(I worked as a Stitch Fix stylist from spring 2017-spring 2018. The tips that I am sharing are from knowledge gained during that time and also from being a customer for the past 5 years. This post contains referral links. If you sign up for Stitch Fix through my link we will BOTH get a $50 credit.)
I first signed up for Stitch Fix about 5 years ago because my husband had recently deployed and I thought it would be a fun way to treat myself and have something fun to look forward to each month. I’ve been getting boxes regularly since then and even worked as a stylist for a while! In this post, I’m going to share all my tips for getting the best possible Fix!
When you sign up for Stitch Fix, you will be asked to fill out your Style Profile. Fill this out honestly and thoughtfully because it will guide your stylist, especially for the first few Fixes. Be sure to share a little about your lifestyle, wardrobe needs, and favorite places to shop.
So filling out the profile is the first step, but what else can you do to get a Fix that you’ll love?
- Request what you’re hoping for. You’ll receive an email letting you know that your Fix is about to be styled. Log in and leave a few notes. Your stylist is not a mind reader. Tell her what you want (or don’t want!). Looking to add some pink to your closet? Need summer dresses? Don’t want any jeans right now? Do you have a special occasion coming up and want a few cocktail dresses? TELL HER!
- Start pinning! You can link a Pinterest board to your Style Profile and your stylist will be able to see it. You can pin anything that you’re drawn to, but I’ve gotten great results pinning actual Stitch Fix items. You can search “stitch fix” on Pinterest or pin directly from Stitch Fix! I almost always receive at least one item that I’ve pinned in my Fix. It’s a great way to communicate with your stylist. As soon I receive the “your Fix is about to be styled” email, I hop on Pinterest and add a few fresh items! (Bonus tip: take the Style Shuffle quizzes on stitchfix.com or in the app. It will give your stylist more ideas about what you do and don’t like.)
- Leave feedback. Ok, you got your first Fix. You loved some, you hated some. When you checkout, let your stylist know what you liked or didn’t like about a certain item. Maybe you loved something but already own a similar style. Did the size run big or small? Let them know so they can refer to that if they want to send you something else from that brand. If you didn’t like something, was it the
color, the length, etc.? Your stylist can see your feedback when styling future Fixes and it will help them to curate a Fix you will really love.
- Expect to pay full price. I love the sale rack as much as the next girl, but when you get a Fix the items will be full retail price. For me, finding an item that is unique and that I truly love makes it worth paying full price sometimes. If you love to scour the clearance racks then Stitch Fix may not be for you and that’s ok! But if you appreciate the convenience of someone else doing the work, then it can be a valuable service. My personal feelings are that I don’t base whether or not I buy something on how much it’s discounted, but whether or not I think the price is fair for how much I’ll wear the item and how much I love it. That being said, you are able to tell your stylist the prices that you are comfortable paying for each category and they will do their best to
honorthat. And if you buy all 5 items in your Fix you save 25%.
- Remember that everything is a request. Stylists are working within Stitch Fix’s private inventory. Available sizes and styles are changing constantly and your stylist wants to send you a Fix that you’ll love. If your stylist isn’t able to find an item you’re looking for this month, maybe it will be available next month. Try on items with an open mind. You may find something you love that you wouldn’t have chosen yourself!
FAQ: These are some of the questions that I’ve been asked when I’ve shared my Fixes on Instagram.
- What brands does Stitch Fix carry? They have a mix of brands that you may find at other retailers like Nordstrom as well as private label brands and exclusive items that you can only find at Stitch Fix.
- How often do I get a Fix? You decide! I usually schedule mine for every month or 2 just depending on my budget and wardrobe needs. But you could schedule it for every other week or once a quarter. You can also log in to your account and adjust the date anytime you want.
- How much is everything? You pay a $20 styling fee for every Fix. If you keep one item from the Fix, that styling fee is applied to that item. Only one time EVER did I send everything back and keep nothing. There is typically at least 1 item that I want to keep and following these tips will help to make sure that’s the case for you too! You set the budget for items in your style profile and you can adjust this at anytime or let
youstylist know if you’re willing to pay a little more for a special occassionor an item that she thinks you’ll really love.
Overall I think that Stitch Fix is a really fun way to shop and try new styles. Let me know if you try it and feel free to drop any questions in the comments and I’ll get back to you! Remember that if you sign up through my link you’ll get $50 off your first Fix!