I’ve been eagerly awaiting my first box from Stitch Fix for almost a month. I’ve heard so many great things about this service, and just knew it would be a fun experience for me.
(The definition of Stitch Fix in 30 seconds: Fill out an online form, a personal shopper chooses 5 items to send to you, try them on in the comfort of your home, keep what you want and send back what you don’t want, the $20 fee you paid to have a box sent gets applied to anything you buy, if you send all 5 items back you lose the $20 fee, if you buy all 5 items you get a 25% discount on the total.)
Seeing my box on the porch was quite a thrill this afternoon!
The little note inside the box was a nice touch. My personal stylist Angela had read my blog post about why I shouldn’t try Stitch Fix and looked at my Pinterest board. Her reasoning for choosing the pieces she sent was pretty much right on, and I appreciated her thoughtfulness.
The box contains a card that shows how to pair the items which is helpful for people like me.
At this point I tossed the camera to Ava and dug into my box of goodies. And this is also the point where the giddiness and excitement began its downward descent into disappointment. How’s that for foreshadowing?
Chaney Textured Detail Blouse $48 First I pulled out this solid black top with a delicate texture detail on the shoulders. I understand that Angela was trying to break me away from my solid shirt addiction gently…with texture. And who can’t use a good black shirt? I was excited. But it fit too tightly around my midsection AND arms. Crap. I felt like I was honest about my sizing, so it felt disappointing that this was too tight.
Instead of getting discouraged, I grabbed the next top, the Whistler Graphic Print Button Front Blouse $48. It was too tight also!! I couldn’t even begin to button it across my chest. At this point I’m feeling sad, but I do realize that I had given a slightly smaller bra size in my online questionnaire than I actually am. I was recently measured by Vanity Fair and realized my true size. This might account for it being too tight, which is totally on me.
Next I tried the dress they sent. Justine Abstract Printed Dress $54. I couldn’t get it zipped. This is when I started to feel really fat and like a liar even though I didn’t lie about my sizing. That’s probably not the sentiment Stitch Fix is going for in response to it’s boxes. However, even if I could have zipped the dress, I wouldn’t have kept it because it looks too much like a violent murder was committed while wearing it.
After these failures, I was looking forward to the 2 accessories they sent because those are one size fits all. Hard to go wrong with a necklace, right?
Wrong. The Zelda Bead Fringe Necklace $32 was very confusing to me. I must have fiddled with it for a solid 10 minutes but never could get the “fringe” to lay right. Some beads seemed to be on the wrong side, but flipping them didn’t really help much and the whole thing looked messed up with some higher than others. I’m not going to buy a necklace that takes 20 minutes to adjust so the fringe lays right. I gave up and put it back in its box.
That leaves the last item. The Astair Ikat Print Scarf $48. I don’t think scarves should cost $48, The End. I’ll spend that much on a shirt, sweater, skirt, almost anything else but a scarf, because there are too many cute scarves at TJ Maxx for $15. See my eyes? They are saying the scarf is too expensive.
So there we have it. A total disaster. The only thing I could possibly keep from this box is the scarf, but it would cost an additional $28 over my $20 styling fee, and I’m not going to do that. This means I’m saying goodbye to the $20 I put down to have the box sent. Never in a million years did I think I wouldn’t want at least 1 item from my box! I’m really surprised.
Now I have to decide if it’s worth trying again…perhaps adjusting my answers about sizing on my questionnaire and definitely giving lots of feedback about how the pieces didn’t fit. Or I could chalk it up to a mistake and move on without it.
What would you do? I’m seeking advice and willing to hear any opinion!
Meanwhile, if you want to try Stitch Fix (which I can’t imagine you would after my terrible review- I really sold it, huh??) you can sign up via my referral link and I get an amount credited to my account. (Maybe it will cover the $20 I blew on my first box…)
Enjoy this post? Then head on over and read how my TJMaxx Fix Trumped Stitch Fix. That’s right. I hit TJMaxx on my own a few days after my disappointing Stitch Fix box and found 7 amazing items for $140 total.
Oh, and they were all the size I had told Stitch Fix I am. Turns out I DO know my size. The post includes photos of my TJMaxx finds. Maybe it will be an inspiration to anyone else who was disappointed in Stitch Fix.