Clothing, Style

A Bargain Shopper’s Perspective on Stitch Fix

This post is not sponsored by Stitch Fix. I am not affiliated with Stitch Fix. I am not being paid for this post. I am sharing my thoughts based on my own Stitch Fix box. I was not given a free box. I am sharing my own, personal Stitch Fix referral link which each member receives when they sign up. To read my disclosure policies click here

What is Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix is essentially a personal shopping experience. When you sign up, you’ll be prompted to share your personal style preferences and your sizes. You will be assigned a personal stylist. Your stylist will look at all your your preferences and if you share your Pinterest style boards, she’ll get a better idea of your style even still. You can even select your budget. True to my bargain-shopping nature, I chose “the cheaper the better.” 😉 Once your preferences are determined, your stylist will choose things that she believes will suit you and send them on their way. You try the clothing and decide what you want to keep, anything you don’t want, you send back.

Inside my box, there was some information.There was a page with all the clothing items pictured along with different styling ideas for each piece. On this page, there was also a personal note from my stylist speaking about the pieces she chose for me.

Each box has 5 pieces. In my box, I received a jacket, a tee-shirt, a pair of jeans, a dress, and a purse. I specified in my description that I was heading out on a date night with the hubby, and I’d love a dressier outfit, but for the most part, I’m a Mama and I’m casual to the core. 🙂 So what my stylist, Melissa, sent me was perfect. Here’s a look at the pieces from my box.

Let’s break up this outfit. The tee-shirt was absolutely heavenly. The fabric was soft and stretchy. The shape was very flattering. The jeans were very good quality and they fit me very well. I had heard amazing things about how stitch fix jeans fit. Rave reviews! And they were right! They were stretchy and they fit well. Now, let’s talk about the jacket… I. Loved. It. This piece was so beautiful. Its quality was phenomenal. The sleeves were stretchy like sweatshirt material while still maintaining that great shape like the rest of the jacket. It was thick, but not too thick and it was lined with a beautiful black and white polka dot fabric. I can’t say enough about it!

Now, let’s look at outfit #2.

 

How pretty is this dress? It’s a swing dress, so it was flowy and stretchy (I feel like that has described every item?! But what can I say, comfort is very important to me!) The sleeves were so beautiful. They were lacy and very elegant. I loved the way the top fit, but I felt like the body of the dress was a little bit too baggy. I think a size smaller would’ve been perfect.

And the clutch is so pretty, right? It has a gold chain-link strap that slips inside so it could be put onto the shoulder or used as a clutch like this.

What’s the Cost?

So now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.

This is where I get stuck. Stitch Fix is an amazing company. They have fantastic service. They go above and beyond to get your box right, to make you love your fix and I have to say, they got it right for me.

But what gets me as a self-proclaimed bargain shopper is the prices. I knew with amazing quality clothing and all the wonderful things about Stitch Fix, I figured the prices would be more than I usually pay. So I want to honestly say this: If you have money set aside for a fix every month or whenever you choose, Stitch Fix is worth it. But hear me on this: it is not for everyone.

Now let’s talk about the cost of my box.

  • Swing Dress: $78
  • Clutch: $38
  • Cargo Jacket: $88
  • Jeans: $68
  • Tee-shirt: $36

Now the thing with Stitch fix is that they offer a few deals for you. First, if you purchase anything, you can use the the $20 styling fee toward your purchase. If you buy all five items, you get 25% off your entire purchase.

So with all that in mind, my cost was as follows:

  • Subtotal: $308
  • 25% off Buy All Discount: -$77
  • Styling Fee applied to Purchase: $20
    • Total: $211

Now, generally speaking with such quality pieces, the $211 price point is not overly expensive. It does cause this clearance and thrift store shopper to have slight heart palpitations…but looking at the whole, That’s a fairly decent deal. That said, when you have financial goals like we do, and at this point in our lives, $211 is really not practical. And I know I’m not the only one.

Refer Your Friends

Now, with all that said, Stitch Fix has an amazing referral program. For every person that signs up with your personal referral link, when they sign up to get their first fix, you get $25. How great is that? So, theoretically, you could earn your way to a few pieces from your fix or even the whole thing if you get enough referrals. But what’s in it for your friends that you want to refer? Right now, Stitch Fix is waiving the styling fee for their first box. It’s completely free to try. And even if you don’t buy everything, there is a free shipping bag for you to send off, again at no cost to you. (The free styling fee offer is only good until January 31, 2018!)

Directly from Stitch Fix:

A few Caveats

In my opinion, you should be sure to keep a few things in mind when you get your fix:

  1. Be sure to show self control. Don’t buy anything that you don’t absolutely LOVE.
  2. On the swing end, if you absolutely love something in your fix and you know it would be a staple and last for a long while AND you have the money in your budget, you might consider buying it.
  3. If you buy nothing, you lose the $20 styling fee.

So where does that leave you? Would Stitch Fix be a right fit for you?

Here’s a quick list of things to consider before deciding:

Stitch Fix might work for you if:

  • You want/need higher quality clothing and don’t have the time and/or know-how to pick things out for yourself.
  • You have a set budget for clothing that would support your fix or pieces from your fix each month(or whenever you set your fix to come).
  • You want help building your wardrobe by a stylist.
  • You want fewer, more quality pieces in your wardrobe.
  • You have friends who might want to try out Stitch Fix using your referral link.

Stitch Fix might NOT work for you if:

  • You have a very small and/or changing clothing budget each month.
  • You prefer to pick out your own clothing.
  • You love shopping for clothing.
  • You’d much rather create your own style using thrift store and clearance pieces.
  • You love a good bargain.

Stitch Fix is so much fun. It is an amazing company and they take great care to make their clients happy and satisfied. I am very impressed by my whole experience with Stitch Fix. Two giant thumbs up! But you know me, I love seeing what great things I can do with a smaller budget! 🙂

Now, if you would like to try Stitch Fix, try it out absolutely FREE! (The free styling fee offer is only good until January 31!!) Like I said, the experience is fantastic and I am so glad I tried it! If you try Stitch Fix or have tried it before, I’d love to hear your experience! Be sure to share in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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