I’ve surfaced from the elusive land of the New Job Craziness to tell you about fun mail! Mary El of Cupcakes and Shoes often talks about Stitchfix – a personal shopping service delivered right to your door – and I have to admit, the outfits she was getting were so great! Since I was starting a new job, I was motivated to sign up for my first box!
Basically you sign up, fill out a questionnaire, and it helps if you have a style Pinterest board so the stylist has an idea of what you like. They’ll send you a few pieces to try on, including some cards with styling ideas, you send back whatever you don’t like, and you keep and pay for the rest! The service is $20, but if you purchase anything you can use that service fee as a credit. And if you buy all the items, you get 25% off your total order.
Not a bad concept, right?
I was a bit apprehensive because each piece can cost about $60 – that’s normally what I would spend on an entire outfit! But I was tired of buying cheap goods only to have them shrink or fray in a few short months. I’m a believer that quality goods are worth paying for. And if you find something that fits really well, run with it! Another motivator was that I wanted someone else’s expertise to give me ideas to break out of my box. I generally just wear dresses and cardigans every day – and there’s nothing wrong with that – but a few trendy pieces thrown in would be nice. At the very least, I didn’t think it would hurt to try it out for a month. There’s no commitment to get a box every month.
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I received my first box a few weeks after I signed up. They’re getting popular and your stylist needs time to research, so shipping isn’t available right away.
In those few weeks I lost interest, but as soon as I got the notice that
my packaged arrived I had to go to FedEx to sign and pick it up, I got all sorts of excited again.
Here’s what I ended up with:
- 41Hawthorn Ivy Tulip Print Tab Sleeve Blouse $68
- Bay to Baubles Mumford Beaded Ombre Collar Necklace $44
- 41Hawthorn Farah Fit & Flare Striped Dress $68
- Pomelo Florence Colorblocked Dress $68
- Margaret M Kayla Skinny Jean $108
And here’s a snapshot of the styling cards that was in my box. It was helpful to see how you can pair items with your potential new goodies. Also check out the personalized note in the top right.
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So, how did each item fare?
I paired the 41Hawthorn Ivy Tulip Print Tab Sleeve Blouse with the Margaret M Kayla Skinny Jean. It’s red!! I absolutely loved this outfit and was over the moon at how cute the shirt was and how it fit… except for one area. You can’t really tell in this photo, but my chest is squished in there! It’s not a pretty look. I was pretty upset that my chest got in the way of a really cute top. If only it was half a size larger. I would have paid the hefty $68 price tag (remember, you get a $20 credit if you buy anything) had my chest fit into this top.
And the pants – they were so daring! Not only was the red-orange color fun but they fit like a glove! I couldn’t believe how well these pants fit around my stomach, [lack of] waist and hips, and my thighs. The bottom half looks a little baggy but that’s mostly because the pants are too long. That’s nothing some hemming couldn’t fix!
The pants definitely fit under the “Worth the Splurge if it Fits Well” rule!
Next up, I paired the Pomelo colorblock dress with the Bay to Bauble beaded bib necklace. The dress was cute, but I didn’t love it, and I definitely didn’t love it $68 worth. The necklace was also fun, but costume jewelry is one of those things I will not spend a lot of money on. Maybe if it was in the $20 price range.
As for the 41Hawthorne dress, it was another casualty of the chesty lady club. I am a firm believer that you should never post bad photos of yourself (you’ll never see a photo of me dripping sweat, not smiling, double chin, etc.) so forgive me for not posting a photo of that dress.
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So overall I think the service was really fun to try. I will order another box, but I will not do them monthly. I think it would be fun to get some fun new pieces every few months but I couldn’t afford to buy something all the time (and I don’t want my $20 service fee to go to waste!). I definitely think it’s worth checking out if you’re looking go expand your horizons and try something new. If you’re happy wearing the same thing day in and out, then I’d skip the box.
* Pop Quiz: How many times did I have to tell Nico to get out of the shot? Haha!