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Stitch Fix Clothing Subscription Box Review – October 2018

Stitch Fix is a monthly clothing and styling subscription service. When you sign up you take a pretty in-depth survey of your sizes, your style, and pricing preferences. After choosing when you’d like to receive your delivery, your stylist handpicks 5 items based on your preferences. The fee for this service is $20, and that includes free shipping and free returns. And 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!)

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).

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

Good to know: In addition to Women’s and Men’s options, Stitch Fix is getting ready to launch Stitch Fix Kids! Learn more here.

Stitch Fix for Women October 2018 Review

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 $310, but with the 25% off (which they take off BEFORE deducting the $20!) and the $20 credit, my total drops down to $212.50. That’s a savings of $97.50 on these items. 

This is my style sheet that includes a note from my stylist and features the five items I received along with different outfit suggestions and accessories that might pair well with them. This month I got really specific in requesting longer, tunic-like tops since the past few were short on me, no jewelry, no red and I really wanted a more fall-style kimono and a pair of Toms flats. Unfortunately, my stylist, Jenn, said she didn’t have a kimono or the Toms flats. While I’m a little disappointed about that, I appreciate that she acknowledged the specifics of my note. 

Sonole Open Cardigan by RD Style, Size L – Cost to Keep $68 (Return)

I love this cardigan! It is so soft, cozy and long, which is something I had requested. I just loved wrapping myself up in it and I thought it was really flattering as well. I do wish that it had pockets and I really wish it was in a different color because I already own a gray cardigan, although it is not as nice as this one. I really couldn’t justify keeping this, especially not for $68, which I wouldn’t exactly call budget-friendly, which is something I have specified in my style profile.

Sasha Mix Media Top by 41 Hawthorn, Size L – Cost to Keep $58 (return)

I was pretty disappointed to see a top with red considering this is the only color that I specified not wanting. I also didn’t think that this was my style at all, however, I liked it much more than I expected. I thought it was flattering on and the mixed media aspect made it really interesting. The front is a very light dressy panel, while the back and sleeves are a soft knit material. Since I don’t leave the home for work, I don’t have any use for this. It’s a little too dressy for my casual lifestyle. If I was still teaching, I would definitely love this top though.

Ansell Dolman Knit Top by Market & Spruce, Size L – Cost to Keep $48 (Keep)

This shirt is definitely my style; gray, stripes and just dressy enough, but not so dressy that I can’t wear it with jeans. I am pretty sure that every time they send me a striped, gray top I say that I love it, but I already have plenty of these at home. But, I don’t have any dolman tops in my wardrobe so I decided to make an exception this time even though I am trying to branch out from all of the gray I have accumulated.

Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jeans by Kut from the Kloth, Size 12 – Cost to Keep $88 (Return)

Wow. I hate looking at these pictures as I’m writing this review. These jeans are so not flattering on me at all! I think it’s clear why I didn’t keep them. Also, these do not feel like an $88 pair of jeans to me! They did fit me very comfortably, but I did not like the cut or the wash and the distressing was in all the wrong spots. Check out the streaks on the back of my calves. I expect better if I’m going to splurge on jeans!

Helen Brushed Knit Dress by French Grey, Size L – Cost to Keep $48 (Return)

I know I’m being picky, but to me, this is red! Granted, I love the burgundy and florals in this dress and it is a super soft brushed knit fabric that I love, but the style of dress is just not great for this time of year. I wish the dress was longer or had a different style of sleeves. I think it’s too dressy to wear with plain black leggings and I didn’t like the look of the buttons at the bust.

I remembered I had these green fleece leggings and gave them a try, but I think the green is a bit off for the dress. The more I tried to make it work, the less I wanted to keep it.

The Verdict:  This was not my favorite fix from Stitch Fix. I was really disappointed that they couldn’t meet my requests, especially since they were based on all of the cute styles that I have seen them advertising on social media, which felt misleading. I also was a little annoyed that the only colors in my fix were from the red family when I specifically requested no red. This just didn’t feel like a very personalized fix for me, other than the one cardigan, but even that was over the budget specifications in my profile as were most of the items I received. I was pleasantly surprised by the mixed media top, but it wasn’t a practical option for me. I am hoping that maybe this is just a result of them transitioning into more fall inventory and that next month’s fix will be better! 

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!

Value Breakdown: This box cost $20 with free shipping and returns. The total retail value of the items inside is $310. The invoice lists the cost of each item next to it, but if I keep all 5 items, then I get a 25% discount. The $20 styling fee for the box is applied to the purchase no matter how many items you keep, and in this case, it would bring the total down to $212.50. That’s a discount of around 31% for these items.

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Written by Brandi Dowell

Brandi Dowell

Brandi has loved the idea of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013. Now that she’s a mother of 3, she loves finding unique boxes to educate and entertain her kids while enjoying some more pampering boxes for herself. Her favorites these days are Lillypost, KiwiCo boxes & Wicked Good Perfume!

Posted in Clothing & Fashion Subscription Boxes, Stitch Fix Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: stitch fix | 22 comments

Comments (22)

  1. The flower top and dress show off your figure great! I would ditch the leggings though.

  2. Love the dress on you!!!!!!

  3. You are so pretty! Your keeper was a good call. My last 3 fixes have been bombs. I am giving one more chance and I am done. It’s like they aren’t even reading the notes.

    • My stylist is the bomb, she was on vacation the last box and I instantly knew it wasn’t her. Ask for a new stylist or request the one that you liked.

    • I only ever got three fixes and only kept one item. They kept sending me stretchy pants, which don’t work for me, and sent me things that were just the wrong size (like pants with legs long enough for someone 6 feet tall when I am 5’5″, or a dress that was super loose when I put it on OVER another dress), sent me thick cardigans when I said no outerwear and I live in Georgia (too hot for these things), never sent me any bright colors though I said I didn’t like neutrals, etc. It’s like they were incapable of reading my comments. I got my styling fee refunded at least twice and I think there is still a $20 credit sitting in my account but I just can’t bear to be disappointed again.

  4. I agree that burgundy is red. You shouldn’t have to say that you don’t like any shade of red or spell out cranberry, maroon, burdandy, bright red, crimson, etc. That box was absolutely a miss as far. You look great in everything but if you ask for a vague thing, they should be able to meet those expectations for the price point. These are polyester blouses for $40+. You could go on Amazon and find a similar item for less. StitchFix needs to up their game when there are other clothing boxes out there.

    • Completely agree. If you don’t want Red than they should KNOW that means ALL shades and variations of it.

  5. I put photos of my stitch fix outfits on my facebook with a keep or return. It is nice to get feedback from others before deciding.

    • Great Idea!

  6. The dress looks amazing on you! Burgundy and red are not the same thing. The color looks great on you.

    • Thank you! 🙂 I agree, burgundy isn’t quite red, but it was more the idea that the only two pops of color in the whole fix were in the red family! Lol. You all have me really rethinking my decision on that dress though!

  7. So you should totally keep what you love but… as a mom of toddlers, I’d think this box would be to push us out of our comfort zone a little bit. I love the dress on you and that flower top is on trend and adorable on you. The grey top looks comfy and cozy, but easier to find. You’re lovely and looked gorgeous in the flowers!!! Dress and top and cardigan!!

    • Thanks so much! I went back and forth so much on that dress! I think I need to start taking polls before I return items! 😊

      • Or ask a friend you trust. It’s hard to step out of the comfort zone!

  8. I actually really like the look you put together with the dress, cardigan and leggings. but if you don’t love it, there’s no point in keeping it. It *is* disappointing that they didn’t honor your requests regarding color and price. Don’t let those jeans get you down. it’s not you, it’s them. They’re a mess!

    • Haha thanks, AmyM! Glad to know it wasn’t just me on those jeans! 😬

  9. I got a pair of Kut from the Kloth jeans in a FFF Style Box (boyfriend jean) and while they looked great and fit comfortably when I first tried them on, they ended up stretching and sagging after a couple wears and now I’m mad that I spent so much money on an ugly pair of jeans. I’ve been trying to shrink them (I put in a pot and boiled but I was too scared to leave them in for long for fear of ending up with doll pants) and I’m also thinking of cutting the bottoms off and dyeing them a different color, just so I can wear them without feeling frumpy.

    • The Kut from the Kloth jeans DO bag out. I even try to shrink them in the dryer,still hasn’t worked.

    • Oh no! That’s awful! I would be so sad if I spent the money on them and that happened! I have a pair of shorts by them, but it’s definitely different when shorts stretch out a bit versus jeans. 😞 Thanks for sharing!

    • I was sent similar Kut From the Kloth boyfriend jeans as well, but returned them because they were slipping down after trying on for 10 minutes, and too low to belt properly. This month I was very specific in requesting ultra high rise jeans that would fit at my natural waist and I could belt, so they sent… no pants at all. Sigh.

      • I requested flared denim and was sent black leggings (FFF style). My first box was great, this box stunk. I only kept one thing so I didn’t lose my styling fee.

      • Weird, I wonder if they’ve been having inventory problems. With Liz only getting sleeveless shirts and knee length dresses, some of these pants choices, and last month the note mentioned not having other plaid shirts to choose from (so they sent one with an open weave fabric I don’t like and returned), and I’ve been sent light summery sleeveless dresses for September and October in Northern Minnesota, they seem to be making really odd inventory choices this fall.

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