Ready for a guy’s review of Stitch Fix for Men? There are thousands of posts on the internet about women using Stitch Fix, but what about a men’s take on Stitch Fix for Men. Read on, and discover if this might be a viable option for helping your husband build a new wardrobe–with style!
A little caveat before we get started. This is not a sponsored post. I (Will) actually bought these clothes because I wanted to try out this service and give an honest opinion. So read on to find out a guy’s honest review of Stitch Fix for Men.
To be honest, I like clothes. My side of the closet probably has more clothes than Erin’s. Granted, half of those are T-shirts with some kind of superhero on them. The other half is business casual I wear as a teacher.
However, I don’t like spending a lot of money on clothes. The majority of my clothes come from clearance racks or hand-me downs from guys with better taste than I do.
And while I enjoy having different styles to choose from, I know very little about fashion and often depend on others to tell me what is OK or not. I’ve learned a few things over the years, but I typically just stick to those basics. I don’t branch out much in the color palette or patterns.
So when Erin told me that Stitch Fix had started a men’s category, I wanted to try it out. She had good success with her fixes, so I thought it was worth a shot.
After getting my first Stitch Fix for Men box, here are my thoughts:
Pros of Stitch Fix for Men
1. Variety is the Spice of Life
As I mentioned before, I don’t branch out much when it comes to colors and patterns. I wear a lot of the same thing. It can get a little boring at times.
I’d like to try new things, but I just never know what to try, and I get decision overwhelm looking at clothes sometimes.
I liked Stitch Fix because they sent a couple of items that I would not have normally chosen for myself.
The jeans are a slim fit (not skinny…that’s NEVER going to happen!), and I have really only ever worn straight or boot cut. Recently, I lost about 15 lbs. and 2-3 inches in my waste, so all my jeans are big and don’t really fit well. Now, I see the importance of having a good pair of jeans that fit well and can be dressed up a little for evenings out.
The shoes are Sperry’s Salt Washed Twill Sneakers (I was able to find this cheaper pair on Amazon, but they were not exactly the same. I wasn’t able to find the exact same pair that Stitch Fix sent for cheaper anywhere else.)
I’ve never owned anything like these before, and I don’t think I would have ever picked them out.
Even when I opened the box, I told Erin, “Hmmm…not sure about these.” However, once I tried them on, I really liked the way they looked and felt. These have a welcomed addition to the footwear, which consisted of tennis shoes, flip flops, or boots.
2. Having a Personal Stylist
I felt like lifestyles of the rich and famous. Having someone to pick out clothes for me is not something I thought I’d ever do. But once you fill out your detailed style profile, they take a look at everything and get to work on your wardrobe.
And when I say detailed, I mean detailed. You not only give them your likes, dislikes, and sizes, but you can tell them specific things you would never wear and things you might wear. You can tell them if you like the fit, price, or fabric of an item.
You can let them know how adventurous you want to be or if you want to stay conservative. There are also outfit ensembles that you can rate on a scale to determine if you would or wouldn’t wear that look.
It was pretty interesting and actually kind of fun. Some of the things were a no-go for me, but I thought others might work. For example, during the summer, I wear a lot of T-shirts, and since I’m at home a lot, I don’t need business suits or anything too fancy. I marked that off my list, but I did mark that I would be a little adventurous in their choices because I wanted to branch out a little.
They also include a helpful style card which gives you some suggestions of what to pair with the items they send.
3. Shopping in Your Underwear
OK…I wasn’t literally shopping in my underwear, but you could if you wanted to. I loved not having to go to the store and wade through racks of clothes, especially the unorganized clearance racks.
I mentioned that I can get overwhelmed when clothes shopping, and this takes that out of the picture. I don’t have to decide what color blue looks good or if that shirt matches those pants.
Most men don’t really like shopping, so this is a great compromise to get some nice clothes without setting foot in a store. It’s a great way to build or add quality clothes to a wardrobe.
If you know your man well enough, you could even fill out the style profile for him. Erin filled mine out, and I just tweaked a couple of things.
Cons of Stitch Fix for Men
1. Sticker Shock
I mentioned before that most of my clothes are not expensive. I don’t pay a lot for clothes and can often find name-brand clothes for a fraction of the retail price.
Especially in our financially leaner days, this was not even on my radar. If I ever did buy clothes, they were deeply discounted or free.
This is where Stitch Fix can hit your wallet hard if you aren’t careful. I normally would not pay some of the prices for some of the items that were sent. As a matter of fact, I didn’t pay the price on a couple of things because I just thought they were flat out too expensive for the item.
However, as we’ve come out of those financially frustrating years, I’ve decided that it is OK for us to spend a little extra on a few quality items that usually outlast a cheaper counterpart. We don’t do that often, and most of our clothes are still bought on clearance, but occasionally we will get a couple of things out of our ordinary price range, but still within the budget.
You can select a price range with Stitch Fix, but remember that you are also paying partly for the convenience of the stylist and for not going to the store yourself.
2. When They Get It Wrong
While variety is good and I wanted to be more adventurous, the stylist did miss the mark with one shirt.
I was aiming to expand my color palette and patterns, so I noted that in my style guide. However, the shirt they sent was a pattern that just did not work for me. It was a western style shirt that I just did not like at all. It fit fine, but it was just not my style.
The great part is that I was able to mark if off my list and send it back with no issue, so that was still pretty easy.
It’s SUPER important to be as specific about what you want and don’t want…what you like and don’t like. If you don’t want a certain print or certain article of clothing, then state that very firmly. Don’t say, “I prefer….” Say something like, “I do not want or do not like _______ so don’t send that.”
If you keep all the items, you do get 25% off the total, but that wasn’t worth it to me.
Conclusion on Stitch Fix for Men
The bottom line is that I did enjoy getting the Stitch Fix box, and I kept most of the items in it. I would like to do it again at some point, but it won’t be a regularly-scheduled thing.
I think I will use it again when I want to add a couple of other quality things to my wardrobe and try to branch out a little in my style.
[content box] Update: I’ve been using Stitch Fix for over a year now, and I have really liked the service. I have added some quality items to my wardrobe that I wear to work or to evenings out with Erin. There have definitely been some hits and misses, but as I’ve gotten more specific, they have gotten better at choosing clothes. I always make sure to leave my stylist a note of what I am and am not looking for, and that has helped tremendously. The last couple of boxes have been so good that it was hard for me to choose what to keep and what to send back. I still watch prices pretty closely, but it has definitely been worth it. [/content_box]
I do know guys who have gotten the boxes for several months in a row and have been very pleased with the items and service.
I think it’s worth it, on occasion, to have the stylist pick out a few quality items with the ease of shopping online.