I love using Stitch Fix for my teacher clothes! It is a personalized styling service and it is amazing. You simply fill out a style profile with sizing and preferences. Then, your very own stylist selects five pieces to send to you to try on at home. I love being able to try the clothes on with my accessories and shoes! You can keep what you love and return what you do not want in a prepaid envelope. You are charged a $20 styling fee, but the fee goes towards any of the clothes that you keep. I am always keeping something, so I never really pay that fee! Plus, if you keep all five pieces, you get 25% off of the entire order. And you never pay for shipping!
I constantly have people asking me about how I am able to get such great pieces in my fix and how I am able to get so many of my pieces for free. A teacher can't usually afford designer clothing! I thought I would share some tips that I have learned along the way so that you can get the best clothes. at the best bargain.
I will be the first to admit that my first several experiences with Stitch Fix were not positive. I did not feel like the clothes matched my style at all. I would send them all back and get disappointed. So I stopped getting fixes altogether. But I kept seeing super cute Stitch Fix pieces on Pinterest. I read about people, who were loving the service and so I decided to give it another go. I am so glad that I did! My last six fixes have been awesome! Everything is so ME, but pieces that I wouldn't have thought to try if I went to the store on my own. And I have received many of the pieces for free by just sharing my experience with friends and family.
Here are some tips for getting the most out of your Stitch Fix...
1. Get Out the Measuring Tape
The first time that I tried Stitch Fix, I guessed on the measurements on the style profile. I was just too lazy to actually do, the measurements. So some pieces fit and some didn't.
When I went back to Stitch Fix, I actually measured. Now every single piece that I get fits as if it was made for me. I am shocked every time. I just got a pair of skinny black jeans and they are amazing! I never buy jeans online! I cannot believe that a perfect stranger was able to send me the perfect jeans! So measure! It saves so much frustration later!
2. Pin Like a Pro
You need to start a fashion Pinterest board. You can share the link to this board on your style profile. Your stylist will go to the board to get a better idea of the styles and patterns that you like. I did this when I first started using Stitch Fix, but I wasn't doing it right! First of all, I was just pinning any piece of clothing that I thought was cute. It is totally fine to pin something that you really love. But the board will be more valuable to your stylist if you are primarily pinning actual Stitch Fix clothes! So start by going to Stitch Fix's board and go through their pins. Save things that you might want to try. You can also search for other people's Stitch Fix pins and boards. You can check out my fashion board by clicking the photo below.
Another things that will make your Pinterest board more helpful is if you write notes on the pins that you save. If you see a top that you like, rather than just saving with the wording that the last person wrote, change it to tell the stylist why you like it. Something like, "I love the color of this blouse and the detail on the sleeves." You can also tell her what you don't like. "I love the neckline, but I don't wear this color." These notes will really help to guide your stylist, which will lead to better fixes for you! Sometimes I pin something that I am crazy in love with and I beg my stylist to send it!
3. Tell Them What You Want
It is true that one of the things I like best about Stitch Fix is that they push my comfort zone and send things that I might not have tried. But, I still feel that it's important to give your stylist as much information as possible. When you schedule your fix, you get to write your stylist a note about what you are wanting. I use the Stitch Fix app and this is what the screen looks like...
Tell her everything! If you want something to wear on a date night, tell her! If you are wanting a new pair of jeans, tell her. But be very specific! I was way too general at first and that left me disappointed. Instead of just saying, "I want something to wear on a date," try saying, "I would like a black blouse that would look good with jeans on a casual date night." I also let my stylist know what the average temperature is when I leave a note. Since I live in Phoenix, it is much warmer than the majority of the country and I don't want her to send me thick sweaters!
4. Give Feedback that Counts
Once you get your fix, you will go online to checkout. You get to decide which pieces you want to keep and which ones you would like to send back. There is an area to leave feedback for each piece. Be super specific! "I loved the color of the blouse, but the pattern was too busy for me." "I love the style of the blouse, but it fit slightly too tight in the chest." Don't forget to leave feedback on the items that you decided to keep. Telling your stylist why you love a piece, will help her to pick fantastic pieces in the future! It may take a couple of fixes before you feel like the stylist totally gets you. But once you get a fix that you love, ask to keep the same stylist!
5. Tell the World
If you receive something that you love from Stitch Fix, post it on social media. Anytime someone signs up for Stitch Fix using your referral code and schedules their first fix- you receive $25 in credit towards your next fix! This is how I am able to get so much of my clothing for free or drastically discounted. When I get a blouse that I like, I post a picture of myself wearing it on Facebook and Instagram. I tell my friends and family that I got it from Stitch Fix. I leave my referral code. A few people sign up every time! I have even started posting these pics on Pinterest! I put my referral code as the website link. Now perfect strangers are helping a teacher look like a fashionista!!! And I am helping them too!
The first few times that I got a fix, I was surprised by the cost of each item. But I splurged and bought a blue blouse that I really liked. I posted a picture on Facebook and received several referrals. Since that fix, I have never paid full price for an item in a fix. So keep in mind that the first purchase or two may be a bit pricier, but after you share, it will get much more reasonable!
If you are interested and trying Stitch Fix, you are more than welcome to use my referral code. I know that you are going to love having a personal stylist!