Why I Decided to Try Stitch Fix
First of all, I’m a strange girl because I don’t particularly enjoy shopping. I definitely don’t love browsing racks of clothes just for the sake of browsing. My favorite people to shop with are my sisters, Sara and Megan, because the three of us like to just walk in, grab what we need, and walk out. Plus, both Sara and Megan have a great sense of style, so they can tell me what to keep and what to banish. But since the three of us live in three different states, we don’t get to shop together too often.
Second, I decided to try stitch fix because I’m hard to fit. I’m tall, have lanky arms and legs, and I’m long-waisted. Generally, I have a difficult time finding something that fits in department and chain clothing stores. A lot of online stores carry tall sizes which certainly help, but even then successful shopping is hit and miss.
So, when friend after friend of mine kept raving about a personal online shopping resource for women called Stitch Fix, I decided to give it a try for myself.
How does Stitch Fix work?
First, you fill out a detailed (but not overwhelming) style profile at the Stitch Fix website. Then, a professional stylist hand-picks 5 items for you based on your answers to that profile. You receive these 5 items once a month – or less if you desire. Then you try on your clothes in the comfort of your own casa. You keep what you like and return anything you don’t in the prepaid envelope included in your box.
The only extra fee is the $20 stylist fee, BUT if you keep just 1 of your 5 items, that fee is rolled into the cost of the item.
In a nutshell, you tell someone your sizes and what you like to wear and they send clothes to you. Win-win!
The Lowdown on my First Fix
Early last week, this is what arrived on my doorstep:
It even came with a style guide and a nice note from my stylist.
And guess what my stylist’s name is?
Sara, which happens to be the same name as my sister ~ even spelled the right way! I took it as a sign of good things to come.
What I sent back:
1. Downing Striped Knit Shirt I loved this shirt, and from the front it looks dang cute. But then I felt a little breeze comin’ through on the side, and sure enough, the shirt was too short. It fit well everywhere but the length ~ I’m just too long-waisted for this one. So, bye-bye cute stripey shirt.
2. Canby Twisted Seams V-Neck Sweater This item was really my only disappointment in the box (even though I sent back more than just this). First of all, it was $78. It felt more like a $29 Old Navy sweater than a $78 sweater. But even if it had been $29, I still wouldn’t have bought it because the sleeves were too short (hello monkey arms!) and I don’t like “hole-y” sweaters. I can’t do hole-y sweaters because I’m always cold (temperature wise, not personality of course) AND I live in Colorado, the land of tons o’ sun but also tons o’ cold. So, bye-bye overpriced sweater.
3. Kaleigh Angle Biter Skinny Jean Ohhhh how I wanted these to work. They fit nicely and were comfy. But, they were a pastel pink with a brownish undertone, and that color did not play nice with my Irish-German light skin. So sad to say bye-bye to these, but they just couldn’t stay.
What I kept:
4. Alan Cowl Neck Asymmetrical Cardigan I may have squealed when I took this out of my stitch fix box. It is sooo pretty and comfortable and fits like a dream. Plus, hello pockets! Other features I love are the fun zipper along the side and cowl neck. Cowl necks are one of my love languages, so this is mine forever.
5. Tricia Gem & Chain Statement Necklace This necklace is pretty, sturdy, funky, and fun. So, it’s also mine forever. Unless I decide to gift it to someone, which I like to do with jewelry. Heh.
Cons to Stitchfix
1. Since the majority of my clothes come from Old Navy and Target, some of these clothes cost more than I like to spend. But given my shopping challenges and hard to fit body, I don’t mind paying more for something IF it fits well and looks cute. If I like something, I will wear it ’til it wears out, so I’ll squeeze every $ out of each item I purchase.
2. If your return has not been postmarked within 3 days of receipt, Stitch Fix assumes you are keeping all 5 items and will charge your credit card for the entire fix. I understand why as a company this has to be done, but this short turn around time still stressed me out.
3. If you are unusually tall or short, make sure you specify this in the comments section of your style profile. While I did accurately give them my height, I didn’t get specific and tell them I am long-waisted and long-limbed. Unfortunately, a couple of the selections picked for me reflected this.
4. There is usually a wait of a few weeks to receive your fix. This ended up working for me, but I didn’t realize this when I signed up.
Pros to Stitch Fix
1. The detailed style profile is thorough and leaves plenty of room for you to write personal notes. Although some items I didn’t think to write down until after I received my first fix (i.e. no hole-y sweaters or pastels), I appreciate that the stylist takes the time to tailor each fix to fit me better. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep more than two items in the next shipment.
2. It comes with a style guide with ideas on how to dress up or dress down your items.
3. You don’t get charged anything but the $20 styling fee until after your fix arrives AND you’ve picked out which items you’re going to keep. Remember if you keep just one item, the $20 styling fee gets rolled into the price of that item.
4. If someone signs up through your account, you get a charming $25 toward your next fix. A credit or two certainly helps if you want to buy something you love when you don’t love the price.
5. I’m not gonna lie: For a girl who very rarely shops for herself, this was just plain fun. I found a couple things I genuinely loved and have already worn more than once.
For this girl, stitch fix wasn’t as good as shopping with my sisters, but my experience thus far was positive enough to go for fix #2.
So tell me, have you tried Stitch Fix? Did you love it or loathe it? Do you want to try it? And if you’re like me and can’t buy just any ol’ thing off the rack, where do you shop? Help a sister out!
***Click here and scroll down to find my review of my second stitch fix shipment.