Absolutely Loved My 1st Fix, But I Returned It: An Honest Stitch Fix Experience

The siren’s song of Stitch Fix has been luring me for years. It all started when big-name bloggers I follow posted their fixes. Then, slowly, medium-sized and smaller-bloggers I knew joined in the chorus. Then one of my I-didn’t-meet-you-on-the-Internet, you’ve-been-to-my-house friends signed up. I figured if she was on board, I could give it a whirl.

Now I know why people have been making such a huge deal on Stitch Fix Friday (*not yet a national holiday). Seeing that darling mint box on my doorstep literally got my blood pumping. Thankfully my children were sleeping and, like the great Mom I am, I left my newborn in her carseat carrier on the floor while I ripped open my box of sartorialist wonder. (Don’t worry, she was buckled.)

The appeal of Stitch Fix is that a professional ‘styles’ you. You fill out an in-depth profile on their website, answer some questions about your life, and SHA-ZAM! You’re matched with a stylist who’s sole job it is to select five pieces especially with you in mind. My stylist was named Jennifer. It took me less than five seconds to fall in love with her.

An index card-sized personalized note from Jennifer rested neatly on top of the garments. She congratulated me on being a new mom (so kind!), then explained why she chose the pieces and suggested tips on how to wear them. By the end of her letter I imagined Jennifer and I grabbing brunch, laughing over mimosas. (Not that I drink mimosas, but I would if I were with Jennifer.)

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I won’t leave you hanging: the pieces were absolutely perfect.

Exhibit A – Tahoe Flannel Print Infinity Scarf

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Exhibit B – Keira 3/4 Sleeve Split Back Knit Top

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Exhibit C – Manni Zipper Detail Pullover Sweater

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Exhibit D – Norah Distressed Flare Jean

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Exhibit E – Rizzo Skinny Pant

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Her picks were excellent. They made me feel trendy, put together, confident. I loved how I looked. Jennifer used the information I had provided in my style profile and on my Pinterest board, then conjured up some magic ability to see into my deepest fashion desires. Everything Jennifer sent was perfect for my lifestyle and my body.

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I rifled through the packaging to get the price list. Then my jaw hit the floor.

Let’s just say, if you’re using the word ‘pieces’ to describe your clothes, be prepared to pay for the term.

To be fair, Stitch Fix does ask which price range you want you pieces to fall under. Though I chose the fewest number of dollar signs possible, I still had sticker shock.

Here’s my sitch with Stitch Fix: I do believe that quality counts. I’m on board with The Tiny Twig’s idea of a No-Brainer Wardrobe. I see the benefit of investing in a few, solid pieces to build your closet. I’m 26 years old and I want to ‘adult’.

But the reality is my family isn’t financially able to invest in a pair of $98.00 jeans. (Which is a really tactful way of saying, “Right now I’m too poor to afford nice clothes.”) It’s not that we don’t budget, it’s that there isn’t room in our tight budget. And I know it’s a bit crass to discuss money in public, but for you to understand this story it needs to be said. Our family is in especially lean times and keeping the clothes, as gorgeous as they were, would have made Dave Ramsey cry. (Don’t get me wrong, in my mind I was like, “SHOVE IT, DAVE RAMSEY! I hate your financially responsible ways. You don’t know my life.”)

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“Wanting to look nice isn’t bad,” my husband softly reminded me as I got a little teary thinking about sending all these lovely items (sorry, pieces) back from whence they came. Crestfallen, I realized that my ‘Year of No’ sensibility was kicking in.

I needed to say ‘No’. It was a great moment to practice self-discipline and self-denial for the good of others. Though, to my husband’s credit, he was seriously trying to justify the expense of keeping at least one item. I didn’t want to make our already-stretched dollars cut a backflip for a pair of jeans.

Don’t misunderstand the heart behind this post. I’m not writing a humble brag. “I’m better than you because I care about more important things than how I look,” is not what I’m saying. I’m saying that, for the first time in my life, I do find myself caring about how I look. I want to be put together, to give my daughters permission to value their status as being made in the image of God. I’m just saying that, for now, I learned I need to find ways to tend to my appearance without dropping serious cash on a sweater.

That said, I still really enjoyed the Stitch Fix experience and would recommend it to others. I don’t actually feel as if I lost my $20 styling fee (which would have been applied to the total of the pieces I kept). For me, it was worth it to have a professional style me. Though I didn’t keep the outfits, I now have an idea of what looks good on me and what sizes I need to buy. I enjoyed putting together my ‘Creative Casual’ pinboard, which will serve as a guide anytime I consider buying new clothes.

So my verdict on Stitch Fix isn’t a ‘No’, it’s a ‘No, For Now’. Hopefully as my family continues to work hard, we can build our household income to a point that will allow me to invest a few hundred dollars into my wardrobe.

If you want to give Stitch Fix a whirl, you can click right here.

All the links in this post are referral.

A Newfound Alternative!

A friend tipped me off to the online consignment service threadUP. I tested it out and bought two pairs of brand jeans for a total (to me) of $2.18! WHAAT!? So far looks like they also have a great referral program (a friend makes a purchase, you get $20) and fabulous prices. Give it a try!

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Absolutely Loved My 1st Fix, But I Returned It: An Honest Stitch Fix Experience

12 Comments

  1. Julie Oxendine on January 12, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Sometimes sacrifice is apart of motherhood. Love your words, it was a fun read.

    • Victoria Easter Wilson on January 12, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      Julie I hadn’t linked it to motherhood and sacrifice, but you’re totally right.

  2. Bonnie stoltzfoos on January 12, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    You’re awesome, Victoria. “No for now” as opposed to “no” is a great way to see it. I like dave ramsey’s “live like no one else so later you can live like no one else” quote. 🙂 very inspiring and challenging!

    • Victoria Easter Wilson on January 12, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      That Dave Ramsey, he says some good stuff 😉 lol

  3. Michaela Harris on January 12, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    I love this. Really, really love this. I’ve been thinking lately about how I love the idea of investing in wardrobe pieces/ paring down my wardrobe, honestly, I can’t justify BUYING those pieces right now, however well-intentioned the idea is. It’s just a season of life thing and a part of being a responsible adult financially, I suppose. So I really do appreciate your thoughts on this experience. Makes me think of this verse I just read yesterday:

    “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.” Matthew 6:25-26 MSG

    • Victoria Easter Wilson on January 12, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      Hey new friend! Thanks for sharing Michaela. And you’re SO right. It’s really tempting to see what everyone else is doing and think you have to match HOW they’re doing it. I appreciate your ‘me too!’ comment, and sharing that verse!

  4. Sarah M on January 12, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Oh, I totally know how you feel. I haven’t even gotten a stitch fix box because I *know* I just can’t afford anything, and it’ll be devastating to get it, try it on, have fun, and then put it all back. I can’t even window shop (i.e. pinterest shop) and I don’t try things on in stores because it’s easier just abstaining than feeling awful that we can’t afford it and (usually) start to become jealous and self-righteous over those who can. Sigh. I can’t say I’m especially happy that our family has had a tight budget since the get-go (married at 19, and 20, family and house at 22, then moving to another country, etc. etc.), but I know it has taught me the REAL difference between needs and wants. And contentment. Oh, the contentment. It’s a peaks and valleys thing, and a total ‘God, just help me steward it the way You want me to’ thing.

    But I must say, that gray split shirt and those black jeans were KILLER! You looked great!

    • Victoria Easter Wilson on January 12, 2016 at 11:35 pm

      Yeah I COMPLETELY get/struggle with the self-righteous thing. Thinking that being ‘poor’ is more virtuous than being rich. But if my attitude is crummy with a little money, it will be crummy with a lot of money. Thanks for sharing that honest thought!

  5. Mom on January 13, 2016 at 12:19 am

    The outfits looked nice. But give me $20 and a few thrift and consignment stores to extend your wardrobe on a budget

    • Victoria Easter Wilson on January 23, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      LOL! Thanks Mom 🙂

  6. Faith Dwight on January 14, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    You’re a great writer! Thanks for your honest review. Xx

  7. The Future Mrs. Vines on January 17, 2016 at 2:03 am

    I got sticker shock when I got my first box, too. At the same time, I also desperately needed new clothes and I did tell my stylist I was looking to build a capsule wardrobe. Of two boxes so far, I’ve only kept the jeans. At least with those, I know they’ll last awhile and will be worth it. Mine were both $78 ($58 if you mentally separate the $20 I already spent) and they fit PERFECTLY, literally made for me. I’ve never had jeans like that and they’re two styles I would have never imagined on myself.

    I went to the clearance section in Target today, picked up a cardigan, a pair of booties (slippers really, but I’ll wear them outdoors because they’ve got the right bottoms), a sweater and a plaid shirt with a cute back for $60 (TOTAL). Those will be a nice compliment to my two pairs of jeans.

    I am still getting a 3rd box and maybe some more, only keeping one piece per box, once per month. The amount of money that I’ve spent on clothes that I didn’t get to spend enough time wearing (i.e. 2 minutes in the dressing room versus a few hours with the tags on) pales in comparison to a once per month investment of one piece, for me.

    I hope you get a chance to try it again soon! I highly recommend it and I’m a HUGE cheapo.

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