This month I hired a personal stylist. True story.
But before you go thinking that Stuff Parents Need must be paying the bills and then some, let me explain a little bit! I learned about this styling service called (referral link) Stitch Fix thanks to my blogging bud Kayla of KaylaAimee.com (go subscribe, she’s a delight to read). Anyway, in the not-so-distant past, she got rid of most of her clothes and sort of started fresh, building a more intentional, more grown up wardrobe. Stitch Fix was an important part of her rebuilding process.
I did something a bit similar, though more over time. In the last 8 months I’ve gotten rid of about 60% of my clothes. I was finally ready to let go of all that stuff taking up room in my closet that was old, worn out, didn’t look good, wasn’t my style, etc. It felt really good to do it, and I have yet to miss a single article of clothing that I parted ways with.
I have, however, noticed that I wear about 4 things all the time now. And there were some gaps in my wardrobe, especially for those occasions when I needed to wear something that could pass for business casual. I may be a working woman, but I get to work in my yoga pants while sitting in my house! I needed a fresh look, and I had zero interest in going to the mall or scouring the internet for ideas.
And that, my friends, is why paying for a stylist at Stitch Fix to pick out some clothes for me actually made a whole lot of sense. You actually pay $20 for the styling service, but that money serves as a credit toward whatever you want to purchase from the box. So unless you hate everything in the box, the styling service is actually free. Make sense?
For my first fix, I filled out a fairly detailed style profile so my stylist could get to know me better, and then I waited for my box to arrive (I signed up for a particular day, and it actually arrived right on time!). It even came with a special note from my stylist, Margaret.
When your box arrives, you have 3 business days to try on the clothes and decide what you want to keep and what you want to send back. It even comes with a prepaid mailer for super simple returns. You can also provide more feedback to your stylist she she can get a better sense for what worked, what didn’t, and why, and use that knowledge when she styles you again (because I’m telling you, you’ll want to do this more than once!). If you happen to love all 5 pieces in your box, you get a 25% discount off the total price. Woo hoo!
So, would you like to see what was inside my fix?
Let me tell you something, it is REALLY FUN to get a box full of surprise clothes and accessories picked out just for you. Highlight of my week, no question!
I already showed the first dress to Facebook followers, but in case you missed it, here it is. It got quite a bit of lively discussion happening (which taught me that you all love to talk about clothes!). And let me just go ahead and say it now…my shoes are all wrong. I wasn’t even thinking about them when I put them on for all the clothes that morning. Shows what a rookie I am at fashion photo shoots!
Piece #1. Sheila Beaded Collar Detail Dress by Mystree ($58.00)
Most folks online thought the dress was cute, and I agree with them. What is so fun is that I would never had picked this dress off of a rack. The cut is VERY me, but the color is one I never ever wear. I go for the blue reds, not the orange reds. But guess what? It worked! 🙂 Stitch Fix is a great way to be forced out of your comfort zone. Final verdict: KEPT.
Piece 2. Floral Pendant Necklace by 41Hawthorn ($32.00)
I thought this piece was very on-trend, and Darah absolutely adored it, declaring it the world’s most beautiful necklace. I liked it more than I thought I would at first, but ultimately, I didn’t feel I could justify the price for a piece I would likely wear only once in a while. I also know that this “giant jewelry” phase will be over before we know it, and I’d rather buy things with a bit more lasting power. Final verdict: RETURNED. Also, just a head’s up, if you are looking for statement pieces like this, I see them all the time for a song on Jane.com!
Piece 3. Ivy Solid Tab Sleeve V-Neck Blouse ($58.00)
At first, I thought this blouse was completely forgettable. And then, the more I wore it during the shoot, the more comfortable I felt in it. And when I looked back at the pictures, I thought it looked like me…like something I would choose and wear a lot. I was just about to say yes to this piece, when I checked the washing instructions and noticed DRY CLEAN ONLY. Final verdict: RETURNED (I HATE going to the dry cleaners!).
Piece #4. Adora Ankle Length Jean from (ironically) Just Black ($58)
When I pulled these out of the box, I was like, “Yeah right! I’m not putting skin-tight turquoise on my bottom half!” And then I tried them on. And they were soft. SO soft. And kind of fun to wear, too. And I started looking through my closet, and I noticed a surprising number of pieces that would actually look cute with them. And did I mention how soft they are? This is yet another piece I would have blown right past in a store, but thanks to Stitch Fix, I gave them a chance. Final verdict: KEPT.
Piece 5. Noel Crochet Detail Sheer Sleeveless Top from Collective Concepts ($68.00)
I thought this top was cute, and it was suggested to pair it with the turquoise pants (by the way, all of your pieces come with two specific suggestions for ways to wear the clothes, which is VERY helpful!). I thought the top was very cute and looked like something I would wear, but the colors weren’t doing much for me. And the price tag, for a sleeveless top, was a little hard to swallow. Final verdict: RETURNED.
I got some feedback on Facebook that the price points for the clothes seemed a little high. You can actually select a price range for the clothes, in order to ensure that you aren’t sent something that is too far out of your desired budget. I chose the $50-100 price range, but for my next fix, which I have actually already ordered, I selected “the cheaper the better. ” I think in general, though, the prices will be higher than what many of us, myself most definitely included, might be used to (shout out, Target clearance rack!). BUT…you don’t have to spend any time looking for the right clothes or figuring out what to pair them with. You also get access to brands that you won’t find in the mall, and certainly not in Target. It is refreshing, and oh-so-perfect for anyone whose wardrobe could use a little pick me up.
I was also impressed with the ability of the stylists to work with my “curvier” body type. I tend to imagine that dressing folks who wear size 4 and 6 is easy breezy (I’m probably wrong but it’s still what I imagine) but when you are dealing with women with larger chests and/or more curves, fitting can get really tricky! I’m also quite short, so that adds another layer of complexity. But I was pleased to see that this company is equipped to dress me well, and not simply to send me stuff that is only going to look good on women who are 3 sizes smaller than me.
I absolutely loved it, and like I said, I’ve already ordered another box. I have a video shoot coming up in a month and I have to supply 5 (!) tops that are “bright, seasonless and have no patterns or stripes.” I could spend hours and hours looking for these tops, or I could just let my stylist do it for me. 🙂 You absolutely can make specific requests like I did for this next round!
What do you think about the concept of Stitch Fix? Is it something you’d ever try? Do you think I made the right decisions with what I kept and what I returned? Chime in!