Over the last year or so, my blog has evolved into more of a family focused blog. I’m ok with that. That’s where I am in life, and it only makes sense that I would be writing and sharing things more related to family than anything else. However, that does not mean I’ve forgotten my former life (i.e. before kids) in any way, shape or form. I have always loved fashion (heck, I majored in it in college, y’all), and I will always love fashion. Just because it is no longer a focal point on my blog doesn’t mean I can’t dip my toes back in it, right? Well, I’m saying yes, so follow along or click away if this topic bores you (sorry, not sorry….my blog, my rules).
I love to shop. I particularly love going to a physical store to shop. I love the brightly colored displays, the mannequins, the shelving, the smell of new clothes, the excitement of finding something amazing for yourself (especially if it’s on sale!)…I just love it all. In retrospect, I have never really loved shopping online, unless it’s for shoes or accessories. I usually hate the entire experience. My body has been through so many changes in the last 5.5 years (pregnancy, weight loss, weight gain, getting fit, getting lazy, etc.), it’s hard to know on any given day what size I am (don’t even get me started on vanity sizing…that’s another post for another time). I’d much rather go to the store and try things on.
All that being said, I recently discovered form of online shopping that I can get behind. I know Stitch Fix has been around for awhile now, but, in all honesty, I didn’t quite understand what it was all about. Now that I’ve been able to try it, I can say that it is a great option for those of you, like me, who love a store experience, but don’t really have time for it anymore. It’s also great for people who are frustrated by the store experience, but would still love a personal shopper to help them somehow. This is where Stitch Fix enters the picture. If you want to combine the best of both worlds, avoiding a store yet still having a stylist, then this service is for you. Here are my 4 reasons to give Stitch Fix a try (and 1 bonus reason to think it over before you commit).
Stitch Fix is Easy
The concept of Stitch Fix is not difficult. Create an account, fill out your information (both personal and style information), pay the styling fee (which can be used toward the purchase of something you decide to keep), and wait for your goodies to arrive. I was able to do all of this, including creating a new account for myself, within 30 minutes one morning. I would highly recommend you take your time with the initial set up as this is how your stylist gets the most information to find the best pieces for you.
Stitch Fix is Personal
You are not simply browsing a massive website with hundreds of style options in every color and guessing which one will fit or whether or not that light blue tank is actually sky blue or is it more of a pool blue? There is nothing on Stitch Fix for you to choose. Yes, you can look at their style tips page and see what’s “trending,” but you don’t have to decide what to order. Your stylist (shout out to my awesome stylist, Kate!) will go over your “style profile” and choose things for you based on what you’ve share with her, which leads me to my next point of making sure you share everything you possibly can. Your “fix” will only be as good as the information you share. Don’t like skinny jeans? Tell them! Hate the color green? Tell them! They want you to love what they choose for you, and you can’t love something if you don’t give your stylist enough information.
Stitch Fix is Fun
Upon the completion of my personal information and style profile, I was given the option of when to receive my “fix.” Can I be honest and tell you that it was like waiting for Christmas for that box to come in the mail? What would be in it? Would I love it? Would I hate it? How will my stylist know me well enough to know what I like? I had so many questions I couldn’t wait to have answered. On the day my box finally arrived, I couldn’t wait to try everything on! Most of it was spot on, but there were a few things that weren’t quite me or didn’t fit (I can never get European pants sizes right), but that was ok because I still had fun playing “dress up” with my new goodies!
Stitch Fix is Flexible
Want the convenience of not shopping for new clothes each month? Schedule your fixes automatically. Don’t like what’s in your fix? Send it back. Only want to keep 1 item? You won’t be charged for what you don’t keep. I love the flexibility of using a styling service like this. If you decide to keep all the items in your box, you’ll get a 25% discount on the overall total of your box. You do not have to commit to a monthly fix to keep using the service. Make the service work to fit your life, not the other way around.
One Aspect of Stitch Fix to Consider
As with all goods and services, there are some things to consider before making a financial commitment. For me, it’s the pricing. Stitch Fix offers stylish clothing options, but they won’t fit every budget. I am willing to pay more for shoes and outerwear, but I prefer to keep my tops and pants in the under $50 range. The items I received were a mix of polyester, rayon, and cotton, and, while they were well made, I didn’t think they were worth the prices Stitch Fix was asking me to pay for them (I mean, $48 for a poly-blend shirt I could get for $20 elsewhere?). With two young, active kids at home, I am pretty rough on my clothes. I need them to last, and I need to not have forked over too much cash if the materials they’re made out of won’t last. Will this stop me from trying their services again? Nope, but I’m all about transparency on my blog, so I wanted you to know my honest assessment of my first experience.