Ok, if you’ve ever wondered how to StitchFix, listen up! As a person who has gotten my share of ‘fixes’, I’m going to share the seven things I learned while trying the home delivery clothing service. If you’re slightly curious about how StitchFix works, get ready for everything you need to know (+ didn’t even think of) in today’s post. Enjoy!
How StitchFix Works
First things first: if you’re wondering how StitchFix works, it’s easy. You sign up; fill out a profile; they ship you clothes.
And you look totally awesome.
Told you it was easy!
You log in to the website, create a style profile, fill out some questions about yourself (like size, height, favorite clothing items, whether or not you like accessories, and what kinds of styles you prefer). It’s very simple; getting started takes just a few minutes.
Then you schedule a “fix” using the calendar they provide. We’ll get to the scheduling in a minute, but that’s pretty much all you need to know on how StitchFix works. Your box of clothing, almost like magic, arrives on your doorstep and you begin the try-on process.
Now that you know the basics, here’s ten things you didn’t know about StitchFix.
1. Only pay for what you keep.
One of the biggest questions when people ask how StitchFix works is what you pay for. The bottom line is you pay a $20 styling fee once you schedule a delivery; however, this fee is applied to anything you buy. For instance, if you buy a blouse for $46 you’ll actually only owe $26 because of the $20 you’ve already paid.
If there’s something you don’t like in your delivery, just send it back.
All done? That’s it! You don’t have to have fixes every month or anything; I do my fixes on-demand.
2. Trying it on at home = awesome!
I don’t like trying on clothing at stores because of those, ya know, tricky mirrors. And the terrible lighting. What better way to see how something totally looks than by trying it on at home?!
Plus, as extra bonuses, you can do a fashion show for your husband, two kids, two cats, and dog. Ha! And they can help you decide what to keep. Actually, I’ve found trying on at home is a really big benefit when you want to try on a shirt with a pair of pants you already own, or see if a certain jewelry pick will look good with a dress. You can’t do that in-store.
And in case you’re wondering, you’ll receive five items in your box.
3. You get free return shipping.
People always ask me this one: how do you return everything? Does it cost money? Well, that’s the beautiful thing about how StitchFix works. They give you a gigantic pre-paid return envelope that fits anything you need to return. Just fill it up, seal it, and put it on your porch for the post office to pick up. Or you can take to a post office and drop it off. It’s all paid for — you’re good to go.
4. It can be pricey unless you do THIS.
Prices vary with the fixes I’ve received; I can’t give you a specific price on what you can expect to spend on yours, as your items may vary (i.e. a jacket, shoes, jewelry, a tee shirt, etc.) BUT you can make it more affordable for your own budget by filling out your style profile. In it, you are able to tell them what you’d like to spend; your stylist will do her or his best to accommodate your budget.
5. The style profile is very important.
How Stitchfix works for you depends largely on how well you fill out your profile. The Style Profile you fill out makes a huge difference between liking your fix and freakin’ loving it. I’ve been there. The first few times, I gave vague answers. Why? I don’t know. I guess I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t think my stylist was going to really dig in deep and try to “get” my style. I thought everyone had the same answers and we all just rotated. But I was so wrong.
I encourage you to really try; simply muster up the courage to ask for styles you like and be honest about things you don’t. Be fearless and tell them pieces you try to avoid. For me, I really try to avoid 3/4 inch sleeves whenever possible. They’re in-style, for some reason, but as a tall person with long arms I always feel like hey, I couldn’t quite find a shirt with sleeves long enough for my crazy-long arms. Someone else might think sweaters make them look boxy. Another may find jeans totally awful to wear. Someone might think they look silly in plaid. But you don’t, I think everyone looks awesome in plaid.
I always decline “outerwear” for my fixes because I am a jacket and coat and sweatshirt junkie and I needn’t add any more to my collection. I want to, but I think they will be expensive anyway; so I skip it. Feel free to skip anything you’d like to skip, and include other things you want to add.
6. It is not just for women (yay!)
Although I have yet to sign Andrew up, I am pleased to announce that this service is now available for Women, Men, AND Kids! For a long time, it was just for women and I always thought it would be a great service for guys, too. I’ll report back when he gives it a try.
I also love how they have added maternity-friendly and plus size clothing, a number of top fashion brands, and now shoes and jewelry to the mix!
7. You’ll get good surprises (mostly).
With the service, I’ve had good surprises… and very few bad surprises, we’ll just Bob Ross it up and call those ones “happy little accidents”. Some things work, some things don’t; in my case, the good surprises outweighed the bad, like when they sent me a cute necklace that I normally wouldn’t have bought, but when I tried it on it was definitely me. A keeper.
One thing to note is, it’s really fun to have your stylist write you a note inside the fix. It’s the extra-special detail that you don’t get from big-box chains. Someone actually went shopping and styled something wonderful for you, hoping you’d really like it. And since she’s not someone who you know, you get some really interesting picks that you wouldn’t normally try. Maybe bright orange really DOES look good on you. Perhaps a leopard print isn’t so far-fetched, Felicia. And maybe Deb really can rock the heck out of a hot pink cardigan. You see, it’s a little adventure in fashion, in the comfort of your own home, and I think you’re going to like it.
8. You can finally get out of a style rut.
Ah, variety; it’s a really wonderful reason why this service is continually in demand. I’m always in a bit of a rut when I shop for myself. I always need a thousand tops, but then I realize hey, now I’m lacking in the bottoms department. With this service, you get a little bit of everything. A few tops, a skirt or pair of pants, perhaps a pull-over or a jacket, a necklace; you get the idea. Now they’ve added shoes, and I’ve never put it in my ‘cart’ but it would be interesting to try.
Oh! And the quality of the pieces are always pretty top-notch. I’ve been impressed with how beautiful my SF clothing looks, wash after wash. This isn’t cheap, poorly-made clothing at all.
9. You can sneak an early preview before it actually arrives.
Pssst. If you’re really impatient like I am, once you see the email that says ‘your shipment is on its way!’ you can start stalking the page looking for the ‘checkout’ page. This is essentially a list of the things in your box on the way, along with prices of each and photos.
I do it every time — pretend I am checking out, but really I’m just trying to see what is coming.
Some may say this ruins the surprise; and yes, it totally does. But you still get to try it on and see what works. I’ve seen previews of clothing fixes and I had my mind made up on what would look best, only to find out I was totally wrong once I tried them on.
10. You can get free clothes by referring friends.
If you like the service, like I do, you can refer your friends and get free clothes or credit simply by having them sign in with your link. Scroll to the bottom of the page here and click on ‘refer a friend’. They’ll give you a link to share and, voila. If a friend signs up, you’ll get $25 credit in your account once their ‘fix’ ships.
And it’s something you can actually feel good about your friends signing up for. This service will help them find their best + most flattering outfits. That can be a real boost of confidence for many people.
Okay, there are two bonus tips that didn’t really fit in the above, but I wanted to mention it.
- D I S C O U N T
I have never done this, but apparently they’ll take a whopping 25% off your total order if you buy all five pieces.
- S H A P E W E A R
Now that you know how it all works, are you going to give it a try? You should! You can see how it works / fill out your style profile / sign up for your first ‘fix’ here.
Get started here!
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