Monday, November 24, 2014

Stitch Fix Success

{This is not a sponsored post. I just thought Stitch Fix was a cool service and wanted to share it with you. The links used throughout are referral links, though, and if you use them to sign up, I get credit. And you get a high five.}

My second Stitch Fix box arrived last week and while I didn't keep all five pieces, I did add one thing to my fall wardrobe.

I gave this styling service a whirl in September just to see what would happen. I did it because I hate to shop. It's hard to find time to go without the kids, and when I do I have no idea what I'm doing. Every so often I'm lucky enough to have my SIL to act as fashion consultant, but I am lost on my own. I don't know what's trendy, I don't know what works for me, and I don't know how to put stuff together. However, I do like to look cute.

Enter Stitch Fix. When you sign up for this service, you fill out an in-depth style profile {lol at the idea that I have a style profile} and a stylist picks and chooses five pieces to send you. You can do purses and jewelry, but I opted out, and you set your price ranges accordingly. When you get your box, you have three days to decide what to keep and what to return in a prepaid envelope. There is a "styling fee" of $20 that is deducted when your box is shipped, but it goes toward whatever pieces you keep. If all else fails, you're only out $20. Which is exactly what happened to me the first round.

When returning my last fix, however, I was specific on the reasons I didn't like each item. I adjusted my profile and actually asked for what I wanted to see. For Round Two, I specified cozy fall staples. I also asked for another pair of jeans and told my stylist what I need for a good fit.

I did peek at the names of my items once my shipping email arrived last week, and my hopes were high. Sweaters galore and a pair of skinny jeans were headed my way. The anticipation grew when I saw that box sitting on my front porch and I immediately enlisted Nathan as fashion photographer. Do not judge his skills by his model:

ONE: This sweater is so soft! The color combo is a good one for me, too, but it's just kind of frumpy. It was more flattering sans button-up, but not enough to shell out $78. There was much deliberation, but frugality won. VERDICT: SENT BACK

TWO: This was a keeper from the moment I slipped it on. I knew this flowy cardigan was coming my way, but I wasn't sure of the color. I was hoping for a brighter shade but ended up loving it. VERDICT: KEPT

THREE: I was excited about this chunky-knit sweater. Then I put it on and I looked like a square. It's so short and boxy that it makes me look wider than I am, and ain't nobody got time for that. VERDICT: SENT BACK

FOUR: The jeans I'm wearing in the third photo are my fix jeans. They look just like my jeans in the other three photos, except they don't fit as well. For $98, they better fit like a glove. VERDICT: SENT BACK

FIVE: Just no. When I put this shirt on, Nathan said, "You look like a back-up dancer!" This black V-neck was not only too tight, but $68 for a long-sleeved tee. VERDICT: SENT BACK

There you have it, folks. I got this cardigan for much cheaper than I'd pay in store because of the deducted style fee and credits. Despite the fact that only one item worked, I'm still calling it a success. I didn't have to shop, I got a package in the mail, and they're getting a better idea of what I like. I will give it at least one more go. Maybe I'll get to use the 25% discount for keeping the whole thing. Third time's the charm?

Now it's your turn. Fill out a style profile here and schedule for your first fix today. I am of the opinion that shopping is much more fun when you don't have to do it. Happy Monday, y'all!

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Unknown said...

I think you made the right choice. That cardigan looks super comfy.

Grace Grits and Gardening said...

Oh I seriously may have to try this. I hate to shop and you look adorable. I love the cardigan you chose!