The One Thing You Need to Know About Subscription Styling Boxes

This post is going to be short, but it is incredibly important if you use or want to use a subscription styling service. Today I read a helpful post by a very popular subscription styling service about working with your stylist to create a capsule wardrobe. I love this idea in theory, but I question how well it works in practice. The reason I wonder about this? Inventory.

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If you are thinking about using a subscription style box service (Stitch Fix, Trunk Club, Front Door Fashion) I recommend reaching out to their customer service to get a sense of their inventory. Stitch Fix, for example, carries their own brands and inventory, so if you are looking for something very specific, there may be many months during which they won’t carry it.

When adopting a new approach to your closet or building a more sustainable, thoughtful wardrobe, it’s incredibly important not to settle. Sure, sometimes surprise pieces end up being a huge hit, but at the beginning make sure to shop with versatility in mind. Say “NO!” to pieces that are okay but don’t really fit into the wardrobe you want to have. I find this difficult with these boxes because I don’t want to hurt the Stylist’s feelings. How ridiculous is that? (Something I’m working on in 2019!)

You know what? I just decided right now: I’m going to test this out and report back to you. Let’s do this in a collaborative way!

Comment to build my capsule request!

Help me build a Winter Stitch Fix box request to build out a capsule by posting in the comments according to this order:

  1. First comment: select 2-3 colors I should request.

  2. Second comment: select the first item I should request. For example, a classic black blazer, but use one of the colors the first commenter chose.

  3. Third comment: pick the second item to request in one of the selected colors.

  4. Fourth comment: choose the third item to request in one of the selected colors.

  5. Fifth comment: name the fourth item to request in one of the selected colors.

  6. Sixth comment: finally, suggest the fifth item to request in one of the selected colors.

Now, I know that Stitch Fix has limited inventory when it comes to sustainably-made, Made in USA, or verifiably humane brands, especially in plus sizes (since there are hardly any brands out there anyway.) From their site FAQs: “If you mention in your Style Profile notes that you prefer sustainable clothing or clothing made in the USA, we’ll do our best to honor your request.” I’m going to make this request and we will see how it goes…

If you would like to test this on your own, feel free to use my Stitch Fix referral code, but don’t feel any pressure as acquiring a ton of credit with them is not the purpose of this post for me. (I’d receive $25 credit for every friend who checks out from their first Fix and you’ll get $25 credit too!) I really want to test out whether you can create a capsule wardrobe with a box subscription service. If you use a different service and have had success, let me know that in the comments, too!

OK, are you ready to build this box with me?

Comment away!