Liz’s Stitch Fix Review – August 2018
I recently started subscribing to Stitch Fix again after taking a break for a few years, and this is my second 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).
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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
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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 $323.50, but with the 25% off if I keep everything, it would be $242.62.
OK, here are the pieces:
BLU PEPPER Talma Flutter Sleeve Blouse – Cost To Keep $34
I like the color of this top – it’s giving me fall vibes! Personally, I’m not digging the loose fit or the exposed arms though. (I checked my profile, and I had indicated that I didn’t want clothes that showed my arms and that I wanted fitted tops, so I’m pretty confused as to why this top was sent. (Same goes for another top in this box.) I’m wondering if it’s a limited inventory thing? I left a note for my stylist and asked why my preferences weren’t being followed.
LEVI’S PREMIUM 720 High Rise Super Skinny Jean – Cost to Keep $90
The good news is, my stylist totally listened to my feedback on the jeans from last month – I wanted a super high-waist and she delivered! They are comfortable with just the right amount of stretch, too.
(Quick styling question for readers – is it OK to show jeans bunched up a bit at the bottom, or are these too long for me?)
41 HAWTHORN Embry Mixed Material Top – Cost to Keep $54
More bare arms! Maybe someday I’ll have arms I want to show off, but today is not that day. But, I appreciate that this floral print is dark and perfect for fall – maybe this is something I pair with a cardigan?
FAITH + ZOE Bianco Distressed Chambray Top – Cost to Keep $78
(Ignore the denim on denim!) This top features stitching detail on the shoulders and distressing throughout. I love a distressed jean, but I’m not sure how I feel about it in blouse form. Also, if I’m wearing pants, they are either jeans or Fabletics high-waisted black leggings, and I don’t think this goes well with either.
I appreciate my stylist including it because it checks off the list of things I’m looking for, but it just isn’t a good fit.
41 HAWTHORN Tulla Dress – Cost to Keep $68
This dress is fully lined, with adjustable bows on the sleeves. The bold print is fun, but I have a very weird and specific hatred for blouson waist dresses. They look lovely on other people, but I think they hide my waist and make my entire midsection look larger. I left a note for my stylist letting her know never to send me blouson waist dresses again.
At this point in the feedback to my stylist, I am being pretty demanding and specific, (hopefully not obnoxious) but maybe that’s what’s needed to get to a successful box #3.
Tips for signing up for Stitch Fix with UPDATES:
- 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. UPDATE – based on this latest box, it seems like some of my style profile requests/preferences are being seen as more of suggestions than requirements. I’d recommend spelling out anything that is important to you in this section, even if you feel it’s already been covered by some of the questions.)
- 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.
- 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 not expecting perfection from Stitch Fix yet, but I’m getting more specific in my feedback to make sure we get close to great soon. The jeans were a big win for me though, and good jeans are hard to find, so I think that makes the whole box worth it, and the rest of the items allow me to give more feedback!
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!
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