Stitch Fix: Super easy and user-friendly online personal stylist service (perfect for the fashion novice!)

by Melody on February 10, 2016

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This is all my clothes.  Everything.  In the dresser below are my gym shorts and tank tops and 100 t-shirts that I never wear and the two pairs of black leggings I wear with every dressy top I own.

Let me give you a little insight into my shopping personality.

I want to be fashionable.  I want to have cute and trendy and flattering clothes.  I want to look like I never wear the same thing twice.  I work from home and go to the gym most days, so 93% of the time I can be found in leggings and sneakers.

I am one bazillion percent better at shopping online than I am in store.  I can barely spend five seconds in a store before I start to get really sweaty and nervous and grab 17 shirts that look almost identical to everything in my closet.  I feel like I have more freedom online.  I can see outfits put together on an actual person.  I can read reviews.  I can sit in my gym clothes and order things.  I don’t have to come within one million feet of a dressing room.

Let me give you a little insight about my body type.

The gym has given me a bigger booty and hips and thighs and calves that could crush small children.  Great for squatting, not so great for fitting into any pants that are not stretchy.  I had C-sections with both of my boys and my stomach never went right afterwards.  The skin and fat above the scar seems to not have anywhere else to go, so it pools right smack in my lower belly area.  Strike #2 in finding pants that fit AND are comfortable. Combined with how much I despise dressing rooms and trying things on, I have, not unsurprisingly, been unsuccessful in finding pants that feel good.

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Over the past year or so, I have been keeping an eye on this service called Stitch Fix.  Basically an online stylist.  You fill out a style profile to help your stylist understand your fit, budget, size and lifestyle.  Upon ordering your “Fix”, your stylist will send you five handpicked clothing items and accessories to try on in the comfort of your own home.  Buy and keep what you like and return the rest in a pre-paid mail bag.

More about my personality.

I am a procrastinator and have this insane ability to sit and wait on all the good things.  I analyze from afar, I am skeptical, I give all the reasons I shouldn’t try new things.  And then I try new things and they are great.  And I kick myself for waiting so long.  It’s a vicious cycle.  And the reason I married someone who gets everything done in record time.  #balance

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I’ve taken the plunge!

The style profile was fantastically easy to fill out.  Talking about yourself takes very little thought.  What size are you?  What is your inseam?  What does your typical day look like?  Do you like these curated styles?  Do you hate these curated styles?  Do you have a Pinterest board that showcases your tastes in fashion and apparel?  What is most important to you when it comes to what you wear?

They cover all the bases.

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Here’s how it works:

  • Sign up for a Stitch Fix account
  • Fill out your style profile
  • Schedule the arrival of your Fix (you can sign up for regular shipments, but you are not required to!)
  • Once your stylist starts putting together your Fix, you will be charged a $20 stylist fee.  If you keep anything from your box, your fee will be applied as a credit.
  • Try on everything in your Fix, like REALLY try it on.  Wear it around, ask for opinions, let it settle on your body.  Try something new!
  • If you buy all 5 items, you will get 25% off your purchases!

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  • Return any items you don’t want to keep with your pre-paid mail bag
  • Give specific feedback on each item to help your stylist learn your personal preferences
  • Lather, rinse, repeat

Why I decided to make the leap:

  • I have a hard time going out of my comfort zone
  • I really WANT some good, new pieces but struggle finding the time to shop (nor do I necessarily want to spend hours looking for just the right thing)
  • I basically wear the same outfit style, just in slightly different versions and colors
  • Trying things on in the comfort of my own home makes rainbows come out my ears
  • I would LOVE a personal stylist but can’t justify the cost

Tell me!  Have you tried Stitch Fix or a similar service?  Why or why not?  What did you love about it if you did try?  Did you go out of your comfort zone with some of your choices?

Click here to check out all that Stitch Fix has to offer.  Here’s a link to their FAQ page that has lots of great information about the service.  Stay tuned for an update as soon as I receive my Fix!

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Cynthia February 10, 2016 at 4:52 pm

Melody, I have been using StitchFix for about 6 months now and I receive a fix every 3 weeks. A little bit about me and my fashion background – I am 5′ 8″ with a 34″ inseam, big boobs, carry most of my weight all the way around my middle (a good extra 10 pounds), had 3 c sections (so I know about the scar thing, which didn’t happen to me until my 3rd), blonde hair, light complexion. I told them NO jewelry as I only wear real jewelry that I buy when I travel and NO purses because my husband buys me designer bags, ditto with shoes and boots. My daughter used to work in one of the designer departments at Nordstrom so she has always been my personal shopper. I requested COLOR, especially tops and blouses. I also specified that price was not a concern. My first couple of fixes I only kept a couple of items, they seem to have a problem with the color thing. I have received numerous black or black and white blouses. They have only been able to get me pants that were long enough for me a couple of times, mainly jeans. So, no more jeans, please! They also didn’t get that you don’t put zig zags on big boobs! The last couple of fixes I have kept all 5 items because it was cheaper to keep the 1 or 2 that I didn’t like that to send them back and loose the discount. I have another fix coming on Friday that will be my deciding factor if I continue with them or not. I have NEVER been happy with everything and twice I sent everything back. I look forward to seeing how your fix goes.

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Melody February 18, 2016 at 7:16 am

Thank you for leaving a comment Cynthia, so interesting to hear from someone who has tried it several times! I just received my box yesterday and I was prepared to not like any of it once I saw the picture design cards, but I took my own advice and tried everything on and gave it a chance. Short of not LOVING one of the shirts, I was pretty enamored with everything they send. Your jeans comment made me laugh because I couldn’t believe I didn’t request no jeans (I NEVER wear them) and they sent me a pair! Oddly enough, they did really well with the fit and the fabric. I never would have thought I’d say this, but I may keep them.

It will be interesting to see how this progresses and how well they do in the future. I really did adore the fact that I didn’t have to go out and shop, try things on OR even pick things out. Here’s hoping!

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Amanda February 10, 2016 at 5:43 pm

I got my first Stitch Fix today. I requested a dress for church and cute casual pieces. They sent a hammered gold necklace, asymmetrical cardigan, wide leg jeans and a striped dolman top. I loved all of the pieces. However, I am only keeping the cardigan and necklace. The jeans were a bit too big and just weren’t super flattering, the shirt was way cute, but was navy and I already own a bunch of navy shirts, and the dress was a spandex material, which is not my thing. However, she totally nailed my style and I love the necklace, which I wouldn’t have looked twice at in a store. Also, the material of the cardigan is stretchy and seemed weird, but after trying it on, I haven’t take it off. It is ultra flattering and comfy. I will definitely be ordering a second box.

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Melody February 18, 2016 at 7:19 am

I just got my box yesterday and honestly was prepared to not like any of it, but was extremely surprised. None of it was really anything I would have looked twice at (like you said), but they all fit very well and were super flattering. I would happily keep three pieces, possibly four. Excited to see what my next box brings!

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