Stitch Fix Review: My First Box
written in April 2016
My first Stitch Fix box came on Thursday.
It’s been buzzin’ around social media lately. You might have seen your friends tweet about it or post pictures of their latest Stitch Fix box on Instagram. I was skeptical but excited to give Stitch Fix a try. For $20 you get your own personal stylist and a box of clothes/accessories catered to your tastes. I was pleasantly surprised by my entire box. Below is a list of a few of my favorite things about this stitch experience as well as what came in my box.
- It’s a lot more personal than I expected.
You actually get a stylist who is a real person. I thought this was going to be all computer generated but a real person styled my box, sent me a note, checked out my Pinterest boards to see what I like, and listened to what I had to say! I really did feel like I was interacting with someone who was knowledgeable and cared about what arrived in my box.
- They got my sizes right.
I’m 5’11” and curvy. I have athletic quads and a butt. I have long legs and a long torso. I can’t shop for myself when I go into a store and try things on, let alone online. I rarely order clothes online and find them to fit just right. Always too short, too big, too small… something is always off. This was the biggest reason I was so skeptical of Stitch Fix – how will they ever get my sizes right? I’m not sure, magic maybe, but everything they sent me fit perfectly! Spoiler alert: I have been in search for the perfect jeans for 5 years and BAM! They arrived in my Stitch Fix. I’m never taking them off.
- It’s customizable.
You can tell your stylist details about what your job is like, what accessories you need or don’t need. You can tell them not to send shoes, or jewelry. You can request skirts or dresses. I was wow-ed by the opportunities to make your box your own before it even arrives on your doorstep. You decide how often your boxes come, or you can just try it once. You also get to specify the price range that you’d like to stay within for the pieces.
- You get mail.
And it’s a surprise! When your box arrives you don’t know what will be inside – glorious mail surprises! It’s wrapped and packaged all adorably and waiting for you when you get home from work. The entire Stitch Fix process is an experience, not just another online shopping site.
- Shipping items back is easy and free.
Paying for shipping sucks. With Stitch Fix, you don’t have to worry about that. Whatever you decide not to purchase, you simply stick in the mailing bag and drop off at the post office and it goes back to Stitch Fix. It doesn’t get much easier than that. It’s even simpler than taking items back to a store. No post office lines!
- You win no matter what.
You can’t lose. Even if I would have hated everything in my box, Stitch Fix made me think about what I like and what I don’t like which has guided my wardrobe transformation ever since I filled out the survey in the beginning. You get mail AND you get to try on fun clothes from the comfort of your home, without that fitting-room florescent lighting. Win. Win. Win.
- Style ideas.
The box comes with cute little cards that show you ideas on how to style your pieces. For a fashion struggle-bus gal like me, this was super helpful. Is this a dress or a shirt? (Pulls out style card) Ohhh, it’s a tunic. They also show ways you can dress that piece up or dress it down, from desk to dinner. It was helpful for seeing the versatility in the pieces as well as made me think about how I can wear what I already own in different ways.
- Freshen up your wardrobe.
It’s like dipping your toe into an adventurous new world without spending a lot of money and time being stuck with pieces you don’t love. Look good, feel good, do good.
- Learn Your Style
I have a style? That’s how I felt filling out the beginning questionnaire about what my style is. Turns out: I DO! All of the pieces that I got from my first Stitch Fix were totally “me” but a little more fun. It was a comfortable way to step out of my comfort zone.
- Try New Brands
Who knew I’d fall totally, madly in love with Liverpool jeans? With Stitch Fix, you get the opportunity to try new brands that you might not have come across in stores. Some brands even offer styles exclusively for Stitch Fix subscribers – items you might not even find in stores. Like, woah.
And now for what came in my box:
1 pair of jeans
I tried the jeans on first, almost as a joke. Like “HAHA, yeah right, Stitch Fix, who do you think you are, thinking you know my jeans size?” They fit perfectly. I don’t feel like I need to lose 5lbs to wear them comfortably, I also feel like they would still fit perfectly if I lost 5lbs. Magic jeans. Also, the big kicker, THEY ARE LONG ENOUGH. I almost cried when I put them on. SO EXCITING. Keeping those was a no-brainer.
I really loved all 3 tops but I’m trying to build up my professional wardrobe and they were all a little casual for what I need right now. They all fit though, and looked cute on!
The bag was tough for me. I really loved it but when I took all of my bags out and put them on the guest bed to make a smart decision, I couldn’t justify adding another bag to my collection even though I wanted to so badly. I would rather invest in a few more work pieces then spend that money on a bag.
You do get a discount if you purchase everything in your box. For me, if I would have kept everything it would have cost about $200. I only kept the jeans which after the $20 styling fee discount (you get to take that initial cost off anything you purchase), they were only $58. Totally reasonable for my dream-jeans. (No exaggeration there).
Thanks for reading, and I’d love to know your thoughts on Stitch Fix! Tried it? Love it? Hate it? Tempted?