Libby is a jack of all trades, master of… well, you know how the saying goes. Media consultant by day, mommy by night, you can usually find her with a glass of wine in hand, provided the kids are in bed!
When my husband and I bought our house, one of the key selling points was the walk-in closet. It was bigger than some of the dorm rooms I lived in at college, and though it wasn’t equipped with all the high-end, fancy shelving that you see on an episode of “House Hunters,” it was just begging for me to make it my own. So we did.
And now, a full 18 months later, I’m realizing that although the closet may be huge, my wardrobe was relatively small. And that’s where Stitch Fix* comes in.
*Note* – This is not a paid review for Stitch Fix. I was not compensated by the company in any way for this post. I am simply sharing my opinions and experiences on the service and its products. I’ve used my personal referral link in this post.
If you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix, here’s how it works. First, you sign up for an account and fill out a style profile. They’ll ask you questions about your size, preferred style of clothes, and what in particular you’re looking to add to your wardrobe.
Need a lot of tops, but no bottoms? Looking to fill out your business casual wardrobe? Need help accessorizing? Stitch Fix can do it all.
Once you’ve filled out the profile, you’ll have the opportunity to schedule a “Fix.” Your personal stylist will use your style profile to hand select 5 items, which will be shipped to you for free. The cost for all this is $20 – but you’ll have an opportunity to get that money back down the road.
When your fix arrives, it’ll come with these fun styling cards. The cards give you an idea of how to wear the clothes and accessories you’ve received.
Photo Courtesy: Hanger 731 on Polyvore – a great resource for finding what Stitch Fix has to offer! Photo Courtesy: Hanger 731 on Polyvore – a great resource for finding what Stitch Fix has to offer!
You now have the luxury of trying on the items you’ve received in the comfort of your own home. I really like the convenience of this – it means I’m always wearing the right undergarments/shoes/etc for the clothing I’m wearing.
Stitch Fix allows you to determine a price range for each type of clothing. So you can customize the amount you spend. For example, I’m ok with less expensive tops, but want bottoms that will stand the test of time (both in terms of style and quality) and am willing to pay a little more for them. This way, Stitch Fix won’t send you a $150 top if your budget only has room for $30.
In my latest fix, I got a scarf, 3 tops, and a sweater. For a Stitch Fix newbie, my stylist – Paula – did a great job. I only ended up keeping the scarf (it was EXACTLY my style).
I sent everything else back; Stitch Fix provides a prepaid return envelope for anything you don’t want. Any time you choose to keep an item from your fix, you get to apply that $20 styling fee you paid up front – so the $32 scarf only cost me an additional $12 out of pocket. If your stylist hits it out of the park and you choose to keep all 5 items, you get 25% off everything – a pretty nice discount (in fact, if you like 4 out of 5 items, it usually is cheaper to just keep everything and get that 25% discount – I’ve had friends sell the 5th item they didn’t love for full price and make a nice little profit!).
I was intrigued enough by Stitch Fix to try it again – you can schedule a fix as frequently (or as infrequently) as you like. Lead time is about 2 weeks.