Stitch Fix Men September 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 was well-suited to the upcoming cooler weather, with some warmer tops.

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 $199.75 (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 September.

Sperry Striper LL CVO Canvas Sneaker ($60): Shoes arrive in a handy canvas bag.

I like the look and feel of these shoes. The blue canvas has a natural, washed look that actually looks a bit like suede due to the color variation.

It has a simple sole and a decent, but not over-accentuated, arch. Back and tongue have nice leather accents.

These have a nice sneaker feel to them, but they don’t have the highly-elevated sole of a running shoe, so they feel a bit like loafers or Vans.

I like the color combo – the white and dark blue provide a sharp contrast.

The styling is like sneaker meets boat shoe. They can be worn either as casual or professorial cool.

Threads 4 Thought Baseline Triblend Crew Tee ($28): A simple, heather blue tee. The fabric is really soft, and the simple styling makes this shirt super-versatile.

Heritage Lyon Contrast Placket Henley ($88): This piece has a really unique look and is perfect for fall. It is cotton, but the stitching adds relief and lots of texture.

The indigo color and blue accent panels give this a blue jean vibe, but the textured pattern on the main fabric evokes a handwoven blanket. Relatively heavy, this is a good outer layer for crisper weather, letting you leave the jacket in the closet a few more weeks.

Impatient Wolves Earnesto Twill Shirt ($69): This handsome shirt brings together a lovely cranberry shade with green and yellow striping. The complementary colors give it the impact of a muted tone, despite the rich colors. This is perfect for office-casual wear, and the multiple colors in the pattern leave the shirt open to smart matches with several pants options.

It has a deep blue liner around the collar and yoke, and the remaining details are pretty standard. The collar is dress, though the pattern says ties need not apply. The sleeves have a substantial pleat, so there plenty of room in the lower sleeve.

Hawker Rye Garment Dyed Pullover Sweatshirt ($48): This sweatshirt has a perfect color to pair with the button-down, but the styling is very casual. Though not highly-gathered, the cuffs and waist nonetheless have a old-school sweatshirt look, as does the triangular panel at the neck. Comfy and warm, but definitely emitting a casual vibe.

This Fix was geared toward Fall, with warmer pieces and a darker palette. I like the dress collar on the button down – even if I’m not wearing a tie, I think they look sharper than a sport collar.  The shoes were very cool, and they seem a bit more practical and supportive than the SeaVees that have come previously. This is a tough Fix for me to make a keep/return call on, since the pieces I like the most are also the ones of which my wardrobe is currently full. Luckily, with Stitch Fix I only keep what I love!

What do you think of Stitch Fix Men?


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