Just a reminder: Stitch Fix is a mail order styling service for women. You sign up on their website, answer their questions to create a style profile, pay the $20 styling fee, and receive 5 items curated for you by one of their stylists. You also have the opportunity to create a Pinterest board to link to for your stylist and a place to write notes about any details you want to share with your stylist that you think will help them understand what you're looking for. Clothing goes from sizes 0/XS-14/XL and they've recently introduced maternity and petite sizing.
Stitch Fix allows you to leave a note for your stylist where you can leave requests, give them feedback or let them know any special events you have coming up that you'd like them to keep in mind. For this fix, I took a slightly different route with my note and asked for much more specific items. Namely, I asked for: wide leg jean trouser, a midi-length black shirt dress and a neutral circle skirt (midi length). I pinned pictures of the items, so that my stylist could see what I was looking for. I did this for two reasons: 1) I wanted those items and 2) I was curious as to what extent the stylists are able to accommodate both specific requests and requests for more staple items. I was interested with what I requested versus what I got and why what my stylist picked made a lot of sense to me.
Sooo without further ado, here's what I got in my third "Fix".
Market & Spruce - Barrymore Solid Pleat Detail Top
Zad - Shari Beaded Long Fringe Necklace
Papermoon - Nixie Wide Leg Pant
Not to mention these pants have a lot to say, regardless of how they fit me personally. Again, they're playing with a color palette I don't normally pick for myself, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't try a different color palette and that this isn't a good place to start. I paired them with the Market & Spruce top because it made sense together, but I could certainly take some time to find a good black t-shirt or simple tank to pair with them too.
Fate - Ruby Maxi Dress
VERDICT: Kept. Easily.
Le Lis - Nene Striped Midi Dress
The Nitty Gritty
I was also interested to see how my requests translated in this fix: the midi dress, the wide leg pants and the tank top. They were different from what I had specifically asked for, but were logical and opened up the possibility for different shapes and styles. All in all I was very happy with what I got and can't wait to wear all of it!
A few other details:
If you refer a friend (or inspired stranger), then you received a $25 credit when that person orders and receives their first fix. So, if you're interested in trying this service, I'd love for you to use my Referral Link. ;o)
Every fix comes with a personalized note from your stylist describing briefly why s/he picked the items for you. In addition, there is a card that shows two ways to style each item in the fix in order to give you inspiration.
When it comes to checking out, the $20 styling fee is credited back to you, even if you keep just one item. Also, if you buy all five items, then the whole lot is 25% off. It's interesting how the 25% off plays into the decision-making process. If the discount weren't a part of the equation, I probably would have returned the jeans, but with discount, it makes more financial sense to keep them and save on the total. It's really important to crunch the numbers!
I want to reiterate a couple of things I think anyone doing this service should keep in mind when they sign up:
1. Realistic Success Rate: My hope going in was that one item would be a keeper, because the $20 styling fee is applied to any item you buy. I figured if I liked one item, I would not be losing the $20. Because I only hoped for one item, having all of them work out felt like a home run. I still think that hoping one item will work out it a reasonable expectation going forward.
2. Willingness to Pay: Let's be clear: you can get clothes for cheaper than what you'll pay doing Stitch Fix. While they do ask what price range you're looking to spend when setting up your style profile, the clothes are going to be closer to retail. The clothes I got are also more stylish and higher quality than what I feel I often get at discount/traditionally inexpensive stores. If you're not willing to pay the true cost, then I think you may be setting yourself up to be disappointed.
3. Honest Details: I told the truth about my weight, clothing size and proportions, whether I liked it or not. I think this made a world of difference in getting the clothes to fit right. If the clothes don't fit, no matter how cute they are, you won't keep them.
4. Lots of Information - I think my Pinterest board made a big difference. I set up a board solely for Stitch Fix and only pinned things that I would both love to wear and thought that I could wear in terms of shapes and styles.
Click to read the reviews for my 1st Stitch Fix and 2nd Stitch Fix.
*disclosure: this is not a sponsored post, just a service that I'm using that I want to share