I was recently approached by a styling service company called FASHOM that delivers personalized outfits that are hand selected right to your door step. They offered to style me, so I decided to give it a shot. If you’re like me, it’s always fun to discover new styling services, and FASHOM claims to be more budget friendly versus Stitch Fix or others like Wantable, both favorites of mine.
There are a few main things that set this company apart from others:
- Fashom provides customers with a preview of what will be shipped (my preview contained 9 items) and Fashom clients get to narrow down which 5 pieces will be sent their way. If you don’t like some/any of them, you can cancel the session, or request they try again and add some more options to choose from. Since I feel like I have honed in on my style, I am really specific on what pieces I am looking for, so have this option helps ensure I get what I want.
- Fashom specifically offers budget-friendly clothing (averaging $35), and offers 25% off when customers order 3 or more items from their shipment, and 30% if you keep all five items. That’s a nice discount, and you have to keep all the (higher priced) pieces from Stitch Fix to get a discount similar to that.
- Fashom donates $1 of every box sold to Second Chance Rescue NYC as a way of giving back to the community.
How it works:
- FILL OUT YOUR STYLE PROFILE & SUBMIT A STYLING REQUEST
Fill out a profile about your style, size & price preferences & then submit your request to be styled. You’ll see a styling preview within 2-3 business days.
- REVIEW YOUR SELECTED ITEMS & PICK WHAT SHIPS
Your stylist will send you items to review. You pick 5 pieces to be shipped to your doorstep within 2 days. It’s free shipping & returns. No subscription required. If no items are picked within 2 days, your FASHOM stylist will send you their choice of 5 pieces.
- KEEP WHAT YOU LOVE & SEND BACK THE REST
Try on your hand-selected items & keep what you want, and use the prepaid envelope for easy returns. You have 3 days to try ‘em on. Only pay for what you keep.
They offer all sizes, including plus size, petite and maternity. AND, they offer free exchanges if they have your size available, which is something I ended up doing.
For me, it did take me two sessions for them to really nail down my style. But I did love the fact that I was able to fine-tune it and give specific feedback and have them try again so I wasn’t stuck paying for a session with items I didn’t care for. They were very responsive to my requests and feedback both times. Stitch Fix doesn’t really offer this service.
Another difference with Stitch Fix is the user interface. Stitch Fix offers big, easy to see photos in their style profile and at checkout. FASHOM? Not so much. Their images are super small and hard to see (and I didn’t adjust anything on my computer.) They could work out the kinks on this and it would be much better. Here’s what I saw:
Another difference is when you receive your items. Stitch Fix allows you to schedule when your fix arrives, with styling time built in. FASHOM takes 2-3 days to come up with your items, plus any time to do swaps/changes, then mentions you get your shipment 12-14 days later. Not too sure why it would take that long, but mine ended up coming in more like a week.
What does it cost?
You get ONE free styling session risk-free. After that, you will be charged a $15 styling fee; however, this fee is applied as a credit to your purchase if you decide to keep an item from your order, making it cheaper than Stitch Fix. And if you use my referral link, you can get a $20 credit! And there are no subscriptions required.
Here’s what I got:
Skies are blue scallop neckline cami top $28 // Side note: Skies are blue is the same brand that Stitch Fix carries! I specifically requested a few pieces from this brand, since I am a fan of it.
Skies are blue floral print v-neck top $41 // Love the peplum and button detail– so sweet and feminine! Spoiler alert: I kept this one, and opted to remove the ties from the sleeves and stitched them up.
Panamex floral print contrast stripe raglan top $38 // I am a fan of stripes and wanted to try a floral top– a nice combo of both!
RAE Mode: butter soft yoga leggings $28 // I asked for athleisure, and they delivered. True to their name, they are incredibly soft. Not super high quality given their price point, but perfect for wearing around the house vs. a workout. AND they have side pockets, which I am a big fan of.
Renee C: short sleeve knit top $32 // fun detail at the edges…like a sweater without the heaviness. Ran pretty small.
So all in all, I would say this is a pretty great alternative to Stitch Fix. The service allows you to hand-pick your items, the items are budget friendly, they offer a wide range of sizes (petite, plus, maternity), and you get deeper discounts when you keep items. Although there are a few kinks to be worked out (i.e..- website experience and visuals, and ship time), I’d say it’s worth it!