Saturday, March 21, 2015

Stitch Fix #1

If you guys haven't heard of Stitch Fix before, let me do a quick explanation of it, you'll thank me later. Stitch Fix is a company that matches you up with a personal stylist, you order a "fix" and then your stylist sends five items directly to your front door. You get to try them all on in the comfort of your own home, you get three days to make your decision, and then pay for what you keep. Simple enough right. They provide a pre-paid shipping envelope for you to send the clothes back that you won't be keeping, so no shipping charges to worry about.

This isn't a monthly subscription, this is something you "schedule" at your own convenience. You can sign up to have them come automatically every month, but I will be scheduling mine. I probably will do it again in a few months. The pieces in the boxes are usually a little higher prices, based off a lot of the blog post reviews that I've read. If you aren't one to normally spend a little more money on clothing, then I'd recommend reading multiple blog posts before scheduling your fix so you can see the generic prices of things before they get sent to your door.

There is a $20 styling fee. When your stylist picks out your items, you card will be charged $20. If you return all the items, and don't keep anything, then there will be no future charges, just the original $20 styling fee. If you keep anything, even just one item, that $20 is applied toward that item. So regardless you are going to pay $20 every time that you schedule a fix, so it will either be in the form of the styling fee, or toward your clothing piece(s) that you choose to keep. This part was a little hard for me to understand at first, but toward the end when I talk about paying for my items, it might make more sense! Oh, also if you choose to keep ALL of the items in your box, you get 25% off!

Ok so now onto my box! Before your box comes, you fill out a very detailed style profile on the website. You tell the stylist all about your style. For example, I let her know that I don't wear dresses a lot, I'm not interested in receiving jewelry, and if there were any colors that I tend to stray away from. I kept my profile pretty open minded, because the reason I did Stitch Fix was to branch out, and try new patterns/textures/styles that I wouldn't normally buy. So below you will see the five items that my stylist picked out for me.

*I'm hoping for my next box I will get photos of me actually trying on the clothing. Just didn't work out this time around. They will be much better quality next time (YES, there will be a next time!) ;) 

1. 41Hawthorne - Arrow Print Tab-Sleeve Blouse ($46)
I loved this top. It is long enough to cover my bum, but doesn't look like a dress. It fit me so perfectly, wasn't too loose but wasn't tight at all. It was a blouse that I can dress up or dress down, which are my favorite types of clothing. I will be starting my internship for graduate school soon and I'm trying to develop my professional wardrobe a little more with stylish pieces and this falls right into that.
Verdict: Kept!  

2. Staccato - Raelene Striped Draped Front Cardigan ($48)
My stylist really hit the nail on the head with my first two pieces. I am in love with this cardigan. I love cardigans, especially in the spring where it isn't cold enough to need a jacket, but not warm enough for just a tee or tank. This is a very flattering cardigan since it has that angle in the front, I love the gray and cream together and it can easily be dressed up or dressed down. When trying this on, it was so extremely thin, that I didn't feel confident that it would rip or snag easily while washing or even just while wearing it. It was almost see through actually, that is how thin it was. For $48, I didn't want to risk this ripping on me.
Verdict: Sent Back

3. Renee C. - Ventura Keyhole Top ($38)
This is not normally something I would pick out for myself in a store, but I don't hate it. I like the color combination, but I'm not crazy about it. It was a little too short for my torso, which ended up making me look really boxy. I tried this on with shorts (Aruba potential?) and it just wasn't flattering on me. I think this has a lot of potential, but the style and cut of the tank just didn't flatter my long torso.
Verdict: Sent Back

4. Look by M - Nathan Treat Pattern Infinity Scarf ($28)
Not much to say here. It is a basic gray infinity scarf, with a plain gray side and then a textured gray side. I really do like this scarf, but I'm not paying $28 for a scarf when I already have so many that I've paid less than $10 for. I am not one to splurge on a scarf because I don't wear them that often.
Verdict: Sent Back 

5. Marggaret M - Emer High Waisted Tall Trouser ($98)
OKAY. No. First off, I forgot to take a picture of this item and I can't find one online. I'm not sure what these pants were supposed to be. They fit like leggings, but were the texture of dress slacks. They fit me so wrong, they were way too big on the waist, but way too tight on my thigh, but then big again on my calf. My legs are pretty well proportioned so I've never had this issue with any pants. They are also almost one hundred dollars. Even if these ended up fitting me I wouldn't keep them. I do wear slacks to work, but I've found some great ones from TJ Maxx that are under $30 and work just fine.
Verdict: Sent Back Happily. 

So that was my first Stitch Fix. My stylist let me know that it is really common for people not to like anything out of their first box because they are just beginning to know your style. After you receive your items, you go online and fill out your ending survey. It walks through each item and you can select what you did and didn't like. I took this time to tell my stylist that I'm not going to splurge on a scarf, I have a longer torso so the tank top didn't work, and the pants were a total fail. This will help her better pick out my next Stitch Fix.

So I just kept the first item, the blouse. Here is how I was charged.

- When I scheduled my fix, I got charged $20.
- The blouse was $48.
- I've already paid $20 for styling, so I then just pay $28 at the time of my exit survey online.

So in the end, you still are paying the price of the item, but if I didn't keep anything, I would basically pay $20 for nothing. It is a weird concept, but makes total sense once you do it! If you have any questions, or if I left anything out let me know and I will try my best to answer, or find you an answer!

If you schedule a fix through my referral link (Click on "Stitch Fix" below) I will receive a small commission that will apply toward my next Stitch Fix (which will keep great blog posts like this coming!).

Schedule your own Stitch Fix!! As always, thank you so much for reading.
xoxo, Jaimie.


  1. I just started using Stitch Fix myself cause I really liked the concept. I think the $20 styling fee goes toward the next Fix if you choose to not keep anything from the current one. If you use it with the current Fix, it's deducted from your total, and then you're charged $20 when you schedule your next Fix to be used either as a credit or to save for whenever you do decide to buy something. That was my understanding of the styling fee; but I could be wrong, cause I just got Fix #1 yesterday.

    1. Hey Valerie! Thanks for stopping by my blog. This is what the Stitch Fix website says about the $20 styling fee :
      "Your styling fee can only be applied to the purchase of anything in your current shipment. It does not roll over to your next shipment and cannot be refunded. Most of our clients fall in love with at least one item in each shipment."

      It would be a good idea for them to implement a rollover plan though, would be awesome!