If you’ve been curious about Stitch Fix, check out this Stitch Fix review to find out how it works, prices, and honest feedback on the whole process.
I haven’t loved clothes shopping for myself for a while. It used to be a relaxing event to go on the hunt for new, cute clothing, but now it feels like hunting for a needle in a haystack. What once was fun is now a source of more stress.
- My free time is limited and spending a weekend afternoon shopping feels like a luxury I can’t afford
- I’m not the most adventurous with new styles and tend to stick with the same old thing
- I’m not happy with my weight at the moment so trying on clothes is an exercise in frustration (and sometimes literally exercise to get the clothes on – I’m looking at you skinny jeans)
In fact, I avoid shopping for myself so much that I still wear work clothes that I purchased 7 years ago. SEVEN. YEARS.
Sad, I know.
So when I first heard about Stitch Fix, it definitely sounded appealing. A stylist would curate some items for me and I could try them on in the comfort of my own home and send back what I didn’t want?
Please, take my money.
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How does Stitch Fix work?
From their site:
- Introduce yourself – tell us about your style, fit, and price preferences in a detailed Style Quiz.
- Get styled – a personal stylist will curate 5 pieces for you to try on at home.
- Buy what you love – give your stylist feedback then only pay for what you keep. You won’t be charged for items up front.
- Send back the rest – check out on Stitch Fix and send back what you don’t keep in your free USPS envelope in any mailbox within 3 business days– it couldn’t be easier.
- Love your look – sign up for automatic deliveries or schedule on demand.
If you want to try Stitch Fix for yourself, you can use my referral link and get the $20 styling fee waived on your first Fix.
What’s in a Fix?
Each Fix comes with 5 pieces of clothing, shoes, and accessories handpicked for you by a Stitch Fix stylist after you have completed your Style Quiz. They offer a wide away of styles in sizes 0-24, including petite and maternity. The stylist includes a personal note along with styling cards showing you different ways you can wear each item. A prepaid return envelope is also included so you can ship back any items you don’t keep.
Stitch Fix Prices
There is a $20 styling fee that is credited back to you if you make a purchase. Don’t forget, you can get your first styling fee waived using my referral link. You also get 25% off the entire box if you purchase all 5 items.
Select a price range during your Style Quiz. I am notoriously cheap when it comes to clothing for myself, so I selected the lowest range, which just said: “the cheaper the better”…
…yup, that sums up my clothing budget.
The next lowest price range you could select started at $50, so I had a sneaking suspicion that my idea of cheap was probably going to be much lower than theirs (and it definitely was), but I still wanted to give this a try to see what I thought.
My first Stitch Fix Review
I’ll admit, getting a mystery box full of clothing and accessories handpicked for me was super exciting. I think I even squealed a bit when I saw the box sitting there when I got home from work that evening. I don’t recall the last time I squealed when walking into a Kohls or Target.
Okay, I may get a little silently giddy walking into Target, but definitely no squeals.
My kids were both sitting in the kitchen when I went to open the package, so I explained to them the concept in terms little boys could understand…basically, this box is like mom’s version of a Minecraft blind bag. They were surprisingly into the whole thing and were just as excited to see what was in it as I was.
As I pulled out the items I got commentary from both on their favorites. As I tried everything on, the whole family got involved in reviewing each item. I felt a little like I was on America’s Next Top Model: Real Mom Edition.
Here’s what I got:
Liverpool Aubrey Skinny Jean ($88)
I was kind of excited and scared at the same time to try on these jeans. I can NEVER find jeans that fit me just right. Most of my weight is held in my middle section and I’m slim through the hips and thighs. Pants that fit me around the waist are usually baggy in the hip/thighs and if they fit in the hips then they are uncomfortably tight around the waist.
These jeans? They were almost perfect. They fit great around the waist and were just ever so slightly loose in the thighs, but not really noticeable.
I really debated on keeping these jeans. They fit me better than any jeans I have in my closet. My hesitation is that I’m in the process of losing weight and these are triple what I would normally pay for a pair of jeans. If I wasn’t actively losing weight I would have splurged on the jeans, but I couldn’t make myself spend that kind of money on jeans I’ll likely only get one season out of.
Verdict: sent back
French Grey Niko Tie Detail Knit Top ($38)
The neutral colors on this top are something I’d be drawn to when shopping on my own, so I was happy when I saw this in my Fix. I told the stylist in my Style Quiz that I want comfort and she delivered with this knit top.
My plans were to keep it, but I changed my mind at the last minute. The tie on the hip is just not my style at all and being that this is about twice what I’d normally pay for a top, I decided I have to love everything about it to keep it.
Verdict: sent back
Q&A Torce Roll Tab Blouse ($58)
This was my least favorite top in my Fix. I’m not normally drawn to floral patterns and even my oldest said this wasn’t “tough” enough for me. Apparently, he imagines me in black leather and skulls.
The top grew on me over a few days though. It especially looked great paired with the cardigan that also came in my Fix. Here’s a pic of me wearing them…sorry, I had lazy mom hair so I cropped my head out. Is that weird?
And this is one of those tops that has little to no stretch to it, which I normally don’t have luck with. This one fit me really comfortably though, so I would probably have kept it if it hadn’t been at this price point. Again, if I’m going to spend this much on a top I need to love it.
Verdict: sent back
Absolutely Imogene Lace Up Back Cardigan ($48)
Having a cardigan in my box was a great example of my stylist listening to my preferences in my Style Quiz.
I noted that I live in cardigans at work and the Imogene Lace Up Back is exactly the type of thing I gravitate towards. Here’s a picture of the back while I’m wearing it (there’s that mom hair again). The lighting makes it look lighter, but the color is closer to the 1st picture in person.
It’s a very basic flyaway front, but the back has a crisscross detail that makes it stand out. I know I’ll get lots of wear out of this cardigan and it works well in my wardrobe.
Octavia Brooks Cross-Body Bag ($58)
Again, another item in my Fix that was on point with my style. Everything from the color, size, and style of this bag was what I would normally look for in a bag. You can see the zipper detail on the bottom that expands the bag when open.
I just didn’t need a new purse at the moment (I know, crazy talk).
Verdict: sent back
My Stitch Fix Review: Final Thoughts
You might think I’m disappointed considering I sent 4 of the 5 items back, but I’m actually pleasantly surprised with my first Stitch Fix box. The 25% discount made me truly debate on keeping all the items, which tells me it was a good match considering my frugality with clothes.
After it’s all said and done, there were some obvious pros and cons.
The big downfall for me was the price of the clothing. I’m a cheap skate with clothes, so I had to change my mindset when it comes to buying quality clothing. As you can see from my items above, the tops even in the “cheaper the better” price point were $38-$58 and the jeans were $88. Those prices aren’t cheap to me at all; however, I read through a few Stitch Fix bad reviews and new the price points were higher before I signed up. If pricing is a concern for you too, I wouldn’t recommend Stitch Fix.
It was fun. Getting a mystery box, having a professional stylist handpick items for me, and the impromptu fashion show with my family all contributed to a memorable experience. It was a great way to treat myself to something I wouldn’t normally do.
I found the 3 days to make a decision a little stressful. Making quick decisions isn’t my strength, especially when it involves spending money. Having to do all of this in a short timeframe made me a little anxious and probably contributed to me sending more back than keeping in fear of regretting spending the money.
The convenience is undeniable. I don’t think I have ever walked into a fitting room with 4 items of clothing and had them all fit me so well. I don’t know if this was luck or if I did a great job on my Style Quiz, but my stylist did an awesome job at picking items that fit well and met my feedback.
And not having to take the time to go shopping, search through rack after rack for clothes that I like that are also in my size, and end up in the fetal position in the fitting room after trying on 51 pairs of jeans that don’t fit right…that is priceless, friend.
Final verdict: I’ve scheduled Stitch Fix #2!
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