Like Usher once crooned in the early 2000s, these are my confessions:
I don’t really like to shop for clothes. I enjoy browsing, both online and in a store. And I love pinning outfits to my “Style Inspiration” Pinterest board…where they promptly collect dust. But when it comes time to actually dig through the racks, try stuff on, and drag myself to multiple stores, I usually contract a nasty case of shopping fatigue.
Enter Stitch Fix. Oh, hello there, you genius service you.
Here’s the “About Me” from their website: “Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. You tell us your style, size, and budget preferences, and we send you a package of stylish goodies to try on at home. No two Stitch Fix™ shipments are alike. Each one is hand-picked just for you.”
How it Works
First, you fill out a comprehensive style profile explaining your fashion likes and dislikes. As a general rule, I love filling out questionnaires and surveys (even at the doctor’s office—call me next time, I’ll fill yours out), so I found this part to be highly entertaining.
Next, you enter your measurements, select your budget preferences, and provide a link to your Pinterest boards and Twitter account if you have ‘em. Based on your questionnaire, a stylist selects a mix of five articles of clothing and accessories she thinks you will like and ships them to you, with customized styling cards that suggest how to wear each piece.
My First “Fix”
Warning: I apologize for the prolific use of the mirror selfie in this post. Mike wasn’t home, ergo, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.
Plaid button-down ($44)
I loved the fit but I found the colors to be a bit lumberjack-y. Plus, I already have three plaid shirts.
Verdict, as an Usher lyric: I never meant to hurt her / but I gotta let her go
Navy blue blouse with tulip sleeves ($58)
Ooooh. I love navy blue AND flowy blouses, but I didn’t have anything like this in my closet yet. Definitely a keeper.
Verdict, as an Usher lyric: I want you to know / I really adore you
Black-and-white chevron cardigan ($60)
At first, I was apprehensive about the bold stripes but when I tried it on, it sorta sold me. It was comfy and unlike anything else in my closet.
But there was a tiny rip in the cardigan’s sleeve, which bummed me out. I contacted Stitch Fix to see if they could potentially send me a new one—but it’s just not how the company works. They don’t have multiple versions to send customers. Oh, well.
Verdict, as an Usher lyric: Think it’s best we go our separate ways
Patterned skinny jeans ($44)
Decidedly not “me”—they felt a little bit too edgy (hi, I’m 90) or like I was headed to a Duran Duran concert—but I was glad the stylist included something that pushed the boundaries of what I normally wear.
Verdict, as an Usher lyric: My outfit’s ridiculous / in the club lookin’ so conspicuous (Ludacris rap break)
Gold statement necklace ($32)
I returned this but I sorta regret it now. I really liked this necklace, but I talked myself out of keeping it because I didn’t need it. Being financially prudent is the worst.
Verdict, as an Usher lyric: I’mma be burnin’ til you return
After the Fix
Keep what you like and ship the rest back, free of charge. You pay a $20 styling fee every time you schedule a “Fix” but you can apply that $20 toward any item in the box. If you choose to keep all five items, you get a 25% off discount on the entire box.
Another perk is that it’s not a monthly commitment. You can schedule a “Fix” whenever you like.
If you’re interested in scheduling your own Stitch Fix, click here (it’s a referral link, so I get a little reward in my account if you sign up through that link!).