Monday, March 23, 2015

Fashion Impaired [Stitch Fix Review #1]

When I was getting ready to move from LA to Michigan several years ago, we had packed up a trailer with half of my stuff and parked it on the street overnight. The next morning we discovered someone had cut the padlock and stolen several of my boxes. They took all my CDs, most of my dishes, and a bin full of purses. It could've been much worse. As we figured out what they had taken, my sister started laughing and pointing at the back of the trailer where all my clothes were still hanging: "Didn't look like they wanted any of your clothes." This was hilarious to my sister because she seems to think I lack any real fashion sense, while she, in her words, "always looks adorable." I've gotten better in recent years; I've started to take more chances and wear things other than just t-shirts, jeans, and converse, but with a full-time job, 2-year-old to raise, dissertation to write, cross-country move to plan for, and a new job starting this summer, I have little time to think about what to wear. So, Jessica convinced me to give Stitch Fix a try. Pretty much she just wanted to refer someone so she could get the $25 referral credit.

And, well, after one month, I'm hooked. 

Subscription boxes are pretty popular these days. I've tried Birchbox, Julep, Ipsy, and Fabletics. I've stuck with Fabletics (a monthly subscription for work out wear), but the others I've cancelled. While I love makeup, you can only have so many sample size mascaras floating around before things get out of control. Stitch Fix is different. Here's how it works. 

Each month you pay a $20 styling fee. You begin by filling out a style profile to help your stylist pick out things you'll like. You can also link to your Pinterest to help your stylist get a better sense of your taste. Each month you receive a box of 4-6 items, usually five from what I've seen from other subscribers' blogs. For the most part, people receive four clothing items and one accessory, which may be a piece of jewelry, a purse, or a scarf. You then have three days to decide what you like and want to keep and send the rest back. The $20 styling fee goes toward the cost of anything you keep. Also, if you decide to keep all five items, you get a 25% discount. 

I gave it a try last month, loved it, and now I'm counting down the days until my next fix ships. 

Here's what I got in my first box. 

Market & Spruce Zelda Ikat Print Wrap Dress
I loved this dress. It fit really well, but I sent it back since I had just bought a wrap dress around Christmas that is still hanging in my closet with the tags on. 

Market & Spruce Elissa French Terry Striped Moto Jacket
This was another winner that I sent back. It fit well and I love the style, but I have a similar jacket already, so I couldn't justify keeping it.

Just Black Dean Ankle Zip Skinny Jean
These fit really great. I wish I had taken a photo of them on. They were very flattering, but I ultimately decided to send them back because I have skinny jeans already and I'm still losing weight. I may request another pair of these exact jeans once I lose five more pounds and I'm a size smaller. 

Zad Rhonda Mini Spoon Necklace
This was the one bummer of the box. But since I hadn't pinned a lot of jewelry, my stylist had little to go on regarding my taste in jewelry. This was a bit bulky and weird for me. Spoons? I don't think so. 

41Hawthorn Jace Chevron Print Dress
This was my favorite item, and I happily kept it and wore it this week to church. I had pinned this dress, which proves that the stylists look at your Pinterest boards for ideas. The fit was perfect and the quality of this dress is impressive. 

I have no idea what's going on in the background of this picture, but it pretty much sums up life at my house. The dog is right behind me (constantly), and Mikael and Emmy are doing something silly, in the middle of a messy living room. 
My next box should get here this week, and I'm really looking forward to it. I've been faithfully pinning new ideas for my stylist, so I'm anxious to see what she comes up with. I get to try on new clothes without having to deal with pushy sales people or a fussy toddler in a cramped fitting room. 

If you'd like to give it a try, click on this link, so I can get the referral credit and help fund my new addiction. 

If you try it, let me know what you think!

1 comment:

RockinMom said...

I just LOVE the picture of you in that dress with the your family in the background. The dress looks great on you.