Do you ever get tired of trying to find new clothes for your wardrobe and not liking anything at your local stores? Maybe you need some help selecting items that bring out the best in you? I don’t like clothes shopping very often, mostly because I can never find clothes I really like in my style and sizing.
On a whim, I decided to try StitchFix. I thought it might be fun. The concept is that a stylist will pick out 5 items based on numerous questions you answer from your personal style to your size to how much you’d usually spend. They send you 5 items, you try them on at home, then send back (free of charge) the items you don’t want to keep or keep all the items in the shipment. You then log on to the account and pay for each item you decided to keep.
You pay $20 for a styling fee which you cannot get back, but if you decide to keep any of the clothing sent to you, it can be applied to that. I thought at least one item would be worth it, so I decided to risk my $20. Besides, I liked the idea of having someone select items for me because I’m not a fashionista and wouldn’t know where to start.
The process was pretty simple. Just answer questions and measure yourself. I was bummed right away when they didn’t carry my shoe size, but OK, they’ll send me something else. I paid the fee and within a week, I received my first shipment. They also had the option of having styles sent to you on a schedule, but I opted for “on demand” so I could control if and when a shipment was sent to me. Some people like the option of having new clothes for different seasons and occasions and they could opt to have shipments sent regularly. But for me, I wanted to give it a try before committing.
For the initial part, I really loved the ease of use for StitchFix. I could tell them what I wanted and they could pick what they thought was up my alley. And they sent it to me and I could try it on at home. No picking out the same styles at Kohl’s or waiting in lines. Simple as that, I had a brand new wardrobe!
The Wardrobe Shipment
I received the package yesterday and decided to try on the items. I was really disappointed that all the shirts they sent were WAY TOO BIG. I looked like a beluga whale. The cotton dress they sent me was cute but didn’t flatter some parts of me, so I decided not to keep anything I didn’t love. The final decision was a pair of skinny jeans and a jean jacket.
They don’t tell you how much the items are until you log in to StitchFix. So I decided to log in and my jaw dropped. $88 for a pair of skinny jeans. $68 for a jean jacket. Over $130 for 2 items. That was way out of my budget and not at all inexpensive, even though I selected I wanted “the cheaper the better” on almost all categories.
In the end, I decided to keep them anyway because I loved the jeans and it’s hard for me to find skinny jeans I actually love. And the jacket was cute too. The main reason I kept them is because I wasn’t going to find these items in Kohl’s and then have them fit me exactly as I wanted them to. So I figured I’d splurge for Mother’s Day and my Anniversary and keep the two items.
StitchFix Overall Impressions
The one thing I really loved about using this service is that the quality of the items were not poor. You can definitely tell a difference between StitchFix and Kohl’s or Target. The items are durable, well-made, and high-quality. Often times when I shop at Kohl’s, the items don’t hold up over time.
But as far as using StitchFix on a regular basis, it’s not going to happen. I will however use them from time to time to splurge on myself as I do like the quality of their items much better than mall stores in my area. Surprisingly, they got the jeans and jean jacket sizing perfect. If I had ordered another shipment, I bet they would have done an even better job of selecting items that fit me best. I think the feedback from each shipment is really important to get the sizing you want for a new wardrobe. Keeping that in mind, I will definitely order from them again when my finances allow.
Overall, I think this a really fun service, easy to use, and great for those who struggle to find the time to shop. The risk is minimal, however, the pricing is a bit higher than most stores. Despite the cost, you will definitely find something in the shipments you love, giving you unique and well-made styles that you can’t find in most stores. If you really want to try them out, click on any of the StitchFix links in this post and get $25 to try them out!
Disclaimer: I did not get paid to write this review, however, clicking on the StitchFix links will give you a $25 credit and will also credit me $25 if you decide to try their service.