Shopping for new clothes can be time-consuming, tedious and expensive. Fortunately, there are now online services, such as Stitch Fix, that aim to simplify the process.
In this article, we’ll look at four things to know before signing up for an online personal styling service as well as what to expect from Stitch Fix specifically.
What Is Stitch Fix?
Whether you’re looking to expand your wardrobe or save time shopping, Stitch Fix may be the solution. Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service that lets you try on specially-selected clothes at home without having to commit to a subscription.
Team Clark member Chelsea Glass recently tried out Stitch Fix for the first time to get an idea of how the process works.
“First, let me start off by saying I don’t like to shop. Period. But if I have to, I usually go into the store, grab what I need and get out,” said Chelsea. “While I was practicing quarantine during the pandemic I thought there was no better time to give one of the clothing delivery services a try. After a little research, I decided to go with Stitch Fix.”
In each section below, we’ll take a closer look at the process Chelsea followed to get her first Stitch Fix order, what she received, how much the clothing items cost and more.
Table of Contents:
- How Does Stitch Fix Work?
- How Much Does Stitch Fix Cost?
- What’s Available at Stitch Fix?
- How to Cancel Stitch Fix
How Does Stitch Fix Work?
When you sign up for Stitch Fix, stylists will analyze your responses to a style quiz and pick out clothing items in your size that they think you’ll like. You’ll receive the clothes in the mail, try them on and decide what to keep and what to send back.
You can sign up for automatic recurring shipments or simply request a box whenever you like. In addition to a small styling fee, you’ll pay only for the clothes you choose to keep, and there are no shipping or return charges.
When Chelsea placed her first Stitch Fix order, here’s the process she followed:
1. Take the Style Quiz
When you first visit Stitch Fix, you’ll have the option to take a style quiz. You’ll be asked a few introductory questions including how you feel about shopping, how much time and effort you put into your look and how often you try out the latest styles.
Once you’ve answered these initial questions, you’ll be asked to create an account and continue filling out your style profile.
Chelsea’s Experience: “Filling out the style profile was very easy and only took a few minutes! I selected my sizing for dresses, shirts, bottoms, shoes, etc. but also my proportions. I have broad shoulders and have trouble finding jackets and blouses that fit correctly, so being able to accurately describe my body type was a welcome perk!”
The style profile also lets you customize your fit preferences, choose places where you typically shop and describe your preferred style/typical usage of clothes.
Chelsea’s Experience: “I’m a practical person, so I really just need casual clothes that can withstand three small kids, which I was able to point out in my profile.”
Lastly, you’ll be asked to set your price ranges for each category. You can choose how much you expect to spend on tops, bottoms, outer layers, shoes, etc., including an option indicating “the cheaper the better.”
Chelsea’s Experience: “I was pleasantly surprised when I got to the pricing category! I didn’t expect to be able to customize my price range.”
2. Choose When to Get the “Fix”
Stitch Fix sends you a selection of clothing items when you request a “fix.” You’ll pay a $20 styling fee for each order that covers your stylist’s expertise and time. If you buy anything from the shipment, Stitch Fix will credit that $20 toward your purchase.
You can sign up for automatic deliveries, but this is completely optional. You don’t have to commit to a subscription in order to use Stitch Fix. Instead, you can just log in to your account and indicate when you’re ready for a new shipment.
If you do want to sign up for automatic deliveries, you can choose to receive a men’s or women’s shipment every 2-3 weeks, every month, every other month or every three months. Kid’s shipments are available every month, every other month or every three months.
For more information on automatic deliveries, check out the Stitch Fix FAQ page.
3. Try On the Clothes
Once you receive your “fix,” it’s time to try on the clothes your stylist has chosen for you. In the box, you’ll find clothing items in your indicated size and a pre-labeled USPS return bag.
You’ll also find a set of instructions and a style card to show how to incorporate the clothing items into your wardrobe.
When Chelsea received her first box, it contained three shirts and a pair of jeans neatly folded and wrapped in tissue paper as well as a pair of shoes in a zipped mesh bag.
“I tried everything on and felt like the stylist did a pretty good job picking clothes I would like,” she said. “The fit was surprisingly accurate too!”
4. Send Back Unwanted Items
Typically, you’ll have three days to try on the clothes and complete the return process, but having ordered during the COVID-19 pandemic, Chelsea had an extended timeframe of 10 days.
You can log in to your account online or in the app to complete the process.
You’ll be asked to rate each item using a satisfaction scale system. This allows you to give your feedback on the size, style, fit/cut, quality and price of each piece. Then, you can choose to exchange the item, keep it or return it.
The last checkout step before you pay for the things you’re keeping is a review of your stylist’s picks. If you’re not happy with what they chose for you, you can ask for a new stylist.
When you’re ready, simply place the unwanted items in the pre-labeled USPS return bag and send them on their way.
How Much Does Stitch Fix Cost?
With Stitch Fix, there is no required membership or subscription. You’ll pay a $20 styling fee for each “fix” that you order to cover your stylist’s time and expertise. Of course, if you choose to keep any of the items in your shipment, the $20 payment will go toward that total.
Again, other than the styling fee, you’ll pay only for the clothes you choose to keep. Shipping/returns are always free.
As far as the actual clothes, prices will vary based on what your stylist has chosen for you. When Chelsea placed her order, here’s how much each piece she received would cost to keep:
|Market & Spruce Shirt||$58|
|Market & Spruce Shirt||$54|
|Pink Clover Shirt||$54|
|Judy Blue Jeans||$58|
“I would say these items cost a bit more than what I would normally spend,” said Chelsea. “As price is usually the first thing I consider when it comes to buying clothes, I was curious to know if the clothes they sent were marked up or cheaper somewhere else.”
She found that two of the shirts were Market & Spruce, which is a label exclusive to Stitch Fix. The Pink Clover top and Judy Blue jeans were available only through online resale stores like Poshmark and ThredUp, but they were cheaper on those sites. The Keds shoes were $50 with Stitch Fix, but Chelsea found them for $44.99 with free shipping on Zappos.com.
Ultimately, the clothing prices seem to be similar to competitors’ but most likely won’t be the absolute best available deal. It’s up to you to determine if the convenience of an online stylist is worth the possible difference in price.
What’s Available at Stitch Fix?
Stitch Fix’s customized selections are available in women’s, men’s and children’s sizes/styles. Your box may include a mix of tops, bottoms, dresses, outer layers, jewelry, shoes and/or accessories.
The company currently carries the following sizes:
- Women’s: 0-24W and XS-3X
- Men’s: XS-3XL
- Kids: 2T-14
When it comes to brands, there’s no shortage of variety at Stitch Fix. You’ll find a constantly rotating selection of more than 1,000 popular brands and exclusive labels. Some of the brands carried by Stitch Fix include TOMS, Kate Spade, Sperry, Cole Haan, Dolce Vita and many more.
You can learn more about Stitch Fix’s clothing on the company’s website.
How to Cancel Stitch Fix
You can cancel an automatically-renewing Stitch Fix subscription at any time by logging into your account. You can also cancel a single delivery online. Note that, once you’ve been charged the styling fee for a shipment, you’ll need to contact Stitch Fix for cancellation options.
If you’re signed up for automatic fixes, you can change how often you receive a shipment or switch to on-demand scheduling. If you haven’t signed up for recurring shipments, there’s no cancellation necessary! Simply log in and indicate that you’re ready for a “fix” when you’d like your next shipment.
For more information on canceling, visit Stitch Fix’s FAQ section.
Overall, Stitch Fix may be a great service to try if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe, try new styles or reduce time spent shopping. However, you may be disappointed if you’re looking for the lowest possible prices on clothes.
Since there are no membership, shipping or return fees, the $20 styling fee seems like a small price to pay in order to try out the service. It’s especially worth it if you choose to keep something your stylist sends!
“At the end of this experience, I was pretty happy with the whole process,” said Chelsea. “I even kept the shoes!”
To get started, visit Stitch Fix online or download the app and create an account to fill out your styling profile. If you decide that you like the service once you try it, you can choose to receive “fixes” on-demand or sign up for automatic shipments.
Have you ever used Stitch Fix or a similar online styling service? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!