When it comes to shopping for clothes, I’m definitely not one to branch out.
I tend to prefer classic pieces over trendy ones, largely because I can get a whole lot more wear out of timeless staples than I can with trends that come-and-go. And let’s be honest — as a busy wife and mom, keeping up with the hottest fashion trends is somewhat low on my priorities list. I just want to get out the door in something that looks flattering, put together, and clean. 🙂
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I learned about Stitch Fix over a year ago and have been wanting to give it a shot — I mean, what part of having a personal stylist doesn’t sound appealing? But, I always worried that I’d pay the styling fee only to receive a box full of items I didn’t like or that didn’t fit — or that just didn’t look like me at all.
So, when I heard that Stitch Fix was waiving their styling fee for a limited time, I went for it.
There was absolutely nothing to lose! Even if I hated everything, I could return it all in their prepaid mailer without spending a dime. I really hoped I wouldn’t hate everything, but there was truly no risk in giving this service a shot.
So, I filled out my style profile and just a few days later, I received my very first box. And, today, I’m sharing the contents of my box as well as my experience with you all!
The style profile
When you sign up, you’ll be asked to create your style profile. This will allow your stylist to get a better idea of your style, sizes, fit/cut preferences, and price points. It took me under 15 minutes to answer all of the questions.
From a price point, I chose “The Cheaper, The Better” option on everything. Some of the items I received were under $50 and some were over — I noted the price of each item I received below.
I, also, provided my stylist with a link to a Pinterest board which you can view here. I hoped this would help her get a better idea visually of things that I liked rather than just relying on the styling questions. You definitely don’t have to do this, but I already had the board on my Pinterest profile so I went ahead and included it.
For each fix, you receive five items. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but I thought it might feel somewhat generic. I was curious how “custom” the picks would feel or if an algorithm would lump me into a category based on my answers to their questions.
When I first opened the box, I had a card that had a personal note from my stylist, Liz, and examples of how to style the pieces included in my box. I was pleasantly surprised to see that note and I really felt that these items had been handpicked for me based on the comments in her note and the items I received.
Adena Lace Up Detail Knit Top ($50) – RETURN
Now, I know I’ve had some really positive comments so far, but are you ready for some honesty? When I saw this shirt sitting at the top of the stack, I was so disappointed. I thought to myself, “I’m so glad I’m not paying the styling fee because I’m going to hate everything in this box.”
Apparently, I need to work on my optimism. 🙂
Plus, I have fairly long arms and the sleeves were WAY too short on me. So, needless to say, this item was a return.
Pink Clover Sybill Cowl Neck Knit Top ($44) – RETURN
Next up was this adorable cowl neck striped top. This was so soft and comfortable — and the perfect length in the sleeves and torso. Plus, it looked so cute with my favorite black leggings. Seriously, I loved this top so much.
So, you may be wondering, “If you loved it so much, why did you return it?” Well, that’s because I already have a top that so unbelievably similar to this that I also love — the only difference is that mine is a solid and this one is striped.
I was so tempted to keep this one as well because I’m a huge fan of stripes, but I just couldn’t justify having two tops that were so similar. If this one had been another color, then I probably would have kept it. So, I reluctantly sent this one back.
But, it was encouraging to see that my stylist had picked out a top that I already love wearing. Clearly, they were selecting items that I liked and reflected my personal style.
Liverpool Elizabeth Super Skinny Jean ($78) – KEEP
Alright, y’all. When I started filling out the style profile, I almost told them to not put any jeans in my fixes. For the last few years, I’ve been wearing nothing but Old Navy Rockstar Skinny jeans — and I LOVE them. They hold their shape so well and they fit perfectly (no gaping in the back, perfect rise, and not too snug).
But, I went ahead and left it as an option to see what they might send.
I’m so glad I did. I received these skinny jeans by Liverpool and my Old Navy jeans have some serious competition.
According to the tag on the jeans, these are Denim leggings. I’ve had a pair of jeggings before and hated them, so denim leggings had me feeling very skeptical. But, these look and feel just like a pair of denim jeans…only better. They are so soft, comfortable, and slimming — I really don’t think I’ve ever loved a pair of jeans this much. 🙂
My favorite part is the elastic waistband. There’s no button that pushes your shirt out — or worse, pokes a tiny little hole in your shirt.
I’ll admit that I had a really hard time justifying the price tag, but these jeans were totally worth it. I knew they were great when my budget-conscious husband was encouraging me to splurge a bit on these jeans. 😉
Absolutely Madox Texture Cardigan ($44) – RETURN
Next up was this olive green cardigan. I’m somewhat obsessed with anything olive green at the moment, so I was pretty excited to see this little beauty in my box.
This lightweight cardigan has a 3/4 sleeve and came just below my rear (if it helps to know, I’m 5’7″). While it’s lightweight because of the way it is knit, it still feels heavy because of the thread quality. A really beautiful piece that could be worn throughout so many seasons.
The only reason I sent this back was because I decided to splurge a bit on my jeans. Had I not spent so much on one piece, this would have remained in my closet. 🙂
41 Hawthorn Chaplin Lined Hooded Anorak Jacket ($94) – RETURN
My last piece was this stunning anorak jacket. This jacket was a very unique gray — it almost leans a bit purple. The yellow gold on the zipper seam was a beautiful compliment to the gray, but the best part was the lining.
I mentioned earlier that I LOVE stripes. So, when I unzipped the jacket, this navy and white striped lining was a wonderful surprise.
There were two downsides to this jacket for me. The first was that it was just a little snug where the sleeves meet the shoulders when moving around. Standing there, the jacket fit perfectly, but I felt my movement was a bit restricted when wearing this jacket. Had I moved up a size, it would have been too big everywhere else.
The second downside was the price. I already have two anorak jackets (olive and tan) that I love — and each cost less than $40. So, for me, spending $94 on one jacket that didn’t fit just perfectly was a deal breaker.
Plus, it was hard for me to spend that on a jacket when my favorite part (the lining) would rarely be seen anyway. 🙂
All in all, I was super impressed. They sent some beautiful pieces that really seemed on point with my style and taste. The great part about Stitch Fix is that you can send feedback on the pieces they sent. So, every box is also a chance for them to learn more about your style and what you do/don’t like.
So, now is your chance to try Stitch Fix risk free! Be sure to take advantage of the waived styling fee by signing up through this link. And, Stitch Fix isn’t just for women — men can sign up as well!
If you decide to give it a try, I’d love to know how it turns out for you!
Also, a little tip for all of you last-minute Christmas gift shoppers: a Stitch Fix gift card would make a wonderful gift! 🙂
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