It started as an innocent conversation in cubicle-land at my office. Have you heard of Stitch Fix?, someone whispered. Before I knew it, five women were crowded around, talking about this try-on-at-home personal shopping service.
That was over a year-ago. Since that convo, I’ve had numerous friends and colleagues try Stitch Fix but I never pulled the trigger. You see, I enjoy shopping and also — I was totally skeptical about whether I’d like the items picked for me and if they’d even fit! Well, curiosity finally won and I gave Stich Fix a try.
If you’re unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, read this first. So how does Stitch Fix work? You start by filling out a style profile and pick a date you’d like to receive your first “fix.” A stylist selects five items of clothing and accessories based on your preferences, sizes, and budget. You’ll pay $20 to receive a fix. The box arrives on your doorstep and you have three days to try everything on and decide if you’d like to buy anything. If you do want to purchase something, the $20 styling fee is applied as a credit to the cost of the item(s). Send back what you don’t like. Basically, it’s like having a personal shopper but you never have to leave the house! Pretty genius, right?
My First Stitch Fix Experience
Favorite item in my first fix: Faux leather jacket
All the items in this fix:
A closer look at the items…
Andrew Marc Quilted Faux Leather Moto Jacket ($98):
I had been unsuccessfully searching for a great faux leather jacket — not an easy task because faux leather can look cheap. Then this bomber beauty arrived in my fix! I love the quilted arms and the leather looks real. The price tag was a bit higher than I had been planning to spend, but the convenience of the perfect bomber jacket arriving at my doorstep made up the difference. KEPT.
Tart Mixed Stripe Knit Shirt ($68):
Here’s one of the “meh” items in this fix. My stylist was right, I do love stripes, but this top fit strange (not a huge fan of dolman sleeves — and it was too short) and I thought the quality didn’t warrant the price tag (thin and I worried it’d pill after washing). SENT BACK.
Market and Spruce Striped Ruched Sleeve Blazer ($78):
More stripes! So I actually loved this cotton blazer. It felt like a sweatshirt but looked so stylishly professional. But here was my issue: I already own something like this. So while I liked it, I didn’t “need” another striped blazer, especially at $78. SENT BACK.
Market and Spruce Heathered V-Neck Sweater ($68):
At first, I wasn’t sure about this sweater. It looked a little… boring. And then I put it on and realized it’s insanely soft, a beautiful color, and surprise, it has shirt tails! Since it covered my booty nicely, I thought it’d be perfect over leggings. But after one wash in the washing machine (oops, I was supposed to hand wash), the length shrunk. No a huge problem, now I wear it with jeans, but I do wish there was an option in the style profile to exclude any “hand wash only” and “dry clean only” items. KEPT.
Gilli Sleeveless Textured Fit & Flare Dress ($64):
I liked this flirty fit & flare dress and belt — so much so that I already own many similar dresses. For that reason, I wasn’t even going to try it on. I finally did and realized it was way, way too small. SENT BACK
Final thoughts on Stitch Fix: I’d give my first Stitch Fix experience a B. It was so nice to have clothing arrive at my house — I didn’t have to brave the mall and I loved trying items on in front of my own mirror.
In addition to reviewing my style profile, my stylist referred to my blog and Pinterest page and therefore, I thought she did a good job of picking items I would like. Most people would love that, but I realized after that I actually had been hoping for clothing that would push me outside my comfort zone. That was some feedback I left after this fix, so we’ll see if it works out in the next one. Make sure you leave detailed feedback so your stylist knows what worked and what didn’t.
Finally, I thought the sizing was *almost* spot-on, except for the dress. I had feared getting items that wouldn’t fit (what if I loved that dress?), so my advice is to be as accurate as possible when entering your sizing. Don’t round down. Get out a tape measure and put in exact measurements.
Have you used Stitch Fix yet? What has been your experience? Any tips for getting a great fix?