I started my new job this week, and so my go-to uniform of jeans and leggings aren’t going to cut it. Currently I’m relying on items from my old work wardrobe and my hospital placements last in 2018. However, I am looking to update and upgrade some of it, making sure I look professional and put together, but am comfortable when on the wards, sitting in clinics and presenting to groups of patients. A number of you suggested Stitch Fix on this instagram post where I asked for suggestions on where to shop for key pieces, and so I thought I’d share my experience over the last few months.
I have literally been waiting for Stitch Fix to make it over to the UK, having seen many of the bloggers I used to follow (back in the day before IG took over EVERYTHING and the blog was still king) work with Stitch Fix and then continue using the service after their sponsored posts were complete. And it wasn’t just the running-turned-mummy bloggers using it, I’d always liked the ‘fixes’ that Nicole from Pumps & Iron got. So I signed right up…
What is Stitch Fix?
Stitch Fix is an affordable personal styling service, for a £10 fee (redeemable against anything you keep), you are sent a box of clothes (5 items) to try on, keep or return. You fill in an online profile to help your stylist understand your personal style, you can leave comments, give example looks a thumbs up/thumbs down and generally give a feel for what you’re looking for.
There’s no obligation to keep anything, and you get 20% off if you keep the whole box, plus my favourite part, is there is no subscription required. You can try it once, monthly, quarterly or as often/little as you want.
This link gets you £15 off your first ‘fix’ if you want to give it a try! (full disclosure, it also gives me a £15 credit for my next fix)
They carry women’s sizes 6-18 and men’s XS- 3XL, and carries brands you’ve heard of and some you probably haven’t. I’ve had Mango, Warehouse, plus a number of labels I didn’t recognise so it’s nice to get out of a rut!
I was a little disappointed with my first box but apparently Stitch Fix gets better the longer you use it as the stylist gets to know your style and size. So I’ve stuck with it for 6 months and had limited success… up until this last box, I have at least kept something including a couple of tops and a pair of jeans. I never knew Mango did such awesome jeans, I wear the pair from my second ‘fix’ all the time, and we all know a good pair of jeans is priceless.
My Mum has also been trailing Stitch Fix but with better success – I’m not sure if she is more specific with her requests but I do know her budget per box is higher than mine . Also we were both sent the stripey t-shirt below, I sent mine back but I think it looks cute on my Mum.
So, things I do worry about with Stitch Fix is that they send you end of season stuff, or perhaps items that have been discounted already (making their mark up I would imagine!). I received cropped tanks in September…
This latest ‘fix’ I asked for work appropriate gear and that is what I received, however I felt like it wasn’t my style and it all felt cheap (despite being pretty pricey for what they were!) Now I know snakeskin is ‘in’ but I would never wear this dress, it looks and feels tacky in my opinion. Also the buttons pulled across my chest, which is rather unprofessional feeling like you might pop out at any moment!
The only item I considered keeping were these burgandy trousers, however they were a little too tight for the slouchy look and I don’t know what shoes I would wear with them aside from trainers, which I obviously can’t wear for work!
Other items included a sheer black top, cream shirt and spotty dress, none of which I thought were very flattering, and again just felt cheap. I would prefer to have a couple of good quality, well fitting items that I can wear on rotation so all of these were returned. I’ve increased the budget for my next ‘fix’, asked for more skirts and dresses, and asked to go back to my original stylist.
As I mentioned I’ve only ever kept one piece from each fix, all of which have been under £40, which is the second cheapest price point on the website. You can opt for up to £200+ per piece, or as little as £25-35.
Have you ever tried working with a stylist – either online or in person? Ever used Stitch Fix (here is the code again that gives you £15 off if you want to give it a try!)