Stitch Fix Petite: Personal Stylist Subscription Box Review – Fall 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.
I’ve found that I really only update my wardrobe seasonally, so I schedule my Fixes about four times a year. My items are reflective of my size, 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!
I was pretty pleased with my Spring box from Stitch Fix, so when the weather started turning cooler, I knew another box was in order. I ended up keeping the tank top and jeans from my last box, and I seriously lived in those jeans all summer!
In my last review, I talked about the different options during sign-up for selecting your style and sizing preferences. I did make a couple changes to my profile this time: I added a note that even though I’m usually a medium, for looser fitting knit tops I’m typically a small. I also noted that I’d be open to trying some more bohemian styles, petite dresses, and adjusted my pricing preferences to increase how much I’m willing to spend on shoes and outerwear. I meant to update my Pinterest board but really didn’t have time this time around!
Finally, I made some notes for this specific Fix: I requested to get my same stylist again, and said I was really feeling plaid shirts, black jeans, and shirt dresses lately. I also said I’d be interested in trying some loafers or booties.
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 $250 to keep everything.
I really love these little sheets with styling suggestions and comments on my request! My stylist even recommended pairing the tank top I kept from my last box with the sweater included here; it’s really nice to have the same person selecting items for me this time around.
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.
I needed a little more time this week, so I logged into my account and was able to extend my return date by several days so I’d have time to get to the post office. Stitch Fix makes that super simple, which I love, since I’d hate to be charged for things I don’t end up keeping.
Devie Colorblock Cardigan – Cost to keep: $58
I love pockets, so I was all about this sweater. Plus I love the modern colorblock design with just a pop of color! This is an acrylic, poly, nylon, wool blend and it’s super lightweight and soft.
I also definitely felt like my feedback was heard on this one since I’d left my stylist a note about sizing on this request (and in my feedback from my last Fix). I did receive a Small for this, as requested for oversized knit tops, and I feel like the fit is much better on my petite frame.
Grey is totally my style, and I’m really into this teal trim too! It’s a little bit retro and just helps make it a little more cheery.
Just Black Cordelia Skinny Jean – Cost to keep: $78
Stitch Fix is now two and oh for petite pants! Once again, these fit really well. Can we take a moment to admire how the hem does not drag on the ground?
I could probably stand to roll these up a little bit, but I don’t need to. That makes them perfect for wearing tucked into boots as well as with flats.
The fit a nice mid-rise, too. I really love these but I can’t decide if I’m going to keep them or not; with the 2% spandex fabric, I’m wondering if they’re going to stretch out quickly. I might need to wear them around the house tonight for an hour and see if I have to pull them up a lot.
Sam Edelman Footwear Felicia Velvet Ballet Flat – Cost to keep: $100
These shoes felt like a bit of a miss for me. Velvet is definitely trending in a big way, and I’d probably have been into some velvet loafers– but I am not feeling these ballet flats for some reason. I gravitate toward a slightly pointer toe, so I feel like the round toes make my size 6.5 feet look too tiny! The little bows and charm also aren’t my thing.
I do like the color and fabric of these a lot, and the fact that they’re a nicer brand. Check out the leather trim and those metallic accents! They were super comfortable, too. I am a shoe snob and I totally prefer leather 9 times out of 10 when it comes to shoes, so my stylist also showed that she knows my preferences there even though these didn’t quite work out for me.
Mello Day Jeffries One Pocket Top – Cost to keep: $46
I totally thought this shirt was black and red until I tried it on with the black jeans! Oops. It’s navy, guys. Hopefully, no one is offended by the navy and black combo above. I paired this top with my Frye boots for a casual fall look with just a bit of edge.
The fit and quality on this shirt was great, and I love the scale of the print. Even though it’s not a petite, the tunic-length-shirt-with-rolled-tab-sleeves look is one of my personal wardrobe staples.
Unfortunately, it’s 100% rayon, and I have terrible luck with washing anything made of rayon. It always seems to get skewed or shrink unevenly, even if I hand wash and dry flat. I’m not willing to take that risk with rayon anymore, so this is going back, even though I really do like it.
Collective Concepts Madina Shirt Dress – Cost to keep: $78
I’d requested a shirt dress in this Fix, and while this wasn’t exactly what I was picturing, I decided to keep an open mind. My stylist noted that the deep green color would be great for my complexion and that the v-neck, tie waist, and ruffle hem would suit my frame. She did say though that I’d probably have to roll up the sleeves, and she was right! Check out how long those sleeves were before:
Hello hands, are you still there? Obviously, this is not a petite style.
I LOVE the color of this dress, though. I never really knew this deep sort of teal/forest green was a flattering color for me, so thank you, Stylist Lauren, for showing me the way! The pastel and neutral tones in this dress are really pretty too and seem to further complement my skin tone.
I like the neckline too, but I’m on the fence about whether the ruffles actually suit my frame. I also had a hard time with the tie belt, because those little loops on the side of tie dresses are never in the right place for short torso-ed people like me, which leads to some odd bagginess:
Not a great look!
I ended up liking this a lot better without the belt, and I do think it would look pretty cute paired with a jean jacket. Can’t you just picture going apple picking in this dress, with a nice pair of brown boots and a jean jacket tossed over?
Ultimately, I decided not to keep this dress. Don’t get me wrong, it’s totally cute! The ruffles and the satin-y fabric made it feel a little too fancy for my personal style, and I was definitely picturing something more relaxed/casual when I asked for a shirt dress. This dress would be perfect if I had a casual event coming up, but otherwise, I just don’t think this is an item I’d reach for often. If there were no ruffles and it had a more casual shirttail type of hem, I’d definitely have kept it.
Verdict: Just like my last Stitch Fix experience, I’m likely to end up keeping 2 of the 5 items I got this month. While I am getting a mixture of items that are specific to Petite sizing and not, the jeans, in particular, are a stand out in terms of length and fit for me. And my stylist usually recommends tips (like rolling sleeves and pairing with belts) for adjusting the regular length items to my height, which is helpful.
I work full time and I have a 2.5-year-old, so I really don’t shop for clothes much anymore like I used to. I find myself turning to Stitch Fix to save time: I really wanted a pair of black jeans, and without having to do a bunch of try-ons at different stores in the mall or order from a few different places online, I just requested and received a pair that fit great, that I could try on at home with stuff I already own. Even though some of the items were a bit of a miss in this box, this is only my third Fix! I do feel like my stylist has been hearing my feedback and making great choices for me based on fit and color etc, so I imagine it will continue to improve.
For the $20 styling fee, which is applied toward any items I decide to keep, I’m happy with this fix. The $20 fee seems low risk to me in exchange for not spending time looking for these items on my own and not having to worry about paying for shipping and returns.
What do you think about Stitch Fix? Any tips to share on getting the best Fix from your stylist?