Subscription Box Insanity: Stitch Fix (Feb. ’15)

Stitch Fix Outfit Guide

Stitch Fix Outfit Guide

Stitch Fix was actually one of my first subscription box services. I still love it, but I am both very picky about my clothing, and also happen to have a ton of clothes in general. So I now only receive a “fix” every other month. This review is of my January fix. (See my other Stitch Fix reviews here.)

For this month’s fix I opted to be completely surprised. So I’m looking forward to seeing what my stylist has in store for me.

For those who have very sparse closets, this is definitely a service I recommend as it seems like Stitch Fix maintains quite an extensive collection of items. For the completely fashion-clueless, there are even style cards (see the picture to the left) that show you how to wear various items in each fix!

THE DETAILS: I don’t know if it is still the case, but there is usually a bit of a wait list before you receive your first “fix” after signing up. Once you are in the rotation though, then your fix comes like clock work on the cycle you specify. I believe you can get a fix as often as every 2-3 weeks, monthly, or in my case, every other month if you so choose. The initial cost for subscribers is $20, which serves as a purchase credit of sorts that will be used towards the purchase of whatever item(s) you choose to keep from the selections made for you. However, if you don’t choose at least one item to purchase, you are not refunded your $20 “styling fee”. Based on a questionnaire that you fill out with both style/price preferences and sizing, as well as any Pinterest, etc. profiles you link to your file, as well as actual requests, your personal stylist selects 5 items and/or accessories to be a part of your fix. The fix is shipped to you, you have three days to try on the items, and then anything you don’t want you can ship back in a pre-paid envelope that is included. If you buy all the items in the fix, you get 25% off the total cost, plus your $20 is applied as a purchase credit. (I have yet to get a fix in which I wanted to keep all five items, so I typically only buy one or two to keep costs down.) You indicate to Stitch Fix what you are keeping via an online survey that asks you what you thought about various elements of each item in the fix (color, style, fit, price). Once you submit the survey, you are automatically charged for the items you chose and expected to send the rest back in the mailer. (If you don’t, I believe they later charge you for all the rest.) Supposedly your responses to each survey help your stylists better determine what you will like in future fixes. This service is only available in the U.S.

One other thing to note is that often the items you are sent seem to come via wholesale sources so while the brands are recognizable and/or can be found online, you often can’t find the exact item for sale. So prices listed are the ones provided by Stitch Fix.

Here’s my first item:

Zad Zoe Open Shape Metal Earrings

Zad Zoe Open Shape Metal Earrings

These Zad Zoe Open Shape Metal Earrings are a thin, antique silver. I don’t wear a lot of dangle earrings but these are a nice, geometric shape and I love the color. I almost wish they had come in a burnished gold. This top is listed at $28 which isn’t terrible.

Market & Spruce Jahana Cargo Vest: Olive

Market & Spruce Jahana Cargo Vest: Olive

Vest View 2

Vest View 2

Vest View 3

Vest View 3

The next item is this Market & Spruce Jahana Cargo Vest in olive. I had originally requested this in beige but my stylist said she couldn’t find it in that color. After trying it on the mannequin and myself, it has grown on me, though I’m still torn that I couldn’t get it in the beige color. It has lots of cool details though like the drawstring on the inside to cinch the waist, the neon pink detail and a hood that can be rolled up/zipped away. I think I may keep this anyway. It has a list price of $68.

Papermoon Croydon Knit Top

Papermoon Croydon Knit Top

This Papermoon Croydon Knit Top is cute. I’m not super partial to short sleeves and it is a very thin material which means it will need an undershirt. I’m on the fence on this one. Listed price is $38 which also isn’t terrible.

41Hawthorn McQue Solid Lace Sleeve Blouse

41Hawthorn McQue Solid Lace Sleeve Blouse

Next up is this 41Hawthorn McQue Solid Lace Sleeve Blouse in navy. I actually had pinned this top on my Pinterest! However, looking at how thin it is I’m not as in like with it in person. Listed price is $48.

Brixon Ivy Gaelle Crochet Skirt: Navy

Brixon Ivy Gaelle Crochet Skirt: Navy

Skirt View 2

Skirt View 2

The last item in my fix is this Brixon Ivy Gaelle Crochet Skirt in navy. I’ve been getting quite a bit of navy of late. I do like the pattern and style but I don’t like how the underskirt stops at the knees while the rest of the skirt continues in a cut out fashion. This takes a potentially versatile pencil skirt and makes it a going out/warm weather skirt only in my mind. Listed price is $68.

Well, I have an affinity for four of my five items, but truly only feel excited about one. I think I’m going to put my styling credit towards my Cargo Vest. This is my 9th Fix and so far I’ve never been close to a “five-item” purchase. Maybe someday?

What do you all think? Which items do you like or would you have kept?

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