I don’t know about you, but I’m all about automating everything I can to make my life easier! Between my school job, family, blogging, creating therapy materials, and presenting, my time is at a premium. I also live in a small town at least 20 minutes from the nearest big grocery store, with “real” shopping about 30-40 minutes away. I use Amazon Prime on a regular basis, and their “Subscribe and Save” and “Prime Pantry” and I have become BFFs. (Yes, I get monthly deliveries of cat food and my favorite English Breakfast k-cups! It’s so much easier than having to make special trips to different stores, especially during the school year.)
So when I heard about Stitch Fix (*affiliate links throughout post) a few years ago – a service that sends a curated box of five clothing items directly to your house on a monthly basis – I was definitely intrigued. I went to the website to learn more, figured out they didn’t carry my size, and promptly forgot about it.
And then, a couple of months ago, one of my friends was raving about the service, and I decided to check them out again. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had expanded their size range! I had just wasted two hours going to the mall looking for an outfit for a special occasion and came up empty, and didn’t have time to sort through all of the options online and worry about the sizing, so having clothes exactly my size sent directly to me definitely sounded appealing.
After sharing some of my fixes on Instagram, I’ve had several people reach out for more details, so I decided to address some of my most frequently asked questions. (I’ll also be updating this post over time with pics of some of my favorite pieces!)
FAQ’s About Stitch Fix
What sizes do they carry?
Stitch Fix now carries women’s sizes 0 to 24 (XS-3X).
How much does it cost?
There is a $20 styling fee per box (or fix). This amount is then applied to any items you decide to keep. (So if you decide to keep a $40 shirt from your fix, they will apply the $20 to that shirt.) You can select what price range you feel comfortable with for each item type (the cheaper the better, $50-100, $100-150, $150-200).
I have all of mine set to “the cheaper, the better.” Most of the prices have been comparable to shopping at a department store without coupons, if that makes sense. I’ve gotten everything from a $35 top to $78 pants so far. There is a 25% discount if you keep all 5 items in your fix. Sometimes, a reminder to your stylist about a lower price point or shopping on a budget is necessary.
What kinds of clothes do they send?
You get to choose! You fill out the extensive style quiz, and let them know how often you would like to receive the different types of items.
In your fix request, you can be very specific or general – it’s up to you! You may know exactly what you are looking for, or maybe have a more general request (ex: “I’m looking for pieces to take with me on vacation this summer to California,” or “I need long sleeved sweaters and cardigans for winter; I prefer jewel tones, v-necks, and machine washable.”) They may not be able to meet each specific request, depending on their inventory at the moment (I’m still waiting on a cargo vest for fall!), but they do their best to try to send at least one or two items to meet your specific requests.
I prefer to get tops, blazers, and some pants – I don’t wear a lot of dresses or skirts, and shoes are often too difficult to fit to not pick them out myself.
All of the items I have received so far have been very good quality. I haven’t kept everything from each box – I have averaged 2-3 piece from each fix so far. A couple of pieces weren’t flattering colors or shapes on me, some weren’t “wow” pieces, others were too similar to what was already in my closet, and a few pieces just didn’t work for the upcoming season in Illinois, so they were sent back.
My favorite pieces so far have been a navy 41 Hawthorne blazer, sleeveless Alice Blue blouse, RD Style sweater, Marc New York coat, and black Liverpool pants.
One of the things I like about Stitch Fix is that they push me a bit outside my style comfort zone! Some of the pieces that came in my shipments made me think, “Oh, there’s no way I’m going to like that!” but Stitch Fix simply asks that you at least try everything on once. After I tried them on, I find that I change my mind at least half of the time!
How do you get the best fix possible?
Once you get a fix where you feel like the stylist started to nail your style, ask for that stylist again in your next fix note! I’ve had quite a bit of luck with Alyssa as my stylist over several months, but there are other great stylists out there, too.
Also, you are allowed to link to one Pinterest board in your style profile. Having a well-curated Pinterest board is VERY helpful in getting fixes tailored to your specific taste! I have learned that having a general “style” board, where I pin items I like from both Stitch Fix and other sources, as well as leave specific comments about what I like or don’t like (color, fit, length, style, etc.) is helpful, as well as having a more specific board for my current fix requests. For this one, I try to pin no more than 20 items that are directly related to what I’m looking for in that fix.
How well do you feel they listen to your feedback?
I’ll be honest, I had one terrible fix where I sent everything back. I had asked for a box full of my favorite colors, cobalt blue and kelly green. The box I was sent only had ONE item in those colors, AND they accidently sent me that item in XS instead of XL – plus none of the rest of my items were my style at all.
I was honest about my feedback when I sent everything back, and explained how disappointed I was. Stitch Fix was very prompt in their response, in which they apologized and offered to waive the styling fee of my next box. Since I didn’t have anything to lose, I decided to continue, and it’s just gotten better from there.
How do you give feedback?
When you check out, there is a place to leave feedback about the sizing, style, and any other comments you would like to leave. The more detailed you are, the better your stylists can select items for future fixes.
How often do they send a fix (box)?
You get to select how often you receive a fix – you can have one sent every three weeks, monthly, every other month, or on request only. Once you receive your box, you have three days to decide what you want to keep and what you want to send back.
Who would you recommend should try Stitch Fix?
I would definitely recommend it to busy school SLPs, teachers, and other professionals looking for some quality and unique pieces to add to their wardrobes that don’t have a lot of time to shop. (If your personal style is, “whatever I can get on sale,” it’s probably not a good fit for you.) I would also recommend Stitch Fix to someone looking for an outfit for a special occasion or event.
How can I see more of what pieces you get from Stitch Fix?
You can follow my Instagram account (@slpnataliesnyders) to check out future fixes! Here’s a few more pieces I have gotten:
*If you choose to sign up for Stitch Fix through my affiliate link, I receive a small credit. This post is not sponsored or endorsed by Stitch Fix in any way; all views are my own.
I've been going back and forth on trying Stitch Fix. I'm definitely going to try it now!!