I’ve never really enjoyed clothes shopping. I enter a store determined to find certain pieces of clothing. I rifle through the sale racks and become frustrated almost immediately. I know “people say” that you have to try clothes on to determine if they truly fit – but that would mean trying on 10+ pieces of clothing at a time, which is exhausting and discouraging because I’ll be lucky if I like even one piece. The other tough thing about shopping for clothes is that I’ll try on an item and think, Well this MIGHT go with another piece I have, and the only way to know for sure is to buy it and bring it home. If it doesn’t match correctly, that means one of three things: 1) take time and gas to return the clothing item; 2) keep the item and buy something else to go with it; or 3) keep the item and never wear it. All of those options involve wasting or spending more money.
Last year I read a blog post about a service called Stitch Fix; and while it sounded cool, I didn’t seriously consider doing it because I thought it would be “too expensive.” However, my husband and I have embraced Dave Ramsey’s budget principle of creating a “blow money” category for each spouse, which can be used on anything we want. A few months ago, I reevaluated Stitch Fix and decided to give it a try using my blow money, with the mindset that I would only purchase clothing that I absolutely, 100% loved. Plus, if I didn’t like the service, I was under no obligation to continue using it.
If you haven’t clicked on the link yet, you might be wondering what this Stitch Fix thing is all about. To me, it’s all about building a quality wardrobe full of timeless pieces I’m proud to wear. It’s about having clothes that will not be neglected. It’s about saving money, time, and frustration. The thing that cinches the deal is that I have a professional stylist picking out clothing just for me!
Here’s how it works: sign up with an account at StitchFix.com. The first thing you’ll want to do is fill out your Style Profile. It will ask you basic info such as height, weight, and measurements. But it also has creative questions such as “How do you prefer clothing to fit the top half of your body?” and “What do you like to flaunt? What do you like to keep covered?” There are even several pictures of different outfits and they ask you how much you like (or hate) each one. It’s also highly recommended to have a Pinterest board filled with favorite clothing you find online – your personal stylist will actually visit your Pinterest board and use that as guidance when putting together your Fix!
After filling out your Style Profile, you’ll pick a date you want your first Fix delivered! You will have the option to schedule an auto-ship, but you definitely do not have to do that. (I don’t.) Once you pick a date, you’ll have a chance to write a note to your personal stylist about specific desires for the shipment. My first Fix came a couple weeks before going to the doTERRA Convention, so I asked for items that were professional and cute, but also comfy and not necessarily dressy. Make sure to fill out your billing information, and you’re good to go!
When your Fix is shipped, you will be charged a $20 Styling Fee. However, that fee is a credit toward whatever you buy! Each Fix box will contain five items. You can pick out as many items to keep as you’d like, but if you purchase all five items you get 25% off! It was so exciting to receive my first box. It comes in a branded Stitch Fix box and is delivered right to my door. No rushing out to the store trying to find clothes!! You get to try on everything in the comfort of your own home and – this is the best part – you have three days to decide on exactly what you want! I love that I can pair potential new clothing with old clothing and see what works, and I am under no pressure whatsoever.
Below are pictures of my first Fix. I ended up keeping one item which is one of my wardrobe favorites now! I didn’t have anything like it and it helps me feel beautiful, professional, and confident.
One thing I do not have in my wardrobe is a pair of colored jeans. These were Pink Martini brand and so cute and comfortable! Unfortunately, they were a no because they were too big in the waist. I would have kept them otherwise! I then updated my pants waist size in my Style Profile.
This was a Pomelo brand shirt. It was soft and comfy, but I wasn’t crazy about the cut of the shirt – too boxy. It didn’t fit me correctly and I also don’t like horizontal lines very much.
Another thing I specified on my Stitch Fix account is that I’m looking for more everyday dresses. I would love to wear more dresses and skirts, but finding ones that fit my body shape is tough! This Papermoon ruffled dress was cute and the navy blue color was beautiful. However, it was a little too dressy for everyday wear, and it could have been a smidgen smaller in the bust area. Plus, the price was a little high especially since I wasn’t in love.
I really liked this 41Hawthorn knit cardigan! It was very lightweight and the coral color was lovely. It would have paired nicely with the dress! But since I wasn’t getting the dress, it would not have done much for me. Since it’s so thin and skin-tight in the arms and shoulders, a sleeveless shirt must be worn with it. I didn’t have anything that would pair well with it.
Here is the winner of the box!! This Collective Concepts blouse is now one of my absolute favorite pieces in my closet. I had pinned a few chevron patterned clothing items on my Pinterest board and commented that I didn’t own any chevron pieces but liked the look. The coral color is also new to my wardrobe and I really like how it pops. The back is white with a small gold zipper at the top. It cinches slightly at the bottom and pairs well with a pencil skirt or dark skinny jeans, both of which I have already. The style card (included with every Fix) indicates it could also be worn with shorts. I feel very polished and chic in it!
Another great thing about Stitch Fix is that if you refer friends and family to sign up, you will get a $25 credit for each person who schedules a Fix. So you could potentially get your clothing for free! I already had a $25 credit for my second box, which I will post about in a short while.
If you haven’t tried Stitch Fix before, give it a shot! This savvy clothing shopper is glad she did. If you already use Stitch Fix, tell me what you love about it!