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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).

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 $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

(Size Medium)

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

(Size 6)

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

(Size Medium)

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

(Size Medium)

(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

(Size Medium)

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:

  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. 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.)
  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 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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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 & Fashion Subscription Boxes, Stitch Fix Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: stitch fix | 53 comments

Comments (53)

  1. The jeans look as though they fit well, but they are too long.

    I am giving Stitch Fix an 8th attempt to get it right. I am not hopeful. I wear petites, I have been exceedingly specific, given sizes, lengths, and I do not go sleeveless. I keep getting sleeveless tops that could double as a very short shirt dresses. I have discovered jean brands I would not have tried, then I find them for much less at Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack in the appropriate size. Two male family members use Stitch Fix and they get exactly what they request. I have no idea why they cannot get mine correct.

  2. I feel like you got my box lol – I love the tops and now I want to go get a pair of those jeans to try on. But we had the same issues when my daughter tried Stitch Fix, the first box was great and then it was like they just threw stuff in there and we basically felt like we had to keep something because of the styling fee. I’m doing Trendsend and waiting to see how box #2 goes with that.

  3. I’m jealous you actually got high waist bottoms! I keep telling them I need high waisted stuff yet I continuously get low rise

  4. Liz – your comments about what makes you comfortable and what body part you’d like to work on are like every woman’s internal monologue. It’s too bad they didn’t get it right, but you look wonderful!

  5. I also hate blouseon waist dresses too but I think you rock it, and the first two tops look fabulous on you too, despite your arm feelings! (But I have arm feelings too, so I get it!)

  6. I’m on the show your arms bandwagon! Although I understand that if you’re not comfortable it doesn’t matter what anyone says…but it’s frustrating for us bigger girls to see smaller girls be so harsh on their body image. So do you but remember you’re judging yourself on what you think others are thinking. I live in South Texas so I’m wearing sleeveless! It’s just more comfoand if someone can’t handle my fkabby arms that’s their problem, not mine!

    • I totally understand that this is being supportive of her being more comfortable with her body image, but I don’t think it’s entirely fair to say that bigger girls are frustrated with smaller girls having insecurities. Everyone has things they like and dislike about themselves, as someone who has been all over the weight spectrum. This isn’t meant to be antagonistic at all, I just think separating ourselves into categories like this as women doesn’t do us any good. Insecurities in general, or severe body dysmorphia on the extreme end, don’t belong to any specific body type or size alone. xox

  7. I love how you told them your love of maxi dresses and they sent you a short dress with short sleeves. LOL. That would annoy me too much as I do not have patience for folks who don’t listen. Guess I am not ready for the SF yet! At least you got a good pair of jeans!

  8. Liz, thanks for sharing your Fix. I stopped using this service because it seemed like they weren’t listening to my preferences. Shame. That said you look gorgeous! I love the burgundy top on you that color is perfection! Thanks for sharing and be kind to yourself (and your arms) you look incredible!

  9. I know you didn’t want sleeveless but those shirts look fabulous on you! The jeans look amazing too. Not a fan of distressed tops. I do love my distressed jeans though.

  10. I’m getting my first box from FFF style today, and I’m both excited and nervous. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of people out there with experience with this sub, and the couple reviews I saw, included brands that I’ve purchased at Marshalls. I may need to try Stitch Fix, if this box doesn’t go well. I don’t think I can afford anything from Trunk Club 🙁

  11. I had such a disappointing experience with them this past month that I am put off forever. Again. I had not gotten a box in a few years and decided to start back up again to see if things had changed at all. The first box I got was a total miss style wise except for one romper. Then I changed all my sizes because of a pretty significant weight loss and I didn’t receive anything in the size I stated I was. Everything was enormous on me. Nothing fit. I paid $20 for a box of clothes I couldn’t wear. They were good enough to refund me my styling fee, which I appreciated, but I’ve decided it just isn’t worth the trouble, No matter how specific I got I felt I was never really listened to. Even with an extremely thorough Pinterest board.

  12. Jeans are long. For that price, you could get a proper length.

    Love the chambray top on you.

  13. I am in love with that chambray top! I wish there was a way for me to buy just that. Already picturing it with leather leggings and booties for fall

    • You can go on the Nordstorm website and buy it! I did that with a pair of sandals one of the other ladies had in her fix.

      • Oops I might be thinking of Trunk Club, not Stitch Fix that is Nordstrom.

  14. You look amazing in all the items even if they aren’t your style! I loved the dress print.

  15. I think if you’re pretty picky you might be happier with trunk club where’s there’s the option for a messenger session with the stylist, or Gwynnie Bee where you pick the items you want sent.

    • Good suggestion! I am pretty picky, and I liked having complete control with Gwynnie Bee. It may be time to give Trunk Club a try!

      • Me too! I found that trunk club started out with a thorough conversation the first trunk and there was less communication later on. However you have the option to swap out items in the first round if you don’t like them. I’d appreciate if trunk club honored the budget requested, but they do send pretty nice quality items. I have to say that Gwynnie Bee has been my favorite and I’ve deleted my stitch fix and trunk club aps since discovering them 🙂

  16. I like the look of the jeans a little bunched up.
    Also, Liz, wear whatever makes you feel great! However as an outside opinion on the sleeveless shirts- girl, you are killin’ it! They look fantastic on you!
    Although I do understand the frustration of recieving items you asked the stylist to steer clear. Regardless, you look beautiful. 😃

  17. The jeans are a little long but you can always dry them on low/low medium and the length will probably shrink perfect. Then just cuff at the bottom if needed and you can always cuff and tuck into boots for winter and fall.

  18. I would love to have Liz’s arms but if sleeveless tops make you self conscious you’re simply not going to enjoy wearing them.
    And I am old and cranky but I just don’t get the distressed top! Distressed jeans are bad enough but I get the reasoning, a fake “worn” look is cool. But why on earth would it be attractive to wear a top with random tears in it? Just no thanks.

  19. Serious question.. why do people spend this much on clothing? The only thing I’ll slurge on is winter boots. Cheap as possible for everything else.

    • Everyone has different priorities. I love clothes and looking stylish, but I also the love the thrill of the hunt and finding a bargain. So, these boxes don’t necessarily appeal to me, but I can see why people who don’t enjoy shopping find them useful.

    • I am willing to spend this much to get better quality that lasts longer and is usually more classic and in style longer. Also, because cheap plus-sized clothing is often awful in style, color, quality, fit and wear. I buy cheap t-shirts because they get stained, cheap pajamas because they’re fine, etc. But the clothes I buy from SF fit better and look better than cheaper stuff I can find. That makes me feel better and I’m worth it.

      • Preach! I’m new to the plus sized clothing section and I shocked at how terrible some of the cheaper items are. StichFox has classy and elegant clothes that fit me. That’s worth every penny!

    • I will pay more for quality… and for someone to tell me what to wear. I get decision fatigue and hate shopping. I use Stitch Fix to send me decent quality versatile outfits that I do not have to think about.

  20. I actually LIKE a little bunching at the ankles. It doesn’t look bad at all or like they’re too long.

    • I agree! I think a little bunching looks good. Plus, when I sit, that means they won’t look like they are too short. Also, if the fit is killer, that automatically makes the pants a win, regardless of bunching.

      Also, on another note, those colorful tops looked great on you, Liz. I just don’t understand that dress though. It’s not the maxi that you specifically said you liked, but those sleeves are just not working. The eye is immediately drawn to the string, which is not how it should be. That dress wouldn’t be flattering for most people.

  21. You always look great! I just don’t think any of these items were an awesome deal or great quality. I feel like you can go to the mall and get great discounted items that are more structured and just more you than this box (from what I’ve seen). Then again you don’t have to leave your house and can send back the stuff you don’t want plus have someone possibly pushing you in a new direction that you never would have known worked for you. I’d rather go to the mall with an honest, stylish friend than this box personally.

  22. Those jeans are fantastic! I am going to hunt them down for myself.

    I’m interested to see how Stitch Fix responds to the critique.

  23. I really like those tops on you! I don’t like my arms, but like so many sleeveless styles and just cover with kimonos or cardigans.

    • I love the tops on you and you are way too small to worry about your arms! Seriously I am an 8 and show my arms and I’m 50ish.

  24. This is going to make me sound old, but Levi’s for $90?!?! Granted, I haven’t bought them for years but geesh! I remember thinking $35 was high for them. Lol. Used to wear them often when they were around 20-25. Loved my 501’s! Your arms look great in all of those. And no, the jean length is good!

    • I thought the same thing on price but I just bought a clearance Levi’s faux leather moto jacket and the original price was $160 (got it for $48!). Seems a bit steep unless they are making a comeback!

      • Wow. That is just nuts!

    • I’m young and it’s insane to me, I didn’t know they were so expensive.. unless it’s the “retail” price and not what stores actually sell them for? I would never spend more than $25 (usually pay around $15-$20) for jeans. Crazy.

    • I spend more on clothes but I generally avoid fast fashion & prefer to shop for quality wardrobe staples. I do shop for a few trendy pieces at some stores, I believe you get what you pay for. You can buy better items on sale but sometimes it’s just worth the price you’re paying.

      It’s all relative to what you’re comfortable spending too.

    • I’ve recently bought Levi jeans from a department store (possibly Macy’s?) and they were about $60, and that’s the price I’ve regularly seen them go for. I’m pretty cheap, but I live in my jeans so I’m willing to pay more for them.

  25. I really wish there was a similar subscription available in Australia. Does anyone know of one? Or maybe one that ships to Australia?

    Liz, I personally think you look great in all these items.

  26. Liz, your arms look amazing. Love both of the first two tops on you but especially the Hawthorne top.

  27. Love the jeans on you but I’d return everything else.

  28. I love the first flutter sleeve shirt on you, that is my favorite on you. You arms looks great by the way. I am a size 20 and have flabby arms, but still wear sleeveless, if I can you can! You look great in everything.

  29. Liz, despite your dislike for the burgundy flutter sleeve blouse, it looks absolutely wonderful on you! I think sometimes we are harder on ourselves with our preferences/ dislikes but an objective view from someone else can help us branch out and try new things.

    • P.S. I meant to include the Hawthorne top in the above comment. your arms look amazing – no need to cover them up. If you’d like, I can come stand next to you and we’ll compare arms that look better covered up (mine! ) lol 😜

    • I agree! That shirt looks great on you.

      • Count me in, too! The first shirt looks great on you, Liz. And I’ll agree, as well, that though you should always do what you feel best doing, your arms are fab. There is no need to cover them.

  30. Is the appeal of stitch fix convenience or bargain? These clothes look ok but I could find better prices on my own.

    • It’s for people like me who find clothes shopping insufferable and need somebody to make choices for them.

    • Stitch Fix is great for me because I’m plus sized and shopping is frustrating, at best. I get pieces that I would never find in the stores, and quality that matches the price. They’re not bargains but they are classics that I can see keeping for a long time. I’ve had very good luck with stylists sending me what I specifically ask for in my notes. And I get to try them on at home, with my own pieces, take some time to decide, and ask the BF’s opinion. What I don’t want, I just stick in the mailbox. I also don’t drive so physically shopping around doesn’t work for me.

      If I looked half as good in anything as Liz looks in everything, then I wouldn’t mind going to the mall.

      • I’m petite and where I live it is hard to find so this sub works great for me! Also different styles too.

  31. I don’t think the bunching is that noticeable. I think they might be a smidge long but not noticeably so. They fit so well otherwise I wouldn’t count them out.

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