After hearing the buzz about Stitch Fix, an online personal styling service for women, I knew I had to give it a try. I went to the website and filled out a detailed profile, including my clothing sizes, fashion and color likes and dislikes, a link to one of my Pinterest boards (this is optional), and other information designed to help a stylist who doesn’t know me pick out clothes that I will like.

You choose the date you want your Fix to arrive. Because Stitch Fix is so popular, there was a six week wait before these five items, handpicked for me, arrived wrapped in tissue paper in a box on my front porch.

My First Stitch Fix

Here’s what I received, starting at the top of the collage above:

  • Cayne Geo Print Detailed Split-Neck Blouse by 41Hawthorn: Initially this was my lease-favorite item in the box, although it’s growing on me (not literally) and I get compliments when I wear it. I’d decided to keep the other four items and you get a 25% discount if you purchase all five, so this shirt was basically free. (My husband says I can rationalize anything, but hey, it works for me.)
  • Thomsen Striped Pullover Sweater by Ellison: My 14-year-old daughter grabbed this sweater and tried it on before I could, and then told me I should give it to her for Christmas. It’s both classic and current and just the right weight—not too light and not too heavy—and I like how the stripes switch from blue to black from the body to the sleeves.
  • Gulliver Cotton Gingham Button-Up Shirt by Just a Cheap Shirt:This is one of my favorite pieces, especially since I don’t know if I would have picked it in the store. It made me appreciate the stylist who chose it for me! I like it by itself, with a cami underneath, or with that cute navy cardigan, which is next on this list.
  • Jaclynn 3/4 Sleeve Button-Up Cardigan by Mak:This cardigan didn’t jump out and grab me when I opened the box—it looks so basic—but it’s incredibly flattering and just plain easy. I like easy.
  • Sterling Belted Striped Dress by 41Hawthorn: This dress is so cute! I will probably wear it with a different skinny black belt—most belts that come with dresses aren’t the same quality as the belts you already own—but that’s to be expected. I love the length, high waist, and full skirt, and I think I can wear it year-round.

I held a Stitch Fix fashion show for my family, and in the middle of it my 14-year-old daughter declared, “You haven’t had this much style since 1999 and that’s when you were wearing me!” (Admit it, it was clever.) The ooooohs and aaaaahs gratified this 40-something mother of eight.

Things to Know

Stitch Fix

  • The style profile you fill out is detailed (and fun to do!). You can specify the kinds of items you’d like to receive, or things you specifically don’t want, like jewelry, jackets, or scarves.
  • You pay a $20 styling fee per Fix, but it applies to your order if you place one.
  • Your order comes with a little custom booklet showing different ways to wear the pieces you receive.
  • You can order all five of your items or none at all. The choice is yours.
  • Decide what you want to return (in the enclosed mailer) and what you want to keep within 3 days of receiving your Fix.
  • You can specify a price range: I said the cheaper, the better.
  • Order all 5 items and you’ll get a 25% discount on your order.
  • After receiving your Fix, you can leave feedback online for your stylist about whether each item fits properly and whether you like it.
  • You can schedule a monthly Fix, set them up whenever you like, or never again if you choose.
  • From what I’ve heard, your stylist gets better at picking clothes you like each time you use the service. Mine did well the first time.
  • If you refer people to Stitch Fix using your personal referral link (that’s mine), you’ll get a $25 credit on your account when they place their first order.

I booked a second Fix for March 1. It’s a big month for me and it sounded like a fun time to try Stitch Fix again. I enjoyed the service and I’m happy with my new clothes and honestly, it’s fun to say I have a personal stylist named Lizzie (even if I only say it to myself).

If you decide to try Stitch Fix I’d be tickled pink if you used my referral link.

Have you tried Stitch Fix? If so, did it work for you?

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