Friday, November 20, 2015

Stitch Fix:: The First Reveal - Guest Blog by @itsCaitlinP

After hearing some buzz around Stitch Fix for over a year, I decided to give it a go. I had been burned in the past by monthly online subscription services that left me disappointed and frustrated. Seeing as Stitch Fix isn’t exactly a subscription service, and after being encouraged by some friends who are current users, I figured the most I could lose out on was the $20 styling fee. The best part? I could order whenever I wanted, as few times as I wanted - there was no year commitment to the service. However, if you’re feeling brave, you can commit to the automatic monthly subscription plan.

Cue setup! I diligently started to fill out my Stitch Fix profile (this part is crucial to getting what you really want) and I was ready to go. I made sure to go the extra mile and connect my “Dream Closet” Pinterest board to my account for reference. Upon completion, I was asked to leave a last final note for my stylist to work with. This is where I got even more granular. I live in Wisconsin, where the weather is already colder. I made sure to advise my stylist I did not want any shorts, tanks or dresses, and that I’d prefer pieces I can layer. My delivery was scheduled about two weeks from when I submitted my request, but you can pick whatever day you want.

You might be wondering what costs are associated right off the bat. The only charge applied to your credit card is the $20 styling fee, which will be credited back to your order and taken off your bill if you decide to keep a piece. If you dislike the pieces and send them all back, you will lose that $20 styling service fee.

While I waited, I did end up tweaking my note a few times. I was walking around downtown Milwaukee and saw a girl with a cute over-sized chunky sweater, so I added that as a request to my Fix. You can edit your note as many times as you want, and Stitch Fix will let you know when it’s time to stop tinkering. This was great for my indecisiveness ;) it also allowed me to add a few more pins to my board.

Now, time for the fix reveal! If you see anything that you like below, feel free to ask your stylist in the notes section of your next fix for something similar!

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41Hawthorn Rosa Tab Sleeve V-Neck Blouse - Size Small, $58.00
Pros: The color and the fit.
Cons: The price and the style.
Kept? No

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My stylist hit the nail on the head right out of the gate. I love flowy shirts that can pair with skinnies or a skirt, so I can see why she picked this piece for me. It’s exactly the color and style of shirts I buy. Unfortunately, that’s the same reason it led me to not keep it. It’s a style very similar to one I already own and I don’t need a duplicate at the price of $58.00.


Bay to Baubles Judah Crystal Cluster Necklace - Size Small, $42.00
Pros: Can you say, sparkly!?
Cons: None
Kept? Yes

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I liked this bauble before I even took it out of the box, and knew I would be keeping it regardless of price. I have been looking for a new chunky bauble to add with my fall/winter wardrobe, and this one crossed my wish off the list. It’s not too heavy, can be adjusted to many lengths and feels to be at the quality level of a piece from JCrew.


Just Black Dean Skinny Jean - Size 4, $78.00
Pros: Fit, fit, fit!
Cons: Price
Kept? No

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Another piece I absolutely loved was this pair of black skinny jeans with the bronze ankle zippers. The fit was a dream the second I put them on, and the quality was higher than something I normally buy. Bonus: they are made in the USA! Being shorter, I rarely find the right length in my pants first round. This is another ode to how awesome my stylist listened to my requests. However, when it came down to it, I’ve never spent $80 on a pair of skinnies. I couldn’t justify myself to start now, but I definitely spent some time debating back and forth. I decided to wait and see what my second fix would bring me next round before I committed, and noted the brand and size in the meantime in case I ever got buyer's remorse.


THML Mackey Open Cardigan - Size Small, $88.00
Pros: Warm, versatility for fall/winter.
Cons: Itchy, overly bulky and price.
Kept? No

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This was another item my stylist listened to me loud and clear on, but in the end, it just didn’t work out. The price played a factor in that decision, and the fabric wasn’t as soft and cozy as I hoped for. I also felt the back collar creep up too high around my neck, leaving me a little itchy.


Market & Spruce Cordelia Striped Boat Neck Sweater - Size Small, $58.00
Pros: Quality, layering piece
Cons: None
Kept? Yes

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The final piece was one I could justify spending the money on. As something that can be worn multiple ways with a dress shirt underneath and a pop of unexpected color, I was hooked. This was perfect for my laid-back work dress code and I liked the color so it didn’t limit me to just plain colored jeans.


My Final Thoughts
Overall, I think my stylist did an amazing job of listening to all my requests! I would’ve easily kept all my pieces if they were more around the $50 mark or under. I would like to note that I did specify this in the drop down options of my profile (my selection was “The Cheaper The Better!”). It was a little disappointing because I fell in love with all the pieces but couldn’t justify the cost, even with the 25% off discount when you keep all 5 of your pieces. It still left my total at $223.00, which I was not prepared to spend on my very first fix. I will definitely be ordering a second fix soon, and will emphasis my budget in my note to the stylist.


Want to give it a try? Get started here!


Make sure to let us know about your first order, tweet us at @carafries & @itsCaitlinP!


:: Caitlin ::

*Photos by Lisa Finholm

4 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, this is the first Stitch Fix post where I love everything! What a stellar box. I think I really might have to give this box try..maybe just once.
    www.divaandthedivine.com

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  2. I absolutely LOVE the the two sweaters! It's too bad that the cream one was itchy! I hate that! When something looks so beautiful until you try it on. Meh!

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  3. Those are some great pieces but I wouldn't be willing to spend that much on them either! The necklace is lovely though!

    Molly and Stacie

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  4. I have been thinking about trying Stitch Fix for awhile! Thanks for sharing what your received!

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