How to make the most of your Stitch Fix service (and spend wisely)

how to make the most of your stitch fix service
afitmess
May 2, 2016

I’m obviously a fan of Stitch Fix. I’ve been a customer for nearly two years and I have been really pleased with my overall experience. I love the convenience of the service (no more malls!) and the fact that items are specifically chosen for me. I also appreciate the easy checkout and return process. If you’re new to my blog, you can read more about my fixes here and here and here.

One comment I hear from friends is the prices are a bit high. The lowest priced item I have ever received in a shipment was a top for $34. Do I believe that items are marked up? Yes, definitely. However, you are paying for the service and that includes having a stylist search and select items for you, delivering items directly to your door, the convenience of trying everything on in your own home, and a hassle-free return process.

All of these reasons make it worthwhile for me. As a working mother of twins, I don’t have time or the desire to go to the mall and shop around right now. I understand the need to keep on budget and be mindful of spending – I’m right there with ya! It’s totally possible to enjoy Stitch Fix without braking the bank.

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Here are some tips on how to make the most of your Stitch Fix shipments while keeping your spending low:

1. Space out your shipments

You can change your frequency at any time depending on your needs and preferences. For example, you could opt to receive fixes every other month or even every quarter.

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Additionally, you can easily skip a shipment. I have done this several times when I anticipate a lot of upcoming expenses (holidays, travel, etc.). You won’t get charged the $20 styling fee if you cancel before your stylist starts to put your items together (you’ll get a reminder email about this).

2. Be clear on how much you are willing to spend

Update your Style Profile to reflect how much you would like to pay for various items (accessories, tops, bottoms, etc.).

Here are the ranges you can choose from:

  • The cheaper, the better!
  • $50 – $100
  • $100 – $150
  • $150 – $200

Almost all of my items are set to: the cheaper, the better! And my stylist has stayed true to these preferences.

3. Have a detailed Style Board

Creating a Stitch Fix Style Board on Pinterest is a great way to give your stylist insight into your tastes and preferences. Be sure to update it regularly. And don’t forget to link your board to your Style Profile.

4. Provide feedback on every item

When you complete your online checkout, you have the opportunity to give detailed notes on what you liked/didn’t like about each item. I didn’t do this in the beginning and I’m sure that’s why my fixes weren’t that great the first few months. Be honest with your review. That’s the only way your stylist is going to learn more about you. Oh, and be sure to let her know about styling needs for upcoming travel plans, special events, or other occasions.

5. Referrals!

When you sign up for Stitch Fix you automatically get a referral link that you can share with friends and family via email or social media. When your friend’s first fix is shipped, you get $25 to use towards future purchases. That can really add up!

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6. Choose your items wisely

Only keep the items you love. Don’t keep something just because you don’t want to lose your $20 styling fee. Chances are there is at least one thing you love in your shipment, but if not I’d recommend sending it all back and leaving detailed feedback about why the items didn’t work. It’s better to only be out $20, then to spend another $24 on a top you probably won’t wear much.

It’s also important to note that there isn’t an expectation that you should keep everything. Choose what works best for you based on fit, preference, and budget. I have sent back many items that I loved (<–hard to do!) because I wanted to keep my spending low. I recommend adding a note in your feedback that you liked an item, however you chose to keep other pieces instead. That way your stylist knows it’s your style and will keep an eye out for it in the future.image

7. Discount for buying all 5 items

Let’s say you love everything in your shipment. Well, if you buy all 5 items you receive 25% off your entire purchase. That is a significant savings! There was at least one occasion where I wanted to keep four of the five items, but I ending up buying them all and giving the last item to a friend as a birthday gift. This works really well with jewelry and accessories.

I hope this article was helpful for you. I’d love to know your thoughts on the service and what your experience has been. I invite you to add your comments below.

If you want to give Stitch Fix a try or learn more, please check out their website.

This was not a sponsored post, but affiliate links have been included. All opinions are my own.

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