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I’ve known about StitchFix for a while now and always found it intriguing. In case you’re unfamiliar, StitchFix is an online styling service that picks clothing pieces specifically for you, based on your size and style. I’ve always enjoyed reading StitchFix review blog posts, but never actually tried StitchFix for myself. It was just too pricey for me to even consider it. Then, a culmination of events encouraged me to give StitchFix a try.
Why I Gave StitchFix a Try:
#1: We became debt-free.
Since I’ve been working on this journey since a few months after graduating college, I finally have the ability to spend a bit more on quality clothing. I haven’t bought any business professional clothes since I started my first post-college job over 4 years ago! Needless to say, my personality and my clothing size has changed a bit since then!
#2: We moved to north Iowa and I started working a full-time, professional job.
Since the majority of my “business casual” clothes are from immediately after graduating, most of them look a little lacking in the style department. Since I am so close in age to the students I work with, I want to be dress a step up and be more professional than post-grad. Also, living in north Iowa, I need actual winter clothing! The clothes that I wore during winter in Kentucky are more appropriate for fall here.
#3: I went clothes shopping with Andy (for the first time in our relationship.)
Previously, I always went clothes shopping with one of my sisters or my mom, but now that we live 700 miles away from my family, that wasn’t an option. A few weekends ago was our first clothes-shopping experience (how have we been together so long without this pivotal relationship moment?!) Poor Andy had to suffer through an hour of me trying on clothes and asking for his opinion (“They all look nice, honey”). Needless to say, for the sake of our marriage, that is the first and last time I will ever go clothes shopping with him 😛
Since I don’t have any close gal pals up here to clothes shop with and I need to update my wardrobe, I decided to give StitchFix a try. Plus, StitchFix delivers the clothes to your house and as you know, having things delivered to my door is up my alley these days!
I took a short online survey about my clothing style and daily life, and provided my stylist with a link to my Pinterest board. I specifically requested pieces that were “the cheaper, the better.” Even though I don’t have to be so tight with my budget, I honestly don’t have the desire to spend a ton of money on my wardrobe; even the lower-priced items (around $40!) are a little pricey, at least to me.
When my StitchFix box arrived, I was amazed at how beautifully packaged it was! The box included some styling tips, which was really helpful in inspiring me as I tried everything on. Let me preface the photos with this statement: I am not a fashion blogger nor do I try to be; I simply want to share my experience with StitchFix as an honest review for the everyday woman like myself. Hence the lack of perfectly-styled photos in exchange for the iPhone selfies in the mirror that was propped up by my dining room chair, because this is real life over here.
My “Fix” Review
French Grey Deora Brushed Knit Dress- $48
Mix by 41 Hawthorn Montgomery Duster Cardigan- $38
Emory Park Cal Tie Front Knit Top- $38
Mix by 41 Hawthorn Middleton Ponte Skinny Pant- $48
Look by M Amos Stripe Knit Infinity Scarf- $34
The first thing I tried on was the French Grey Deora Brushed Knit Dress. I loved it! The burgundy color was right up my alley; it’s a nice pop of color while still being a good winter color! The peephole in the neckline was a fun twist to the typical boat neckline of most of the dresses I wear. I threw on my favorite pair of riding boots to go with the outfit. I didn’t have a pair of light pink leggings, but if I had, that would have been the perfect addition!
I added the Mix by 41 Hawthorn Montgomery Duster Cardigan to my dress. My first honest thought when trying on the sweater was that it reminded me of a bathrobe because of its length. It has a neat slit in the side, but I just couldn’t get past the extra-long length; it felt entirely too casual for a business-casual work environment. I actually bought a long black cardigan from Kohl’s when I went shopping with Andy, although it was a tad bit shorter. Below is a photo of my Kohl’s cardigan with my dress.
Then, I tried on the Mix by 41 Hawthorn Middleton Ponte Skinny Pant. I loved the ponte material and stretchy waistband! It felt like wearing pajamas, but had the structure of a pantsuit. My only concern was the pants were so tight that I couldn’t decide if they were business appropriate or too “revealing”. I was so torn that I actually tried them on and discussed with Andy when he got home later that evening.
I also tried on the Emory Park Cal Tie Front Knit top with the pants, and although it looked cute in the box, I wasn’t a fan of that either. The top was really low-cut, and even paired with a camisole, I felt that one wrong move would put “the girls” on display. It was also too small for me… one size, if not two. The tie on the front was cute, though, which was a nice twist to the plain sweaters I usually wear.
I tried on the Look by M Amos Stripe Knit Infinity Scarf last. It was really cozy and I loved the burgundy color! However, I wasn’t exactly sure what I should wear it with. I rarely wear accessories like scarves (although I should!), so I couldn’t justify spending $34 on it.
Did I keep any pieces?
Overall, I felt “meh” about my StitchFix box. I guess I had in mind that nobody can pick out clothing that’s “my style” because I don’t even know what “my style” is, but the French Grey dressnailed it! It’s no surprise that I decided to keep that gorgeous dress! The price tag for the dress was a little more than I wanted to spend ($48), but I considered it part of my Christmas gift (to myself, hah!)
Another thought about my StitchFix box: I had just 3 days to try on the clothes and make my decision. For someone incredibly busy, those 3 days went by too quickly! It was also a huge hassle trying to get to the post office in such a short amount of time.
Will I try StitchFix again?
Honestly, probably not. They waived the $25 styling fee for my first box, which was a huge reason on why I decided to give it a try, but next time around, I’ll have to pay the styling fee. If I choose to keep something from my box, the styling fee would be applied toward it as a credit, but the money-conscious person in me is like “What if my box doesn’t have anything I want to keep?! Then it’s $25 wasted!” Also, most of the pieces in the box were pricey, in my opinion. By shopping smart, I’m sure I could find similar items for less than what StitchFix charges.
However, I do have a “plan” on how I would like to improve my wardrobe– by browsing Pinterest and fashion blogs to nail down my style more. Then, I’ll watch the sales racks and coupons before I make a purchase.
Have you ever tried StitchFix?