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I first heard of Stitch Fix a few years ago from reading monthly Stitch Fix reviews on a favorite blog of mine. In her Stitch Fix reviews, the blogger talked about how great it was for her as a Mama for updating her wardrobe, the quality of the pieces and how great the beautiful outfits made her feel. Now that I’ve tried it, I agree with her. At the time, as cool as the idea of having my very own personal stylist sounded, it sounded equally as expensive. I didn’t even look into StichFix any further at that time because I assumed I couldn’t afford it. Wrong!
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Toddlers And Shopping Don’t Mix
Let me start by stating how much I absolutely hate going to the mall to shop. Throw two spunky, tiny humans into the mix with way more energy than I ever have even after 3 cups of coffee and it’s a big nope all day long. Not to mention how impossible it is to try on clothes with my littlest rascal. If he even thinks he sees my shirt coming off all he can think about is milk milk milk.
There’s simply not enough hours in the day to try to buy a decent pair of jeans that fit or enough time to scour the clearance racks for the perfect neutral blouse that I can wear every Sunday with so many distractions in tow. Shopping online isn’t much better either because who knows if each different company’s sizes are going to fit like I expect.
Creating A Capsule Wardrobe With Stitch Fix
I’m at the point that I’m sick of dressing frumpy so I have to do something to make a change. I want to update my closet with wardrobe essentials that will last me for years to come. I need the clothes to be easy to wear while chasing toddlers and I also want the clothing I buy to be very versatile because I like to have a small wardrobe, called a capsule wardrobe, of items that mix and match because it makes looking great quick and easy in Mama life.
I felt like a kid on Christmas Eve when I saw that my first Fix had shipped. I thinkStitch Fix is an answered prayer in this way because they do all the hard work for me of searching for items for my capsule wardrobe that I may like that fit my style and my shape. I can update the style profile anytime to suit my style or changing size. Using Stitch Fix saves me the stress of toting two toddlers to town to try to find some hidden gem deep in the clothing racks of Target. And speaking of Target, is it just me or who can go in there without buying 10 other random things? Target is this Minimalist’s weakness so I’m convinced Stitch Fix is saving me a ton of money this way!
So What Is Stitch Fix Anyway?
Stitch Fix is an online personal styling company that sends you a box of 5 items- tops, jeans, dresses, shoes, jewelry, outerwear, etc. as often as you like (once a month for me since I’m updating my capsule wardrobe) for only a $20 styling fee. The $20 fee goes towards anything you decide to keep from your Fix. You get to try on the items in the comfort of your own home (aka during naptime! Hooray!) and see how everything looks with the items you already own. Stitch Fix has something for everyone- petite, average, long, maternity, mens and as of 2 weeks ago they now also carry beautiful plus size clothing.
This is what excited me most because it makes creating a capsule wardrobe a breeze! You have 3 days to decide what you want to keep and if you decide to keep everything you’ll receive a 25% discount (woo-hoo!). Anything that isn’t a perfect fit into your wardrobe is shipped back in the labeled envelop Stitch Fix provides for you. It’s as simple as bagging the items and dropping them in the nearest mail box. No additional fee. No dragging your little ones into the post office to buy a shipping label. It’s like Stitch Fix is made for busy Mamas! Swoon.
After you’ve chosen what to keep and what to return, log into your account to checkout. Be sure to leave Stitch Fix reviews during checkout detailing for your stylist what you liked and didn’t like about each item you received in your box. Your stylist uses your Stitch Fix reviews to decide what to send you in your next Fix. If you do your Stitch Fix reviews right, each Fix you receive gets better and better!
How To Get The Best Items From Stitch Fix
In reading more about Stitch Fix I read a few less than flattering reviews in the mix of the Stitch Fix reviews singing their praises. I want you to be as happy as I am if you decide to give Stitch Fix a try so I’m going to share what I did when I signed up to help you get your best Fix possible!
I can only assume the individuals who weren’t thrilled with their Fix either weren’t detailed enough in answering the style questions, they were unsure of how they define their style or what they wanted to receive. If you don’t know what your style is, or what you may be interested in receiving that’s totally okay! You just need to keep an open mind when you open your first Stitch Fix box. This is part of the fun!
I was very detailed (nit-picky even) when I filled out my style profile and I was over the moon with each piece when I opened my box. The other thing I did that I think really helped me receive items that I was happy with was to create a Pinterest board just for my Stitch Fix stylist so that I can show her pictures to pair with the descriptions of what I like. I made sure to include why I liked a certain image I pinned or what parts I wasn’t thrilled about.
For example, if you were to pin this picture for your stylist you could say, “I love these distressed boyfriend jeans. I could really use a new pair of weekend jeans that fit me perfectly. On the flip side, I don’t love the top. Blue isn’t my favorite color to wear.” If you’re my stylist and you’re reading this I LOVED this outfit, but I think it’s just as important to tell your stylist the things you absolutely never like to wear along with the things you’d like to try.
If it tickles your fancy, you can even request specific items in your Fix or items for a certain activity or event. I requested semi-casual items I could dress up and wear for church or dress down with jeans. I also asked for a pair of distressed jeans possibly in a boyfriend cut and that’s exactly what I received. I’ll go into more detail in my review of each item, but I was very surprised how well they fit me considering how much trouble I have finding jeans to fit me in stores.
An insider tip to getting a great Fix that I came across in reading Stitch Fix reviews is to pin images of actual items from Stitch Fix to your Pinterest board for your stylist. You can do this by searching for Stitch Fix through Pinterest to bring up loads of pins of items women have received in their Fixes. Doing this will also give you a better idea of the kinds of items Stitch Fix has in their inventory. You can see my Stitch Fix Style Board here to see how the pictures I pin each month compare to the actual items I receive in my Stitch Fix box.Pin images of actual items from Stitch Fix to your Pinterest board for your stylist. -Leah 'MamaBear' MartinClick To Tweet
Your Very Own Personal Stylist
When you sign up with Stitch Fix, the style profile you fill out along with any information you provide through Pinterest are two of the tools StichFix will use to personalize your Fix for you. The amount of personalization was probably the aspect that impressed me most with Stitch Fix. I really felt like this box was put together for me. I received a long note from my stylist along with 10 images of outfit ideas custom made for me by my stylist using the 5 pieces of clothing tailored to my style and lifestyle.
I love that Stitch Fix ships the items right to my door step. A lot of the items I received in my first Stitch Fix were items I would love in the store, but never actually buy and take home. Having the clothes shipped straight to my house allowed me to pair the new items with old favorites I already own and love. I could see what looked good on me and how the new items fit into my current capsule wardrobe.
If you’re working on creating or updating a capsule wardrobe with wardrobe essentials for yourself I think you’ll love Stitch Fix. When you open your Stitch Fix box to see your new items, ask yourself:
- What kinds outfits could I create with these new items?
- What do I already own that pairs well with these new items?
- Is this new piece only useful for one type of event or can I wear it anytime depending on how I style it?
- How many outfits can I create with the new piece?
After going through the fun process of trying on and creating new outfits, bag up anything you don’t like and just send it back in the envelope Stitch Fix has included and already labeled for you! It’s as easy as bagging the items and dropping them into the nearest mailbox!
Stitch Fix Reviews
If you’d like to read a few other Stitch Fix reviews before creating a Stitch Fix account, these Stitch Fix reviews were helpful for me when making my decision whether or not to give Stitch Fix a try:
- Stitch Fix Review by Stephanie Howell– I have loved reading Stephanie’s blog for years and trust her opinion.
- Stitch Fix Review by Karin Armbruster– I was really excited when I discovered Stitch Fix now includes plus size clothing. FYI- they also carry menswear and maternity, too!
Stitch Fix was so much fun and it is an excellent tool for busy Mamas who want to update their closets with a few non-athletic-inspired clothing pieces. Anyone wanting to create a capsule wardrobe needs to jump on this idea! They do ALL the styling and outfit planning work for you!! If you think you’d like to give Stitch Fix a try, use my affiliate link. At no additional cost to you, I will receive a small commission which helps me keep my blog up and running. Thank you so much!
I’ll be reviewing Stitch Fix again next month. I read a few Stitch Fix reviews that said their second fix missed the mark in a major way. I’ll definitely let you know how mine measures up, but I feel confident and excited it is going to be great again!
Have you tried Stitch Fix before? What did you love or hate about it? Share with me in the comments!