Earlier this summer, I tried Stitch Fix for the first time. So I thought it would be helpful to provide a review for anyone curious about trying it. For those of you that don’t know what it is, it’s basically having a personal online stylist pick out a package of 5 items for you (which can be clothing and/or accessories) called your “fix”. Before they do, you log on and fill out a detailed questionnaire about your body type and size, personal style, wardrobe needs, and most importantly for me – budget. Do you need more clothes for work, going out/date nights, or casual wear? You can even go above and beyond their questions and provide more input about what you might need. I had one friend indicate that she was nursing and would like tops that would accommodate that. So below is my Stitch Fix review:
How Much Is It?
You pay an upfront styling fee of $20 for each fix you receive. Shipping and return shipping are free. If you keep even 1 of the 5 items, the $20 styling fee is applied to that item. If you keep all 5 items, they take 25% off the total. When filling out your profile, they ask you what you normally spend on tops, pants, dresses, shoes, accessories, etc. I was very particular about my budget and my needs when I completed my profile.
What Did I Receive?
In my first fix, I received a sweater, pair of jeans, blouse, dress and statement necklace (which I requested). I ended up keeping all 5 items. All four articles of clothing fit me perfectly, especially the jeans which blew my mind (I have a hard time finding jeans that fit well). The jeans have a fun detail on the side, the blouse is trendy and colorful (read – not something I would have picked out myself), the sweater can be casual or dressy with accessories, the statement necklace goes with a lot in my wardrobe, and the dress is simple, black, and versatile for work or nights out.
Why It’s a Good Deal (For Me)
Having already told Stitch Fix what I normally spend on clothes, and receiving free shipping and the 25% discount, I feel like I got a really good deal on 5 items that fit me great and work well with my current wardrobe. That to me is a huge fashion win! What’s more – time is money. So to have these items on my door step and not have to embark on a full shopping outing with two toddlers in tow is a dream. I saved time, gas and my sanity. Lastly, because someone else picked them for me, they are a little outside of my fashion comfort zone which is a good thing. I need to be pushed sometimes. Other bargain fashionistas out there may have a better eye for good deals when they’re shopping that will work well with what they have, and have the time to spend in multiple stores. But not me.
Will I Use it Again?
Absolutely. I was so happy with my first fix, that I had my next one scheduled for the beginning of August. But the frugal gal in me decided that I didn’t need to add another 5 pieces to my wardrobe just yet and can be content with what I have for now. So I’ve paused my account until I decide another fix is in my budget….maybe for my birthday?
Have you tried Stitch Fix? Was it worth the $20 styling fee for what you received? What did you like and what did you send back?