Stitch Fix is totally addictive. Before I knew it, I had six fixes under my belt and some great new pieces in my closet. I had learned a lot about how to get a good fix and how to deal with getting the short end of the stick with a fix box. The last two stitch fix boxes I received came in January. One I kept nothing in and the other I kept everything in. After taking a three month break, I wanted to share the reasons why I stopped getting a fix and what prompted me to schedule one for April.
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First, the frustrating stitch fix from my normal stylist
Just when you think you know someone… I talked about how important it is to make sure you’re getting the same stylist for your fixes when I reviewed my third and fourth boxes. My fifth box proved that even though you’re getting the same stylist and she’s had some home runs in the past, that doesn’t mean every box is going to be full of home runs. I didn’t keep anything in my fifth fix. Most of it didn’t fit, one piece wasn’t my thing, and the one piece that was my thing was going to be $89 even after applying my $20 styling fee. No thanks, Stitch Fix. Too rich for my blood. This is what I received::
- The first piece was that gorgeous peplum sweater. I may have shed a tear at how small this XL was cut. The white part of the sweater had plenty of stretch, but not the black part and unfortunately it didn’t even go over my chest. Sad day.
- Next you have a vest that I was very disappointed in. I told my stylist I already had a gray vest. Then she sent me another gray one, so that got under my skin a little. It’s not even as nice as the gray one I already own. The fit was pretty bad on it too.
- Then the really nice jacket. Like this jacket was so nice, but it was too tight across the back. I was disappointed this didn’t fit, but it saved me from buying a jacket I would never wear.
- On to the color blocked striped sweater. This piece was alright. I don’t wear this color green though. It was definitely lack luster too. I didn’t have any reason to keep this sweater.
- Lastly, the most amazing pair of pants I’ve ever tried on. They better be at $98 a pop though! I just couldn’t imagine spending that much on pants, even if they are incredibly comfortable and fit well. If I wore pants all the time, maybe I could see investing in them, but I don’t.
My fifth fix was also the third from my stylist who hit it out of the park on my pre-cruise fix, so I was very disappointed that there weren’t any keepers in this box. In fact, I was a little more shocked since she’d sent me so many good pieces in the last two fixes she put together. After making what I thought was tons of progress on getting what I wanted out of the Stitch Fix experience, this box was a huge step back and put a sour taste in my mouth. This was the first reason I decided I was going to take a break after my sixth fix, which was, unfortunately, already scheduled at this point.
Next, my sixth stitch fix and complete keeper
After the fifth fix left a bad taste in my mouth, I wasn’t super keen on the fact that I already had a sixth fix coming, but I was still looking for vests, sweaters, and tops for winter, so I made that clear. Since I had found a stylist that at least had a good grasp on my size, I also requested that she do my sixth fix– and yes, even though the last fix she put together for me was a dud. I’m glad I held out though because my sixth fix was the best fix ever.
- The first piece I pulled out was the polka dotted sweater. I was afraid, like the last black and white piece, this wouldn’t fit. Surprisingly, it did! It comes from 41 Hawthorne, which is one of the Stitch Fix brands that an XL fits me. I couldn’t believe I didn’t have anything like this in my closet already and what a unique addition it was going to be. It’s super soft and while it hasn’t made the blog, I have worn it a few times.
- Second is the striped and chambray combo top that got to be the first stitch fix piece to be in a featured outfit on the blog. Check that out here.
- Then this fun and different elbow patch raglan knit top. It comes from Papermoon for Stitch Fix– another brand that their XL fits me. It’s so soft again and a neat combination of materials. I didn’t get to wear this one yet because the weather stayed so warm and I was working so much, but the body is a sweater type knit and the arms a super soft thinner knit. I should’ve pulled this out for this past weekend’s cold snap had I been smart. I definitely put this one away for next year though.
- The pièce de résistance of this fix and perhaps all my fixes combined is this faux leather quilted vest. The past three fixes I had ask for vests. Finally I got something that was just so awesome and out of my comfort zone, I was keeping it. It was also the best priced vest out of the previous three that had come in boxes 3, 4, and 5. Go figure. I also packed this one away for next year, but I cannot wait to pull it out. There’s nothing more amazing than a functional piece with this much detail.
- Lastly, the rope cord fan necklace. I didn’t really care for this, but at only $28, keeping it saved me $95.50 because it qualified me for the “buy 5” discount for keeping my entire Stitch Fix. I sold this on Poshmark for a little less than cost, so I counted it a win.
Why I stopped getting a regularly scheduled Stitch Fix::
- My score was 8/30, meaning I had only kept (for good– not counting the necklace) 8 items out of 30. That’s not close enough to half as I would be comfortable with. In my mind, that’s a lot of hassle– scheduling a fix, trying everything on within 3 days, making a decision on 5 items, sometimes not having any fit, getting it back to the post office in those 3 days– it was too much as I wasn’t getting what I wanted quick enough.
- I had three fix boxes with NO keepers. I realize that my ratio is going to be higher since finding pieces that fit in the Stitch Fix arsenal is harder since I’m sized out of most of their brands. Since there’s no recouping your styling fee unless you keep something out of the box, I lost money on those three boxes. That was also part of the reason I wanted to keep all five in my sixth box. The one thing I didn’t like was minimal, easy to re-sell, and helped me recoup some of the losses on those three no-keeper boxes.
- My size limits the options that Stitch Fix can send me. Between my likes and dislikes and my size, I don’t think Stitch Fix even had enough for me to choose from to get a fix once or twice a month if I was looking for something specific.
Yet, I still decided to give Stitch Fix one more chance because…
It’s great when you’re short on time. You could compare it to a surprise personal shopping service, and personal shopping services are expensive. Also I’m looking for something really specific. Short sleeve tops. When you know exactly what you want or are looking for, Stitch Fix is perfect. It’s not for people that like to browse and find things they like. Because I’m looking for something so specific, I’m having a hard time finding what I want in my area in my price range. Getting a fix is just one more way for me to maybe find what I want without having to spend hours browsing the internet, ordering a few things, only for them to arrive a week later and not fit. This at least takes out the whole spending hours on clothing websites trying to find what I’m looking for. However, this will be the last chance. If I don’t keep anything out of the fix coming this week, I’m going to cancel the service all together. Stitch Fix may have may be a front-runner on the scene, but now there are other companies that are doing this. They could be doing it better.
Would you ever try a clothing subscription-type service?
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