As I posted a few weeks ago, as a busy woman, I have a hard time finding the time it takes to devote to shopping and putting together cute, fashionable outfits…that fit well…without holes or stains. So, I finally broke down and decided to give Stitch Fix a try.
Here's out it works:
- You fill out some information online about your body size and shape, your style likes and dislikes.
- Pay $20 styling fee (this amount applies to any clothing you decide to keep)
- Choose when/how often you want to get a box.
- Then, "your stylist" will put together a box of 5 items to be sent to you. You could get accessories like jewelry, shoes, a purse, a scarf or even outerwear and a combination of shirts, sweaters, pants, a dress, jeans.
- Once you receive the box, along with some style notes and ideas of what to put together, you can try on and decide what to keep and what to return.
- Once you're ready to return the rejected clothing, simply put them in the postage paid, return address labeled bag, seal and drop in the mail box.
- Login to your account and check out, paying for what you want to keep. If you send everything back you'll pay the $20 styling fee, but if you keep anything the $20 fee will be deducted from your total. Additionally, if you choose to keep all of the items, you get a 25% discount on the total.
It's a simple way to add a few trendy, cool, updated, fancy pieces to your wardrobe. The downside is that the prices are fairly high – at least to me. But then again, I like a really good deal and hate to pay much for clothes. However, I will pay more for a few pairs of really great jeans or a versatile jacket, etc. So, I was willing to give it a try.
You can add a note to your stylist if there is something particular you want or don't want. I asked for jeans and fitted (not loose/boxy) shirts…she somewhat delivered on the first box.
Overall, after receiving to fixes, I would give the whole experience 2 stars out of 5. It would be 1 star but I did get some jeans I really like.
My first box was supposed to arrive on a Friday. We were leaving town the following Tuesday, but I didn't think there would be a problem since the package was to arrive four days before we left.
Alas, the package did not actually show up until Tuesday. I was tracking it so I asked a neighbor to pick it up from our door since we were already long gone by the time it got to our home. We were gone for 9 days and apparently you are supposed to return the unwanted items within 3 days of receiving the box. Fortunately, I was able to get an extension on this timeline since it arrived late and I was not there to receive the box. Even still, I was a little irritated by the delay.
I was dismayed when I opened the box and found several loose, boxy tops – exactly what I said I did not want. However, I tried to keep my mind open and tried everything on. I looked at my style notes, but didn't find them very helpful.
I was excited to see jeans and they were from my favorite brand – Kut Above the Kloth – but then I was disappointed when I tried them on because they were too big. This brand has some stretch to the denim and so they do need to start off pretty snug and these were loose when I put them on. This was another point that irritated me about the stylist because it's something I mentioned in my note to her regarding the size of jeans I needed.
However, a friend who has been doing Stitch Fix for a while now told me I could request a different size and if they have it they will send it. I did that and was able to get the right size! And I love the jeans.
I ended up keeping the jeans (the correct size) and one blouse. I'm not a huge fan of the bright coral color, but I do like the cut of it. It has a structured, fitted style that I asked for that accentuates my curves.
The sweater was soft and comfy, but it looked like I could have been wearing a maternity top because it was large and loose. I did like the neckline and the sleeves, but it was marked at $38 and I didn't think it was worth that even if I had liked it.
I really liked the colors of the pink plaid top and again, I liked the neckline, but it was loose and boxy and too short through the torso. This one was marked at $58, but I could have gotten something similar at Target for about $20.
The black jacket could have been cute, but it's really not my style and I didn't have shirts to pair with it and the sleeves were way too long. Plus, for $88 I need to REALLY LOVE it, and I didn't.
I just got the second fix and I was totally disappointed. I sent it all back. The colors and styles were all wrong. And they sent me a pair of canvas flats- it's almost November and I live in Minnesota. I'm looking at boots for the next 5 to 6 months.
So, there you have it. It's a total crapshoot whether you'll like any or all of it. I did talk to a couple of friends who have done it for a while and have loved some fixes, been pretty happy with others and very unhappy with a few. They encouraged me to try it one more time and request a different stylist again. I don't have one scheduled yet, and I am deciding whether to try it one more time.
One Note: I did search online for these brands and styles I received and I think that the labels are creating customized style names/lines for Stitch Fix, which makes it difficult to find and order the same piece of clothing for less money.
If you want to try it out, you can use my code to get started: stitchfix.com/referral/9160666
The jeans were worth it though…Over and out…