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Stitch Fix Review – My Hacks to Improve Your First Fix

Stich Fix Review - Modeling the items I received

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!

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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

(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!

Hacks for improving your first 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. 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.)
  4. 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!

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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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Comments (326)

  1. Super convenient for a busy mom, love to try on at home!

  2. I have gotten a few pieces that I never would have expected would work for me and they’ve quickly become favorites. I also got the most perfect pair of dark wash, high waisted jeans!

    • I wear a pair of jeans I got from them every week!!

  3. I like stitch fix because they always find unique pieces that I like but might not have ordinarily have picked for myself.

  4. I haven’t had the opportunity to try this box yet, but would love too.

  5. Love the variety

  6. I like everything I received from Stitchfix. One shirt I wore constantly last summer.

  7. I would love to try stitch fix so I can try items that I would have not picked for myself. This looks like a fun subscription!

    • I was hesitant at first but I am so glad I tried it. Best decision I made! Now my husband and children also get boxes. It saves so much time and the clothes are great.

  8. I found some great pieces through Stitch Fix, but had to give it up when I got laid off from my teaching job. I’d love to be able to try it again. I don’t have a lot of luck with most shops because of my body shape, so having a stylist was a wonderful change!

  9. I haven’t tried it but would be interested in business casual clothes

  10. I would like to try StitchFix for work clothes. I haven’t had the greatest success with styling boxes, probably because I have such specific taste, but my friends seem to do really well with StitchFix.

  11. My very first box I kept everything! I have had 11 consecutive fixes since, my stylist Angela is great.

  12. I would be so interested in fashionable outdoor work clothes. Light and breezy! Also I’m loving capri joggers that can be dressed up and down as well as jumpsuits. I never tried stichfix, but by the looks of your box, the pieces seem unique(meaning I haven’t seen them anywhere befor). That’s a bonus!

  13. I Love Stitch Fix! My first one was in January and I kept everything 3 out of the first 4 months. I love clothes and have gotten things I wouldn’t have picked but have been fabulous! My May fix is arriving tomorrow and I cant wait! I really look forward to it every month.

  14. I would love a wardrobe refresh and get to try some fun new exciting looks!

  15. I have never tried stitch fix, but I would love to try some new fun summer clothes.

  16. I love trying new things that I wouldn’t necessarily have picked for myself!

  17. I was a subscriber for years and always got the most amazing jeans from Stitch Fix!!!

  18. I worry that the clothes would be too young looking for me. You know, mutton dressed as lamb!

    • I am in my fifties and the clothes aren’t too young, give it a try.

  19. Don’t like shopping, so having clothing in my style delivered to me would be fantastic.

  20. I have never tried Stitch Fix. I think I would love to find some edgy tops. I wonder do they have shoes?

    • Yes they do. It’s not a guarantee that you will get a pair every time though. One of the nice things about them is you can specify whether you want a whole outfit or just tops etc.

  21. I haven’t tried yet, I’m interested in the plus size dresses and Jean’s.

  22. I’ve never tried Stitchfix. I’d love to see their plus size options!

  23. I have to say this is so much easier than trying on at the store. And great quality.

  24. I’m in my 3rd Stitchfix Box! I usually keep at least 3-4 items. I no longer go to the stores.

    • *on my 3rd Box

  25. I recently got a FANTASTIC knit blazer that was the perfect addition to my wardrobe.

  26. I haven’t tried this sub yet but have been wanting to! I’m wanting to get some lightweight, easy to wear, cute pieces for the hot weather coming up!

  27. I hate shopping for clothes in a store, but it’s a whole different story when someone will choose them for me and send them to my house. It’s fun, it’s easy, and some of my favorite wardrobe pieces that I find myself reaching for again and again have come from Stitch Fix.

  28. I’ve never tried it but think it looks really nice

  29. Have never tried Stitch Fix, but would love to have a stylist’s help updating my closet!

  30. I am awaiting my next fix. I had 2 good months and two bad. Hoping the next stylist will listen.

  31. Stitch fix has helped me get out of my clothing rut and try new stuff.

  32. I haven’t tried StitchFix but I adore the reviews on MSA. It is really a unique experience to let someone else, the stylist, interpret your style and what would look good on you. Best yet is that if your not feeling what’s in your box- you can try again! I have found a few brands that fit similar to my own body type so big kudos to all involved.

  33. I haven’t tried Stitch Fix but I’d love to try it for workwear.

  34. I have not tried stitch fix myself yet but I have heard it is great for finding clothing pieces that you’ll love for more than just a season…I would love to quit wasting $ on junk clothing and curate a simple closet full of things I’ll wear a long time.

  35. Yes, and I love stitchfix!

  36. Stitch fix has been so convenient bc I don’t have time to go to stores and shop. It has definitely broadened my closet to styles and colors I haven’t tried before.

  37. I have never tried this box before and am most interested in the plus sized options and the handbags.

  38. I love StitchFix. I have jeans, blazers, cardigans, casual wear and business wear. I also have the best little purse to carry around my necessities on the weekend! 🙂

  39. This is a fun service but I found extreme variability in the quality of the clothes and the different stylists were all over the place with what they would send.

  40. I have bought A LOT of stuff from Stitch Fix. I hate going to stores to shop, and never know what quality the clothes will end up being. My stylists always do a good job, and the clothes are always great quality.

  41. I’d love to try out some fun summer dresses!

  42. My best success was when I was in the market for a moto jacket and they sent me one that was just edgy enough and just classy enough. It was perfect!

  43. I want to try Stitch Fix but was waiting until I finished losing my weight. Almost there! I can’t wait to get some new clothes!

  44. I would love to try Stitch Fix because I’m in the process of getting into shape and would love to dress more stylishly!

  45. Never tried it but would like some simple, basic items like chambray shirts. Thanks again for the giveaway!

  46. I’d love to try some new clothes from Stitch Fix

  47. I’m curious about the joys of not having to go out to go shopping. I go shopping only when I absolutely have to so StitchFix is right up my alley in that I’d never have to leave my house and I’ve have five potential wins in the clothing department. That’s very appealing.

  48. I’ve done pretty well with creating a Pinterest board and also doing the Style Shuffle every day. I’ve pinned some items from that, too. And I give feedback on what I don’t like in my fixes.

  49. I used Stitch Fix for awhile, and enjoyed it. I found it to be hit or miss, but got a few great items, and discovered my new favorite brand of jeans.

  50. If you are very specific about your body and what you like (make a Pinterest board for your stylist), you will be happy!! Love my pieces from them.

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