I’ll admit to being in a bit of a wardrobe hole. I want to dress like a grown-up, really, I do. Can we talk about how hard that is to do when you are either doing dishes or at the grocery or shuttling kids to lessons or cooking? You know what I’m talking about. I know you own more than one pair of yoga pants. And when was the last time you actually did yoga? You see what I’m getting at?
Enter Stitch Fix. For those who aren’t on the internet every waking hour of the day like I am, Stitch Fix is a service that sends clothes to your house every month. No, really. And you don’t even have to do the shopping. After surveying your tastes, sizes, price preferences, and style needs, a stylist puts together a package of five items which magically appears on your door step. You have three days to evaluate your items and send back whatever doesn’t work. For those with decision issues, this is great because you are forced to make a decision quickly or own the whole caboodle.
If you like your fix, all of it, you get 25% off of your purchase. If you don’t like anything in your fix, you pay $20 for the styling fee and send everything back. Or you can fall somewhere in the middle, like I did on this first fix, keeping two out of five items. This experiment was well worth the $20 charge in my opinion. I live in the sticks and that $20 is gas or shipping for things I’ve spent time picking out. Here, I don’t have to take the time to go shopping and I get things that are just as likely to work as if I ordered them myself.
Let me just say something here that should be completely obvious anyway: I am not a fashion blogger. I am not a clothes photgrapher. I am just an opinionated housewife. Now that we are clear, here’s what I got in my first fix:
I kept the striped sweater and the navy blouse. The sweater should be no surprise to those who know me. I have a bit of a problem with stripes. LIkewise, my husband is pretty strongly anti-polka dot. While the polka dot sweater was actually cute on, I had to respect Rob's preference for no wearable dots. The black pants were a good idea but were not quite the right fit. The necklace looked better in the box. The navy blouse was a bit of a surprise because I am most certainly a t-shirt kind of girl. I liked the color and fit of this shirt, and I found that it actually went well with several pieces in my closet. Now if only it were a bit warmer.
My favorite part about my first fix was definitely the styling tips. Each article of clothing or accessory comes with two photos of different ways to wear the piece. This is brilliant for someone like me who is guilty of wearing jeans and a white t-shirt 75% of the time. The great thing is that my stylist, Allyson, didn’t know that about me, but she did have a pretty good sense of what I want my style to be by looking at my Pinterest board. Tip: spend some time generating a style board before you sign up for Stitch Fix so that your stylist can do the same. Allyson’s assessment was pretty good. Even though I ended up not being crazy about each piece that she chose, I liked that what she chose challenged me to get out of my box a bit and also loved how she styled the pieces. Some of the pieces that she picked to style my fix were pieces that I would look for to include in my closet.
Second best thing about Stitch Fix? Flexibility. I love that you can name your price range for each piece. And you don’t need to get a fix every month. You can schedule them every other month or every two weeks or whatever. Special event coming up? Let you stylist know in the notes. Want to focus on work wardrobe? Let your stylist know in the notes. See how cool this is?
For now, though, I think I’ll keep up with Stitch Fix to find the fun pieces that make a wardrobe interesting. Interesting is definitely my weakness. Shocking, I know. Thanks for listening to me drone on. Now go schedule your Stitch Fix. And send me pictures when you get it. Dying to get some comments here, people.