An Honest Review of Stitch Fix on a Budget – Ever wonder if the highly-talked about stylist-picked clothing delivery is for you? You might be surprised…
This is my honest review of Stitch Fix on a budget. So many people have been asking for a review on Stitch Fix, but I wanted to share my opinion with you from a frugal, budgeting perspective.
I have heard the buzz on the internet for a long time now…
Where’d you get that cute shirt?! Stitch Fix!
Those earrings look amazing! Thanks! Stitch Fix!
How did you make such a cute capsule wardrobe? Stitch Fix!
SO many cute styles from so many bloggers came back to Stitch Fix.
I took the plunge so that you could know what you’re getting before you even consider it (oh no – make me try a service that sends me cute clothes in the mail… 😉 ).
Stitch Fix gave me my first box for free, and you can get yours totally free here too (yes, I mean 100% free)! Even though they gave it to me, I’m not going to hold back on how I feel about them and their product; this is 100% authentic.
What is Stitch Fix?
Stitch Fix is a company that sends you a box with 5 items in it each month that are hand-picked by a stylist just for you based on your coloring (hair, eyes, skin) and style preferences. The whole thing is free when you sign up here, otherwise, you have to pay $20 for your box.
How does Stitch Fix work?
Once you get the box, you get to see the items that were picked for you. They can range from shirts, skirts, dresses, coats, vests, sweaters, jeans, jewelry and more.
You can try them on and see what you like best. If you don’t like something, just add it to the prepaid shipping return bag and drop it off at the post office.
Who is Stitch Fix for?
I’ve got to be honest with you: this is NOT for everyone! I repeat: NOT for everyone.
Stitch Fix has great clothes that are cute, unique, comfy, and stylish… but they are expensive! Which means that there are really only 2 kinds of people who should even think about buying from Stitch Fix.
1. The Shop-a-holic.
Everyone has different spending triggers that give them comfort when they’re depressed or in crisis or are just bored or whatever else is your spending trigger.
It might be that when things get tough, you run to the mall or shop online. You may find yourself spending $400 or more in one trip to the mall. Or with a shopping cart FULL of stuff on Amazon or Cents of Style. That might be what you do in response to being stressed or depressed.
If that’s the case for you, the first answer to fixing the problem is to avoid malls and to disconnect your card information from websites where you shop. But the next thing you need to do is find a way to get the clothes that you love without the need to keep shopping.
That’s where Stitch Fix can come in. You can’t overspend in you are only given 5 things in the first place. Plus, if you hate them, you can send them back.
It’s fun to get the box at the door and to open it. There’s a real rush that you get, I know! Which is why the excitement of “what am I going to get” from Stitch Fix is enough to keep anyone coming back for more.
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2. The Overwhelmed Mom.
This one is near and dear to my heart. Moms, a show of hands: who else still has clothes that they wore in high school and college while their kids are in clean, new clothes that they grow out of every 3 months?
You deserve to look good without the stress of going shopping with kids in tow!
An Honest Review of Stitch Fix on a Budget: The GOOD.
The clothes that I got were VERY cute. They really listened to my style and preferences when I told them what I liked and what I didn’t.
My stylist was very quick about getting the clothes to my door. And right before Christmas, too!
It’s a lot of fun to open up that package like a kid on Christmas morning waiting to see what Santa brought. The anticipation was huge and I was ready to try it all out.
The clothes are high quality. Where you might think that the quality would suffer for a service like this, it doesn’t. Stitch Fix really sends out great products that are soft, comfortable and very stylish.
If you’re like me, you might not try anything bold or new with your clothes because “if it ain’t broke…”. But the stylist from Stitch Fix will likely pull something from outside of your comfort zone for you to try. And who knows! You might just love it.
If you hate it all, just send it back. It’s free and easy to send ship everything back.
This may have been my second favorite part of the whole experience. They send you a nifty little bag to return the items that you might not love.
The shipping for the package is free to you and all you need to do is drop it off at the post office and you’re all set. Just make sure to drop it off during the 3-day window! If it takes you longer though (kids get sick, life gets crazy, there are 6 feet of snow on the ground…), all you have to do is send them an email and they’ll give you an extension. 🙂
An Honest Review of Stitch Fix on a Budget: The BAD.
The price. THE PRICE. WOW.
This is NOT for everyone, for sure! No one seems to talk a whole lot about this in their reviews so let me be the first to give you an honest review of Stitch Fix on a budget.
It is REALLY expensive. This is not for an “I think I want a new shirt… I’ll just get a Stitch Fix” kind of purchase. NO way! We’re talking t-shirts (albeit – cute t-shirts!) for $38 and up!
The price is a real drawback. There’s no getting around it. This is certainly not a pure budget-friendly service.
Without my special link for just for you, it costs $20 to get your box shipped to you. This fee is what they call a “styling fee” and they use it to pay for someone to pick out clothes for you by hand.
But, honestly, that’s the extent of the bad parts for me. The cost was the big one, for sure!
An Honest Review of Stitch Fix on a Budget: The TRUTH.
Just because everyone on the internet is raving about Stitch Fix, that doesn’t mean that you need to go out and buy it, too!
Yes, I think that Stitch Fix is fun and has a great selection of clothes.
NO, I don’t think that it’s a good fit for everyone!
In fact, I think it’s only a good fit for very few people:
- If you have a shopping problem and need to ease yourself off of your addiction.
- If you are looking to build a capsule wardrobe for the whole season and need a few pieces to tie it all together. But then don’t buy anything else for the rest of the season.
- For moms who need clothes that are newer than 10 years old, or who can’t take the kids shopping, or who are finding it tough to find the time to look nice and could use some pampering (within reason).
Do I encourage you to give it a try? Sure!
It’s free with my special link (but you’d still have to pay to keep things that you like), but don’t feel like you need to keep anything. If you hate it all, send it back. There’s nothing that you lose from trying it out.
Have you used Stitch Fix? What did you think of it?
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