Stitch Fix Review: The One Where I Told My Stylist to Surprise Me

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Stitch Fix is a life saver for busy working moms. You create an account, fill out a short style profile, and then for a $20 styling fee, they send you 5 items that they feel will fit your body type and personal style preferences. You can select your price point, and most items are on average $50-$85 per piece. If you decide to keep an item, your $20 styling fee is credited to your purchase. Anything you don’t want is returned in the included postage-paid envelope.

You can request specific items from your stylist and they will do their best to honor them. Normally, I give my stylist a pretty detailed list and she usually delivers on a few of my requests. This time, I felt like I was in a bit of fashion rut, and one of my favorite things about Stitch Fix is that they pick out items I probably wouldn’t pick out for myself. So not only do I get to skip the mall with three kids, but I get to stretch my style out of my comfort zone. So in that regards, I simply told my my stylist to surprise me. After 20 or so fixes, I felt like they would have a good idea of what I like and don’t like based on the items in past fixes that I’ve kept.

So here is my brutally honest review on what happens when you tell your stylist to surprise you….

Tart Capella Collarless Blazer 

Tart Capella Collarless Faux Leather Blazer
I was sent a blazer with lace sleeves in my last Fix, and while I really loved it, I ultimately sent it back because I felt like I didn’t have anything in my current wardrobe to go with it. So it was exciting to see another black blazer with interesting detail in this box. This Papermoon blazer does seem well made, with a black-on-black snakeskin pattern and leather trimmed detail. Oh, and shoulder pads, but those are removable. Unfortunately, this one just didn’t fit right, and for the $98 price point, it needed to be pretty fabulous. The sleeves were a little long, the length a little short and the button a little tight, so back to Stitch Fix HQ it goes.

Status: Returned, this time with no regrets

Edyson Chelsea Corduroy Bootcut Jean

Edyson Chelsea Corduroy Bootcut Jean

Again, I feel like I need to share the blame in this one. Margaret M pants are my absolute favorite, but a few Fixes ago, I told my stylist I wanted to take a break from them. It’s time to lift the ban. She has tried, sending me a sweet pair in my last fix that ultimately didn’t fit, and tried again with these merlot colored corduroys. I pulled them out of the box and knew they weren’t going to work, and they didn’t make it past my knees.

Status: Returned and vowing to make up with Margaret M

DV8 Calina Ankle Bootie

DV8 Calina Ankle Bootie
I love boots and booties of all shapes and sizes – give me a wedge heel, a stacked one, knee high, ankle high, you name it, I’ll wear it. But these were just a no. DV is a brand that I love, and I have a few pairs of their shoes. Unfortunately, there was no redeeming qualities in this specific pair. The color was okay, but the material was a flimsy-feeling suede. And the height was just odd – it hit right around my ankle.  When I put them on, I felt like I was playing dress-up in the adult community theatre version of Peter Pan. I just needed green tights. Also, I have a love/hate relationship with Stitch Fix sending me shoes. I love receiving them in my Fix, but if I don’t like them or they don’t fit, they’re a bitch to return because they won’t fit in my mailbox (and trust me, I’ve tried stuffing them in there). Which means I have to go to the post office, which is about as pleasurable as going to the DMV. I’m debating updating my style profile to say no shoes because that’s how much I hate going to the post office.

Status: Returned

NYTT Jannessa Cross Back Knit Top

NYTT Jannessa Cross Back Knit Top

I had high hopes for this one. Yes, it’s a simple grey striped shirt but look at the cute cross back! Unfortunately, nothing about this worked. I have a long torso, which I’ve mentioned in my feedback and on my style profile, and this shirt was way too short.

Status: Returned

Papermoon Zeller Two Pocket Top

Papermoon Zeller Two Pocket Top
I just tried on something similar that I found on the Target clearance rack, and quite frankly, it was a nicer material and had a price point of $18. This had a crepe-like material that was already in need of ironing and just looked like it would show every spot and stain. It also reminded me slightly of something a security gaurd would wear.

Status: Returned and firmly sticking to my NO IRONING ban

The Final Verdict

I’ve been a Stitch Fix customer for going on three years. I usually end up keeping at least one item, and quite a few times I’ve kept the full box. This is one of the few times where I didn’t keep anything. Nothing felt like it fit quite right and it seemed overpriced for these specific items. I will certainly take a little of the blame for not giving my stylist any direction other than “Surprise Me!”, but I still would’ve hoped for at least one item to be a keeper. I remain a believer in the service and the product, and will try again in January with more specific direction and an updated Pinterest board before deciding if it times to pause, stop or try another service.

Have you ever had a Stitch Fix that was a total disaster?

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