Stitch Fix's Personal Styling Service Helped Get Me Out of a Fashion Rut
It’s the easiest way to get new clothes without online shopping.
For those transitional periods when seasons bleed into one another, coming up with new outfit ideas is a challenge. While I tend to rely on my all-black garb as winter turns into spring, I’ve been bored with my outfits this time around, but I didn’t want to spend time shopping for new pieces to integrate into my wardrobe. That’s why I decided to look into a styling service that takes all the guesswork out of styling and shopping, then delivers fresh clothing picks straight to my door each month. And while there are many different clothing subscription plans to choose from, I went with one of the original online styling services that launched in 2011: Stitch Fix.
Setting up an account involves taking the Stitch Fix Style Quiz that boils down exactly what you like and don’t like in clothing. You first rate a few outfits to define your taste before receiving questions about what type clothes you are shopping for (work, casual, event, or cocktail), what types of jeans you prefer (skinny, straight, bootcut, or wide), jewelry preferences, any patterns/fits/fabrics you want to avoid, and more. In addition to providing sizes, you’ll also be asked how you like tops and bottoms to fit—make sure to be specific about this, because the more accurate options you select, the better your stylist will match your size.
After all this information is collected, your Stitch Fix stylist then chooses five pieces to send to you as often as each month (that’s a “Fix”). Once you receive everything, you have three days to decide what you want to buy and what to send back. Each Fix has a $20 styling fee, which you can put toward any purchases from that shipment. There’s no subscription required—just choose how often you would like a delivery.
And thanks to a new feature that Stitch Fix introduced this year called Shop Your Looks, you can now buy individual items directly from the company’s site—that is, outside of a scheduled Fix. After you’ve purchased at least one item from a Fix shipment, you can search for and shop personalized recommendations to complement what you’ve already purchased. (This is just in case you don’t totally want to give up shopping.)
I haven’t bought everything from each of my monthly Fixes, but I have kept items that I normally wouldn’t think to buy myself, like a snake-print wrap dress that I can style with clothes and accessories I already have. Plus, my stylist has accommodated my feedback each month, noting both styles and fits that I don’t like and pieces that I love.
If you’re waking up each morning and dreading picking out another outfit, I suggest trying out Stitch Fix at least for one month—you never know what you’ll end up liking!
To buy: $20 personal styling fee; stitchfix.com.