I hate shopping, I always have. Don’t get me wrong – I love clothes, and I love fashion. I just don’t have the patience to wander the malls and try on clothes, only to be disappointed in the harsh, glaring flourescent spotlight of a tiny changing room. I always thought it would be nice to have my own personal stylist… and a hairstylist, a maid, a personal chef, and driver, as well… but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. One step at a time! When I found out about Stitch Fix, I was so excited! Someone who knows my body type, my style preferences and delivers items to my doorstep? Having items delivered to my doorstep is my ideal shopping experience; its like receiving presents!
Here’s how Stitch Fix works:
1. You complete a fairly thorough style profile online. The profile asks several questions, including your height, weight, general measurements (long legs, short arms, etc.), your dress size and what size you usually buy in shirts and pants. You answer several questions about your style (classic, preppy, bohemian, romantic, etc.), and you can even include a link to a board on Pinterest so they can visually see what styles and clothing you like. They also ask the price-points you’re comfortable with. For most items, I selected “the cheaper, the better” option, but for bottoms, I chose $50 to $100. I have a harder time finding pants that work, and I often pay more for these items. They say the average price-point is $65. Since I chose the less expensive option, my average price-point (if purchased individually) was only $54.
2. Your stylist personally chooses 5 items to send to you based on your style profile, your Pinterest board, and any other information you may have provided in the comments section on your profile. If you’d like something in particular, such as a dress for an upcoming vacation or holiday party, make sure to mention that. A shipping notice is sent when your package is sent and a $20 styling fee is charged.
3. Once you receive the items, you get 3 days to decide if you want to keep any (or all) of the items. You have the opportunity to try the items on at home, with other items in your closet. Stitch Fix also provides a style card with each item. This is one of my favorite features - it helps you visualize how to pair the item with what you may already own.
4. You decide what you want to keep and what you want to send back. Check-out is easy-peasy online, and you are able to provide feedback on all items, whether or not you send them back. If you keep at least one item, the $20 styling fee is credited towards that item. If you keep all 5 items, you receive a 25% discount on the entire Fix. A pre-paid envelope is provided for any items you may want to return; just drop off at any USPS mailbox.
My Fix was set to arrive on Oct. 30, and on Oct.28, I finally received the shipping notice via e-mail. I must admit that I cheated…as soon as they sent me the shipping notice, I was online Googling the items in my Fix! No colors were listed on the packing slip, so I figured that it would still be a surprise. And it was! It finally arrived on Oct. 31, just before I packed my bags for a long weekend trip to California’s wine country.
I must say I was pleasantly surprised with my first fix. These are the items they sent:
Item #1: Anastasia Confetti Lines Wrap Scarf [$38] … I had pinned a lot of scarves. I think they look cool, but I’m never sure how to wear them. When I took it out of the box, I knew immediately that it was going back. It was just too bulky. I was looking for a scarf that I would wear to work, not one that I’d wear out in one of our famous Minnesota snowstorms. [Status: RETURNED]
Item #2: Rowson Shoulder Button Striped Shirt [$38] … I had become a Stitch Fix review hound while anxiously waiting for my fix, and I had seen this in someone else’s review. I liked it, and it reminded me of a sweater I had in years past. When I opened up the box and saw that it came in teal, I was so excited! However, it was just too snug. In the arms, bust, stomach… just not flattering on me. It was a nice fabric, however, and had it been a size larger, I might have kept it. [Status: RETURNED]
Item #3: Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan [$48] … I actually pinned this item on my Pinterest board in turquoise, so this is how I know they did, in fact, check my board. My stylist’s note mentioned that it would be cute to pair with a polka-dotted shirt, and since I had one in my closet, I tried it on … and instantly fell in love. It came in a beautiful red color, which is a color I don’t typically buy. But I loved it. It is gorgeous and so, so comfortable. Instant hit! [Status: KEPT]
Item #4: Geena Tab-Sleeve Belted Tunic $48] … This is very similar to an item that I had pinned – another long, belted tunic with ruffle detail. I liked it immediately. The only issue is that the sleeves are a good two-inches long. However, its easy enough to roll up the sleeves and tab it up. My stylist mentioned that I could use the belt on other items in my closet. [Status: KEPT]
Item #5: Malin Bootcut Jean [$98] … My first impression was that these jeans would not fit because I generally have a hard time finding jeans that fit. I have a curvy frame and my legs (for lack of a better term) are thick. I often have the “gap” in the back of the waist, and that further frustrates me when it comes to jeans. I also think the most I’ve spent on jeans [ever] is $50 from Gap. I tend to invest more in pieces I can wear to work. And I was right. The jeans fit, with the exception that they were at least 5″ too long. Even with heels, there is no way I can pull it off. [Status: RETURNED]
As mentioned earlier, if you do decide to keep all five items, you get a 25% discount. If I had chosen to keep all of the items sent to me, it would have cost me $202.50. Considering you can’t find most of these items at your local department store, I didn’t think an average of $40 was too expensive for the pieces.
I can’t wait to see what comes in my next package, which will arrive in another 5 weeks. I LOVE the Stitch Fix experience so far. I will update you next month when my second Fix arrives!
Disclosure: I was not compensated for my review. I chose to sign up for this service on my own, but I do get credit for referrals. If you choose to try Stitch Fix yourself, please sign up from the links I’ve provided in my post so I can get credit. Happy Shopping!