Stitch Fix Unboxing and Review: November 2013

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Last month I received a $20 gift card to Stitch Fix in my POPSUGAR MustHave box, so I decided that it would be a pretty fun service to try, and scheduled a delivery for the middle of November. I rarely buy clothes online because I prefer to try things on before I buy, and Stitch Fix lets you do just that.

In a nutshell, Stitch Fix is a personal shopper service: for a $20 styling fee a specially designated Stitch Fix stylist will put together a package full of fashionable items, all according to your style profile. This fee will be applied as a credit toward anything you keep from your shipment, and if you choose to keep it all, you will get an extra 25% discount. After you get the box, it’s very simple: try it on, keep what you like, and send back everything you don’t want within 3 days in a convenient prepaid envelope. You can choose either to get a one-time fix, or to subscribe on a monthly basis. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
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With my first fix I went super conservative and very safe, because I was afraid that I won’t like anything they send me, and this way I would probably like at least one item. In my introductory fix I received five items: three tops, a pair of pants and a very lovely scarf.

The first item I tried on was a pair of Kut From The Kloth Jonathan Corduroy Skinny Pants ($78 ARV) in plum color. I usually wear size 6 on the bottom, but I guess this brand runs a bit large so they didn’t fit me all that well, and made me look 3 sizes bigger than I am. I must admit, I really liked the feel of the fabric – it was soft, stretchy and comfortable to move around in. Unfortunately, Stitch Fix is not designed to exchange items for a different size, so I will be returning this pair.

The next three items were various tops. First one I tried on was Shawna Striped Pullover by Red 23 ($28 ARV), and I wasn’t very thrilled with it. The material felt very soft and comfy, but I just didn’t feel like this piece was all that special and must-have worthy. Sure, it looked okay, and it fit me well, but just because something fits is not a reason enough for me to buy it. I thought this pullover was boring, but to be fair, the stylists sent me exactly what I asked for [remember, I tried to be super safe?]. Without any second thoughts, I immediately decided to send this one back.

Next top – Sparrow Tie Front Top by Red 23 ($28 ARV) – looked fabulous in the styling pictures, but when I put it on it just didn’t feel right. It felt too tight in the arms, and I normally don’t like that with long-sleeved shirts. I also have an issue with my long torso and short legs: wrong clothes make me look even shorter, which is exactly what happened with this top. And the last issue is the tie, it landed right in front of my crotch area making it look weird from the front AND the back. As you might have guessed, I’m sending this one back.

Last top is a super comfy Dalton Mixed-Material Button-Up Shirt from Mystree ($38 ARV), and I actually felt that it was the most “me”. Yes, it looks super boring, but I loved it for the quality of the materials used, the non-snug sleeves which were just the right length, and it was thin yet I felt warm and cozy. The only reason I talked myself out of keeping it is the hand wash requirement, because I would want to wear it pretty often.

Last item was this beautiful and bright Henry Birds on Branch Infinity Scarf by Rikka ($28 ARV) and I fell in love with it right away! The colors are perfect for fall, and I love birds, so keeping this one was a no-brainer.

As you can see, I only kept one item out of five, but I absolutely loved it and I regret nothing 🙂 I had so much fun with my first Stitch Fix that I decided to change my style profile to reflect a more adventurous side of me. Can’t wait to see what the stylists pick for me next time!

P.S.: Sorry, guys, I know I’m terrible at selfies, and my camera weighs like a million lbs!

Have you tried Stitch Fix?

  • I love that stripey pullover, I think it’s super cute!! Stitch Fix is very reliable if you give them lots of feedback. When I signed up I wrote them some crazy comments in all my boxes (like telling them under no circumstances to ever send me dry clean only, I was a little nutty!).

    • Thanks for telling me that Brandy, I just went and added a note asking them to avoid dry-clean items unless it’s a coat, a statement dress or a scarf.

  • I love that you included photos of yourself wearing the clothes. I agree that the pullover might be a bit on the boring side but it looks great on you.

    • Thanks, Dawn! I had a hard time sending some of these back, but my closet is so large that to justify buying something new it has to be something I don’t already have, and I already own like 3 or 4 gray pullovers.

  • I agree with Dawn, I loved that pullover on you.

    I find it a little insane you can’t exchange sizes…I’m sure it could get time consuming for them, but kind of seems to miss the point if you like the item but it’s too big or small… :s

    • Thanks Arathael! 🙂

      Well, I read somewhere on the site (must have been FAQ or something) that the reason they don’t do exchanges is because very often the brands they work with will only provide a single pair of jeans in each size, so they literally have nothing to exchange with.

  • I am waiting on my first box to arrive. I love the things you got – the first top looks great. I am having a love-hate relationship w/ clothes shopping lately and seriously lack time. I’m hoping stitchfix can become a regular thing for me. Your box gives me hope – I’d pretty much wear all of the things you received. I signed up for one month but may make it a regular thing. It is sad that you can’t exchange sizes – since if you really like something it would be an opportunity for them to sell you that item. I wonder if you note the need for a different size they could send it to you the following month.

    This service reminds me of cake style (now out of business) but w/ more reasonably priced items.

    • One of the veteran Stitch Fix subscribers gave me a good tip – if you want amazing boxes, make sure you give tons of feedback, because they really listen! For my first fix I gave them detailed information on everything I already have in my closet, the patterns, the colors, the cut of my jeans etc. For my next fix I’m going to create a Pinterest board and write them a note that I want at least one bright-colored item and one accessory in every future fix. I scheduled my fix for December (despite having an earlier option), and we’ll see if they listened 🙂

  • I’m with everyone else, I really liked that first striped top on you! And love your new scarf!! 🙂

    • Thanks Ryan! I’m wearing the scarf right now, it’s soooo cozy 🙂

  • Love the scarf, and I agree with everyone else. That first striped top looks amazing on you.

  • Aww I loved that last top. It looked great on you too.