My friend Amanda introduced to me to the wonder that is StitchFix last spring, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Why it’s taken me this long to review one of my boxes (this is my 5th one), I have no idea, but that’s not the point. We’re here now, right?
What is StitchFix? The concept is pretty simple; you pay a $20 “styling fee” and fill out a comprehensive survey, which they call your “Style Profile” Then a stylist will pick pieces for you and send them to you to check out. Keep what you want, send back what you don’t.
Filling out the Style Profile is lots of things like this:
You can choose from Love It!, Like Most, Like Some, or Don’t Like it Much at All
You can also link them with Pinterest, which I love, because I’m constantly updating my fashion and style board with pieces and looks I adore. (Shameless plug: Find my Pinterest board here. You should follow me!)
You’ll get a box with your “Fix,” suggested styling ideas for each piece, and a note from your stylist about why they chose what they did. They’ll say things like “This color cardi will look great on you, and it’s a fab splash of color for spring, try pairing it with the leggings for a another casual look!” I really appreciate that there’s a specific stylist who chooses and signs the pieces.
Each Fix contains five pieces; I’ve said yes to including accessories, so I get 4 garments and an accessory. I have three days to try everything on and make my picks. I keep what I want, send back (pre-paid postage envelope included) what I don’t. You check out on the website, and if you buy something, you’ll get your $20 styling fee back as a credit. If you send everything back, you’re out the $20. If you buy all five pieces, you get a 25% discount on the whole lot. (Woo hoo!)
I’ve actually been to the StitchFix warehouse, since it’s close to me, when they were having a clearance sale… all of the people I met were super friendly and adorable and completely people I would trust to go shopping with me.
Why do I love StitchFix? I don’t have time to shop as much as I’d like to. Max hates the mall, so he makes it hard to get out sometimes, without making a detour into the LEGO store. I don’t blame him; even Angry Birds on my phone isn’t enough to keep him entertained while waiting for me to try stuff on.
The stylists don’t have the same preconceptions about pieces that I do; they’ve sent me quite a few pieces that I’d probably never even pull off the rack to try on, let alone buy! (In the Style Profile, you can include how adventurous you are, and how “out there” you want them to be)
And, it’s fun! I get my Fixes sent to my office, and my co-workers and I end up oohing and aahing over each other’s boxes, and trying things on in the bathroom as needed.
My beef with StitchFix? Isn’t really a beef. I feel like it can be hit or miss, but I also feel like they’re really responsive when I’ve expressed my concerns. Some months have been great (like this one, I loved everything, but some just weren’t right on me, or I couldn’t justify the price of it) and some have been frustrating. One month, I only even kind of liked one piece; it’ll be good for spring, but the other things were just not a good fit for me, stylistically or physically.
Overall though, it’s totally worth the “risk” to me to get these kinds of great pieces out of it.
Now, on to my February Fix!
I really like this moto-styled jersey top, but the color didn’t do it for me, so it went back.
The striped top maxi dress that’s ACTUALLY MAXI ON ME?!?!? You couldn’t pry it from my cold, dead hands. Can’t wait to live in this all summer! (Note: I added the belt)
I like this striped top a lot, but it’s unfortunately too big. I’m up a few pounds with my “winter weight,” so if it’s borderline now, I’ll be swimming in it in a few months. But style-wise, it’s a win for sure.
I kept this pink cardigan. It fits well, it’s one of my favorite colors, it’s super-versatile, and I’ve already worn it twice.
I was really torn on the necklace. I like it, but (and this often ends up being what I say) I didn’t like it “$52 worth”
My friend Amy got the same necklace in gold in her Fix this month, but that’s pretty much the first time I’ve seen a duplicate item like that.
(Side note: The chevron top seen with the necklace is the one piece I kept from last month’s Fix… Cute, right?)
Overall, I have a mad crush on StitchFix. I love getting clothes I might not have chosen otherwise, from brands that I might not have access to. I find that the prices are reasonable (You can set your preferred price range, BTW) and it’s always fun to get a little happy mail once in a while!
So what are you waiting for? Schedule your first Fix today, and show me what you get! I love looking at other people’s Fixes as much as I love getting my own! If I get enough photos shared on my Facebook page, I would love to share a collection of them in another post down the road.
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