Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Stitch Fix Unboxing!

This is not my first time trying Stitch Fix.  This, however, will be the first time I blog about my unboxing experience, which is something I've wanted to do for a while, but never did.

If you don't know what Stitch Fix is, it is a service in which a personal stylist picks out clothes for you based on an initial profile of styles, likes/dislikes, and body type/shape, etc. that you indicate when you sign up for the service.  Each shipment contains five items (could be clothing, accessories or jewelry).  The items get shipped to you, and you have three days to try out the clothing in the comfort of your own home.  There is a $20 styling fee for each "fix," that gets put towards the items you decide to purchase.  If you decide to send everything back, then you lose out on the $20 styling fee.  

This unboxing will be my third "fix."  My first one didn't go so well... the box came with torn skinny jeans (which I hate!!), two hideous blouses, a weird boxy dress and a drape cardigan.  I ended up buying the cardigan only to not lose out on my $20 styling fee.  However, the more fixes you get, the better the stylist gets to know you and will, supposedly, pick out better items.  My second fix was excellent - they were all things that I could wear to work as well as on the weekends.  I kept all the items except for, yet, another boxy dress that didn't fit me.  Hence, we are now on this third fix, which I will now unbox!

When you open the box, you'll see your items wrapped in tissue paper, a pre-paid return bag for unwanted items and an envelope with a note from your stylist and your invoice.

Your stylist will include some cards with ideas on how to match different items in the box.

In this box, I received the 41Hawthorn Gideon Polka Dot Sweater, the Callie Denim Jacket from Kut From the Kloth, a Renee C Macklin Blurred Floral Print Blouse, the Margaret M Emer High Waisted Cropped Trouser (which I actually requested because I loved the previous pair I received in fix #2 so much), and lastly, the Maisy Geo Print Dress from Collective Concepts.

My initial impression when I first opened the box and took out all these items is that I didn't like a single one except for the trousers that I requested.  I'm not a big "print" person, I like solids, and half of these things had prints that I would just never even try on if I saw them in a retail store.  I immediately thought that fix #3 was a failure just by looking at these things.  I suppose this the good thing about Stitch Fix:  it forces you to try things you wouldn't even look twice at in a store!  You tend to discover things about your style that you didn't know.

Here are the items that I tried on:

Outfit #1:  Here is the dress with the denim jacket.  I actually hated the denim jacket when I put it on by itself, but it looks nice with the dress!  The like the dress well enough by itself.

Verdict: Returning both.  As much as I like this outfit, I cannot justify spending $88 on the dress and $74 on the jacket when I feel like both are "meh" by itself.

Outfit #2:  Polka dot sweater with the Margaret M pants.  The sweater actually looks pretty good, despite my initial reservations!  I was very disappointed with the Margaret M pants.  Since I requested it for the second time, I thought that I would love it (and at $98 a pair, I better love it), however, this pair didn't fit the same as the last one.  The fabric was a bit different and not as stretchy, which made it a bit uncomfortable.  

Verdict:  Returning the pants, but keeping the sweater.  The sweater was one of the cheaper items in the fix at $68, which is not more than a sweater would cost at Banana Republic.  This is actually a dual layer sweater and very warm.  If you turn it inside out, it can be worn as a black sweater with white dots.

Item #3: Though it was the most affordable item in the fix at $54, this Renee C blouse was just awkward.  It did not fit me well and was way too long in the back vs. the front.  Therefore, no picture of me in it!

Verdict:  Returning for sure!

Final Verdict:  I give this fix a 3 out of 5.  If it weren't for the prices, I might actually have kept the dress and denim jacket, since they were both comfortable and, together, made a great outfit.  This was definitely not as good as fix #2, but overall, a decent fix.  

I think every should try Stitch Fix at least once!  The first time is free - they will just give you $20 for the styling fee that you can use towards your purchase.  So it's risk free.  If anything, it's definitely exciting to open up a box of new clothes waiting for you at the end of the day!

Stitch Fix

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