A non-D post! (Both non-diabetes and non-dance… well sort of.)
I made a decision at the beginning of the year to divert the funds I had been using on my monthly dance membership to updating my sad wardrobe. Don’t get me wrong – I have a lot of clothes. Far too many, some may say. But, when you shop on the cheap, you get cheap quality stuff. And what I do spend money on isn’t work appropriate (well, not office appropriate – they work in the ballroom world, however). I have a huge Pinterest board dedicated to cute outfits I see, but have no time to seek them out. Since the holes in my sweaters were no longer acceptable, I sought out Stitch Fix.
A few of my sorority sisters posted success stories with this personal shopping service – so I decided to share mine.
Stitch Fix is a newer company, based out of the San Francisco area (I think… it’s where I shipped my returns). You sign up, fill out a rather extensive profile of your perceived fashion sense, supply a credit card number, and schedule a delivery date. You are then assigned to a personal stylist who will take your profile and general size into consideration and then send you five items to stuff your closet with. You pay a styling fee of $20, which will go toward any item(s) you decide to keep. If you keep nothing, you lose your $20. Shipping is free and any returned items need to come back after three days of consideration.
On my profile, I indicated that I was a dancer who also works in a professional office and wear an insulin pump. I wanted my items to be on the lower end of the pricing scale, but was willing to spend on things like pants and special occasion stuff. Oh – and I love the color purple. Here is what they sent:
Purple Chevron Henley ($54) – This was the first outfit I tried on. I don’t own a lot of things with patterns, other than flowers. So I liked that this was different than anything else I owned. The fabric was really soft too. The price tag was a bit much for what it was, however, I liked the fit and feel of the shirt too much to pass up. Verdict: Keep
Black Ultra Skinny Pants ($79) – I was a bit worried about skinny anything. I’m small, but only own one pair of skinny’s and don’t wear them that often. These were even SMALLER. But – I wasn’t going to write them off completely – after all, they had pockets. Color me surprised. They kinda felt like leggings. And if I keep that in mind, these actually could be pretty useful. I like wearing leggings under dresses and long sweaters, but I run into the problem of pump storage. These would fix that. Or hopefully, they will. Verdict: Keep
Purple Cowl Neck Sleeveless Blouse ($48) – It’s purple! And has a cool neckline and asymmetrical hem. It seemed like a good match… until I tried it on. The fabric seemed too heavy to drape well and the torso of the blouse was pretty shapeless. I really wanted to like this one, especially since it was purple. Verdict: Return
Gray Sweater ($48) – Now, when you pair the purple shirt on with the sweater, it doesn’t look bad. However, let’s just look at the sweater for a second. I love this type of stuff, really. My office is always cold. In fact, I love this style so much that I already have this type of sweater in this exact color, and in a number of other colors. I am happy my stylist has me down pretty well, but I didn’t need a duplicate piece. Verdict: Return
Vintage Floral Cap Sleeved Blouse ($28) – I had to think about this one for a bit. I liked the print a lot. But there wasn’t any give or stretch in the fabric, nor a zipper to help get the thing on. So – it was a little challenging. The sleeves need to be ironed, as they stood straight up. And the photo I was given made the blouse appear more fitted than it actually was. However, once it was on, it fit fine. The price was right and I could already picture wearing this with a pair of jeans on Casual Friday. Verdict: Keep
Stitch Fix can do monthly, automatic shipments or you can schedule a fix whenever you want. (My next one is coming in March because I need something for St. Patrick’s Day and a Conference.)
My only gripe with the service is that I specifically asked for a February 3rd delivery date because I was going to be out of the office at the end of January. But they shipped early, while I was away. Since the 3-day count down begins when you receive the Fix, I was afraid I’d lose a day if I couldn’t get to the office in time to get my box. I emailed their help line, received a response within 24 hours, and had a note placed on my account that my returns might be late.
If you would like to try the service, you can sign up here. They have a pretty decent FAQ and blog for questions too.