The other posts in this series:
Does Buying Children’s Clothing Online Make Cents?
Twice: Second Time is a Charm? (Online Thrifing)
Thred Up Review: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? (Online Thrifting)
I Don’t Buy Clothes Online…CONVERT (Thrift Stores)
I was raised on second-hand clothing. I’m raising my kids on second-hand clothing…it’s just our thing. Second hand kids’ clothing is a great way to save money while dressing your children in stylish, quality clothing. From thrift stores to online shops, there are plenty of places to find gently-used pieces for a fraction of the retail. But I know from talking to some of you, that’s just NOT your thing. And you know what, that’s okay.
Several of my friends are in the camp that like to buy new, expensive, well-made clothes and wear them for years and years. My frugal friend, Kate from Venison for Dinner, is astounded that I don’t spend big money on shoes.
Some people like to spend money on clothing and shoes.
Some people, like us, prefer to save on clothing and shoes and instead buy expensive appliances. It takes all kinds to make the world go round. 🙂
My Clothing Philosophy
I’m in the camp that likes to pay $10 for a pair of shoes and replace them 2-3 years later. But some of my friends would rather pay $150 for a pair of shoes and wear them for 15 years. Which is better? It’s a toss up!
So, if you’re a mom and it’s hard for you to get out of the house but you would like to add some nice, new things (because that’s how you roll) to your closet, what are you gonna do?! Especially if you live in the back woods of Southwest Virginia? I’ll tell ya – you head to the internet.
I wasn’t even going to do a Stitch Fix review…because when I first saw the numbers online, I almost passed out and fell on the floor, foaming at the mouth. THAT COSTS HOW MUCH?! RUN AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But here’s the thing – if clothes are important to you, then spending money on nice ones is okay. Just like it’s okay for me to spend money on fancy kitchen gadgets. As long as we can all agree to pay cash. 😉 Deal?
My friend Nikki likes to buy well made, nice clothing. So she wanted to try Stitch Fix and she agreed to let me write about her experience…because she’s awesome. I only hang out with awesome people.
How Stitch Fix Works
You sign up with Stitch Fix and you are immediately assigned your own personal stylist. For real. How cool is that?! It’s kinda like the movies. Hollywood!
Your stylist gets to know you – you tell her about your lifestyle, the things you like, what your preferences are and specifically, your measurements.
Then, each month you receive a Stitch Fix box from your stylist with 5 items inside.
You don’t pay shipping, but you pay a $20 stylist fee that is taken off your order if you keep anything in your box.
After you try it all on, determine what you like, you see if you want to send any/all of it back. If you send it all back, you pay a $20 stylist fee. If you keep even one piece, that fee is taken off.
If you determine that you want to keep all the items in your box, you’ll get 25% off the total bill along with your $20 stylist fee.
I’ve heard several people say that they love that their clothing arrives and actually fits because they’ve sent in their measurements.
A Stitch Fix Example
Here’s an example. Your box arrives and your total is $262 for all 5 items. If you choose to keep one, you can take $20 off. If you choose to keep them all, your total is now $181.50 for 5 items which averages out to $36.30 each.
This sounds like a LOT to me. But I know I’m super
cheap frugal ornery. However, even I know that $36/each for high quality, well made clothing is a good price. If you like this type of clothing, then this is an excellent way to save while staying at home.
There is no charge to return items, as long as you keep at least one.
You make sure to leave feedback on your items, so your stylist gets to know you even better.
Who Is Stitch Fix For?
Stitch Fix is for you if:
- You like to buy new, brand name clothing
- You can’t get out much to do a lot of clothing trying-on
- You live in a rural area and find it hard to find what you like
- You have the disposable income to afford this expense each month
Who is Stitch Fix Not For?
Stitch Fix may not be for you if:
- You don’t have much to spend on clothing or don’t like to spend much on clothing
- Name brands don’t matter to you
- Your name is Stacy Myers
- You don’t have the internet
- You don’t like getting mail
A Note about Stitch Fix and Budgets
I know several friends have found great success with this mail-order program. I want to make a special note that if you do decide to try this, please budget in for it each month. Buying things for yourself is GREAT! However, buying things for yourself at the expense of a need is not great. Not at all. Off pulpit.
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