(I was NOT paid to review the Stitch Fix service but if you do decide to sign up and use this link to do so, I get a small commission. If you don’t know, now you know.)
“I WILL NEVER USE STITCH FIX.”
I said it so much and so often I almost annoyed myself. My arguments against StitchFix:
- the items are too expensive: I can get eight things for $100 at Target or Ross and I have not seen a piece below $40 on other blogger Fixes
- it’s too hard to know what size to ask for (remember, I’m still a Twoelve)
- how can you trust a stylist who has never met you?
- it was annoying to see everyone and her mother try and review the service and I just felt ornery
- trends don’t look good on me
But after two very frustrating trips to the mall — ending in tears — I realized that I just don’t know how to shop on my own. What looks good on the rack never hangs right on me and what I am naturally drawn to is boring black and gray (always solids) and jeans. I really want to step it up and find clothes that look cute, make me feel good and fit my body where it is right now. And yeah, spending more than $10 on pants is probably not the worst idea.
So, I decided it was worth the $20 risk. The way StitchFix works is that you pay a $20 styling fee, and fill out a style profile. Then a real person selects things that fit your survey (casual, preppy, dressy; cheap, expensive, etc.) and sends you a few items. You can opt out of certain things like scarves or hats or pants, or out of certain colors or prints, and you can give notes to your stylist. StitchFix can even look at your social media platforms or a Pinterest board to see what you like.
If you don’t like anything that you receive in the mail, you send it all back and they keep your $20. If you buy even one thing, you apply the styling fee toward it. And no matter what, you fill out a survey about each item so your stylist can continue to get closer and closer to what you really want.
And if you buy all five items, you get 25% off the whole order.
I filled out the original survey and asked for inexpensive, business casual and not too trendy, among other things. And then I figured that this would at least make for a fun experience.
Well, I’m a changed woman. I loved just about every item in my Fix and I know that not one of them would have caught my eye in a store. Even more amazing, all of the items fit very well!
I was sent three tops:
A pair of shorts:
And a bracelet that, frankly, I didn’t even try on because it’s not my style and was WAY too expensive.
1) VENTURA PAISLEY PRINT KEYHOLE DETAIL TANK TOP, $48
I was not sure I’d like this when I took it out of the box. It’s kind of gauzy, and has a keyhole in the back and front. But the more I looked at it, the more I loved it (I tend to be very afraid of patterns, so I think it just needed to grow on me).
It’s also perfect for Florida, since I can wear it year-round or under a light cardigan. Once I saw it on, I knew I wanted to keep it.
2) SADIE EMBROIDERED NECKLINE TAB-SLEEVE BLOUSE, $48
Oh my goodness, do I love this top. I was worried that the three-quarter sleeves would bother me, but they really don’t. The material is light and flowy and doesn’t make me feel like I look 6 months pregnant (especially when paired with these shorts).
3) ELLIOT CARGO POCKET SHORTS, $68
Seventy dollars for SHORTS? I almost didn’t try them on because of the price, and because I don’t usually like the way shorts fall on me (too short or too long, never just right).
It’s a very good thing I put them on because I didn’t want to take them off. One pair of shorts that fit and feel great is worth the three pair of crappy pants I could have bought at Target for the same price. I honestly would wear these all day, every day if I could. Don’t be surprised to see them all summer long.
4) INDIANAN GRAPHIC PRINT MIXED MATERIAL TEE, $44
This one almost didn’t make the cut. I like it, and the high/low cut is kind of cool. But the front is so boring, and I wanted to get away from gray.
But the back is so stunning and interesting that I decided it would be a perfect gateway shirt for me — it has design but not so bold in front that I can see it every time I look down.
5) GRETA HEISHI & NUGGET BEADED BRACELET, $48
NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. This wasn’t something I even wanted to take out of the box. Even if it had been $5, I probably wouldn’t have kept it (I don’t really do delicate — I do chunky and very rarely wear bracelets) but at $50, it wasn’t even a consideration.
I really thought long and hard about whether these items made sense for me, my lifestyle, where I live…and I ended up keeping everything except the bracelet. It was far, far more than I would have spent in a typical shopping spree BUT they’re all much higher quality than what I typically buy and they made me feel amazing the moment I put them on.
I really do wish I’d jumped at this StitchFix program sooner (they have a huge backlog and as it was, I had to wait weeks to get in the queue!) and I’m definitely going to order another Fix.