Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Stitch Fix Review

So, I have a confession to make - I splurged on something pretty big recently.  I'm still a thrifter at heart and always will be and I most definitely still need to watch my money given things like my new car, new washer and dryer and things of that nature - but I budgeted myself appropriately to give Stitch Fix a spin because I've been reading so much about it and seeing it out on other blogs that I was dying to give it a try.

If you're not familiar with it - Stitch Fix is a subscription service - you pay a $20 styling fee and then once a month (or less if you want - you set the terms) you receive a box of hand picked clothing and accessory items.  You fill out a style profile when you sign up and you can even submit things like Pinterest inspiration boards to assist your personal stylist in finding you items.  Now again - I love to shop, I love going to thrift stores, consignment stores and the mall - but my time is limited with Oliver these days and I loved the idea of having someone pick out goodies for me to send in the mail like it was my birthday.  You get three days to try on your items, select what you want or don't want and then send back the items you don't want (at no extra shipping cost to you).  You can keep all of it or none of it - your $20 styling fee takes $20 off your purchase and if you choose to keep everything in the box you get 25% off your entire order. If you send everything back, you are just out your $20 styling fee.  The pieces are spendy - but in my first box alone I recognized some pretty high end brand names.  Again, I figured it just didn't hurt to try it as the styling fee by itself isn't that bad.  So, let's take a look at my first "Fix".

The box is very nice - everything is packed nicely in tissue paper.

Your stylist includes a personal note to you introducing your box and what's inside.  I had noted in my style profile that I'm a new mom who is nursing and am needing to wear tops that allow easy access - I appreciated that she took that into consideration, it was a nice personal touch.

There's a price chart for all of your items that also tells you the total cost if you purchase the whole box with the discount and minus your styling fee.  Then there is a style card that shows all of the items in your box and styling ideas for each item.

So, here are all the items I tried and my thoughts on each.  I did selfies on my iPhone - not the greatest quality pictures but hopefully you'll get the idea.

1. 41Hawthorn Natasha Hawthorn Front Pocket Sleeveless Blouse in Fuchsia - $54.00
I love the color of this top - I love that it has button details and a lower cut neckline - it's silky and airy and would be great for summer.  Sadly, the sizing just didn't feel quite right, I'm in an odd point where I'm kind of between sizes right now after losing the baby weight.  In the end the flowy feel of this top just made me feel frumpy.  Final verdict - Returned

2. Mavi Kalie Denim Jacket - $98.00
I really do like this jacket a lot - you can't go wrong with a denim jacket, the fit is great, it has awesome stretch and movement in it - but I already have three denim jackets at home that I love and the price point on this one was way too much for me to justify having another one.  Final verdict: Returned

3. Kut From the Kloth Sinclaire Floral Print Button-Up Blouse - $58.00
I love everything about this blouse!  The colors are delightful for spring, it's nursing friendly, it fits well and it just felt like "Me" from the moment I put it on.  The price is pretty high, but I decided to splurge on this one.  Final verdict: Kept.

4. Kensie Jeans Kaleigh Ankle Biter Skinny Jean $88.00
I wanted to love these jeans - but they are clearly too big for me.  I don't blame my stylist - again, I'm at an odd point on sizes.  I loved the stretch in these - and they would definitely be comfy, but I feel that they should be tighter than this.  Not to mention - mom + baby + white jeans = potential disaster.
Final Verdict: Returned

5. Bella Boutique Pippa Swarovski Crystal and Vermeil Necklace - $32.00
I was excited when I saw a necklace was included - and for something with Swarovski Crystal in it I felt this would be very affordable - but sadly it was SO delicate it ended up super tangled up in shipping and no matter what I tried I couldn't even get it untangled enough to try on.  I'm not much on super dainty jewelry like this either - I'm more of a statement necklace girl.  Final Verdict: Returned

The entire box totals in at $330 (eek!) but with the 25% discount would be $232.50 - still a bit steep but then again, that could have been my shopping for the next couple of months and I would delay my next fix to make it more affordable.  But since I didn't keep the entire box, I don't have to worry about that.  My $58.00 blouse comes in at $38 after the styling fee.  Not too bad.  

It really was fun to try everything on - I did go ahead and schedule another fix for next month - you can give feedback on each item and they'll tweak things for you for next time.  I don't know that I'll do this forever, but it was definitely a fun treat for this month!  We'll see what they come up with next month!

If you're interested in trying out Stitch Fix, you can use my referral link here.  I receive a $25 credit if you do, but otherwise I am not compensated for this review in any other way.


  1. The blouse you kept is really pretty! Does seem like the items they chose are pretty expensive. Thanks for the review!

    The Tiny Heart

  2. Oh that blouse is so perfect for you! I don't see this as being something I would be intro trying right now, but something I would probably really like later on in life if I ever have a kid (and become super woman like you!). Great review! I was always a bit curious on how Stitch Fix worked!

  3. I like subscriptions. (I get Birch Box.) They expose us to cool things we might never consider. Yours is a neat idea.

  4. This sounds like fun! And I love the blouse you kept. It really looks great on you! I am excited to see what they send you next and hear your review!

  5. Cool, I had never heard of this service before. Thank you for the review and all of your pictures. I agree with your choice about the red blouse- you have a great waistline and to have something billowy like that seems like a shame. I laughed at your comment on white jeans. :D

  6. This is a really neat idea. Especially for people who like clothes, but maybe don't necessarily like the hunting aspect of shopping. It's quite a bit outside of my price range, but it is a really unique idea.

  7. I absolutely love the blouse you chose, I think you made the perfect choice--it looks like a piece you'll wear over and over again. I'm glad you did a review of this service. I've been curious about it too, and even though I love shopping, I just don't have the time I used to have. Eventually, when I have the money to try it I may take the plunge too!

  8. Such an interesting concept. Fun! I agree w others, the floral top is adorable. -tammy

  9. It's fun to see some of the actual items that were sent! I really liked both of the tops she sent you! I requested NO accessories. I feel like I already have so many and those are easy enough to pick up versus clothes for me! Can't wait to see your next box!


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