A Little Help From Some Friends
For as long as I can remember I have felt like an anomaly at least when it comes to shopping. While I enjoy a new this, that or the other from time to time I don’t like window shopping and I particularly hate trying on clothes.
As I’ve gotten older my dislike for fitting rooms and the whole ordeal of finding the right size has only increased. I seriously have to prepare myself before going on a shopping expedition to alleviate the stress induced delirium that is sure to surface. It’s no small wonder that I prefer the online retail experience to standard shopping in malls or department stores.
Imagine my surprise when I was introduced to Stitch Fix online styling and shopping service for women. So a couple of months ago I go to the Stitch Fix site, complete my style profile, and even set a “Fix” date which I later cancelled due to moving and now I’m just procrastinating. One of my fellow blogger friends, Alicia Searcy, of Spashionista has written a couple of posts on her personal experiences with Stitch Fix and when you have a minute you can read her second post “Stitch Fix: My Second Fix.”
If you love shopping, aren’t crazy about shopping, want to change-up or experiment with your style, don’t have time, don’t have energy, or any other reason Stitch Fix could be the solution. The way it works is you fill out a personal style profile to provide the stylists with information they need to give you selections tailored specifically to you. The stylists will pick out 5 clothing items and accessories based on your style profile then you’ll receive a shipment with the collection.
The questions on the style profile revolve around size, style, shape, budget and lifestyle. Another friend who also recommended Stitch Fix suggested that for women who are totally blind they might want to enlist the aid of someone to help them with the profile. This would be especially helpful when having to answer questions on style since the site displays a number of style related images that you have to identify on a range from love it, like it, don’t really like it or hate it.
For your reference the following 7 styles are identified (I can go more in-depth on these over the next couple of weeks):
- Bohemian Chic
- Casual Chic
Once you have answered all the questions you will be asked to select a delivery date. There is a $20 styling fee which is charged when the stylists select your items. When you receive your package you have 3 days to try the items on and decide what you will keep and/or return. You can check out your order by logging into your account to pay for what you will keep. The $20 styling fee will be applied to your purchase and if you buy all 5 items Stitch Fix will give 25% off the entire purchase.
I think Stitch Fix is a fun alternative to fitting rooms with the added boost of receiving a package in the mail. If you like your collection it’s great and if not, no harm, you just simply return them however you forfeit the styling fee but for the serious clothing-minded extraordinaire this is minor. Feedback from Stitch Fix consumers is very positive and the site continues to grow in popularity.
“Buying something on sale is a very special feeling. In fact, the less I pay for something, the more it is worth to me. I have a dress that I paid so little for that I am afraid to wear it. I could spill something on it, and then how would I replace it for that amount of money?” ~Rita Rudner