Random Stuff: Wantable Style Edit vs Stitch Fix

After my third Stitch Fix, I got to thinking – do I just like to shop too much?  Is this whole stranger-selecting-my-clothing thing just not doing it for me?  Is it Stitch Fix?  Is it ME?  Why am I not having more success with this than one or two items per box?  This is way too much drama for something that’s supposed to be convenient and fun!

Did I decide to quit?  No, I did not.  I decided to add another clothing subscription box to the mix and see what happened.  Crazy, right?  I thought I might get a better feel for the whole concept, if it could possibly work for me, and if I should keep going or throw in the towel.  Enter Wantable Style Edit.  Wantable has been around for a while in the subscription box business with a fitness wear box, an accessory box, and an intimates box – the Style Edit is new to their lineup.  Same deal as Stitch Fix – it’s a $20 gamble.  Keep something and the $20 goes toward the purchase price.  Return it all and lose the $20.  Five clothing items, selected just for me, delivered right to my door with that same very tempting 25% discount for keeping everything in the box.  There’s a different style survey to complete online and I added a note that my daughter was getting married soon and I was looking for some dresses to wear to showers, rehearsal dinner, and the like.  I also mentioned that my favorite store is Anthropologie.Wantable-Cover

There’s no denying that Christmas-morning feeling that accompanies the box’s arrival.  It’s SO exciting!  When I opened the box – WOW!  Three dresses and two shirts in a variety of colors and all suitable for, in my final assessment (except for one shirt), a much younger woman who’s WAY more comfortable (and secure) wearing super-short, spaghetti-strapped clothing.  Yikes.  I DID say my daughter was getting married, which should indicate that I’ve reached a certain age – without coming right out and saying, HEY! I’m FIFTY years old!  Even if I were statuesque, thin, and gravity had left me alone through the years, I would still not want to dress like my daughter.  The one who’s getting married.  Call me crazy, but I think she’d be embarrassed if I showed up for a bridal shower with most of me showing.  I know I’d be mortified.

Even though one of the dresses was only $24 and I could have kept it for an additional $4 above my already-paid styling fee, I returned every item in the box.  NOTE:  I was very careful taking pictures to NOT show my thigh dimples to you as they were peeking out from beneath the bottoms of those very short dresses.  Here are the details:

Twill Tape Belted Sleeveless Dress by Mystree ($65.00) – Had this dress been two inches longer, it was the item I liked the most.  It felt like something I’d find at Anthropologie, which was what the stylist, Madeline, said she was going for in her note.  The colors and pattern were beautiful.Wantable-print-dress

Amelia Dress by BB Dakota ($75) – The horizontal stripes and white/orange combination threw me off at first, but I ended up really liking this dress.  It was just, again, way too short and I’m anti-spaghetti strap (I hate strapless bras!).Wantable-Style-Edit-Striped-Dress

2-Tone Dress by Freeway ($24) – This dress had components I like – bra-friendly top, flattering shape, handkerchief hemline, well-lined in colors that look terrible on me.  The front middle was also super short.Wantable-Style-Edit-cream-and-purple-dress

Side Ruffle Tank by BCBGeneration (bonus priced at $34, regularly $68).  Again, I loved a few things about this item – the navy color, the dressy fabric, and the price.  The sides with the ruffles were split and the straps were too thin – I ended up feeling like this top would not be age appropriate for me.Wantable-navy-top-with-ruffles

BB Dakota Dasia Top ($68) – Described this way, “Beautiful Fall floral print and easy fit make this lightweight top the perfect choice for your transitional wardrobe!” For me, the print was too loud, the colors unflattering, and the shape, yes, I’m saying this after all of the above – too matronly.Wantable-gray-and-purple-blouse

(My Wantable Style Edit unboxing video can be seen here.)

Wantable Style Edit vs Stitch FixStitch-Fix-July-Cover

Enter my fourth Stitch Fix.  Once more, I tweaked my style profile and this time I asked for three specific things:  A white cardigan, dark-washed jeans, and the polka-dot pants from Fix #3, but in a different pattern.  Paige was my stylist (4th different one) and delivered on all three requests.  Also included was a fit-and-flair dress and a knit, A-line skirt.  Here’s how these turned out…

The knit skirt was my style – unfortunately it was too small and too short.  It was painful to see, so I’m saving you from the horror.  If the knit skirt had fit, I would have saved it for cooler weather and paired it with tights and booties.  Sigh.  Gilli Kelsey Skirt ($54)Stitch-Fix-Skirt

The Ezra Malley Scoop Neck Pleated Fit & Flare Dress ($64) was very bright!  The material had a nice texture, but was very thin and unlined.  Once on me, there was nothing likable about this frock.  Not. One. Thing.Stitch-Fix-Dress-Fit-and-Flare

The pants I requested – Margaret M Emer Printed Straight Leg Pant ($98) were in a very cool floral print on a black background.  Unfortunately the print was unfriendly to my curves – I love these pants for comfort and style, but couldn’t keep them.Stitch-Fix-Floral-Pants

Kut From The Kloth Maribel Straight Leg Jean (a.k.a. Stevie, $88) – I asked for jeans and while I was hoping for a more solid indigo or black, I can not deny that this style fit well, was the perfect length (I almost always wear heels of some type), and felt wonderful.  I hate shopping for jeans and find it every bit as painful and traumatic as buying swimwear.  These dreamy denim britches seemed made just for me.Stitch-Fix-Kut-Marabel-Stevie-Jeans Stitch-Fix-Kut-Stevie-Jeans

Mak Jaclynn 3/4 Sleeve Button-Up Cardigan ($38) – It’s a plain white cardigan.  Like a perfect white tee, you have to treasure a good one when you find it.  It’s more substantial than those tissue-thin cardis that are all the rage at JCrew and Banana Republic, and that’s exactly what I like about it.   I can wear it to work a million times and I will certainly get my money’s worth.Stitch-Fix-Cardigan

So…100% returned from the Wantable box and another 2-out-of-5 kept from Stitch Fix.  I love the excitement of getting the box and trying on clothes in my own home with the ability to shop my own closet for mixing and matching.  I dislike losing a $20 styling fee.  I’m looking at it this way – my favorite places to shop are about 100 miles from my house.  I’d spend money on gas and lunch and take up the better part of an entire day to visit those stores and still might come home empty handed.  So, my next Wantable Style Edit will arrive in August and my next Stitch Fix is scheduled for September.  I’m optimistic that these next two boxes will help me make up my mind once and for all about my future with clothing subscriptions.  I’ll be back.

(Stitch Fix #4 unboxing video can be seen here. and blog post here.)  If YOU are interested in trying Stitch Fix and you use my referral link, I will receive a credit.  My Wantable referral link is here (I’ll receive credit there, too, if you use the link to sign up).  If you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them.

If you’re getting a clothing subscription box and are having better luck than I am, I’d love any advice you’d care to offer, please.

13 thoughts on “Random Stuff: Wantable Style Edit vs Stitch Fix

  1. I’m on my 4th Stitch Fix and kept it all. I have had the same stylist the whole time. I was very specific in my notes. I stated my hair color, style, face shape, skin color, activities and age. I also linked to my Pinterest page. It’s worked great! I just signed up for Wantable out of curiosity, but love Stitch Fix.

  2. Have you tried Bungalow Clothing? I gave up on Stitch Fix after my fifth unsuccessful box. Then found Bungalow. There’s no styling fee and you get up to 15 pieces in each dressing room (what they call their boxes). You have one assigned stylist, and shipping and returns are free. Prices are slightly higher than Stitch Fix but the selections are much better, in my opinion.

    • I have never heard of it. Definitely sounds like something I’d be interested in trying! Thank you for the suggestion!!!

  3. Hi. I am on my Fiffth stitch fix and absolutely loving it! I have returned a few items because if fit but not because of style. I wanted to amp up my wardrobe and like you loved the idea of a oersonal shopper. I did not have time to run around to find what I am looking for. I think what has helped my stylists be more successful is I send them pinterest outfits as requested in the initial accoint set up. I also update this along with measurements. Have you tried that? If not give that a try and you may see an increase in your “loving” stitch fixes!
    *search stich fix outfits, spring womens outfits, etc.

    • Thanks, Christina! I haven’t given up yet, but did return all 5 items of my last fix. I’ll try pinning more items & see if that helps- 2 weeks until my next fix. Thanks for stopping by…Lisa

  4. I have tried two Stitch Fix styles and one Wantable. I did like to Wantable much better. I put Stitch Fix on hold and ordered another Wantable VEGAS STYLE. Hopefully…

  5. I just ordered my first wantable and 3rd stitch fix to do a comparison. I loved my 2nd stitch fix, kept everything. I think we may have the same jeans! 🙂 The 1st stitch fix, fabrics were cheap so I returned.
    I loved having someone else to give me a fresh perspective! I, too, live a ways from a good mall. With 3 kids, full time job and hubby that travels, time is important!

    • Hi PJ, I’d love to hear back from you after you receive your first Wantable box! I hope it works out better for you than it did for me. Thanks so much for reading and commenting…Lisa

  6. I did stitch fix and some of the items were great but too pricey. I sent almost all my items back! And everytime it got lost in shipment. Never again will I waste my money with stitch fix.

  7. I have to be honest, I think you were being really picky. I have a friend that does stitch fix and is very similar to you in size and shape and pickiness and she hates everything! If you’re this picky then you should be picking out your own plain, very simple clothing from a tried and true store. I never understood why she wants the “help” but won’t take it. I lol’ed at the white cardigan, just buy one yourself…this service is to give you access to things you can’t normally buy and at this price point.

    • I may be too picky. I live in the country about 100 miles from the nearest Anthropologie, JCrew and Banana Republic. I love the idea of not having to spend one of my precious weekend days driving to & from the mall, but you’re probably right- I do wear a lot of plain & simple clothing because I work for a company with a very strict “business attire” dress code. I might like the idea of a personal shopper more than the reality. Thanks for your honesty, Julie.

  8. Thanks for the Wantable vs. Stitch Fix review. I have had 7 fixes and barely keep anything…I am around your age (45) and signed up for Wantable yesterday. You are not crazy for signing up for both-these companies need to work and compete for our $. Take care.

  9. Your face is too funny in the photos of the clothes you didn’t like
    Those jeans look fab on you and a good pair of jeans are worth their weight in gold!

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