My Completely Honest Experience With Stitch Fix

My Completely Honest With Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix is an online clothing shop designed to provide personal styling services for women at an affordable cost. It was specifically created for women who need to wear nicer clothes for events/work but who don’t want to spend hours and hours combing through clothing stores to put together outfits.

How Stitch Fix works:

1. Sign up for a Stitch Fix account.

2. Fill out your style profile. You’ll give very specific details on sizes you wear, styles you like, colors you like, types of clothes you like, and what types of clothing you are specifically looking for (more casual, all business, a mix of both, etc.) You can be very detailed in your descriptions and even share a Pinterest board with them to give Stitch Fix some ideas of your tastes in clothing.

3. Go to checkout and pay a $20 styling fee (this is reimbursed if you choose to keep any of the clothes).

4. One of the Stitch Fix stylists will take your style profile, sizes, and preferences and put together a box of clothing based upon what they think you’ll like and what they think will work well for you.

5. They’ll send you this box in the mail. You’ll have a few days to go through the box, try on the clothes, and then choose to keep any that you liked and ship back any that didn’t work (they provide a postage-paid envelope for you to use).

My Completely Honest Review of Stitch Fix

Back when Stitch Fix first launched, a few of my friends signed up for it and loved it. Based upon their recommendation and my husband’s encouragement, I tried it out. That was around a year ago and I wasn’t thrilled with what I got in my box.

In fact, I sent half of it back, and I wish I wouldn’t have kept two of the items I did because as much as I thought I could convince myself to love them, I just couldn’t.

I did get a pair of earrings in the box that I love and have worn countless times since then. So that was the one redeeming part of my first Stitch Fix experience.

I decided that Stitch Fix just wasn’t for me and was happy to leave it at that. However, a few months ago, a friend here invited me to go with her to a Stitch Fix Influencer’s Dinner here in Nashville. I decided to go — mostly because I was honored to be asked and I was hopeful that I’d meet some other local bloggers at the event.

While at the Stitch Fix event, I had a long talk with the Stitch Fix folks. I was quite cynical about things and they patiently answered all my questions. They encouraged me to give Stitch Fix another try. They gave me some pointers on how to get a box that’s according to your style (they encouraged me to be really, really specific in what I asked for and also encouraged me to set up a Pinterest board with wardrobe ideas).

And then, they gave me a $20 Stitch Fix credit coupon so I could try the service without having to pay the $20 stylist fee. I debated whether or not I was brave enough to try again. I finally decided that it was worth a shot since it was so risk-free. Even if I sent everything back, I’d not be out anything out of pocket.

So I really put some time and effort into making sure my profile had very specific directives on it and I set up a Pinterest board with some outfit ideas. I was so excited to get my box in the mail. Here’s what it had inside of it:

My Completely Honest Review of Stitch Fix

This jacket was not my style at all — too clunky and masculine. It also said it was a small, but it was every bit of two sizes too big for me. Verdict: Sent back.

Completely Honest Review of Stitch Fix

I loved the color of this dress and it fit me well, too, but I didn’t love the material. It seems like it would wrinkle really easily (it came pretty wrinkly) and not travel well — something that’s important to me for all dressier/business clothes I own. Verdict: Sent back.

Completely Honest Review of Stitch Fix

This blouse was WAY too big for me. I liked the colors, the style was okay, but it was huge on me. Again, this was small, but it fit like a large on me. Verdict: sent back.

Completely Honest Review of Stitch Fix

I was really hoping to love these pants. They looked so cute in the box and I really need another pair of jeans that can be dressed up or dressed down. They seemed a tad big on me, a little long, and just overall the fit wasn’t my thing.

They weren’t petite, so in order to get them to fit right in the length and hips, I basically had to pull them up past my belly button. And um, I do not wear pants that must be pulled up high. Verdict: sent back. Ahem.

Completely Honest Review of Stitch Fix

This was my favorite thing from the fix. I almost kept it, but I didn’t LOVE it and wasn’t sure I would wear it because of the color. Also, the price tag was really steep for what would amount to glorified t-shirt to me. Verdict: sent back.

Here are my overall thoughts on my Stitch Fix experience:

PROS

  • I honestly had a lot of fun filling out my style profile. It really helped me to think through what I love and what I don’t love. Since I’m not a fashionista, this isn’t something I’ve spent much time considering. So I thought that was a very valuable exercise.
  • I also loved the anticipation of getting a box in the mail that you didn’t know what would be in it. It’s fairly rare that I get to open and go through a mystery box, so looking forward to the box made the experience more fun!
  • Since I don’t enjoy shopping, it was really fun to get a box of clothes in the mail — SO much easier than going shopping! Plus, I loved being able to try them on my own bathroom and try them on with items already in my closet to help me decide whether I should keep or send each item back.
  • I love the styling cards they gave you with each of the items to give you ideas of how to accessories a piece/what to wear it with. These are great especially for someone like me who has no idea how to put outfits together.
  • I also found it great to be challenged to try new things. I would never have picked almost any of these items off of a rack at the store, so it was great to have the opportunity to try on new and different styles. It helped me further define my style.

CONS

  • To be really honest, I was very disappointed that whoever styled my box didn’t seem to “get” my style at all. I’ve heard that this improves over time as you get to give very specific feedback on each piece they send you.
  • I was also disappointed because I had been very detailed in exactly what I was looking for. While the stylist acknowledged this and gave me an explanation on the card as to why she couldn’t send what I was looking for (I specifically requested a blazer and she said they didn’t have any in at the time.), I felt like the clothes they sent did not hardly at all fit in line with the style profile I filled out.
  • I was  glad I hadn’t spent $20 for the styling fee as I think I would have felt more obligated to keep something. Not paying that fee freed me up from feeling any sort of obligation, but that is something to definitely keep in mind if you try this service.
  • Also, the prices at Stitch Fix are going to be much more than you’re going to find at the thrift store or on the sales rack. This service is designed specifically for women aren’t on a extremely tight budget who want to dress fashionably without spending a lot of time shopping. For busy working women, it could be a lifesaver. However, I think you need to be somewhat adventurous for it to work well for you.

Believe it not, I am actually going to try Stitch Fix again… but only because I have a little bit of referral credit I earned from a few people signing up with my referral link when I shared this post. And I want to see if they do, indeed, improve in learning your tastes if you do more than one Stitch Fix shipment and give them really good feedback on what what they sent did or didn’t work.

When I sent the above items back to Stitch Fix, I was super, super forthright in my critique of the items they sent to me in hopes that my critique will help them do a better job of nailing my style in my next box. We’ll see!

Have you tried Stitch Fix before? If so, I’d love to hear what you thought of it.

P.S. If you click through any of the links in this post and end up deciding to try out Stitch Fix now that I’ve done a pretty good job of trying to let you know of all the risks and things to consider before doing so (!), know that if you sign up and order a fix, I’ll receive a $25 credit. If you don’t feel comfortable with that, please feel free to sign up directly on StitchFix.com. I figured that if anyone was brave enough to try it out after reading this post, I might as well include my referral link… and then if a few people end up signing up, I’ll donate the credit to someone who could use it more than me or give it away as a blog giveaway. Just wanted you to know in case you were wondering. :)

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3 Reasons to Declutter Before the Holidays

Guest Post by Kimberlee from The Peaceful Mom

The holiday season is just around the corner. Here are three reasons why you should declutter now in order to have a happier Thanksgiving and Christmas:

1. Clutter Keeps You From Being Productive

Keeping disorganized piles of stuff lying around your home is a mental and emotional drain. Seeing those piles reminds you of things you need to do, but drains your energy and motivation to do them. Clutter makes it difficult to focus and makes it difficult to find the items you need to complete tasks.

Perhaps you want to make some DIY gifts this Christmas season. When your house is cluttered you may start a project only to find that you are missing an item. While looking for the item, you may get distracted by the piles of other stuff. Rather than finish your original project, you spend the rest of the afternoon dealing with those piles. So much for the handmade gifts!

2. Clutter Costs Money

Clutter not only prevents you from being productive, it also costs you money. When you are constantly distracted and wearied by the disorganized chaos in your home, you don’t have the energy to cook, plan or do other time and money saving activities. You may also spend extra money on gas and purchases because you “lose” items in your home or you forget that you have them.

When the clutter really begins to pile up, you may choose to spend time away from home to avoid it. Being “busy” away from home costs money: eating out because you’re too busy to cook, buying unnecessary items because you’re in the stores too often, and gas money driving to all the places you go to avoid being at home.

3. Clutter Keeps You Stuck Emotionally

Many times we hold on to stuff rather than dealing with our true feelings of fear or loss. We fear that we won’t have enough in the future or we fear that we will need the item we are holding onto, but we won’t be able to replace it.

The truth is that most items can easily be replaced for very little money. Is it worth the emotional drain of keeping the item rather than risking the money you may have to pay later if you actually need it? The freedom gained by dealing directly with fear and grief is far superior to the bondage of trying to keep those feelings buried.

If you assess your situation and realize that you need to get rid of some things, don’t be overwhelmed. Instead:

::Grab a box for give-away items, a trashcan for throw-away items and set a timer for ten minutes. Clean one area until the timer goes off.

::If you declutter one area a day for only ten minutes, you’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish in the next few weeks. The clean spaces in your home will fuel your motivation to continue and before you know it, you’ll have a clean house ready for the holidays!

Kimberlee is the creative (and sometimes cluttered) mind behind ThePeacefulMom.com where you can find more great organizing, money-saving and stress-free holiday ideas!

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Income-Earning Opportunity: Write or Shoot Videos for Money Talks Network

Money Talks Network is looking for bloggers, freelance writers, and videographers to contribute short articles for their site. You must have a blog or past writing experience (having a guest post published on MoneySavingMom.com would likely count) for them to consider you. They sound fairly particular in what they are looking for, but they pay pretty well:

Contributors are paid on publication for articles that fulfill the assignment and meet our high standards. Our payment plan starts at $50 per 300-700 word article with bonuses for length and difficulty. Knowledge of WordPress a plus. Payment for video starts at $200 per 90-second story.

Find more details here.

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Books Read in March: Becoming a Person of Influence, The Possibilities of Prayer, ReWork, By the Shores of Silver Lake


I feel like so many of the books I’ve been reading recently I’ve dubbed “excellent”. It’s becoming a bit redundant or overused, but seriously, Becoming a Person of Influence is yet another superb book.

I was inspired to listen more, encourage others more and go out of my way to build up and believe in other people. While I love to motivate people, I sometimes can become so focused on my projects and to-do list that I don’t make people as much of a priority as I should in my life.

This book challenged me in many ways. The biggest? If I want to make a difference in others’ lives, I have to take the time to invest in their lives.

I look back at some of the people who’ve had the greatest influence on me and I know it was because they weren’t too busy to listen, to help, to encourage and to take time for me. I want to be that kind of person for others, as well. This book truly inspired me to do so and gave me ideas for how to practically implement this.

Also read in March:

The Possibilities of Prayer — I’ve read a few of E.M. Bounds’ books before and have always been blessed by them. While this wasn’t my very favorite book of his and I disagreed with some of the theology, it was full of encouragement regarding the necessity and blessings of prayer.

ReWork — Hands down, this is one of the best business books I’ve ever read. In fact, if you know me well in real-life, you’ve probably heard me blabber on about it the past few weeks since I loved it so much. I read it in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down.

The premise? Break all the rules of the “experts”. Think way outside the box. Be a teacher: if a business idea works well for you, share your secrets and people will respect you more. Stop worrying about your competition and start being a trend-setter. Keep your company small for as long as you possibly can. Don’t grow until it hurts.

(Note: There is a quite a bit of language in the book and I was disappointed because it somewhat hampered my excitement about the book. And I know some disagree with me, but I always find four letter words in books bothersome because I feel like they are unnecessary and crude.)

By the Shores of Silver Lake — The children and I loved reading this together. We’re almost sad that we’re nearing the end of the Little House series because we’ve enjoyed reading it together so much!

24 Books I Plan to Read in 2011

Business and Financial Books I Plan to Read and Review This Year:

January — 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think
February — Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living
March — Becoming a Person of Influence

April — Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
May — Life on the Wire: Avoid Burnout and Succeed in Work and Life
June — Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents
July — Have a New You by Friday: How to Accept Yourself, Boost Your Confidence & Change Your Life in 5 Days
August — Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t
September — America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money
October — Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
November — Shift Your Habit: Easy Ways to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Save the Planet
December – Personal Investing: The Missing Manual

Other Books I Plan to Read This Year:
January — Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Contentment
February — Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time
March — The Possibilities of Prayer

April — The Blessing of Boundaries
May — Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
June — Honey for a Child’s Heart
July — One With Christ
August — A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning
September — Womanly Dominion: More Than A Gentle and Quiet Spirit
October — The Rose Conspiracy
November — Disciplines of a Godly Woman
December –Benjamin Rush: Signer of the Declaration of Independence

What books have you read recently? Any you’d highly recommend?

(Note: The Amazon.com links in this post are affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here.)

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48-Hour Giveaway: Ditch the Joneses, Discover Your Family (5 Winners)

Ditch the Joneses is a book packed with ideas and encouragement for families who want to thrive on one income. If you’re a working mom who is considering staying at home and looking for suggestions on how to make that work, I believe this book will give you a great deal of inspiration and practical ideas for making that happen.

The author, Cathi Breese Doebler, makes a strong case for moms staying home in this book, which I generally agree with and wholeheartedly support. But I think that much of the author’s premise is based upon the assumption that most women who work are doing so to “keep up with the Joneses”. This is the case in many situations, however, I believe there are many women who sincerely have to work for one reason or another and they aren’t working to support a lavish lifestyle; they are working to put food on the table and a shelter over their heads.

That said, for all I know, the author was in no way having a critical spirit toward working moms, I just felt it could be interpreted like that, so it bothered me. But despite the statements which bothered me, there were many suggestions and resources mentioned in Ditch the Joneses which would be very helpful to any family out there who is currently trying to get one parent home part-time or full-time or hoping they can continue to stay home in a tight economy.

To enter to win a copy of Ditch the Joneses, click on the graphic below and type in your name and email address. Five winners will be chosen and posted on Monday. This giveaway ends Sunday, March 6, at 11:50 p.m. CST.

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48-Hour Giveaway: Shenzhen Knives (4 winners)

This review was written by Amy M, MoneySavingMom.com Marketing Assistant, and blogger at AmysFinerThings.com.

Until I received some Shenzhen Knives to review on my own blog a few months ago, I had never even heard of them.  The idea of ceramic knives sounded a bit impractical and fragile to me, but I soon found out I had simply been living under a rock.  Again. I found the knives sharp (and wore a bandage on my thumb to prove it), comfortable to hold, and easy to use.

While you will still need to use your steel knife for every-day, heavy duty cutting, Shenzhen Ceramic Knives are perfect for slicing fruits and vegetables, and other precision cutting tasks.

The Ceramic Advantage
• Stay sharper longer – Ceramic is harder than steel, and will hold its edge longer than a steel blade.
• Will not rust and is easy to clean – Ceramic is resistant to acids, germs and oils.
• Will not affect the taste of or brown food.
• Lightweight – easy and comfortable to use for precision slicing

Right now, when you purchase a 6″ Chef’s Knife, you receive a free ceramic peeler with coupon code FREEPEEL3.

Four Money Saving Mom readers will receive a two-piece knife set and ceramic peeler from Shenzhen Knives. To enter to win, just click on the graphic below and type in your name and email address. Giveaway ends Saturday, February 19, at 11:59 p.m. CST.

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“Shenzhen Knives Fruit & Vegetable Series: 2 piece Ceramic Knife Set with Ceramic Peeler giveaway sponsored by ceramic knives online retailer, Shenzhen Knives

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