Updated: March, 11th, 2020.
If you're considering signing up for Stitch Fix, or you've tried Stitch Fix and weren't thrilled with your items, this list of Stitch Fix hacks is for you! The main issue I've heard from readers (and experienced myself), is that sometimes it doesn't feel like your stylist got your style right. And getting a box of items that are mostly misses is a pretty frustrating shopping experience.
If you aren't familiar, Stitch Fix is a clothing and styling personal styling service. When you initially sign up, you take an in-depth survey that asks you about your clothing size, personal style, and price preferences. Your stylist handpicks five items based on your preferences within the survey. The fee for this service is $20, and that includes free shipping as well as 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. Stitch Fix offers clothing for Men, Kids, Maternity, Petite, and Plus Size.
Below, you'll find my review of my first Stitch Fix following their standard sign up and profile set up so you know exactly what to expect. And after that, I'll share my hacks for how to make your first Stitch Fix even better than mine now that I've learned how to master Stitch Fix!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this Stitch Fix. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review products).
Each shipment comes with a free return bag. All you have to do is package up anything you want to return and send it back. Super easy.
When you first sign up for Stitch Fix, you'll fill out a survey to give your stylist specifics on your size, style, clothing needs etc. And the best part is you can also leave notes for exactly what you are looking for. In my case, I told my stylist that I love maxi dresses and that I need bold tops that are good for filming YouTube videos. (That means eye-catching but not distracting.) As you can see on the note included from my stylist, she used that feedback!
And there are also cards for each piece to give you styling ideas.
This is the invoice that was sent. As you can see, it provides specifics on the brand, size, and price of each item. They also give instructions at the bottom for how to check out and either purchase or return your items. My total came to $253, but with the 25% off if I keep everything, it would be $189.75.
OK, here are the pieces:
Market & Spruce Hans Crochet Front Top - Cost to Keep $58
This top is fully lined on the torso, with see-through sleeves.
I like this as a new take on a basic white top. The fit is somewhat loose, but the crochet still gives it structure. So I get the comfort I love, and I think I could still dress this up for a more formal look.
Vigoss Colle Distressed Cropped Skinny Jean - Cost to Keep $68
I LOVE a distressed jean, and I indicated that in my style profile, so I was very happy to see my stylist deliver! The fit is great too, and these jeans had the right amount of stretch. (But I just wish they were high-waisted! I'll let my stylist know to only send high-waist styles for my next Fix.)
Urban Expressions Maison Whipstitch Trim Crossbody Bag - Cost to Keep $39
This purse features a zippered fold over section and a removable chain so you can also wear it as a clutch.
And a whipstitch finish on the edges:
In my style profile, I indicated that I wanted to try bags, but I picked the cheapest price range, and again, my stylist nailed it - I love the cross-body style. It has the hands-free convenience of the fanny pack, while still being pretty much considered fashionably acceptable by all.
Here it is on:
And I don't have any taupe-colored accessories, so this fills in a hole in my wardrobe, too.
Papermoon Conner Lattice Top - Cost to Keep $34
Eh, this top isn't too exciting for me. It's soft, but the one interesting detail is in the back:
And that means either an exposed bra, a bra challenge, or wearing a tank underneath this - none of which have the easy-to-wear tee vibe!
Papermoon Danyela Knit Maxi Dress - Cost to keep $54
First, please excuse my paler-than-normal arms - I need to catch up on my self-tanning!
This elastic-waist dress fits well, but I wasn't in love with it. For one thing, as I alluded to above, I'm somewhat lazy when it comes to clothes and bras, and usually, end up wearing the items I can wear with a traditional bra. That means items with necklines like these will stay in my closet with the tags on. I left a note on my account after seeing this dress that I'd like to see maxis with sleeves - hopefully, I get one next month!
Hacks for improving your first Stitch Fix:
- When you are filling out the style profile, be pickier than you think you should be. There's a section with different body parts to let them know if you like to show them off, show them sometimes, keep them covered, etc. (Arms, torso, cleavage, legs, etc.) I was neutral on showing off my arms, but the reality is I don't really like/wear sleeveless tops, so I should have just taken a firm no on that one. (You can always update your profile at any time, too.)
- On the final page of your style profile, you can leave detailed notes. Your stylist will read these, so make sure to get as specific as you can. If you're going to an event and need an outfit for it, give all the details.
- Create a Pinterest board with outfits/styles you love. When you are filling out your style profile you can share this and it's a great way to give your stylist a visual of what you like. This is the best way to make sure your stylist can visualize your style. If you have the time to do it, do not skip this step! (Check out my review of Stitch Fix once I gave my stylist a Pinterest board to see the difference.)
- Play Style Shuffle! On your account page, you can vote thumbs up or down on items. It's fun and also helps add more data to your profile for your stylist to work with.
Lastly, one thing to keep in mind, even with these hacks, there's still a chance that you'll get an item or two that you don't love. My last tip? Make sure to get very specific in your feedback about why you don't like the item. Your stylist will read all this feedback when picking your next items, so make sure you give them as much info as possible!
What do you think about Stitch Fix? Have you tried them yet?