It’s officially spring here in western Pennsylvania! The days are getting longer and warmer, and last night, we had our first April thunderstorm. I told my Stitch Fix stylist, Nicole, that I was ready for some new spring clothes to welcome the season, and she really delivered. I’m sure that I’ve mentioned this, but I love Nicole – she is absolutely the best stylist I’ve ever been assigned at Stitch Fix and I hope I get to keep her for a long time. She really gets my style, pays attention to my requests, and takes my feedback seriously. This month’s Fix could easily have been a keep-it-all box, but I exercised a tremendous amount of restraint, because, you know, budgets and other boring stuff.
What is Stitch Fix?
Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service. To begin, you go to www.stitchfix.com and complete a detailed style profile that includes information about your age, profession, lifestyle, body size and shape, personal style preferences and budget. You are encouraged to link a Pinterest profile or Instagram account to provide further input to help your assigned personal stylist, who is tasked with choosing items to send to you. Each Fix includes five items selected for you, and can include apparel, outerwear, jewelry, handbags and even shoes. The service is billed as a “subscription” service, but you are not obligated to receive monthly Fixes. Your account will specify whether you want them monthly, quarterly or “as requested.”
How much does Stitch Fix cost?
Each Stitch Fix shipment has a $20 styling fee, which covers the cost of your stylist selecting items for you, plus shipping both ways (returns are free). The $20 is applied to any purchase you make from the shipment, though. I received an invitation to sign up for Stich Fix’s Style Pass, in which I pay a $49 annual fee, and it covers the styling fee for all of my Fixes for a full calendar year. Best of all, the $49 was applied to my account as a credit to spend on items that I kept from my shipments. The cheapest item I have ever received was $28 and the prices go all the way to high-end designer prices, but you can set a general price range in your style profile, so that you aren’t receiving $200 dresses if $50 is more your budget. If you keep all 5 items, you get a 25 percent discount on the total price.
What do I do when I receive my Fix?
First, try on all of the items. Decide what you want to keep and what you want to return, then log into your Stitch Fix account to complete the checkout process. In checkout, you will give detailed information about what you liked and didn’t like about each item and why you are keeping or returning the item. This helps your stylist get to know you better and over time, improves your Fixes so that they become more personalized for you. Pack any items to be returned into the postage-paid envelope and drop it in the nearest mailbox or at the post office.
So, here’s what was in my April Stitch Fix!
Pink Clover Valencia Curved Hem Pullover ($44) and Just Black Nysa Skinny Jean ($78)
I think this sweater was in my January Fix, but I returned it because there were other items that I was more drawn to at the time. Also, it’s fairly lightweight, with 3/4 length sleeves. I really struggled with sending it back at the time, but it was the dead of winter and I knew it wouldn’t get much use. Nicole sent it again, though I’m not sure if that was intentional or accidental. Either way, it’s a great spring piece and pairs really nicely with the Just Black Nysa skinny jeans that were also in this Fix. I’ve been trying for a couple of years to find a nice pair of white skinny jeans, and wasn’t successful until this pair arrived. I have vetoed several pairs of white jeans from Stitch Fix and other favorite retail stores, usually because they are too thin, which makes them show all the lumps and bumps that I would rather conceal. This pair is thick denim, with a modest mid-rise waistline.
Status: Sweater – Kept; Jeans – Kept
Pink Clover Luna 3Q Sleeve Knit Top ($34)
This top was very soft and draped pretty nicely on my torso. It had nickel-finished buttons sewn at each shoulder for a touch of unique visual interest. The fabric was so soft and comfortable. In the end, I returned this top because I didn’t care for the pronounced hem and I’m just not sure that mustard yellow is really my color.
Colette Tao Hooded Knit Top ($48) and good hYOUman Brooke Printed Ruched Detail Legging ($68)
This was such a great athleisure outfit. It really took all of my self-control to look at these pieces from a practical point of view, weighing their function against their cost. The Colette knit top was really more of a fleece/sweatshirt material. It was a basic gray kangaroo hoodie, though the drawstrings for the hood had a cute polka dot design. And the good hYOUman leggings were a to-die-for type of soft material in a cobalt blue and black heathered print. Together, this outfit was adorable and oh-so-comfortable. In the end, I just could not justify $48 for a gray hoodie and $68 for leggings, especially when I would have needed to buy something to pair them with. I actually missed the leggings for a few days, but I’m still standing by my decision as the right thing to do – I hope my husband is proud of me, ha ha!
Well, like I said, this month was almost a 5 out of 5. If I had given in to the temptation to keep the athleisure outfit, it would have been cheaper to keep everything. But, I’m trying to only keep the things I absolutely love, and that I know have a functional place in my closet. May will be here soon enough and I’m sure my stylist will send me another great Fix of possibilities!