Stitch Fix Men July 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). This particular Fix included some cool shoes, along with shorts and a few shirts.

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 out of the house.

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 $154 (plus the applied $20 sunk cost) – about $31 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 July.

SeaVees Baja Standard Slip On Sneaker ($68): When shoes are included in your Fix, they arrive in a cloth bag, usually separated by some tissue, too.

SeaVees seems to be the go-to brand, at least for my style profile. They offer a good quality shoe at a great price point.

The brand has been around since the ’60s, but I hadn’t ever tried a pair until I received one in a recent Fix.

The shoes are styled like a loafer and made of durable canvas.

They don’t have much in the way of an arch, and the fit is similar to that of Vans – you feel sturdy and close to the ground, not up on a platform. The bottom has a gently pebbled tread and only a hint of a heel.

The color of this pair is black, but it is really more of a charcoal.

The fit with SeaVees is great on my feet – they have a snug, contoured fit without pinching any toes.

Hawker Rye Essential Wash Garment Dye Short ($44): These shorts came in a deep, brilliant blue, softened by the “essential wash” process. The result is a soft look with some lightening of tone, especially near seams and raised areas.

The styling is pretty classic, with a zippered fly, relatively short belt loops, and a dark button front.

There are two back pockets in addition to the two on the sides.

A striped lining adds a bit of flair (and there is a spare button, too).

Mavi Sophos Printed Chambray Shirt ($58): This shirt definitely has a very unique look, appearing to be both chambray and textured.

The fabric, however, is actually flat, and the very convincing large thread pattern is just a print, with the actually woven threads being much finer.

It buttons up with brown buttons that give it a bit of a beachy or tropical feel.

The sleeves are shorter than typical on a Hawaiian or bowling shirt, and they are rolled loosely, furthering the tropical vibe.

The yoke has some colorful stitching just on the interior.

Julian & Mark Jenson Overdyed Layered Crew Tee ($34): This shirt is for those times you don’t want to go full Ed Hardy, but still need to achieve that aging rocker look. The shirt has a bit of weight to it because of the detailing.

The “over-dyed” look is the opposite of a washing effect, and the shirt remains light at the seams only.  The shirt has an extra, roughly cut layer around the neck and sleeves for a layered look.

The sides are darted – I thought this was a nice, but out-of-place touch usually found on polos.

The yoke has a loop of stitching that swoops down from the collar. It tilts heavily toward the right – I suspect it was intended to be symmetrical. It is purely decorative, as it doesn’t secure any lining on the interior.

Threads 4 Thought Baseline Triblend Crew Tee ($28): Chambray is the order of the day. I like this shirt much more than the last. It has straightforward styling, a lovely light purple hue, and a pleasant chambray.

The collar is slightly looser (width-wise) than a standard tee for a more relaxed, Summery feel. I like it when they include a relatively inexpensive and non-controversial item like this in a Fix, as it is a great way to get something for your styling fee even if you don’t feel like investing in anything else in the Fix.

This Fix was definitely in Summer mode, with shorts, loafer-style sneaks, and light shirts. I’m not sure about my selections this time being “forward,” as they seemed to hit more of a retro note to me, with a mix of late 90’s and early 00’s details, fits, and washes. Everything old is new again, so perhaps back is the new forward. I did really like the purple tee and the SeeVees, though my arches don’t jive with the latter.

What do you think of Stitch Fix Men?


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