Stitch Fix Men April 2017 Review

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Stitch Fix Men is a personal styling service customized to your fit, lifestyle & spending preferences. Just like Stitch Fix for women, your stylist will send you 5 pieces based on your profile for you to try on at home. You only keep what you love, and you never have to set foot in a mall! There are no coupons for Stitch Fix, but if you love everything in your fix, you save 25% when you keep the whole fix (read below for details)!

I love the look of the packaging – it’s clean and masculine. They did a good job of styling the subscription to make it appealing to men.

Though the packaging is understated, you still receive those little extra touches, like a cloth bag for your shoes (yes, that’s right, the men’s subscription often ventures beyond just shirts and pants). No shoes or large outwear in this Fix, though.

Every box includes styling cards showing a couple looks for each item in the fix. There’s usually a dressed up (right) and more casual (left) version for each piece of clothing. The cards are not currently accessible in your Stitch Fix profile, but you can request a PDF via email.

Apart from Hello Subscription stuff, I’m primarily a stay-at-home dad, so I opt for clothing on the casual side of things. My stylist has done a good job of picking clothes that aren’t overly dressy and have a casual feel, yet I wouldn’t feel odd wearing them to a teacher’s conference or other events at which I don’t want to look like a derelict.

Everything arrives neatly stacked in brown paper – It always makes me think of a big sandwich wrapped in deli paper.

Here’s how Stitch Fix Men works: First, you fill out your style profile. This includes style, budget, and what you’re looking for – you can get as detailed as you want with the notes to your stylist. Your stylist is very responsive to your requests and will work hard to find pieces that fit your declared style, so the more info you provide, the better your selections will be.

You get instructions, a style guide, and the price sheet. The instructions couldn’t be simpler: try on the stuff, let Stitch Fix know what you thought, and return the pieces you don’t want in the prepaid mailer (free shipping!). Your stylist takes not of what you kept (and why) and what you didn’t, along with any addition feedback you provide, so your clothes selections become better “tailored” to you over time.

If you keep everything you get a 25% discount. This is why it is so important to be detailed and accurate in your profile, as it increases the chances that your stylist will run the table and score you great clothes and a discount (without having to keep anything you don’t really want). You will check-out and get charged through your Stitch Fix Men account. You’ll be charged a $20 styling fee and shipped five items to try on at home. If you keep anything your styling fee will be applied to your order, but if you don’t, you will pay the $20 fee. If I kept everything in the box, this fix would be $238.75 (plus the applied $20 sunk cost) – about $48 per item (after the styling fee I already paid). Because of the discount, it’s often cheaper to just keep everything than to send back one or two items.

Everything in my fix for April. Though the palette isn’t super-bright, I still felt there was a bit of a Spring feel to this Fix.

Big Star Division Straight Fit Jean ($98): These jeans has a classic, unwashed indigo look, but the straight leg offers a bit more of a modern fit than legacy brands.

Classic features meet modern touches – the traditional orange-gold thread is used for all the seams, but the embellishment adds some flair to the back pocket without covering the whole panel.

The rise from the inseam to the waistband short. It keeps the crotch snug and gives the illusion of lengthy legs.

I like the understated styling – the wash on the thighs is gentle and has a very naturally worn look to it.

Ben Sherman Rogue River Button Down Shirt ($85): This button down is fun and casual, while still being work-wearable. The inside of the yoke has a smartly-patterned liner, and little touches, like the 45-degree rotation on the button panel and breast pocket, add some style. The cuffs are pleated, but they don’t have a severely tapered look.

The collar is narrow, with a button closure.  A tilted yoke pattern sets it apart from your standard button-down, almost creating a Western feel.

Alternative Apparel B-Side Reversible Crew Pullover ($54): This ivory sweater has a clean, simple look. The material is smooth on this side.

Stretch cuffs and waistband are a sweatshirt-type feature, but they fit in well with the overall look of the sweater.

The reverse side shows the Terry style loops and has a cashmere-like appearance from a distance.

Katin Denis Yarn Dye Micro Stripe Pocket Tee ($39): This shirt has a bit of color but is not overstated.

It has a single breast pocket and cream colored collar.

The label is relatively discreet. The thin horizontal stripes are red, white, and a couple tones of gray, all set against thick, creamier-toned thick bands. The mix of various shades of white and gray give the shirt a very versatile palette, able to match either bright or muted tones.

Descendant of Thieves Lucas Donegal Contrast Placket Polo ($69): This fun polo is a lovely shade of dark blue, with a slight chambray effect.

Up close or at a moderate distance, the neon speckling is easy to spot. The speckles are yellow, pink, green, and a couple shades of blue. A pink stitched splash of color sits near the waist. The interior of the waist and sleeves are ringed with a striped black and white band.

The color and button panel are a solid, dark blue. I love the look of the shirt, my only complaint being the tendency of the collar to hold a crease – this is always an issue with soft collar shirts like this.

I kept this whole fix – I really liked the shirts, and the jeans fit very well. The only item I wasn’t excited about was the pullover, mainly because it’s just calling out for me to dribble some coffee down the front or for my two-year-old to rub his chocolate-covered face on it. The price is less than the keep everything discount, though, so it’s joining my wardrobe!

What do you think of Stitch Fix Men?


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