I signed up for Stitch Fix on the spur of the moment, my attitude or approach to clothes shopping has changes since having twins and becoming very time poor. The Stitch Fix advert appeared on my Instagram as I was sat in the hairdressers and impulsively I signed up. You fill in a fairly detailed questionnaire, I was asked about the clothes brands I liked currently, the typical fit and style of clothes I wore, my sizing, how much I would pay for certain items, my colour preferences and also had to indicate how often I’d like to receive a Stitch Fix delivery. Being slightly cautious whether this was going to be for me or not I opted for every eight weeks.
Stitch Fix deliver you a box of clothing items which are personally selected for your size and style and then you decide if you want to keep any of them. If you do you pay for them, if not you return some or all of the items in the pre-paid envelope, having given some feedback online on the items you are returning (to help the stylist get to understand your preferences even further).
I had to pay a £10 ‘styling’ fee which is then deducted from the balance of any clothes I decided to keep from my first order. A week later a box was delivered and honestly, it felt a little like opening a birthday present. You are receiving some beautiful clothes, chosen for you and get to have the fun of opening the tissue wrapped parcel to see if any are pieces you want to wear and keep or return. I was really curious what my stylist (Lauren!) had chosen for me. Out of work I live in blue jeans every day, even in work I wear black jeans 3 days out of 5 so I thought Stitch Fix would be good for breaking me out of my usual clothing habits and keeping me a little more on the pulse of what’s in the shops at the moment. Sent with the box is a clothing guide showing how each item in your box can be styled, what accessories and other items would work well with it to create a great outfit, I thought this was a good touch.
So my box…..
My first item was this white and flowery top. I was really surprised and a little bit confused by it if I’m honest, I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not! I don’t normally show much of my décolletage but I know this does suit me. I tried the top on and liked it a lot more than I thought I would, it was very pretty, very feminine and very flattering. After some umming and ahhing (and texting a photo of me wearing it to my sister for her view) I decided not to keep it. Main reason being it was slightly too short in the body.
Second item were these lovely Mint Velvet jeans. Mint Velvet are one of my favourite clothing brands and probably next to Boden or Warehouse are the brand I wear most often. I already own some jeans from Mint Velvet but having recently bought new jeans from Boden and Oasis I decided that I didn’t need any more so returned these, adding a note to the stylist that I don’t need any more jeans right now to help avoid more pairs turning up in my next delivery.
A black and white dress from Louche was item three. It has pockets, fitted really well and felt nice on. Looking in the mirror I wondered if it was a bit mumsy but after showing it to my husband, getting lots of positive Insta feedback on a photo I’d shared and thinking about it further I decided to keep it. I wore it the next day with a denim jacket and white daps (Bristolian for trainers incase you were wondering) and really love it now. I think if I’d have seen it hanging up in a shop I wouldn’t have tried it on but was pleased it came in my package as it’s a versatile style that I can wear for different occasions.
Item four was a black flowery Vero Moda wrap top. I’m not a fan of wrap tops but tried it on. It was very low cut and I felt uncomfortable in it. It was a shame as the quality and look of the top is very pretty, it was just the wrong cut for me. So it was returned.
The final item was a plain white All Saints Brea Scoop t-shirt. A practical wardrobe staple that I could have had a lot of wear out of, the material was a good quality however I wouldn’t pay 32.00 for a t-shirt, particularly one that is plain / unadorned and I have similar pieces in my wardrobe already, so I chose to return this item as well.
So of my five items, four are to be returned and I’m keeping the dress. Might seem it was more miss than hit but actually I thought the quality of items in my box were really good and I will continue with it, I liked being exposed to different items of great quality and differing styles. Given my original reason, aside from curiosity was to try new items – when my normal purchases are rushed, Stitchfix could work for me. Oh and if you choose to keep all five items in your box you get 20% off your total order.