I just received my second "fix" and wanted to review the items again. If you're wondering if I kept all of the items... you'll just have to keep reading!
Wait, what isStitch Fix again? Well, 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.
I typically request my fix be sent later in the week on a weekday, so I can have the weekend to try the items on, photograph them and then decide which items I want to keep. For that reason, I only can pick up the box late at night after work, which means that I'm hard pressed to get a great picture of the packaging before I rip into it. But, I did grab a picture of amazing folding job that is a Stitch Fix:
As soon as I opened the box, I could see that there were some fabulous prints and I was so excited to try them on!
Eight Sixty - Eduardo Kimono
Just Black - Connely Skinny Jean
Sure enough, my stylist added a pair of the requested black skinnies, which were made exclusively for Stitch Fix. At first I though that these jeans were not going to work out because 1) they are very low rise (at least for me) and 2) they're very stretchy (usually a sign that they're cut small). I was right about both those things, but to my surprise I was able to wrangle myself into them and found that they weren't that bad. While they are both tight and fairly low rise, they still look attractive because the fabric is a high quality, thick grade. I'm still on the fence about these as I do love the way they look with my shoes, but I don't want to be hiking my jeans up because they feel or look too low. After crunching the numbers, I decided to get the 5 piece discount and keep them.
Market & Spruce - Corinna Striped Dolman Top
My inclination is to wear this as a causal top, but the styling card also suggested it with a skirt, so I tried pairing it with a blazer/skirt combo in the picture. The combination didn't photograph very well, but actually looked pretty good in real life.
Collective Concepts - Phelan Blouse
Uttam - Lauren Printed Dress
The Nitty Gritty
A few other details: 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.
FINALLY, 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)
Thanks for reading all the way to the end! I hope the review was helpful :). I will probably set up another "fix," but since my vacation is coming up soon, it may be a while until I get another box on my front porch.
To read the review for my 1st Stitch Fix, click here
*disclosure: this is not a sponsored post, just a service that I'm using that I want to share