My “Stitch Fix” Trial

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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?   

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One thought on “My “Stitch Fix” Trial

  1. one more thought… if the blazer was great quality, and with that fit and color, i’d say keep it… pay the price it’s worth it. investment piece… and wear it with button open. Dress up with a nice cami/blouse underneath and dark denim bootleg jeans and heels for work; dress down with T, mixed metal or statement jewelry, broken in boyfriend style jeans rolled up, and sexy heels for a fun evening look!!

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