By now, you’ve probably heard of the wildly popular new service called Stitch Fix. I know I can’t go a day without seeing someone in my Facebook feed sing its praises. So, naturally, I had to look into it and see what all the hoopla is about.
According to their website, “Stitch Fix is the first fashion retailer to blend expert styling, proprietary technology and unique product to deliver a shopping experience that is truly personalized for you. Simply fill out the Stitch Fix Style Profile and our personal stylists will handpick a selection of five clothing items and accessories unique to your taste, budget and lifestyle. Simply buy what you like and return the rest.” Sounds good, right? I was sold. For a busy mom who loves new clothes but rarely has time to shop for herself, this sounded like an ideal service. I decided to sign up and give it a shot.
My first box came right after I found out I was pregnant. I think it was late April of last year. I liked the items the stylist had picked out for me but decided that it wasn’t the right time to be investing in cute clothes when I was going to be growing out of them so quickly…and who knew if I’d be able to fit in them after the baby came. So I sent everything back and decided to wait until after the baby was born to try again.
My second box arrived early last week and I was SUPER excited to see what was inside. It’s kinda like the feeling you have on Christmas morning as a kid. Love that feeling. Anyway, as soon as I got my little urchins down for a nap it was time to try on all the goodies.
The first thing I tried on was this striped knit cardigan. I’m a sucker for knits and open cardigans so I thought I was going to love it. Unfortunately, it fit really large and boxy. It did nothing for my post-baby figure. And at $58, I was not loving the price. Strike 1.
Next, I tried on what I thought for sure was going to be a keeper. I can’t tell you how much I love plaid. And the fact that this top was a button up (hello, nursing friendly!) was total bonus points. But the minute I put it on I felt like crying. Even though it was my size, it was really small (why can’t they regulate sizing in the fashion industry? I mean, really.). I have really broad shoulders and my arms are not as toned as they used to be so it was all rather snug up there. It was also a bit on the expensive side ($54) but if it had fit, I probably would have kept it anyway. Strike 2.
The next two items I knew were going back right away. I already have more black leggings than any girl really should own and I need another plaid scarf like I need a hole in the head. I admit, I was tempted to keep the scarf because I have an insane fetish for scarves, but I couldn’t justify spending $34 on another darn scarf…especially in Houston where it’s summer 9 months out of the year. And I wasn’t about to drop $38 on black leggings. Um, no. That’s just stupid. Strikes 3 & 4.
The last goodie was this really soft, teal green tee. It was super soft and the color was lovely. But, let’s be honest, it’s a glorified t-shirt. And at $44, I’d be a dead woman for keeping it. Not only would hubby kill me but I would have to kill myself for spending that kind of money on a t-shirt. Strike 5.
So everything got shipped back that day. I was really disappointed and thought about not trying again. And I really don’t like the fact that I lost my $20 styling fee (which would have been applied to the cost of anything I decided to keep). But a few of my friends really, REALLY love this service and have encouraged me to try one last time. So I’m going to give it one more shot and hope the stylists knock my socks off. I’ll keep you posted…
Have you tried Stitch Fix? What was your experience? Surely, I’m not the only one who has had a less than impressive experience.