Stitch Fix Review – What To Expect with Your First Box

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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 monthly clothing and styling subscription 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 box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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

About Stitch Fix

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

Check out all of our Stitch Fix reviews!

Each box 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 unboxing 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 in the box. 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 box.)

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 box as a trial run!

The Verdict: I’m really happy with my first box 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. 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Stitch Fix curates its boxes 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?

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!

Posted in Clothing Subscription Boxes, Stitch Fix Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: stitch fix | 24 comments


  1. Like I said before I jumped back into stitch fix after taking a couple of years off. OMG. Perfect. Leather olive green hobo bag too cute. The best fitting jeans ever. A plaid red white blue top a totally cute hoody and grey sweat top with a criss cross back and tunic type neck. Plus a free bra. All total keepers for $210. That’s a deal to me.

  2. I think everything looks amazing on you! I did subscribe to fabfitfun based off of your website and I love it! I just don’t see the deal in the service though. You’re paying about $200 for 2 tops, a pair of jeans, a dress and a bag. I don’t see that as a bargain. Am I missing something?

    • Thanks! And so happy to hear you love FabFitFun, too! I think Stitch Fix isn’t really about bargains – probably more for convenience. Hope that makes sense!

      • You are right. I did not even think about it like that.

  3. I really like this review so I signed up! All of those looked very nice on you. I’m hopeful to get some nice things as well.

  4. Will it matter to them if I end up not keeping items most of the time? I wanna try this but I am very cheap and only buys item that are either on sale or clearance, and I don’t really spend more than $15 on shirts/blouses unless I really love it! So if I end up just returning everything or like 4 out of 5 items monthly, are they going to ban me or anything? Sorry I’m just really curious

    • If you like bargains and can’t afford to pay for this subscription maybe you shouldn’t get it . The subscription is not about trying to save money is about getting a unique product or products right at your door steps.

  5. The light green tee was my favorite item. Go figure.

  6. I’m a guy that hates shopping for clothes and was looking into stitch-fix and some reviews. I’ve never felt that I could select a great outfit. Clothes have also never been a top priority for me. The result is some shoddy, old clothes and me not looking that great. While this review is about women’s clothes, it’s nice to see you’re happy with the service. Maybe I can look decent while having someone else dress me so I don’t have to concern myself with shopping for clothes!

    Also don’t worry about your white arms. I don’t think anyone would have noticed. You look pretty in the dress.

  7. I get what you’re saying about the dress/bra issue, but it looks AMAZING on you!!

    • Thank you so much! 🙂

  8. Best Stitch Fix box and review I’ve ever seen. You style is just like mine- I’d keep the jeans, white top and crossbody bag. 😉

    Everything looks beautiful on you. I like the 2 pieces that are not so easy to wear as well.
    I agree with you regarding the hassles of finding the strapless or low back bra for just one top or dress.

    • Thanks so much, Mandy! Glad to hear I’m not the only one who doesn’t want to deal with special bra needs!

  9. I think you could wear the maxi dress with a cute shrug.

    • Good suggestion! I’m pretty much always cold anyway, so that works! 🙂

    • I agree! I saw a solid color blush cotton/ poly blend open jacket ( similar to the palm print kimono in the spring BOS in that it’s open in the front but lighter feel material) and bought one on Jane.
      There’s a small crocheted lace edging on the open front edging and the 3/4 length sleeves.
      This would be another really pretty option because of all the blush pink flowers.. I don’t wear a lot of snowy white because it’s not flattering on me ( I’m so fair) but bringing out the blush or pink would be really pretty if it’s not outside your comfort zone to wear pink. ( I’m not sure). 🙂

      I’d look on Amazon for any/ all kinds of shrugs, open summer weight cardis, anything. Jane’s deals are so limited timewise, and Amazon’s aren’t.

  10. What a great white top. I think if I saw it on the hanger I would never look twice at it, but it really looks great on you.

    • Thanks so much, Jordan! 🙂

  11. Thank you so much for doing this review. I’ve been contemplating subbing but I honestly didn’t know what to expect, especially in my first couple shipments so now I have no excuses!!

    • I say go for it! I was pleasantly surprised by how good my first box was, and I’d say if you go into it thinking the first box is a test box and give them lots of feedback, you’ll be happy. Let me know what you get! 🙂

  12. Liz, you are GORGEOUS. Also, I love the maxi on you, but if you won’t wear it then that makes sense. However I really really love the white top on you! <3

    • Thanks, Haley! 🙂

  13. Liz everything looks amazing as usual.

    • Thank you! 🙂

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