Over the last two years, I've heard a lot about Stitchfix. Described as a service that, "makes shopping fun, effortless and empowering for busy women on the go," it intrigued me. I don't have a lot of extra time to shop for myself. I usually end up having to take the kids with me and it quickly turns into a miserable experience for all of us. Convenience was't the only factor, however. The idea of inputting a style profile and having an "expert styler" hand pick clothes for me sounded amazing!
I have a lot of work to do with my wardrobe. I have several tops that I've worn once or twice and don't particularly love, but feel the need to keep for a "rainy day." Though I consider them semi-casual and I love wearing them, I admit I have an abundance of dresses. I am also severely lacking in basic casual attire, so in my notes to the stylist, I asked for casual tees and a few items I could dress up or down depending on my mood.
After receiving two fixes, I can say that it's just not for me.
There were certainly pros:
- The website is simple to navigate,
- the style profile is extensive
- the convenience factor is great.
- I even kept one of the items I received-a flowy, maxi skirt. (something I would've steered away from on a rack, but turned out well through the stylist)
- The clothes simply didn't fit me well. I am 5'0 feet tall with a large bust and small waist. Based on the size guide, I selected XS tops and Size 2 for bottoms, which is what I normally wear. The reviews said that the sizes were pretty true to form. Perhaps they are for a taller person or a slightly different body type, but it didn't work for me. The tops were HUGE and extremely billowy, giving me a less than flattering silhouette. Both pairs of jeans I received were a little too big as well. When I cancelled my account, I received an email from Client Support stating that they're still in the process of acquiring petite-friendly vendors. This may be good news for any fellow petite women looking to try Stitchfix in the future, but I simply don't have time to wait around.
- I didn't realize when I signed up that they keep your $20 styling fee, even if you don't like anything from that month's fix. I understand that they need to pay their stylists, but losing money on top of a disheartening selection doesn't seem particularly fair either.
- I don't feel that the style of the clothes I received matched what I was asking for, and when I did find something I liked, it was too big. (They don't carry anything less than an XS)
- Some of the clothes weren't seasonally appropriate. I received these boxes towards the end of Spring/beginning of Summer. Still, I received two pairs of jeans and a sweater. Both fixes, I felt like half of the fix was wasted on clothes that I wouldn't be able to wear for the next several months.
If you plan to sign up in the future, just know that it may take a few fixes to get the kind of items you're looking for and will love. Ultimately, Stitchfix is a gamble I'm just not willing to bet on. I'll have the hubs watch the kids from now on so that I can create my own perfect wardrobe and use that $20 styling fee to treat myself to lunch while I'm at it.