It’s time for my fourth Stitch Fix Review! And you know what? It’s not a good one. I was super disappointed with my latest shipment. It was so dark! I know fall colors are typically darker, but this wasn’t what I had in mind at all. I like bright colors and pastels and patterns…this shipment was very plain, dark, and boring. And since I like to keep things honest…here we go!
First, I’ll quickly recap how the Stitch Fix service works. Keep in mind, it is not a monthly subscription and there is no membership fee!
Fill out your Style Profile
Begin by filling out the Style Profile after you sign up for an account. (You will not be charged or sent anything until you actually schedule your first shipment.) This helps them understand your size, style, shape, budget and lifestyle. It’s very specific, but takes only about 10 minutes to complete. If you’re on Pinterest, create a board that you can link to your Stitch Fix account and start adding styles that you like best. This will help your stylist immensely! (You can see my own personal Stitch Fix inspiration board here.)
Pick the date you’d like to receive your shipment
They will send you a selection of five clothing items and/or accessories handpicked by a personal stylist on the date you choose. You can leave a note for your stylist if you have specific requests. At the time your stylist selects your items, you will be charged a $20 styling fee. That $20 will be applied toward anything you keep from your shipment. And there is no shipping fee.
Try everything on in the comfort of your home
Create new outfits by pairing what’s in your shipment with items that are already in your closet.
Buy what you like and return the rest
Take three days to decide what you’ll purchase and what you’d like to send back. There is an invoice that is included in each box. If you buy all five items, they will give you 25% off the entire purchase. Then you simply return the items you don’t want in a prepaid mailing bag and drop it in your mailbox. It’s free shipping both ways!
After you decide what you’re keeping and what you’re returning, make sure to log in to give your stylist specific feedback on each item so they know how they did for the next time around.
In my note to my stylist this time around, I (once again) requested some ‘Fall-colored’ skinny jeans and some tops that pair with those jeans.
Here’s what I received and my thoughts on each item…
- 41Hawthorn Queensland Dolman Jersey Top ($48)
My first reaction? It’s a super plain, boring black top…and it’s dolman style. Again! Enough with the dolman style tops in my shipments!! I will say, after I put it on, I did actually like how it fit me, especially around the hips, but at the end of the day, it was just too plain and I couldn’t justify keeping it. (I’m sure pairing it with a bright necklace or scarf would help, but I’m not much of an ‘accessories’ person.)
- Loveappella Orchird Henley Knit Top ($58)
This top did absolutely nothing for me. I didn’t like the dark maroon color at all. And while the casual style top is somewhat my style, this one didn’t appeal to me at all. And when I put it on…still nothing.
- Level 99 Giovanni Straight Leg Jean ($98)
So…I know I requested a pair of fall colored skinny jeans…and I know brown is a fall color, but for some reason that just wasn’t what I had in mind. (Are you getting the sense of how picky I am by now???) 😉 Well, these actually did fit me, but after trying them on with the two pairs of boots I already own, I just didn’t think I would wear them enough to justify spending $98 on them.
- Loveappella Rainie Contrast Trim Knit Top ($54)Another black top that didn’t excite me at all. Too dark, too plain. And while the cut of the top was unique, I just didn’t like it enough to keep it.
- Papermoon Kealy Lace Detail Side Slit Knit Top ($54)The only non-dark colored top in the batch…and it’s just too odd for me to keep. The high slit on the side just doesn’t work for me. Sure, I could wear something underneath it, but I don’t like layers (they never feel right) and I definitely don’t need my stomach or side showing when I’m going into my kids’ school to help out. I could never see myself wearing this.
So, overall, I’m definitely bummed by this fix. This is the first time I couldn’t justify keeping anything. While I could have made some of the items work, they just weren’t “me” and I wasn’t feeling any of them. Will I use the service again? Yes…but that’s only because I have a few more referral credits to use. If Stitch Fix can’t get it right in the next one or two shipments, then I guess that will be the end of it. And it will be a bummer if that’s the case, because I really do like the concept of this service. It’s fun to get a shipment in the mail and not have to do any real shopping. As I have mentioned in my earlier posts, shopping is one of my least favorite things to do, so getting a new article of clothing (or more) without having to do much work is kind of nice! So, we’ll see what happens in the future!