Last week I mentioned that I was waiting for my first Stitch Fix to arrive, and it came! For those of you that don’t know about Stitch Fix, it’s a personal styling service. First, you complete your Style Profile including everything from what sizes you typically wear to your ratings of pictures of particular style compilations, and specific items or trends you are looking for. You can even link it to your Facebook profile to provide access to profile pictures and to Pinterest boards where you’ve pinned looks you like.
Then, you choose a date that you want to receive your fix. You can do them one at a time or schedule regular fixes at intervals of your choosing. By the date you chose, five pieces are delivered to your door specific to your style and fit. The cost? $20 styling fee per fix, and that’s it! If you choose to purchase any of the items in your fix, that $20 gets credited toward your purchase. If you choose to purchase all of the items in your fix, you also get 25% off. Keep what you want, return what you don’t.
But how was it, you ask?
Well, I’m going to be honest: my first fix was a bust. My biggest problem was fit, which was truly disappointing. However, I loved three of the five pieces and probably would have kept them all if they had fit properly. I’m choosing to believe that is because it’s my first fit, and they’ll get better. I asked for work clothes for my new job including bottoms with pockets for carrying my phone around and something to clip my caribiner-full of keys on. Here’s what I received…
It came in a much smaller box than I’d imagined, delivered to my doorstep. My first thought when I saw it was how could five pieces fit in there?
Once opened, the return bag was on top followed by an envelope that read “Your stylist thought these would look great on you.” Inside was a note from my stylist and style cards for each of the five pieces as well as a list of the prices (neatly folded in the back, nearly hidden of course). Then for the best part—the pieces all wrapped up, folded nicely, and begging to be tried on! I was so excited, I grabbed the whole box, ran upstairs to the bedroom, made sure the lighting was good, and moved a full-length mirror into the room.
1. Pomelo Raven Polka Dot Sheer Shoulder Dolman Top $54
This was definitely my least favorite piece, so it wasn’t the best luck to have been the first. I’ve always been intrigued by the dolman style and have tried several pieces, but I’ve never found one that works on me. This top put me on the fence as it was very subtle. However, it was a lot of polka dot with the neckline so high and 3/4-length sleeves. In black and white nonetheless, which always makes me look pale, and the fabric was not my favorite. I found the sheer shoulders appealing, but the seams were tight on my arms.
2. 41Hawthorn Moni Abstract Chevron Stud Detail Blouse $58
As soon as I saw this piece, I gushed. I recently got rid of a nearly identical style top in black sheer that I adored, but it had gotten too big. This was a beautiful fabric in a very unique print, but it was too small in the bust. I would have loved to have it in one size larger.
3. 41Hawthorn Teresa Colorblocked Sleeveless Blouse $58
If I had to choose a piece that I felt most clearly reflected the style I would like to have, it would be this piece. Not only was it colorblocked, which I have been dying to find a piece in this style that I adored, it was blue and turquoise, which are pretty much the definition of my favorite clothing colors. The fabric felt wonderful, and it had a beautiful cut-in at the shoulder. This is the piece I wanted soooooo very much. I went back and forth and back and forth over it, but it was a bit too tight in the bust as well, which caused it to pull a bit at the arm holes. Although not noticeably tight, I could feel it pushing down my bust. To be a piece I adore and am willing to pay for, I want it to fit well.
4. Kut From The Kloth Danny 5-Pocket Knit Pant $68
These knit pants were a very nice fabric that looked and felt like leggings. They were super skinny which is not work appropriate as I’d asked for, and they were 4″-5″ too long. They were nothing super special and not what I was looking for, plus I already have a pair of burgundy skinny pants.
5. Level 99 Krissy Skinny Pant (that look green for some reason in this picture) $118
This was a very nice pair of skinny pants. The fabric was lovely, made very well. They were anti-fade, called “forever black” and looked and felt amazing on. However, they were again too long (Truly, I’ve never had this much of a problem with length!) and were $118. This is the other piece I went back and forth about, but for $118, I wanted them to fit perfectly, and I was truly looking for work pieces which I am still hesitant about qualifying skinny pants as work-appropriate, at least as a manager in which I want to look professional.
The people I know that use Stitch Fix and love it get one seasonally, and they get a few treasured pieces to add to their wardrobe for the season that are exactly their style and a look they adore. The average price of each item I got was $71.20, and if I bought all five pieces, it would be $252 after the $20 credit, an average of $54.40 per item. I absolutely think that is a very reasonable price point, considering you do not having to search through thousands of items, drive from store to store and spend hours of your time to find these treasured additions to your wardrobe. They are pretty nice quality items picked out especially for you and delivered right to your door exactly when you want them. And a lot of the brands are exclusive to Stitch Fix (like the two 41Hawthorn pieces I received), so you know they are more unique, making a statement. I will absolutely be giving it another try!
P.S. Watch the live footage of this past week’s New York Fashion week.