I should be receiving my fourth “fix” from Stitch Fix any day now, so I figured I’d take a moment to explain Stitch Fix:
What is Stitch Fix?
Stitch Fix is a personal styling service that sends “fixes” right to your door. A stylist selects five items for you based on the information you provide. You can try the items on in the privacy of your own home and style them with your existing clothes and accessories. You purchase what you like by checking-out online and return what you don’t like. Stitch Fix pretty much has a cult following now, as you’ll discover if you google Stitch Fix (perhaps that’s how you found this blog!)
The items range in price and include clothes, jewelry, accessories, and handbags. (Alas, no shoes.) You can tell Stitch Fix if you prefer not to receive a certain kind of item and provide them with information on your likes/dislikes (more on that below).
You can schedule to receive fixes based on what works for you. The standard is monthly, but you can choose to receive them more frequently (every 2-3 weeks) or less. I currently receive a fix every 2-3 weeks.
How much does it cost?
You pay $20 for each “fix.” If you purchase any item, the $20 fee will be deducted from the cost. Basically, Stitch Fix only costs money if you don’t purchase anything from your box. Also, if you purchase all five items from your box, you get a 25% discount on the overall cost. Sometimes this means that it’s actually cheaper to purchase all five items than to buy just four.
I’ve seen many people complain that Stitch Fix is too expensive, but I don’t agree. First, you tell Stitch Fix in your profile how much you like to spend on each item. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, just say so! Second, as someone who used to shop more often at Barneys than Loft, Stitch Fix feels like a steal. Less than $100 for a great dress? Yes, please! I’ve also been really satisfied with the quality of each item.
How do I guarantee I’ll get items I like?
You don’t. There are things you can do, however, to make it more likely that you’ll like what you get. Stitch Fix has a blog post about it that recommends you do four basic things:
First, Stitch Fix gives you the option of completing a profile. In your profile, you let Stitch Fix know your age, height, weight, bra size, dress size, shirt size, and pant size. (I really appreciate that you can select a different size for your dresses than your pants. If Stitch Fix assumed you were the same size in both, many items they sent wouldn’t fit me.) You also answer questions about your style, how you like clothes to fit, what kinds of items you need (for work, casual, date night, etc.), whether there are items Stitch Fix should avoid (colors, prints), and other preferences (gold vs silver, dresses vs pants, and so on). There’s also a place to include a narrative to provide your stylist with any information you think they should know about you. For example, I explained to Stitch Fix that I have two young kids and am still carrying baby weight in my stomach.
Second, you can leave a monthly note for your stylist. Stitch Fix isn’t designed to send you compete outfits (although you sometimes get pants and tops that go together), so you can use the note to tell your stylist what items you need in your wardrobe that month or if you have any upcoming events for which you would like an item.
Third, you can create a Pinterest board and pin items that fit your style. This can include items from Stitch Fix itself (either from Stitch Fix’s Pinterest page, pinning from blogs, or by searching Stitch Fix on Pinterest). You can also include items from other stores and street style photos, so the stylist gets a better sense of your overall style.
Finally, after each fix, you have the option to review the items. The more feedback you provide, the better your fixes will be in the future. I try to be as specific as possible.
Is it easy to return items?
Yes! Very. Stitch Fix sends you a pre-paid envelope. You can have your mail carrier pick it up or drop it off at the Post Office. If you mail carrier is like mine and ignores all outgoing mail, you can schedule a pick-up through USPS. (It’s free, provided that you schedule it for your normal mail drop-off time.)
How is this useful?
I love to shop online. I spend way too much time finding clothes I like on the internet. Plus, many of the brands Stitch Fix includes can be found at Nordstrom (Donna Morgan, Leota, Kut from the Kloth, Mavi Jeans, Splendid, Tart, Taylor Dresses) or other retailers. So you might think: Why pay for someone else to shop for me when I can do this myself? Here are my reasons:
- I LOVE the element of surprise. You never know what you’re going to get. That alone makes it worth it for me.
- Stitch Fix has its own brands (e.g, 41 Hawthorne) that you can’t get anywhere else. The clothes are cute and good quality.
- Your stylist may send you clothes that you would never pick out yourself. While I like to think I know what I like and what looks good on my body, I can always be surprised. When I was shopping for wedding dresses (back in 2006!), the saleswoman brought me a dress with an empire waist. It was absolutely gorgeous, but I initially declined to try it on and told her that empire waists don’t look good on me. You probably won’t be surprised to find out that I ended up buying that dress. It’s sometimes good to try new things.
- You get free advice with each item. Each fix includes style cards, with pictures of two ways to style each item. It’s another way to broaden your style horizons.
How do I get it?
You can get Stitch Fix by clicking here. (Full Disclosure: I will receive Stitch Fix credit when people sign up through this link.)