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StitchFix – End of Summer Edition

StitchFix seemed like an interesting model, one that I wasn’t sure I could get behind. For those who don’t know, StitchFix is an online personal shopper.  You complete a style profile online and your personal style guru curates a box of new clothes for you.  The style profile includes not only your sizes and body type (stocky, slim, average, etc), your commute (drive, bike public transit) and even your office’s dress code.  Therefore you can be more selective than with some other subscriptions services.

August was my first box in a few months. Because of the varying levels of success with my previous boxes, I decided to take a break.  I forgot to extend the break and low and behold, a box emblazoned with the subtle StitchFix branding was on my stoop.

StitchFix Box, hiding its secrets.

The box – what could be inside?

In the Box

Being the end of summer, I was excited to see what autumn would bring in this corrugated shopping cart. The box included:

  • Faherty Casual Grey Pants
    • Slightly stretchy, great color and perfect fit.  Keep.
  • Algo Dark Blue Patterned Casual Long Sleeve Shirt
    • Love the color and the subtle pattern.  Sleeves long enough to cover my long monkey arms. Keep.
  • Penguin Black Shoes
    • The style wasn’t what I’d pick out myself, but they were indeed interesting. Meh.
  • Fairlane Black Belt
    • It’s a black belt.  I have been looking for a new casual belt. Keep.
  • Patterned Socks
    • I love fun patterned socks. I liked these socks, but the price was my biggest struggle. Meh

Initial Impressions

I initially was impressed with the box. The shoes seemed not really my style, but that’s part of the charm of this service, you’ll find things that you wouldn’t have picked out yourself, but you may really like. The pants and long sleeved casual shirt were definitely me. The pants were soft, with a little stretch and a perfect fit. And the socks. Ugh. I do dig the socks, but I sure don’t dig the price on the socks, $25?! To me, that’s outrageous.

This month's selection from StitchFix

The interesting mix of end-of-summer clothes.

The Decision

I knew I wanted the pants and the shirt. I liked the casual belt and the socks, but the price on the latter gave me pause. The shoes weren’t really me, but when doing the math, it ended up being cheaper than just getting the exact items I wanted.  Since Stitchfix gives you a nice 25% discount if you buy everything in the box, it ended up being a no brainer.  Plus I had an AmEx Offer which cut another $25 off this purchase. All in, I spent $275.25 for these five items. It isn’t cheap, but I definitely found value in this months selection.

Do you StitchFix? What is your “hit ratio” on the boxes and the content? I’m batting a bit more than 500 and the boxes seem to fit my taste better each time. I think above all, I’m getting some more diversity in my closet than I would without this service.  If you haven’t tried StitchFix yet, give it a try. Full disclosure, using my link, you’ll get a discount and so will I.

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4 Comments

  1. Karlie says:

    Ugh. I just love Stitch Fix. I had to go down to once every 3 months bc I started keeping each box! It’s not cheap, but I love that it’s not normally something I’d pick out for myself. Loved the perspective from the men’s line!

    • Tim says:

      Hey Karlie! I really think that’s probably the best part of the boxes, right? Getting something you really dig, but you know you never would have picked it out yourself.

  2. Leslie says:

    Stitch Fix is so great. I had a dud box one time and they refunded my styling fee. $25 is way too much for socks though

    • Tim says:

      That’s great to hear! I’ve always found SOMETHING to keep, but I’ll keep this in mind if I ever get a dud. Do you still use them from time to time?

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