I’m often splurging on my children and sharing our stories on this site, but rarely do I splurge for myself. Most of my wardrobe consists of items I picked up at Old Navy or Target when I was there shopping for the kids. I will shop online occasionally, but I don’t remember the last time I walked into a store with the sole purpose of trying on clothes – stylish, quality clothing – for myself. It wasn’t always this way. I used to love clothes and dressing up, but now I am a wife and mom of three who works. I have scarce time for much else. Enter Stitch Fix!
After seeing endless Stitch Fix ads and posts from friends circulating in social media, my curiosity got the best of me. I decided to learn more about the service that sends clothing and accessories to your door each month – or at whatever interval of time you specify.
Each shipment (or Fix, as they call it) is filled with five items picked for you by a personal stylist based on the preferences, sizes and budget you indicate when you sign up for the service. You have three days to try on the items and decide whether to keep or return them. There is a $20 styling fee per box, which gets credited to your account for the purchase of any items you decide to keep from the shipment. If you keep all five, you also receive 25 percent off. Shipping is free and so are the returns if you use the pre-paid return envelope enclosed in each box. As inspiration, the stylists also provide photos of different ways to wear the items.
I had my doubts about whether Stitch Fix would have clothing I liked or that fit me, but I was intrigued and signed up anyway. Any measures I can take to prevent Stacy London from showing up on my doorstep to rescue me from a fashion emergency would be a step in the right direction at this point, I told myself.
When I received my first Fix a few weeks later, I was pleasantly surprised. I liked all five items on some level, and I thought they reflected preferences and information I provided when I signed up (Thank you, stylist Kelly!). You can see them on the styling card below.
Thankfully, I waited a couple of days and tried everything on again when I had more time. I made sure to try on the tops with different pants and skirts I might put them with. Isn’t that the spirit of Stitch Fix, after all? I was glad I did this. My opinion of the white shirt changed completely – the material is thin and a camisole is required. When I put it all together, it just wasn’t the most flattering piece on me.
I loved the Pixley Florence Colorblocked Dress. It was my daughters’ favorite on me (Yes, I made them judge my impromptu fashion show. Fun times.) It was incredibly comfortable and I loved the navy blue color. In the end though, it was too short on me. I knew if I kept it, I would either wear it and be self-conscious about the short length or it would sit in my closet. So I couldn’t justify the expense.
The Renee C Naya Knit Top was something I never would have picked up in a store. The fabric reminded me of something my late grandmother would have worn. With no disrespect to her, I’m 39 not 89! But — and here’s the beauty of Stitch Fix — I tried it on and I really liked the fit and feel of this top. I returned it simply because the pattern was awkward, with a row of Xs hitting right across the bust line (Not a look I’m going for). Because you can give feedback on each item in your shipment, I’ve asked whether this top is available in any other colors or patterns. According to Stitch Fix, the stylists use your feedback to help choose items for the next fix. Fingers crossed.
The one item I initially thought was plain and boring, the Market & Spruce Corinna Striped Dolman Top, turned out to be my favorite the second time around. Right now I’d prefer a more lightweight fabric for days when I’m outside in the Florida sun, but it is comfortable and I have no doubt I will live in this shirt this fall. I kept it and the Bancroft Kate Stone & Pave Disc Layering Necklace, which I love for its classic, feminine style.
I slipped the returns into the provided envelope and dropped it off at the post office. I filled out the online survey to complete my order and give feedback to the stylists. Easy peasy!
Now I’m really looking forward to my second Fix!
Stitch Fix provided a positive first experience. I spent about $60 on my order, and the convenience and styling suggestions were worth the price. That’s more than I would have paid at Target or Old Navy, but the quality of items appears to be better, as well. It’s a good thing to get out of your comfort zone and try new things, especially for those of us who are moms or anyone who is stuck in a fashion rut. Here’s to Stitch Fix and happy, little splurges for me!
Get happy, little splurges for you, too! If you want to try Stitch Fix, I’d appreciate your signing up with this link, as I will receive a referral credit toward a future purchase. Thank you, and I’d love to know what you think of Stitch Fix, too!