Fashion

My First Stitch Fix

I first heard about Stitch Fix a while ago via one of my old neighbors who had signed up. She loved the service, and when they expanded their available style range I decided to sign up. (I definitely lean towards the more alternate/edgy side of fashion, and originally I felt they weren’t catering to that area of style.) I received my first Stitch Fix box in the mail last month (yes, I’m always belated with this stuff), and I wanted to share the experience with you!

To start, if you are not familiar with Stitch Fix—it is a subscription box service for curated fashion. You fill out a style profile, which is impressively extensive, and a stylist is assigned to you to hand-pick five items for your box. You can choose to receive a one-time box or have an automatic subscription repeat every two weeks, every month, or every other month. I currently have every month selected, personally, to see how it goes. They charge a $20 styling fee per box, which gets deducted from whatever you decide to purchase from your box. Whatever pieces you decide you don’t like, you send back in a provided shipping bag with a prepaid shipping label. So it’s kind of like having a personal stylist choose some items for you! I found it extremely helpful to provide a Pinterest board of my personal style preferences, as a reference for my stylist.

The box arrived and looks like this when you first open it up:
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Inside was some paperwork and my five, hand-curated items. The paperwork included a card with all the items listed on it, a message from my stylist, and two styled looks per item. I received two tops, a pair of pants, a faux leather vest, and a dress.
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The first top is a mixed stripe sleeveless, loose tank in salmon and dark navy. The navy looks black from a distance. It is definitely not a color combination I would have chosen myself. The brand is Splendid and I was sent a size small. This fit me quite well!
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The second top is a white & black snake print tank top. Again, probably not an item I would have picked out myself. I typically steer away from white in my wardrobe, since I have very fair skin. However, I really liked the contrast in this shirt, as it is white in the front with the snake print and black in the back (without the print). The brand is Tart and I was sent a size small. This also fit me really well.
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The pants are olive- or military-green cargo pants with zippered pockets. I really, really liked these pants however they fit a size too big! 🙁 They are the brand Sanctuary and I was sent a size 26, though I think I need a 24. Sadly, I returned the pants. Hopefully Stitch Fix can get back to me on whether they have a size 24 available.
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The faux leather vest fit me a bit loose, but I liked the style of it a lot. However, I already own two vests like this that are made from real leather. Thus it seemed silly to have a third such vest in my closet, especially when it wasn’t even real leather. I ended up returning this. The brand is Sanctuary and I was sent a size small.
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The dress is probably my least liked item in the box. It’s a black and white, straight-cut dress with some interesting patterns on it. However, it fit me loosely and I don’t think the cut works for my figure at all. I also don’t like straight-cut dresses, I prefer more fit-and-flare styles or body-hugging ones. (When it comes to dresses, I’m all about the curves!) This was definitely a return for me. The brand is Sanctuary and I was sent a size x-small.
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All-in-all I was pretty pleased with the majority of the items I received! I liked 4/5 items though I only ended up keeping 2/5 because of size (the pants) and owning similar items already (the vest). When a return is processed you can fill out why you didn’t like an item—they give you a few options such as fit, price, style, etc. Honestly I think as long as I like at least one thing out of a box each month, which is probably likely, I would keep the service. I enjoyed the surprise factor, and I think as time goes on your stylist can get to know you better and be more equipped to make informed selections for you.

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