Stitch Fix Review – What To Expect with Your First Order


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Updated: April 8th, 2019

It’s been years since I’ve reviewed Stitch Fix, so I thought it was time for me to do a fresh review. And since I created a new account to try Stitch Fix again, I’ll give you some tips at the end of the review for what to expect from your very first Stitch Fix shipment.

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!

FYI – My items are reflective of my style and price preferences, so your Stitch Fix may be completely different!

My Subscription Addiction paid for this product. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review products).

Stitch Fix now offers clothing for Men, Kids, Maternity, Petite, and Plus Size!

About Stitch Fix

The Service: 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 by a personal stylist based on your Style Profile.

Ships to: U.S. only

Check out all of our Stitch Fix reviews!

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

(Size Medium)

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

(Size 6)

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

(Size: Medium)

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

(Size: Medium)

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!

Tips for signing up for Stitch Fix:

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Go into it knowing that your first shipment likely won’t be 100% perfect. Mine was pretty good, but I left notes on everything, even the items I liked so that my next shipment will be better. Think of the first Fix as a trial run!

The Verdict: I’m really happy with my first shipment from Stitch Fix. First, everything fit well! I’m leaning toward keeping the jeans, purse, and white top too, and a 3 out of 5 success rate isn’t bad for your first fix! I’m hoping to see some high-waisted jeans and long-sleeve maxis in my next fix. And now I’m already thinking about fall fashion – I’ll probably make a note to my stylist that I don’t want to see any more Summer styles this year. 

UPDATE: After months of trying Stitch Fix, I discovered the BEST way to make sure you get a good Fix every time: make a Pinterest board with the exact style you are looking for. I created a Pinterest board with the slightly edgy look I wanted, and my stylist delivered exactly what I wanted!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get these items if you sign up today? Stitch Fix styles based on each individual’s preferences as well as what’s available. What you get might not be the same as what I got, but you also might get something that fits your style and body even better than the looks above! Sign up and see what they choose for you!

What do you think about Stitch Fix? Have you tried them yet?

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Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

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309 Comments

  1. Hi Liz! I absolutely loved this review, thank you so much for giving an update since you haven’t posted about them in awhile. I used to be the biggest advocate of StitchFix, but because prices were seemingly high for the merchandise that I received I looked elsewhere. I started researching for similar services and found, Fashom, which is exactly like StitchFix but cheaper and more personalized. I know how tough it can be finding a great personalized service so I figured I’d pass along the information! 🙂

  2. How do you use Pinterest with stitch fix?

  3. I recieved my first stitch fix box and I wasn’t wowed by anything. Felt like it was a Fall box. It’s the end of May and I recieved a mustard cardigan, flannel, 2 pairs of Jean’s and a tank. It was just disappointing. And yes, the items seem expensive. The tank is $48, I would never spend that much on a tank.

  4. I have not ordered Stitch Fix yet but I really hate shopping and end up buying clothes I like and think will fit. I think it would be much more convenient to mail back what I want and not have tp return them to the store.

  5. I receive my 8th box today. I’m so incredibly disappointed. Everything was wrong I stated that I don’t like shorts because of a scar on my leg. I got a pukey color bag. I hate red and I said that I also don’t like any colors of red. They sent me the most grotesque red sweater last fall. I’m just done with them. I’m tired of spending $200 and just getting nothing that I like. I’ve only gotten two good boxes out of the eight total that I had come to my house. And the thing that sucks is that you should get that $20 credit if in fact none of it fits you right and you don’t like any of it. I just don’t think that’s right charging me $20 for something that I dislike. Especially if you don’t pick anything in the box.

  6. I love Stitch Fix! I’m a bigger girl and they almost always nail it. There’s no way I’d have this kind of success rate looking for clothes on my own.

  7. I have never tried stick fix before…………………… I need fashion help sad to say

  8. I haven’t personally used it much but one of my girlfriend’s and I both regularly keep items sent from her account and I just pay her for them! Just decided to create my own account!

  9. Never tried Stitch Fix yet but really need some updated outfits my closet is full of tee shirts and jeans

  10. I’ve purchased a jacket and 3 shirts/blouses from my first two fixes. Still kicking myself over a denim jacket.

  11. Yes I ordered when I gained weight first trimester but didn’t need Maternity clothes yet! It got me through first few months with no need to shop

  12. I’ve loved two particular brands: Lucky and Kut Above! Very flattering!

  13. I haven’t tried StitchFix yet, but I’d like to!

  14. I would love this especially for fall! Its so hard to find jeans and cute pants so I bet this would be a huge help.

  15. I like them so far I’ve had three fixes. It’s super convenient not to have to go shopping for new seasonal things

  16. I’ve never tried Stitch Fix, but it seems like such a neat idea! I’d be excited to see items that I might like, but might not necessarily notice in a store.

  17. I’ve never used sitch fix as I am a bargain shopper so usually must find my clothes on sale for me to buy them! Would love to splurge sometime and get them customized to my measurements and style via a stylist as that could help my style game haha.

  18. I have been using Stitch Fix since 2013. It’s been hit or miss over the years, but many of my favorite clothing items are from them!

  19. I’m most interested in work clothes.

  20. I’ve never tried Stitch Fix but I’d like to. I hate shopping and think this could really be a great thing!

  21. I’ve only done 1 box so far, but I was pretty lucky. My stylist really got my style and sent me a few items that I didn’t think I could pull off.
    For me it was about trying something I normally wouldn’t, so I didn’t expect to receive things that I’d get myself at the store.

    BTW, that crochet top looks great, especially with the jeans!

  22. I’ve never tried StitchFix, but I’m currently experiencing extreme wardrobe fatigue, so I’d love to try StitchFix! The idea of someone styling me sounds awesome.

  23. I’d be interested to know if customers can choose to receive ethically made and/or sustainable clothing.

  24. I actually loved everything in my most recent Stitch Fix so much that I kept everything (first time I’d ever done that). My stylist picked out the perfect pieces, and the price points were exactly what I was looking for. It did take me about five boxes though to really start seeing styles that reflected what I wanted.

  25. I tried a couple of boxes from stitch fix about 5 years ago. Even though I did a Pinterest board and tried to be comprehensive with my profile, comments, and requests, it just didn’t seem like they “got” me. Out of both boxes, I recieved one great pair of jeans (but I had specifically said that I didn’t currently need jeans). I would love to try again–especially now that they offer petite.

  26. Never tried Stitch Fix but always wanted to… always looking for the perfect pants!!

  27. I’ve gotten some really great pieces lately. They have gotten some more boho rocker styles in and I got sent an amazing pair of calf hair booties, olive suede jacket, and faux leather spanx. Insta date night!

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