What if every morning you woke up to a personal stylist, ready to dress you from head to toe in modern clothing and jewelry? Wouldn’t that be the life! Well, in a way, Stitch Fix is trying to at least get your closet full of go-to foundation pieces that you love and can easily create great outfits from. After my friend Amber discovered the service, I decided to take it for a spin. I ended up with some really stylish pieces, but is the service worth it? First, a breakdown of exactly how Stitch Fix works.
An included style guide to help you wear your pieces in different ways
The first step when you sign up with Stitch Fix is to fill out your Style Profile. This takes about 5-10 minutes. They’ll collect current fit information for your body (size up top, size on the bottom, tall, regular, petite, etc.), and have you look at different pictures of clothing and jewelry and have you choose how much you like it. Once your Style Profile is completed, you’re ready for your first Stitch Fix.
Your personal stylist (mine is Monica) will create a customized shipment for you, consisting of 5 pieces. You can leave a detailed comment about what you’d prefer to be shipped. For instance, I requested some pants to be included in my first Stitch Fix, and Monica obliged. Sounds like a fun deal, right? Well, there are a few pitfalls you have to be sure to avoid in order for this to even be close to worth it.
- You’re charged $20 just to have your Stitch Fix sent out (the stylist fee). That $20 goes towards the purchase of anything in your Stitch Fix, but if you don’t like anything, you’re out the twenty bucks.
- The average price of a Stitch Fix piece is $65, by no means cheap. You’ll likely get a few things that run less, a few things that run more in your Fix.
- You have 3 days from the day of delivery to ship the items you don’t want back, or else you’re charged for all 5 items. That would have been $260 for my five. Ouch! Luckily, you’re shipped a prepaid USPS envelope along with your fix, so all you have to do is place your items in the envelope, and drop it by the post office, get it into a mailbox, or catch your postal carrier at the right time. Still, 3 days is a very short window of time, so you have to be on it.
- You can’t exchange sizes. Stitch Fix has limited inventory (but a very fun line up of designers), so often size exchanges are impossible.
There is definite value to Stitch Fix though.
- They make the process as easy as possible for you.
- The clothing is pretty nice, with some pieces being more impressive than others, but right on trend, with good fit.
- They might push you out of your style comfort zone a bit, which is a good thing!
- If you choose to keep all 5 items, you’re total is discounted by 25%.
- Because of the designers they sell, the clothing is right on target with trend, but not over the top.
- You can sign up for monthly fixes if you like, but have the option to just order a fix whenever the time is right for you.
- They give $25 credits when people sign up through your personal referral link and purchase their first Fix.
- Your stylist includes a personal note and guide to help you style your Fix pieces in different ways.
So, what did I think of my first Stitch Fix? Here are the goods I received, and what I thought of them.
Zazou Kimmy Sequine Scarf
Loved it! I had to keep this pretty knit scarf with sequins woven in. It was priced at $38, which I think is steep, but since I had $20 already invested, I bought it. Good start.
Mystree Hamilton Overlay Shirt
This was a beautiful shirt, just not completely my style. I hardly ever wear black (which I made my stylist aware of for my next shipment). But the quality was apparent with this garment. If I recall correctly, it was priced at $88. Pricey, but that’s on par with a department store. The only benefit to a department store is that you’d likely be able to purchase it on sale at some point. With Stitch Fix, the only way to get a lower price is to buy all 5 items in your Fix.
Evolution by Cyrus Nicole Bejeweled Pullover
Another piece that wasn’t quite my style, but well made and the jewels were very pretty. I tend to steer clear of clothing with jewels attached, because if one falls of, it can ruin the garment unless you can reattach it or find a suitable replacement. That’s just me though, I know there are plenty of women that would be able to quickly replace a gem, and even enjoy the process! Price on this sweater was $118 (another reason I didn’t keep it).
41 Hawthorne Addison Striped Knit Cardigan
This was a keeper for me. It fit my petite top half well, was super comfortable, and felt well knit. Plus the way the garment laid was slimming and elongating. And at $48 the price was right. It shared a very pleasant turkey day with me, paired with some cranberry skinny pants, tall boots, and a brown cami. And although I’m referring to it in past tense, it’s currently hanging in my closet.
Just Black Adora Skinny Jeans
I requested pants, and they sent them. I loved these pants, but unfortunately I looked the part of a stuffed sausage in them. They were so comfortable (I didn’t FEEL stuffed into them)! I loved the purple color, and the material was just about perfect. They were insanely long though, but I have the feeling that was part of the look, kind of like instant leg warmers bunched up around your shins. Bummed I didn’t get to keep these, but I adjusted the pant size in my style profile up a size, so hopefully next time I’ll have better luck.
Yes, there will be a next time! My budget won’t allow for a monthly Stitch Fix, but I can see using this service every three months or so. It’s really fun to have a curated box of clothing mailed to you. It might challenge you stylistically, and you may be surprised to find that you actually look good in something you’ve liked for a while but hesitated to try out. And the more Fixes you get, the more refined your profile becomes, and soon your stylist should be able to send you a box with 5 pieces that you’ll have a hard time parting with. I’m sure that is the goal, after all!
Got any questions? Just ask them in the comments. As an added bonus, here are some pics from my friend Amber’s Stitch Fix. Enjoy!
* All links to Stitch Fix in this post are referral links, and may result in a referral credit for us were you to buy a Fix.