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Stitch Fix Clothing Subscription Box Review – December 2018

Brandi Dowell
ByBrandi DowellDec 4, 2018 | 20 comments

Stitch Fix
3.5 overall rating
255 Ratings | 56 Reviews

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!

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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

Good to know: In addition to Women’s and Men’s options, Stitch Fix launched Stitch Fix Kids! Check out our reviews to learn more.

Stitch Fix for Women December 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 $283, but with the 25% off (which they take off BEFORE deducting the $20!) and the $20 credit, my total drops down to $192.25. That’s a savings of $90.75 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. 


Alberta Lace Up Back Knit Top by Pink Clover, Size L – Cost to Keep $44 (Return)

I was pretty indifferent to this shirt. I love the color, but the front is just very basic and the lacing in the back isn’t really my style. I might have been able to overlook that though if the front had been more flattering. The fit was okay, but a bit tighter on my stomach than I’d prefer. The material was somewhat thin and lightweight and similar to a cotton tee.

Francie Back Detail Pullover by Eight 18, Size L – Cost to Keep $44 (Return)

I loved this sweater! The stripes coupled with the thicker cuffs and neckline were so cute and the sweater was nice and soft. It was really comfortable and even had that really fun detail on the back which was very cool in the way it was interwoven, but I was just too self-conscious to wear this. It gapped so much on me at the back that it didn’t feel flattering, but instead, I just felt like I was busting out of it and the fun design of the shirt got lost. I might have considered sizing up, but I really liked the fit in the front so I wasn’t sure that would help. I wore it with a gray cami here so you could see the details, but even with a black one underneath, it still didn’t look right. So sad!

Leilani Comfort Pull-On Skinny Jeans by JEN7, Size 12 – Cost to Keep $99 (Return)

My stylist mentioned that these were outside my budget, but she chose them due to the fact that they were pull-on jeans that would be flattering. I think she was right, the wash is nice and they were very comfortable (more pictures below), but they were definitely not worth that high price tag for me. I am not ready to splurge on jeans when I’m still trying to get back in shape after baby number three. Which is ironic, because he is the part of the reason I need high-waisted pull-on jeans like these!

Dulce Sleeveless Knit Top by Emory Park, Size L – Cost to Keep $28 (Return)

In her note, my stylist mentioned that this top should be nursing friendly and I just don’t see how. There was no real give in the neckline and even if there were, those cross straps would have been in the way. So I’m wondering if maybe there was a different top I was supposed to receive? It was a nice, soft shirt and I liked it more than I thought I would, but I don’t need a sleeveless top at the moment.

Ladera Open Cardigan by Evolution by Cyrus, size L – Cost to Keep $68 (Return)

This cardigan was nice and soft with some stretch to it. I liked the pockets and the length, but there was something about the material that I didn’t like. It just felt like it was already fading in spots and although the camera definitely shows it a lot more than what I noticed in person, it just seemed like a lot of areas of discoloration for a new sweater. That huge area on the back wasn’t really noticeable when I held it in hand, so I think some of it has to do with the light since it has a little bit of that stretchy viscose in it.

Here’s a closeup of the sweater.

The Verdict: You may remember that I was not so happy with my Stitch Fix from last month so this month I received a new stylist. While nothing completely worked for me this time, I think that it was more my style, and thank goodness, there were finally no red pieces! I feel like it’s hard for a stylist to nail your preferences on the first Fix so I’m going to chalk this one up to the fact that she may still be getting to know my style and hope that based on my feedback, my next Fix will be even better. I do still enjoy the convenience of this service, especially right now when it’s winter and I’m in hibernation mode and totally avoiding the crowded stores! 

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 $283. 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 $192.25. That’s a discount of around 32% for these items.

Check out all of our Stitch Fix Reviews and more clothing subscription boxes in the Women’s Subscription Box Directory!

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What did you receive this month from Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix is a personal styling service for women, men, and kids too! You tell them all about your style and size preferences through their style quiz, and they send you a package of stylish goodies to try on at home. No two Fix shipments are alike and each one is hand-picked just for you. Keep wha... read more.
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!

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!
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Daily Leg

Really love this idea, I wonder if there’s also an option to choose a specific type of clothing to get the items from. Let’s say I really love fitness clothes and want to get only these type of clothes.


If you are still looking for high waisted jeans, I recently got some jeggings from JCP on sale!
They had multiple different washes and with their somewhat frequent sales you can likely grab them for under 20 a pair!
(I am on a college budget, but always enjoy looking at clothes reviews haha)

Brandi Dowell

Thanks Marina! JCP is one of those stores that I always forget about checking! 🙂


Walmart time and tru have been great stretchy pull on Jeans (jeggings maybe) for about $13. They’ve been my lifesavers after my 4th kid did my tummy a number and button pants hurt my fat rolls

Brandi Dowell

Lol! It’s amazing what those tiny babies can do to our bodies! I’ll have to check those out! Thanks Mindy! 🙂


High rise anything is life after multiple babies. Madewell high rise denim is my splurge but my fave, average priced denim are thee ones from Everlane. They retain their shape and have the perfect amount of stretch, they’re perfect for hiding my little baby pooch. And I can’t believe they’re only $68. They have sales too, and their return policy is great. They also have a “pay what you want” section of their site and I’ve got some great deals on things.

Brandi Dowell

Ooh good to know! Thanks for sharing! 🙂


Try Old Navy or Meijer (if you have Meijer stores in your area) for pull on jeans. I recently bought a pair from Meijer that feel like wearing leggings but I’ve gotten compliments on them as jeans!

Brandi Dowell

The other pair I’m wearing in the photos are actually Old Navy. But those are quite worn as you can see! Lol. No Meijer’s near here unfortunately! 😞 Thanks, Sarah!


The jeans do look amazing on you. Maybe try to find them on sale?

Brandi Dowell

That’s a good idea! Thanks, Zo!


The design of some of the items seems fun, but the price point looks a bit high considering none of them seem to be made of durable materials (besides perhaps those jeans!) And I agree that top is not nursing friendly. (I have had a lot of luck with Fred Meyer, and with Gwynnie Bee surprisingly with it’s abundance of cute wrap and surplice neckline dresses, for finding normal clothes that are maternity or nursing friendly.)

Brandi Dowell

Ooh haven’t tried Fred Meyer, but I was definitely impressed with how many nursing friendly items Gwynnie Bee had! Thanks, Jennifer! 🙂


Every item in this box save for one is from one of their “in house” brands. My issue is that they present themselves as a “styling” service when that is very obviously not the case – their business model is having you agree to purchase clothing that they are mass producing to move. I see this as different than buying mass poduced clothing from, say, H&M because the latter is actually depending on their brand name staying relevant by posucin stylistic and functional items for mass appeal. If Stitch Fix had one iota of interest in building a brand, they wouldn’t hide their clothing by diluting it behind the zillion different “in-house” labels.

I’m using “in-house” loosely because many are purchased from clothing houses that specifically sell bulk, almost like white labeling. I am not sold on this being a “styling” service and that’s fine, but it bothers me that they call themselves that and in fact, even charge for the privilege.


The jeans look great on you! I get the price thing, though.

Brandi Dowell

Thanks, Renee! 🙂

Mellissa Plowman

No red! 👏👏 I think those jeans looked amazing on you but I get that they were out of the budget. Stitch Fix prices always seem high to me. I could probably find similar tops and sweaters for less than $20 at T.J. Maxx.


Me, too…I tried it once, with my preference set to the lowest prices, and not one piece was under $50. Btw, the jeans look great on you, and I don’t think you have any baby weight to lose ☺ (but I know how you feel, I also just had a new little one).

Brandi Dowell

Aww, thanks, MrsLittle! And congrats on your new one! 🙂

Brandi Dowell

Haha yes! No red!! 🙂 Thanks, Mellissa!

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