If you haven’t heard of it, please continue reading. If you have heard of it, I’m here to hook you for good. I use Stitch Fix for a variety of reasons. First, between working full time, running an Etsy Shop, blogging, sleeping…and oh yeah, my 1-year-old, I seriously don’t have time to shop. Second, it’s easy. Third, it puts items in my closest that are different and that I probably would not have picked out myself. Here are my tips and tricks on getting the most out of this fun service.
Before your Fix…
Be Honest in your Style Profile – The first thing you will do after registering is fill out your style profile. It’s pretty in depth and do yourself a favor, be honest. We all wish we were a little smaller, but getting clothes that are too small is not going to help this cause. And be sure to keep the style profile updated. If you do drop a few pounds, or decide that you are interested in outerwear for the cooler season, it can always be changed.
Be Specific About What You Want – Let them know what you want! My stylist has done a great job picking outfits for a trip to Vegas, my son’s camping-themed birthday party, a wedding, the perfect pair of skinny jeans, and the list goes on. I always let her know what events I have coming up that I want to focus on. Or maybe this month, I just need some casual tops.
Use Pinterest – This is so important! If you don’t have one already, create a Pinterest board strictly related to fashion items that you love. Each month when I get my reminder email, I go pin new items for the current season. Not sure where to find pins? It’s easy. When you’re on Pinterest, type in ‘Stitch Fix’, ‘Polyvore’ or ‘Insert Favorite Clothing Store‘. Then repin outfits that you like.
Getting your Fix…
Try Everything On – This goes without saying, but you really will be surprised. Something that may not look good in the box, may look like a dream on you. And something you think is super cute may have most unflattering fit. If there’s something you’re on the fence about, try it on again tomorrow. With Stitch Fix, you have 3-days to make your decision. So use all of those 3-days and make sure you’re happy with your picks. They also send ideas on what to pair each piece with as far as pants, skirts, jewelry, etc. Bonus!
If you Like Your Stylist, Request to Keep Them – I’m lucky (and broke) in that I loved everything in my first Fix. My stylist studied my Style Profile and Pinterest board and nailed it. So now, I request her each time, and she hasn’t failed me once. On the flip side, if you’re Fix is NOT YOU, then request a different stylist. They don’t know you from Adam, so no feelings will be hurt.
Give Honest Reviews – During the checkout process, you will have a chance to review each item. Be specific on what you liked, did not like, and how it fit. These are all things that will help your stylist the next time around.
Deciding on Your Fix…
How to Make Stitch Fix Fit Your Budget – The great thing about Stitch Fix is that it works with most budgets. My budget is set at the lowest possible amount, $50-$100 per item. In most cases, I keep about 2-3 items. There have been two times where I have kept all 5 items (what!). The good thing about keeping everything is that you get a 25% discount if you purchase all 5 items. And, if you like 4 out of the 5 items, chances are, you will spend less just getting all 5 items, once you throw in that discount. So be sure to calculate everything before you hit that submit button. When I first started, I got a Fix every month. Once I became hooked, I realized that was a little too much for my budget to handle, so I changed it to every other month. The beauty of this is you can get them as often or as little as you want, and that can always be changed.
Their Customer Service Rocks – Seriously. They are only available via email, but they have always responded to me the same day. In one case, I kept a sweater that ended up shedding everywhere. It bugged me, so I emailed them asking if I could return it. Easy. In another instance, I accidentally sent back a shirt I wanted to keep, and kept the shirt I wanted to send back. Mom brain. Within a couple of days, I had the shirt I wanted and they let me send back the shirt that I accidentally kept. All for no additional fees. They are also able to exchange sizes sometimes, so it’s always worth asking.
All in all, there really is nothing to lose. Your $20 styling fee goes towards your purchase. And if you really hate your first Fix and want a redo or a refund, I’ve heard they will do it. I encourage you to try it, I really don’t think you will be disappointed. And please let me know what you think! You can sign up by clicking here. Happy Fixing!