What do you wear to work? That might seem like a straightforward question, but in today’s business world the answer often varies. My first desk job had a strict dress code where a coat and tie were required. My current job allows casual attire (jeans are common), but management tends to notice when you put effort into your wardrobe. Deciding what to wear can be difficult, but thanks to the internet it is easy to get some expert help.
Stitch Fix Men is a new service that pairs you with a professional stylist who helps select unique, well-fitted clothing that is shipped straight to your home. Over the past few months I have been working on building a new wardrobe for work, which is why I was eager to try Stitch Fix Men when they offered me a credit to test the new service.
Stitch Fix has been around since 2011 and has primarily focused on women’s clothing. Several of my coworkers use Stitch Fix because of the convenience and quality. When I signed up for my first box, it was obvious that the company has a well-oiled process built on those years of experience.
The people at Stitch Fix Men really mean it when they say that the clothing selections are personalized. Signing up is a simple process where you are presented a few photos and you select the styles you like. You are asked questions around the type of clothes you wear (formal, casual, etc) and you can connect your social media profiles to give your stylist a view into what you typically wear.
The interesting part is that Stitch Fix Men is not a subscription service. You can get the boxes of clothes on your own schedule. Before a new box ships, you can give your stylist specific feedback about your upcoming travel plans or events so they can provide clothing to match your needs. I had a few business trips planned but wanted some casual clothes to wear outside of the conventions (you can only wear a suit in Florida and Atlanta for so long before the heat makes you crazy).
My “Fix” arrived a few days later and all of the clothes went straight into my suitcase. Stitch Fix Men carries brands like Ben Sherman, Marine Layer, Original Penguin, Woolrich, AG Jeans and their first exclusive line of everyday menswear, Hawker Rye. All of the items were of good quality and matched my preferences. This made it easy to mix and match the Stitch Fix items with my existing wardrobe which is basically all business casual clothing.
The clothing arrived neatly folded and wrapped in a box with a personalized note from my stylist. When you set up your profile, you can select a price range for the clothing items you want shipped so that it can stay within your budget. You pay a $20 styling fee when you schedule a Fix and this gets applied toward anything you decide to purchase. You get a discount if you buy all of the items in the box. It was about $250 for everything in my box, which gave me three really nice shirts, a pair of pants, and three pair of socks. The box comes with a large prepaid envelope for any items you want to return.
I liked the convenience of the Stitch Fix Men service, but was most impressed with the quality of the personalized styling service. I felt like the stylist took the time to review the preferences in my profile and the note I added about the upcoming business trips. When I visit clothing stores in person I usually feel like the sales person is just pushing whatever will get them a higher commission. With Stitch Fix Men, it felt like the clothing choices were selected just for me and I could try everything on at home without the pressure of a salesperson breathing down my neck.
If you have a busy schedule and want to look good in the office, no matter what the dress code, Stitch Fix is a simple way to get quality clothing delivered to your door. You know that everything will look great because of the personalized styling service and it is easy to return what you don’t want. Stitch Fix Men is simply a better way to shop.
The nice people at Stitch Fix Men provided me with a credit so that I could try out the service, but the opinions expressed here are my own.