THIRD TIME‘S A CHARM
Alas, my third Stitch Fix box finally arrived! I previously said I was still on the fence about the personal-styling mail service…
Well, I think I’ve made up my mind: It’s worth it, but only if you get really clear with yourself (and your stylist) about what you want. And what you’re willing to pay for it.
Here, let me explain.
In a previous blog post, Is Stitch Fix Really Worth It?, I recommend choosing the “The Cheaper, The Better” option for all items. I think I’m going to be real and inconsistent on this issue and change my mind. Such is life!
I finally realized that I don’t hate shopping enough to want my Stitch Fix stylist to take on the task of purchasing the casual, everyday tank tops and sweaters I can so easily find at stores like Target, Ross, or TJ Maxx. (I am on a budget, after all.)
Since I’m a career woman, though, and a singer, and a girl who likes to look polished at certain events… I realized that I need to designate this styling service to the fancy things. I need to focus on higher-quality materials and items that I’d be more open to spending $70+ on.
Let me demonstrate this with the 5 items I received this time around.
CANNI GATHERED-BACK KNIT TANK
This tank top is that cheap cottony material that many Target-and-Ross-esque, $10 tank tops are made of. And yet it was $38 through Stitch Fix. It also wasn’t unique enough to warrant the extra dough.
Paying that much for this mediocre quality is simply not worth it, in my opinion—even if you abhor shopping in stores. Needless to say, I’ll be returning it.
ATHENA CROCHET-SLEEVE BLOUSE
Now this is the type of blouse that’s worth the extra money, at $54.The material is thick and high-quality. The crocheted sleeves add unique and feminine detail (hitting the nail on the head when it comes to my style).
The only issue I had with it was that it was too big (around the ribcage, which means I legitimately needed a size down). My stylist told me to contact her for alternate sizes, but in this case, I wanted convenience over cuteness and just decided to send it back. Had it been a better fit, I’d paid the full price, without a doubt.
ZAYDA MIXED-MATERIAL SWEATER
Here we go again with the thin, cheap, I-could’ve-gotten-this-at-Target item. And to add insult to injury, when I pulled it out of my Stitch Fix box, I think I literally grimaced. It looked a potato sack and five sizes too big.
Lo and behold, when I tried it on, I really took a liking to it! It was comfy and effortlessly casual-and-feminine. But it just wasn’t worth the moolah, at $58. I could get something comparable at Walmart, even, for probably $15.
ZOLA ASYMMETRICAL STRIPED DRESS
Yeahhhh, I was NOT a fan of this piece. First of all, it was the thinnest of materials—just so, so cheap and akin to another striped dress I got from Ross for $10 (no joke! I’ve worn it on multiple auditions).
I also didn’t like the neckline, the thickness of the stripes (quite unflattering), and the asymmetry. Just, no. And it was $58! What a waste of a Stitch Fix item.
WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER!
(drum roll please!)
ELLE FAUX-SUEDE FLORAL PENCIL SKIRT
Gah! I am in love with this pencil skirt. I could marry it, I think. It is soft, just the right amount of stretchy, and fits like a glove. The bold print is something I’d never try on if it hadn’t come straight to my door. And it was $64. With my previous $50 Stitch Fix referral credit, I paid $14 (plus tax) for it! Huzzah!
MY CHECKOUT TOTAL
THE STYLIST’S LETTER
Here’s the sweet letter Leah wrote to me. I still am very impressed by her choices:
Many of my friends have said they received multiple stylists… but somehow I’ve kept Leah for three Stitch Fix dates now. She picks clothing that is a dead ringer for my Pinterest picks. Now I’ve just got to give her the go-ahead to move on up to the more expensive and higher-quality jewels. I have a feeling it will be incredibly worth it. (Stay tuned!)
Oh and hey, if you’re going to take the plunge and try it out yourself, use my referral code, pretty please! 🙂
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS ADVICE?
AND OF THAT PENCIL SKIRT? 😉