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If Most Menswear Doesn't Fit You, Stitch Fix Has A Solution

Last updated: 10-13-2017

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If Most Menswear Doesn't Fit You, Stitch Fix Has A Solution

Stitch Fix is your partner in personal style and was created to evolve with your taste, needs, and lifestyle. You are invited to share your size and dress fit online so that your personal stylist can hand-select five items of clothing, and send them to you. Stitch Fix encourages you to try on all the suggested items (you only pay for what you keep). If you do not like an item, simply send it back using the pre-paid postage, and you will not be charged. There is no on-going subscription fee; simply order a new box when the fancy for new clothing takes you.    

Stitch Fix is a men’s online styling service that connects men to a personal stylist. Your stylist will hand-select five items of clothing based on your evolving style and needs. When requesting a box, you will be asked to provide details such as you age, height, weight, body type, and skin tone using a virtual walkthrough to give your stylist a detailed overview of what you might like to wear. Stitch Fix uses some imagery to help you answer their questions, but most answers do not have an image, and this could be problematic if you do not know the numbers.

Once you have completed the questionnaire, which takes about 10 minutes, you can sign up for an account using social media authentication (or create an email and username). The interface is generally sufficient but did feel lagging at times. Once you are logged in, you will be directed to the member areas with your secure payment information. From here, things improve quickly, and you can expect free priority shipping, easy and free FedEx returns, and five items of quality, brand name clothing that suits your personal style to be delivered quickly.

What sets Stitch Fix apart from other subscription boxes is the attention to detail; the items you will receive will suit your tastes and will be in the correct sizing and fit. Items are selected for your exact measurements in mind, so the more accurate the information you provide, the more you can expect to receive. Unlike other subscription boxes, there is no on-going fee to use this service, and you will need to order a new box manually each month, or as needed. This makes Stitch Fix ideal for occasions when you want to dress for an event or occasion.

Stitch Fix shipped their box using priority mail and enclosed a pre-paid FedEx return label so that the transit service both ways is excellent. The fact that my box was sent priority and the return label was provided upfront filled me with confidence that I could send back whatever I didn’t like or decide to keep. Inside the box was a handwritten welcome note explaining why these items were selected for me, which was nice.

I appreciated the thought that went into designing the packaging. Each panel of the Stitch Fix box contained a design with an inspirational message. You can see that Stitch Fix wants to create a pleasant unboxing experience, and has thought about all the details. I also appreciated that my five items of clothing were wrapped in heavy brown paper. This made my box feel more like a gift, and that the opening was more of a special experience than a simple mail order.

Overall, I liked the aesthetic of the box, and how well presented the items were; this isn’t a fancy box by any means, but it is well executed. Bundled inside were my five items. This is more than many competitor boxes offer and made me feel like I was getting the best value. I also noticed right away that the items were from recognizable and well-known brands, such as a Jacks New York dress shirt and a Penguin Classic cotton tee shirt.

The five items were complimentary, and I didn’t receive any duplicate items. In total, I received a dress shirt, a pair of pants, a tee shirt, a soft fleece hoody, and a pair of jeans. I feel like some of the items can be worn together but that they will blend into my existing closet. I also like that the items in my box felt weighty; you get a lot in this box, and the unboxing more than makes up for the average sign up questionnaire experience.

I was excited to try Stitch Fix because I prefer subscription boxes that offer helpful suggestions and lend the experience of a stylist so that I don’t have to make all the decisions. This men’s online styling service promised to do all of this and more and paired me with a stylist who listened to what styles and fits I prefer, and then sent me five versatile items of brand name clothing.

The items were excellent, and exactly something I would want to wear. The fits were correct (I received a slim fit dress shirt, tee shirt, and straight leg pants). It is this attention to detail that will set Stitch Fit apart, as many clothing subscription boxes for men fail to get these details. As such, I decided to keep all five of my items and was happy to see that all the pieces fit well and were of a high quality (no doubt in part due to the premium brand names).   

I loved the items I received so much that Stitch Fix became one of my favorite men’s clothing subscription boxes, and I would happily order from them again, confident in the knowledge that I will likely receive items I want to wear.

Stitch Fix offers “pay-to-play” service, which means that you only pay for what you keep. This is especially useful for clothing, which is largely down to personal taste. I feel like Stitch Fix works hard to choose great items because naturally, they want you to keep them; so, this is a win-win situation for both the company and the consumer. They sell their boxes, and I get great clothes that I enjoy wearing daily.

Regarding value, Stitch Fix has a lot to offer. You get five items total in each box, which is more than many other clothing boxes. You tell your stylist how much you would like to spend on each item of clothing, and they pick out elements that work to your budget. Stitch Fix adds a flat rate $20 styling fee per box if you decide to keep one item or more, which feels fair. If you do not opt to keep anything, you do not pay a dime; shipping is free both ways.

Note: if you decide to keep all five items you unlock 25% off your order total; this appears to be an on-going deal for all men. 

To sign up, go toStitch Fix and select either “Sign Up with Facebook” to launch a social media authentication, or enter your name and email address to start a manual account creation. I signed up for an account using my email, as the Facebook authentication did not seem to work for me.

Once you are inside, you will be prompted to fill in a questionnaire that takes note of your precise measurements and style preferences. You will need to fill this survey in for each box you wish to order to get the most accurate results. Unlike other subscription boxes, you will not be sent a box each month. You can order a box on an as needed basis.

If you do not love your items, simply return them using the pre-paid envelope from FedEx, and you will not be charged for your order. You are welcome to request a new box, even if you send all the items back to Stitch Fix.

To complete the sign-up process, you will be prompted to create an account membership. To manage these settings, just log into the Stitch Fix website using the credentials you chose at login. You will be able to update your credit card information and shipping details in the member’s area after login. As this is not a subscription service, you can only manage your existing order.

If you’re looking for style suggestions from a personalized stylist who will pair you to top shelf designer brand names, Stitch Fix offers a fantastic, no string attached service. Shop with the confidence of knowing that your stylist will pick out five items of clothing specific to your sizing and style requirements. If you don’t love an item, you can send it back free of charge and only pay for what you keep. Stitch Fix is ideal for the guy who wants to try on new brands, within his comfort zone and his pre-determined budget. Plus, your hard-earned money goes a long way in this box!   

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