It is entirely possible that I’ve gone a little crazy with monthly subscription boxes. To date I have subscribed to Stitchfix, Birchbox, Bark Box and Taste Trunk. There was another ill-fated food-related box, which now defaults to WalMart when I search for it. That totally makes sense, given that I canceled after getting a box full of crap I could have bought at the Walgreen’s across the street and would never feed myself or my family.
I am getting a reputation in certain circles for being a bit of a Stitchfix junkie. I’ve encouraged more than one person to sign up, and it’s not unusual for me to wear several Stitchfix items within the course of a week. This isn’t to say that every month’s box is perfect. In the past year, I’ve probably sent 20% of the boxes back without buying a thing, and it’s much more likely that I will only keep one or two things. Only twice, including this December box, have I kept all the things.
People often express concern that Stitchfix won’t get their style or won’t be able to fit them properly. My feeling is that, first, you get into it what you put out. I have been extremely detailed in setting up my profile, and also give very specific feedback about what works and doesn’t work for me. When I set up my next month’s fix, I always give feedback about what I’m looking for. Still, Stitchfix is trying to find things that are on-trend, and often there will be misses. For me, this comes in the form of wrap dresses/tops and high/low tops. I get those in my Fix all the time, and always say I don’t want them, and still get them. Is this annoying? Yeah. But overall, the quality (for me personally) has improved over time as I continue to give feedback.
Also, I sort of think these worriers are missing the point. Or, at least, the reason why I sign up for all these boxes. I like to be surprised. I like to get a little treat in the mail every month. I like to see things that I wouldn’t have chosen, but maybe work out anyway. I don’t expect it to be right every time. I don’t even expect it to be right most of the time. I’m a unique person with specific style sensibilities, and no person who hasn’t met me is going to be able to shop for me and always win. Hell. No person who ISN’T me is going to have a very high effectiveness rate. I know this, and I accept it.
Sure, it bums me out when I have to stuff all the clothes in the FedEx pack and send it off without anything to show for it. (And minus $20, since you lose that fee if you don’t buy.) But the joy I get when I find something new to love far outweighs the bad. And some months, like this month, it’s all great!
This is my first attempt at documenting all my Fix items. It is sadly dark when I leave in the morning and dark when I get home, so all pics (except one) are lit with lamps and overhead lights. Blargh. Once we get the basement cleaned up a little, I’m going to force Joel to put a little lighted backdrop down there, so pics like these will be much easier and less random. For now, though, we use what we have.