I have been hearing a lot of great things about Stitch Fix so I decided to give it a try for myself.
If you aren`t familiar with Stitch Fix, its an online service where a personal stylist handpicks clothing for you. It was initially created for working women who need a wide selection of clothing – both from professional workplace to more relaxed weekend wear – but simply don`t have much time to shop.
I started out by creating my online profile. You answer a series of questions and are shown pictures of different outfits that you rate based on your style preferences. You also answer questions about your sizes and fitting preferences, your ideal price range for different articles of clothing and accessories, and you can leave a note for your stylist to specify anything particular you are looking for or anything you are NOT looking for (i.e. I put no no fashion sneakers on mine or handbags) You can even link to one of your Pinterest boards so your stylist can get a better idea of your taste and customize your order accordingly.
The best part is (unlike my Fabletics experience) you are not charged monthly. You can select the frequency, and the exact dates, that you want your shipment delivered. And if you don`t want to have a recurring delivery, you can even make it a one time shipment or do it on “on demand” so you can schedule your fixes an ad hoc basis!
Since this was my first package and I didn`t know what to expect, I opted to only schedule a one time delivery so that I could see if I liked it. The soonest I could have it delivered was two weeks from when I ordered, so I did that.
Once you place your order, A Stitch Fix stylist then chooses five different pieces of clothing, or accessories based on your profile. When your package comes, you have three business days to decide what you want to keep, and what you want to return. Enclosed is also a description of each article with the price listed, a styling card with pictures of different ways to wear each item, and return packaging for anything you choose not to keep.
Sounds like a good deal so far, right? So when my first package arrived, I was SUPER excited! I opened it immediately to see what was inside. Heres what I found:
- 41Hawthorn Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse: I had mentioned in my note to my stylist that I needed more tops, especially longer tunic styles that I can wear with leggings or skinny jeans. This top has turned out to be perfect for the office or a night out.
2. Papermoon Marisol Mixed Material 3/4 Sleeve Knit Top: Next, I opened this cute black top, also tunic style, with a sheer polka dot pattern on the back. This is great as a weekend outfit with leggings and boots, or for a business casual outfit if you pair it with the right dress pants for the office.
3. Market & Spruce Lawford Knit Top: Clearly my stylist paid close attention to my Pinterest board and noticed my love for stripes. The best part about this top is the tan leather trim that outlines the v-neck. This top looks good with light washed jeans and will be good to wear in the summertime with white jeans or shorts too.
4. Mavi Fredia Skinny Jean: These jeans are AMAZING. I was a little nervous about getting pants that I have never tried on before because I think every woman knows that jean sizes vary widely depending on the style but I totally lucked out with these. These skinnies are a dark navy wash that can be easily dressed down or dressed up. They are comfortable and fit great. I have already gotten so much use of them that I`m considering ordering more Mavis in another wash.
5. Silver Bubble Necklace: The day after I got my delivery, I had a birthday dinner to go to for one of my friends. I wore this necklace with the green top and Mavi jeans. Its a great statement necklace that added something to the outfit. When you fill out your profile it specifically asks you what tone you like for jewelry. Silver works best with my light complexion so this was perfect. My only complaint is that I normally wouldn`t spend this much on a statement necklace (it was $38) but if you keep all 5 of your items, you get a 25% discount. I really liked everything else so when I factored in the discount, it basically worked out that I got the necklace for free.
I was really pleased overall with my first ever Stitch Fix order. It was more expensive that I expected (their average price per item is $55) but when you factor in the discount its more reasonable. I should also mention there is a $20 styling fee that you are charged when placing your order but that goes towards whatever you keep.
For me it was also about convenience. I work full time and live with my boyfriend and his 8 year old daughter so I am a little preoccupied on the weekends 🙂 I wouldn’t change a thing but it does make it challenging to find the time (not to mention the energy) to shop. And when I do shop, I typically only buy 1 or 2 things at a time and its hard to envision what will work as an outfit with the rest of my wardrobe.
I am glad I decided to keep all 5 things because I have gotten a lot of use from them already. I`ll definitely be ordering from them again and I encourage you to try for yourself.
So my Fab Fashionistas heres the question of the day: Have you tried Stitch Fix? If so, tell me about your experience.