Inside: 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!
By Will, Erin’s husband
A little caveat before we get started: This is not a sponsored post. I 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.
I would say I get a box at least three times per year, and some of my favorite items in my closet have come from Stitch Fix for Men. I’m so glad I decided to review Stitch Fix for Men all those years ago. Erin has yet to write a full review of her experience with Stitch Fix (perhaps she will in 2024!), but the majority of her wardrobe has come from Stitch Fix. She’s been getting boxes monthly for more than five years now.
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 comprised business casual clothing I wear to work.
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 have. (Seriously, Erin’s best friend’s husband has handed down his designer clothing to me, and I’m grateful! Our family never says no to hand-me-downs!)
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’s had good success with her fixes over the years, so I thought it was worth a shot.
After getting my first Stitch Fix for Men box, here are my thoughts:
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Pros of Stitch Fix for Men
1. Stitch Fix for Men provides a wide variety of clothing options.
And you know the old saying: 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 like that Stitch Fix sends me items that I would not have normally chosen for myself.
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The jeans and shoes in the picture are two things that I don’t think I would have picked out, but I loved them.
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 were big and didn’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 with Erin.
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 had previously consisted of tennis shoes, flip flops, or boots. As a teacher, I wore these shoes a lot.
2. Stitch Fix for Men is like having a personal stylist.
And yes, even men needs stylists sometimes. (Well, some don’t care for that, but a lot of wives probably wish they could hire one for their husbands, or so Erin tells me!)
When I first started using Stitch Fix for Men, I felt like I was living on an episode of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” Having someone to pick out clothes for me is not something I thought I’d ever done or thought to do.
Once you fill out your detailed style profile, the stylists 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.
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It was pretty interesting and actually kind of fun filling out my style guide. 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. Stitch Fix for Men gives you the convenience of 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.
Although Erin doesn’t particularly enjoy shopping at all (unless it’s online, and, even then, she focuses on needs versus wants), she grew up shopping the clearance racks to score the best deals. I grew up the opposite way, and I’ve never been able to get over the unorganized feeling of shopping clearance.
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.
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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 out mine, and I just tweaked a couple of things.
Cons of Stitch Fix for Men
1. Stitch Fix for Men can come with a bit of sticker shock.
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 I accepted free hand-me-downs from friends.
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 they’ve sent me over the years. As a matter of fact, I’ve returned several things because I’ve refused to pay the price 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. Stitch Fix for Men can sometimes get your style wrong.
While variety is good and I want to be more adventurous, the stylists have missed the mark with a few items before.
I clearly remember one shirt they missed the mark with in my very first Stitch Fix for Men box.
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 for a return with no issue, and 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 with that particular box.
Conclusion on My Honest Review of Stitch Fix for Men
The bottom line is that I have enjoyed getting Stitch Fix for Men boxes, and I’ve kept most of the items in them. Like I said, I’ve gotten several boxes for years since I originally tried the service, but it’s never been a regularly-scheduled thing for me.
I mainly use the service 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: In the years since I first tried Stitch Fix for Men, I have continued to really like the service. I have added some quality items to my wardrobe that I wear to work or on 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 Stitch Fix for Men is worth it, on occasion, to have the stylist pick out a few quality items with the ease of shopping online.