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Most days when I am getting ready, I am left staring at my closet full of clothing, with the inability to decide what to wear. I have many items to choose from, so you’d think it would be easy. But I usually end up rotating through the same three or four tops while everything else ends up collecting dust from neglect. You’ve been there, right? Do you ever find yourself purchasing an item you didn’t love, mainly because it was on sale or it was the first thing you could find before your toddler had a meltdown?
I was growing tired of wasting time, trying to find something to wear that made me feel confident and put together. Clearly, I was failing miserably if my closet filled with unused items is any indication. On top of that, it was a bit depressing to acknowledge the significant amount of money spent on clothing that rarely saw the light of day. So, I decided to try something different that would take all the guesswork out of shopping.
Enter Stitch Fix
Stitch Fix is an online subscription styling service for women who are looking for an easy way to keep their wardrobe fresh and updated. Items are curated and personalized to fit your style, then packaged and shipped to your door. How awesome and convenient is that? Read on for my review of Stitch Fix and how to get a spot-on Fix of your own!
How It Works
- Go To Stitch Fix To Sign Up
- Fill Out Your Style Profile: This takes a minute but is so worth it. You’ll go into detail about your size, style and color preferences, types of clothes you like to wear, as well as point out styles and colors you’d like to avoid. What’s also really cool is that you can link to your social media so they can get a better understanding of your style. I did this and it definitely helped!
- Schedule When You Want To Receive Your Fix: Here you can choose to receive automatic monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly shipments. Or, you can choose to order them manually, whenever you need a Fix.
- Checkout and Pay a $20 Styling Fee: An important takeaway here is to note that the $20 styling fee is reimbursed if you choose to buy any of the items!
- Wait For It To Arrive At Your Door
- Keep What You Love and Send Back What You Don’t In A Prepaid Mailer Within Three Days: If you purchase everything, you will get a 25% discount off the total purchase price.
Stitch Fix Profile
Going through the style profile I was pleasantly surprised at how thorough it was! The first thing I found were inputs for my height, weight, as well as a section where I could list what sizes I typically wear, including bra size (which I found helpful because it could give them insight as to what type of necklines might be more flattering).
I really loved that Stitch Fix took it a step further and asked for information about my proportions. Mine are pretty average but if, for example, you have long legs and have trouble finding jeans long enough you can let them know and they will keep that in mind when making clothing selections!
Next, I gave information on the fit/cut of clothing I prefer to wear. For instance, I checked boxes that told them that I like a mid-rise, skinny cut jean, with either a regular or ankle length inseam. I also indicated what I am comfortable flaunting regarding arms, legs, back, and so on.
Once that was done, I was shown flat lay groupings (examples given below) of different styles and asked to rate it on a scale of Hate It, Just OK, Like It, or Love It.
Following that, I answered a series of questions regarding styles and how much I wanted Stitch Fix to focus on any specific category such as business casual or date night, for example. I was also able to indicate what jewelry tones I prefer and which colors I like as well as which I want to avoid. There were other questions asked regarding style but suffice it to say that they’ve covered their bases!
The next page asked what price range I was looking to stay within. I choose The Cheaper the Better because I have a specific amount budgeted for clothes each month and I wanted to stay within that range. The next category you could choose from was $50-$100 and went all the way up to $200+.
On the last page of the profile, I was able to link to my Pinterest style board and write a little note to my stylist. I told her that I like wearing neutrals and flats and that I was looking for pieces with versatility so I could create multiple different looks with any given item.
After saving my profile, I scheduled when I wanted to get my first shipment (ASAP, obviously) and then checked out by paying my $20 Styling fee. I was okay with the fee because let’s be honest, if I went shopping any other given day, I know I would be spending at least $20 on gas and food, even though I wasn’t guaranteed to come home with any clothes. Plus, I knew that if I decided to keep any of the items the fee would go towards that purchase!
My First Stitch Fix
My package arrived in a box with the Stitch Fix branding. So cute!
Inside the box, I found the items neatly wrapped in tissue paper as well as an envelope containing a cute style card with details of what was included in my Fix. There was also a personalized note from my stylist, Casey, along with suggestions of how to style the items she chose for me!
Okay! So let’s get to the clothes! I want to issue a disclaimer here and mention that I was hoping to get photos of me wearing the clothes but unfortunately, a busy work schedule didn’t allow for my amateur photographer husband to fit in a photoshoot! But don’t worry! Next time I get a fix I plan on upping the model game…heck, maybe I’ll even get a couple of those industrial fans for a wind in my hair look and everything.
What’s In The Box
The first item I pulled out was a Market and Spruce Xander Short Sleeve Woven Back Sweatshirt. The quality was really nice and I liked that it had an everyday casual vibe, but I wasn’t too thrilled with the way on looked on my frame. The cost was a little high for the item type, in my opinion, ringing in at $54, so I decided I would be sending it back.
Item #2 was a black and white striped Market and Spruce Lawford Knit Top. I love stripes and so I instantly liked this top. I really liked the silky feel and thought the detailing on the neckline gave some added interest. But this one was a miss as well because, at a cost of $58, it was way over what I would pay for a lightweight knit like this.
Item #3 was an olive green Market and Spruce Chaplin Hooded Anorak Cargo Jacket. It is such a cute jacket and definitely something that I would want in my wardrobe! The fit was great, had a lot of attractive details, and was high quality. The retail price is $88 and I thought that was reasonable for an anorak. I didn’t end up keeping it though because I already own something similar. I don’t blame my stylist for sending it to me though because I had several pins on my style board that included a cargo jacket. Actually, I was kind of glad to see it because it told me that Casey took the time to look at my Pinterest link!
Item #4 was a pair of Just Black Cordelia Skinny Jeans. I have been wanting a pair of black jeans and these fit really nicely! The length was perfect and the material was very high quality…but, again the cost was a bit higher than what I was willing to pay for a pair of pants. Retailing for $78, I couldn’t really justify spending that amount, especially since I wouldn’t be getting a discount.
The last item I received was my absolute favorite of the whole box! I got a pair of Toms Jutti Flats (Click the link to receive $20 off your first purchase of $75 or more!) I. Love. These. Shoes. So much so you’re getting three photos of them! I am a sucker for a cute flat and these were me to a T! I am a typical size 8, but in Toms, I usually have to size down and these were no different. I was heartbroken when I tried them on and they were a smidge big. I would have totally kept these if they fit and even tried to exchange them but unfortunately, they were out of stock. They are the perfect neutral shoe and have a hint of shimmer to give them a bit of a girlier vibe which I really like since my style is a bit understated.
They also had a thick, supportive sole which was great…most of my flats I currently own feature very little to no support so it was nice that these were different! I had a version of these flats pinned to my style board as well so I gave extra points to my stylist. These retail for $84 but would have only cost me $64 if I kept them since my styling fee would have gone towards the purchase. Even though I had to send the shoes back, I am definitely going to track down a size 7.5 to buy! One more thing…I love the Toms brand because of their “One for One” mission. For every pair of Toms you purchase, Toms will donate a pair of shoes to someone in need! How awesome is that?
Why I Recommend Trying Stitch Fix
If you have been keeping a running tally, you know that I sent every item back to Stich Fix. So naturally, you may be wondering why I am recommending them. Here’s why:
- It’s easy and very convenient. Two things I crave as a mom.
- Every item I received is something that I would have chosen myself.
- It’s a great way to keep a fresh, updated and cohesive wardrobe.
- It’s a fun experience!
There was really only one con in my opinion, but it was a considerable one. The cost of the items was higher than I was expecting. I selected the lowest pricing option hoping at least a few items would be under $50, but that wasn’t the case. Every item was above that and while I would have been comfortable paying the price listed for the anorak and the Toms flats, the cost of the other items was too high for me to justify purchasing them.
That said, I do plan on ordering another Fix! I was really pleased with the level of expertise that Casey had in picking items I would like. She did such a great job and I told her so in the comment section of the return process. I also let her know that the cost was the main reason for returning several of the items and that I was looking for something less expensive. I think that if I was purchasing all five pieces and getting the 25% discount it would be a good investment. I’d rather spend a larger sum of money on fewer pieces I love and would feel great wearing vs. a lesser amount on clothes that just remained folded on my shelf because I really didn’t like them. In fact, always going for the cheaper item is likely causing me to spend more money in the long run because I am constantly feeling like I have nothing to wear, resulting in a “need” to go shopping.
How’s that for irony?
Tips For A Fix That Is Totally You
If you decide to try Stitch Fix, here are a few things you can do to make sure it’s a great experience:
- Link your Pinterest Style Board: I think this tip alone brings serious potential to take your Fix from good to awesome. Your stylist will check it out for ideas on what style speaks to you. And if you do this, make sure you follow the next tip as well!
- Pin Styles From Stitch Fix’s Style Board To Your Style Board: This is something that I didn’t think to do until after I received my Fix, and mine was still great! I am so excited to do this for my next Fix though because I can’t think of a better way to help my stylist to choose items I will love, than to pin items that Stitch Fix actually carries! Can you? I’ll even make it easy for you! Here is a link to their Style Board!
- Be Honest: When filling out your Stitch Fix profile, be honest with yourself about what you like and don’t like. Don’t say that you like a certain style or print that is on trend just because you want to like it. If lace detailed clothing is something you see everyone wearing, but your gut reaction to it is underwhelming…you probably shouldn’t say you like lace.
- Be Specific: Take advantage of writing a note to your stylist and mention specific items you are looking for and the colors you are hoping to add to your wardrobe. If there are items on your style board that you already own, make sure you mention that to her so that you won’t get something similar like I did (anorak jacket). The funny thing is that I thought about mentioning I had a jacket like the one on my style board, but for some reason decided not to. Note to self: Listen to your brain more often.
I hope this review was helpful to you and helped you to decide if Stitch Fix is right for you! It was such an easy process and even though I ended up returning my items, I really enjoyed the experience and the convenience that it offers. It takes the guesswork out of clothing shopping which is a godsend for someone as indecisive as myself so I am really excited to try it again!
If you have tried Stitch Fix before I would love to hear your thoughts! Comment below!