If you aren't familiar with Stitch Fix: It is a styling service that sends you 5 pieces of clothing and/or accessories pulled specifically for you. Once you receive the items you can try on, take pictures and see how they will work into your wardrobe - all in the comfort of your own home. You have three days to decide to keep the items or send them back. If you keep all five items you will receive 20% off the entire purchase. If you send all 5 items back you lose your $20 stylist fee that would have been applied to your purchase. Everyone fills out a style and fit questionnaire, but you can be as picky or open as you want in your communications to your stylist.
After my first box I added more notes to my stylist that said:
- Even though it's still warm in Texas (as they mentioned in my last note) I still wanted more fall pieces like transitional sweaters, jackets and tops. No sleeveless.
- Please no pants unless they are leggings or a ponte knit pant
- An occasional dress for work is great
- No jewelry except for an occasional statement necklace
To say I was disappointed was an understatement. I think I wasted my time writing the notes to "my stylist" because she did not follow them. Although to look on the bright side, this is No-Spend October so maybe the universe was just looking out for me...
ONE - Cliff Layered Bead & Fringe Collar Necklace, $32 - SENT BACK
This necklace is cute, but not $32 cute. It is pretty cheap looking in person and I just know that when it comes time to accessorize an outfit, I will opt for something nicer that I already own like my fave Kendra Scott Rayne necklace. I don't like the length of the chain and for the final straw it has a strange smell to it! It's similar to some necklaces I used to purchase from Jane.com for $12.99.
TWO - Brodee Envelope Collar Sheath Dress, $128 - SENT BACK
THREE - Esten Button-Up Sleeveless Blouse - Navy, $54 - SENT BACK
FOUR - Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse, $58 - KEPT
This was my favorite of the five pieces. Hallelujah, the stylist listened and gave me something that was transitional for the fall and appropriate for both office and weekend. I hesitated at keeping this because I already own a super similar top from Nordstrom, however I live in black tops especially in the fall/winter. The back of the sleeves on this top are unique (I could not get a good picture) and I love the longer length which is hard to find.
FIVE - Tiara Abstract Print Silk Top, $58 - SENT BACK
I don't know what to say about this top. It reminds me of something I would buy at Forever 21 for $15, but what makes me most mad about this is how summery it is!!! The styling card even has it paired with shorts and sandals. While this would be great for a May box, it is October!!! Once again, I feel like they threw in all of the items they were trying to get rid of from last season.
I honestly feel like I was just given some random pieces that they had left, aside from the one top I kept that was in line with what I asked for. Maybe for larger sizes they don't have as many options? Regardless, I was probably going to put this service on hold for a few months through the holidays. This box just sealed that deal!
I will give Stitch Fix the benefit of the doubt and say that maybe this was just an inexperienced stylist. My requests were not listened to and my note from the stylist did not even make sense with incomplete sentences and thoughts. This was not the same stylist as I had in my last box.
It is really fun anticipate the box and wonder what you might receive, but after this box my opinion is that it is cheap, overpriced pieces. I think I can do better shopping on my own. And by "on my own" I mean with the help of great bloggers like Sheaffer and Melanie...their suggestions are always spot on!
On the other hand, I have read some amazing reviews and seen some great pieces on others from Stitch Fix. After the holidays if I continue to read other great reviews, I may give it another shot!
If you want to give StitchFix a shot yourself, you can sign up here. Maybe you'll have better luck!
Note that I will receive a $25 credit if you sign-up. Hopefully then someone will do the same for you...it's like subscription box karma!