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?
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!