Have you heard about Stitch Fix? It’s the online, personal styling service that is sweeping the Internet. Okay, perhaps I exaggerate. But when a Facebook Friend (thank you, Jody!) posted that she’d bought her first personal-styling session through Stitch Fix, I clicked to learn more. Sure enough, within just a few minutes of reading of this neat shopping concept, I signed up, too.
Here’s how it works:
1) I tell Stitch Fix all about my clothing preferences, my size and budget preferences.
2) I pay them $20 to “style my Fix,” which means for $20 a personal stylist will pull together 5 items of clothing (and/or accessories) based on my requests. For example, I asked for summery items in anticipation of going to Mexico this spring and then Europe this summer. Here’s what I sent Stitch Fix, specifically:
I live in the Colorado mountains, where the overall style here is decidedly casual and laid back. However, I am a travel writer by profession, and I feel like I need some more current looks (edgy may be pushing it, but I’d like to try). I am also spending the summer in Europe, so I definitely need some more fashion-forward pieces for that trip.
3) I schedule the delivery and try on my items. If I buy any, the $20 styling fee will be applied to my purchase. If I buy all 5 items, I get a 25% discount. I have three days to decide, and I send whatever I don’t want back to Stitch Fix in a pre-paid envelope.
4) When I “check out” — either buying some, all or no items — I can leave comments to my stylist, letting her know what worked and what didn’t, how things fit, what I loved…. That way, for my next Fix, my stylist will be better informed on my likes and dislikes.
I was delighted to come home from a trip to Alberta, Canada, to find my Stitch Fix waiting for me. Today, I opened up the box to find a personal note from my stylist, as well as cards detailing suggestions for how I might wear my items.
Immediately upon looking at the photos of my items (not sure why one item didn’t have a photo), I formed some opinions. I’m not typically a big pattern person, but one of the reasons why I wanted to try Stitch Fix was to get out of my comfort zone.
Of course I couldn’t wait to try them on. My stylist — whose name is Kara (!) — did a really good job with the sizing, overall.
Here’s the racerback tank from the back:
I’m on the fence with this tank top. It’s definitely unusual, and I really like the fit and the pretty embroidery around the neckline. But does it look like a maternity top? And how about the capri jeans. They are absolutely comfy; they fit well. But they remind me of pedal pushers I wore in 8th grade. Do you like the length of the pants? I am pretty sure I’d get some wear out of both of these items, but $78 is a lot for me to spend on jeans.
UPDATE Verdict: I kept the tank top but sent back the capris. The tank fits too well and is just too “different” for me not to keep it. I signed on with Stitch Fix so I’d learn about some different styles and colors and looks for me. I love that they sent this item that I wouldn’t normally pick out for myself. It’s fun and flirty and I’m happy to have it in my closet! However, I think–as someone noted in the comments below–that I could do better with capri jeans. I think I’d like a pair that is a bit longer, and not cutting across a wide part of my calf (thanks to the other commenter who pointed that out – really). For my next Fix, arriving April 8ish, I asked for a couple pairs of jeans — either blue or white — that I might wear with this top.
Here’s the Rory Geo Printed tank from the back:
My thoughts on the coral tank? Does nothing for me. Just sort of hangs there. I like the blue pattern (you can see it better in the stacked clothing above), but the white back is see-through. UPDATE Verdict: Sent this coral tank top back.
On to the dress that I didn’t think would work for me once I saw it out of the box:
Yeah, this dress didn’t work for me at all. The skirt was too short. The top part is too short (I think the waist is hitting me too high). It’s blousy where it shouldn’t be. Verdict: Definitely returning.
Finally, here’s a maxi skirt that I was so delighted to pair with a few new items from Aventura Clothing, where I just signed on to be an ambassador. I’ll be blogging about my spring clothing items from Aventura, many of which are fabulous for travel, but here’s a preview:
Here’s another Aventura item that happens to work with this multi-color skirt — these coral/turquoise/seafoam/brown colors must be hot this season!
Papermoon, Remmie Multi-Color Chevron Print Maxi Skirt ($58)
with Aventura Mayfield Solid Top in Spiced Coral ($49)
I love the Papermoon maxi skirt. I think I must keep it, since I have some great tops to go with it, right? The jersey material is flattering and comfy. I can absolutely see myself wearing this skirt out to dinner in Mexico. Verdict: Definitely keeping.
I do have a $50 credit with Stitch Fix, since two friends signed up for the service via my referral link. (Thanks, whoever that was!) So, in the end, for the two items I kept — the racerback tank and the maxi skirt — I only spent $56.
For my next Stitch Fix, I am going to ask for all of my items to be “the cheaper the better” (for this Stitch Fix I said I’d pay $50 to $100 for bottoms or dresses, but really, I’d like to pay under $60 for each future item, if possible).
And I will sign up for the service again. I’d love at least two or three more boxes before I head to Europe this summer!
Disclosure: I don’t work for or with Stitch Fix, but if you sign up for the service with my referral link, I’ll get $25 off my next order. I do work with Aventura to promote its clothing through its new Ambassador Program.