Stitch Fix Subscription Box Review – February 2017
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
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
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!
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