I’ve heard about Stitch Fix for a while, but was pretty content with shopping for myself…until winter came and I realized that all the winter clothes that fit me last year were postpartum nursing clothes. Thanks to yoga and the Phelps genes I’m down a few sizes (though honestly I miss those nursing boobs, for realz). Anyway. I talked to my bestie in Portland and we decided to try Stitch Fix together.
Stitch Fix, if you don’t know (and there’s no reason you should unless you are a blogaholic because I’m pretty sure that’s their main market), is a personal styling service. You pay $20 and fill out a styling profile and they will send you 5 items to try on either; once a month, every other month, or every three. They even encourage you to link up a board on Pinterest to help with choosing your items. Your $20 becomes credit if you keep something and if you keep all 5 items you get 25% off. What you don’t like you put in a prepackaged bag and mail back within three days. Easy-peasy.
I got my box yesterday. :) It’s really fun to get a box in the mail and you know it’s something good, but you don’t know exactly what’s in it, like receiving a present. I pulled everything out to see what I got, but had to wait until a bit later to try them on.
It looked promising! The colors were pretty and the material was soft. Warning: When someone aims a camera at me I get weird.
I really liked this sweater, it just fit strange around the tummy. It bunched around the middle with extra fabric. She also sent me the jeans. They were a mid-rise waist and that kinda freaked me out and though they were comfortable, the fit wasn’t quite right, sadly. The material for the sweater and jeans were quality, however. SENT BACK BOTH
Yeah…this was way low cut and shiny! I don’t have much to flaunt so needless to say. SENT BACK
I thought this was a poncho at first, but it’s actually a dolman top, meaning fitted at the sleeves and triangular shaped. I liked it. KEPT
This was a heavy, yet holey sweater. It smelled kinda funny and I have no idea why, I wish I had looked at the material. This was no bueno mostly because it was heavy and didn’t help me out at all. I’m also not a fan of the length. SENT BACK
One neat thing is there is a note attached from the stylist with helpful advice about pairings as well as a guide to other possibilities. I found that helpful in making a decision on the versatility of the item.
Let’s break it down.
My overall choices: I was extremely detailed in my profile, maybe a little too detailed because these seemed like safe items to me. The first box for most people is hit or miss. I think she did quite well. All of those could have easily been something I picked for myself. After checking out, I modified my profile to add Romantic pops of color and more fun items. Stitch Fix will also send jewelry, bags, scarves and shoes in all price points. I chose everything, but jewelry. I’m secretly hoping for an amazing bag.
Prices: You get to pick your price points, which is nice. As cheap as possible is one of them and then they give you a range of dollar amounts. For example, I chose “as cheap as possible” for tops because kids, but went a little higher for jeans because I’ve been spending about $25-$30 and they ain’t lasting. $50-$100. The blue top I liked was $48, but the $20 I paid for the box went towards it, so I paid $28 for it. I contemplated that sweater. It was $68. That’s way more than I have ever spent on a sweater and I decided to wait for something I absolutely loved. Here’s the kicker: I live in a rural area. I have a small department-type store and walmart as my choices for clothing. If I want Target, Kohl’s or the mall I have to drive to Asheville, 1.5 hours away. It costs me about $30 in gas to go to Asheville. If I buy two tops at $30 each from Target or Kohl’s I’ve spent $90. Those two Stitch Fix tops together were $116. A bit more, but I didn’t have to leave my house, drag the kids around, spend way more money on other things I “need” and make a 3 hour drive. It seems like a good deal to me.
Is it worth it?: Stitch Fix uses exclusive clothing lines. I don’t think they did to begin with, but they do now. I couldn’t find that particular top anywhere else. My items were higher-end fabric, but still a blend. I kinda felt like those were items I would have already picked for myself, so why was I paying someone to pick them for me? Well, I didn’t have to spend an hour combing through websites, reading reviews looking for a promo code and crossing my fingers there won’t be any bad surprises, like “whoops this is sheer”. It’s like you need an online shopping degree to make good choices sometimes. I don’t really enjoy it. I look at it like I am paying $20 to have someone do the work for me. My compromise is choosing every other month for a Stitch Fix. I like that that’s an option. I’m gonna give it another go for January and I’m hoping there will be something in the next box that I LOVE.
Here’s some good info if you still want to know more:
Your picks are based on an algorithm. An interesting look at the Stitch Fix founder and CEO, Katrina Lake.
Straight up FAQs for Stitch Fix
One blogger’s tour of Stitch Fix (real photos of the company)
My referral link. If you wanna try it out, use this link and I’ll get a credit. :)