Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Why I Broke Up With Stitch Fix

why I broke up with Stitch Fix

Most people are familiar with Stitch Fix the styling service. I have been a customer on and off for the past 2 years getting upwards of 15 boxes. I've blogged several times about my past fixes (here and here). But like any fading relationship there comes a time that enough is enough and you have to call it quits. Last month was it for me. I got a very boring box, didn't keep anything, and couldn't even justify doing a recap post for the blog. I'm not saying I will never try it again but for now as TSwift says, "we are never ever getting back together". 

What made me take the plunge?

The big factor for me was the lack of originality. I was so tired of seeing the same types of pieces from the same brands over and over in every box. I realize that companies like this make their money by including certain brands. That's fine and I get it but could I just not get 3 nearly identical shirt styles (same box mind you)?
  Most people complain about the cost. I don't have a problem with the general cost of the service at $20 box styling fee. I'm even ok with spending a decent amount of money on clothes. But what I do have a problem with is paying upper end prices for relatively no-name brands. I'm a bargain shopper and love a good sale. I can find much nicer quality clothing and brands for much less with minimal effort. 

Along this same line---I like to sell my clothes. After I'm tired of something I generally either put it on Ebay or take it to a consignment shop. I'm not a brand snob at all but these stores only take well known "brand name" clothing--because duh, that's what sells. Most of the items I've gotten through Stitch Fix have been lesser known brands/designers rendering me zero resell luck. 

The last 3 or 4 boxes I received were honestly just underwhelming and not exciting. For me, if I'm paying for a styling service I want some eye catching pieces that I may not pick out for myself otherwise. I gave suggestions in my reviews and even pinned to Pinterest boards only to still get lackluster results. To be fully candid--after my last box and not purchasing anything, Stitch Fix reached out and offered to promote me to a Senior Stylist. But--shouldn't we all be getting superior styling? Not just unsatisfied customers?

I know some people have great success with this program and I'm not here to diminish any of that (I'm jealous, really!). But I've come to the point where it's just not for me. I'm not saying I'll never try it again--but I think it's time for a break. It's not you Stitch Fix, it's me


22 comments:

  1. Ugh I've been frustrated by Stitch Fix too, especially because, like you said, they often offer no-name brands at higher prices than I would normally pay. No thanks.

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  2. Ive never used Stitch Fix but the first two tops do looks almost identical can the 3rd one is the same style. They definitely need to up their game.

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  3. I've never used Stitch Fix, but most blogs I read that do, suggest setting up a Pinterest board, yada, yada, yada, which is what you've done, too. I don't blame you for wanting to ditch the service. You can always use them again in the future.

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  4. I agree with you! I don't mind paying more for clothes, but it's hard when I don't even know if it's a decent brand!

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  5. So funny that you posted this today - I posted a review of my latest (awful) Fix. I've gotten some great pieces from them in the past, but it does get expensive and I definitely hear you on wanting to get good stuff considering the styling fee!

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  6. I love to hear your honesty about it, whle I feel that so many others just rave about them. I have not tried them, but we wear all black to work so it wouldn't be worth the money to me. I have cancelled other subscriptions due to getting the same things time after time (Birchbox).

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  7. I've always thought about using this but was very reluctant. I kind of figured it would be a lot like what you've described here.

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  8. Thanks for your honesty here! I've had my doubts about stitch fix, and I can definitely empathize with the issues that you mention. Much better to be our own stylists and tell ourselves what we need!

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  9. So appreciative for your honest review. I have not and will not try Stitch Fix. It's just not for me. Plus, I've read blog posts from other Bloggers about their different Stitch Fox boxes and a lot of the time it seems that even when they tell their stylist specifically what they want, the stylist fails to include any of those pieces in the stitch fix box. That would get me quite heated. Just yesterday I decided to part ways with Pet Giftbox, the monthly subscription for the dogs. The quality just wasn't there anymore and changes were being made and it wasn't for the better. So I decided to cancel.

    http://dogmomchic.blogspot.com/

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  10. Okay honestly I love posts like this that are very truthful. So thank you!!!! love your blog! You have a new Follower :)
    XO Ellen from Ask Away
    www.askawayblog.com

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  11. I have always been too skeptical about Stitch Fix to sign up. Unless I know how a brand or designer fits me, I would always rather try it on in person. I know it's all returnable, but then I miss out on the fun of shopping. I do wish I has a stylist to pick out my outfits on the daily basis, but not to actually help me shop for them.

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  12. I have been feeling the same way. I've had quite a few boxes where I find nothing and pretty much dislike everything I'm sent, but I've also had really great ones too. It was fun while it lasted!

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  13. I haven't tried it at all because the reviews are so mixed. One box is great the next box is no good and I would much rather go out and spend the money on clothes I know I want and will wear. I'm kind of glad I never tried it

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  14. I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who has been underwhelmed by Stitch Fix, too! I've followed all the "rules", like giving constructive feedback, listing Pinterest boards, etc. and have been disappointed with almost every fix.

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  15. I thought the top two shirts were the same shirt! With the prices you pay I'd rather walk into madewell or Nordstrom and find something truly special. They need to up the brands they work with!

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  16. LOVE THIS! I've never done Stitch Fix for every single reason you mentioned above!!! Nailed it!

    Tif
    www.brightonabudget.com

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  17. YES! THANK YOU!!! i've not jumped on the stitch fix bandwagon but it's good to finally see someone who doesn't just say "this box wasn't great" over and over again but makes an informed decision to step away.

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  18. SO funny to reads this- I just tried Stitch Fix for the first time last month and was so underwhelmed I cancelled immediately and will never re-subscribe. I thought items were cheaply made, boring, had no real style, and were not at all in line with the personality profile I spent time completing. Good to know Im not alone!

    xo,
    Christina, Esq.

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  19. I've heard several others say the same thing. I sometimes worry that subscription boxes offer really great things in the beginning to get people on and then they get into a rut.

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  20. Girl. Get rid of it! I can't believe they sent those three shirts. That had to be suuuuuper frustrating. You can do better styling than that on your own.

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  21. Wasn't done...save that $20 and get yourself a pedicure!

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  22. Very interesting thing and thanks for sharing.
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