February 8, 2017 - Easy Outfits, I Feel Pretty, Style

Why I Gave Stitch Fix a Second Chance

If you’ve never heard me talk about Stitch Fix before on the blog, there’s a great reason for that. Mainly because I learned that if you don’t have anything nice to say…

Well, you know the rest!

I’m just not one to give bad reviews of products or services and especially not on my blog. My philosophy has always been to promote what I love.

And honestly I didn’t love Stitch Fix.

A couple of years ago I signed up for my first fix and was super excited for it to arrive – only to find that most of the pieces were dressy or business casual and poor quality for the price.  I felt like my stylist totally ignored the fact that I was a work from home mom on a budget.  It was very disappointing and needless to say, I sent every piece back and canceled my subscription.

Another Try?

Fast forward a few years and I’ve started seeing other subscribers fixes and reviews and decided it was time to give them another try.  It seems that they’ve gotten a LOT better with both the styling and the pieces.  I love it when companies take customer feedback and improve their products and services and it seemed like this is exactly what Stitch Fix did!

How it Works

If you’re not already familiar with Stitch Fix, which I’m pretty sure most of the world is, this is how it works.  First, you fill out a questionnaire to determine what your personal style is and select your sizes.  You’re also given a free form fill-in where you can share information with your stylist on any special events you have coming up or what you dress for on a daily basis.

I shared with my stylist that I’m a work from home mom who likes to feel put together for my day to day life.  I also attend a few events each month that require me to be a little bit dressier, including date nights.  I was also able to submit my Pinterest board of outfits so she could get an even better feel for what I wear.

The styling fee is $20 but this comes off the total of any pieces you decide to keep.  After filling out my questionnaire, my first fix was scheduled and arrived the following week.

The Styling

I’m thrilled to say that this time the stylist totally got me.  The pieces in my first fix were dressy enough for a casual date night, yet could also be easily dressed down for a day at home.  They also featured some of the latest trends, like fringe and frayed hems, floral and a sueded texture jacket.

The Pieces

stitch fix floral blouse

stitch fix frayed jeans

stitch fix fringe t-shirt

stitch fix sueded jacket

stitch fix sunburst necklace

The Prices

Priced individually, the pieces were higher than what I normally spend.  The floral top alone was $64!  BUT they give you a deep discount if you buy all five pieces.  The discounted total for everything was only $211, which I found to be really fair considering the jeans were $88.  If all of the pieces had fit me properly, it would’ve been a no-brainer to keep all five.

What I Kept

Although I LOVED all of the pieces, I only kept one – the fringe hem top.  It’s so cute and versatile! My total spend on this fix was $27.83 (not including my $20 styling fee which was subtracted from the full price of the top).

As for why I chose not to keep the other pieces, I have a similar floral top, the jeans were super cute but a size too big, the jacket didn’t fit me right in the sleeves (and I don’t think I’d wear it much anyway) and I have a similar necklace from Stella and Dot that’s better quality.

An added bonus that I also kept was the styling card included with the pieces.  It shows you two different ways to pair up each piece using items from your closet, or that you can shop for on your own.  I kept it in my closet for outfit inspiration, along with all of my GYPO Style Challenge outfit ideas.

Here’s how I styled the fringe hem t-shirt.

stitch fix fringe top outfit

stitch fix fringe top outfit 2

My Verdict

I’m excited for my next fix!  It’s an easy and affordable way to add trends in monthly and Stitch Fix is not a competitor of my own GYPO Style Challenge – as a matter of fact, the two play extremely well together. Style Challengers that subscribe to Stitch Fix are able to easily incorporate their pieces into the challenge. The GYPO Style Challenge and Stitch Fix use the same seasonal trends which makes it even easier.

It’s Your Turn:  Do you subscribe to Stitch Fix?  If so, what are your thoughts?

I Feel Pretty Link Up

It’s the day of the week at GYPO where we celebrate what makes us feel pretty. Whether it’s a new outfit, hairstyle, or makeup, the I Feel Pretty link up is about anything and everything that makes your life prettier. Even if you’re not a blogger, you can still play along. Just tell us what made you feel pretty this week in the comments.

 

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45 Comments

  • Such a fun top!!
    Jaymie

  • Karen Tassinari

    I love the floral top. But my issue with Stitch Fix was that way up here in Boston, where there is a major snow storm coming tomorrow, watching you in the southern states recieve beautiful clothes that I cannot consider until at least early May 🙁 And by the time its time to shop spring clothes – we get whats left over. It’s a northeast problem we have with all retailers. I did like them for specific basics however, I still love and wear my Kut from the Kloth Catherine boyfriend jeans! Enjoy your open toe booties as long as you can – you are very lucky!!

    • Awe thanks Karen. Winter can’t last forever and before you know it Spring will arrive for you! I wish you an early spring and many open toe shoe days!! 🙂

  • Laura

    I love the fringed top you kept! I have never tried Stitch Fix because of the price of the items, but some people have gotten some really cute things!

  • RedTagChicLA

    Thanks for the honest review Alison – gotta check it out again!

    I’m back at blogging as a brand ambassador of Los Angeles-based indie brand Team Baciano – come check out this fab piece I am wearing from their collection!!!

    Happy Wednesday!

    Rebecca
    http://www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

    • You’re welcome. Thanks for checking it out. I will have to stop by and check it out your post. Happy Wednesday!

  • Starla Clark Goldman

    I subscribe to Stitch Fix and I like it. I don’t do it every month though. Because I am curvy with a small waist the pants never fit so I always return them. However, I love the tops that I receive. They are tops that are unusual and cute. I usually keep one or two items, this last one I kept 3 spring blouses that I am sure I will wear.

  • That is a great Fix! I love everything!

  • That’s a great selection of pieces. I really like the fringe hem top and the floral top.

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

  • judy51

    I didn’t care for the top you kept until I saw it on it….then I really liked it, I would have kept it too. I tried Stitch Fix one time and although I liked most everything they sent, I sent it all back. I just couldn’t justify the price points since I don’t work. One of the tops they sent I saw at TJ Maxx the next week for less than 1/2 the price! The one thing I really should have kept was the shoes they sent….they were black and white and I wear a lot of that color combo. I think they were around $88 and that was more than I wanted to spend but now I wish I’d kept them.

    Maybe I’ll give them another shot…..I also liked the necklace you got.

  • Glad you tried it again and liked it. I haven’t tried it myself because I just enjoy shopping on my own too much, ha! Love the to you kept.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • I really like each piece they selected for you and I enjoyed seeing how you styled the one top you kept. I have been hesitant to try Stitch Fix because I enjoy shopping on my own and because their price points are higher than I typically care to spend. It’s great to hear you were more satisfied with the experience this time around.

    • Thanks Jennie. I think there are many who share your same thoughts exactly and are hesitate just like you. 🙂

  • Melanie Wolff

    Did you ask for a new stylist when you tried it again?

    • Hi Melanie! I didn’t request a new one but it had been so long that I must have gotten assigned to someone else. Glad I gave it another try!

  • Kelly Michaelson

    Love the floral top and fringe top! Can you give the brands for the 2 tops? Thanks!

    • !Hi Kelly! Unfortunately I didn’t notice the brand on the floral top but I do know that it was an exclusive design created for Stitch Fix. The fringe t-shirt is Le Lis. Hope that helps!

  • Jennifer Fick

    I tried it once too. I agree totally with the pricing. I can find similar things at local stores for less money. Hard to justify even though I do work outside the home. I kept a very nice knit wrap dress that I felt justified the price. The fabric is really nice and the bottom portion is lined. Perhaps I’ll have to give it another go as well.

    • Thanks for sharing Jennifer. Sometimes it can be more enjoyable to shop for yourself, but then sometimes they might send you something you can’t live without! 🙂

  • Sheila

    I was interested in trying Stitch Fix but I am too big (16W). They did not deal in plus size fashion at that time – maybe that has changed now.

  • Charity

    I subscribe to Stitch Fix. I feel the stylist really gets my style. I pin a lot! After a few fixes, I asked that the stylist not send me accessories or pants. The accessories were too expensive for the quality and pants, well, I’m picky. I always tell my stylist exactly what I want in my fix. I asked for 5 shirts/ sweaters this month and was so excited with what they sent me. I feel like finding a unique shirt isn’t the easiest, and I know that Stitch Fix will always send me something different than what everyone else is wearing!

    • Hi Charity! I think pinning helps A LOT. She really used the outfits from my board to get my style. But I totally agree on the accessories. Thanks for the tip on asking your stylist what to include, I didn’t know that was an option!

  • That top is a keeper, for sure!

  • Janie Nichols

    Alison, I too was a Stitch Fix quitter. I tried it a couple of years ago and loved my first fix. My second was as if the stylist had not read my profile at all. She included things that I could never wear for my body type. I was disappointed and decided to contact the company. They were very accommodating and refunded my styling fee. So, I became a loyal customer and received about 7 more fixes. It took that many fixes to realize that I was keeping things I wasn’t wearing just so I could get the discount, and, as you said, many of the items were poor quality for the price. So…I quit!!! Like you, I recently decided to give them a second chance and scheduled a fix to come in a couple of weeks. I am excited and hope that the quality has improved. I think I have learned from reading style blogs, like yours, what is worth keeping and what should be returned. Fingers crossed that it turns out well for me!!

    • Thanks for sharing your experience Janie. Crossing my fingers for you that it works out better this time!!

  • I have never tried it before! I like the pieces they sent you…definitely into the fray-trim trend and I love the top you ended up keeping! Thanks for sharing your experience and for hosting!

    Sarah
    Trendy & Tidy

  • melanie

    There is a similar new company called Natalie Attired (https://www.natalieattired.com) that is like Stitch Fix but takes even more details into account including the best colors for you and you can ask for just tops or just pants, etc. I tried it a couple of times and only kept one piece simply because of the price and a couple of fit issues. Otherwise, they had really stylish pieces. They are great options if you don’t have a lot of time to shop!

  • I got a monthly Stitch Fix for several years – sometimes they got it right, but most of the time they didn’t. Having said that, I’ve gotten some great pieces from them that I wouldn’t normally try on. I’m on their quarterly program now. Love the top you kept!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  • Well I can see why you kept the top…super cute!!! Your haircut is absolutely adorable!!! Can you tell me a little about it? Is it a graduated bob? Choppy bob? Long layered bob? Can you tell I think it’s some kind of bob? LOL. I need a haircut and would love to describe it to a hairdresser. Thnx.

    • Hi Lisa. Thanks so much. When I am unsure how to describe a cut to my hairdresser, I usually take her a pic of what I want. I hope that helps! 🙂