Okay, so have y’all heard of Stitch Fix? If not, perhaps you’ve heard recently about this happy new shopping concept wherein you go to a website, answer all kinds of questions about your size, style, budget, lifestyle, etc., then their stylists put together a box full of goodies and send it to you to try on in the context of your own closet and comfort of your own home?
Well, it’s a thing. And it pleases me greatly.
(Up until last week I’d only ever heard of this sort of thing for men – then miss Blair tweeted about her 2nd or 3rd fix arriving and I very much had to look into it!)
You keep what you love, send back what you don’t!
And if you’re lucky, an unsuspecting friend will arrive at the same time as your package, and you’ll hornswaggle her into photographing you as you try on clothes so you can share them with your blog readers. (*ahem* thanks, Liz!)
So yes, I got my very first “Fix” on Wednesday. And yes, I was pretty excited.
This is what came in my box. Do you see the little cards with each garment showing you different ways to wear/style it? Very helpful for a girl who has pretty much one style and could stand to be stretched a bit.
I got two tops, 2 dresses (I asked specifically for dresses because I love to wear them running errands in the summertime!) and a necklace. (please pardon their slightly wrinkled state – they traveled a long distance to be with us today.)
My first impressions:
My other first impressions were:
1. Um, yay! I get to try on clothes WITHOUT trying to make it happen in the handicap stall with a stroller and wriggly kids. Win!
2. I asked specifically for stripes and they sent me two things with stripes that I LOVE!
3. I super loved the little cards that showed each item styled in a couple of different ways. It helped me in my trying-on time – as if I had a salesperson on the other side of the fitting room door suggesting I try it with a jean jacket or leggings or a skirt, etc.
Okay, now the part where my very patient friend photographs me in each of the garments and I try to make it interesting by perhaps overcompensating. (I needed accessories for the striped dress and we decided that a Starbucks cup is really the ultimate accessory.) ;)
(please pardon the funny angles, messy hair and general silliness. or, enjoy it. whatev.)
1. This felt like a really good practice session. Now I know how it works and what to say/ask for. (You can consider this your practice session too if you like! Learn from me that they WILL listen – just know what to say!) I had one or two keeps (still deciding…), but I know for next time that I’d rather just ask for everything to be on the lowest end of the price scale (some of the things that came were kinda pricey because I said moderate was okay), and maybe specify that I’m not a floral girl. (And, if you check that you are interested in them sending accessories, you can add in the notes that you don’t want to see earrings or that you have sensitive skin.)
2. I loved that there was no pressure! I don’t have to tell anybody (well, at least not face-to-face) that I didn’t like what they picked or that I didn’t want to buy anything. I can see what my husband/friends think without carting them along, and I can take time to decide.
3. I LOVED getting to try things on in the context of my own closet. I loved the stripey tank, but may have been nervy to buy it without knowing that it would work with grey shorts or trouser jeans (or a maxi skirt tucked in – which was their suggestion and really cute!). This was convenient with the black/cream vesty thing in the opposite manner – I had absolutely nothing in my closet that made it work, so I’d have had to keep buying to stretch myself to wear it. Good to know!
So, that’s Stitch Fix! And this was my first fix. Want to know the details of how it works?
1. Sign up. You give a bit of information, are put on a waiting list, then notified in a few days that you’re good to go! (I think I waited only a day or two).
2. Once you’re in, you get to answer all the fun questions and tell them what you love/hate. This part is really fun. (Here’s a screenshot of what some of the questions are like. Fun!)
3. Schedule your fix. It’s not a membership or anything, so you can schedule a fix for next week, then schedule another one in the fall or next year or never. It’s a fix-to-fix relationship.
4. What does it cost? Shipping is free both ways, but you do have to give your credit card because it costs $20 to be “styled”. This $20 will count as credit toward anything in your Fix that you decide to keep. But, if you don’t keep anything, you lose the $20.
Have a happy Friday, all! I’m busy giving Hazel’s big girl room it’s own Fix. You think I’ll get paid for my “styling efforts?”.
Photos and things to come! Have a great weekend!