Too good to be true, right? When I heard about a website delivering hand-picked clothes tailored to my body type and style, my initial reaction was to run away screaming, clutching my wallet. And yet a seemingly luxurious service like Stitch Fix turned out to be exactly what I needed – and it didn’t destroy my budget.
I’ve heard a lot of great things about Stitch Fix from friends, but I was always hesitant to actually try it out. As an experienced thrift store connoisseur, it felt like a pricey, lavish, personalized wardrobe that was way out of my budget.
But oh, how wrong I was. Stitch Fix may be the single best splurge I’ve made for my wardrobe – it’s actually worth the money.
How Does Stitch Fix Work?
Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. You fill out a super detailed survey about your style preferences, body-type and budget, and Stitch Fix will send you a package of stylish clothing and jewelry to try on at home. Here’s how Stitich Fix works:
Step 1) Fill out your Style Profile. Each shipment is hand-picked by a stylist based on your profile, so the more thorough you are, the better!. I was really impressed by the level of detail they collected about what style of clothing I liked and even what parts of my body I like showing off 🙂 Want to step out of your fashion comfort zone? Just let your Stitch Fix stylist know that you want to be a little adventurous. I decided to play it safe for my first Fix, just to see what variety they’d send my way.
Step 2) Once you fill our your Style Profile, you can schedule your first Fix – either a one-time Fix or a monthly subscription. You can schedule your Fix to be shipped whenever you want, and cancel directly from the website if you have a change of heart. There’s a $20 styling fee that gets added to your fix, but it’s credited toward any of the items you end up keeping and includes return shipping if you don’t keep any of the items.
Step 3) The magic Stitch Fix
elves stylists pick out 5 unique items for you based on your Style Profile and ship them your way (oh, and shipping is free!).
Step 4) The best part – delivery day! It’s like a Christmas morning and Black Friday shopping combined 🙂 You’ll get 5 unique articles of clothing or jewelry and a style card to help you accessorize your new look. Bonus: if you keep all 5 items, you get a 25% discount on the entire box.
Step 5) Pick what you want to keep and log in to your Stitch Fix account to let your stylist know which items worked and which ones you’re sending back and why. The more feedback you provide, the better your next Stitch Fix box will be.
Step 6) Ship the items back that you don’t want within 3 business days of receiving your Fix. (Returning the clothes is free! Your package comes with a pre-paid mailer return bag).
So, Is Stitch Fix Worth It?
My experience: The Stitch Fix sizing system works incredible well – everything was the right size, even though some of the clothes weren’t flattering to my body shape. Two of the shirts I received did not flatter my mid section (but I had specifically asked for that style of shirt in my Style Profile – so shame on me!). The final piece in my box I tried on was a little red dress… oh, the little red dress. I couldn’t believe how perfectly it fit – it was like it was made just for me!
This dress made it totally worth it 🙂
The website is incredibly easy to use and even though a few of the items didn’t work out for me, I felt that the stylist really paid attention to my request. Since the boxes will only improve overtime with my feedback, I don’t feel bad returning 4 out of the 5 items this month. And considering how incredible that little red dress fit, I’m really happy!
And despite being such a thrift store frugalista, I think Stitch Fix is totally worth it in terms of price. Having a stylist who will personalize my wardrobe and push me outside my fashion comfort zone is absolutely worth the cost!
Verdict: If you’re looking to mix up your wardrobe and you’re in the bit of a style rut, a Stitch Fix box could be the perfect addition to your wardrobe. I personally wouldn’t sign up for their monthly subscription, since that would be a little over my monthly clothing budget. But I’ll definitely be getting a Fix every now and then when I feel like my wardrobe has gone stale. If you’re looking for something fresh and new – and like getting surprises in the mail – check it out and let me know what you think!
Have you used Stitch Fix before? Do you think it’s worth it?
Disclaimer: I was not paid to review Stitch Fix, but I am a happy customer. If you choose to use the link I’ve shared, I’ll get a referral bonus for future fixes. If you’ve already tried Stitch Fix, let me know in the comments below what you thought?
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