[Review] Stitch Fix and ThredUp

Spring is maybe in the air! What an exciting time! After applying the SPARK JOY clothing method to my winter wardrobe, I decided to get a little creative for spring and take some risks. I’m excited to add some new cut and color to my closet this season and to do so I tried out two new to me websites.

Sometimes I can get excited about really silly things.

Looking to expand your style horizons? Give Stitch Fix a try! Want the thrill of thrifting without leaving your couch? ThredUp might be perfect for you. Read below to get the scoop on Stitch Fix and ThredUp! If you end up giving either a go, I would love to know what you think!


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An invitation to join Stitch Fix had been sitting in my email for quite some time. A friend of mine posted her Stitch Fix (and excitement) on Facebook and everyone chimed in with how great the pieces were and how much they also love their Stitch Fixes. Remembering that I am having a hard time dressing myself and with spring FINALLY on the way, I decided to give up shopping control completely to someone else.

Here’s how it works: You fill out a style profile answering questions about preferences, sizes, parts of your body you want attention drawn to and others you don’t. They ask you what colors you love to wear and ones you hate. They show you a few different collections and you rate how much you love them. I loved the bright collection, but hated the glittery club outfit set. Jewelry and scarves are also options for your fix, but you can opt out of them like I did. I loved the option to include links to social media (including pinterest) and writing a blurb about your life and what kinds of clothes you might be looking for. Need something for a wedding? Looking to replace your favorite worn out jeans?

Then you choose how frequently you want your fix. Monthly, every other month, etc. It costs $20/mo to receive five personally picked pieces. Should you decide to keep anything, that $20 is applied to your purchase. Like all five items? You receive 25% off everything. What you don’t like, you send back. I often pass by prints and other complicated pieces because I have no idea what to pair them with other than plain shirts or pants. The challenge here is to think outside of my comfort zone but keep only the pieces that I can style with things I already have on hand.

I had planned on snapping photos of myself in a complete outfit, but mirror selfies are awkward and unflattering in every way. One of the perks of Stitch Fix is that they send you a card with pictures of what they sent you and ways you can dress them up or down. This is so helpful to someone like me who feels the need to be matchy matchy all the time/doesn’t know how to dress themselves anymore.

And, now, the best part. WHAT’S IN THE BOX!?

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Emer High Waisted Cropped Trouser
Okay, so I practically live in black pants for work so, in addition to owning three pairs already, this is a look I am trying to get away from. Especially since I’ve been wearing black for what feels like the last six years due to this winter. Surprisingly, they fit better than most pants I own and had they been cheaper and in a different color, I would’ve definitely kept them.
VERDICT: Returned

Augustina Lace Back Open Cardigan
In my previous “I can’t dress myself” post, I mentioned how much I loathe cardigans now because they make me feel frumpy. Well, I was wrong. I fell in love with this bright kelly green piece. The lace in the back and the tiny pocket details made it feel feminine. It just didn’t fit. 
VERDICT: Returned 😦 😦 😦 

Marina Polka Dot Belted Dress
I love wearing dresses because it’s easy and it makes you look like you’ve put in a ton of effort. Plus, I have leg tattoos so I should wear dresses before they’re all distorted and discolored. Anyway, this dress fit like a dream. It was tight where I wanted it to be and flowed to mask what I wanted it to. I’m obsessed with polka dots and tiny belts these days, so this is perfect. The stylist suggested I wear this to a wedding or when I want to get fancy. I wear this kind of stuff on the reg. 
VERDICT: Kept!!!

Miandra Embroidered Top
Another bright piece! This shade of royal blue has been a favorite of mine and I hope it never goes out of style. Honestly, if I saw this on the rack I would’ve passed by it without a second thought. This is a lovely summer top that fits the way I want all my tops to fit. Tight on top, loose on the bottom. There’s a beautiful lace design on the bottom, but what really sold me on it was the fact that the arm pit holes are perfect sized!! I usually have to wear a black tank under sleeveless tops because the arm holes are way too big. Worth the money for that alone.
VERDICT: Is it summer yet? Kept!

Orange Clutch (Not Pictured)
There was no picture of this item on the card, but it’s a clutch and it’s orange. Needed a clutch and orange is my favorite color. No brainer.
VERDICT: Kept! 

Overall, this was so much fun! She definitely sent the right fit and bright colors that I asked for. I highly recommend that everyone do this just once out of curiosity to see what someone else would pick for you. Once you’ve decided what you’re keeping/sending back, log in to check out and pay for what you want. Send the rest back in a pre-paid envelope. You can also make notes about each item and answer questions about the fit/colors/how much you loved/hated it.

Interested? Sign up here and get your fix! 


Thredup

Unable to ever shed my frugal side, I also checked out ThredUp. This resale site offers great deals on a variety of designers and department store pieces. New items are being added all the time so you need to move fast in you fall in love with something! I learned that the hard way when someone nabbed my Kate Spade Donut Sweatshirt.

Have babies or growing kiddos? ThredUp offers clothes for them as well.

The thing I love about resale shops is that I have a tendency to find clothes I loved, but initially passed over.

LIKE THIS CAT SHIRT FROM THE GAP!

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Remember!? Cats have a time and a place!

One of the reasons I love ThredUp is that it’s all the fun of a thrift store without having to actually go to one and look through color coded racks trying to find a gem. To simplify the process even more you can save searches based on size and designer! It is the best feature ever!

Worried about what you’re actually going to get? The condition of the item is listed in the description, but if you’re not happy, it’s returnable unless on final sale. I haven’t received my order yet, but I don’t want you to miss out on potential deals, so get after it!


All reviews are my own opinion and not promoted by either Stitch Fix or ThredUp. I paid the $20 styling fee and purchased all items with my hard earned money. Links to websites are my promo codes, because why not? Have a great day!

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2 responses

  1. When I saw the dress card, I thought “That’s Dana!” Glad you found some you liked.

  2. […] Especially when compared to Le Tote’s $60/mo for a greater variety. I much prefer the Stitch Fix model of surprise clothes for $20 and buying what […]

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