Subscription boxes are a relatively new thing. There are all kinds of boxes you can subscribe for: beauty boxes, lifestyle boxes, clothing boxes, cleaning supplies,
Stitch Fix vs. Nadine West
Girl, I get it. You’re a busy woman who doesn’t always have the luxury of time to spend going to stores and hoping you actually find clothing that you like. Or maybe you don’t even enjoy shopping at all! Either way, clothing subscription boxes have your name written all over them. I mean, who doesn’t like getting packages in the mail? Stitch Fix and Nadine West are both clothing subscription boxes that send curated clothing right to your door. So, let’s figure out which box is the right fit for you.
The main difference between Stitch Fix and Nadine West is that Stitch Fix also has curated fashion lines for men and kids! Nadine West primarily focuses on women’s fashion. Stitch Fix also has the option to deliver on a subscription basis, or you can just purchase a new box whenever you want. No commitment necessary. Nadine West requires a subscription, but gives you the option of delivery every 2 weeks or 4 weeks.
Both of these boxes start you off with a brief style quiz on their website. You’ll answer questions regarding your size, style, and color preferences. Your unique answers will help determine what clothing is sent to you.
The style quiz on stitchfix.com is very detailed! They start out by asking about your height and weight, and any problem areas you have in clothing that you normally wear. Does anyone else have long arm problems too? Then you go through different pre-curated outfits and mark which ones align with your personal style, and which ones do not. It’s honestly a lot of fun to do and gets you excited about your first box.
Once you have taken your style quiz, they will ask you how often you want new clothes to be sent your way. The super nice thing about Stitch Fix is that you can have a subscription, or you can just order whenever you want a new box. That feels like freedom!
Before they send your box, you’ll be sent a preview. In this preview you can accept or reject proposed pieces before they are even sent to you. You’ll then receive a box of 5 items of clothing in the mail that you’ll have 3 days to try-on. If 3 days seem a bit aggressive for your time, no problem! You can extend the try-on window. Whatever you don’t want to keep can be easily returned.
Nadine West’s style quiz was not as comprehensive. They do ask about your style preferences, and which areas of your body you are uncomfortable with and would like to conceal. But they lack the nitty gritty details and leave you wondering if your box will truly be curated to you.
After the style quiz is completed, you’ll be asked if you would like to do a 2 week or a 4 week subscription. After you’ve finished, your package will head your way in a couple of days! Just like Stitch Fix, you’ll have a certain amount of time before you have to send the items you don’t want to keep back!
Let’s throw down the pros and cons of each of these boxes to see who comes out on top.
- Style quiz is comprehensive and fun
- You can set a budget
- Do not require a monthly subscription.
- They carry lines for men, and kids as well.
- the quality of clothing is inconsistent
- Patience is key for the first couple of boxes until you and your stylist get into a groove.
Overall, I’d say the pros outweigh the cons for Stitch Fix. While yes, the quality of clothing can vary, that’s because they have a huge selection of affordable items and nicer pieces. It’s also really nice that you can set a budget range for what you’d like to spend on each item, and I’m not kidding when I say the style quiz is FUN!
- They also curate jewelry and accessories in your box!
- No stylist fee
- More affordable clothing prices
- You don’t have a personal stylist.
- Their style quiz is lacking
- Poor quality clothing
Honestly, it’s super cool that Nadine West also includes accessories in your subscription box. I mean accessories are what can take an outfit from drab to fab! But other than that, they don’t have a lot going for them.
Both of these subscription boxes have very affordable options. Stitch Fix has more of a range of affordable and high end clothing.
With a large range in price and quality, Stitch Fix is a great one-stop shop. Their prices range from $25 to $500, but you can set a budget depending on what you’re comfortable spending. The $20 stylist fee can also be deducted from the price of any of the items you decide to keep. If they hit it spot on, and you love all 5 items, you can save 25% on your whole box. What a deal!
Nadine West estimates that their items average $10 to $30 a piece. This is a very affordable option for a clothing subscription box. Also, the $10 you pay in shipping to receive your box can be applied to any of the pieces you decide to keep.
Both of these services offer a wide range of brands, styles and sizes.
There’s no shortage of brand variety at Stitch Fix. They carry a selection from popular brands such as TOMS, Dolce Vita, Cole Haan, Sperry, etc. Your box will have a variety of items ranging from tops, to dresses, to slacks, to shoes.
Sizing at Stitch Fix is as follows:
- Women’s 0 – 24 W (they have a Stitch Fix plus option)
- Men’s XS – 3XL
- Children 2T – 14
They also have a Maternity line!
On their website they say “We carry a large variety of brands. Some you know. Others you won’t.” Take from that vague statement what you will. In your box you’ll receive a variety of accessories, shoes, pants, tops, dresses, etc.
Nadine West carries sizes S – 3X. Their most popular sizes are M and XL, which may have a more limited selection of items due to high demand.
Stitch Fix has a large range of brands, sizes, and styles. This is great because it makes it possible for you to try things you generally wouldn’t. They also have discounts if you purchase the whole box and you can apply their styling fee toward anything you purchase.
Nadine West is a much more affordable option overall. They also offer accessories and jewelry as a part of their boxes. An important part to any great outfit!
Bottom line, Stitch Fix is the clear winner! They have a larger variety, higher quality of clothing, and a more fine-tuned system where you actually have a personal stylist picking out items for you based on your answers to the style quiz. It’s a wonderful service and a great asset to all you busy ladies out there who are killing it but need a little extra help in the clothing department.
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