The Stitch Fix Adventure

A few years ago, I hired a personal stylist to get me out of a rut, and while it was well worth the investment, I felt like it was time for some more input. I was investigating options when I discovered StitchFix.

How StitchFix works...
1. You sign up and complete a style profile.  
After signing up you can start immediately on your Style Profile—which is actually pretty fun.  It takes about 10 minutes to complete and goes into size, shape, style, budget, and lifestyle.

2. You schedule your fix. 
Pick the shipment date, then StitchFix will send you a box of 5 clothing and accessory items they hand-pick based on your profile. You pay a $20 styling fee when your stylist selects the items in your Stitch Fix. This $20 fee will be applied as a credit toward anything you keep from your shipment and if you keep all 5 items, you save 25%. You can even opt to schedule a monthly delivery if you'd like.

3. You ship back what you don't want to keep. 
They include a plastic postage paid envelope.  You have 3 days to try stuff on, checkout online and send back whatever you don't love.

How my first StitchFix went....I was REALLY excited when I saw the items.  They looked appropriate for work and were visually interesting—things I wouldn't have picked out for myself. But when I tried things on, this is what happened:

This jacket came the closest.  I thought the faux leather detail was cool and I liked the fit, but the puffy caps on the sleeves made it a nogo for me at the $88 price tag. If I am going to pay that much for an item of clothing, I have to love everything about it. 

I was super excited when I saw this one, but the cut made my top half look like a triangle.  I felt really large wearing this, like I might knock something off a table just walking by with the wide swingy lapels. The necklace was also part of the package, but it was the wrong length and it was plastic. 

This was just disturbing.  Hard to put on and super awkward fit. 

This one made me feel very "old lady" and conversely a little pregnant. Sigh. 

But here is the thing.  StitchFix asks very detailed questions about the pieces you send back and shipping is free, so my hope is that my stylist will learn me, and I'm willing to gamble another $20 bucks to see what happens. 

Want to try it for yourself?

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