The last time I went to the mall to shop for myself was so long ago I can’t even remember. If I buy something it’s online or a hand-me-up from my stylish younger sister. And I have this habit, you see. I fill up carts at all of my favorite stores… I’ll take one of these, and one of those, and yeah that too…. and then never pull the trigger. And clothing companies are smart machines these days. They email you to remind you that you have something in your cart and while that is tempting too, the shipping charges don’t seem worth it to me, and so I end up with a lot of hand-me-ups. All of this brings me to what might be my newest obsession: Stitch Fix
In a nutshell, Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service that sends you clothing/accessories based on your personal taste. To start, you fill out a detailed survey so your stylist gets to know the type of clothing you are looking for i.e. your size, your style preferences (from laid back/casual, date night, business, to cocktail/wedding) fabrics you prefer, what part(s) of your body you want to accentuate (and what parts you want to hide), certain types of clothing to avoid, the fit of clothing you prefer, how much you are willing to spend etc. This styling fee costs $20 and your “fix” is shipped on the date of your choice. When the clothing arrives, you have three days to decide what items you want to keep. The $20 styling fee is applied to your purchase (sweet!). Each fix includes 5 items. If you buy all 5 items you get 25% off your purchase. If you don’t want to keep anything, you send it back and are only out $20. A prepaid envelope is included in your fix for easy returns. You can choose how often your fix comes as well. You can choose the monthly auto-ship, or just once! For me, I think I may test it a few times a year to get some new pieces seasonally.
Ok so let’s get to the good stuff. My fix arrived today and I pretty much love it all. These are items that I wouldn’t have necessarily picked out for myself, but Margaret (my personal stylist)… knows her stuff.
Disclaimer: I secretly always wanted to be a model (what girl didn’t have that dream at one point or another), but I realized today it is MUCH harder than it seems and I will stick to my day job whatever that may be. Don’t mind my awesomely awkward poses and tendency to look down. No it is not a sexy model pose, it’s just me looking at the dust bunnies behind my door while my
husband photographer snaps away.
The first two items I received fit my casual/laid back stay-at-home-mom wardrobe to a tee: The Ashmore Dot Print Cotton Henley Shirt – $74 and Kensie Sophia Skinny Jeans – $88 (paired with my own booties):
Next up, the Spendid Calistoga Airy Knit Striped Cardigan – $118 (paired with my own Michael Stars Cami and the Kensie Skinny Jeans):
In my profile I indicated that I would like to receive dressier clothes once in a while. You know, in the event that I get invited to a shower, or better yet, a wedding….or even better, a date with my hubs! Check out the Ken Window Pane A-line dress by Collective Concepts – $78 (paired with my own booties on the left for a funkier look, and classic heels on the right for a more formal look):
And finally, a pair of Gant Enamel Pyramid Stud Earrings by Bay to Baubles ($28):
And the verdict is, I want to keep it all. What do you think? What stays? What goes?
Oh, and one more thing. Maggie (you don’t mind if I call you that, right? You know my bra size after all!) even included a style sheet showing me how to wear each item dressed up or dressed down.
If you are a busy mom, working woman, or someone who just flat out hates to shop, I highly suggest you try Stitch Fix. I am not being compensated for this post, just sharing a service I think many of you would love. If you do decide to test it out, I will receive a credit from Stitch Fix so I’d appreciate it if you’d use my referral link. Think of it as a tip jar… oh, and the fact that my husband has scheduled a “budget meeting” later this evening…. ugh – wish me luck!!
Ready to try it? Oh, and did I mention that for each friend YOU refer, you get a $25 Stitch Fix credit.