Stitchfix Review

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! 

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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.

                                                                            I liked this shirt a lot, but it was way too billowy.      

                                                                            I liked this shirt a lot, but it was way too billowy.      

                                                                             This wasn't really my style. Also, much too big.

                                                                             This wasn't really my style. Also, much too big.

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)

BUT-

  • 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. 
                                                                           Just no. Not even close. And it looked even worse on!

                                                                           Just no. Not even close. And it looked even worse on!

 

  • 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. 
                                                       Loved this shirt, but the fit was all wrong and is already at their smallest offered size. 

                                                       Loved this shirt, but the fit was all wrong and is already at their smallest offered size. 

 

  • 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) 
 This is supposed to be a fringe crop top that was paired with the maxi skirt I got. Because I'm so short, this didn't look like a crop top at all and was super boxy and billowy.

 This is supposed to be a fringe crop top that was paired with the maxi skirt I got. Because I'm so short, this didn't look like a crop top at all and was super boxy and billowy.

  • 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. 
                    This was cute, but again, the fit was way off. Too baggy and misshapen. Also, not very warm weather appropriate.

                    This was cute, but again, the fit was way off. Too baggy and misshapen. Also, not very warm weather appropriate.

 

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.