Stitch Fix – what I like to call a personal shopping and styling service for those who hate to shop or don’t have the time and energy to do so. Not to mention a unique option for those who need a little nudge to get outside of their fashion comfort zone!
Before I get into my review, I wanted to mention a few things: 1) This post isn’t sponsored, and the Stitch Fix people don’t know I have a web site. I paid for everything with my own money because I love it and want to spread the word about this service.
2) I don’t believe our worth is based on how we dress, but we’re worth spending a little time (and sometimes money) on ourselves. And just like this web site suggests, I enjoy sharing practical ideas and inspiration that will make investing in ourselves fun and easy. That includes having a go-to selection of clothing that makes us feel good.
If you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix, here’s how it works:
It’s a monthly subscription box company (with the only financial commitment being a $20 styling fee which is used as a credit toward any pieces you end up buying) – you can get a “Fix” as often or as little as you like with clothing, accessories, jewelry, and shoes! A stylist hand-picks pieces based on your unique preferences, body type, and price point which you provide in an extensive style profile/questionnaire. You can also include a note to request specific items for your particular lifestyle or upcoming special occasions.
You “check out” online to select the items you’re returning and keeping, pay for them, and then fill out a brief survey with your feedback to help them improve on future Fixes. Extra bonus: If you decide to keep all five pieces, you get a 25% discount at checkout.To return your items, the process couldn’t be more convenient with a pre-labeled USPS shipping bag they include for you to drop off at any mail box.
My history with Stitch Fix
This is actually the third Fix I’ve ordered since being gifted with a credit for Christmas last year. I only ended up purchasing three total items from the first two boxes and became a little discouraged so I unscheduled it for the last several months. I think the key is to be really detailed in your style profile and to also create a Pinterest board with looks that you’d like to emulate; it helps the stylist customize your Fix as accurately as possible. When I found myself in a style rut for late summer/early fall transitional pieces, I decided to beef up my Pinterest board, schedule a box, and give it another go.
The latest Stitch Fix
I requested that my box arrive during the last week of July knowing that we’d still have at least another full month of summer left here in the Midwest, so my order contained a lot of pieces that would work during the final days of summer but could also be worn throughout the fall and winter with additional layers. Multi-purpose clothes make me happy, especially since I’d love to pare down my closet someday to a capsule wardrobe.
My package included a whimsical coral lacey top, navy blue crossfront sleeveless sweater, boyfriend-style jeans, Toms, and a grey high-low casual tee.
One special touch that really takes Stitch Fix over the top for me is the outfit suggestion cards that accompany the items, along with the personalized note from the stylist who put the box together. There’s great fashion expertise on how to mix and match the Stitch Fix pieces with each other as well as with other staple items that you probably already own.
Market & Spruce Benni Crossfront Knit Top
I’ve always loved the flattering effect that crossfront tops have, but many times they’re too low-cut or the fabric gapes too much. I felt very comfortable in this one because of the breathable knit material, plus I loved the classic navy color (dark = slimming, haha). I can see myself wearing it with a skirt this summer or under a chunky cardigan in the fall/winter season. This was a keeper!
Papermoon Kyndall Lace Detail Knit Top
Please ignore the wrinkles – perhaps I should have taken a moment to steam this (oops) – but you get the idea. I specifically requested a “flowy” sleeveless top in the note to my stylist, and she delivered! The fit, the coral color, the feminine lace detail, the overall “breeziness” of it – it’s hands-down my favorite piece from the fix. The only downside is that it might be a little more high maintenance in terms of needing a quick pass under the iron – specifically the top back portion (see close-up photo below) with a delicate strip of fabric that could easily get smashed in the wrong direction. Oh well – the positives of the top outweighed that one negative, so I kept it.
Market & Spruce Sam Hi-Lo Short Sleeve Tee
Anyone else have a regular daily “uniform”? My current one usually involves a tee, jeans/shorts, and sandals/sneakers. I was looking to refresh my standard outfit a bit, and this grey tee fit the bill. I forgot to get a photo taken from a side angle to show that it’s longer in the back than the front (hence the Hi-Lo name), and I think that feature jazzes it up. Also, this fabric is dreamy! It lays nicely, it’s lightweight, but it’s of such a quality that it feels like a step up from the run-of-the-mill cotton t-shirt. It’s a winner!
Kut from the Kloth Kate Boyfriend Jean
I was a little dismayed to open up my box and not find the roll-cuff denim shorts I had requested but instead this pair of boyfriend jeans. In the stylist’s note, she said their denim roll-cuff shorts were out of stock but she had noticed several of the pins on my Pinterest board included boyfriend denim (very astute!), so she subbed the jeans for the shorts. I’ll admit I was pretty skeptical before trying these on because I’ve never been satisfied with the fit and cut of boyfriend jeans before. They’re usually too saggy and unflattering for my body type.
I was pleasantly surprised when I tried these on and they fit like a glove around the waist/bottom with a looser fit in the legs – just what I wanted to avoid a sloppy appearance. It’s still too hot for my liking to wear these, but I think it’s safe to say they’ll be a regular part of the rotation come fall. I’m still on the hunt for a modest pair of roll-cuff denim shorts though. Can you help a girl out? Please shoot some links my way if you have any recommendations!
Toms Avalon Geometric Woven Slip On Sneaker
Stitch Fix didn’t offer shoes until very recently. I took advantage of this and asked for something that could work in both the summer and fall months. I was pleased to find some Toms waiting for me! I own one pair of Toms right now, but my least favorite attribute is the thin, non-supportive sole. These, however, have a much thicker, padded sole and are so comfy. I also adore the boho print and the low-profile slip-on sneaker style. The major bummer? They were too big. Had I known I’d be getting Toms, I would’ve made a note in my style questionnaire that I sometimes wear a size down in certain shoes – Toms being one of the very few.
Fellow Stitch Fix’ers – is there a way to simply exchange an item if you still love it but it’s just the wrong size? I saw no option to do so when checking out, and I sent a message at the generic “Contact Us” link but haven’t heard back yet. I’m hoping this option exists because I would get a lot of use out of these shoes. I hate to give them up for the sake of a minor size issue!
UPDATE: Stitch Fix reached out within 24 hrs. after I contacted them and said they had my size available and would happily do an exchange. Yay for good customer service!
The future with Stitch Fix
Since this round was such a home run, I’ll be scheduling another Fix in the next couple of months. They only get better and better as the stylist gets to know your preferences. I personally always love seeing what other people receive (especially so I can pin my favorites), but I probably won’t always be sharing what I received unless I have several winners in the bunch.
If you’d like to sign up and get your own personalized fixes, my referral link is here. I get a credit for those who join, and when you create your own account, you get your own unique link to share. Thank you in advance for your support! I hope that many of you decide to try it and love it as much as I do.
Has anyone else tried out a subscription box service? If you’ve done Stitch Fix, how did you like it? What’s the best thing you’ve added to your closet lately?