So, technically Stitch Fix isn’t a subscription box in the traditional sense, it is more of an online styling service. There is a $20 styling fee and of course the cost of the clothes you decide to keep. I hate shopping. I especially hate clothes shopping. I hate trying on clothes. It is just too much time, too many people, too many florescent lights, and too many spoons.*
In the past I’ve picked out clothes and then brought them home to try on. If they didn’t fit or if I just didn’t like them on, I would take them back to the store. After I broke my leg a few years ago the only pants I could stand to wear because of where my surgical site was located were leggings. Jeans were especially bothersome, so I found Lu La Roe which kept me in comfortable, cute clothing that was delivered to my home. I knew what sizes and what styles worked for me, so that was more or less what I wore. Plus these items are easy to pack and easy to mix and match. Well, I mixed and matched myself into a Lu La Roe rut. I needed help. It was time to bring in professional help. Enter Stitch Fix.
Right on top is your return mailer – postage paid.
I have a personal stylist! Her name is Susan.
Here we go – here is my clothing bundle, or clothing burrito.
Stitch Fix uses a combination of algorithms and professional stylists to create your box. The algorithm takes many things into consideration, including your location. It then sends your stylist (a real live person) suggestions. Your stylist will look over your Style Profile (we’ll get to that in a bit), he or she will even look at your social media sites if you provide the links. Pinterest is probably their favorite. Here is a link to my board if you’re curious as to how I’ve set mine up.
Now, on to the Style Profile I mentioned… when you sign up for Stitch Fix, you’ll be asked to fill out your style profile. This shouldn’t take more than 10 or 15 minutes, but do take your time and make sure you are providing honest and specific information. This is not the time to shave off a few extra pounds or add a few inches to your height. Give them as many details as possible, in addition to the “multiple click to answer” choices, you’ll also be given places to type in whatever you feel your stylist should know about your, let’s say fashion quirks. I certainly have more than a few quirks myself.
You decide what types of items you’d like to receive and how often (as in often, sometimes, or never or only when I ask), as well as how often you’d like your Stich Fix to arrive. You can even pick your delivery date. You set your own price points, for each type of item. So if you like to spend less on tops and more on shoes you can make those choices in your Style Profile. You may update and change your Style Profile as often as you wish.
Stitch Fix will send you 5 items. Remember that $20 styling fee I mentioned? That $20 will go towards anything you decide to purchase. And…. if you purchase all 5 items in the box, you’ll receive a 25% discount on the total. Plus you still get the $20 styling fee applied to your purchase. If you decide you don’t like any of the items and ship all 5 back, you will not get your styling fee back. Do you see why it is so important to be honest and detailed when filling out your Style Profile?
Since I was on this subscription box binge and in a fashion rut, I decided to give Stitch Fix a try. I told my stylist that I spend most of the day seated in my scooter, so I needed clothes that look and feel good while sitting down. When I do physical therapy or exercise I change into fitness clothes – or just stay in my Lu La Roe because LLR is so comfortable. But again, I was in a rut and wanted to look a little more polished, especially when I went out on speaking engagements. I expected to like maybe one or two tops and that I would send the rest back, that maybe I would give Stitch Fix a second chance once I provided feedback on why I sent the items back. By the way, you have three days from the day you receive your box to get your returns in the mail. They provide a shipping label and shipping bag, all you have to do pack it all up and put in the mail.
I opened the box and saw that they had sent me a pair of shoes. I had watched enough unboxing videos to know what the shoe bags looked like. “Uh-Oh’” I thought. I could have sworn I didn’t ask for shoes because I am so picky with them. They need to have excellent grips to keep me from slipping and sliding when I am up on my feet. I did go back and look at my Style Profile and I had requested that they sometimes send me shoes – so that was totally on me.
The shoe bag! Which is great for packing.
My Stylist sent me a pair of Toms. I tried them on and immediately loved them, until I tried to get up on my feet. Sigh. They were way too slick, especially on my bathroom floor. Bummer.
I moved on to my clothing bundle. Where I found two tops, a cardigan, and a pair of jeans. A pair of jeans?! I haven’t worn jeans in years due to the lack of comfort from my scar tissue and sitting most of the day. Plus the last time I tried to buy jeans I felt like I had to try on dozens and dozens of pairs at multiple stores which ended in failure. Sigh. Well, I knew I would be a challenge to style and fit, but I was hoping the tops and cardigan would work out, so I started with those.
Low and behold they all fit and I loved them. I then decided I needed to at least try the jeans on so I could provide feedback on why they didn’t fit. I knew they were going to be too long – the curse of being vertically challenged. Imagine my surprise when they actually fit me – everywhere! And they had some stretch to them so I was super comfortable sitting down, plus the seam on the side didn’t bother my leg with all the scar tissue! What was this sorcery? I decided to give the shoes another try to complete the whole outfit and I was blown away at how well everything looked and felt. Wow! My aunt and uncle were blown away too because we all tend to buy the same things over and over again once we know they fit so we don’t have to actually go shopping. They are both considering giving Stitch Fix a try – yes, they style men too!
Here are photos of my Stitch Fix haul:
They send you a personalized note from your Stylist and styling suggestions to go with each piece. I decided to keep the slippery Toms because they were so comfortable and went so well with everything else. I purchased some non-slip grips for the soles and they are much safer for me now. Since I purchased all the items in the box I received a 25% discount and after deducting my $20 styling fee I only paid $187 for everything in box! I hope Stitch Fix continues to hit the mark with me, it will save me so much time, effort, frustration, and most importantly spoons!
I love that they include a personal note from your stylist as well as outfit suggestions for the items they’ve sent you.
Wanna give Stitch Fix without having to gamble a $20 styling fee?
Use my any of my Stitch Fix links and they will waive your first $20 styling fee, and I will earn a $25 credit! Yay – we both win! Basically you get try Stitch Fix risk free. If your box arrives and you don’t like any of the items, simply ship it back. They pay for all the shipping! Plus, you may even get a referral link of your own to pass on to friends and family. What do you have to lose? Except maybe the fashion rut you might be stuck in like I was?
*Too many spoons refers to the limited amount of spoons a person with a chronic condition has to spend in a day. Based on The Spoon Theory Theory by Christine Miserandino.