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Stitch Fix Review: Buying new clothes without shopping

I have a major first-world problem: I need new clothes but hate going shopping.

I used to love shopping but after I got married, I stayed clear of the malls because I didn’t want to be tempted when we didn’t have any extra money to spend.

In the past year, I’ve delved into shopping little by little but I still dread going to the malls, and to be honest, can probably count on one hand how many times I’ve visited a mall in the past year.

Things I hate about shopping:

  • Trying things on under bad lighting conditions
  • Trying on a bunch of things and being sad when nothing fits right (that happens to me ALL the time at places like TJ Maxx or Nordstrom Rack)
  • Buying only dark-colored clothing

Enter Stitch Fix.

Stitch Fix will send you five items every month, personalized to your size, style, and budget preferences. You keep what you love, and return what you don’t in the pre-paid postage envelope that comes with your package.

You pay a $20 styling fee for every box, but you can use it toward purchase credit. If you also choose to keep all five pieces, you get a 25% discount.

I filled out a profile, said what I liked and didn’t like, and what I was looking for in a new wardrobe. I had two major requests:

  • I wanted clothes that would downplay my cleavage
  • I wanted COLOR

I rely on black way too often.

That being said, I got my first box in the mail last week and it was like my birthday came early!

stitch fix keep Stitch Fix Review: Buying new clothes without shoppingTop: Pomelo Corinna Striped Dolman Top $48
Bottoms: Just Black Adora Skinny Jean in mustard yellow $88

I would have never in a million years picked out a pair of yellow pants for myself, but I absolutely LOVED these. Look how fun they are!

Sadly, I had to return them because when Stitch Fix asked for my size, I guess they meant my real size, not Gap vanity sizing. What you can’t see in this photo is my waist begging to be released. I mean, they buttoned…but only because I told them they better.

The shirt was super soft and really nice material. I’ve already worn it on the weekend with jeans and flats, and then I wore it to work with black slacks. Super comfy. Love.

I was not as impressed with the rest of the box…

stitchfixreview 225x300 Stitch Fix Review: Buying new clothes without shoppingRenee C Ashford Striped Cross-Front Knit Shirt

This shirt just fit all wrong. I mean, really???

stitch fix review1 225x300 Stitch Fix Review: Buying new clothes without shoppingLoveappella Baltimore Chevron Striped Knit Shirt

There was nothing wrong with this shirt, but it was just bleh. There was nothing super special about it either.

Also–I’m not Charlie Brown. And this is what this shirt reminds me of.

I also got a pair of earrings in my box but even though I liked them, they were immediately ruled out because I will never be able to justify spending $32 on a pair of earrings.

Stitch Fix Review: Pros and Cons

The Pros of Stitch Fix are:

  • Clothes straight to my doorstep
  • Someone else picking out clothes for me to try
  • Not having to go to the mall
  • Trying things outside of my comfort zone (hello yellow jeans!)

The Cons of Stitch Fix are:

  • A bit expensive

The clothes are definitely more than what I would normally spend, but this is the price for convenience. I know that they’re pieces are slightly overpriced, because I saw someone receive a sweater that I paid $45 for at a small boutique store, and Stitch Fix was selling it for $58.

There’s no charge for shipping though, so I feel like they compile the extra costs of the service into the cost of the clothes. Makes sense.

Should You Try Stitch Fix?

I think it’s great if you can afford to do so. I’ve only received one box so far but I’m already looking forward to my next box, which is scheduled to arrive on my birthday!

If you’d like to try it out, but don’t think you could do it monthly, you can alter the schedule so you get one every other month, or just schedule one when you feel like it.

I hope that Stitch Fix will push me to venture out of my dark color comfort zone. Plus, I love getting stuff in the mail! Go me!

I was not paid for this review. I paid for Stitch Fix items on my own. However, affiliate links are included, and I receive a small commission for each person that signs up through my link. 

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9 thoughts on “Stitch Fix Review: Buying new clothes without shopping

  1. April 3, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Love what you got here. Though I haven’t tried this brand yet.

  2. March 29, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I considered signing up for StitchFix to try it, but as I am trying to declutter, I’ve decided to delay any more shopping until I’ve had a chance to evaluate everything in my closet. I have a friend who signed up for a personal stylist / shopping service that will end up costing $1,000+, so a StitchFix seems like a really quick, easy way to get a little bit of that “personal stylist” feel without the price.

  3. Lindsay
    March 27, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I highly recommend shopping online at Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack. Free shipping and free returns. Buy through Ebates and save 6%. Perfection.

  4. March 27, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I LOVE Stitch Fix for what you highlighted – combos of clothes that we wouldn’t try on our own in a store! It felt like my little personal shopper and I adored that! I will do this again, and space them out so I can budget accordingly hehe. I liked 3 of 5 things I got! (jeans were too small and I returned a scarf only because I am hoping spring is coming finally and I want spring things!)

  5. Kathy
    March 27, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I hate clothes shopping. First, I am overweight and things I like come in sizes too small for me. Second, I’m officially old…..in my 60s….and it seems like the things I like are more suited for much, much younger women. Third, the things suited for someone my age are so yucky. And when you combine that with the size I need…….well it is just awful. Most of my clothes come from Land’s End, LL Bean, Coldwater Creek, Talbots or Pendleton and while they are more expensive that is the trade off I have to accept to get something that works for me. Oh, to be able to wear clothes like Duchess Kate. :)

  6. March 27, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Stich Fix seems fun, but I can’t stomach their prices! I got a top similar to that striped one, just white and black instead, for $10 at an outlet mall. I can’t imagine spending nearly $50 on a plain long sleeve t-shirt! Eek!

    That cross front shirt is SO BAD haha! I do love the yellow jeans. And your hair is PERF — length and color. #jealous

  7. March 27, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Sounds like the perfect thing for you. I definitely can’t afford to have shopping come to my door. I do it enough on my own as it is although I have cut back. That pink top is awful. I don’t think it would look good on anyone. I just recently discovered colored denim. I thought it was too bold; but turns out it’s just fun.

  8. March 27, 2014 at 6:27 am

    You’re a lady after my own heart. I have been needing to buy clothes for about 2 years, but I hate shopping. With a passion. My first thought upon entering a store is “I want OUT!”. And even when I’m browsing, I have to keep pacifying myself with “just a few more items”, “just get it over it”, “you can do it”. It’s pathetic really. But I can’t keep avoiding stores forever and not buying more work clothes.

    I don’t think I could try Stitch Fix, though it sounds like a really good idea. The price range is just way out there for my budget.

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