Let's start with what StitchFix is:
In my own words, StitchFix is your very own personal stylist. Once you sign up, you will fill out a style profile (see below.) Then, based off of your surveyed preferences, they pick 5 items that they think you'd love, put them in a box, and mail them right to your door step.
There is a $20 fee which can be used towards your purchases if you choose to keep any of the items. Whatever items you don't want or don't like, you place in the enclosed, pre-paid return envelope and ship them back for free. Pretty simple.
Also, with each "fix" you are instructed to report back on each item: what you liked, what you didn't like and why. Then you can make some adjustments and schedule your next Fix!
Here's the thing: It's not super cheap, but it is super convenient! You start out with a charge of $20 for the service, which can be used towards any items you keep. If you keep nothing, you do lose the $20. For most of my price points, I chose "The Cheaper the Better." The cheapest item I have received has been $38. Most end up in the $50-$70 range. I just want to be really up front about this because I know a lot of people are interested in this program and the prices can be a bit shocking! StitchFix is really smart, however, because you've already paid $20, which you will lose if you don't purchase something. So a $50 items ends up looking like a $30 item ;) Smart Smart Smarties.
And hey, if you end up liking all 5 items, you get an additional 25% off!
Tips for a Good Fix:
1. Start a "Style" board on Pinterest!
Seriously, I cannot emphasize this enough! Your stylist WILL look at it and be able to get some ideas of what you like. And be specific. Write what you like about the "pin" in the caption section.
2. Think about what you'd like to receive and don't be afraid to ask for specifics!
You can opt of out the jewelry piece/bag (which is what I did) and get 5 pieces of clothing, or you can ask for no pants (if you just want tops and dresses), or you can request special event items: For instance, if you have a party or reunion or event coming up, let your stylist know! That way they can look for something specific to that occasion.
3. Look at the suggested styling tips...
...that are pinned to each piece. Try them like that, try them other ways, but most definitly: just try something different! You wouldn't believe the difference it makes to be able to try on an item with things already in your closet. That's by far my favorite part.
Not only that, but it has given me a push to take the clothes I own and try them in new ways as well. I've never been much of an "outfit" person (more like jeans and a top) but now I'm seeing possibilities within my own closet that I didn't see before.
4. Take pictures with the clothes on!
This is my BIGGEST SUGGESTION! Do it with your cell phone if you have to. You might be surprised at which pieces you like and which ones you don't after seeing them in photos. Truly, photos have changed my opinion on some of the pieces completely!
5. Take your time.
You get three days. Take them! On the third day you will get an email from StitchFix to go online and fill out the results sheet. Here you will tell your stylist which pieces you are keeping/sending back and why. This is also where you check out. Make sure on day three you send your returns back!
The reason I say take you time is because YOU CAN! In the store, you've got to decide then and there. With StitchFix, you've got the luxury of mulling it over a few days without the chance of it being gone when you make up you mind. Text the photos to friends, share them on instagram, write up a blog post and get some input! It's all part of the fun.
6. Refer a Friend!
Everytime someone uses your referral link/code (given to you after your first order) you get $25 towards your next fix! If you haven't signed up for your first fix, make sure you use someone's referral link -- it's just the nice thing to do.
Here's mine if you want it!! << click there
Still on the fence? Take a few minutes and browse through my past fixes to see what I've gotten (and what I've kept or sent back!) in the past!