I haven't subscribed to Stitch Fix all that long, but I've been somewhat disappointed by the items I've received in my first few shipments. I'll stick with the service, partly because I've heard that the boxes get better the longer you subscribe (i.e., your stylist continually gains a better understanding of which styles you like, and which styles you don't like) and also because, as author of a blog that reviews subscription boxes, I'd be remiss if I didn't provide monthly reviews of one of the most popular services out there.
That said, when I learned about The Blues Jean Bar (BJB) Express, I decided to give it a try. The concept is similar to Stitch Fix. You provide a stylist with information about your size, clothing preferences, etc., and then receive a box full of outfits to try on. The service being called "The Blues Jean Bar Express," you can expect to receive several pairs of jeans, as well as tops and accessories. BJB Express costs only a dollar to join and, unlike with Stitch Fix, you don't pay a styling fee. You also don't pay any shipping costs. You simply receive the box, decide which items you like, pay for them, and return the others via UPS with a prepaid shipping label.
BJB Express gave me some store credit to try out its service, so with that, and some cash out of my own pocket, I went to work. When the box arrived in the mail, I was sooo excited. It was HUGE (it even had a handle!) and I could only imagine what was inside it. Then I opened it. Here was my first peek.
I loved the way it was packaged. The clothes were bundled neatly together with twine (which I couldn't wait to get my hands on and rip open).
And now here's what I received. I had eleven pieces. In some cases, the price point was quite a bit higher than it is on the items that I receive with Stitch Fix. However, a few BJB Express pieces were in line with what I typically pay for SF clothing. I'll start with the items that I kept.
Now here's what I didn't keep. If I had unlimited funds, I probably would have kept the bulk of what I received, but until I win the lottery, I'll have to pace myself.
Now I'll start the "jeans" portion of this review. I didn't keep any of them, in part because I need to save up a bit before I can afford them, but primarily because I ordered the wrong size, so they were all just a touch too small. (This was my fault, not BJB Express's, as they gave me what I had requested.) BJB Express sizes its jeans based on waist size (e.g., 26, 28, 30, etc.), and I was too lazy to take my actual measurement, so I'll be requesting the next size up in the future. All of these jeans were cute and very high-quality. I had requested boot-cut and skinny jeans in my shipment, with mid- to high-rises and dark washes, but BJB Express offers several other styles, too, like boyfriend jeans, low-rise jeans, light washes, etc.
So, what did I think about BJB Express? I LOVED it! The clothing that I received was perfect: classic and stylish. Everything in my BJB box was fashionable now, and will be in ten years. I'm slowly in the midst of making over my closet, getting rid of stuff that I bought because it was cheap but that I've never worn, and instead carefully choosing pieces that might cost a bit more, but that I know I'll wear all the time. I think that, from now on, I'll be using BJB Express to help me do that.
BJB Express can send out boxes monthly, quarterly, or even just whenever you need an extra dose of fashion. I've requested another box for next month, because I want to try on jeans that are in my actual size, but I'll probably go to quarterly boxes after that. I'm very impressed with the service, though, and will definitely be sticking around as a customer.
If you want to try out BJB Express for yourself, head here: The Blues Jean Bar Express subscription link