Last month I told you about a new shopping service I’d tried called Stitch Fix. I love it because clothing shopping is a hated chore I want to streamline, but plenty of women who love to shop enjoy this service, too.
Stitch Fix is an online shopping and styling service that sends you 5 clothing and accessory items each month, specially chosen for you based on your answers to a very detailed style survey (and, for repeating customers like me, my feedback on my prior fixes). You can read all about my first experience with Stitch Fix here.
When I asked on the MMD facebook page if you all would be interested in hearing about my second shipment, you gave a resounding “Yes!”
Here’s what was in my second fix:
1. GLAM mission 3/4 sleeve V-neck blouse. I knew when I opened my package that I would love this blouse and want to keep it. It was quite similar to a blouse I’d found at a local shop earlier this fall, but didn’t buy because they were sold out of my size. But I changed my mind when I tried it on. Not flattering at all for my body type. Pass.
2. Tashi fleur-de-lis studs. I’m just now realizing that I violated a cardinal Stitch Fix rule with these earrings. I don’t like the way shaped studs look on me, so I didn’t even try them. (Stitch Fix rightly encourages you to try everything on.) Pass.
3. Ark n Co Clarke striped blazer. This knit blazer was cute on, and I loved the way they styled it on the styling tag (with a turquoise dress, and with a black top, dark jeans, and a statement necklace). But the fit wasn’t just right. Pass.
4. RD Style Cowell Knit Hi-Low Sweater. This felt like a comfortable old sweater…but it wasn’t priced like it. Pass.
5. (shown below) Miilla joelle asymmetrical sheath dress. I was sure I was going to return this one right out of the box. When I took it out of the box, I thought it was a one-shouldered dress. I like that look, but I don’t have anyplace to wear a dress like that this season.
But I wanted to see what it looked like on, so I tried it anyway…
Stitch Fix is in my head
I asked my husband to check out all these items as I tried them on, and trying on that dress was comical. I couldn’t figure out how to get it on (I was still stuck on my first impression–that it was a one-shoulder dress) so I consulted the styling tag to see what it was supposed to look like, and got that figured out.
Then I checked my closet to make sure I owned some shoes to go with it (yep, nude pumps). The styling tag confirmed I’d made a good choice. Then I asked my husband, “What kind of jewelry do you think I’m supposed to wear with this?”
Yep, that’s on the styling tag, too.
We were laughing at what a great business model Stitch Fix is: They sent me a dress I thought I would hate but ended up loving, answered all my questions on the styling tag, and made it really easy for me to say “yes.” I love the dress (the one I was sure I’d be sending back when I first opened the box), I need the dress (seriously, I have literally nothing to wear to a wedding next month), it’s a great price ($58), and since I’d already paid my $20 styling fee, I could either forfeit my $20 by sending everything back or pay $38, hang the dress in my closet, and cross “buy a dress for the wedding” off my list.
Here’s what the dress looked like on:
I don’t know if that’s the jewelry I’ll wear with the dress; I just really wanted to try on my new necklace from NS Pottery.
A couple of things Stitch Fix users need to know:
1. If you don’t want a shipment, tell them.
When I signed up for Stitch Fix, I requested that shipments be sent to me automatically each month. But right now, I don’t get emails asking me whether or not I want to receive my next Fix. (Stitch Fix is in beta and they’re still tweaking their system.)
I visit the “Schedule a Fix” tab on the Stitch Fix home page to change the date of my next shipment or deactivate automatic shipments. For example, my next fix was scheduled to arrive on my doorstep December 23, which seemed horribly inconvenient. I visited that page and changed it to the first week of January so I can enjoy going through my Stitch Fix box at a relaxed pace.
2. If you want a shipment, ask for one.
Stitch Fix told me in response to an email request that right now emails aren’t going out as they should to customers who aren’t signed up for automatic shipments like I am, asking them if they’d like a “fix.” (Again, they’re in beta and still tweaking their system.” So if you’re a StitchFix user and you’d like a fix, follow the same directions above. Visit the “Schedule a Fix” tab and request a shipment. Right now, they’re not going to remind you if you’re not signed up for automatic shipments.
On the “Schedule a Fix” page, you can also further customize your order by telling them if you’d like something special included in the order (like a great dress for a 4:00 January wedding).
If you’re interested in test-driving Stitch Fix, here’s what to do:
1. Sign up. Stitch Fix is in beta, so you need an invite: here’s yours. You’ll typically be put on a waiting list–I didn’t know this was normal and was bummed to be wait-listed, but I was off the waiting list and ready to go about 6 hours later. The latest reports I’ve heard have been anywhere from 1 to 5 days.
2. Fill out your style profile, answering questions about your lifestyle, body shape, and style preferences. (It took me about 10 minutes.)
3. Schedule your fix.
4. Come back and tell me what you think! I’d love to hear all about your experience.
Do you have any experience with Stitch Fix? Are intrigued, a fan, or do you think you’d hate it? Post thoughts to comments! (And bonus points to anyone who caught the Pride and Prejudice reference in the post title. Did you?)
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