First, for anyone wondering, “Stitch what?” Stitch Fix is a styling service where you fill out a profile and a stylist chooses five pieces (clothes, shoes, accessories) to send your way for a $20 styling fee. If you keep anything from your fix your $20 fee is applied as a credit and if you keep all five things, you receive a 25% discount on your whole fix. You have three business days to make your choices and anything you don’t like gets popped into a prepaid envelope and dropped into the mail. Basically it’s a mail order personal shopper. Curious to find out more? Sign up here.
Now I’ve gone ‘round and ‘round on Stitch Fix. If I get a great fix, I’m like, “Stitch Fix is everything!! I will never shop in a store again!!” But when I’ve gotten a meh or downright bad fix, I’m like, “I don’t need Stitch Fix ever again. I could totally just do it myself. I’m just gonna do it myself!” It’s 0 or 100 with me here, people.
But here’s the thing: I don’t always just do it myself. I run out of time, or I buy stuff online that doesn’t work and then I spend a bunch of lunch hours running all over to return said stuff so I don’t have to pay return shipping. Then I circle back to the realization that every go-to piece in my closet is Stitch Fix. Then I think, “Why am I doing all this work when I could get someone else to do this work for me?”
So get someone to do that work for you, friends. Here are my five best tips to help you get really wowza fixes. I’m not saying it’s always going to be a 5/5 — it is a person on the other end of this service — but these tips will definitely get you closer to a closet full of go-to pieces.
Best Stitch Fix Tip #1: Dedicate a Pinterest board and link it to your Stitch Fix style profile
You can create a new board that you only use to pin fix inspiration, or if you already have a style board going, you can link to that. If you use an existing board, really give it a critical once over and delete anything that doesn’t reflect your current style. I had pins from a different style era and ended up with a few pieces that looked like I was headed straight to Coachella. If you’re looking for ideas, you can always check out my style inspiration board here!
Best Stitch Fix Tip #2: Make specific requests for your fix
Take a second to think of any upcoming events that your stylist could set you up for success. Holidays, showers, weddings? Put that in your note. Also take a minute to remind them of your hard line “no’s” for any of your requests, even if it’s in your style profile. Committed to never wearing a strapless bra again? Does anything but a skinny leg make it look like you’re goin’ froggin’? Pop a reminder in your note.
Best Stitch Fix Tip #3: Pin to your fix requests
If you ask for something specific, throw up a few fresh pins of examples of what you’d love. Like a few fixes ago I asked for sweaters with fun details. Well, “fun details” can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Show your stylist exactly what it means to you with your pins. I always add to my fix note that I’ve updated my boards with ideas.
Best Stitch Fix Tip #4: Change your pin descriptions if the piece is not an exact match for you
Did you pin something you’d love, but just not in that exact color, etc.? Make sure to change the description to reflect that. Don’t assume your stylist will reach out via ESP to know you like the idea of the piece, but that earth tones make you look like a mashed banana. Put that right in the description.
Best Stitch Fix Tip #5: Play the Stitch Fix style game on Facebook messenger
My friend Jody at Mama in the Midst showed me the way on this one — it’s a great way to show your stylist exactly what you’d love from Stitch Fix’s current assortment. You can play three “games” a day where messenger pops up a piece and you give it a thumbs up or down. A word of caution: if you can’t see yourself wearing that exact piece, give it a thumbs down. Since these are all current pieces, your stylist is likely to choose something you just gave the “thumbs up” to. To get started playing, like Stitch Fix on Facebook then head over to messenger and text “Get started” to Stitch Fix in the messenger app.
That’s it! I would recommend giving Stitch Fix a try. It’s something I love and it has definitely made shopping easier for me. Any tips I missed? Comment below :).
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