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If you follow me on Instagram (madisonjanemayberry) then chances are you saw me share the photo above of a new top I recently purchased. The great thing about this top was that it was picked out specifically for me by someone else, it arrived on my doorstep in a box with a bunch of other items that were also selected just for me based on my style and personality and came with a pre-paid return envelope for the items I didn’t want to keep.

Sounds pretty great, right? I had heard about Stitch Fix from a couple different bloggers over the past year, but it wasn’t until last month that I finally bit the bullet and scheduled my first “fix”.For those of you unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, it’s a clothing delivery service that lets you try on items from the comfort of your own home for a small fee of $20 per fix. You don’t have to keep any of the 5 items that are sent to you, but if you do decide to keep one of the items, the $20 you paid for your fix goes toward the item(s) you keep.

Lately, my friend Emily and I have been talking about how bored we are with shopping at the same stores every single time. Don’t get me wrong, I love J. Crew and Banana Republic as much as the next person, but sometimes a girl needs a little variety. Am I right?

Additionally, since we have moved to Minnesota, we’ve been pretty busy. Between work, trips to the gym after work, dinner with friends and home projects, our free time has been a little bit limited. Limited time = much less shopping for me. Initially, the idea of a clothing delivery service seemed fussy and perhaps a little wasteful, but I decided to give it a try at least once to see what I thought.

Turns out, I loved the process! Here’s how it went:
1. I created a profile at stitchfix.com that included my sizes, clothing preferences, style likes and dislikes, what I was looking for more of in my wardrobe, etc. The survey was really detailed (they even said I could send Pinterest boards I had created for inspiration) and I felt it accurately depicted what I was looking for in the clothes I wear. I also told them how much I was looking to spend on a per-item basis.

2. I scheduled my fix. Since I wasn’t sure if I wanted to commit to regular shipments, I scheduled just a single fix to arrive on or before March 25th. Right now I’m looking for more work wear that can also transition into pieces I can wear out to dinner with Joe or friends. Versatility is key!

3. My package arrived on March 23rd. The box contained five pieces and a card with detailed information on the pieces, how much each item cost, and what to do with the items I wanted to keep and/or return. There was also a pre-paid USPS envelope to return my unwanted items.

4. I returned the items I didn’t want in the pre-paid envelope and signed into my profile to let them know what items I kept and what items I returned. I ended up keeping the 3/4 sleeve black top pictured above since it goes well with jeans but also looks great with dress pants and can be tucked into pencil skirts for work. Once I logged in online, I also was able to give feedback on the items they sent to me so that my next fix will be even better tailored to my likes and dislikes.

What I Liked
-The items came from other sources that I would typically look for clothes. It helped me bust out of the J. Crew and Banana rut that I’ve been in lately, and opened my eyes to pieces that I might not normally try.
-It felt so luxurious having a “personal stylist” pick out items for me based on what I like and dislike.
-It was EASY. And this is probably the biggest bonus in my book. The box arrived at my doorstep. I could try on the clothes with other items in my closet when it was convenient for me and I didn’t have to spend time going to the mall, finding a parking spot, trying on clothes in a dressing room wondering if the shirt I was trying on would go well with the pants I had in my closet at home.
-It’s relatively affordable. The top I kept ended up costing me $48, which is pretty on-par with what I would typically pay for a nice blouse for work. I selected the middle range of the price options, but you certainly could select a lower range depending on your budget.

What I Disliked
-Some of the items weren’t very “me” in nature, but they weren’t way off base, either. I think that the feedback I provided online will help make the next fix I get a better fit for what I’m looking for.
-Truth be told, I felt like I wanted to buy at least one item because I knew that the $20 I paid up front was going to be credited back to me if I purchased something. I’m not sure if this is a positive or a negative. I love that I get my money back if I want to keep something, and thankfully I really loved this top and would have kept it anyway. However, if my box didn’t have a single item I wanted to keep, I think I might have been a little bummed.

Want to Sign Up?
If you are thinking about trying Stitch Fix, you can use this link to get signed up. Full disclosure: Stitch Fix did not sponsor this post in any way, but if you do decide to sign up and use the link I provided, I will get a credit toward my next fix. This isn’t exclusive, but is true for anyone who uses the service, you included!

Have you tried Stitch Fix? Or have you considered it? I would love to hear what you think!

Madison

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  • Joanna

    I use Stitchfix. Started about 5 months ago and LOVE it! I’ve bought something from every fix so far, although I do feel the same way (that since I already spent $20, I might as well get something). I don’t love shopping, so this has been a good way to get new clothes without thinking too much about it.

  • Laura Wifler

    Thanks for posting this – since being pregnant, I’ve pretty much only shopped online since maternity-wear is pretty tough to find in-store. It’s been great to have a fast from the mall and to be honest, I don’t miss it a bit! I’d love to try out Stitch Fix for postpartum wear as a way to find new pieces and not need to worry about paying for return shipping or going in-store. Thanks for the post!

    • http://livefaithfully.blogspot.com/ Urban Wife

      I so agree with you! I’ve bought most of my maternity clothing online at Old Navy. I did manage to find a baby consignment shop that had a ton of maternity wear if you’re into that sort of shopping. It’s like Goodwill but better and still at the similar price point.

  • Lindsay

    Hi! I have been using Stitch Fix, as well. I loved my first fix, but everything was a bit too expensive (closer to $60 per item, with one top being $88) so I lowered all my price ranges to the lowest one. My next fix was closer in price to where I wanted to be, but a few items were way off base style wise. I have kept at least one item from each fix that I LOVED so it has been totally worth it! Plus two friends have tried it, so I now have $50 in credit so I scheduled another one for the end of the month. What I love best is the surprise, and the fun of it!

    • Lindsay

      I should mention that like Joanna, I really hate shopping in stores, so this has been a great way to get new clothes and to mix up my style.

  • http://livefaithfully.blogspot.com/ Urban Wife

    Love that top! I’ve definitely considered signing up for Stitch Fix once I’m not pregnant anymore. I’m glad you mentioned about the different price points for items, since I was worried it would be way too much for my (super frugal) way of buying clothing. :)

  • Stephie

    Ugh….I’m wait listed!

  • http://twitter.com/lesseriouslife Sara

    i’m so curioius about stitch fix it is such a great idea!

  • Beth

    I have had 2 fixes now. The first was not “me”. I gave very detailed feedback about each item and my second fix was spot on. I love it! My next fix is scheduled next week. My advice to anyone interested is to give it at least 2 tries and provide a lot of feedback so your stylist can figure out your style. I love your top. Maybe I will get that in my fix.

  • Helen

    I should get my second fix tomorrow! I too only kept one top from the first, but I am excited to see the second after giving them more details of my personal style!!