Are you over 40 and want to freshen up your wardrobe? Have you ever tried Stitch Fix?
I first tried Stitch Fix over 3 years ago and I absolutely love it.
They deliver clothes, handpicked by my “personal stylist”, to my door every month (or as often as I choose). What’s not to love about that?
When my friends hear that I love Stitch Fix, I usually get asked the same questions.
- Is it expensive?
- Will the pieces be too young/old for me?
- What if I don’t like what I get.
- How will they know what I like and what to send me?
- What if I don’t want a box every month?
I’m going to try to answer all these questions and more. I want to help you get a great Stitch Fix, especially if you’re over 40.
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Let’s start at the beginning.
Stitch Fix is a clothing subscription service. When you start the process on the Stitch Fix website, you are prompted to fill out a personal profile that will indicate to your Stylist (the person assigned to your account) what types of things you do and don’t like. When your items ship, you will be charged a $20 styling fee. You will receive 5 items. You can buy all, some, or none of the items. You have 3 days to try on and decide. They provide a prepaid envelope for you to mail back any items you choose not to keep. It’s that easy. Really.
Here are the answers to those burning questions:
Cost – When you fill out your profile, you indicate the prices you are willing to pay. The prices are generally a little higher than you would normally pay for the same item in a store. But, it’s important to remember you are paying for a service. You are paying for someone to handpick items and then mail them to you so you can try them on in the comfort of your own home. When you get your items the prices will be broken down for you per piece. They will deduct the $20 styling fee from anything you purchase.
Ways To Cut Down On The Cost – If you decide to purchase all 5 pieces, you receive a 25% discount PLUS they deduct the $20 styling fee. That’s the best option. The next best option is to only buy 3 items. Usually buying 3 items or buying 5 (at 25% off) works out to be about the same price.
If you’re in love with only 4 items, but buying 5 is cheaper, you have a couple of options. First, find a friend that loves clothes too and wants to buy the items you don’t want. The second option is this great Facebook Group. People post their items and sell the ones they don’t want. I’ve done this several times.
Bonus – Every time you refer a friend to Stitch Fix, you receive a $25 credit off your next box when their first box ships.
*Note – When you fill out the profile and have to choose your price point, you may be tempted to choose the cheapest price possible. I don’t recommend doing that. Just like with anything else, you get what you pay for. I usually pick the second price point, which is $50 to $100 per item. I’ve gotten great quality items in that range. Every now and again they send something out of my price range (trying to tempt me). Those items usually go back.
Most items tend to be right in the middle of the price point I select.
Style Too Young or Too Old For Me – When you fill out your profile you will be asked questions like “what do you like to flaunt”? (shoulders, arms, midsection, cleavage, etc.) They really cover all the bases there as far as modesty. They also ask if you want more casual pieces, work attire, night out on the town, etc. I work from home, so I choose mostly “casual”.
They ask how adventurous you want to be with your style. Over time I have learned to pick – “Frequently”. When I chose the “Frequently” option, I found that my pieces get me out of my comfort zone a little, but not too much. You also have a section to write a note to your stylist. My note in my profile says something like this: I’m allergic to antiperspirant and deodorant, so it’s important that my tops are mostly natural fibers. I’m over 40 and don’t want to dress like I’m 20, but I don’t want to dress like my mother either. My skin is very fair so brighter colors look better on the bottom or in jewelry.
Stitch Fix leans a little more toward the conservative side (in my opinion), which is fine. If you like to be really bold, this may not be for the clothing subscription for you. However, if you want to stretch yourself a little, this could be just what you’re looking for.
You’re also giving them your birth date. If you think it might help, you might consider shaving off a few years from your age.
What If I Get Things I Don’t Like? – You have 3 days to try on items and send back what you don’t like. When you check out (after you receive a Fix), you have the opportunity to say what you liked and didn’t like about each piece. Try to be specific. They use all this feedback to pick items for you later. If you like blue, tell them. If you didn’t like the dress because it wasn’t lined, tell them. If you loved the dress because it was perfect for church, they need to know. I love a great purse, but once they sent me a messenger bag. Not my style at all. In my comments, I said “this is not my style. I prefer a tote bag whenever possible.” Since then, I’ve only received purses in that style.
Please keep in mind your stylist doesn’t know you personally and may need a time or two to get your personal style just right.
How Will They Know What To Send Me? – Aside from your personal profile, you also have a few other ways to let your stylist know what you would like to receive. First, in addition to your personal style profile, you can send a note to your stylist for your next fix. My personal profile doesn’t change much unless I gain or lost weight. But, my needs might change.
When I check out from one fix, I have the opportunity to send a note about my next Fix. My notes might say something like, “we are going on a vacation soon and I’d love some easy tops that I can throw on during my trip”. Or, “I’ve been seeing a lot of pictures of (this type of shoe, this jacket, etc.) do you have anything like that?”
The worst thing that can happen is they don’t have what you want, you send it back, and you have to go shopping.
My Best Tip – The best way to get a great Stitch Fix is to create a Pinterest Board just for your stylist. Here’s mine. I search Pinterest all the time for Stitch Fix items. Stitch Fix has a great Pinterest page also. Remember the Facebook Group I told you about? People post their items and you can pin those to your board as well.
Most of the time your stylist will check your Pinterest Board and will put your Fix together based on that. In my note to my stylist, I always reference items that I have pinned to my board.
Here is my Pinterest Board filled with some of the items I’ve received over the last year or more.
What If I Don’t Want A Box Every Month? – You are completely in charge of how often you get a box. I have mine set up for once a month, but I often change that by a week or so. When you check out from one fix, a date will pop up showing you when you’re next fix is scheduled to arrive. You can change the frequency (to one every other month, once a quarter, etc.) or just alter it by a few days if you need it to come earlier or later. Easy.
Truth – I have a terrific stylist right now. She’s been my stylist for over a year. Before her, I had some great Fixes and some not so great. Every time I check out I mention her in my note and say how wonderful she is (I want to make sure I keep her). In the beginning, if I received 3 “ok” Fixes in a row, I asked to try a new stylist. It’s been my experience that the company does all they can to make you happy.
In addition to being able to return the items you don’t like, it’s easy to exchange for a different size if you need to do that.
These are my tips to get a great Stitch Fix if you’re over 40. I hope these help and you have an awesome experience when you try Stitch Fix.
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