In Stitch Fix Review Part One I talked at length about what Stitch Fix is and whether or not it might be for you. This post delves deeper into what a fix looks like, and specifically explores my three fixes.
FIX BY FIX BREAKDOWN
Many bloggers do a Stitch Fix review about each and every shipment they receive – month after month after month. I didn’t want to share my opinion until I’d had a chance to try Stitch Fix on for size and see how it fit for me – literally and figuratively. Do the clothes fit? Do they work for me? Do I wait excitedly by the door to see what has arrived from Stitch Fix because I was so super-duper happy with the last one that I can’t wait?
FIX ONE: OCTOBER
My first fix, and well…I bought everything. It was the very first time I’d received clothes through the mail and damn, what an impression. To top it off, I knew that my stylist had read my suggestions, viewed my Pinterest board, and actually thought about what to send me. Ably assisted by the Stitch Fix match-clothes-to-a-client algorithm, of course.
The packaging is superb, and probably contributes to the reason Stitch Fix prices are always retail.
Think about the cost that goes into designing the boxes, embossed cards, quality tissue paper, and “special” Stitch Fix sticker. That’s definitely a part of why the prices are firmly set at retail. They will bargain with you: find a piece elsewhere, and they have been known to adjust your price.
My first Stitch Fix included:
- Cute grey jacket/cardigan
- Black slim pants
- Red sweater
- Black sleeveless top
- Maroon short sleeve top
Now let’s have a word or two about the “styling cards.” These are sent for every piece you receive in every fix. That’s five styling cards per fix.
They’re lame. Many rave about how “awesome” the styling cards are and serious? Total waste of paper.
I don’t need anyone to tell me how to wear a sweater with a pair of jeans. I learned how to put clothes together from mom (who at 80 is still a stylish woman,) from consuming fashion magazines like water, and from wandering around stores until dizzy with ideas. Knowing how to read a fashion magazine, interpret the season’s shapes and colors, and then find styles in stores is in my DNA.
(And if you have that red sweater by Fate in a small and no longer love it, let me know. I literally cut it with a pair of scissors. Boo hoo – definitely a favorite.)
FIX TWO: DECEMBER
By December, I was well into overdrive with GoldenTote, Wantable, Splendies. For this fix, I got more picky when trying the clothes. Did I really LOVE the piece? Did it truly fit well? Would it work with other pieces? Did it push me out of my comfort zone in just the right way?
I asked for warm, wooly sweaters: I live in Michigan and it is C.O.L.D.
Imagine my disappointment when not a single warm, wooly sweater arrived. On blog posts and Facebook groups, I kept hearing totally unsubstantiated rumors that Stitch Fix was “loosing it” or “didn’t have enough stock to keep up with demand.”
My fix had
- a pair of pricey jeans
- a dolman-sleeved top
- a black top with cute see-through detail
- a lightweight coat
- an infinity scarf
I kept the black lightweight sweater and purple/navy dolman top, sent back the scarf, jeans, and coat. The scarf was an infinity scarf: hate them. Loved the print though, and almost succumbed. The coat was cute but I really don’t need another light/mid-weight coat for spring/fall that cost more than $100. Loved the jeans but, again, given that I was already spending a bunch, I didn’t keep them. Seriously thinking about hunting them down online and buying them though (I bookmarked them on Amazon tonight!)
Somewhere (and of course I forget where) I read that Stitch Fix expects you to send things back.
Hoping for another home run of five for five -which everybody does- is like looking for a diamond ring in a haystack. You reach in to that Stitch Fix package and grab a handful of hay over and over and over. Great if you’re a horse, but not so great if you’re a clothes horse like me.
FIX THREE: FEBRUARY
For my mid-winter fix in February, I requested all tops, and gave the following suggestions for a fix:
- YES: tops, tshirts, blouses, sweaters, cardigans, etc. Solid colors, stripes, polka dots, lace. Modern, bold, edgy. Cozy layering pieces. Love black, red, navy, purple.
- NO: coats, vests, pants, skirts, dresses, accessories, backless, bodycon (have plenty. Looking forward to see what you send for my birthday-month fix. Thank you!!
And what did I receive? Light, airy tops and one black jacket. I was so disappointed that I didn’t even bother to take pictures. I pulled the pieces out, tried them on, and yawned. I tried to keep an open mind, but was just not that into it anymore. And all it took was three fixes for me to decide that Stitch Fix isn’t for me.
And yes, I did keep the black jacket. Didn’t want to lose that $20 styling fee.
As I said in part one, Stitch Fix is great if you’d like to broaden your style horizon and have money to spend. I can also see it being an excellent service if you have a very busy life and find it hard to get to stores. It might be even better if, when you get stores, you only have a half hour to find a dress for the wedding tomorrow. Short on time, long on money? Stitch Fix might be the thing for you.
- It’s also good for you if you want to look stylish. Let’s say you’re a harried working woman with young children and a busy life. Stitch Fix is perfect for you. You’ll get stylish clothes delivered straight to your door, and no need to drag the kiddos to the store.
- If you have an event coming up -think cruise with the hubs, family vaca to FLA, wedding in April- and can’t find the “right” clothes on your own… (Seriously now. Can’t find the right clothes? I don’t even understand. I can always find things that will work just fine. That practical approach also comes from mom.) Stitch Fix is for you if you have a hard time finding clothes.
- Stitch Fix is also for you if you really, truly do find “putting an outfit together” a mystery. The styling cards seem to help plenty of folks. Just not me.
- But if you enjoy spending time looking for clothes – Stitch Fix is not for you.
- If you love getting a great bargain – Stitch Fix is not for you.
- If you love combing through thrift stores, haunting consignment stores, or prowling the interwebs for awesome clothes – Stitch Fix is not for you.
And ultimately, that’s why I cancelled Stitch Fix. It just is not for me – in so many ways.