Stitch Fix Review #1
About Stitch Fix
Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service based out of San Francisco. The way it works is pretty simple: Sign up, then complete an online profile with your clothing sizes and style preferences. After paying a $20 non-refundable "styling fee", Stitch Fix will send you a box with 5 articles of clothing/accessories on a date you select. You'll have three days to try everything out and ship back unwanted items in a prepaid envelope!
Stitch Fix is not cheap, with pieces of clothing starting at around $58. You do get a 25% discount it you keep all 5 items, but that's still much higher than I'm used to paying for clothes. However, I decided to give it a shot because I frequently have trouble finding clothes that fit me and wanted someone to pick out flattering, high quality clothes based on my measurements. It also helped that a friend gave me a coupon that waived the $20 styling fee!
Stitch Fix Box #1
I actually ordered my first Stitch Fix back in October, but due to a backlog of orders had to pick a shipment date in early November. In my profile, I requested no pants, accessories, or maxi dresses. I also requested that the stylist focus on getting me work clothes and a cute dress to wear for the holidays. After several weeks of anticipation I received my box a day early! Here's what I got and my thoughts on each:
Item #1: 41Hawthorn Calafia Jersey Wrap Dress ($58)
41Hawthorn is a brand exclusive to Stitch Fix. This particular dress is one I saw in numerous blog reviews and the main reason I finally decided to place an order. While the jersey fabric is a little thin, I really liked the fit and the color of the dress.
Item #2: Kut From The Kloth Michael Faux Leather Jacket ($78)
I've never been into leather - faux or real - and never though I would ever own a leather jacket. A trip to New Orleans last October changed that, as I found a flattering brown faux leather jacket in a boutique shop that soon ended up in my souvenir stash. I liked the quality of this black jacket and really wanted to keep it. Sadly, it was too long and too narrow as I couldn't get it to close. Fortunately, I ended up finding a great fitting black faux leather jacket at Forever 21 of all places.
Item #3: Kensie Vince Swiss Dot Cap Sleeve Dress
When I filled out my Stitch Fix profile, I wrote that I really liked polka dots. Rather risky since own at least 5 polka dot sweaters and do not need another one. Fortunately, they sent me this lovely black dress with a subtle Swiss dot pattern. Loved the fabric, the length, and the fit. The only problem was that the back zipper wasn't straight, but that's because I have scoliosis and so nothing ever fits me right. Stitch Fix has helped me get pretty close, though.
|My crooked back|
|Close-up of the Swiss dot pattern (click)|
Item #4: 41Hawthorn Mission 3/4 Sleeve V-Neck Blouse ($68)
Item #5: Lasome Pacific Chevron Print Skirt ($58)
Sadly, the last two items didn't work out for me. While the blouse fit alright, I generally can't justify paying $68 for a top. As for the skirt, it was way too long and went halfway down my calves.
Stitch Fix Pros
-You can conveniently try on clothes from the comfort of your own home.
-You receive clothing both customized to you tastes and outside your normal comfort zone so you can experiment with new styles. I definitely would have bypassed the black faux leather jacket if I saw it in stores.
-The stylists actually take the time to read through your profile and accommodate requests. If there's a specific Stitch Fix item you want then you simply ask for it, just like I did with the Hawthorn41 dress.
-You get a 25% discount if you keep all 5 items.
-Easy returns! Just drop unwanted clothing in the provided pre-paid envelope and drop it in the mailbox within 3 days of receiving your Stitch Fix.
Stitch Fix Cons
-Stitch Fix is not cheap, and with some work you can probably find most of these clothes for much cheaper.
-The $20 styling fee is non-refundable if you decide to send everything back.
Overall, I was very pleased with my first Stitch Fix, despite only keeping two of the five items. I especially enjoyed being able to try out clothes I would have skipped over at the mall. However, the price is definitely a deterrent, so I will have to limit my future orders to several times a year. After waiting several months, I finally ordered my second Stitch Fix which is scheduled to arrive in mid-March. Can't wait!
If you are interested in trying out Stitch Fix, feel free to use my referral link here: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3203420. No, I am not affiliated with Stitch Fix in any way, shape, or form.