Now, as I indicated in the last post, I’ve been planning to talk about Stitch Fix. I think I’m going to share my style journey with you all, because I don’t think of myself as a fashion guru, but I’m hoping to get there!
I think you may have heard about it by now, but just in case you don’t know: Stitch Fix is a styling service where stylists pick out clothes, shoes, and/or accessories for you depending on your preferences – what they call a Style Profile – and they send 5 pieces to you each Fix. You can choose how frequently that is, so you can set them up infrequently or as frequently as every month or every 2-3 weeks. And there is flexibility to change this as long as you’re diligent and don’t forget about it.
How it works beyond that is quite easy: they send you 5 pieces via mail. Once you get your Fix, as they call it, you try everything on in the comfort of your home. For me, this motivated me to try it – I greatly dislike going to the mall or any number of stores just to find one single pair of ‘okay’ jeans. Then, when you’re done trying the items on, you put your returns in a prepaid USPS envelope and drop them in the mail within 3 days after you receive your package. For your keeps – the pieces that worked well for you – you sign on to your Stitch Fix account and pay for the items you choose to keep there.
What’s so great about that? Well, when you are checking out at the end of all this and buying your keeps, you get to leave a lot of detailed info about all the pieces you tried on. If you liked something, you can share why it was great! If you didn’t like something, you can say why it may have missed the mark (it was ill-fitting in the shoulders, it wasn’t my style per se, etc.). Stitch Fix has also recently added the option where if you loved an item in a Fix, but it may not have been the right size, you can exchange it. I haven’t done that yet, but I have a feeling I might in the future. Anywho, on to my review of the 1st fix!
So I received this fix in mid-February 2017, and I was not really expecting much to be honest. I only felt I partially understood my own style, though I was hoping my stylist could help me out. Despite my skepticism, however, it is true that I was anticipating receiving something akin to a present – to myself – in the mail. Kind of exciting!
When you open it, this is what meets your eye. I actually bowled over the extraneous things and got straight to the clothes, but it’s important to note that other than your returns bag, your box also includes an envelope that has a couple different things in it: a personalized note to you from your stylist, a line item cost sheet detailing what each piece will cost you to buy, and style cards that can be used to help you style your items or request other items later.
I requested clothes – no accessories and no dresses for my first Fix. And that’s what I got!
Piece #1 – Market & Spruce – Walfrid Henley Blouse
I was struck by the pattern more than anything – if I’m honest, I don’t go grabbing a lot of white pieces for my closet. But this top had a great look to it on, and I’ll post another pic of this one styled eventually because it has become a favorite.
I enjoyed the 3 buttons and the pocket detailing on the front, but the top gave me pause because it goes a little further down the chest than I would usually choose. After much deliberation, I went for it – it was a Keeper.
Piece #2 – Market & Spruce – Colibri Plaid Henley Top
I loved the colors of this top right when I took it out, and I didn’t have any plaid to speak of, so my initial impression of this one was positive. Even better, once I put it on, I felt the neckline was very flattering for me personally. I also like the way the top is fashioned – the two-button details and the seam work and cut of the material around the waist and hips really worked for me. So this was a Keeper!
Piece #3 – Pistola – Isobel Skinny Jean
Now this was the real mystery of the Fix. As I mentioned earlier, it usually takes me anywhere from 10-13 tries to find a pair of passable jeans. And guess what?
My stylist got it in one. And to top it off, she found me some skinny jeans – which I am never able to find on my own. Be it hips or calves, something about skinnies has always confounded my figure… But these Pistolas have totally changed the game.
Needless to say, these jeans were a Keeper.
Piece #4 – THML – Alanna Plaid Pullover
At this point, I was thinking this Fix was going to be surprisingly 5 of 5!! And I really liked the look and color of this sweater. Sadly though, once I put it on I looked super frumpy. It had a lot to do with my body in particular I’m sure, something about the way my hips caught it and made me look baggy in the midsection was a little unflattering. So it was a Return.
Piece #5 – Bobeau – Jemmy Brushed Open Cardigan
I wanted to keep this cardigan and make it a 4 of 5! But alas, it didn’t happen. Though the cardigan was wonderfully soft, and a great pewter blue/gray color, I couldn’t keep it because I noticed a defect, which is that the left hand pocket’s inside bottom seams had not been seamed together properly. I guess I should’ve asked for an exchange on this one, but I was just getting used to it and didn’t want to complicate the matter. So this one was a Return.
So for my first Fix, I kept 3 of 5 pieces, which has been awesome because I’ve been enjoying them ever since then! One thing I forgot to mention is that if you keep all 5 pieces in one box, you get a 20% discount on the whole purchase. And if you make any purchase at all, your $20 per Fix styling fee can be applied toward your Keepers, which is pretty cool.
I also want to make a move toward posting photos of my own styles, no doubt featuring some Stitch Fix pieces, so we’ll see how this develops! Interested in Stitch Fix yourself? Get your Fix here. I’ll have #2 and #3 Fix reviews coming for you soon. Until next time!