(This ISN’T a sponsored post!) Early on in my minimalist journey I pared down my wardrobe to the essentials. I created a “capsule wardrobe” intuitively before it became a fad ;) A few basic bottoms and a handful of versatile tops and I was content mixing and matching.
Now, as I’ve entered the professional world once again, this approach still works, although I’ve found myself desiring a slightly more trendy wardrobe. I’ve often thought that it would be nice to mix in a few current pieces each season.
I had heard about Stitch Fix quite awhile ago, and hadn’t given it much consideration. But when a friend mentioned she had received her first “fix” and had a great experience, I thought it might be time to give it a try.
How it Works
If you aren’t familiar, here is a quick overview of how it works:
1. Fill our your personal style quiz: create a style profile so your personal stylist can get to know you. When you stylists creates your order you are charged a $20 “styling fee”, however, if you keep any of the items that you receive, the styling fee is applied as a credit to the cost of your order.
2. Receive five personalized pieces delivered to your door: try on the clothes, shoes & jewelry in the comfort of your own home.
3. Keep what you love, send back the rest: a postage paid package is included so that you can easily return any items you don’t care for without any extra cost (shipping is free both ways).
If you want to give it a try for yourself, you can click here: stitchfix.com/referral/10173635 (yes, this is a referral link but this IS NOT a sponsored post–and I do greatly appreciate your support! :)
Here is what I told my Stitch Fix Stylist:
I kept going back and forth about how specific to be with my style profile. I wanted to be open to try new things, but also didn’t want to be disappointed by receiving things I knew I would never wear, so here is what I said:
– I’m looking for business and business casual clothes that I can wear to sell real estate
– I generally wear loose fitting tops and more fitted bottoms
– I answered yes to wanting to try petite sizes when possible
– I can wear jeans for work if they have a dark wash and are “dressy”
– I’d really love a knit blazer (I had one from Express that I loved before I had kids)
– I’m open to dresses and the only jewelry I’d want to try is necklaces
What I received in my Stitch Fix:
I was very excited when the box arrived (and was so glad that it came on time despite the snowstorm we had been experiencing!) and the kids were excited to see what I got, too ;) Here are the five things that were inside:
– Blue short-sleeved blouse
– Dark teal blazer
– Striped knit top
– Dark skinny jeans
– Gold flat shoes
Here’s what I thought:
(a special thank you to my 7-year old for taking the pictures ;)
Blue Bastille Tulip Sleeve Blouse ($38):
I really like the “petal” detail on the sleeves and it fit well. The color wasn’t something I would normally select, but it is fine. The only unfortunate thing is that the temps in Minnesota have been in the single digits, so I wouldn’t wear it alone this time of year and if I were to put something over it (cardigan or blazer), then you wouldn’t see the detail on the sleeves and it becomes a kind of boring blouse.
Decision: So…do I keep a top that I won’t wear until spring? I had to think about it :)
Mira Skinny Jean ($88):
These fit perfectly and had an elastic waistband which reminded me a little of maternity pants, but hey, maternity pants are super comfortable so it didn’t bother me. I thought they were cute but my husband is not a fan of skinny jeans and for work I’m usually trying to look more mature so tend to stay away from them. So not my stylist’s fault, but I didn’t think they would get much use.
(Although, when I saw the jeans in the above picture, I liked them more than I did in person and almost reconsidered…but $88 is a significant investment for a pair of jeans, so I had to LOVE them to keep them and I wasn’t there! :)
Decision: Sent back
Rebekah Textured Knit Blazer ($98):
While I did ask for a blazer, it wasn’t quite what I had in mind. It is lined and a little more formal than what I was hoping for. The striped texture was kind of different and my stylist said that I could layer it over the blue blouse, but I don’t think the colors go together…perhaps I’m just not fashion forward enough ;) It didn’t fit that well either (gapped in a few places).
This is more what I had in mind:
Decision: This went back without any further thought.
Lupita V-Kneck Dolman Knit Top ($44):
I had asked for business clothes so I was a little surprised to see this in the box. It fit, but I didn’t find it all that flattering and wouldn’t normally pay $44 for a casual top unless I really, really loved it.
Decision: Sent Back
Edyna Laser-Cut Flat ($59):
These were cute, and with the skinny jeans and tops, they worked well, however…did I mention its in the single digits right now? Definitely boot season. I also tend to usually wear shoes with some kind of heal since I am only 5’1″ and my husband is 6’2″. So while they are very cute, I don’t think I would get alot of use out of them.
Decision: back they went!
So…should I keep the blouse?
If it were already spring it would have been an easy decision to keep it. I went back and forth, but I had already paid the $20 styling fee which essentially made the cost of the blouse $18, so I decided to keep it. I really liked how it fit and could easily pair it with bottoms that I already own.
So I went online and gave detailed feedback about each of the pieces and paid for the blouse.
You also receive cards with other style ideas on it…I’m not sure how helpful it is, but kind of fun :)
Will I do it again?
Absolutely, in fact, I already have it scheduled! Here is what I really like about Stitch Fix:
1. I don’t have alot of time to shop, so having clothes delivered to my door that FIT is very valuable to me right now.
2. I LOVE that they carry petite sizes. The blouse, blazer and jeans were all petite and fit very well.
3. Being served by someone is nice. As a mom, wife and professional, I feel like I give out ALOT during the day, it feels nice to have someone else think about my wardrobe and send things to me that they think I will love.
4. I can’t believe how well the clothes fit…I have an apple shape, I’m short, and could still stand to lose a couple pounds in my mid-section…shopping for clothes is often depressing and discouraging.
5. Despite my attempts to “retrain” my brain to buy quality clothes, frugality is rooted deep within me and I often drift towards the clearance rack. Of course this isn’t always bad, but I commonly find myself buying clothes that don’t fit quite right because they are a good deal.
Is Stitch Fix for everyone?
I don’t think so. If you enjoy shopping, have time for it and like picking out your own clothes, you may not feel like your stylist is of much value. Or, if paying $44 for a top or $88 for a pair of jeans feels unreasonable, you may feel that their prices are a little steep.
But, if you’re looking for a few quality pieces to round out your wardrobe, feel like you lack fashion sense, or just simply don’t have time to go shopping very often, it may be a great fit.
Here is that link again if you want to give it a try: stitchfix.com/referral/10173635 (…and thank you for using this link! I greatly appreciate it, and if you sign up, you’ll get your own link to share with friends & family to earn credit…its a great system they have ;)
You can also ask for Stitch Fix gift cards for birthdays and holidays to help offset the cost. My friend sent me one and it came in a beautiful box and felt very special:
I’d be curious to know if you’ve thought of trying Stitch Fix and definitely if you already have and what your experience was! This still feels slightly strange to acquire clothing this way, but I definitely think I could get used to it!
Here’s to a manageable wardrobe (no matter how you arrive at it!) :)
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