Being under the influence of Aubrey (it’s OK, she’s a positive influence), I decided to pull the trigger and try Stitch Fix after I decided I couldn’t hold out any longer because I absolutely loved everything in her fourth fix (see all of Aubrey’s fix reviews here). If you’re unfamiliar with it, Stitch Fix is a service where you’re assigned a stylist who selects five items for you and you have three days to decide if you like them or not. You send back what you don’t want and keep what you do. The fee per “fix” is $20 and that’s applied to anything you keep. There is also a discount if you keep all five items. It’s up to you how often you want to receive a Stitch Fix box. You could get a fix every two weeks or two months. There’s always the option to skip a fix too if money is tight or you don’t need anything. Shoes, clothes, accessories, bags. You name it, it could appear in your box. The concept was always so intriguing to me, but since their sizes only go up to 14, I was afraid it wouldn’t be worth it, but here’s my experience so far.
let’s discuss my first Stitch Fix…
which I’d say was pretty disastrous. I received a clutch, dress, a pair of jeans, a dress, and a top. Everything came tightly packed in a lined box. I’ve observed with other’s first fixes that a variety is often sent if you don’t specify if you’re looking for something because they have to get to know your tastes somehow. Not that the offerings were terrible, they just weren’t my style or didn’t fit.
- the clutch was a cool idea and a great color. Hold it with your hand or wear it on your shoulder with the chain strap. I never carry a clutch though and it it would’ve just sat and collected dust. No.
- I didn’t include a picture of the jeans because I don’t do nudity on this blog. The waist was like 17 inches wide. That’s about a 10/12, I think, but the number on the tag was a 14. I couldn’t even fit my calf in one. It was laughable. No again.
- the striped knit top (right after the clutch in the pics) was the one item I considered keeping out of the entire fix, but it was just a little too tight for horizontal stripes. No.
- the double strap tank top top pattern had cool colors in it. Shades of yellow and blue always look so good together. There were too many strikes agains this one. The two spaghetti straps, less-than-flattering neckline, overall fit. Another no.
- the Edlynne dress from Papermoon for Stitch fix was my favorite item out of the whole box. It’s biggest downfall was that it buttoned up the chest– rather it was supposed to button up the chest. I’m holding it closed in the pictures. It’s so cute, but unfortunately, a no.
The fact that I couldn’t keep one item is the reason why I call this box a disaster. There were several things I did to make my next box almost a complete keeper.
to get a better Stitch Fix that fit…
I did a few things. There’s a very through evaluation process of each piece on the Stitch Fix website. On the form, questions are ask like if it’s too expensive, how the fit was, the style– they really want to know why you’re sending pieces back. In addition to the standard questions, there’s a free response area. I was very specific in the free response area. I let them know exactly where something didn’t fit. In the style profile (different than the feedback on your fix), there’s another free response area. Because of my booty, I just ask that they not send bottoms. Being a pear-shape, pants are hard in person. Pants are even harder when someone else, who you can’t really tell how wide your lower half is, is trying to send you pants. I also ask that they stick with “XL” instead of “14.” Letters tend to be a little less fitted than numbered pieces and more forgiving. I also made a specific request in my “note to the stylist” area for my next fix that said I was looking for items for our upcoming cruise. The more specific you are with what you’re looking for, the better fixes you get. I’ve observed it with almost every blogger. If you’re looking for something exact, you get better stuff.
so my second stitch fix went a little something like this…
I so desperately wanted to keep all five of these things, but here’s how it went down.
- the etsie dress by papermoon is the first one that I knew was a keeper the moment I put it on. The fit was perfect and I couldn’t imagine not wearing it on the cruise, and elsewhere for that matter. I felt like it was very “me” even if the color wasn’t something I instantly gravitated to. Kept it.
- the striped fit and flare dress was another home run in this box. I liked the stitching and the fit on this knit dress. The fit is great and I ended up wearing this one on the cruise too. I’ve already worn this one since too. It’s a little tight across the chest, but not enough to make me send it back. Kept.
- the striped aline skirt is where things got tricky with this fix. I really liked this skirt, but it’s supposed to be an a-line skirt. It definitely wasn’t on me. There are pockets that I couldn’t get my hands in. All in all– it was just way too small. FYI, it’s not even zipped in the pictures. lol. I was so disappointed because I really wanted it to work and to keep all five. the first no.
- the peplum blouse was easily my favorite of all the pieces. The color, the details, the fit. It’s so beautiful in person. I wasn’t able to keep it since I couldn’t keep all five and get the discount and it’s a little pricey. A very reluctant no.
- the two-tone stripe knit top was another piece I fell in love with right out of the box. The length is a little longer than what I would want, but, like the dress, it has some visual interest in the back and it’s my favorite, stripes. This was another reluctant no, though because it was going to cost more to keep three pieces than all five.
what changed between my first and second stitch fix?
Overall my second fix was much better. I wanted to keep all five pieces, but cost and fit kept me from doing so. I don’t feel that those variables made it an unsuccessful fix since all five pieces I would consider my style and taste. Also I got a different stylist for my second fix. She also did my third, which I’ll recap soon. Spoiler alert: it was just as good as this one. It’s very true that you have to wait until your second fix to decide if you want to keep going. I plan to keep trying Stitch Fix for a while. It’s a surprise every time it comes and it’s been a fun journey to help my stylist learn what I like, my price point, and my fit. Hopefully they’ll go up a little higher with their sizes soon!
Have you tried Stitch Fix yet?
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