Have you heard of Stitch Fix? It’s an online personal styling service that sends five articles of clothing (sometimes with a piece of jewelry mixed in) to your home. You get to try on the items in your own home, allowing you to see first hand if you have pieces to complement it or not.
For those that know me, fashion is, uh, not my strong suit. I honestly rely on the generosity of my sister to send me hand-me-ups (she’s younger than me) and to help me figure out how the heck to look presentable. So I was intrigued with this service.
So how does it work?
- You sign up online and fill out a Style Profile that takes about 10 minutes. It asks you everything from your height and weight to if you prefer dresses over pants and if you’re a mother. The profile tries to get a feeling of your style by showing you different outfit combinations and asking you to rate them as well. They also ask for your price point on different items and will try to stick within your budget. There is a section for you to write additional thoughts to further help the stylist (“I hate polka dots;” “Green is my favorite color;” etc.) and you can even link to a Pinterest board so they have a better sense of your style.
- You get to choose the date that your box will be delivered. (Right now, it looks like you have to choose it at least 6 weeks in advance.) There is an option to sign up for a monthly box if you’d like but it is not required. A stylist will review your Style Profile as well as any comments you left on the profile and will choose five items for your box. When the box ships, you will be charged $20 for the styling. You can apply this $20 towards anything you keep from your shipment; if you choose nothing, they keep the $20 fee.
- When the box arrives, Stitch Fix strongly suggests you try on everything, even if at first look you don’t think you like one of the items. The items all come with a styling card to give you an idea of what to wear with them so you can use clothing you already own to see how the item looks as an outfit.
- You have three days to decide what you want to keep. Stitch Fix provides a pre-paid mailing bag so it’s easy to ship things back. You fill out a survey on the website with what you plan to keep, the fit/style of the item, and any additional comments you may have. As I mentioned above, if you buy anything, the $20 styling fee is applied towards your purchase. If you keep all five items, you are given a 25% discount on everything. Wow!
Cool, right? So let me show you how mine turned out!
Note: My photography skills are limited to food. I didn’t realize how poorly I take photos until this attempt so I apologize.
Stitch Fix had me at hello. Each box comes with a personalized letter from your stylist. Laurie not only took the time to look at my Pinterest board (and even sent me a shirt from it!) but also headed over to my blog and commented on one of my recipes in her letter! How thoughtful. At first glance at the stuff in my box, I was blown away with how accurately she nailed my style.
1.Red Black Swan Olive Fit & Flare Ponte Dress. Price: $78.00
I LOVED this dress. Look how stinkin cute it is! So why is it just pictured on the hanger? Well, the bust and arms on this didn’t even come close to fitting. So sad. Returned.
2. Honey Punch Payge Striped Cross-Back Sweater; Price: $48.00
When I first saw this, I had a feeling I wasn’t going to like it. I’m not model thin so I in general am wary of stripes. Plus I didn’t fully understand where I would wear a shirt like this. And the back wasn’t my style. I ended up liking it more than I thought I would but not enough to keep it, especially for $48. Returned.
3. Olive Kaleigh Ankle Biter Skinny Jeans from Kensie; Price: $88.00
I saw these and thought, man, the stylist is really getting gutsy right out of the gate. I wrote in my profile that styling my bottom half would prove to be difficult (I’m bottom heavy) but it is like someone secretly measured me and then made these pants custom. Swoon. I was a little surprised with the price, but I seriously have never found pants that fit like this. Kept.
4. Navy Mystree Gretchen Polka Dot Knit Blazer; Price: $88.00
I wanted this to fit SO bad. But it was also tight. I guess I gave the wrong measurements for my top half (oops). I loved that it was knit so it would have been perfect for business casual or for the weekend. Sigh.
5. Yumi Ambrose Bird Print Button-Up Blouse; Price; $60.00
This is the blouse that I had pinned on my Pinterest board. And I loved it more in person than I did in the pin! It fits my style while also pushing the envelope (I don’t wear many prints) and looks great with just some skinny jeans. It was a bit pricey for me but it was too cute to pass up. Kept.
If all of the items had fit, I honestly would have kept all five pieces. The only one I was iffy about was the Cross Back Sweater. Pretty amazing for a first try!
Note: This is not a sponsored post. I just was so pleased with my experience that I thought I’d share it on here!