I can guarantee one of your coworkers has done it. And probably your best friend. And your neighbor down the street probably just got one. I’m talking about Stitch Fix, the online clothing subscription service that is changing the way we dress and shop, one box at a time.
How does Stitch Fix work?
Stitch Fix is a clothing subscription service for women. When you join Stitch Fix, you’ll fill out an extensive Style Profile which helps your stylist identify your specific likes, dislikes, taste, and needs. Are you a busy mom-on-the-go? Your stylist will know not to include dressier items. Hate stripes? Indicate so in the profile and your personal stylist will leave out striped options in future boxes. I was shocked at how comprehensive the questions are which is awesome since it helps the stylist really get to know you!
Next, you pick the date for your shipment. You can schedule as often or as little as you’d like, but generally, most people receive a Fix once a month or so. Your stylist will send you a mix of five fashionable pieces (clothing and accessories) on the date you choose. At this point, you’ll be charged a $20 styling fee. But, should you choose to keep something, the $20 will be applied as a credit toward anything you purchase (score!).
You have three days to try everything on in the comfort of your own home. Have you ever tried something on at a store and could not think about what to pair it with? Stitch Fix solves that problem — you now have full access to your closet to mix, match and style new outfits together with your Fix pieces. Don’t like something? Send it back in the prepaid envelope. Then check out online for the items you would like to purchase. Love everything? Stitch Fix takes 25% off the entire purchase.
Last but not least, Stitch Fix relies heavily on user feedback. If you thought your stylist could have styled you better, tell her so in the feedback section on the website. Give explicit, detailed advice about what you loved and disliked about each piece to help them better understand your style and expectations so your next Fix is the nail on the head.
I know you’re curious about my box, so allow me to model each of my pieces for you!
First up: Papermoon Pasadena Crochet Front Short Sleeve Blouse, $48
What I thought: I loved the bright, punchy cantaloupe color of this fun blouse. The crochet front is beautifully done and highly detailed — it almost gave it an ethnic vibe which is so fun for summer. The scalloped sleeves and hem is sweet and feminine without being too much. And I loved the sheer silk back. The only issue was the fact that it was quite short. I have both long legs and a long torso, and shorter blouses don’t work for me. I had to regretfully send back.
Market & Spouse Tabitha Embellished Cotton Shirt, $58
What I thought: I loved the stretchy, soft fabric of this cotton shirt. I liked the higher cuts on the sides and the ruched sleeves, but found the embellished collar to be a bit much (I prefer to embellish my collarbone with statement necklaces!). Plus, I wasn’t much a fan of the greige-y color. Sent back.
Kut From The Kloth Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jean, $78
What I thought: I was hopelessly in LOVE with these jeans, yet so sure they weren’t going to fit. But they fit like a charm. The waist wasn’t digging into my muffin top and the length was perfect (they are full-length jeans, but I cuffed them for the pictures because I prefer my boyfriend jeans cuffed — it gives them a more relaxed vibe which boyfriend jeans should be!). The color wasn’t too bright or light (a peeve of mine) and the jeans were soft and stretchy, like I’d had them forever. I wanted so badly to keep them, but unfortunately even with the $20 styling credit, I couldn’t afford $58 jeans at the moment. However, when payday rolls around, I’m going to try to purchase them — they are AWESOME!!!
41Hawthorn Ria Multi Stripe Maxi Dress, $98
What I thought: I wanted to love this dress, but I couldn’t. It was made of one of my favorite materials — a stretchy jersey — that I feel works yearround in California. Plus, I love the graphic stripes! But unfortunately I don’t think I had the proper body type for this dress. I felt like my hips stood out too much, and wasn’t a fan of the thicker banded bust. So I sent it back.
Zad Shawna Chain & Beaded Bib Necklace, $48
What I thought: I thought this graphic, exotic looking necklace was awesome! It reminded me of something that would be handmade at at a street fair in Morocco or somewhere overseas. Statement-making but still subtle enough for work, it’s super versatile and I loved the delicate details in all of the beadwork. However, unfortunately I have something very similar, so I had to return this.
Status: I kept 0/5 pieces, but I will be returning to purchase the Kut From The Kloth jeans — they were just too amazing to pass up!
In addition to your five pieces, Stitch Fix also includes a personalized note from your stylist, as well as fun outfit idea cards in each package. I loved these outfit idea cards because they give you a couple examples of how to wear each piece in the hopes that you’ll get some ideas about how to style certain things. This would be especially helpful for someone trying to develop their own style or who may love a wildcard piece, but not quite know what to pair with it.
In addition to receiving a bunch of steal deals (25% off if you purchase everything, $20 credit if you purchase something) and unique, stylish clothes & accessories, Stitch Fix also offers incentive to continue shopping and spread the fashionable wealth. If you sign up with Stitch Fix and refer friends, you’ll receive a $25 styling credit. It’s as simple as that! You’re basically being paid to shop 🙂 who wouldn’t like that?!
My final thoughts? I absolutely love Stitch Fix and would recommend it to everyone. Here’s a more broken down reason why I love it so:
1) Because the comprehensive styling questionnaire is so detailed, you can tailor it exactly to your styling preferences, body type, budget, etc.
2) Because you’re essentially being paid to shop. There are discount possibilities left and right; not to mention, each piece is hand-picked by an expert stylist and include pieces that you won’t find at any mainstream department store.
3) Even though I didn’t purchase anything from my first Fix, I still felt like my stylist Jenni had a pretty good concept of things I’d like. My style is harder to pin down (part cupcake, part Betsey Johnson, part punk rock, part cartoon character) but she seemed to pick pieces I would easily be able to rock.
4) I love that you can schedule it whenever you want. Monthly, bimonthly, or even more frequently or rarely. So awesome, and who doesn’t love a nice treat when they get home from work?
5) The customer service. Stitch Fix is notorious for their impeccable customer service. They truly value the feedback you give them after each Fix so they can better style and serve you and others. The fact that they read every feedback form and care about what their customers say about them says a lot about their company.
Are you ready to go shopping?!
Sit back, relax, fill out your profile, and wait for your Fix to come! Be sure to use THIS LINK to sign up — it gives me credit toward those jeans I love so much 😉
Have a fantastic, fashionable Friday!!
I was generously provided with the opportunity to try Stitch Fix for free. All opinions are entirely, 100% my own and I was not otherwise monetarily compensated or compensated with product for my time.