I’ve been hearing about Stitchfix from other bloggers for so long, and I always sort of rolled my eyes at it. And then I got sucked in. Cassie’s most recent Stitchfix post is the one that finally sold me on it. And so I signed up, a little begrudgingly, but also secretly excitedly.
You see, as I’ve mentioned here and there lately, I’m really trying to a) declutter and purge my house of stuff I don’t like or use and b) work on my style and build my wardrobe into something I’m actually proud of. I have so many pieces of clothing I don’t love, that don’t make me feel good, that I keep because there’s nothing “wrong” with it, someone gave it to me, or I got a great deal on it. But I’ve since realized there’s no point in owning things that don’t enhance my life somehow – it has to make me feel food or serve a purpose. I’m still working on overhauling my closet, and I already have three bags of donations ready to go. Still, there’s hardly a dent in my closet. As I get rid of the so-so stuff, I’m also looking for new and better items to replace them that can build my wardrobe. I need more versatile, comfortable but stylish things that I truly love. And since shopping can be a drag, I like the idea of someone else doing it for me. Enter Stitchfix.
If you’re not familiar with Stitchfix,
where have you been, it’s like a personal shopper/subscription box combo service. You fill out a style profile so they can get to know your size, body type, needs and wants, likes and dislikes. You can sign up for a box every month, every other month or every 3 months. To start, I did every other month. You pay a $20 styling fee each box, which can then be applied to the items you keep.
Each time you get a box, one of the Stitchfix stylists gets to work hand-picking five items for you – it’s mostly clothing, but they also do scarves, jewelry, shoes, handbags and similar accessories now and then. When you get the box, you can try on all the items at home and you have three days to decide what you want to keep. Whatever you don’t like, you can send back, free of charge, in a return bag they include in the box. Whatever you keep, you then pay for the remaining cost of the items.
Each box includes a print-out of the cost of each item and a few ideas to style them. If you keep all five items, you get a 25% discount on everything. If you hate it all and send everything back, you do lose the $20 styling fee, otherwise that fee is applied to your final purchase, even if you only keep one thing.
Most items are a little more expensive than I would typically pay for, but they are high-quality, versatile pieces that are worth it. I decided to invest in my wardrobe so I feel good about it again, and sometimes that means paying more (within reason).
For my first box, I included super extensive notes for my stylist, because I was paranoid I’d get stuff I hated. I told her that I did not want any shorts or short skirts, no shoes, jewelry or accessories for this first one, and that I wanted some new items to stretch my winter wardrobe.
Here’s what Lindsay picked out for me:
*pardon the poor quality of the photos. We struggled pretty bad with lighting, and rushed through them over the weekend in between other to-dos, and I didn’t do my hair or makeup, so I was feeling pretty blah. And in retrospect I hate all the clutter that’s in these pics too. I’ll do better next time.*
Solana Color Block Cardigan – $68
I loved almost everything about this cardigan – it was my style, fit well and was versatile. I actually was planning to keep it … until I looked at the tag and realized it was dry clean only. Ain’t nobody got time fo dat! I can handle hand-wash only, but dry cleaning is too much maintenance for me. Now I know to include that note for future boxes though. Lesson learned! Returned.
Dita Sleeveless Ponte Dress – $68
Initially, I loved this dress, but the more I wore it, the more I didn’t love it. The style was great, the length was perfect and the price was right. But, the material was just heavy enough that it clung and draped in an unflattering way, and I just don’t think I had the right body for it. I didn’t quite fill out the top half, and the bottom half needed some shapewear under it so errthing was smooth back there, and again, ain’t nobody got time fo dat. I prefer lighter fabrics for dresses so it’s more flowy and less clingy, like my eShakti dress. Returned.
Anita Skinny Pant – $78
These pants and I … it was love at first sight. The material is soft, I liked the look, they’re leggings that look like pants, and best of all, the fabric is stretchy. I was hesitant to try them on though, because with my small waist but big hips, it’s really hard to find a good fit. I wasn’t expecting these to fit, but they did, and they felt like a dream. They’re like wearing heaven. They’re soft and stretchy and oh so comfortable, yet stylish and versatile. No joke, when I put them on, I literally whispered, ‘I love you.’ The only issue is the legs were too long (what’s new), so I tried rolling them up, and surprisingly, it totally worked. I love these so much that I wore them two days in a row right after I got them. The price is more than I’ve ever paid for pants in my life, but I know these will last me a while and I will get a lot of wear out of them. Kept.
Dano Lace Trimmed Cardigan – $48
This was the only miss in the box. I knew from the moment I unfolded this cardigan that it was not going to work, but I tried it on anyway … and I was right. It’s kind of awful. It had OK elements, like the lace trim, but the placement of it was weird. The trim started on the hips, which accentuated them in a way that I was not a fan of. They were like saddlebags. Beyond the lace fail, it was far too big and loose and unflattering. I don’t mind a flowy, drapey sweater, but this was just not working. Returned.
Devon Lace Back Blouse – $48
This shirt had so much potential, but fell just a little bit short. Literally. It was too short. It had an amazing lace back that I totally loved, but the front felt too old-lady looking to get over. I came close to overlooking the length and front just because of that back, but I reminded myself of the new rule: I have to 100% love something to keep it. Close, but not quite. Returned.
Overall, this was a great fix, and the issues with the returns are minor. Lindsay got my style for the most part, and I think my feedback will help a lot for future ones. Again, the only thing that was totally off was the lace cardigan. The other three returns were so close. Even though I’m only keeping the pants, I’m really pleased with this box, with Stitchfix in general, and have high hopes for future fixes!
If you want to try Stitchfix, even if you’re on the fence, I really would encourage you to try it. I’ve been pleasantly surprised so far. If you do sign up, please use THIS referral link. If you sign up with my link, I get a credit for future boxes. Help a sistah out:)
Did I make the right choices on my items? Do you like Stitchfix?