January 2014 Stitch Fix Review

January 2014 Stitch Fix Review

Ever since I started talking about Stitch Fix on my Friday Things posts, many of you have had questions about the service, asked for examples of the clothes that were sent, and requested a review-style post. Well, many months (and a few cell phone pics later), here it is!

To start, here are some basics about the Stitch Fix styling service:

  • When you sign up, you fill out a lengthy style profile that includes things like your size, body shape, and clothing preferences. It goes into detail when it comes to the types of style you prefer, if you’re usually dressing up or are more casual, if your jewelry is predominantly silver or gold, etc. etc. There are a lot of questions, which help the stylists get to know your personal style better and pick clothes that they think you will like.
  • You choose your own budget. I have seen some people say that they think Stitch Fix is too expensive, or they don’t want to pay for clothes they might not like. As part of your style profile, you also indicate how much you wish to spend on different types of clothes. You give Stitch Fix your budget for accessories, pants, dresses, jewelry, outer layers, and tops. They will only send you clothes that fall within that budget. So, if you say you don’t want to spend more than $50 on dresses, you’ll never see a $200 dress in one of your shipments. The prices for the items below are based on my personal budget; you could spend more or less on Stitch Fix clothing if you so chose.
  • You only pay for the clothes that you want to keep. I love that I can try the clothes on at home, and see how they will work with other things that I have in my closet. Once you have decided what you want to keep, you just put the other items in the prepaid envelope that comes with your shipment and drop it off at the post office within three days. You are only charged for the clothes that you choose to keep. If you choose to keep none of the items, the only cost to you is a $20 styling fee. If you do purchase anything, that $20 fee is deducted from the total when you checkout. If you keep all five items in your shipment, then you receive a 25% discount off the total.
  • Feedback is vital! When you review your order on Stitch Fix’s site, give detailed feedback about what you liked and didn’t like about each piece; it will help the stylist fine-tune what they hand-pick for you going forward.
  • So far, I have loved the Stitch Fix service. There have been some months where I’ve only kept one thing, and some months where I’ve kept all five. I’ve always been a fairly boring dresser, and I feel like Stitch Fix has helped me come out of my shell a bit, be more creative with outfits, and look more “put together”.  There are tags included with each clothing item that show two different options for how to wear each piece. I love this! I reference them often not just for that particular piece, but for texture and color combinations for the rest of my closet, as well.

Now, without further ado, here is a review of the pieces that I received in my most recent Stitch Fix shipment…

The Reviews

Dear John Robert Bootcut Jean

Item #1: Dear John Robert Bootcut Jeans

Size: 26

Price: $88

Thoughts: I’ve had zero luck with jeans from Stitch Fix. Previous to these, I had been sent three pairs of skinny jeans, none of which fit at all. These actually did fit me, but were that stretchy, pseudo-leggings jean material, which I don’t particularly like. They were also much too long; I’m only 5’1, so if a pair of pants aren’t a petite or short cut, they will undoubtedly be way, way too long. I tried them with heals, but still incredibly too long.

Verdict: Returned

Mia Melon Paloma Striped Short Sleeve Cut-Out Top

Item #2: Mia Melon Paloma Striped Short Sleeve Cut-Out Top

Size: XS

Price: $58

Thoughts: I liked the color and design of this shirt, but did not like the cut at all. It felt too short, and on top of that, the way the back was designed, the middle of the back runches up. It felt like it was continually riding up, when really that was the cut of the shirt. I just wasn’t a fan.

Verdict: Returned

41Hawthorn Natasha Front Pocket Sleeveless Blouse

Item #3: 41Hawthorn Natasha Front Pocket Sleeveless Blouse

Size: XS

Price: $54

Thoughts: I liked this top – the color was great and the cut was very flattering. The material is wonderful; it’s lightweight and breezy, which makes it perfect to wear alone during the summer, or to layer in the winter.

Verdict: Kept!

THML Renz Cotton Lace Print Open Cardigan

Item #4: THML Renz Cotton Lace Print Open Cardigan

Size: XS

Price: $68

Thoughts: I’m a sucker for open cardigans, so it didn’t take much to sway me on this one. I liked the fact that it is longer in the back than the front, and the back has some pretty detailing, as well. I thought the price was a bit high for the material, but I kept it anyway.

Verdict: Kept!

Bay to Baubles Lydia Faceted Stones Long Necklace

Item #5: Bay to Baubles Lydia Faceted Stones Long Necklace

Price: $36

Thoughts: I think I have kept every single accessory that I’ve received from Stitch Fix. I have a severe accessory deficiency in my closet, so these pieces have helped to round out my collection. I especially liked that this was a long necklace, and I love the combination of green and gold.

Verdict: Kept!

The Results

I kept 3 out of 5 items, for a total of $138.00.

If you have any additional questions about Stitch Fix, I’d be happy to answer them! Feel free to leave them below…

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post; I have paid for these clothes on my own and have not been given compensation for a review. However, this post does contain referral links for new sign-ups that give me a little credit towards my next box.