How I became a Stichfix convert

I have been listening to friends fawn over Stichfix for about a year now, and I’ve always been a skeptic. Stichfix is a personal stylist service that allows you to fill out a fairly detailed personal profile, that includes the kind of clothes you like and need, your height and weight, lifestyle information, and the items that you  need. Once a month, they send a box that a stylist chooses for you. I’ve watched my friends get really great stuff but I’ve never wanted to try it myself. I’m picky about clothes. Really picky. But also, I never felt like someone else would know how to dress my particular body type. I’ve been so cynical about the Stichfix process that I actually turned down a free box because I didn’t want the pressure of writing about a service I didn’t like.

Well, fast forward a few months and people are still raving about it, so I decided I would order my own box. Why not? I really hate shopping, and maybe out of the whole box there would be one or two things I could keep.

Much to my surprise, my first box was a win in every way. I really liked the clothes. Each item came with a little styling card to show you ways to wear it. This was really helpful for me because I tend to get stuck in a rut.

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I actually love every piece that came in the box. A LOT. It came on a Friday afternoon and I had a party the next day that I really wanted to look nice for. I had an outfit planned and actually hung it back up because I was so excited to wear one of the new outfits. I went with the outfit on the left and I actually got several compliments on my outfit. I can’t remember the last time that happened. Probably because I’m usually wearing a non-descript cardigan with jeans.

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It’s only been two weeks and I’ve already worn each outfit. In fact, the navy striped dress is my new everyday dress. It’s probably the one item from the box that I would have picked at a store. The great thing about Stichfix, though, is that every other item is something I NEVER would have tried on in a store, but ended up loving when someone else picked it for me. I feel like it pushed me out of my comfort zone. The clothes were flattering and fit my body type. And I didn’t have to go to the mall. (Have I mentioned how much I hate going to the mall.)

I kept all of the clothes in my first shipment, but it did come with a self-addressed large envelope to send back anything I didn’t like. The items were pretty reasonable . . . $30- $60 pieces and good quality clothes. For me, it feels like a great way to go “shopping” each month with someone else doing the leg-work of picking out pieces.

I’m really looking forward to my next shipment. In fact, now my only complaint is that I have to wait another month.

Have you tried Stichfix or another mail-order stylist service? How did it work out for you?


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