My Second StitchFix Experience: Review + Recommendations
A little over a year ago, I got sucked into all of the hype and scheduled my first StitchFix. It was a fun experience, but I walked away empty-handed (and $20 poorer--total bummer). This past month, I decided to give it another try. I now have a reformed style due to a brand new career and lifestyle, and I thought that by being even more descriptive and selective in my Style Profile, I might have better luck. Not to mention, thanks to those who signed up for their own fixes through my referral link, I now had a $125 credit to spend (totally making up for my initial "investment"). Ah the beauty of referral links! (You can earn credit too once you sign up for your own fix and then share your own referral link with friends and family!) My second experience was definitely better than my first, so I thought I'd share a detailed break-down with all of you.
So what is StitchFix anyway?
It's essentially a personalized styling online retailer. Once you fill out a detailed Style Profile, a stylist will compile five items--both clothing and accessories--to match your tastes, budget, and lifestyle. You can purchase what you like and send back what you don't.
It's great for people who don't have much time to shop, appreciate outside opinions on style, want to try new brands and styles, and/or enjoy surprises.
Things to Consider before Getting Your "Fix:"
- Your Style Profile
Make sure all of the information you provide is as descriptive as possible and includes what you are really looking for. Be honest about your sizing and what you feel comfortable wearing. Update your Pinterest Style boards to reflect your tastes and include a link in your profile. It's worth taking the extra time to make sure this profile is complete.
- Your Budget
You will be able to share your budgeting expectations in the Style Profile, BUT I will say that everything I have received has been much higher in price than I expressed or would probably be willing to pay regularly. My thrifting ways have made me completely unaware of what the average person spends on full-price items, but I know that I still received items that were pricier than expected. That being said, if you're looking for quality and unique items, making an investment might be a good solution for you. Additionally, if you can rack up some referral credit, the pill won't be quite as difficult to swallow!
- Your Willingness to Invest
Going down the StitchFix route may mean some hits and misses along the way. When you sign up for a fix, you are required to pay a $20 styling fee. The good news is that fee applies to any purchases you make; the not-so-good news is that if you don't purchase anything, you lose that fee. Even though I was out $20 from my first fix, I decided to try again because I did have some credit and I knew that I wouldn't lose my styling fee since I would likely purchase at least one item. Furthermore, sometimes it takes StitchFix stylists a few fixes to pin point your individual style preferences; if you're determined to make this a part of your wardrobe shopping, be willing to invest a little until the process is smooth and spot-on for you.
My StitchFix Experience
Here's what I received in my latest StitchFix:
- Bay to Baubles Hilton Layered Tortoise Chain Necklace - $28.00
- Kensie Jeans Kaleigh Ankle Biter Skinny Jean - $88.00
- 41Hawthorn Aspen Boat Neck Striped Cotton Tee - $48.00
- Mystree Parker Floral Button-Up Blouse - $64.00
- 19 Cooper Cathleen Split-Neck Tulip-Sleeve Blouse - $68.00
Merchandise Total: $296.00
Whew. Compare that to one of my monthly budgets and it doesn't quite match up; for some of you, however, this would be a reasonable budget for quality items and a lot of saved time and aggravation.
What I Kept:
This blouse is a true beauty. When I held it up for the first time, I was worried it would be boxy, but it ended up being the perfect balance of loose and fitted. Not only that, it's a gorgeous color AND it isn't see-through. The tulip-sleeve detail made it a true win for me. I think it's a very versatile top (which is what I requested in my feedback) that can be dressed up for work events and for going out in the evening with friends. While $68.00 is certainly more than I would typically spend, it feels really nice to have a quality piece in my closet.
This tortoise chain necklace is just fabulous. I love that it's classic in color and modern in style. It's a great statement piece and it dresses up any look. It's a little louder than I'm typically used to wearing, but I think it will be particularly nice in the fall and winter.
These two items combined were $96, so with my $125 credit, I am now left with $29 toward my next Fix.
What I Sent Back:
This floral blouse is just not me at all. I understand why the stylist picked it out for me--I love navy, I love floral, I love feminine blouses, but all together, this just did not work. The fit was not great either, both too voluminous in the waist and snug around the bust (say what?). The long sleeves were itching to be rolled up and I could not figure out any other way to style this top. This was an instant out!
I wanted to love this top and I even really loved how I styled it. It was, however, a basic striped tee, and I already have about a billion in my closet to speak of and they all fit me better than this. It was too boxy, too thick, too matronly for my tastes, even though I really enjoyed the boat neck and 3/4 sleeves. Plus, I couldn't justify spending $48 on a tee.
HAHAHA. Oh the Kensie jeans. I couldn't even get these past my shins, so that was that. Even if I could have, though, I probably would not have kept them. While I really like the color and the feel, it just isn't practical enough for my lifestyle. Furthermore, denim (or just pants in general) that fit are incredibly hard for me to find and I requested that they not send me pants in the future. Hopefully, they will listen!
All-in-all, I enjoyed this Fix a lot more than my first experience and would be open to trying it again. Would you ever try StitchFix? If you have already, what was your experience like? Spill!
Disclosure: This post contains referral links. If you schedule your fix through this link, I will receive a $25 credit toward my next fix. Then you can share a link with your friends and family! Your support is much appreciated and continues to make The Modern Austen possible!