I have taken a bit of a Stitch Fix break because I just wasn’t feeling it lately, and I have spent the last couple of months losing some weight, so I didn’t want to buy any clothes at my in-between sizes.
But, Stitch Fix are offering FREE boxes right now (meaning you don’t pay the $20 styling fee), and I’ve reached my goal weight so I decided to schedule a box.
What is Stitch Fix?
Stitch Fix is a personal online styling service. You get your own stylist that shops for you and sends five items of clothing and/or accessories either monthly or on a date of your choosing. They offer services for women (regular, plus, and maternity) and men.
Once you receive your box, you have three days to try everything on and decide what you want to keep and what you want to send back (shipping is free both ways).
If you purchase all five items, you get a 25% discount on the entire box. You are charged a $20 styling fee that is applied to any purchase you make from that box. If you send all five items back, you’re out the $20 fee. Get your first box styled for FREE when you order through this link.
For my January box, I asked for fitted tops that will work for winter and a casual dress. As always, I select the “cheaper the better” option on pricing as even the least expensive items are at the top price range for what my clothing budget can handle.
Everything in my January box fit really well, I just didn’t love the style four out of the five items. I think this box demonstrates how sometimes you get a bunch of duds but there’s always a chance you’ll receive something that is perfect for you!
(The lighting in my room, and my entire house, is horrible so please excuse the shadows and weirdness.)
Absolutely Dolores Pullover Sweater (size small) — $44 ($33 if I kept all 5 items in my box)
I think my stylist was helping me with color and warmth with this sweater. It was super warm and very comfortable, but the color. Wowzas. It’s even brighter in real life. And the fabric content was creating some serious static cling. Ugh. I don’t know how you all in dryer climates handle it.
I sent this sweater back.
Absolutely Sanchez Cold Shoulder Turtleneck Pullover (size small) — $50 ($42.50 if I kept all 5 items in my box)
Okay, you know something is bad if your good friends can’t breath they are laughing so hard. My friend almost passed out when she looked at these pictures. Now objectively, the sweater fits really well but it is NOT my style. I still don’t get the cold shoulder craze and usually trends grow on me within a few years.
I sent this top back.
Stitch Fix is still offering a FREE box if you’ve never tried the service out before. This means the $20 styling fee is waived on your first box when you sign up through this link = absolutely NO risk. So if you decide to send everything in your box back, you pay $0. It’s a super fun fashion experiment!
French Grey Murphy Brushed Knit Dress (size small) — $48 ($36 if I kept all 5 items in my box)
I asked for a fun, casual dress and this one fit the bill. Fun design, fabric is super soft (and warm), I love the gathering at the collar to add interest and draw the eye up, and the length is perfect. I would normally wear a dress like this with riding boots in the winter (and I realize just how crappy my girls’ department Target boots look now), but I gave my TOMS Wedge Heels a shot and I think they work better. Bummer that I’ll have to actually shave my legs to wear them.
I kept this dress!
Also wearing TOMS Desert Wedge Booties in size 7 (true to size, size down if you can wear both sizes).
Judy Blue Lynn Distressed Bootcut Jean (size 4/27) — $58 ($43.50 if I kept all 5 items in my box)
I asked for a pair of jeans to see if they had something that Nordstrom can’t offer me. First off, they were super long which is typical for average length pants on my short legs (I have the hems folded under in the pics above) but they just weren’t laying right. And the pants are too baggy in the legs even though they fit well in the waist and seat. I think the flare starts too high for the shape of my legs.
As a comparison, you can see from the above picture that the right pair fit WAY better (Wit & Wisdom Itty Bitty Bootcut Jeans in size 2 from Nordstrom) because the pants move into the bootcut shape after the knee. So much better.
Also, the whiskering and fading on the left is doing nothing at all. The solid wash on the right is much more slimming, right? (Nordstrom wins again…)
P.S. I learned EVERYTHING I know about how clothes should fit, what colors to wear, and how to shop strategically so I’m not wasting money buying clothes that aren’t right for my body type in the Adore Your Wardrobe course. Registration for the Winter course starts January 21 and I honestly believe every woman, regardless of her weight, should take this course. It will transform your fashion world.
I sent these pants back.
Catherine Malandrino Rea Front Pleated Top (size small) — $48 ($36 if I kept all 5 items in my box)
This top confirmed that my stylist must have thought I wanted a 90’s fix. Or that I’m way older than I am. The design is horrible, right? And the cut is just weird. It did fit well and the fabric was super soft, but woman does not dress by touch alone.
I sent this top back.
Make sure you read my giant Stitch Fix review here. It fully explains how Stitch Fix works and the pros and cons of using this styling service.
One important thing I’m learning about Stitch Fix is that it’s not about getting five articles of clothing that you love with every box. It’s about the experience — the anticipation of the box arriving, trying on things you would probably never pick out yourself, and then putting your keepers into your wardrobe rotation.
Stitch Fix, from what I gather, doesn’t expect that every box will be a home run. They fully expect you to return stuff that you don’t love, that doesn’t fit right, or is more than your wallet can handle right now.
If you’re interested in trying this service out, head to Stitch Fix and create your account.
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