Stitch Fix Petites Personal Styling Subscription Box Review – April 2017
Stitch Fix is a clothing and styling subscription service. When you sign up, you’ll take a pretty in-depth survey about your sizes, your style, and pricing preferences by category. 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. 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!)
You can regularly schedule to receive a new Fix each month, or schedule them whenever you like. Since your stylist needs some time to review your survey and make recommendations, you typically need to schedule a Fix at least a week ahead of time.
My items are reflective of my style and price preferences, so your Stitch Fix may be completely different!
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This review is of the Stitch Fix Petite box.
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
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
This is my second time trying Stitch Fix. I signed up once years ago before they started offering petite sizes. Since then, I’ve become a mom and work from home most of the time, so my shopping and dressing habits have really changed. I was curious to see if their petite selection would work for me, and I really needed some new jeans – so I went ahead and signed up for a new Fix!
Since Stitch Fix is so personalized and is really different depending on your style and what you’re looking for, I wanted to add some details about the sign-up process.
When you join, you set up a Style Profile that includes a lot of questions about your sizes and preferences. Stitch Fix asked me for my height and weight, sizes that I normally wear, proportions (for example: you can say if your arms short, average, or long), and what types of Petite clothing I wanted.
They also ask about your preferences for fit: do you prefer fitted, loose, or straight tops? Skinny or boot cut jeans? Finally, they show you some example styles and ask you to rate them. They range from preppy to classic, to edgy, boho, and more. You also have a chance to say which types of styles you want, which you want to avoid, and more detail about occasions you want clothing for as well as types of clothing you want to avoid. You can also choose your preferred price point per category. It’s very thorough!
At the end of the survey, you can add a note to your stylist for anything else they should know generally about your style and what you like. I wrote that I don’t wear clothes without pockets, that I love blazers on top of casual shirts, that I work from home most of the time so my dress code is pretty casual, and that I mostly wear neutrals with some pops of color and pattern.
Stitch Fix also lets you link up your social media accounts. I definitely recommend using Pinterest to give your stylist a more in-depth look at what inspires you and what sorts of outfits you are looking for! You can pin styles from Stitch Fix’s Pinterest account, or pin anything you like, and your stylist will review it before they select items for you. I spent some time updating my clothing Pinterest board and made sure to link to it when I scheduled my fix:
Finally, when you schedule your fix, you can add a totally separate note specific to this Fix. This is really helpful if you’re looking for a specific kind of item, like if you’re looking for a dress to wear to a wedding, or need a new work wardrobe. I wrote that I was specifically looking for petite sized cropped jeans because I’ve had a lot of trouble finding a pair that I love.
After all that, I couldn’t wait to get my box!
Your Fix will arrive with an invoice sheet and a note from your stylist. The invoice lists the prices per item and the discount you get for keeping all 5 items. With the 25% discount and my $20 styling fee factored in, this box would cost me an additional $233.50 to keep everything.
The stylist note is so much cooler than it was last time I tried Stitch Fix! Not only is there a note from my stylist about the items she selected, but there are also some great visual outfit suggestions. My stylist Lauren specifically said she found me some petite cropped jeans (yay!) and mentioned that she looked at my Pinterest board. She even mentions working from home so I feel like she really read all my notes and personalized this just for me.
You have three days after your Fix arrives to review everything and decide what you want to keep. You just sign in and decide which items you want to keep, return, or exchange, and can add feedback about fit and other notes. They include a USPS prepaid mailing bag in your box, so after deciding what to keep, you just pack everything up and drop it at your Post Office.
Laila Jayde Alexa Pocket Knit Tank – Cost to keep: $44
My stylist, Lauren, recommended pairing this top with jeans and a blazer for a casual workday, or with leggings for working from home. The color is a deep, dark teal which she selected to complement my complexion and I have to say, I love this color!
This was a petite sized top, and the length was spot on. I usually have trouble with these loose-cut tees being more like dresses on me. (For reference, I’m 5 feet tall.)
$44 is more than I’d usually spend on a simple tank like this, but its important to note this product is made in the USA. I am trying to support more American-made brands so it’s nice to know that Stitch Fix does offer them! I might actually ask for more from this brand in my next Fix.
As you can see, even though the length was great, the armholes on this were a little bit big. I’d feel comfortable wearing this on the weekend with a cute sports bra peeking out though. I might exchange this one for a smaller size and see if that helps. I am inclined to keep it though – it suits my style really well!
Kensie Marnie Notched Collar Blazer – Cost to keep: $88
This is a combination I’ve worn for years: casual tee, blazer, and jeans. I feel comfortable and I feel like myself in this outfit!
I like this blazer, which is a bit looser cut than most of my other single-button blazers that nip in at the waist. And I love that the sleeves can roll up because I’m always pushing my sleeves up. Overall though, this did feel a little big for me, so I don’t think I’ll be keeping it.
Cosmic Blue Love Adiranne Distressed Boyfriend Jean – Cost to Keep: $88
Let’s talk about these jeans! I love this distressed and loose-fitting style for summer, and I love how these look with the tank and blazer.
$88 is a within the range that I normally spend on jeans (I mostly buy denim from the Gap since they have petite sizes online), so I was happy that Stitch Fix respected my pricing preferences here.
These are a size 29 petite and the length is perfect! Kudos to my stylist for delivering on exactly what I wanted. I like them rolled up a bit, but they also fit me perfectly when rolled down too.
(The shoes are the Nubuck Street Shoes in Slate from Everlane.)
These were so comfortable; I knew as soon as I put them on that I’d be keeping them. I probably could have sized down to a 28 waist, but ended up falling for this fit – they were loose without falling down.
The best part? The knee distressing is actually at my knees! Usually when I try on distressed jeans, it’s more on my calves. I am chalking these up as a big “WIN!” for petite sizing.
Skies are Blue Cristie Button Down Top – Cost to Keep: $58
This shirt, like the blazer, was not a petite size. The sleeves unrolled were almost to my fingertips!
I usually like longer length button down shirts but I felt like this one was a bit sloppy with the boyfriend jeans. (My stylist suggested doing a half-tuck to help with proportions, but the buttons didn’t fall at the right place for that to work for me.)
I like the details on this though, like the striped sleeve tab and button band facing. Other than the fit, this is definitely my style: contrast patterns and neutral colors are my jam.
I’ve gotten really picky about button down shirts – you can see that the top button here is pulling (and it actually popped open a couple times too). For $58, this top just wasn’t right for me.
Report Footwear Sandy Perforated Wedge Bootie – Cost to Keep: $60
I did request some shoes in this Fix, too, but I wasn’t looking for anything in particular. These wedges are just a tiny bit edgy and will pair great with the boyfriend jeans to add some length.
Btw, I loved that Stitch Fix ships their shoes in a bag. Shoe boxes are a nightmare to repackage properly, whereas this was super easy.
I am really picky about wedges, and I thought these were really comfortable. The velcro strap at the back was very secure and easy to put on, too. (I just wish these were real leather.)
They definitely work with these jeans and I like the style. I took some time to try them on with some other items in my closer and ultimately I don’t think I’d get a lot of wear out of them, so they’ll be returned.
Here’s a last final outfit shot – the blazer and the lift from the shoes really helped the button-down shirt look much neater. Looking at this photo now, I can see how perfectly this outfit relates back to the outfits I’d saved on my Pinterest board.
Verdict: I was really pleased with this box from Stitch Fix! I ended up keeping the tank top and jeans but returning the shirt, blazer, and shoes. For me, I think one key to success is using this service more as a ‘personal shopper’ where I can request specific items that I haven’t had success finding on my own. And I loved the experience of being able to try things on at home! I was able to try on the tank top with a different bra before I decided to keep it, and try different tops with the jeans before I decided to keep them.
For the $20 styling fee, which was applied toward the items I decided to keep, I was happy with the whole experience. So many retailers now charge for shipping and returns that the $20 fee seems low risk to me in exchange for not spending time looking for these items on my own. Overall I was really happy with the Petite items I received, too, and I’m looking forward to trying more!
What do you think about Stitch Fix?