As promised in my last post, Part 3 of the series on personal styling services will address Stitch Fix, one of the better known services of this kind.
Although Stitch Fix does not specialize in plus sizes, they do carry a certain range of sizes in the plus spectrum that make them a viable choice for providing a decent selection of items in larger sizes.
Similar to Dia & Co, I gave Stitch Fix three chances to get it right. Unfortunately, despite refining my customer Profile and leaving detailed messages for my stylist, it seemed my very first fix was the best, and quality and appropriateness of items kept deteriorating with each following shipment. I ended up keeping two items from my first fix (I would have kept three if the maxi skirt I received was not too long), one from the second, and none from the third.
Much like other personal styling services, Stitch Fix charges $20 styling fee, which can be applied toward any of the five items in your fix box you'd like to keep. The company also provides free shipping and returns, and you have five days to decide which items to keep and which to return. You can opt to receive your fixes in regular intervals, as often as you want, or you can choose to receive them "on demand," as infrequently as you wish. Before you can request your first fix, you are required to fill out a detailed customer Profile, and based on your responses, you are assigned a personal stylist to work with you. Unfortunately, much like with Dia & Co, this doesn't guarantee that you will have the same stylist style your each subsequent fix, even if you specifically request to keep the same stylist.
As I already mentioned, I decided to keep two items out of my first fix box. Both of them were tops: an embroidered peasant style chambray top (exact match for the style I requested), and a navy, lightweight knit top with dolman sleeves that I normally wouldn't have chosen for myself, but it looked so good with maxi skirts that I decided it was worth keeping. I only kept a blue and white maxi skirt from my second fix, and the third fix seemed to be a complete failure, and all of the items had to go back.
Here is a "blow-by-blow" review of the items in the third fix box.
1. Fidel Button Detail top by Skies Are Blue - $48.00
Although this top was well within my budget and had a peasant blouse shape, it was too big in the bust area, and colors were so dull and the print so unattractive that it looked like something an 80+ year old woman without much sense of style might choose to wear.
2. Jordan Caplet Knit Top by Universals Standard - $78.00
Not only was the styling of this top inappropriate for boho or western style, but it was also very uncomfortable, too tight in the hips and shoulders, and rather overpriced for the quality.
3. Romy Bell Sleeve Top by Spade & Heart - $48.00
This was another poor execution of a nice concept. Bell sleeve styling was what I requested, but the cheap looking crepe fabric with dull olive background and an even duller floral print completely ruined what could have been a good looking piece of clothing. In addition, the top had a horizontal border style print right over the hips, which made my plus sized hips look even more oversized.
4. Suzette Bootcut Jean by Slink - $88.00
If I didn't already have a pair of dark bootcut jeans in my closet, I would have kept these black bootcut jeans. They fit well and looked good. My only complaint about this item is that the fabric was rather thin and wrinkled easily. True, one would want lighter weight jeans for the summer, so maybe this pair would have worked well if I kept them.
5. Ariya Back Tie Cargo Vest by 41Hawthorn - $68.00
This vest was so small that I couldn't even get it on properly. In addition, the fabric wrinkled easily and seemed of poor quality, and the olive color was rather drab. Last but not least, a cargo garment in this specific style would not have fit well with boho or western style.
Have you used services from Stitch Fix? If so, what style of clothing do you prefer, and what was your impression of this personal styling service?
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