As I have mentioned before, I am a regular listener of Gretchen Rubin's Happier podcast. One of her frequent sponsors is Stitch Fix . . . and I've always been so intrigued. Because just how would that work, exactly? What would be in the box? And wouldn't it maybe be sort of fun to boost your wardrobe with pieces selected just for you . . . that you didn't have to shop for?
I didn't bite.
But each time I heard their sponsorship ads on the podcast, I went through the same thought process.
And then . . . people I know started ordering from Stitch Fix -- and having positive experiences with it. Bloggers I know - like Carole and Cheryl - tried it and loved it. Facebook friends from way back tried it and loved it. Even people I know in real life tried it and loved.
What the heck.
Stitch Fix works like this:
You sign up and fill out an extensive personal survey about your likes/dislikes, lifestyle, wardrobe desires, sizes, price point preferences, etc. You can even link in relevant Pinterest boards. Basically, you're trying to help your Stitch Fix stylist make good wardrobe choices for you.
Then . . . you wait for your Fix.
When it arrives (which is way more exciting than I thought it would be), you open the box to find five items -- with a short, personalized note from your Stitch Fix stylist, a style card (to give you ideas of how to wear your new items), and an invoice.
You don't pay for your Fix up front -- except for a $20 "styling fee" that gets credited back to you if you decide to keep any of the items. (You don't pay for shipping -- even if you send it all back. You are only "out" the $20 if you decide not to keep anything.) You only pay for items you decide to keep. And -- here's the kicker -- you get a 25% discount on everything if you keep all five pieces (more on this later).
You have three days from receipt of the Fix to decide. You try it all on, and fill out a fairly detailed feedback form for your stylist, and pay then. (Prices will vary by person -- because you set price ranges you're comfortable with in that initial survey.) You can sign up to receive Fixes on a regular basis (monthly or quarterly, for example), or you can just request one whenever you're in the mood.
It's pretty simple!
As for me, I told my stylist that I was looking for casual items that were just a bit more trendy than what I usually find at my local Eddie Bauer store. (Don't get me wrong -- I love Eddie Bauer. I just thought it might be nice to . . . step it up a bit now and again.) Here's what she sent me:
First, item #1 . . .
A lightweight denim jacket that I LOVE. So much . . . that I put it on right out of the box and have now worn it for two days straight! (The temperature really dipped into October here this week, so it's been perfect.) I will truly wear this all the time!
I do have a denim jacket that I've had for about 15 years. (Guess where I got it?) (Eddie Bauer, of course!) My old jacket is sort of boxy and made of heavy weight denim and is quite warm. I'll still wear it and love it -- but this one is lighter and the fit is a lot more trendy. I'm a real denim-jacket-kind-of-gal, so this was a perfect choice for me. WINNER.
Next, item #2 . . .
A kicky little shift dress in my favorite clothing colors - neutral black and white. I love it! I've been wondering what to wear to Erin and Keith's rehearsal dinner next week . . . and now I think I have my answer. I can see wearing this dress right through fall with tights and a cardigan, too. It's perfect. WINNER.
Next, item #3 . . .
It's called a "utility tunic" -- but I call it pretty much just the kind of thing that appeals to me. I love the color and the fit. I have a feeling I'll wear this quite a lot -- even though I can tell it's going to wrinkle easily. This is the kind of shirt I'm always looking for -- but never finding. And look . . .
It works great with my new denim jacket. WINNER.
Next, item #4 . . .
Another flowy, tunic shirt -- this one in white mini polka dots on a navy background. The shirt looks great with jeans, too. (And - of course - layered with my denim jacket. . . ) WINNER.
Next, the final item - #5 . . .
Ummmm. Not so much. These are . . . cropped, wide-leg, pajama-style pants . . . in a truly hideous and not-at-all-me shiny/crinkly fabric WITH a track-suit style stripe down the sides . . .
that I cannot imagine wearing ANYwhere (even though I do know that this type of style is trendy right now -- but not so much here in Kalamazoo). (Funniest thing? The style card showed these pants with a nautical striped, boat neck t-shirt and red sandals. Really????)
So. That's my Fix. Four items I love . . . one item that is a total dud.
My decision should be super easy, right? Keep four items, send one back. Pay for four items, free shipping on the dud. Right? Not so fast, my friends! Because there is that 25% discount if you keep all 5 items. And because my dud-pants were really fairly inexpensive, I would pay significantly MORE for the 4 items I love if I send the dud-pants back. Because of the 25% discount.
So. I am now the proud owner of the dud-pants.
And there . . . I think . . . is the biggest problem with Stitch Fix. You can end up - potentially - keeping items you don't really want because it costs you more to send them back -- not in shipping costs, but in the loss of that hefty 25% discount. On the other hand, with the feedback I provided my stylist . . . I shouldn't receive pants (or any other item) like that again!
I'll try Stitch Fix again (I signed up for quarterly Fixes) and we'll see how the next one goes. I'm really happy with the new WINNER items for my closet, and I know they're things I'll love wearing.
In the meantime . . . anyone interested in those pants???
If you're thinking of trying Stitch Fix for yourself, you can use my referral code. (Tell 'em Kym sent you!)