About a year ago, I took a chance on StitchFix and then discontinued it after a few months. While I loved the ease of the service and the fact that I wasn’t wearing the same things as all my friends. Ultimately, I decided I should shop my closet and use my clothes in new ways before buying new ones. That experiment led me to discover that my closet is missing a couple of fashion staples (work pants and a white button down blouse to name just two). So I returned back to StitchFix to help me fill those holes.
For those of you that don’t know, StitchFix is a subscription service that delivers 5 items (clothing and accessories) to your doorstep. You try them on and decide which ones you want to keep. I get my StitchFix every month, but you get to choose how often you want to use the service. (I would get one delivered every week if I could. But I might have a problem.)
Here’s how it works:
- Fill out your Style Profile so your stylist can get a sense of your style, size, shape, budget and lifestyle. You can also add in any links to Pinterest boards which is HUGE for me, as I pin everything.
- Decide when you want your shipment to arrive. You get to choose how often you want to receive shipments (every 2-3 weeks, once a month, etc) and once your items have been chosen, you will be charged a $20 styling fee. That $20 will be applied as a credit toward anything you keep from your shipment.
- Have a fashion show! I love this part! It’s like Christmas and birthday presents every month. You can use the app to see what items are on their way to you, but I prefer to be surprised. I am consistently amazed at how well most things fit – especially jeans. I have the hardest time finding jeans IRL but StitchFix gets it right every time.
- After you have decided what you are keeping, simply return the items you don’t want and leave your stylist feedback through your account. The $20 styling fee will be applied as credit towards any items you keep. You get a discount for keeping the whole box, but that has yet to happen for me.
For my first box back, I let my stylist know about the missing wardrobe pieces and also asked for blouses that could take me from work to drinks to weekend fun.
Before we get into the items in this month’s box, let’s talk about how awkward it is to take pictures of yourself. Or rather, asking your nine-year-old son take your picture when he just wants to ride his skateboard around the block but you really need these pictures taken because it’s getting dark and these have to go back tomorrow.
Here are the goodies that were in my December StitchFix:
41Hawthorn Ackley Houndstooth Print Blouse (M)
The stylist sent this black and white blouse in response to my white-button-down request. This isn’t what I was looking for at all. However, I love the Gwen Stefani “Rock Steady” vibe of this shirt, especially paired with the red skinny jeans (my own). At the end of the day, this is really similar to a shirt that I already own, so it went back.
41Hawthorn Colibiri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse (M)
This green shirt was beautiful but too big. Turns out I need to update my Style Profile with my current size. I’ve lost some weight since the last time I used this service thanks to boxing lessons and a toxic relationship with a psycho. While I liked the look with the legging pants, this shirt was too long to wear with anything else in my closet.
RD Style Shiloe Tuxedo Stripe Skinny Pant (M)
These pants were SOOOO comfy, it felt like I was wearing leggings. I really liked the stripe detail since it really elevated the look of the pants. But I couldn’t get over the feeling like I was wearing pajamas and I want a little more structure in my work pants. On second thought, these would be great on weekends for baseball and football games, with boots. Dammit! Why did I send those back? I may ask my stylist to give me a do-over on these.
Look By M Mateo Fringe Edge Infinity Scarf
I immediately despised this when I saw it in the box. It looks like a knitting project gone bad. There is SO much fringe and it seemed very “Grandma” to me. Plus, I have a ton of scarves that I like a lot more. This would get no use.
41Hawthorn Lizzy Colorblock Striped Sweater (M)
Well, I was sure I was going to love this based on the name alone. This was cute, but again, too big. This also seemed to be something my sister would love and if it was her size, I definitely would have gifted it to her. The sweater was really soft and the colors were great. But it was not for me.
While this month was a wash, I’m excited for the next box. I have found that it takes a shipment or two for your stylist to really get to know you and the more feedback you provide on your shipment, the faster they learn.
And let’s hope for all of our sake’s (especially my son’s) I learn how to use a tripod by then.