Confession: I hate clothes shopping for myself. This has pretty much always been a problem for me, and it's probably the reason my wardrobe isn't more interesting than it is. Well, earlier this month, I attempted to address that issue by signing up for StitchFix! For those of you who are unfamiliar with SF, here's a rundown, along with some reasons why it appealed to me:
1. Go to the SF website (using my referral link, if you don't mind...I'll get to that in a sec) and fill out your style profile. This is extremely detailed, which I appreciate. They ask about everything from sizes to colors to lifestyle to budget, and if there's anything you want them to know that wasn't covered by any of the questions, there's a section for that too. It makes me feel like they're really dedicated to finding items I'm going to love.
2. Select how often you want to receive Fixes. I'm currently signed up to receive my Fix once every three months, but you can do it as often as every few weeks if you so desire. You can also change the frequency if you decide later that you'd like to get them more or less often.
3. A personal stylist assembles your Fix, which consists of five items based on your style profile. What I love about this (in addition to having someone else pick out clothes for me) is that you can send a note to your stylist if there are particular things you'd like to receive in that particular shipment. For example, for my first Fix, I said that I was going on vacation soon and would like some casual summer clothes.
4. Your Fix ships, and you are charged a $20 styling fee which goes toward the purchase of any items you decide to keep. Free shipping, which is nice. Only problem is that if you don't like any of the items, the $20 doesn't roll over to the next Fix or anything like that, but I've heard that almost everyone finds at least one thing they love each time.
5. When your Fix arrives, you have three days to try everything on and send back what you don't want. Then go online and checkout by marking which items you're keeping (and why) and which items you're sending back (and why), and you're charged the price of the stuff you're keeping, minus the $20 styling fee. If you keep all five items, you get 25% off.
6. If you love your SF experience, refer your friends! If someone you refer signs up, you get a $25 credit. So, uh...here's my referral link (wink, wink): https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/5478
So, now that that's out of the way, let's get to the fun stuff...what I got in Fix #1!
I'm kicking myself now for not taking pictures of any of the items. At the time, I wasn't sure I'd even be sticking with StitchFix, so I didn't really see the point. *sigh* Next time.
Item #1 was a large tote bag with a white and gold geometric print. It was cute, but not really "me." I guess I like my metallics in smaller doses. Also, I could never see myself needing a bag that big. I mean, my almost-1-year-old child could've fit in there. Verdict: send back.
Item #2 was a flowy magenta blouse with ¾-length sleeves. I loved this blouse, but I messed up by entering the wrong size in my style profile. It was WAY too big. Verdict: send back.
Item #3 was a navy blue tank top with a floral pattern on the edges and on a front pocket. Again, too big, but not baggy or sloppy-looking. I decided I could make it work. Verdict: keep.
Item #4 was a pair of cuffed chino shorts. They were way nicer than any of my other shorts and fit perfectly on my waist and hips but were SO. SHORT. We're talking see-every-inch-of-cellulite short. My first thought when I tried these on was I'm a mom; I can't dress like this anymore.It made me wish I'd been slimmer in my younger years because I totally would've worn things like that back then. Verdict: send back.
Item #5 was a thin-strap navy blue dress with a bright floral pattern. (I'd asked to receive something for a nice evening out during vacation.) This dress was beautiful and fit me well, but was just too far out of my price range. Verdict: send back.
So, 1 out of 5 isn't great, but I'm going to give it another go. I really did like everything I was sent (with the exception of that tote), and now that my stylist has my feedback from Fix #1, I'm sure Fix #2 will go better. We'll find out in October!