After years of sticking to Old Navy, Gap, NY&Company and a few other retailers, I discovered the wonderful world of fashion subscription boxes. Not only do I get to have the items delivered to my home, I get a "personal stylist" to help me build the wardrobe I want vs. the wardrobe I can find.
I started with Stitch Fix about a year ago after seeing super cute items my friends were receiving. I was leery of the service -- I'm nearly 5'10" so finding items long enough for my frame is a constant challenge. The service costs $20 to receive. You start by filling out a personal style profile complete with age, height, weight, sizes
|A sample style option on the Stitch Fix Style Profile|
Once your profile is complete, you schedule your "fix" using an interactive calendar. Your Stitch Fix stylist will then select five items for you which can consist of tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, jewelry, handbags, and in some markets, shoes. You will receive an email when your fix is in progress so you can add any last minute notes, as well as a shipping notification complete with tracking number. Once it ships, you can "peek" at your fix by clicking on the checkout link but be warned -- even if there is a photo provided, the color or pattern may not be accurate. (If you have an iPhone, there's also an app!) After you receive your fix, you have three business days to decide what items you want to keep and you can return the rest in the postage paid bag. If your fix is a 5/5, meaning you keep all of the items, Stitch Fix will give you 25% off your order. Your $20 styling fee is also deducted from any items you choose to keep.
The service relies on a computer algorithm which takes your Style Profile, feedback on the items you receive (the more specific the better), Pinterest board, and your note to your stylist into account. There are many Facebook pages dedicated to the service as well as buy/sell/trade (B/S/T) pages, sorted by size. There's an ongoing debate about if you sell an item to someone else if it messes with your personal algorithm and, ultimately, messes up your style.
For the most part, I've been happy with Stitch Fix but recently my love for it started to wain. As such, I sought out an alternative service and after some researching decide to try Trunk Club.
|Trunk Club provides fashion subscriptions for men and women.|
Both services provide incentives if you share a personalized referral link that others use to sign up for the service as well. Stitch Fix provides $25 for someone who signs up and orders a fix, Trunk Club offers $50 for anyone who signs up via your link and spends $50 with the service.
Here's the bottom line comparison...
Stitch Fix Trunk Club
$20 styling fee No fee
Uses algorithm/stylist combo Uses stylist you can correspond with directly
Sends 5 items Sends 10 items
3 days to decide 10 days to decide
Link to one Pinterest board Link to multiple Pinterest boards
No preview of items Preview of items with ability to veto
Returns via USPS Returns via UPS
$25 referral credit $50 referral credit
So there you have it! For now, I think I'll bounce back-and-forth between both services to build my dream wardrobe. Do you have another service you like to use? Did I miss a key selling point for either service? Tell me in the comments!