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My September Stitch Fix (and my thoughts about the company)

on October 19, 2018 by Jami Balmet 0 comments

I did my first Stitch Fix in August for the first time in over 2 years. I had done several Fix’s a few years ago, had a baby, didn’t want to buy new clothes, then didn’t want to spend the money, etc. 

Then in August I realized I haven’t really purchased any new clothing in that time and I desperately needed a few new things in my wardrobe. In August I got my first Stitch Fix box in a very long time and I was very pleasantly surprised. 

You see – I always really liked the concept of Stitch Fix and had found some really great pieces throughout the years through using them but their prices do tend to be high and I felt like their style didn’t totally match mine all of the time. (You can go back and see all of my previous Fix’s here.)

So in August I had had a little credit build up from a few years of not doing a Fix and thought I would try again and my August 2018 Stitch Fix box was incredible. Each of the 5 pieces was a huge hit. 

I just got my newest box, September 2018, in the mail and while it’s not as amazing as my previous one, it’s still a hit. And this led me to realize something: I think Stitch Fix has gotten vastly better sometime in the 2 or so years I was away. 

There are two big reasons I think so: 

  1. Their prices seem to be better. I’ve changed my tune on clothing. I used to want to find the absolute cheapest clothing I could find and I didn’t care that much for quality. But now I’ve started heavily parring down my wardrobe and instead of a ton of cheap clothing – i want to stock it with just a few high quality items that I love and that will last. All that to say: Stitch Fix carries high quality clothing (read higher prices) but my last two fixes have proved more affordable pieces in the $50, 40, and even 30 range! 
  2. Their styles are definitely better! This one could have a lot to do with the fact that for the first time in YEARS, I’m actually okay with a lot of the current styles. I use to think that i wasn’t particularly “trendy” enough for SF and didn’t love all my picks. But I can’t get enough floral, I love feminine dresses and styles, I must have 20 pairs of embroidered jeans, I adore lace, and I like some pieces that are a little funky. What that means is that I don’t actually hate a lot of the current trends. So I do think SF has gotten a lot better with their style choices AND it’s also probably because I like these styles better  – but their clothes have been spot on for me lately.  

A Peek Inside my September 2018 Stitch Fix 

By the way: It’s October that I’m writing this and my latest box is on it’s way to me and I already cheated and looked at what I’m getting on the website. It looks like another awesome box and I can’t wait to share it with you! 

Read a brief intro on how SF works or keep scrolling to see my September box! 

How Stitch Fix Works – The Short Version! 

If you want a more detailed look at how exactly Stitch Fix works – check out my summer box from 2016

Essentially you pay a $20 styling fee, fill out your style profile, and you get sent a box of 5 items. You only pay for the items you want to keep. If you keep all 5 items, you get 25% off all items (this makes it very worth it in my opinion). If you keep even one item, that $20 styling fee gets applied to that item. I’ve always kept at least one item so I’ve never minded the styling fee. (P.s. I have heard that if your box is just truly horrendous without a single item you even remotely like, you can contact customer service and they will send you a new box for free. So it’s worth contacting customer service if that happens to you). 

The prices range from decent prices for good quality items to much higher than I normally pay. HOWEVER, I have noticed now over the years of slowly purchasing Stitch Fix items, that every single one of those has become treasured pieces in my wardrobe. A week doesn’t go by that I don’t wear at least one Stitch Fix item. I’ve slowly come around to the idea that quality matters. And I know in the coming years, it will be my Stitch Fix items that stand the test of time…simply because I don’t buy quality clothes otherwise. 

I’m coming around to the idea of having a much smaller wardrobe (a time capsule wardrobe if you will) that is filled with the timeless high quality pieces that I truly love to wear! Stitch Fix fits well within that plan! And ultimately becomes affordable as well if I buy a select couple of things a year instead of many cheap items that need replacing much sooner.  

To get $25 OFF your first Stitch Fix box, just sign up through my referral link (and then follow my secret tips below to make the most out of your box)!! 

Kaileigh – Claudia Hacci Knit Dress

I have to say – I LOVE the colors of this dress. It is so fun and different. It’s a bit too short for me to wear just as a dress so I’m gonna get creative with some jeans/leggings combo. Overall though it’s a giant win! (I should also note: I pinned this dress to my board (see my tips below) and I got it! I’ve had great success in getting things I’ve pinned.) Full price $54

Pros: Perfect colors for fall and I LOVE that it’s long sleeve. 
Cons: Kind of an awkward length but I’ll have to just get creative with it. 
Verdict: KEEP

I paired this dress with my new faux leather dusty rose jacket from Sam’s Club!! I love the color of this combo. 

Kaileigh – Valera Faux Wrap Knit Maxi Dress

I was headed to two weddings in early October so I had asked for a dress choice for the wedding. I didn’t end up wearing this to either wedding but it’s very pretty. Full price $68

Pros: I love the colors and the material (you can tell it’s very high quality). 
Cons: I wish it was an actual wrap dress. The wrap part was all for show and as a result, I feel like this dress isn’t the most flattering on my mom of 5 body. I wish it helped suck things in a little more but oh well! 
Verdict: KEEP (I actually think I probably would not have kept this one had I not had SF credit to use. I’m not sure it was worth $68 since it doesn’t sinch me in…but free is a good price!) 😉

LUQ – Amadine Raglan Sleeve Knit Top

This was the biggest surprise of my box! I wasn’t sure I would LOVE this shirt when I first saw the picture and now I’m pretty sure this is my favorite piece from the box. Full Price $38

Pros: My favorite Fall shirt to throw on and go! It’s very soft and comfortable. 
Cons: None really.
Verdict: KEEP

Kaleigh Dress

I had such high hopes for this dress. But alas it did NOT fit well. It was incredibly snug and didn’t fit well so I didn’t get a photo in it. I had predicted this would be my favorite piece of the box. Full Price: Around $50 (can’t remember now)

Pros: I really loved the comfortable material of this dress, the print, and most importantly the sleeves! 
Cons: But the style of this dress was just too snug for me! 
Verdict: SENT BACK

 

Edyson Faux Leather Jacket 

I had seen a brown leather jacker on SF’s Pinterest that I loved. I pinned it and asked in my note for THAT jacket. Instead, she sent me this one. Full Price: I *think* it was $89

Pros: I love the color. The fit was great and it was SUPER comfortable. 
Cons: The style just wasn’t for me. The “flaps” on the front had no zipper or button or anything and while I could pose with it cute for a photo, It didn’t stay that way when walking or anything. It just didn’t quite work for me. 
Verdict: SENT BACK 

Overall: I’ve been very happy with this box even though I didn’t keep all 5 items. I’m the happiest when I LOVE all 5 items (like in August) because then you get a whopping 25% off the entire box. 

How to get the most out of Stitch Fix: 

1) Be really picky about what you honestly want to get

I tried jewelry in my first two boxes and didn’t even remotely like them. So in my style profile, I told them not to send me jewelry anymore. I’ve very very cheap when it comes to purchasing jewelry and don’t need it to be high quality. However, clothing is important to me now to be high quality. 

So I took jewelry off and I shoes. I REALLY want to try getting a pair of shoes in my next shipment but honestly, I’m scared!! I feel like shoe sizes vary SO much and I must be super picky with shoe styles. But maybe if I’m looking for something specific I could ask for them? I’ll have to think about. (Let me know if you’ve done Stitch Fix’s shoes!)

So be picky: Will you never ever wear a dress? Tell them that! Do you HATE the color orange? Let them know! I am all for being adventurous and I think part of the fun of Stitch Fix is that they will send you things you wouldn’t normally pick for yourself. So be open minded, but also be realistic. If you would NEVER pay $38 for this simple bar necklace, then take jewelry off, etc. 

2) Don’t feel pressured to keep things

I kept a few things from my earlier boxes, that I shouldn’t have. I had FOMO: Fear of missing out. And that if I sent the items back, I would regret it. But those couple of items that I didn’t absolutely love, are still sitting in my closet unworn 🙁

Don’t fall into that trap. If you are not 100% completely in love with it: send it back! And the great thing is, you get to actually try on all these clothes WITH your current wardrobe to get a good feel if you will wear it or not! 

3) Pin things FROM Stitch Fix

This is my single BEST piece of advice and I think it’s the KEY to this wonderful box I got. I’ve heard over and over again to create your own “style” board on Pinterest and pin styles you like to it. So I used to search Pinterest for cute outfits and things to wear. 

Now here’s what I HIGHLY recommend. You go find STITCH FIX on Pinterest and go to their latest boards of THEIR clothing. My favorite boards are their stylist picksour latest looks, and your stitch fix outfits. Then pin outfits and items that are already Stitch Fix pieces for the current season. 

You have a pretty good chance of actually getting one of the items you pinned or at least pieces that are similar. From this box alone I received one exact item I pinned and one other item that was the same as one I pinned but in a different print (and actually, the print I got is even better than the one I pinned)! 

This allows your stylist to really pin point the type of Stitch Fix clothes you want! 

You have to do this. Seriously, this will change your relationship with Stitch Fix forever. I don’t know why I took so long to do this. Here’s my style board

4) Leave a note for your stylist (and be specific)!

This is important! Let your stylist know what you are looking for! I specifically asked for some fun and feminine fall finds as well as embroidered jeans. I didn’t actually know if I would get embroidered jeans but I figured I might as well ask. And she sent me the PERFECT ones. In my next box I am going to request a pair or darker jeans (since these are light) and see what she comes up with! 

Don’t be afraid to be specific (i.e. I’m looking for a navy blazer). She may not be able to find it for you…but maybe she will!

Get $25 OFF your first Stitch Fix box!! 

If you are as excited as I am to try out Stitch Fix, then sign up through my referral link and get $25 OFF your first box!!! That way, you can keep at least one item to try it out. Sign up here and get $25 off your first box!!

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