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Stitch Fix Subscription Box Review – February 2017


Stitch Fix
3.5 overall rating
255 Ratings | 56 Reviews

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

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

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This is my first time trying Stitch Fix so I was happy to receive an envelope filled with my invoice, instructions, and more info about the company.


I received this welcome card providing me everything I need to know. They suggest trying on each item with favorites from my closet, sharing my thoughts via their return survey, and instructions on returning anything, if I decide to. To be honest, I missed the part that mentions having three days to return my box, but I quickly chatted with their customer service and was able to push back my return date.

Stitch Fix provides a prepaid USPS shipping bag for returns, so I was able to place the bag in my mailbox for my mail carrier to pick up. So easy!



I also received a postcard promoting their Give Back Box initiative, which encourages subscribers to donate used clothing and household items to Goodwill.


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 $235 to keep everything – an average of $47 per item and a total discount of $105.


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!


Dona Ruched Front Knit Top – Cost to keep $58

The first item I tried on was this blue and floral lightweight knit top. I don’t normally wear a lot of printed clothing, but I thought the floral pattern was really pretty. I wasn’t totally enamored by the top before trying it on but liked how it fit once I tried it on. There’s no doubt it would be perfect for spring, but $58 seems a little pricey for this top.

Joey Skinny Jean – Cost to keep $88

I received one bottom and it was these jet black skinny denim. My first impression was how stretchy they were. They felt tight on, but not uncomfortable and what I would expect for a pair of denim containing Spandex. A hurdle I could not get over, however, was the length. I’m 5’4 so of course, some denim is going to be long, but these are insanely long (40″ from waist to hem). I ended up rolling these four times so I could wear them with booties. Yes, I could get them tailored, but the first question in the survey asks for my height, so I’m surprised my stylist would send a pair of pants this long.


Here is a closer look at the top ruching and diamond pattern embroidery. It added some uniqueness to an otherwise basic top.


And the back has a rather large v-neck cut out.


The jeans have two flat front pockets and standard button and zipper closure.


The back of the jeans has two back pockets. My body type begs for more structured bottoms, so unfortunately, the stretchiness is a miss.


Anya Pullover Sweater – Cost to keep $78

This subtly marled sweater was my favorite item in the box. It is comfortable and a great length to wear with denim or leggings. It is a knitted acrylic material, but still cozy. This was the hardest to decide whether to keep or send back, but ultimately I decided to send it back because I’m already thinking about my spring wardrobe.


The knitting creates a horizontal striped pattern that is flattering to the boat neck.


There is a split hem that allows for the back to hang a bit longer. This is perfect for wearing with leggings!


Rita Embroidered Tunic – Cost to keep $58

I like that Stitch Fix included a lightweight tunic because it’s a style that can easily be worn into the summer. This particular tunic isn’t totally my style, but I can understand why it was included because I noted ‘like it’ in my style profile for an outfit that included a similar top. I do like it styled with distressed denim and boho-inspired booties!


The tunic’s fabric is a sheer polyester blend and includes a nice embroidery on the sleeves and front. I really wish the embroidery wrapped around to the back of the tunic!


There is also a tie waist. Untied, I would absolutely wear this tunic as a bathing suit coverup!


Molli Hooded Open Cardigan – Cost to keep $58

The last item from Stitch Fix is this burgundy hooded cardigan. It is lightweight and a great transitional piece for any wardrobe. It should have been easy to throw on over really anything, but I had a hard time styling it. After referring to the styling card, I decided to pair it with a sweater tunic and awesome faux leather leggings I just got in my Trunk Club to jazz it up a bit.


Here’s a closer look at the sheerness and split side hem.


And here’s the hood, which I think adds some uniqueness!

Verdict: Overall, the items I received fit well and were good quality, so I 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. From a personal styling point of view, I am not totally happy with my first Stitch Fix and decided not to keep a single item. Everything seemed a bit safe, so I’m hoping my stylist will curate my next box based on the feedback provided. The outfits they showed me in the survey are so unique and I would love to try some riskier options that will take me outside of my styling comfort zone!

What did you receive this month from Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix is a personal styling service for women, men, and kids too! You tell them all about your style and size preferences through their style quiz, and they send you a package of stylish goodies to try on at home. No two Fix shipments are alike and each one is hand-picked just for you. Keep wha... read more.
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.

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.
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Brooke Bradley

How long can you keep the items? Till you have to return them?


I stuck with Stitch Fix for nearly two years. While I received an occasional unique piece, I only kept all five pieces once. I found they duplicated colors (especially if you kept one item in that color) and style at an astonishing rate, in spite of repeated feedback asking for “color – color – variety – variety” and reminding them that I am almost 60 and am not into faded, form fitting jeans with pre-ripped holes…. I also find their prices high and do better overall walking down the aisles of TJ Maxx.


I couldn’t agree more if I had written it myself! Though my experience was shorter in term, I felt the same way; I can do better myself. Now, if you are incapable or uninterested in shopping for yourself, by all means, try Stitch Fix! But if you think you’re 1) going to find unique items, or 2) going to snag a deal, don’t be fooled. The items are overpriced, especially for the quality, and they really don’t do a good job of listening to your needs.

Krista Sahlin

These outfits look AMAZING on you!!! Love each one. Can I ask where you got your booties from? They are SO cute!! Love!!

Karen Riddell

Sara, I’ve used SF 3 times and I just put in a request for my 4th. Don’t just rely on the survey…I found that the more specific you get in your personal comments, the better the results. My stylist is Moira…not sure if you can request a stylist but she has been great! I kept everything in my last Fix…I mentioned that I wanted clothes that were a bit “edgy” and that could be worn with my existing wardrobe. She noted that she looked at my Pinterest board and sent some very similar styles. I received a Kut from the Kloth draped leather jacket, burgundy skinny jeans that fit amazing from Lila Rain (I am 5′ 5″), an asymmetrical jacket from one of their brands Market & Spruce, a blue dolman sleeve top that is so comfy and a pair of blue peep toe block heels from Diba.
You have a great style and know how to “wear” clothes. Don’t give up….I am already looking forward to your next review!

Sara McClelland

Thanks so much for your note, Karen! I left specific feedback, so here’s hoping I have the same luck as you! I’m glad to hear you’ve had success working with Moira 🙂


Wow, a 40″ inseam? I’ve never seen one that long ever. I’m almost 5’10” and a 34″ inseam is perfect for me. For 40 to work you’d need to either have no torso and all legs or be 6’6″!

Sara McClelland

Oh! To clarify, the 40″ measurement was taken from the waist to the pant hem. I believe the true inseam was ~34″, but they still seemed way longer than the 32″ inseams I’m used to wearing.


I’ve used another styling service and was less than thrilled by the results. I decided to go to my favorite store’s website and realized they offered free returns either by mail or in the store. I went through their website and ordered $250 worth of stuff–a variety, in a couple of different sizes and had it shipped to my house. No $20 styling fee. When I got it, I tried on all seven pieces and ended up keeping two–and I dropped the others off at my local store. If I had wanted to return them via mail, I would have had to find a box, but they provided the postage paid lable. Those subscription boxes are kinds of fun–a surprise in the mail but the clothes are expensive and I think the “sylists” are box packers, as you said if they had read your profile and knew anything about those pants they would have known they were too long. I specifically said I wanted to get away from all the red and black in my wardrobe and one month they sent me black pants, a red skirt, a black top , a black dress and a black and navy shirt.

Haley Faye

Sara, I am so excited to see you review Stitch Fix. I’m totally going to get my vicarious fixes through you. I almost exclusively wear stretchy jeans, so that’s actually something I love about Stitch Fix, although I’ve found there tends to be more stretch in skinny jeans than other styles. I have a couple pairs of skinnies and a bootcut from Kut from the Kloth and I don’t think they have any stretch, though. They’re some of my favorites, too.

Anyways, you look fab, and I’ve always loved the things Stitch Fix has sent me. 🙂 Whenever some day in the future comes and I have another baby, I may not be able to resist going back to the maternity fixes. Some of my favorite items in my whole wardrobe are maternity items they sent me when I was pregnant with Gideon, even if they’re packed away now.


I am pretty sure it is impossible to find women’s jeans without at least 1% Spandex or elastane. I have looked at dozens of stores and manufacturers, online and in person.

(I take that back. There were some 100% cotton ones from Wrangler, but they were super high-waisted.)

Sara McClelland

Thanks so much, Haley & Ragan! I love your feedback and do look forward to what they send next 🙂

Elle Em

I love/want that pullover sweater! I think I’ve even pinned it to my Pinterest board. I’ve been trying to get them to send me warm sweaters for a couple months now. I really hope they don’t start sending me springy items just yet, because we are still in some of our coldest times of the year and will be for at least another two months!


They were sending me heavy sweaters when it was in the 70s where I live…

Elle Em

What the heck?!

Nicole Ridings

Short girls unite! I didn’t realize you were on the shorter side because you always look so tall and modelesque in your pictures. Now I have to go back to your other reviews and see how you style things to give me inspiration to look taller. BTW everything looks fab on you, especially that sweater and the first shirt.

Sara McClelland

Haha, yes! Thank you, Nicole 🙂


FYI — I just got an email last night saying that my $20 styling fee has been waived for my next fix. I haven’t got one in almost a year, so maybe that’s why. But keep an eye out! I sometimes find great items in these, but the past few times haven’t had any luck. But I’m doing it this month because the style fee is waived, so if I don’t like anything I don’t have to pay anything! 🙂

Sara McClelland

Thanks, Caitlin! I hope this month is a good box for you 🙂


I’ve given SF a few tries. Initially, I absolutely hated it. However, I realized that some of my go-to pieces in my closet right now are the pieces I got from SF that weren’t exactly my style. Now I use SF as a way to try something different every 3 months.

Sara McClelland

That’s great to know! I’m definitely looking forward to next month’s SF 🙂


Good luck getting anything OTHER than pants with stretch in them from Stitch Fix. They kept sending me stretchy pants too, even after I said I didn’t want them. (I am 5’5″ and they were also often ridiculously long on me.) For some reason, stretchy pants kind of fit over my hips but then bulge out at the waist (I mean leaving like a 1 or 2 inch gap in the back), even though I have no curves, so they pretty much never fit. (I am now buying exclusively Dockers and men’s jeans…) I also have to size down in stretchy pants because they seem to get looser over the course of the day.

They could not find me a pair of pants with a button/zipper fly. They even said so in one of the information booklets. That’s why I joined, mostly — to get pants after losing weight. I only kept one garment out of three shipments. I have a $20 credit there now but I can’t bring myself to reopen my account and use it. I was so excited to try Stitch Fix and ultimately, I was very disappointed.

On the other hand, I’m kind of jealous they sent you actual colors and prints. They kept wanting to put me in neutrals, which I hate and never wear.

Sara McClelland

Thanks for your feedback, Ragan – and the head’s up about their pants!


I have found that Stitch Fix is way overpriced and the clothing is too conservative. I really wanted to like this sub.

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