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January 2014 Stitch Fix Review

January 2014 Stitch Fix Review

Ever since I started talking about Stitch Fix on my Friday Things posts, many of you have had questions about the service, asked for examples of the clothes that were sent, and requested a review-style post. Well, many months (and a few cell phone pics later), here it is!

To start, here are some basics about the Stitch Fix styling service:

  • When you sign up, you fill out a lengthy style profile that includes things like your size, body shape, and clothing preferences. It goes into detail when it comes to the types of style you prefer, if you’re usually dressing up or are more casual, if your jewelry is predominantly silver or gold, etc. etc. There are a lot of questions, which help the stylists get to know your personal style better and pick clothes that they think you will like.
  • You choose your own budget. I have seen some people say that they think Stitch Fix is too expensive, or they don’t want to pay for clothes they might not like. As part of your style profile, you also indicate how much you wish to spend on different types of clothes. You give Stitch Fix your budget for accessories, pants, dresses, jewelry, outer layers, and tops. They will only send you clothes that fall within that budget. So, if you say you don’t want to spend more than $50 on dresses, you’ll never see a $200 dress in one of your shipments. The prices for the items below are based on my personal budget; you could spend more or less on Stitch Fix clothing if you so chose.
  • You only pay for the clothes that you want to keep. I love that I can try the clothes on at home, and see how they will work with other things that I have in my closet. Once you have decided what you want to keep, you just put the other items in the prepaid envelope that comes with your shipment and drop it off at the post office within three days. You are only charged for the clothes that you choose to keep. If you choose to keep none of the items, the only cost to you is a $20 styling fee. If you do purchase anything, that $20 fee is deducted from the total when you checkout. If you keep all five items in your shipment, then you receive a 25% discount off the total.
  • Feedback is vital! When you review your order on Stitch Fix’s site, give detailed feedback about what you liked and didn’t like about each piece; it will help the stylist fine-tune what they hand-pick for you going forward.
  • So far, I have loved the Stitch Fix service. There have been some months where I’ve only kept one thing, and some months where I’ve kept all five. I’ve always been a fairly boring dresser, and I feel like Stitch Fix has helped me come out of my shell a bit, be more creative with outfits, and look more “put together”.  There are tags included with each clothing item that show two different options for how to wear each piece. I love this! I reference them often not just for that particular piece, but for texture and color combinations for the rest of my closet, as well.

Now, without further ado, here is a review of the pieces that I received in my most recent Stitch Fix shipment…

The Reviews

Dear John Robert Bootcut Jean

Item #1: Dear John Robert Bootcut Jeans

Size: 26

Price: $88

Thoughts: I’ve had zero luck with jeans from Stitch Fix. Previous to these, I had been sent three pairs of skinny jeans, none of which fit at all. These actually did fit me, but were that stretchy, pseudo-leggings jean material, which I don’t particularly like. They were also much too long; I’m only 5’1, so if a pair of pants aren’t a petite or short cut, they will undoubtedly be way, way too long. I tried them with heals, but still incredibly too long.

Verdict: Returned

Mia Melon Paloma Striped Short Sleeve Cut-Out Top

Item #2: Mia Melon Paloma Striped Short Sleeve Cut-Out Top

Size: XS

Price: $58

Thoughts: I liked the color and design of this shirt, but did not like the cut at all. It felt too short, and on top of that, the way the back was designed, the middle of the back runches up. It felt like it was continually riding up, when really that was the cut of the shirt. I just wasn’t a fan.

Verdict: Returned

41Hawthorn Natasha Front Pocket Sleeveless Blouse

Item #3: 41Hawthorn Natasha Front Pocket Sleeveless Blouse

Size: XS

Price: $54

Thoughts: I liked this top – the color was great and the cut was very flattering. The material is wonderful; it’s lightweight and breezy, which makes it perfect to wear alone during the summer, or to layer in the winter.

Verdict: Kept!

THML Renz Cotton Lace Print Open Cardigan

Item #4: THML Renz Cotton Lace Print Open Cardigan

Size: XS

Price: $68

Thoughts: I’m a sucker for open cardigans, so it didn’t take much to sway me on this one. I liked the fact that it is longer in the back than the front, and the back has some pretty detailing, as well. I thought the price was a bit high for the material, but I kept it anyway.

Verdict: Kept!

Bay to Baubles Lydia Faceted Stones Long Necklace

Item #5: Bay to Baubles Lydia Faceted Stones Long Necklace

Price: $36

Thoughts: I think I have kept every single accessory that I’ve received from Stitch Fix. I have a severe accessory deficiency in my closet, so these pieces have helped to round out my collection. I especially liked that this was a long necklace, and I love the combination of green and gold.

Verdict: Kept!

The Results

I kept 3 out of 5 items, for a total of $138.00.

If you have any additional questions about Stitch Fix, I’d be happy to answer them! Feel free to leave them below…

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post; I have paid for these clothes on my own and have not been given compensation for a review. However, this post does contain referral links for new sign-ups that give me a little credit towards my next box. 

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24 Responses to “January 2014 Stitch Fix Review”

  1. Lois on January 12, 2014 at 4:15 am

    I love, love, love Stitch Fix! I get more giddy than on Christmas morning when a box comes. Like you, on my own, my clothing style is kind of a yawn, and I love having someone else mix it up for me.

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  2. Marla in AZ on January 12, 2014 at 6:11 am

    I had fun looking at the pictures, guessing whether I thought you kept the item or returned it, and then scrolling to see what you actually did. Turns out, I “approved” of all the decisions you made. :)

    Reply

  3. Anna on January 12, 2014 at 8:02 am

    It’s a great concept, and I really like the idea of having three days to mull over a “maybe” purchase rather than just impulse buy or run the risk of leaving a store to consider it (only to return later and find the item or size unavailable). However my issue would be with paying a $20 stylist fee IF I disliked all five items (a free service at a traditional bricks-and-mortar retailer). If I didn’t like any of the options, then the stylist clearly wasn’t attune to my preferences and I shouldn’t have to compensate them for that. $20 is a LOT to lose for no personal benefit (ie., spend it on a nice lunch, or a necklace or brand name mascara).

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  4. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on January 12, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Thank you for the review. I’m sad! The sweater you kept is like the one I just shrunk!! I had to give it to my step daughter! The cut of the shirt you didn’t keep looks nice, but I get ya about comfort. I hate when clothes feel like they are riding up on you. I have a few shirts that do that and i never wear them, no matter how cool the design looks.

    Thank you so much for sharing this.

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  5. Megan on January 12, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I have been using Stitch Fix and another similar service, Tog+Porter, for a year. I really like them both. I hate shopping, an usually end up with a bunch of stuff that does not result in outfits. With both services I feel like I am building a wardrobe without having to brave the mall. Tog+Porter for me is a little better in that you can have Skype styling reviews after each box with your stylist, but both services have been great for me. Love the tops you kept BTW!

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  6. JoAnne on January 12, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks for the review, I am tempted to try the service. I live in a rural area with limited shopping variety and I work in a corporate environment. Getting to the appropriate clothes means a trip out of town. I appreciate your willingness to share.

    Reply

  7. Andrea on January 12, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing your fix. I love seeing other people’s fixes. It also helps me in letting them know what I like and what I don’t.

    Reply

  8. Leslie on January 12, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Thanks for the review! I have a boring wardrobe, and I am really thinking of signing up! I hate shopping and any decent shops are more than 1.5 hours from me. And, I am terrible at putting outfits together – I need professional intervention!!! I think I will be signing up this week. Where is your referral link?

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    • Michelle on January 12th, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Hi Leslie, The referral link is the first link to Stitch Fix in the first sentence. I am also awful at putting together outfits. The little cards with suggestions have really helped me!

      Reply

  9. Val on January 12, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    So, if you give feedback that jeans are always too short, do they have petite options to send you? Or do they just keep sending you jeans, figuring you could shorten them yourself?

    Reply

    • Michelle on January 12th, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Hi Val, Previously, the jeans didn’t fit right in the hips, so since I hadn’t luck with skinny jeans, they had sent me a pair of bootcut jeans, and these just happened to be too long. In the feedback for this shipment, I definitely stated that the jeans needed to be a short length or petite, or that they would always end up too long.

      Reply

  10. Meg on January 13, 2014 at 4:30 am

    I just have this to say-Michelle, you are so pretty! :-D
    I have to admit I’ve been sulking a bit since you didn’t even give us a glimpse of your wedding pictures, but I’m over that now. No wonder you had to keep your identity secret, you are my baking superhero. (Your secret is safe with me ;-) )

    Reply

  11. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie on January 13, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I agree with what you kept!

    Reply

  12. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts on January 13, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Love what you kept!! I’m pretty much obsessed with reading stitch fix reviews from my fav bloggers, so please do this again!!

    Reply

  13. Elines Acevedo on January 13, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Love the necklace! And the color of the tops are really pretty. We have a similar body type and we are the same height, my thighs are probably heavier, and i always have trouble with jeans. Hate shopping for bottoms, takes forever to find a nice, fitting pair of pants. Especially since they never bring short sizes where i live, my options are even more limited and i dont dare to order a pair online without being able to try them on first.

    Reply

  14. Denise P. on January 23, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I’ve never heard of Stitch Fix, but what a fun idea. I signed up through your blog and will have my first Fix within a couple weeks. I’m anxious to see what they send. Thanks!

    Reply

  15. Lauren on January 25, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Stitch Fix is going to be my post pregnancy gift to myself in a few months. It seems like so much fun. I love to shop, but I won’t be getting much shopping in with 2 littles. Side note, you are SO pretty!

    Reply

    • Michelle on January 25th, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Aw, you are so sweet, thank you!

      Reply

  16. Kyle on February 5, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I just got my first “fix” and was SO disappointed. My email to them is below:

    Good Morning,

    I received my first fix last week. I was very excited and have told many friends about your service. Unfortunately I was so disappointed in the shipment. I am sure it is difficult to “win them all” but the clothing was totally off the mark and I don’t understand based on my profile how these items were selected. It appeared the box was better suited for someone much older than me. I was really excited to see new black pants (although I am a jeans girl as I mentioned in my survey). At $128, I thought the price was right and I had a new nice dress pant for work etc. However, the rise of the pants were over the belly button (and not in a cool 70s way) making the fit very unattractive. The dress was over-sized, long sleeved blouse dress, despite that my profile indicates I wear fitted clothing and don’t mind showing off shoulders, arms or legs. The cardigan had a nice fit and was of good quality but was not appropriate for my age group. The pink blouse was just okay, but at $58 the loose, hippy-chic style made if appear to be a $10 TJ-maxx find. Lastly, the necklace was very dainty and boring.

    Again, I know it is not easy to design a perfect box, but I felt as though I received a box created for someone else. When I see this thread: http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2014/01/12/january-2014-stitch-fix-review/ I think I would have kept the entire box! I don’t have time to shop and was hoping Stich Fix was my answer.

    I was certain I would have been able to keep one item, and was so disappointed to send every item back.

    Thanks for listening,

    Reply

  17. Beth on February 13, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Excellent post, thanks so much for this great review and insight! I was wondering did you sign up for the “cheaper the better” option or $50-$100 for the tops/jeans. It was hard for me to decide between those two ranges as I would want the lower end of the $50-$100 or the cheaper the better. It seemed your items were at the lower end of the $50-$100, so just curious.

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    • Michelle on February 15th, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      Hi Beth, These are the price ranges I currently have set up in my profile:

      Accessories: The cheaper, the better.
      Jewelry: The cheaper, the better.
      Outer Layers: $50-$100
      Tops: $50-$100
      Bottoms: $100-$150
      Dresses: $100-$150

      Reply

  18. Cyndi on February 14, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I’ve gotten several stitch fixes and even turned my daughters on to it. It is a long drive to any where to shop around here. I am so in love with my fixes!!! I get things that I would have never picked for myself but turned out to love. You pick your prices. My last fix it was cheaper to keep my whole fix than send back the one thing I didn’t really like. Turns out I liked it too.

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  19. Lauren on March 27, 2014 at 2:16 am

    OMG, we do have the same body shape!! Love that necklace :)

    Reply

  20. Racheal on July 5, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Thank you for writing this. I have been following your blog for awhile and have wondered about Stitch Fix since you mentioned it a few months ago. I’m going to try it out and I hope it works for me!

    Reply

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