Several months ago I started hearing about a thing called “Stitch Fix” from friends. I wanted to wait til I researched it and saw several people try it before I dove in myself. I was skeptical….until about a month ago when I was trying to do some shopping for clothes with my two year old and eight month old. Sheesh! Talk about impossible. It’s hard enough to maneuver a double stroller through various stores. But then to get it into a dressing room and keep my kids happy while I try on various outfits…it ain’t happening. After trying it a few times and leaving frustrated I realized it was no longer practical for me to shop considering my phase of life. I have had a few trips where my husband has kept my kiddos. He’s always sweet to do that for me…but it also isn’t practical to have him do that all the time. He has a job. And the evening hours with our kiddos are the toughest.
I also am in drastic need of new clothes. After two kids I’ve had to accept the reality that my body has changed it’s shape forever. Those jeans I used to love in college just aren’t flattering anymore (not to mention they aren’t going to even fit). It’s hard somedays to look in the mirror and accept this new body. It’s nothing like my old one and it leaves me feeling lost in terms of what would look good on me. So I’ve thrown out all of my old clothes and my closet is pretty bare. You’ll probably see me in the same outfit all the time. Or if you catch me during the week I’ll have on sweats and a tshirt.
Since I had Christmas money I decided to give Stitch Fix a try. Basically, this is a clothing service where you fill out a style profile and your “stylist” sends you five clothing items each month to try on. There is a styling fee of $20. But that can go toward your purchase. The only way you lose the money is if you don’t keep anything from your box. In your styling profile you can specify what you do/don’t want. You can specify your price range. And you can link to Pinterest boards to further help your stylist understand what you like.
In the box comes your five pieces and a paper that shows you outfit ideas for your clothing pieces.
I’ll show what came in my box first and then give my review plus tips at the end. I HATE pictures of myself so this isn’t my favorite thing to do! Ha.
Outfit # 1: I really liked the pattern and style of this one. However, it was too expensive. And in the end I felt like it was not the most flattering fit for me.
Outfit # 2: This one was my favorite and it was the only piece I ended up keeping from my box. I really loved the style of it and it fit really well. It also was reasonable in price.
Outfit # 3: This one I didn’t even wanna try on when I saw it. But they say to try everything on because sometimes you might be surprised. In this case, I was not at all shocked that I hated it. The pattern isn’t my style. But the fit of it was also awful. I ended up putting a cardigan on over it in the pictures so I would not be indecent :)
Outfit # 4: I spent a long time debating whether or not I wanted this one. I really love the pattern and colors. I also really like the style. But in the end I decided I only want to purchase pieces that I don’t question. If I put something on and have to ask myself “do I like this on me or not?” it probably isn’t the best fit for me. So I sent it back. But I was wishing it had looked cuter cause I really wanted to keep it!
So, overall, I thought my stylist did a GREAT job. She actually seemed to understand my style quite well (excluding the one crazy top I received). I ended up only keeping shirt #2. I liked them all but didn’t like the fit of any of the shirts except for that one. I was pleased with the quality of the clothing. I was really impressed with the style of the clothes. I will say I also received a necklace that I didn’t picture here. Loved it. But it was a bit out of my price range. I mean…I’m cool just going down to target and grabbing a necklace for $10.
I’m hoping StitchFix will help me figure out more of my style now that I am a mom of two. I’m also hoping that I’ll replenish my wardrobe with pieces that actually compliment and fit me well. That is worth it. And I am also loving how there is no hassle involved. No loading kids in the car. Now struggling to fit through the stores. No bribing with cheerios or fruit snacks to try things on in the dressing room.
If you are considering trying Stitch Fix here are some tips that I felt really helped me have a great first “fix”:
1. Make a pinterest board of outfits and styles you like. Link to it on your style profile so that your stylist can reference it and really get a good idea of what kind of things you like.
2. Have a decent idea what your size is. If you are in the process of losing a lot of weight or you don’t know exactly what size you are in most clothes I would suggest figuring it out before trying out Stitch Fix. Or you might end up with clothes that don’t fit. I can honestly say this was a huge point where I could’ve ended up sending everything back. But because I know what size I am in most things….it helped. Nothing in my box was too small or big. It was just about whether or not the style/cut was flattering for me.
3. Be clear. If you do not want something in your box tell them. For instance, I told them I do not want them to include any pants or dresses. And I told them I only want ONE accessory max per box. I also specified that I am really just wanting short sleeved shirts since we are almost out of winter. And they really held to that. When you get into pants you get higher prices. And I’m cheap :)
4. If you don’t want really expensive stuff make sure you put on your styling profile that you want the cheapest priced items available.
I am thankful for those who gave me pointers in starting on stitch fix and also for the blogs I read. They really did help me have a successful first experience.
I also want to add that I am not working for Stitch Fix and they did not pay me or ask me to write this review. This is simply my own opinion regarding the company.
Lastly, if you decide to try it out… PLEASE use my link :) It will credit to my account and give me a discount next time I use the service. Here is the link for that: