I’ve had a mini-obsession with monthly subscription boxes for quite awhile now. In fact, I love any service that includes delivery to my home and and doesn’t require me dragging my kids out in public. Shopping with two almost-two-year-olds is NOT my idea of fun and typically leaves me rushing home to a bottle of wine with only half my shopping list purchased. When I heard a friend raving about Stitch Fix a few months ago, my curiosity got the better of me and signed up right away. A personal stylist sending clothes right to my doorstep? Sounded too good to be true!
I’m a mom of many. I work from home. My daily attire usually consists of jeans and an oilfield hoodie. I’ve been trying to step out of my fashion rut this year, but that’s no easy task. I want to have a more polished, girlie look, but keep my casual style that fits with my mommy life. After taking the style profile quiz on Stitch Fix, I discovered my style leans more towards casual chic/bohemian chic. When filling out your style profile, you also answer questions about your build, budget, and style preferences.
How does Stitch Fix work?
Fill out your style profile. Right now, Stitch Fix only caters to women who are between sizes 0-14 (they really need to add a plus-size line!). I’m in the process of losing weight, and when I scheduled my first fix, I was wearing a size 16 jeans and XL shirt. (see my review below)
Once you fill out your style profile, you are ready to schedule your first Fix. When you pick your date, you also pay a $20 styling fee; however, this money will be deducted from your purchase if you keep any of the pieces sent to you in your Fix. If you do not keep anything from your box, you lose this money. Wah-wah-wah….
Wait for your Fix to arrive. This is the hard part. I’m not good with waiting.
On your selected Fix date, run to the front door to meet the Fed Ex man or woman. Grab your box and run to your bedroom to open and start trying the pieces on!
Try everything on! You never know what you like until you see it on. Pair each piece with items already in your closet to try different outfit options. Each item includes style cards with ideas and inspiration on how to wear it. Some of the pieces I have been sent, I would have NEVER picked out myself, but once I try them on, I fall in love. That’s part of the fun!
You get 3 days to decide which items you are keeping and which you are sending back. A pre-paid mailing bag is included in your box, so you simply drop the unwanted items off at the post office.
If you decide to keep all 5 items, you receive a 25% discount off your purchase, plus, don’t forget that your $20 styling fee is deducted from your total. Login to your account online and check-out. Remember to give your feedback on each piece and your Fix overall, as that will help your Stylist get to know you and your style in more detail. Stitch Fixes get better with time, yo!
My First Fix
I was so excited to get this first shipment from Stitch Fix that I forgot to take pics. For real. It contained three shirts, a dress, and a necklace. The dress was super-cute, but too tight and waaaay too short for my taste. Of the shirts, one was a sweater cardigan cut in a style/print that I didn’t care for (and was too small), one was a blouse that I would have never dreamed of wearing, but loved, only it was a bit too big, and the other was an adorable chevron-print blouse that was just a bit too small. Looking back, I wish I would have kept that one, because I have lost more weight and I bet it would fit perfect now! All in all, the fit of the clothes was off for me. I was at the way upper end of the sizes that Stitch Fix styles for, so I’m not too surprised. I ended up keeping the Basket Weave Circles Long Necklace by 41 Hawthorn. Totally cute.
My Second Fix
This Stitch Fix was right on the money. I loved all the pieces immediately upon opening. After my first fix, I went in and updated gave feedback regarding the pieces they had sent, the fit, and also linked to my “Wearing These Would Make Me Happy” Pinterest board, and it definitely helped the Stylist get a clearer overall picture of the style I want to achieve.
This box included these items:
Alan Cowl Neck Asymmetrical Jacket by Sweet Rain ($48)
Strathmore Striped Hi-Lo Knit Shirt ($38)
Bryan Short-Sleeve Open-Front Cardigan by Fiancee ($38)
Katie Twist & Crystal Drop Earrings ($28)
Eldridge Ruffle Neck Cardigan by Mystree($38)
By the way, in my style profile, I’ve selected the “cheaper is better” category.
Now, before you judge, know that these photos were taken by my 10-year-old after a very looooong day and I didn’t take time to do my hair or makeup or put any effort into styling. M’kay?
Anyway, the lighting doesn’t do the clothing any justice. I posted on FB and had my friends vote on the keepers/not-keepers and then had a fashion show for my own kids, too. The verdict? I kept all but the ruffled, striped sweater and the earrings. I did like the earrings, I just couldn’t justify spending $28 for them. In the photos above, the pink-ish short-sleeved looks terrible, but I swear (as do my kids!), it’s super-cute in person! I didn’t think I would ever own a hi-lo top, much less a striped one, but layered with a scarf or long necklace, the Strathmore shirt works. It’s comfy, casual, and perfect for busy moms!
My Next Fix
For my next Fix, I requested a dress to wear for our upcoming adoption (hopefully in December!). Stay tuned…
Full disclosure: I receive a referral credit for everyone that signs up through my link! Once you sign up and invite your friends, you will, too! All opinions stated are my own! Originally posted on realoilfieldwives.com.