but that is a seriously great color on you.

    • Jill permalink
      October 3, 2013

      Thanks!! I AM keeping both the blazer and the skirt. I’m wearing the blazer right now in fact and the sleeves aren’t bothering me at all.

  4. Nicole B permalink
    October 3, 2013

    Love the dress, blazer and necklace!! Great post; Stitch Fix sounds like a fun concept, especially for folks like me that get a little lost when it comes to style. I totally want to give them a shot (post-furlough lack of paycheck of course).

    • Jill permalink
      October 4, 2013

      Yes, it would be great if you get intimidated by shopping! I’d say give it a shot. And I’m hoping you get back to work soon!!

  5. October 4, 2013

    Wow, I am tempted to try this service. I love the blazer and necklace and the skirt they sent you.

  6. nancy permalink
    October 7, 2013

    interesting and intriguing service. love your choices. the dotted dress looked fab as well!

    thanks for the heads up.

  7. Nancy permalink
    October 7, 2013

    I’m doing this!! I’ll let you know how it goes 😉

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