As I have hollered from the mountain tops to any (un)willing victim, I lost 50 pounds in the last year! Yes, I’m excited. I believe in rewarding progress, and logically, I need new clothes. My niece introduced me to Stitch Fix and I decided to give it a try. I got my first Stitch Fix box and wanted to share my impression with you. Be sure to tell me: What would you have kept – what would you have sent back?
What is Stitch Fix
Stitch Fix provides you a personal stylist who gets to know you and your style, picks out clothing she thinks you may like, and sends them to you. You have a few days to try them on, look at everything, and send back what you don’t want. For my first box, I’m actually pretty impressed. The only other person that could have shopped better for me would be David. He has a knack for walking into a store and immediately picking out clothes that fit and look great on me, but despises shopping as much as I do.
Also, I am not an “average” size woman. What’s average anyway? I’m 4’10. I have to hem any pants I get, even from the petite section. I find clothes shopping daunting and tedious – which is probably why I hate it so much. But, what’s a girl to do? I needed new clothes since I’m virtually walking around in skivvies and have piled my loose-fitting pants by the door to donate to Waterfront Mission.
Not Just a Subscription Box
I hesitate to call it a subscription style box because you don’t have to subscribe. You can just get one box and never get another. You don’t have to subscribe, but they do have that option. In fact, you can pick your own time span so you are only get one box every 6 months if that’s what you want.
Also, unlike many subscription boxes, you don’t get a cookie cutter box. They personalize your delivery based on your style preferences. If you and your neighbor both subscribe, you will each have items in your box tailored to your tastes.
They charge a $20 styling fee, but if you choose to keep anything in your box, it’s applied to the item’s price.
How Does Your Stylist Know?
Well, you enter your exact measurements. You create a Pinterest Board with your favorite items. Here is mine, for example. You fill out a semi-detailed questionnaire telling them what styles you hate or love. Hate preppy and love Bohemian? They have a Fix for that. Wear classic jewelry, but are ok with a few statement pieces? Tell your stylist and pin your favorite clothing, jewelry, and accessories to your pin board. You can even tell your stylist if you need your next box for a special occasion, like a wedding – or want a certain type of item (shoes, for instance).
So…. Whadya Get?
She actually picked out a top just for me to wear for David’s upcoming birthday and acknowledged my Pinterest board.
Whew! Evidence that Stitch Fix is a personalized styling service – not just a subscription box. My nervousness about this relaxed a bit after reading the note.
Since I’m a fashion n00b, I’ll be holding on to this for future reference. If you’re a style junkie, you may not need this, but I definitely do. Unfortunately, I didn’t have some of the items (like a statement necklace or booties), but I’m going to rectify that.
But… The Clothes!
OK, Jessica, my Stitch Fix Stylist got this one right. I love these jeans! I love the faded look on the pockets. I love the fringed hem. I love the color – and the fit!
Most of the time, I cannot find jeans that fit. Even the length on these skinny-leg jeans fit my short frame. (Excuse the bare feet. I am just a country girl, after all 🙂 ) My son even said “they look like they made them just for you.”
These jeans were also comfortable. I wore them all day without any issues – no pinching, no slouching, no binding.
They were a bit on the expensive side at $88, but it’s so rare that I find good fitting jeans any cheaper than that.
DECISION: Keep them
Ok – but this top? This is right up my alley. The cute chain straps really dress it up. I love the way the fabric feels, too.
This cute top can easily be paired with jeans (as I have, here), or with a skirt, according to the suggested Stitch Fix style guide.
Anyone who has spent much time in my closet can tell you that I have exactly 1 (one) skirt. It’s supposed to fall above the knee, but comes to rest below it, unless I spend all night hiking it up. It also isn’t the right style for this top – but I do love it with these skinny jeans!
DECISION: Keep it!
I love the cut out shoulders on this edgy little top. Flirty, fun, and definitely attention-getting. The soft material kinda flowed with my curves, as well. I also love the blueish color – though I generally prefer it a bit brighter.
I tried to love it, I really did.
However, I rarely wear long sleeves and, what isn’t shown well in this photo, the back hangs lower than the front. I’m already 4’10, so it made me look even shorter.
I can see this paired with a really gorgeous statement necklace, and it would be perfect…. almost.
Josh loved it on me. David thought it was just “ok” and I could never make up my mind.
I just really didn’t like the fit on me. I tried to love it. I wanted it because I love those shoulders, but just couldn’t. If I bought it, I could already see that I would have buyer’s remorse later.
DECISION: Send it Back
I love the embroidery on this top, and that neckline! It really flatters the collar-bones. I wish I could fill my closet with tops with that neckline.
But I didn’t like the fit at all. It was actually a bit loose. I felt like I had to keep pulling it down in the back or it would dip well below my bra in the front.
Right where the embroidery meets, it poofs out and made me feel pregnant. Trust me – after loosing 50 pounds, the last thing I want to do is look pregnant.
I also didn’t care for the color. I had a post on my pinterest board with a similar top in this color that I thought I’d like, but the color just doesn’t look right on me.
If I saw this on the rack at the store, I would have definitely tried it on. It’s not the fault of the stylist that I didn’t like it. You can’t win them all, I guess.
DECISION: Send it Back
Yes, it’s cute – but it’s just not my style. I like more of a bohemian style bag and rarely (like never) carry a clutch. It does have a cute, chain strap, but hangs to my knees. Also, I think it’s leather, though I couldn’t find any care/material information. I don’t wear leather, fur, silk, or wool and did specify that. I could also be off-base. I could have followed up and asked the stylist what it was made of, but I didn’t like it enough. Honestly, this is the only item in the whole box that I felt the stylist missed the mark on.
DECISION: Send it Back
So What Now?
After removing the tags off the items I planned to keep and packaging the item the return items into the postage-paid return envelope, I visited the site and filled out an exit interview. On each item, I explained why I liked it, why I didn’t, how I like the fit, and whether I thought the pricing seemed fair (yes, I did.).
If I had chosen to keep all the items in the box, I would have received a 20% discount. With the five items in the box, that was like getting one free.
Tomorrow, I will drop my package off in the mailbox for its return trip. Also, if anyone signs up with my link, I get a $25 credit toward my next Stitch Fix.
Final Verdict: Considering I have never used Stitch Fix service before and this was Jessica’s first time styling me, I am very impressed. Most of the styles were unquestionably what I would wear. I plan on continuing to use the service in the following months as my body composition continues to change. Summer is coming up and I definitely need some cute summer clothes, some coordinating jewelry, and other fashion accessories. As Jessica and I get to know each other better, I’m confident that the boxes will only get better.
We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.
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