Stitch Fix Men May 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). It has been awhile since I’ve gotten shoes in my fix, but it looks like there are some in this box!

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. This box has a very Spring feel to it, with shorts and Eastery pastels.

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 $169.75 (plus the applied $20 sunk cost) – about $40 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 May.

Threads 4 Thought Baseline Triblend V-Neck Tee ($28): This tee has a very light fabric and comfortable fit. The shoulders have a generous cut that works for me — they didn’t just blow out the waist to make a larger sized shirt, and the shoulders still have a fitted look and aren’t baggy.

The color is a vibrant turquoise that maintains it’s brightness even with the chambray of the shirt.

The only issue for me stylistically is the deep V neck. The shape is pleasing, but I’m not sure if the tufts of gray curls popping out of the shirt would be. Nice shirt, but may require more from me in the personal grooming department than I’m willing to commit to.

Hawker Rye Essential Wash Chino Short ($44): These shorts have a classic khaki/chino layout with a flat front and four pockets total.

The back pockets are finished with a decorative seam. Instead of a pleated front, a simple seam on each side of the back gathers the fabric above the pocket, leaving it full width below to accommodate your butt. It’s an elegant solution that maintains the clean lines of the shorts.

The color of the shorts is called “red,” but the Hawker Rye Essential Wash has softened it to somewhere between salmon (the pink flesh variety, not orange) and the color of actual faded brick. The tone is a lightened red that manages to not appear pink. The liner is blue striped and looks pretty sharp.

Original Penguin Daddy-O Solid Polo ($55): Also in turquoise, this Penguin polo has a much richer color than the tee.

The fabric is a thick knit with the slightest chambray.

It has a two-button front, with pearly turquoise buttons, and a soft collar. The interior of the yoke has a navy liner.

A bit of the Navy appears at the waist vents as well.

The collar and sleeves each feature thick, ribbed fabric, but it doesn’t really gather the sleeves much at all.

The stitching around the yoke liner adds some interest in the back.

Hawker Rye Essential Wash Short Sleeve Shirt ($48): This shirt is a soft Navy tone with a small anchor print.

It has a soft, button collar.

The back has a pair of simple pleats.

The vent has tiny reinforcement made of the exact fabric used on the Penguin polo. Hawker Rye is a Stitch Fix exclusive brand – the vent fabric leads me to believe Hawker Rye is manufactured by Munsingwear (makers of Penguin). The fit of this shirt also reminded me of the fit on most Penguin dress shirts – it is a little tight at the shoulders, even in larger sizes (I have a blocky chest, but my shoulders aren’t unusually broad, so the shoulder sizing is definitely a characteristic of the brand).

SeaVess Hermosa Plimsoll Sneaker ($78): Stitch Fix shoes arrive in a nice canvas bag.

I’ve never worn SeaVees before, but they have been around since 1964 and claim to be the original casual sneaker.

The cards stress the quality of the shoes – they have flexible gum rubber soles and allow superior airflow.

The shoes were a big surprise. I’m super skeptical of single pairs of online shoes, because it is so hard to find a good fit brand to brand. These were very comfortable, and the fit was really good. This style of shoe normally flops around a bit, but this pair was sized perfectly.

The look and feel of the shoes is a lot like Vans, light with a very responsive sole that lets you feel the contour of the ground.

I like the color of the shoes, too – it is a very neutral gray that can look a light taupe if paired with khakis. The sole has a simple herringbone pattern and is a nice pastel blue.

This was a nice Spring fix. I love the bright color palette of the warmer weather items. I’m shocked, however, that my favorite item from the fix is the pair of shoes! They are really comfy and have great, classic, clean styling that works for casual and professorial dressed-up looks, too.

What do you think of Stitch Fix Men?

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  • PA Anna

    I am impressed with the items that they sent you. My 18 year old son has shorts in a similiar color that he wears often including with a button down shirt that look similiar to the one featured on the style card. He also has a shirt similiar to the Hawker Rye Essential Wash Short Sleeve Shirt except it has cacti on it.