Is Stitch Fix’s personal styling service worth it? Is it a good deal? Well, it depends on who you are. After testing it out a few times, I’ve figured out how to make it work great for me. And I’ve also discovered that there’s certain people that just shouldn’t try it because it won’t be worth it to them. So, I’m gonna tell you if you’re a good candidate for Stitch Fix or if you should just skip it. And I’m gonna help you get the best possible fix if you give it a go.
If you’re not familiar with Stitch Fix, it’s pretty simple. You fill out some questions about your style. Stitch Fix sends you a box of five items chosen just for you by a stylist. You send back what you don’t want and pay for the items you keep. There’s a $20 styling fee, but if you purchase one of the items, the $20 goes toward that purchase. It’s fun and exciting. But it’s not for everybody.
OK, I’ll it to you straight. If you love to go shopping and have plenty of time to search the racks for great discounts, Stitch Fix isn’t for you. (Unless you just want to try it out for the fun factor.) They don’t discount items. And recently there was a bit of a viral scandal about a client receiving a pair of shorts with a Nordstrom rack price tag for less than half of what Stitch Fix was charging for them. You’ll be getting the suggested retail price, not a sale price, even if you can get the item on sale from other vendors. So if you actually really enjoy spending time in stores finding deals, you’ll definitely find a better price for an item than you’ll get from Stitch Fix. Case closed.
If you have very specific expectations about the items you’ll receive, you may be frustrated. You’ll get items that you would never pick off the rack and the contents of my box usually push me out of my comfort zone. And if you have a set item in mind, you might want to just go out and hunt for it instead of leaving it up to a Stitch Fix stylist.
If it’s not in the budget right now. Stitch Fix is a little bit of luxury. Or at least it is to me. I feel like I’m at Downton Abbey or something when a box arrives. Now, it’s not a huge risk because the styling fee is only $20 (and is removed if you purchase any of the items). So worst case scenario, you’ll be out $20 bucks. But sometimes (and I’ve been there for most of my married life) an extra $20 ain’t gonna happen. I know how that feels. As far as great, frugal deals go, Stitch Fix isn’t your best bet. Price point for the average item is $55 which is more than I usually pay for clothes. And to be honest, if I didn’t have some referral credits for Stitch Fix, it would only be a once a year kind of thing that I would ask for as a birthday gift.
However, if one of the following statements describes you, you might find Stitch Fix to be worth it:
- You hate shopping and can think of a million other things you’d rather do in your free time. (This is so me.)
- You have many small children and have no desire to take them shopping with you. (Welcome to my life.)
- You want some help updating your wardrobe, but don’t have the time to read lots of fashion blogs. (Hand raised.)
- You’re up for an adventure.
Depending on your situation, the time you save not hunting for clothes can be worth the expense of the service. I’ll just give an example. I really needed a cocktail dress for the Edel Gathering. But the idea of jumping from store to store for who knows how long before finding something workable was just…..not appealing. So I just asked for a cocktail dress to be included in my next fix and got this beauty.
Perfect fit. It was $88 which is more than I would normally spend on a dress. But, it’s pretty fancy and it took me zero hours of shopping to find, so I consider it totally worth it.
How to Get Your Best Fix
I’ve heard from a lot of people that they’ve had hit or miss experiences with Stitch Fix. I get it, because my second fix was really bad. Just completely missed the mark and I sent every single item back. But I just got my fourth fix last week and for the first time, I bought every single item. So here’s a few tips to get a great fix:
- Carefully fill out the style profile when you sign up. This will help you get items you’ll like in your very first fix.
- When you get your first fix, give extensive feedback about what you did and didn’t like and why.
- If you have an idea of what sort of items you want, tell them! They can’t read your mind. But they will try to get you something you’ll love, or something similar if they don’t have exactly what you described. Last time I asked for some fun patterned leggings. I was thinking…space leggings! Or cat leggings! They didn’t have anything that ridiculous, but my stylist found some really cute, versatile black leggings with pockets that I plan on wearing everyday when cold weather arrives.
- Find a stylist you love to stick with. I got two items that I LOVED from my first fix including a summery dress that I’ve worn every week all summer. But then my second fix was just dreadful. Nothing worked and I sent it all back and just paid the styling fee to have it all GO AWAY. So in the feedback, I said I did not want that second stylist to style me again. I wanted the stylist from my first fix. And the next time she was back! And she found me that amazing cocktail dress to wear to Edel and she styled my most recent fix, too. I think having one person figuring out what works for you instead of moving from stylist to stylist can really help improve your experience.
And when you love every item (which, granted, seems like a tricky thing to achieve) you get 25% off for purchasing it all which makes the price of each item much more reasonable.
Wanna see my last fix? I’m worried y’all are getting Stitch Fixed out, but I asked my Instagram friends and y’all wanted the lowdown! So your wish is my command. Like always, my quick thoughts on the item and then my husband Daniel’s take:
Item #1. Red Teardrop Necklace (I’m not usually into larger bolder necklaces but I REALLY love this one. The color is so fun.
Item #2: Patterned Tunic Top. This fabric feels so good. Love the fit. It feels flowy and comfy but still looks like something I could wear on a date night.
Daniel’s take: “It reminds me of the jungle.”
Item #3: Black Five-Pocket Pants/Leggings. I specifically asked for some leggings and some tops that I could wear over them. Last time I was pregnant, I realized that I can happily wear leggings and long tops/short dresses every single day. But I only had one good pair of leggings. These will be super versatile and they’re really comfortable.
Daniel’s take: “They’re not leggings if they have pockets. They’re just tight pants.”
Item #4: Red Chevron-Pattern Tunic Top. Similar to the other top and I think I prefer this pattern. Again, the fabric feels heavenly especially in Florida summertime.
Daniel’s take: “It’s a 50s-housewife-on-the-loose kinda look.”
Item #5: Embroidery Detail White Blouse. I love this top. But I was just not a fan of the tassel-y tie thing in the front. So I just removed it. And voila! I like it a lot better now.
Daniel’s take: “Yeah. That tie thing has to go.”
I’ve had a blast with Stitch Fix, but after getting more familiar with it, I can see that it’s not for everyone. Hope this helps clear up some questions about whether Stitch Fix is for you and how to make it work well!
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