*This is not a sponsored post. I received a $20 credit towards my first fix through a Klout perk. Other than signing up to try out the program, Stitch Fix has no idea who I am. This post does contain a referral link, so if you sign up to try out Stitch Fix, I will receive a credit towards my next fix, but that’s it. All opinions are totally mine! I don’t know why they’d be anyone else’s… haha!
A BUNCH of my friends have been posting about Stitch Fix recently and I feel like I’ve seen so much hype about it in my Facebook feed. My own curiosity has been getting the best of me and I’ve been really wanting to try it. Well, I got a Klout perk for a $20 credit to try out Stitch Fix and I figured that this is my chance to see if it lives up to the hype.
I also thought that a lot of you might benefit from my first impression and review of it!
Basically, Stitch Fix is a monthly box or “fix” where you are sent five items (clothing and accessories) from a personal stylist to try on in your home, keep what you want, and send back the rest. It costs $20 and that’s your “styling fee” – however, that styling fee is a credit towards the items in your fix. So, whatever you want to keep, you basically subtract $20 from the cost of the item. You don’t have to keep anything in your box, but you’d basically be out $20.
When you sign up, you fill out your “style profile” – what you like, what you don’t like, what your size is, what trends you are willing to try, etc. and then your stylist hand picks items for you based on your style profile and what the stylist thinks you’d like.
Your fix is then sent to your doorstep, you unpack it, you try on the items you received, keep what you want, and then send back what you don’t want in a prepaid envelope that is enclosed. You also can then go on the website after you’ve received the fix and review each item, what you thought of it, style, fit, price, etc. This feedback is then taken into consideration when your stylist is preparing your next fix.
I was excited to try it because shopping has been EXTREMELY difficult lately (meaning that I have NO time to go shopping) and since my body size is so wacko now post-baby, the added stress of finding things to try on just isn’t fun for me anymore. …to be quite honest. So, I loved the idea of that stressful part of shopping and picking out clothes being taken care of.
I received my first fix this week and these are my thoughts.
I opened the box and the items are packaged really nicely and neatly. Enclosed is a note from the stylist explaining why she chose some of the items for me AND I really liked that there was a “style card” for each item to show different ways you can style the pieces – give you some inspiration. Also enclosed is a price sheet that shows how much each item retails for and even what the total cost of the entire fix would be if you kept every item. There is a 25% discount if you buy all the items in the fix.
I decided to just take pictures of everything that I got AS I tried them on. I will give my first impression, what I thought of the fit, material, price, and whether or not I kept it.
Yes, these pictures are taken in our bedroom because I was not going to try on each item and walk outside just to take a photo of it on. Cool? Cool. Also, excuse the straight-up #momhair. Lilly’s been really sick this week and blowdrying my hair is just out of the question right now. Keeping it real. Okay? Great.
My first impression of this one I was sad because I HATE strapless dresses. Strapless anything, really. I even put that in my style profile that I don’t like to show my arms or shoulders… but the stylist said she thought I would like it because I like comfortable clothing and prints. The dress, while it says “jersey” is definitely not a jersey material. It’s more polyester in feeling… it’s REALLY stretchy.
Overall the quality of the dress was really nice, the fit was good (probably a little on the big side, to be honest – it could have fallen off easily) and it was definitely really comfortable, but again, I really don’t like the way I look in strapless dresses, so I was not a fan.
To give it the benefit of the doubt, I tried it on with a jean jacket from my closet, but it still was not enough to make me want to keep it. And, at $68, it just was not something I’d want to buy… So, I did not keep the dress.
I know I just showed you this picture (above), but it’s the best picture I have of the necklace that was included in my fix. This one was a pleasant surprise. When I saw it in the box, I thought it was hideous. It is definitely not a piece or necklace I would have ever reached for on my own. However, after trying it on, I really liked it. I thought the quality was great, it is really sturdy, and I thought it looked good on.
BUT, at $42, I didn’t LOVE it enough to warrant keeping it. So, I decided to NOT keep the necklace.
This one was also a pleasant surprise. If I’d seen this tunic on a hanger or on the rack, I’d never have picked it up and tried it on. However, once I tried it on I REALLY, REALLY loved it. I thought the colors were really complimentary on me and I loved the soft, lightweight fabric. It’s a little sheer (the fabric), so it would be great to wear in the spring, fall, or winter. Probably would be too hot for summer, but maybe with shorts it would be okay.
However, the fit was just not right. While it looks like it fits in the photos, it was just way too tight in the shoulders and chest… and even a little tight around my hips. I couldn’t move. I was almost afraid I was going to rip it when I was taking it off. At a price point of $68, it was a little high, but I LOVED it and had it been the right fit, I probably would have kept it. I really loved this top!
While the embroidery on this tank photographs black, it’s definitely navy. I absolutely LOVE this top. The quality is GREAT, the fabric feels soft and lightweight, and I love how flowy it is. The fit is also perfect for me… I feel really confident in this top, it doesn’t feel too tight or too loose.
I also love the versatility of it. It could very easily go with a BUNCH of stuff I already have in my closet. A cardigan, a jean jacket, shorts, jeans, black jeans, tucked into a skirt – it could go with a lot.
I tried it on with a couple of items I had in my closet (a simple short-sleeved black cardigan and my trusty jean jacket):
I loved this piece and I decided to KEEP IT! At a price point of $48 (which I thought was a very good price point for the quality and fit), plus my $20 credit towards the fix, I decided it was worth it.
When I opened my fix, this was the item that was sitting on top and I immediately LOVED the color and print, so I was most excited to try this piece on. I don’t love the way it photographed, I feel like it makes me look way bigger than I am, but I think that is the nature of the beast with dolman sleeve tops.
I actually really loved this top. I loved the fit and I LOVED how comfortable it was. I could see this top being dressed up with dress pants and a statement necklace or dressed down with jeans or shorts and some TOMS. I even tried on my favorite flower statement necklace and I loved the way it looked.
The material is a knit material (like it says in the item description) and is very lightweight and would work in the spring, but would also be warm in the cooler months. How does that work?! I don’t know.
However, at $78 (it was the most expensive item in the fix), I just couldn’t justify keeping it. If I’m going to spend $78 on an item of clothing, I have to REALLY love it. AND, I feel like it has to be UNIQUE enough for me to keep. The top, while super cute and comfortable, was just too “generic” for me to be worth $78. Does that make sense?
Overall, I really enjoyed my first “fix.” It was A LOT of fun and I really liked trying on items that I normally probably would have not chosen for myself. I kept one item and thought it was worth it for the one item. Now, if I had not wanted to keep even one item in the fix, I probably would have been disappointed (and out $20… well, technically my first fix I got a $20 credit, so this time wouldn’t have mattered, but you get what I’m saying).
I thought the price points on a few of the items were a little high for my taste, but I get that some pieces are worth the investment… they just weren’t worth it for me in my opinion.
Will I do it again?
Yes, definitely. I am excited to give feedback and see how my next fix is. And don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted on the next fix(es) I get and what I think, get, and keep. I don’t know that it will be a monthly thing for me – it will depend on budget and need, honestly.
I would highly recommend trying Stitch Fix for anyone who is in a hurry and just doesn’t have the time to go shopping (it’s PERFECT for busy moms or those of us who just don’t have the time to hit the mall). It also takes the stress out of picking out clothes!
Want to try Stitch Fix for yourself? You can sign-up for your first fix here.
So those are my thoughts. What do you think? Any items that I didn’t keep that I should have kept? What would YOU have kept? Have you tried Stitch Fix before? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!