My fashionista friend, Desiree, mentioned in a Facebook post that she was excited to try “Stitch Fix“. Intrigued, I followed her link and learned that Stitch Fix is a fashion retailer and personalized shopping website equipped with personal stylists. What a great idea! I had to try it. I filled out my style profile and signed up for my first “fix”. The profile consisted of a variety of questions regarding my own style and what I would like my stylist to pick out for me. There was even a place to link my Pinterest board so that my stylist could see what I am into. I requested work clothes as the school year would be starting soon and I could use some new items to spruce up my teaching wardrobe.
It took about a month to receive my first fix. It consisted of five items that were carefully selected for me based on my style profile. By the time I received this mystery box, I had nearly forgotten that I signed up for this. But then the anticipation of seeing what was in the box was very exciting I have to admit. Everything was packaged beautifully with step by step instructions. There were pictures of ideas to pair with each new item. There was a prepaid return shipping envelope for any items that I decided I didn’t want.
First, I came across this necklace (by Zad). I like it and it seems very versatile as it would go with just about anything. However, if you know me, you know I don’t add jewelry accessories to my style very often. Why? Because I am frugal (or cheap). I always look at the cost of a piece of jewelry and think, “I could buy a shirt, or pants, or even an entire outfit for that one piece of jewelry” and I talk myself right out of them. This necklace retailed at $32. I think I could find something similar for less than a third of that price, you know? The verdict? I’m sending this back.
I got very excited over the next item I came across. It is a sleeveless chevron blouse by Renee C. The colors are fantastic. And I loved how they styled it with skinnies or a khaki pencil skirt. However, when I tried it on, it fit a little tight around my bust. So sad as I probably would have kept it! This too was a little pricey for this sale shopper. I think normally I would pay around $20 for such a find. They have this priced at $38 though I might have made an exception had it fit well.
Next was a long sleeve paisley blouse by Fun2Fun. This is not something I would normally pick out for myself. I typically stay away from these flowy types of blouses because I thought they were hiding a bigger middle area. Luckily, this is one of the areas of my body I’ve never needed to hide the shape of. But I was pleasantly surprised once I tried it on. Again, I would probably usually pay somewhere around $20 for a blouse and they had this one priced at $48. I think I will pass on this one, however, I am going to be more open-minded toward these types of blouses in the future.
The next item, was a very simple black ponte dress by Sanctuary. This word, “ponte”, has been popping up a lot recently in my online shopping ventures. Apparently, it means “a knit fabric that holds its shape”. The dress fit very well and would be extremely versatile for work as I could style it in numerous ways throughout the school year. Again, the price was the point of contention with me. I think normally, I would pay $40-$50 for such an item. Stitch Fix had it priced at $98. I’m not sure that I would pay $98 for a truly special dress. This dress wasn’t “special” to me but just the opposite…basic, simple, and easy to come by.
The last item was the mark of a great personal shopper that paid attention to who I was. Aimee was my personal stylist and she wrote me a personalized note. In her note she mentioned that she checked out my PInterest board and saw that I had a blue blazer pinned. So, she picked this collarless blue blazer by 41Hawthorn. I appreciated her individualized attention and taking the time to research my likes. I like the color and the fact that it was collarless, both of which made it a “special” piece. And, once again, I am definitely not sold on the price. Typically I would pay around $40 for a blazer. They priced this at $78.
So, I’m sending it all back :(. The cost to me? $0. It was fun! I think Stitch Fix is great for people who don’t like to shop for themselves and who have a healthy budget. They did a fantastic job picking out items for me. If I had the money, I would continue to use Stitch Fix. But Stitch Fix is not for bargain shoppers like myself, however. I enjoy the “hunt” too much. Is Stitch Fix something that you would be interested in?