The purpose of this post is two-fold: 1) To continue my journey into a life of “Fewer, Better Things”* and 2) To review my experience with the company Stitch Fix.
*The motto I’ve adopted from the amazingly socially reliable company Cuyana
I recently watched a movie on Netflix called The True Cost. The True Cost is a documentary uncovering the truth about the wasteful and harmful nature of the fashion industry. The “Fast Fashion” industry is the #2 polluting industry globally, second only to petroleum.
If you’re not convinced yet that buying 50 things on Black Friday is directly impacting our world in a very serious way, here are a few statistics that might pique your interest in learning more:
- Fashion’s engine is powered by an estimated 40 million garment workers, most of whom make less than $1 per day.
- The average American disposes of 80 lbs of clothing each year.
- Fast fashion clothes are full of toxin chemicals including LEAD! (read more here)
- Cotton farming is responsible for 2.6% of the world’s water use.
- An estimated 17 to 20% of industrial water pollution comes from textile dyeing and treatment and an estimated 8,000 synthetic chemicals are used throughout the world to turn raw materials into textiles.
So what does all of this pollution and inhumane labor get us? A closet full of cheap clothes and pockets stuffed full of cash for the few fashion executives. So is it worth it? As part of my journey into defining and wearing a Capsule Wardrobe I cut down extremely on my fashion purchases. The first item that I bought was an amazing tote bag from a wonderfully sustainable company, Cuyana. I never realized that spending $160 on one bag could feel so good, but knowing that I put my money where my mouth is when it comes to buying clothing from responsible companies was outstanding.
Links to a few of my favorite sustainable brands:
Now let’s talk about Stitch Fix
Here it is in all it’s glory! If you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix and want to learn more, check it out here.
Prior to scheduling this fix, I filled out the lengthy style guide (which was very fun). I even included a specific note to my stylist regarding what I wanted to see in my first fix. I specifically asked for a black blaze, and not to include pants, shorts, or skirts. Not only did my stylist, Amber, follow the instructions to a T, she also included a lovely message regarding the items she chose and why. I created a Pinterest board filled with fashion pins to help Amber understand my style. I highly recommend doing this. Amber even mentioned in her note that it was helpful 🙂
The fix also comes with a “style card” for each item which shows you how to mix and match it with items in your closet to have a stylish put together look. So let’s take a look at the items I received.
Item 2) Dita Sleeveless Ponte Dress, by 41Hawthorne, $68.00
Item 3) Corinna Striped Dolman Top, by Market & Spruce, $48.00
Item 4) Kaylie Solid French Terry Blazer, by Tart, $128.00
Item 5) Liffey Button Down Top, by Skies are Blue, $58.00
After trying all of the pieces on, and mixing and matching with items in my summer capsule, I decided to only keep one thing; Item 3. I was also very close to keeping Item 2, and probably would of if it had been a brighter color.
I was also disappointed that 3 of the 5 pieces were Stitch Fix specific brands (41Hawthorne, Market & Spruce, Skies are Blue); meaning not something you can buy somewhere else. This wouldn’t bother me if they had a sustainability or eco-friendly statement on their website about their brands, but until I see that it makes me like this a tad less, but I still want to try it a few more times. This method of having handpicked items delivered to me should compliment the Capsule Wardrobe lifestyle well. It’s especially useful since I live in a smaller town without access to non “big box” clothing stores.
Pros: Everything fit, I’d score this a 7/10 for my style (not bad for the first try), a few items were very nice quality
Cons: Next time I will specify no jewelry, does not offer sustainable brands (that I’m aware of)
My take home message:
Stitch Fix, please add some sustainable brands to your lineup. I’d happily pay $30 more per item if I knew they came from companies dedicated to ending the “fast fashion” epidemic.