Subscription Box Insanity: Stitch Fix (Apr. ’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:

Marvin Multi-Functional Backpack: View 1

Marvin Multi-Functional Backpack: View 1

Backpack: View 2

Backpack: View 2

Backpack: View 3

Backpack: View 3

This is the Urban Expressions Marvin Multi-Functional Backpack in a tan, vegan leather. As you can see from the photos, it can be carried with the two hand-straps; comes with an additional two, detachable straps for use as a backpack; as well as has hardware for use as an over-the-shoulder bag. It’s a little overwhelming in fact, though the lining inside is nice. I had actually asked my stylist for a more slouchy, hobo type bag that had straps that could be worn over the shoulder. At a price point of $68 (which in and of itself I feel is reasonable for this bag), however, I would really rather have a bag in the style I had originally asked for. So this will go back.

Whitnee Shift Dress

Whitnee Shift Dress

Whitnee Shift Dress Neckline Detail

Whitnee Shift Dress Neckline Detail

The next item is this Loveappella Whitnee Button Neck Striped Shift Dress in tan. It’s a great length for a petite girl like me and I like the pattern and colors. But as you can see from the photo, it’s skin-tight on the mannequin, which has really tiny proportions and it was pretty much a no-go for me as well. Sad. Listed price is $64.

Aviva Boyfriend Jean: View 1

Aviva Boyfriend Jean: View 1

Aviva Boyfriend Jean Pocket Detail

Aviva Boyfriend Jean Pocket Detail

These are Kut From The Kloth’s Aviva Boyfriend Jean. I don’t do pre-distressed jeans and though these seem like they are cut for petite women, I’m unsure about the style and the rolled cuffs. Listed price is $78 which is steep for me when it comes to jeans.

Milo Knit Top: View 1

Milo Knit Top: View 1

Milo Knit Top: View 2

Milo Knit Top: View 2

Next up is this Loveappella Milo Knit Top. This was a real surprise and not something I’d have normally picked for myself. However, I actually find myself quite taken with it! I like the mix of colors and the keyhole detail in the back is a great touch. The fabric is butter soft and I think this will be wonderful for warmer weather. Listed price is $48.

Tristin Draped Ponte Jacket: View 1

Tristin Draped Ponte Jacket

Tristin Jacket Detail

Tristin Jacket Detail

The last item in my fix is this Kensie Tristin Draped Ponte Jacket in off-white. Out of the box, I find I have a very visceral reaction against this item. It’s very dowdy and I almost feel like it tips the “feel” of the box into the casual-wear style that I actually marked in my style profile as not desired. As well, you can perhaps see from the detail photo, all of the edges are unfinished which makes me wonder about its longevity and certainly makes it a bit over-priced in my mind. Listed price is $58.

Well, this box really felt like a bust for me. Of the previous nine fixes, I usually felt like the items picked were near the mark as far as my profile and expressed tastes, even if I ultimately selected only one or two. Not so with this fix. -sigh- I did like the Milo Knit Top though so I’ll be putting my styling fee towards that item. Next fix is scheduled for June, so until then!

Which items do you like or would you have kept?

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