Stitchfix for Men Review
I wish I had a better sense of fashion, but I know my own limitations. I'm very much a t-shirt and jeans kind of guy, which is great for my days off but not so good when I want to go out or when I want to impress someone. Thankfully, Stitchfix is there to pick up my slack.
Having a personal stylist isn't my usual thing, but Stitchfix makes it a lot easier than I'd hoped. Though this method of buying clothing might seem a little odd to some, you should definitely check out how it works and what's in each box to see why so many people have signed up already.
What is It?
One of the most important things to understand about Stitchfix is that it isn't a blind subscription box. While you certainly won't know exactly what you're going to get until the box arrives at your home, this isn't meant to be a box of fun surprises. Instead, it's more along the lines of a shipment from a professional stylist who happens to be sending you clothing.
It might help to think about it as the mail-order version of working with a stylist. Since the other party is in a remote location, you can't just try on the clothes he or she suggests and put them back on the rack. Instead, you've got to try on the clothes when they get to you and send them back when they don't work.
Since this isn't a typical subscription crate, a lot of the usual factors that I look at when it comes to boxes don't work here. What's in every box is really going to differ from person to person, and the cost is always going to vary based on what you choose to keep.
If you look at this service as having a personal stylist, it makes a lot of sense. It also becomes much easier to justify the price and to start making it a core part of your life. This is a great service for those who understand what they are getting into.
What's in the Box
When you first sign up for Stitchfix, you're going to go through a fairly substantial questionnaire. This little document is going to guide what you get in your box, from the styles of clothing you enjoy to the sizes that are going to fit you best. It's fairly in-depth and it has a huge impact on how much you'll like the box, so be honest.
While it's probably not accurate to say that every box is distinct, the truth is that very few people are going to get exactly the same box as anyone else. Every box is supposed to be created to your personal specifications, ranging from clothing categories to colors and patterns. You might get dress pants and polo shirts, while a friend gets dress shirts and jackets. It's really up to what you put down on your intake documentation.
You're generally going to get about four items in a box. These might include shoes, jackets, shirts, vests - even jeans, depending on your profile. You don't have to keep everything, though - you try on what comes in your box, and you send back what you don't like. This means that you might end up with four items one month, and then only keep one item the next.
Every month has a slightly different set of clothing, and you can always update your own profile. If you feel like you've gotten enough of one type of clothing, you can contact your stylist and let them know to send you something different. There are really few services that are quite this responsive to their customers, and even fewer that manage to get you what you need on a schedule that really works for you.
What Does it Cost?
It's really hard to figure out what Stitchfix is going to cost you, especially because the final cost is really determined by which items you choose to keep out of each box. The flat fee you're going to pay to your stylist is twenty dollars each month, but that cost does go toward whatever clothing you choose to keep.
Each item in a Stitchfix for Men box is supposed to cost an average of $55, but they can be as little as $20 and as high as $200. You can set your own price limits, but there's no guarantee that your stylist is actually going to stick with that number. As such, the best way to look at the pricing is that you're going to pay at least twenty dollars a month and you might end up paying as much as a few hundred dollars if you end up liking everything in the box.
What's The Verdict
Stitchfix for Men is a really great box for men who want to learn how to dress better, for those who want access to personalized clothing choices, and for men who absolutely hate to shop. It's definitely not a box for the budget-conscious, but it is a good box for those who are looking to build a more "adult" wardrobe.
I definitely think the subscription is worth the cost of admission. You can get boxes as often or as infrequently as you like, so it is possible to control the budget a bit more than one might expect. If you are willing to pay for great clothes, this is honestly one of the best fashion boxes on the market right now.