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Stitch Fix Clothing Subscription Box Review – April 2017

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Stitch Fix is a monthly clothing and styling subscription service. When you sign up you take a pretty in-depth survey about your sizes, your style, and pricing preferences. After choosing when you’d like to receive your delivery, your stylist handpicks 5 items based on your preferences. The fee for this service is $20, and that includes free shipping and free returns. And if you keep any of the items they send you, you get to deduct the $20 fee from the total. (If you keep all five items, you also get a 25% discount!)

My items are reflective of my style and price preferences, so your Stitch Fix may be completely different!

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My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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The Subscription Box: Stitch Fix

The Cost: $20 styling fee (pay for whatever items you keep minus the $20 credit)

The Products: 5 clothing and accessory items selected for you based on your Style Profile.

Ships to: U.S. only

Check out all of our Stitch Fix Reviews and the Women’s Clothing Subscription Box Directory!

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This is my invoice sheet. It lists the prices per item and the discount I’d receive by keeping all 5 items. With the 25% discount and my $20 styling fee factored in, this box would cost me a total of $241 to keep everything – an average of $48.20 per item and a total discount of $107.

For anything you plan to return, Stitch Fix instructs you to complete a checkout process online so they know what to expect coming back, and it also allows you to provide feedback about the items. They include a USPS prepaid mailing bag in your box too. You just pack up the items you don’t want and drop the bag off at your post office. Last month, I left the bag for my mail carrier and they picked it up! So convenient!

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Each box comes with cards with styling suggestions for every piece, plus a little note from your stylist. This was by far the most helpful piece of info in the box because it inspired outfits I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise!

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Market & Spruce Adelina Lace Detail Knit Top – Cost to keep: $54

My stylist, Jenn filled this month’s Stitch Fix box with various springtime styles inspired by the Pinterest board I shared with her. This is a black lightweight cotton tee with lace and embroidery detailing on the front yoke, sleeves and a bit on the back. I liked this top more once I tucked it into a pencil skirt, but I didn’t love it overall.

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As much of a fan I am of different textures and embroidery detailing, this top felt a little dated, like a piece I may have reached for a few years ago. My style is a bit different now, so I can’t justify spending $58 on it.

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There’s an additional embroidery panel that runs vertically down the back.

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Report Footwear Robin Laser Cut Bootie – Cost to keep: $60

I was so excited to open the canvas Stitch Fix pouch to find a pair of booties! I am a fan of Report Footwear and am overall pleased with the design of this pair. Aside from the laser cut-outs, there’s also an interesting weave design happening in the faux leather. They fit true to size but are not comfortable due to the stiff material.

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I double checked my profile for heel height preferences, but unfortunately, this preference is not an option. These have a solid 3″ heel and with no platform, they feel too high. Super cute, but not practical (I prefer a 2″ or under heel height).

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The back of the booties includes a zipper to easily slide them on and off.

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RD Style Rhonda Faux Leather Jacket – Cost to keep: $78

Props to Stitch Fix for sending this powder blue moto-style jacket! I love the shade of blue and like that it’s faux leather. However, I did have trouble steaming out the wrinkles, which makes it look a bit messy on. This is something I wouldn’t normally try on at the store, but was happy to try it out in the comfort of my own home.

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This jacket has pretty basic, but good quality pocket and zipper details. There is also ribbed knitted fabric insets on the back sides and under each arm that matches the color of the faux leather perfectly.

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Loveappella Zola Knit Dress – Cost to keep: $58

This dress is my favorite from this month’s box! It is so comfortable on! I don’t typically gravitate towards navy blue, horizontal stripes, or nautical trends, but there’s something different about this dress. It’s made of a stretchy knit and is perfectly cut. I love the idea of pairing it all summer long with sneakers and a bandana around my neck (which I need to buy!).

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I also really like the front skirt wrap. The underlayer is completely stitched across the skirt, so the front flap is a second layer of fabric. Everything about this dress is perfection for me and I will get a lot of wear out of this for the $58 investment.

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Level 99 Primrose Skinny Jean – Cost to keep $98

This denim is the perfect fit and length, and another winner this month! They are a higher waisted jean with minimal distressing and hit around my ankle. I like the wash and how they fit on, but am so torn on whether to keep them. I don’t mind paying around $100 for a pair of denim, but I’ve recently purchased other jeans from subscription boxes and don’t know if I really need another distressed pair right now.

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These jeans have traditional front pockets and zip fly and feel high-quality.

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In addition to the knee distressing, there’s white topstitching which is new for me.

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I like the retro-inspired stitching on the back pockets too!

Verdict: If you’re read my previous two reviews, it’s apparent I haven’t found much success with this subscription service. However, things are heading in the right direction after this month’s Stitch Fix! I liked the majority of what I received and will definitely be keeping the dress.  

Overall, the $20 monthly styling fee (which also includes free shipping and returns) is a low-risk way of shopping for clothes in the comfort of your home. 

What did you receive this month from Stitch Fix?

Written by Sara McClelland

Sara McClelland

Sara received a gift subscription to Birchbox in 2013 and has been intrigued by (ok, obsessed with) discovery and fashion boxes ever since. Her basset hound, Oliver, is a huge fan of Barkbox, too.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

24 Comments

  1. Sara, I notice you always receive skinny jeans in your styling subs. May I ask if you’ve requested that style or if that is just the style that they send you? I’m having a hard time finding any jeans other than skinny jeans when I shop for myself and I was hoping a styling service much help find me straight leg styles. But I don’t want to waste my time and money if all they have to choose from are skinnies.

  2. So, for folks on their first couple of months with this service, it takes time. I have done 5 fixes now and they pretty much get it right at this point. You won’t love everything all the time but the last two fixes I kept everything. I am a guy, trying to be a bit more fashionable and this also helps keep me up with current trends. I have to say that I generally have the same person putting it together​ and she has done a great job!

  3. I like the concept of the styling cards and putting outfits together. My first fix was excellent and I hated the second even though it was the same stylist. I’ve been able to find the exact same items at Nordstrom rack and Amazon for 50% off (they list the full retail price as the stitch fix amount), but I appreciate the help in how to style things. I’ll give it another shot.

  4. I like the top – that kind of lace has a retro vibe. Love the blue jacket, it’s the kind of thing I’m always tempted to buy but know I won’t wear. Dress is really cute for summer. I don’t know about shoes – they seem like such an easy miss in a sub box, so much harder to fit.

    I’m always a bit torn on these clothing sub profiles. Should I stretch my comfort zone, and see what they send that I might like? Then I can’t really complain if I don’t like it all. Should I stick to known likes so I’ll get a whole “good” box? But, do I need or can I afford a whole box, should it all be great? I’ve had one Stitch Fix so far and they hit it out of the park – I kept the whole box. But I don’t need so many clothes to do that every time!

  5. i love the market & spruce adelina lace detail knit top on you! this top could make several looks, for instance:

    over sleeveless dresses and/or rompers that are too casual for an event, jeans (above), a belt, and heels for a night on the town, work clothes w/tuxedo pants and much more. 🙂

  6. Also, not sure if you know, but your address is showing on the return label.

    • Thanks for letting us know! I removed that pic!

      • No problem! It’s in another one too! Sorry!!

        • Ah! Thank you!!

  7. That skirt looks so cute on you!! where is that from?

  8. I really love that dress on you! But the skirt, which I know isn’t SF, is the true winner!

    • Right? That skirt is amazing and I was like “whoa way to go SF.” And then I realized it wasn’t part of it. I’m glad you didn’t keep the jacket. It didn’t seem to fit you properly. The dress was definitely way cute.

  9. I have found that I really like at least 1-2 items in all of my spring/summer fixes, and usually dislike or don’t really need any of the pieces in my fall/winter fixes (a girl can only fit so many jeans in her closet!).

  10. I hated my fix this month and I’m so sad because I LOVED my first one. This month gave me a different stylist (aren’t they supposed to stay the same) who said it was my first month (so clearly didn’t look back at my file). She was supposed to send me items for an event in NYC but I got a box of cheap knit, none of which went together, let alone seemed appropriate for spring or on trend. After my first box, and my husband’s first box being great – I’m torn on what to do!! So annoyed because I need something to wear and I known tbat first stylist would have nailed it.

    • My stylist has always changed box to box unless I requested a specific person.

      • I think I did request her again. Oh well. My reviews were pretty scathing. I wondering if I should reach out to customer service or just let it go.

    • Oh no. I double posted my complaint. Sorry to be so negative and repetitive.

    • I would definitely contact customer service and say all of that! The whole point is to send what you want – if you put in a message about the event, they ought to have listened to that, and they need to know that stylist didn’t do her job. Ask for the original one back.

      • I wish you could see what they sent. It was like Dress Barn exploded, even down to a royal blue polyester shell (like my mom would say). (Not to be mean about DB. They sometimes have cute stuff. But that’s not stylist fodder.)

  11. Yay I’m so happy they are coming around…. It feels good when you can tell that your stylist is reading notes and looking at your Pinterest board that you made for them… I just wish it wasn’t sooo expensive… My first box was a scary site. It was clear that my stylist didn’t look at my board or read my notes…. It really can make or break your feelings for Stitch Fix and weather you will be back or not. I said something to CS because it was so far from everything …It made me angry truthfully because it was so wrong. I explained that and they are taking care of my next stylist fee and I requested a different stylist as well… Fingers Crossed! My box should be here at the end of next week… Thanks for your amazing review and it gives me hope…

    • I complained to CS after my second box was so awful (it’s like they looked at my profile and sent me the exact opposite of what I wanted…) and I got something with colors (yay) but none of it fit for my third box. All way too big. So I sent another lengthy complaint and I quit. Still have a $20 credit there but doubt I will ever use it.

  12. Oh, Stitch Fix, how I’ve tried to love you. I tried three times with minimal success and I found a stylist I liked, but apparently, she left the company. I do like the dress on you, Sara.

  13. PS – keep the jeans and dress and send the rest back. The jeans are super cute.

  14. I hated my fix this month and I’m so sad because I LOVED my first one. This month gave me a different stylist (aren’t they supposed to stay the same) who said it was my first month (so clearly didn’t look back at my file). She was supposed to send me items for an event in NYC but I got a box of cheap knit, none of which went together, let alone seemed appropriate for spring or on trend. After my first box, and my husband’s first box being great – I’m torn on what to do!! So annoyed.

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