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I’m style-challenged (nice way of saying I have no style) so when I heard there I could have a stylist send me clothes every month and I could choose what to keep and send back what I didn’t want, there was no doubt I was signing up. I like going shopping as much as the next girl but I need to be in the right mood to look and need to be with my shopping buddy (you know who you are) but, unfortunately, those trips are few and far between. Plus, see above, I’m style-challenged so even when I do go, I leave with comfy shirts and baggy jeans.
Maybe someday I’ll have a personal stylist at my beck and call (not likely but, hey, a girl can dream) but for now I’ll settle for the mail version. Seriously, what’s better than having a stylist pick out clothes for you and all you have to do is open the mailbox to get them? I started Stitch Fix when I was getting ready to go back to work after maternity leave. Putting on fitted clothes after a few months of yoga pants and big sweatshirts is tough. A few new pieces in my closet definitely made the transition easier. If you aren’t familiar with Stitch Fix, I’ve answered a few questions here about how it, with my color commentary added, of course 🙂
How does Stitch Fix work? You start by filling out your Fix profile online. This is absolutely free to do and there’s no obligation to sign up for Stitch Fix once you’ve completed the profile. The questionnaire has the basics of height, weight, size, etc. but they also list different fabrics and colors and you can tell the stylist if there’s anything you absolutely don’t ever want to see in your Fix. For example, if my stylist were ever to send me faux fur, fur, or pleather, there’s a good chance that item will be going back in the mail, never to be seen by me again. Those just aren’t me. The questionnaire also shows a few outfits and you rate how you feel about them. This gives the stylist a good idea of what overall style you prefer.
Here’s an outfit I received in my March Fix. It was a tough decision but the shirt and jeans stayed with me, shoes and jacket went back.
What kind of items does Stitch Fix send? Stitch Fix doesn’t just send ‘work’ clothes. If you have a formal event coming up and you’d like your stylist to send you something for it, you can send a note and let them know. Want more casual clothes, want a particular style of top, want some new jeans? Just drop a note to your stylist. That’s one of the things I love about Stitch Fix, it’s versatile. This month I wanted to see some casual jeans that would be cute rolled up at the bottom for Spring. Bam, they showed up in my Fix. It’s like magic! They can also send shoes, jewelry, bags, and scarves, among other things. Shoes are a new thing so if you’ve been a Stitch Fix user for awhile, be sure go in and update your Profile to include your shoe size and request shoes be in your next Fix. From what I’ve read they have over 200 styles of shoes so there’s something for everybody.
How often does the Fix come? That’s totally up to you. You can set it to automatically come every 2-3 weeks, every month, every other month, every 3 months, or on demand (you pick a day) and you can change the frequency at any time. In October, I purchased all 5 of the items from my Fix (what can I say, the stylist hit the nail on the head) so I changed the schedule to every other month because my clothing budget isn’t set up to spend that kind of money on clothes every month. But now that the shock of October is wayyyyyyy in the past, I’m back to scheduling every month. I could’ve kept everything this month but was good and only kept 2 items (I should get a cookie or something for that, right?).
Here’s a picture of shoes the stylist sent in my March Fix. They were super cute but a little snug so they went back.
Burning question, how much does it cost? Each time the stylist styles you, you are charged $20. That $20 is a credit on anything you buy from that Fix. For example, if you want to purchase a $58 top, you’ve already paid $20 towards the top with your styling fee so you would owe $38 for the top. If you purchase all 5 pieces in your box, you get a 20% discount. So, the price of the clothes – the 20% discount – $20 styling fee = the amount for all 5 pieces.
Another important thing you do in the profile, you set your price points. You can select the price range for each type of clothing (bottoms, dresses, tops, shoes, accessories, etc.). You can choose from the following price ranges: the cheaper the better, $50-$100, $100-$150, $150-$200, $200+. I’ve chosen ‘the cheaper the better’ for accessories and jewelry. Those aren’t things I want to spend a lot of money. For other items I chose $50-$100 and am able to get a lot of nice pieces (obviously, I keep buying). In my experience, the stylist doesn’t send clothes outside of the range you’ve specified.
I will admit, I spend more on the Fix pieces than I typically would if I were at a store. However, the times I can go to the store alone and not in a rush are few and far between so I don’t mind paying a little more for the convenience of not having to go. Plus, if an item is more than I want to spend, I just don’t buy it. There was a $98 pair of pants in my March Fix. I bought a very similar pair a few months ago and I wear them all the time but I wasn’t buying another $98 pair of pants. Just not happenin’.
That’s the skinny on how Stitch Fix works. If you have any questions, you can Contact Me or leave them in the Comments and I’ll do my best to answer. I love love love getting my Fix. I track the package and (literally) run to the mailbox when it arrives. Necessary? No. Justified? Absolutely.