Being pregnant was great for my wardrobe. It was the first time since I was a teen I didn’t feel like I had to hide my stomach or try every fashion trick to look as slim as possible. But then this thing happens where you have the baby and you’re not pregnant anymore and everything goes back to the way it was but now you have a stomach that was is definitely more stretched out than it was before. And just like that I’m back to where I was…trying to hide, trying to use all black to look as thin as I could. And shopping? Oh boy…
My typical shopping trips looked a little something like:
1. Enter mall with positive energy excited to discover the next staple pieces of my wardrobe.
2. Try on countless pieces at several stores, of which 0 things work.
3. Accept that out of 7 billion people in the world I alone have the only body that cannot be dressed.
4. Get a Starbucks Grande Latte with extra espresso.
5. Continue to hide in all black outfits.
So you can see I really needed a fashion intervention. It was time for Stitch Fix.
The style review is pretty in depth. It’s not just what sizes you wear, height, weight etc….you’ll look at sample outfits and rate whether you love or hate it, you can share a Pinterest board of your style inspirations, and what you love to flaunt or hide. You also get to direct them on the price points you’re comfortable with. And, it’s not just clothes. You can opt to have accessories like shoes, bags, and jewelry included to finish your outfits.
How does the pricing work? Well, when they start your box you’ll be charged $20, that’s the only upfront cost. Whatever you decided to buy from your box the $20 will be deducted from the total. And, if you keep everything in the box you get an extra 25% off! So if you get your box and hate everything, you’re out $20.
Now you wait for your fix, I selected for 1 fix per month. You’ll get 5 items, typically 4 clothes and an accessory although I decided to skip the accessory for 5 articles of clothing. So far I’ve received 3 boxes, here is what I kept from each and what I spent.
First, your clothing selections come wrapped up like a little present. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning breaking open the Stitch Fix sticker and opening the paper.
In the first box your stylist is getting to know you. I didn’t hate the other items, but they definitely missed the mark. I kept this fun shirt that is pretty versatile for either a night out or walking the park.
I liked this box. The grey and white shirt I never would have tried on. Stripes?! Those must make me look fat, and huge, and wide, and and and…and it fit and looked awesome?? Ok keep. The dress was 100% me.
I feel like I’m back to where I started. The only thing I kept was….black. When I read the overview that’s included in each box I saw I have a new stylist, so I think perhaps she’s getting to know my style. I saw a positive change between Box #1 and #2…and then #3 was just “eh”. The fits weren’t right, a crop top that definitely was not me. But, I did like this even though it’s right back in my safety zone.
So what do you do now that you’ve received your box and have items to keep and send back? Well, it’s really easy.
1. Go online to your account, checkout by selecting the items you’re keeping and mark the items you’re sending back. And, you can leave detailed reviews of all the items as to why you loved them, why you hated them, and what you thought of the quality and price.
2. They give you a prepaid USPS bag, simply put in the items you don’t want and schedule a USPS pickup. Done!
Even though I never keep all items from the boxes, I’ve got to say I really love Stitch Fix. It’s a fun excitement when you get your box knowing there’s surprise treats inside. I also love the comfort and convenience of trying everything on at home, no need to trek to the mall. Another bonus is you have your entire wardrobe handy…you can see what the top looks like with your skinny jeans, what that dress looks like with your gold sandals, or what the distressed jeans look like with your favorite tank top.
If I get a box where I truly don’t want anything, I’m out $20…which is pretty close to what I spent on that Starbucks triple grande latte.
Have you tried Stitch Fix? What do you think?