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Stitch Fix Clothing Subscription Box Review – May 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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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

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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 $194.50 to keep everything – an average of $38.90 per item and a total discount of $91.50.

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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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Bay to Baubles Dylan Bar & Triangle Pendant – Cost to keep: 32

I like that Stitch Fix has started to send me accessories! This necklace is nice; it’s not the highest quality, but I like the mix of gold and silver and think the shape of the pendant is cool. I also think the price is fair for the quality and if I kept this, I would really only have to pay an additional $12 for it (after deducting my $20 styling fee).

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There’s a cool adjustable chain mechanism, which allows the necklace to be worn shorter and longer than shown. I like how this hangs and it feels lightweight on. This necklace is the box winner for me!

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Market & Spruce Indianan Mix Media Ribbed Knit Top – Cost to keep: $44

The first top I tried on is a mix of two different fabrics. The front is a navy blue ribbed knit and the shoulders and back are a patterned and semi-sheer polyester. I appreciate my stylist, Jenn sending a mixed media top, but this is not at all my style. I can understand why it was sent because it likely falls within their boho looks, which I liked in my profile. But honestly, it looks a bit cheap and outdated.

Here’s a closer look at the top’s back pattern:

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Just Black Jaya Distressed Fray Hem Skinny Jean – Cost to keep: $88

Jenn totally took my feedback from last month’s denim and decided to send something a bit more “show-stopping.” I am not opposed to different color denim, but this pair of dark pink/purple don’t feel right for me. I love the distressed knees and frayed hems, but the color is throwing me off. And I can’t justify the $88 price tag for that reason, despite the stretchy denim being super comfortable.

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Le Lis Kodi Jersey Maxi Dress – Cost to keep: $78

This dress silhouette is so flattering for my body type! I typically steer away from dresses that have a fitted waist, but this fits like a glove. And I really like the blouson bodice. The gathering is more subtle below the waist, so there’s only a slight flared skirt.

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However, the deal breaker is this pattern! I’m not sure if the color combination or the pattern itself, but I really do not like this for me. If this dress came in a solid color, I would definitely keep it – it would be perfect to wear to a wedding or daytime party. However, this pattern is too bold and/or busy for my personal taste.

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The back of the dress has a nice keyhole and button closure.

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The length of this dress is good for my 5’4″ height. I am wearing it with last month’s JustFab platform heel, otherwise, the dress’ hem would be grazing the floor. However, I could easily wear this dress with sandals and not feel like the hem was dragging.

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Pixley Matata Faux Suede Pocket Top – Cost to keep: $44

The last item this month is a color blocked long-sleeved pocket top. The mustard pocket is made of a faux suede, whereas the rest of the top is a cotton knit. Overall, the top is comfortable on, but I’m not sure I would wear this very much. I dress casually the majority of the week, but even so, this is a bit more classic than I prefer.

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I do really like the white, gray, and mustard color combination of this top. However, it’s not enough for me to keep this for $44.

Verdict: Well, this is my fourth Stitch Fix box and I’m starting to think this clothing service might not be best for my personal style. I do think my stylist is listening to my feedback, but based on the 20 items I’ve received over the course of four boxes, my style doesn’t marry well to the brands or clothing Stitch Fix specializes in. I was hopeful after last month’s Fix, but this month has me feeling like I did after my first and second shipment. The only item I’m considering keeping is the necklace.

All that said, I still feel 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. However, beware: after taking a look back at my style profile, I have yet to receive the trends and quality items I see in the profile’s “style” section.

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.

37 Comments

  1. I just got my first Stitch Fix box today and loved everything in it. I was very specific on my style and also set up a Pinterest board for my stylist and she followed those guidelines.I’ve decided to keep everything. I got some green cropped summer pants that I love and I never would’ve thought about getting that color had I seen them in the store. I got three tops that go with the pants and they are all lovely. I also got a olive green field vest that doesn’t go with the pants but does go with one of the tops and my jeans. I love it so much I’ve been wearing it all day. I never would’ve thought of buying something like this but it is slimming looks great on me. My daughter complimented it immediately.With the 25% discount and the refund on the $20 styling fee my fix came out to $39 a piece which I consider reasonable. I needed to shake up my style and this is doing it for me. I hope it continues to be this good. I like getting a box of goodies because it’s like getting a present in the mail. I’m the one who usually buys the good presents for other people and then doesn’t get much in return, so this is extra fun for me.

    • Yay, I’m so happy to read this, Jane!

  2. The jeans, the first top, and the necklace make a great outfit and look amazing on you. I would totally rock that outfit although I would rather the jeans not. W distressed. That dress is just straight up unflattering and you have such a great figure, it shouldn’t be that hard for them to send a dress that works on your body type. I am not a fan of the last top. I agree with everyone else about the weird yellow “tape”.

  3. That yellow thing looks like tape, stuck in a weird place.

  4. I would love those jeans if they weren’t distressed! I think distressing works great with blue, black or white jeans, but for some reason, I want those berry ones to be more polished. I guess it’s because the color is so bold and even, and the rips look out of place to me.

    • All great points, Heather!

  5. You look cute in everything- not meant to be rude or catty, but you may just be too picky/have too specific needs for a styling service.

    • Haha, I think you’re right, Dominique! But I do consistently love Trunk Club 🙂

  6. Sara, my first stylist and box from Stitch Fix was scary. She sent me things that maybe a 70 year old may think is cute or probably. I was upset and felt like why did I spend 4 hours putting a Pinterest Board if the lady didn’t look at or read my notes. Not only that she also used words like hide your problem area’s and It’s not something I asked for. Anyway I asked for a different stylist and my thoughts about it changed. She read and looked at my boards and tried to put all things I asked for if they had it. The box was for me and it was clear as soon as I opened it. I also ask for things to like dark jean jacket, skinny dark de-stressed jeans, and I also post things that others have recieved and ask for them too. If you have it in you for one more box then ask for change your stylist because all the info is there for the new stylist to read up on.
    Yes that yellow pocket is just nuts… The jeans fit perfect and looked cute but if your not feeling the color I get it… Lol I’m not into colored jeans really either except maybe olive green.

    • Thanks, Beth! Yep, I’m going to give it one more try 🙂 I asked to change stylists and pinned some Stitch Fix new arrivals, so here’s hoping next month’s box will be much better!

  7. I actually love every one of these pieces on you! I especially love those purple jeans – you should really think about keeping them! They fit you like they were tailored to your body.

    • Thank you! I ended up sending the jeans back but would have totally kept them in a different color 🙂

  8. I used to get Stitch fix also and realized they don’t fall in line with my personal style. I begged for edgy and unique but felt like I was receiving clothing for a woman much older than me. Although I did receive a couple of pieces I really adore, most went back, and most of the time my fix was a 0/5.

    I just signed up and reviewed my first Trunk Club order. More expensive for sure but if it’s too much, I’ll send back those pieces and keep the lower end ones. Def way more edgy and in line with my style. Super excited for the brands being included.

    • Sorry SF hasn’t worked, but excited to hear you’ve tried Trunk Club 🙂

  9. If it were me, I’d keep the jeans and the dress. Both fit you really well and will be fun to wear from now through October. Both shirts are bad, IMO, especially the first one (I like the color of the second one but that pocket is odd).

  10. I like everything on you except the dress because it looks like 70s wallpaper, and the pocket top because side boobs don’t need pockets. I really think you should keep those jeans!!

    • Thanks, Jessica!

  11. The jeans look good on you but I know if it was me, I would struggle with what to wear on top. I tend to wear more neutral bottoms and bold tops because I find that easier to mix and match.

    Stitch Fix sent me an absolutely hideous mixed media top once, I think it was absolutely the ugliest shirt I have ever seen in my life. (Rather than a solid and a print like you got, though, it was like two different prints and some solid.)

    I know there are some people who love Stitch Fix but it never worked out for me, and I gave them three months. (Oddly, it went downhill from the first month, despite extensive feedback. They actually claimed it was hard to find me garments with COLOR and kept wanting to send me stretch pants, which I had explicitly said I didn’t want, and neutral tops, and lots of black that made me look like a Goth.)

    • Thanks, Ragan! You’re right, my closet doesn’t lend well to the color of the denim, but would definitely have kept them in a different color!

  12. I think all those outfits look great on you! The only thing I’m not sure on is the odd pocket placement on the last top.

    • Agreed. It looks like some sort of weird boob patch!!

  13. I don’t like distressed jeans but know that you do. However that berry color is great on you. And they are comfortable so I say keep them. I bought a few years back and was unsure of them so they sat around for a long time but when I finally wore them I felt great. And I wear
    Bold and unique clothes, makeup, and

    • Those jeans look fabulous on you! 😄

      • Agreed! I love the color & fit…

  14. So, I have been doing Stitch Fix for over a while now and I think my last fix was like #26 (I did every 3 weeks at one point). I LOVE Stitch Fix and I have learned that the more I give feedback and the more I write notes to my stylist, the better the fixes are. I rarely have a box where I don’t find at least one thing I would really like to keep (and do). I have had a few boxes that were just full of high priced items (I selected the cheapest price range in all categories on my profile as I don’t like to spend much on my clothes). I ended up keeping at least one item I loved but then wrote that I just couldn’t keep the other items, even if I loved them, because I just could not afford them. I almost immediately began receiving more reasonably priced items. I love Stitch Fix because I am 6’1″ and a size 6. It is hard to find clothing for tall people who are long EVERYWHERE! Stitch Fix finds those tall brands and items that cater to us tall girls and it is a God-send! I always have to pay a bit more for tall clothing items so I am okay knowing that I might be paying a bit more with Stitch Fix than what I could find rummaging the sale rack at my local mall. Trust me, there is never anything for tall people on sale… 😉

    • As a fellow thin framed 6 footer I feel your pain! Definitely haven’t thought about giving this box a shot until now. Thank you for the info I appreciate it!

    • Thanks so much for your feedback, Annie! I’m so happy Stitch Fix works well for you 🙂

  15. I think you look amazing in the first outfit and if the jeans are comfortable you might reconsider. Look at the pics of your self those colors are very flattering on you. My style is opposite of yours I prefer classic and rocker chick looks whatever category that might be but I really get a lot out of your clothing reviews! Thanks.

    • I agree,first outfit looks great!

      • Thanks so much!

  16. It’s interesting how personal style is. I love that dress on you and those jeans color-wise. This is opposed to items in another box that you loved and kept and I didn’t actually think looked best on you. But whatever works for you is what’s important. I’m waiting on my second Stitch Fix, so we’ll see what that brings, but I think they fit my style well.

  17. This month was my second box. Out of two, I’ve only kept one item, and that’s because even though it was too big I loved it so much I didn’t want to risk sending to back to exchange for a smaller size. (It was a skirt, and even though I said I wear a 1xl they sent me a 2xl because “they though I made a mistake since I put xl for tops, xl for dresses/skirts but 18 for pants”. No, that was right. I’m ALL hips but if I wear fit and flare dresses I can actually fit into 16s and sometimes 14s.)

    Anyway, the first box was meh, nothing really fit well, it was all very bland and the little details were not my style. (Ruffles, 80’s looking tops). This second box totally nailed my color preference, but they styles were hideous and the fabrics felt cheap. Two tops I didn’t even try on – if you can see my bra because it’s a mesh top, I’m not wearing it; plus I know the cutout shoulders are all the rage now but they just scream hooker to me. And, once again, the fits were off – I’ve never had a pair of pants that were so tight in the calves but had 5″ to spare at the waist! The one top I almost kept I wound up seeing at Torrid for half the price a few hours after packaging up my return.

    I think I’m done with Stitch Fix.

    I have to admit I’m jealous of everyone getting affordable items in their fixes; I’ve tried Trunk Club, Dia and Co and Stitch Fix and all of them have sent me items WAY above the prices I’ve seen anywhere online. Trunk Club in fact sent me a $400 sweater!!! O_o. You don’t want to get me started on my horrific experience with them.

    • Hi Robin – thanks for sharing your experiences! I’m sorry various clothing boxes haven’t worked out. I double checked, and you can definitely let your stylists know about your price preferences for future boxes 🙂

  18. That dress does to you exactly what it would do to me and we are too pretty for that 🙂

    • I’m sorry your dress didn’t work out either. Thanks 🙂

  19. Your review gives good feedback about your experience. I’ve had three boxes and so far only one box had clothing items that I kept, the other two I kept the accessory. I still like the surprise of it all. I’m trying stylogic and comparing.

    • Thanks! 🙂

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