Stitch Fix Review: What I Learned
What's a Stitch Fix? Stitch Fix is a service that will select 5 items of clothing for you, based on your style profile, and deliver it to your doorstep. You have three days to try them on, pair it with other items in your closet, and decide if you want to keep it or not. If you do, you checkout online. If you don't, you put it in a prepaid shipping bag, send it back, and you're only out the $20 styling fee.
I tried out Stitch Fix in January after a glowing review from Beau's mom. I had heard about Stitch Fix here and there, but hadn't taken the time to learn much more about it. But since finding time to shop alone is at the bottom of my to-do list these days and trying on clothing while keeping two energetic boys happy is pretty much near impossible, I decided I'd give it a shot.
Stitch Fix allows you to link to a Pinterest board where you can show them what styles you're searching for and admire. After singing up for the service, I added a ton of pins to my style board. I waited patiently for about two weeks for my "fix" to arrive.
Along with the clothing, they send a style guide, pairing each item with two complete outfit ideas.
Unfortunately, I wasn't impressed with the items they sent for my first round. I had put an emphasis on jeans since I have terrible luck finding ones that fit well. They sent two that were cute, but much too long and high waisted for my liking.
I had also emphasized tops I could layer. But 2 of the 3 tops they sent weren't colors I enjoy wearing and were much too loose. The third, a sweater, was okay, but in the end I wasn't in love with it enough to keep it.
I sent my items back feeling a bit disappointed in the process. But a week later Stitch Fix offered to try again since they had missed the mark so badly, and even offered to waive the styling fee. I honestly would not have tried them again if it hadn't been for this offer, but I'm so glad I did because the second round was much better!
I did still end up sending three items back. A turquoise scarf, a black blazer, and a plaid top. The scarf was cute, but I didn't love it. The blazer was a touch too small and I didn't think I'd wear if often enough to keep. And the plaid top just wasn't my style at all. Too many colors.
You can see a closer look at the blazer and plaid top in my style guide.
I did ended up keeping a striped knit top. It's somewhat form fitting and a little unique with the button details on the arm. I've already worn it several times in the past month, which means it's definitely a winner.
I also kept the jeans which fit absolutely perfect this time. The right size, the right style, the right everything. They are probably my favorite item of clothing right now.
Keeping 2 of 5 pieces is a total win in my book. I think the first few rounds are likely to be grab bags and until you know your style well enough to communicate it to them, you can't go into it expecting to keep all five pieces.
Here's what I learned from my first two rounds with Stitch Fix:
Shop the Internet
The ability to link a pinboard to my Stitch Fix profile was really what pushed me to try it out. I tend to pin outfits and styles I like every so often already, so this seemed so convenient. After my first failed Stitchfix, they let me know that it's beneficial to pin directly from their Pinterest account. This totally makes sense, but I had a hard time finding items I liked enough to pin. It actually made me think that perhaps my style just doesn't jive well with Stitch Fix? But I did pin a few items from their boards and included detailed descriptions about why I liked them and it may have been what helped my second round.
Tip: Before your Fix, definitely browse and pin directly from their boards. And make sure to tell them what you do and don't like about the image.
Let It Be A Learning Tool
I was pretty bummed after my first Fix, but it was super helpful for both them and me to figure out WHY I didn't like the items. I've always thought I was a fan of wearing bright colors, but after two rounds I've discovered that I really prefer neutral outfits with just one or two solid colors as accents. At a store I likely just wouldn't pull a super colorful item off the rack, but being forced to decide why I didn't like an item was a huge help in determining my personal style.
Tip: After each Fix, update your profile with what you learned about your clothing preferences.
Be Specific About What You're Looking For
Stitch Fix offers accessories such as jewelry, bags, and scarves. Since I'm cheap when it comes to most jewelry, and only change purses once a year or so, I opted out of receiving those items. But say you already have several pairs of pants you love, let them know you'd like to stick with tops and accessories.
Tip: Don't waste your time receiving items you won't need. Choosing to receive one or two item types increases your chance of finding something you love.
Overall, would I recommend StitchFix? Yes and no.
If you love shopping and enjoy hunting for clothing items you love, Stitch Fix will be a waste of time for you. But if you lack the time to try on clothing? Yes, give it a shot. If you struggle knowing what your personal style is? Definitely, you'll learn a lot. If you need a little push to try something new? Absolutely! Try it out!