Stitch Fix | March Fix

Time for another Stitch Fix review…but first, the details for any newbies out there:

Stitch Fix is a subscription box clothing service for women. You can set up a recurring monthly subscription, or you can schedule the service as-needed.

With each box, you are sent five items selected by a stylist based on an extensive style survey. The process is very in-depth, which can be a turn-off for some users who don’t want to spend so much time answering questions, ranking orders, and giving feedback to the stylists about each item and fix. You can specify a lot of style preferences both in general and for each order.

When you receive your order, you have three days to try on your items. Decide what you want, check out online, and send the remaining items back in the envelope included with your shipment.

There is a $20 “styling fee” for each box. However, the $20 fee is deducted from your purchase. In addition, there is a 25% discount if you keep all five items.

My top tips for a great fix:

Details are key – offer lots of specific likes and dislikes in your profile and your order feedback.

Link to your fashion-specific Pinterest board (here’s mine – and yes, I pin specific Stitch Fix items).

Check out other bloggers’ posts for feedback and tips (you can request specific stylists with your orders!).

Be honest about price points! Stitch Fix allows you to specify a price range for each type of item they offer; I ended up with much better results after I adjusted my price ranges to reflect my actual fashion budget (erm: as cheap as possible).

As I mentioned in my last post, I “preview” my orders when I get the shipping notification. I sign in to Stitch Fix, look at the item titles in my order, and try to Google them to pull up images. I was able to view a few of the items this time around, so I had a better idea of what to expect in my fix.

From the preview, I had mixed feelings but high hopes for March. Below, I’ve posted each item, its cost through Stitch Fix, the “preview impression,” and the “arrival” item impression. Unfortunately, my photographer (aka my fiance) was unable to take photos of me modeling each item, and I forgot to take photos of the individual pieces to compensate – oops! Luckily, each item is pretty specific (earrings, shirt, pants, cardigan, dress), and I linked to the preview images I referenced.

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TALBOT CARVED KALEIDOSCOPE EARRINGS, $28

When I Googled this, I couldn’t pull up any images. The price point is appropriate, but I wasn’t sure if I would love this.

These ended up feeling really heavy in my hand, and when I held them up they seemed too huge for my face but not huge enough to be massive statement earrings. I already have some similar filigree-style earrings courtesy of my parents, so putting this pair back in the return envelope wasn’t difficult for me.

ALESSANDRA STRIPED & COLORBLOCKED BLOUSE, $54

I tend to like colorblocking, and I’ve become a bigger fan of stripes. However, last month’s piece wasn’t all that exciting, so I wasn’t sure what I would get.

Initially, I really liked this top and I thought it would definitely be a keeper. When I tried it on again, I realized it gave me an odd bell shape. Being a petite woman with what might generously call “child-bearing hips” or “thunder thighs” (I wear that one like a badge of honor), the stripes and colorblocking just hit my lower torso/upper thigh in an unflattering spot. Otherwise, I really liked the style and colors of the top itself.

RYKER FRENCH TERRY OPEN CARDIGAN, $58

A $58 cardigan is within my budget, given the frequency cardigans appear in my closet. I managed to find a couple descriptions/images from other Stitch Fix users (1, 2), so I looked forward to seeing this piece in person. I expected a super soft cardigan I would want to live in…

…and that is exactly what I got. I almost forgot I was wearing it when I tried it on, and then started doing normal chores. I can see myself wearing this out, frankly. I love it! I’ve never really done the flowy cardigan style until Stitch Fix, and now I’m kind of hooked.

GABRIELLE IKAT PRINT FIT & FLARE DRESS, $68

I was also able to find some images/descriptions of this dress (1, 2). Apparently it does not photograph as well as it looks in person, but is a great pick. My only concern was that this might be too similar to another dress I just picked up in Charleston.

The dress wasn’t too similar at all, but it did have a weird fit on me – the waist was a little high , so the skirt flared out and there was that weird bell shape again. I liked the pattern and color, but I knew this would sit in the back of my closet.

RIZZO SKINNY PONTE PANTS, $88

$88 for pants? That is really not ideal for me. I prefer to buy pants from H&M, Target, or Banana Republic (their jeans fit me very well, so I will invest in a good pair – on sale). However, several search results led me to believe that the high price tag was well worth it: these pants are, I don’t know, life-altering.

Um, the pants are worth it. They are so, so worth it. These are my new travel pants, and with lots of trips in the next year and a half for vacations and family events, they will definitely pay for themselves.

Overall, this fix was a nice mix of old favorites and new styles. I’m very happy with my order, even though I only kept two things – the pants and the cardigan. Minus some fit/sizing issues, this was me to a tee! Great job, Stitch Fix!

I’d like to end my March review with a note about February. I had my worst fix to date in February, and I was very honest about it in my review. Stitch Fix was kind enough to reach out to me with a personal email about my experience literally within hours of the post going live. I won’t post the full message, but the company representative started by thanking me for posting about Stitch Fix and giving honest feedback, then apologizing for the fix and offering suggestions for the style profile. Since I was really open about the experience, I only felt it was fair to acknowledge the company’s one-on-one efforts to build rapport with an unhappy customer. I also think it shows a great good faith effort on behalf of Stitch Fix. I plan to continue scheduling monthly fixes, as I’m a big fan of the service and it helps me avoid a quarterly shopping binge!

Based on the company’s suggestions, I tweaked my style profile a touch – and this month, I’ve decided to put my style fate in the hands of a (relatively) total stranger with this change:

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Disclosure: I am not sponsored by or compensated by Stitch Fix, but I do get a referral credit if you sign up using the links above.

Any other Stitch Fix fans out there? What pieces did you get this month?

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