**Affiliate links included which means if you sign up for Stitch Fix using one of the links in this blog post, I receive a credit for referring you. I appreciate the credit if you choose to sign up under me, but this post is mostly just to share my experience so no pressure! This post was NOT sponsored so I receive nothing from Stitch Fix for writing it**
For the past couple of years all my favorite bloggers have gone crazy for Stitch Fix, a personal clothing stylist website. Have you heard of it before? Here’s how it works:
- You go online and fill out a detailed profile about your clothing preferences and your body type
- Stitch Fix assigns you a personal stylist who selects five items for you and ships them to you house (this is called a Fix)
- You have three days to try on the items and decide what you are keeping
- If you have items to return, you simply put them in a pre-stamped mailing envelope and drop it in a USPS mailbox
- If you decide not to keep anything from the box, you pay a $20 styling fee. Otherwise the $20 fee goes towards the item(s) you keep.
I abhor shopping for clothes so I liked the premise of Stitch Fix a lot. But…it sounded far too expensive for us. I spent very little money on clothes and this seemed like a splurge.
But a couple weeks ago I found a coupon code that gave me a $20 credit – essentially a chance to try it out risk free since that’s the cost of the styling fee.
I went for it.
I filled out the profile. I made an inspirational Pinterest board for my stylist to view. I ordered my first Fix.
My First Fix Arrives!
It arrived today in a very adorable box with cute packaging inside. I was smitten.
Here are the five items I received in my first Fix:
- a pair of rockin’ skinny jeans
- a cute scarf
- two blouses
- a khaki jacket
Here’s what I’m keeping:
Ye-ah. I am sending it all back.
Let’s talk about my items. (I’m sorry that I don’t have pictures. I didn’t get to try them on until 11pm tonight and they are due to be mailed back tomorrow. Can we blame this one on deployment and the fact that my toddler didn’t fall asleep until 10:30pm tonight??)
I really liked the skinny jeans, but they cost $74. Ouch. It’s my fault that they were that price though so I can hardly complain. When you fill out your profile you tell them how much you’d like to spend on each kind of clothing. I (foolishly) put pants in the $50-100 range. Realistically, I would have a very hard time keeping pants that cost close to $100. I changed my profile to put pants into a lower price category for next time just to see what they can send me for less money. The other problem with these jeans was that I already have skinny jeans. I was looking for new items (namely black or colored skinny pants) and didn’t want to spend the money when I had jeans that I was already content with.
The scarf was quite cute. But it was $34. I have many scarves and really didn’t want to spend that much money on a new one. I changed my profile to say that I didn’t want them to send me scarves since I already own many.
The shirts seemed off style-wise. I kept thinking that they would have been cute on someone else, but were a bit too hippy for me. I’d rather be wearing something classic or preppy than something with beading. I liked both of the shirts, but again, not enough to keep them. My goal is to only keep items that I love.
The jacket was over $70. I would be willing to pay that price if I needed it and liked it. But I neither liked it nor needed it. It was my fault that I received it though – I told them to send me outerwear, but I’ve since gone back to my profile and changed it so they only send me outerwear when I request it.
Will I Try It Again?
I’m not keeping anything from this Fix, but I was able to pinpoint the two things I didn’t like about it.
1. I felt that the styling was off. Both shirts and the jacket just didn’t seem to be “me”. I left copious notes about each item for my stylist so that next time I can hopefully get items that I like better.
2. After I signed up for my first Fix, I started a Whole30. The first time I did a Whole30, I lost 20 lbs and my clothes ended up fitting completely differently. As I tried on my clothes this time I kept thinking about my Whole30 – I am still near the beginning. What if I spent this money (more money than I usually spend on clothes) on Stitch Fix items only to have my body change and have ill-fitting, expensive clothes.
I put a “pause” on my Fixes so I won’t receive one again until I request another, probably in a month or so. But I am interested to see how it goes next time.
I still love the concept of Stitch Fix and loved my experience. It was fun to receive a whole box of things just for me. The stylist includes a personal note and also a styling guide for each item. It was relaxing to try on things at home – so much better than trying to take a toddler shopping! And the return process is an absolute breeze. I stuck everything in the mailer and will drop it in a USPS box tomorrow while we run errands.
Should You Try It?
Here’s the end game. If you want to try it, you’re only risking $20. You can fill out all the information and just request one box. If you get the box and hate everything, you’re only out $20 and you never have to try it again! (p.s. keep an eye out for coupon codes and you might not even have to pay the $20.) And if you end up liking it, you just found a new, easier way to get clothing!
- Have you tried Stitch Fix before? What did you think?
- Would you be interested in a styling service like this? They just announced that they will be doing maternity clothes and petite clothes so there are more options than ever!
- Still have questions about Stitch Fix?? Ask me and I’ll see if I can help!