A Stitch Fix Story Part One

It’s a cliché, but one thing I think most women reading this have been guilty of at some point is staring dolefully at a full closet and groaning, “I have nothing to wear.” 

It’s how I’ve been feeling about my wardrobe lately. Step one in curing my closet blues was a thorough cleaning. I was more ruthless than I’d ever been in weeding out my wares—anything that was too past its prime became a rag or joined a massive pile destined for Goodwill and the nicer things were set aside for friends to pick through or for trying to sell at Crossroads Trading Co.

With a significantly lighter load, it was time for step two: joining Stitch Fix. 

I first heard about the website from a friend who tried and loved it. It’s basically mail-order personal styling in a box. Simply sign up for free on the website, fill out a thorough questionnaire, and request a shipment. Awhile later (their popularity means a sort of long wait time), a box arrives on your doorstep filled with clothing and accessories that were handpicked by a Stitch Fix stylist for you. You try it all on, keep (and pay for) what you like, and return what you don’t. If you don’t pick anything, there is a $20 styling fee.

In my current wardrobe-weary, style-slacking state, this sounded like music to my ears. 

I have yet to receive the box (so the full verdict on this service will come in part two of this blog), but I was pleased with the ordering process. The “style profile” (questionnaire) covers the basics—height, weight, and clothing sizes—and then moves into the details. For instance, they want to know the answers to questions like “How do you prefer clothes to fit the top half of your body?” and how often you dress for certain occasions (such as work, nights out, etc.).   

I’m guessing the most elucidating section for the stylist is the visual portion, in which you rate seven looks from “Hate It” to “Love It.” I rated three looks with “Hate It,” two with “Love it” (the two looks pictured here), one with “Like It,” and one with “Don’t Really Like It.”

You then have the opportunity to specify what it is you’re looking for in your shipment (dresses but no jeans, for instance), how revealing or modest you like different types of clothing, your price range for each category of items, and much more. As a vegan, I appreciated the section that allows you to rule out materials you don’t want, like leather.

I can’t be sure how well the styling will be executed, but so far I can say that they make sure to get all of the information they need to do a good job. They even give you the option of sharing a Pinterest board with them (which I didn’t utilize, but perhaps should have). 

Will Stitch Fix be the style boost I’ve been looking for? I’m hoping so, but I’ll be sure to tell you all about it either way with part two.