Stitch Fix Review – April 2015 (1 of 2)

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(Photos by Justin McKee)

I was introduced to Stitch Fix last year and decided to take the jump into my first Internet subscription-based purchase. I was skeptical in the beginning, but I wanted to try it because I’m not much of a shopper and I’m an hour away from any quality store. What did I learn? It’s fun!

So, What Is Stitch Fix?

This service provides the convenience of having five items shipped directly to your door. Right now, they offer tops, pants, skirts, dresses, outerwear, jewelry, scarves, purses and bags. When you first register on the website, you fill out a Style Profile, filling out vital body-type information, sizes, types of clothing you prefer to receive or stay away from, price range and other details. You also can leave a note for the stylist you’re paired with and can provide a link to social media sites or a Pinterest board with items that suit your style. The more specific details you leave, the better chance your box will have more items you like. In the box you’ll also find a note from your stylist and cards showing different ways to wear each piece (which I really benefit from).

SF4.3.15The initial fee, or styling fee, is $20. Each item you receive is of a different price point. Once you try on each item of clothing, you have three days to decide which piece(s) you want to keep. The initial $20 will go toward the item(s) you keep. If you decide to keep everything, you receive a 25% discount. If you decide to keep nothing, that $20 is lost. The items you don’t keep you put in a pre-paid mail bag that comes in your box. Just make sure you ship it out within that three-day period or you’ll be charged for the entire thing. You’ll also perform a “check-out” process on the website after you’ve made your choice(s).

You can schedule a Fix every month, or, if you’re like me and living on an ever-changing budget, you can schedule a Fix whenever you have the money to splurge. In my opinion, the price points are on the higher side, even if you select “the cheaper the better” in your style profile. However, the items I’ve purchased have been of good quality, are things I wouldn’t normally pick for myself, and items I consider to be perfect. Even still, I’ve received items I’ve loved and still won’t pay too high a price if I feel it’s just not worth it. I just cannot afford to do so.

Lastly, I enjoy Stitch Fix mostly because it helps me break out of my plain comfort box. I’ve purchased at least two items I would never have looked at twice, and wear them often. The clothing is pretty unique and one of the best parts for me is they now offer petite sizes. It’s also fun to have something to look forward to, and really exciting to see what your stylist has picked out. Beware: it can be very addicting!

If you’re interested in trying out Stitch Fix, please use my referral link: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3694774.

Moving on, here is a look at what I received in my 5th Stitch Fix box, which I scheduled thanks to credit I received when a friend of mine used my referral link. I hate to say this, especially for my first blogged review, but this is the first Fix where I’ve sent everything back. I’m disappointed I had to do so, but I’ll explain why below.

Daniel Rainn – Holsen Crochet Detail Top; Small/Petite; $68

SF4.3.15 Daniel Rainn Holsen Crochet Detail TopI’m not into the crochet style that’s currently trending, but this shirt I can agree with. It came with a silky cami to wear underneath, but it didn’t really fit me well. Honestly, I’d probably just wear a white one or even a colored one I already own. Although I liked the details on this shirt, it was just a touch boxier than I like. And I cannot justify the price, so into the mail bag it goes.

Daniel Rainn – Minal V-Neck 3/4 Sleeve Solid Blouse; Small/Petite; $68

SF4.3.15 Daniel Rainn Minal V-Neck 3/4 Sleeve Solid BlouseI’ve never worn this type of green before, but I really liked it. The fit of this blouse was fitted, yet flowy, and I really like having the 3/4 sleeves, even though on me they were almost full sleeves. I didn’t quite like the spike “buttons” on the front, but I could deal with them. However, again the price of $68 for a plain blouse I feel I could find at Target for no more than $20 made me send this back too.

Pixley – Lyra 3/4 Sleeve Abstract Chevron Dress; Small; $58

SF4.3.15 Pixley Lyra 3/4 Sleeve Abstract Chevron DressWhen I saw this dress and noticed it had no shape to it, I kind of figured how trying it on would go down. Sure enough, the dress doesn’t do much for a figure. The pattern isn’t my favorite, though I always like blue, and I gave one point for the 3/4 sleeves again. The length of the dress also was way too long for my 5 ft height, so it made me look shorter than I actually am. That’s a huge no-no for me. Not a keeper.

Mystree – Vinnie Open Crochet Detail Cardigan; Small; $58

SF4.3.15 Mystree Vinnie Open Crochet Detail CardiganI guess my stylist likes the crochet trend more than I do. I have only one good thing to say about this cardigan: the fabric was soft. Otherwise, it’s horrid. I felt like I was 50 years older in it. The little clasp on the front wasn’t well made and tough to close, and as you can see the arms were way too long. The off-white color makes it look like it’s been sitting in an attic for years. I gladly placed this in the mail bag.

Gilli – Sondra Faux Wrap Dress; Small; $68

SF4.3.15 Gilli Sondra Faux Wrap DressThis is the only piece out of this Fix I would have kept. The fit was perfect and comfortable, the style adorable and flattering. And finally a dress with long sleeves! So why didn’t I keep it? Simple. I already have too much black and white in my closet and didn’t want to add yet another similar piece to my collection. In my note to my stylist, I specifically said I wanted colorful items because of that fact, and I know there are faux wrap dresses in different colors. Therefore, because it wasn’t absolutely perfect, I couldn’t justify spending the money on it. I am sending this back with regret.

Overall Thoughts

Like I said before, this is the first Fix where I’ve sent everything back. If the prices had been cheaper, I might have kept the wrap dress and maybe even the first top. In my note I added some specific requests and added my Pinterest ideas, but I feel as if my stylist Charlee (which was different than my other Fixes) didn’t bother to consider either – and she didn’t say anything in her note that made me think otherwise. Was I disappointed? Of course. But I’ve already got another one scheduled for the end of the month in hopes I am given items that more suit what I’m looking for. I plan on reviewing that one as well.

Which pieces do you like? Do you think I made a mistake in sending everything back? Leave your thoughts in a comment. I’d love to hear them.

Until next time,

-K

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About Karin

Journalist, singer, reader, movie fanatic, photography buff, GVSU alum, wanna-be-Brit, Crohn's fighter, Coca-Cola addict, animal lover, not a kid person, hater of winter, Michigander
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2 Responses to Stitch Fix Review – April 2015 (1 of 2)

  1. Paula Pulliam says:

    I loved the black white Sondra faux wrap dress on you — very pretty.

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