As a frugal mom who dislikes paying full price for clothes, here’s my unfiltered Stitch Fix review!
So, let’s get this out of the way first…Stitch Fix did not sponsor this post. The feedback I’m sharing today is 100% my own.
I decided to give Stitch Fix a try because a friend of mine shared her referral link with me which gave me a free credit – YAY! I’m going to share mine with you so you can also get some free spending money! More on that in a bit.
What is Stitch Fix?
Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service that sends trendy articles of clothing, shoes, and accessories straight to your front door! It falls in the category of a subscription service but you have total control of how often you want a box sent to you.
How Does Stitch Fix Work?
First things first, you should always have some incentive for trying something new out, right?! Sign-up for your first Stitch Fix box, and you’ll receive FREE credit to use toward your box of goodies!
Once you sign-up, you’ll fill out a detailed style profile that helps your stylist learn your preferences. This helps to get the sizing just right, target areas you look for when shopping for clothes (ie: take attention off the chest, accentuate the waist, etc), and you’ll also rate some wardrobe examples!
I found the questionnaire to be quite fun, and it only took about 10 minutes. You can add a personal note for your stylist with any additional, relevant information to help them find the perfect pieces for you.
For example, in one of my questionnaires, I shared that I was looking for a long skirt that would flatter my waist. You can even upload any photos (hello, Pinterest inspiration) that may help your stylist zero-in on your wardrobe preferences!
Once you’ve completed your questionnaire, filled out your shipping information, and confirmed your order, your stylist will gather pieces and ship them out to you! The fun part is that you really have no idea what they’re going to pick. I tend to be more of a “basic” shopper and could use some creativity in choosing new styles that I may not consider if left to my own devices.
Review of Stitch Fix Boxes
Below you’ll find two Stitch Fix boxes: one from Spring of 2020 and the second from Fall 2020.
When I placed my order in the Spring, I was informed that, due to high demand, orders were slightly behind, which was not an issue for me. For my Fall box, everything went smoothly. There were no delays, and the box arrived on time. Overall, I was very pleased with the shipping process for both boxes.
For both orders, the packages arrived with the clothing bundled together nicely in tissue paper. An envelope filled with instructions on how to return/exchange, an invoice with item descriptions and pricing, a style tip guide, and a return bag was included in the box as well.
Each fix also included a personal note from my stylist confirming that she received my style preferences and worked to find items that fit what I was looking for. It felt amazing knowing that my comments were actually received and considered during the styling process!
Here’s what my Spring Stitch Fix box came with:
41 Hawthorn Tulla Mixed Material Knit Top in Burgundy – $54
Pros: I really liked the material of this top which was soft and breathable. The ¾ sleeve length was nice too because I tend to push up my sleeves when I’m wearing long-sleeved shirts. I also liked the color!
Cons: I wasn’t too crazy about the tunic-type length which was more business-casual than what my wardrobe looks like these days.
Keep it? Nope!
Studio Blue Aranza Skinny Jean – $48
Pros: I liked the dark wash color of the jeans. Initially, they looked smaller than I thought they should look and was pretty confident they wouldn’t fit. But to my surprise, they were very stretchy and sooooo crazy comfortable! And the stylist got the pant length just right which was a plus because most of my jeans are too long on me.
Cons: None! I loved them.
Keep it? You bet!
Towne & Reese Olivia Hammered Double Necklace – $28
Oops, I forgot to take a photo of this before I sent it back! You can see what it looks like in the next photo below.
Pros: I liked the length of this necklace and also the gold color finish! It was quite classy.
Cons: The price was a bit too steep for me on a necklace that I wasn’t completely in love with.
Keep it? Nope!
Mix by 41 Hawthorn Barona Brushed Knit Cardigan White/Striped – $38
Pros: Loved the fit of this cardigan And the quality felt amazing with the buttery soft texture of the top.
Cons: I felt that the stripes made my arms look really big and am not a fan of horizontal stripes. I’d definitely keep it if it was in a solid color!
Keep it? Nope!
Papermoon Larie Tie Sleeve Blouse Yellow – $44
Pros: This was a fun piece that I wouldn’t gravitate toward in the store. I did like the pattern but not sure if I would like it better in a tank top paired with a cardigan.
Cons: The pattern was a bit too bold for my taste especially with the tie sleeve style. I found the shirt to be a bit large as well.
Keep it? Nope!
So I didn’t fall head over heels for everything in my box but I definitely found a pair of jeans that I LOVE! I have such trouble finding jeans and usually resort to the cheapest pair I can find that looks decent. I feel really excited about this pair due to the fit and quality.
So with my free credit, my jeans were CHEAP!
Here’s what my Fall Stitch Fix box came with:
Just USA Rhea Skinny Distressed Jean, Indigo – $58
Pros: I usually don’t wear distressed jeans because I never find any that look flattering on me. But, these surprised me! The distressing is subtle yet trendy. They feel buttery soft, have a nice stretch, and the color is great for all year.
Keep it? You bet!
Cotton Emporium Vallerie Texture Two Pocket Cardigan, Tan – $44
Pros: I love the unique weave in this cardigan! The “slouchy” look is perfect for Fall. And I also love the length of it and the deep pockets.
Cons: I’ll need to be careful not to snag this because of the weaved texture. But I love it too much to send back!
Keep it? YES!
Colette Romey Cold Shoulder Knit Top, Olive – $34
Pros: I love the color of this one! It fit me very well and can easily be dressed up for a date or can be used for a more casual look.
Cons: I’m not a huge fan of cold shoulder tops and the price point was a little high for me.
Keep it? Nope
Nine Britton Levie Knot Front Knit Top, Dark Grey – $34
Pros: This was very comfy and fit well! The front knot is a fun “twist” on a basic tee.
Cons: My only con was that for a basic top like this, I felt that the price was much too high.
Keep it? I did not!
Fortune + Ivy Lighton Zip Detail Mixed Material Blouse, Navy – $36
Pros: It’s important to me that I get a lot of use out of my clothes so I could see being able to wear this in the warmer or cooler months! The zip detail is fun, and I also liked that the stripes are vertical.
Cons: Overall, this just wasn’t really my style!
Keep it? Nope!
A few more things to note:
There is a $20 styling fee for the stylist’s time. If you keep at least one item from your box, that fee is applied toward the item you purchased (so in other words, basically waived). But if you decide not to keep anything, you will be subject to a $20 styling charge.
If you decide to keep everything sent to you, you’ll save 25% off the entire box!
Plus, Stitch Fix is not just for women but also for men and children. Check out our Stitch Fix Kids Review!
Stitch Fix Review Pros and Cons:
• First-time customers get a FREE credit to use on your first order (helloooo, free clothes!)⠀
• You get professional styling! I struggle with inspiration with my wardrobe, so this helps a lot.
• Opportunity to communicate with your stylist about what clothes you’re looking for (cute skirts, upcoming event, swimsuit, etc).⠀
• You can try on clothes at home with the pieces you already have in your closet (“Does this top look good with my favorite jeans?” etc)⠀
• Major time saver when life is busy and you don’t have time or patience to shop (especially great during social distancing right now)!⠀
• Access to premier brands that you won’t find in your typical stores.⠀
• FREE exchanges and returns on all items!
• Styling is FREE as long as you keep at least one item from the box they send to you.
• You can easily control how often you get a Fix sent to you.
• It gives you a nudge to try out something new that you may not give attention to in the store.
• You’ll save 25% off your entire box if you decide to keep everything.
• Stitch Fix is not only for women but also for men and children!
• Prices can be higher than your typical “Old Navy” or value retailers.
• You may not like what the stylist picks out for you!⠀
• There may be a temptation to buy too much if you’re prone to lack self-control with your clothing budget.
• If you don’t buy something from the shipment they send, you’ll pay a $20 styling fee (this is waived if you do buy at least one item).
I am a penny pincher who HATES to buy anything that is not on sale. So, is Stitch Fix worth it? At this point in my life, I’d say – YES! As a mom of little kids, I basically have no time to shop on my own. And to find on-trend pieces that fit just right for me? Stitch Fix was fantastic.
I would not use the service exclusively and will continue to shop at my favorite frugal stores (my closet is basically an Old Navy display rack). But when I’m looking for higher quality pieces that add a bit more zest to my wardrobe, you bet I’ll be ordering another Stitch Fix box!
If you have the budget for clothing and the self-control to not go over your limits, I definitely recommend trying Stitch Fix.
The biggest benefits, in my opinion, are the expertise of the stylists, the time-saving aspect of not having to hunt for pieces, the convenience of free returns & exchanges, and the quality of the items.
Don’t forget, you can get free credit just like I did on my first box! Start your first Stitch Fix box and by signing-up here.
I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below. Are you going to try it out? If you’ve tried Stitch Fix already, what are your thoughts?
Thanks for stopping by to check out my review of my Stitch Fix 2020 box!