Imagine having an entire wardrobe of clothes you love and never having to worry about what to wear again. That’s the promise of Stitch Fix, a subscription-based service that sends new designer clothing straight to your door each month. But with such convenience comes some inconvenience: For starters, you need someone else’s opinion on how everything looks before parting with hard-earned cash. But when we reviewed this popular fashion company in July 2017, our results were mixed — not surprising for any online shopping experience these days.
Stitch Fix is an online service that allows people to try on clothes and order them if they like them. The company has been in the news recently because of a pricing scandal.
To really test their mettle, I imposed myself on an internet personal stylist (Picture: Getty/Susannah Ireland).
Most fashionistas have considered hiring a personal stylist to assist them in finding the right outfit.
When I was given the chance to test out Stitch Fix, an online styling service, I jumped at the chance.
I freely acknowledge that I’m a picky dresser with an enigmatic personal style that’s difficult to pin down.
Furthermore, I’m very sensitive to fabric – I’m not sure why, but anything that isn’t really soft makes me want to crawl out of my skin, and touching wool makes me want to crawl out of my own skin.
As a result, I anticipated to be a difficult client for the stylists to satisfy, particularly because I won’t be able to speak with anybody in person to discuss what I like and dislike.
The method is quite straightforward – all you have to do is create an account, give your measurements, and start expressing your choice in apparel, jewelry, purses, and shoes on their website via a series of questions and quizzes.
It’s giving’my boyfriend listens to Frank Turner, but I like Papa Roach’ an insight into my unique style. (Photo courtesy of Susannah Ireland)
You may also, and perhaps more importantly, select a budget that you want your stylist to stick to. You don’t have to purchase anything until you decide to retain it — one of Stitch Fix’s selling points is that you have seven days to decide, and you have until then to return anything if you don’t want them.
They also allow you to see your stylist’s selections before they are sent, allowing you to assess their choices and providing the stylist the opportunity to try again if necessary.
When your selections arrive, the box includes a brief introduction to your stylist – Katie is mine – who discusses how the clothing they’ve chosen correspond to your likes and makes ideas for what pieces might go well together.
Katie, for example, took notice of my preference for a pointier toe in heeled boots, claiming that this drove her to choose a specific pair of Kurt Geigers for me.
My pick comprised the following items:
- Serena Slim Fit Cashmere Roll Neck Jumper (Editor’s Cut)
- Margot Sheer Sleeve Top by Hobbs
- Blume Bias Cut Midi Satin Skirt, Editor’s Cut
- Kasia Blouse, Part 2
- Burlington Leather Ankle Boots by Kurt Geiger London
Overall, I’m rather pleased with what I’ve received.
Serena Slim Fit Cashmere Roll Neck Jumper (Editor’s Cut) (Picture: Stitch Fix)
Kasia Blouse, Part 2 (Picture: Stitch Fix)
Blume Bias Cut Midi Satin Skirt, Editor’s Cut (Picture: Stitch Fix)
Margot Sheer Sleeve Top by Hobbs (Picture: Stitch Fix)
The Kurt Geiger London Burlington Leather Ankle Boots are another option (Picture: Stitch Fix)
I wouldn’t call anything in Katie’s bundle a standout item, and I would have preferred a little more color diversity, but everything fits well, and I know I’ll get a lot of use out of the skirt, boots, and Kasia top — all of which I like.
Let’s start with the Kasia blouse: it’s fairly incredible that Katie was able to figure out my love for prairie collars with a bit of witchcore without me having to say anything.
I’m excited to pair it with either white high-waisted jeans or a leopard print skirt because of the floating fabric.
Those sleeves, however! (Photo courtesy of Susannah Ireland)
Yes, I’m aware of it (Picture: Susannah Ireland)
The skirt and boots complement each other well (Picture: Susannah Ireland)
I like the color of the skirt, and I believe it’ll be perfect for fall, but I’m not sure I’ll wear it with the top Katie suggested in her message.
The Kurt Geiger boots are also a little bit of me – they fit perfectly and are really comfortable so far.
The turtleneck is a bit plain, but I like the way it looks and it fits me well. I’m embarrassed to confess that, as much as I’d want to retain it, it’s simply too scratchy for me.
Katie has taken into mind my preference for soft fibers, and I like that it’s an objectively touchable cashmere knit, so she gets points for trying.
I didn’t want to wear the turtleneck for too long since I’m a wuss (Picture: Susannah Ireland)
It’s a gift ‘I work front of house, so I can wear anything I want as long as it’s a black top and black bottoms,’ she says. (Photo courtesy of Susannah Ireland)
I don’t like it, but I also don’t despise it (Picture: Susannah Ireland)
In fact, I feel like I’m in the wrong for finding cashmere uncomfortable — who am I to judge?
The Margot shirt is the one item I don’t believe is my style.
I adore the transparent sleeves, but there’s something about the neckline and shape that doesn’t seem quite right.
I don’t think three out of five successful selections is awful, particularly since they were so close with the jumper, and I don’t blame them for not delivering anything that soothes my very sensitive skin.
Taking a look at those boots (Picture: Susannah Ireland)
Katie recommended pairing the top with the skirt, so I put together a whole Stitch Fix outfit based on her advice (Picture: Susannah Ireland)
It’s evident that they’ve paid attention to me, and I can’t help but think that if I buy more Fixes, the stylists will have a greater grasp of my preferences.
If you really despise what you’ve received, you may rate it and change your stylist when you check out, which is when you tell them what you want to retain, refund, or swap.
It’s putting a ‘Stevie Nicks in the boardroom’ vibe… (Photo courtesy of Susannah Ireland)
…And I’m not upset about it (Picture: Susannah Ireland)
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So, would I go back to Stitch Fix? Absolutely.
I’d recommend it to anybody in need of a wardrobe refresh who isn’t sure where to begin and/or doesn’t have the time to browse stores or the internet for precisely what they want.
It’s a great way to obtain a professional’s perspective and break the tendency of purchasing the same products over and over again.
Additionally, since it’s all digital, it’s also a highly Covid-safe method to shop.
I don’t believe I’d want to sign up for a regular subscription, particularly because I’m trying to cut down on my overall consumption, but if you want to treat yourself every now and then, I’d absolutely suggest an online personal stylist like this.
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