I was supposed to love Stitchfix.
At least, that’s what I thought was supposed to happen.
Instead, I just kind of looked at the contents of my first Stitchfix shipment in some sort of bewilderment as I rifled through the box. Where were the pieces for me to fall instantly in love with? Better yet, where were the pieces for me to fall instantly in love with that had great price points?
They weren’t there.
So I canceled Stitchfix.
For those who aren’t aware, Stitchfix is an online personal style service of sorts. Users can fill out a profile indicating his or her style preferences, and a Stitchfix stylist will pick five clothing and accessory items to suit the profiler’s taste, budget and lifestyle. Users can keep as many contents of the box as they choose, or return it. Returns are “free,” but there is a $20 styling fee applied to all boxes (which can be applied to the balance of an item a user chooses to keep). Keep all five items, and users get a discount on the total amount paid for the entire box.
I’d heard a lot of people raving about Stitchfix both online and off. Cute, affordable items for my wardrobe sent to my own doorstep? What’s not to love about that? So, I signed up, and waited not-so-patiently for my box to arrive.
Only… I wasn’t very impressed.
Perhaps it’s because my box arrived after I got back from Hong Kong, my personal shopping mecca. (I kid you not when my suitcase upon my return was full to bursting with cute, adorable tops I got from a little sample shop my mom and I found that sold GAP and LOFT-style clothes for Old Navy prices. BEST STORE FIND EVER.) Perhaps it’s because Stitch Fix’s interpretation of “affordable” and mine are different. (No fault there. It’s definitely a word that is interpreted differently by others.) Perhaps it’s because I’m just not a big clothes person, and nothing StitchFix could pick for me would fix that. (Definitely possible. Although I’d like to become more of a clothes person, because accessories etc can only get you so far. But that’s a different topic.) Or perhaps it’s because because I had heard such rave reviews about Stitchfix for months, whatever I was expecting was impossible for Stitchfix to surpass. (This is the problem with hype in general, it seems.)
Whatever it was, I was underwhelmed by $88 skinny jeans and a $35 infinity scarf. The dress and the Dolman top they sent fit me strangely — they fit, technically, but they looked odd. The only item I was impressed by was the soft sweater, and I only purchased it because I already was charged the $20 styling fee regardless if I decided to keep anything. It was still a pricey-for-me sweater at $44 after the $20 “credit” was applied, but I liked it enough to splurge on it. (You can’t see much of it, but I’m wearing it in this vlog.) Unfortunately, having worn and washed it a few times, my $64-turned-$44 Stitchfix sweater isn’t holding up any better than the ones I got for $10USD at that little shop in Hong Kong.
I wouldn’t go as far as to not recommend Stitchfix to others, but it’s definitely not something I’d recommend for myself to try again in the future. On Twitter recently, Amanda, Erika and Christina and I were chatting about Stitch Fix. Two tweets in the exchange stood out to me:
— Amanda Bumgarner (@theladyokie) December 30, 2014
— Christina McCall (@christinamccall) December 30, 2014
That, in short, pretty much sums up my opinion on Stitchfix. Ah, well. Win some, lose some!