Post by Stacy
As anyone who knows me will attest, I am a boring dresser. I dress in a wash of jeans and grey or navy t-shirts. I hate shopping, so I tend to have just under a week’s worth of clothing that I actually wear – and this gets predictably shabby due to overuse and overwashing. I drag this sad situation out until the garments fall apart.
Enter StitchFix. A friend of mine told me about it over dinner, and I politely nodded while thinking, “I could never let a stranger pick out my clothes.” But I had been reading about capsule wardrobes, another way of indulging my addiction to simplicity. Except I realized that in order to have a simplified, minimal wardrobe – I would actually have to add to my closet. That’s right, my selection is so pathetic that it doesn’t even qualify as a minimalist collection. So I decided to give StitchFix a shot.
The sign up process was easy and fun. They ask you questions about your size and preferences, and they also have you look at and rate several collections of clothes and accessories. The process was fairly quick and not agonizing, even for a shopping-hater.
How It Works
A stylist reviews your account, and they start shopping. You’ll get five items: mainly clothes, accessories if you’ve agreed to that, no shoes. You’ll get an email with a tracking number when your order is en route. Once it arrives, you try everything on, and then sign on to let them know which items you’re keeping and which you’re sending back. Returns are super easy – think Netflix – you put returns into the envelope you send and stick it in the mail. The amount of packaging is very low, comparable or less than buying it in the store.
There is a $20 “styling fee” for each order. That fee goes toward the cost of your purchase (if you buy anything); if you send everything back, consider it a membership fee. They ask you up front about what you’re hoping to spend. (I opted for mid range.) There are no shipping and handling fees. If you opt to keep all five items, you get a sizeable discount. You get $25 credits for referrals. I would have sent one item back (the dress), but the “Buy 5” discount covered the cost of the garment – so I’m going to sell it instead. Bottom line: the first shipment (pics below) cost me $260. It’s more than what I would normally spend, but I wouldn’t usually buy stuff this nice – plus, I saved the cost, time, and agita of driving around to find things on my own.
· You have to let them know within three business days what you’re keeping or returning.
· You may get several different stylists, but you can request to keep a certain one if their picks are better than others.
· You can adjust the frequency of shipments. Mine is currently monthly, but I plan to slow it down after my closet reaches a respectable state.
Henley Tank with pattern detail & Bootcut Jeans
Sweater with ¾ sleeve and ruched waist
Convertible Cardigan w/ pockets
Overall, I am very pleased with the first shipment. I love, love, love the Henley, the cardigan, and the jeans. I liked the sweater. I liked the dress, too, but it’s a bit long for me. Everything else fit well, and it is all very comfortable to wear – lots of stretchy fabrics. The items feel like a decent quality for what you pay. Lastly, I feel like the stylist did a good job of choosing items that were partly my style, but also stretched my usually narrow boundaries. I’ve worn everything, and it’s wonderful not to feel so shabby!
My next “Fix” is on the way, and I can’t wait!