Confession: I have very little fashion sense. I don’t wear make-up like a grown woman would (truly I just can’t be bothered). My hair is rarely done and frequently overgrown (#shorthairproblems). I’ve been wearing the same brown Doc Marten boots for 15 years. And when I decided to stay at home with Evie for a year any effort I would have made into looking put together went straight out the window.
Well, with the exception that I would not allow myself to wear yoga pants and tshirts during the day (unless you count fitted tees from Target). I even made an effort most days to put on some kind of shoes (of the tennis variety).
Over the past little while, though, I’ve come to realize that there is a difference between looking put together and feeling put together, even if the two usually go hand in hand. At least for me. When I look more put together, I generally feel more put together. And the more I feel put together, the more I want to look put together.
Since returning to an office setting, I quickly became aware at how lacking my wardrobe had become since having a second baby. Many of my old work clothes are a tad too tight but also a little too dressy for my current job. I could wear jeans and tshirt every day to work if I wanted to, but my mindset changes based on what I am wearing.
Three things currently play against me when it comes to clothing. First, I hate spending money on clothes for myself. I have no issues buying a brand new book that I won’t read for years, but a nice sweater? Forget it. Clothing for the girls? Oh hold me, I have no self control for those cute little girly things! But I rather do just about anything than go jean (or bra!) shopping. Second, those stubborn couple of pounds that just won’t let go. Do I really want to buy clothes for right now when I hope that I’ll be a tiny bit smaller in the future? Or conversely, be pregnant again? Third, time. Ugh, the time to go shopping alone. Lately if I buy anything, it’s off the hanger and I don’t try it on until I’m home. (See above convenience shopping at Target…)
Enter Stitch Fix
Stitch Fix is a a personal styling service that I’ve been hearing about from various blogging (and personal) friends for a year or so. I was really hesitant to join because I would have to fill out a personal style quiz…and I’m not really sure what my personal style is. Also, I have heard that it’s costly, and when used to shopping at Target and Old Navy, anything more than $30 feels costly (nevermind all of the children’s clothes and books I’ve purchased since I first heard of Stitch Fix).
One of my goals for this year was to be more mindful of my appearance, including my clothing. I truly admire people who can spin an outfit and look so tidy, but I don’t have very much confidence in my own look. It isn’t that I don’t care about looking nice (not to be confused with fashion…I don’t care about fashion), it’s almost like I don’t know how to or what kinds of clothes flatter my body.
One morning, as I browsed through the clothes in my closet, I felt so discouraged and defeated. I hated ev-ery-thing. Many of my items are years old (pre-babies), worn, outdated, or just don’t fit well. This was around the same time that Candace of Beth Fish Reads posted about her lucky 11 Stitch Fix box. I signed up for my first fix that afternoon.
I filled out the style profile, which really wasn’t that bad, and then waited with so much anticipation while my “stylist” picked out items for me. She took into account the body parts I wanted to highlight or hide, the cuts of clothing that I liked, various styles, which pieces I was most interested in trying (I specifically mentioned looking for jeans). If you have a Pinterest style board (which I don’t really), this is also a great way for your stylist to get to know your style.
**And do I really need to disclaim that this is NOT a sponsored post? All the clothes were bought and paid for by meeeeeeeeeee. Though I did sign up through someone else’s referral code, and if you decide to try out Stitch Fix after reading this post, I would love it if you used my referral code!**
First Stitch Fix
Sorry about the iphone pictures. Ahem.
Initial Thoughts: It was so much fun opening up the box and pulling out all of the items! Elle thought this was a blast, too, and tried on all the clothes with me. I should have snapped a picture. When pulling out the clothes, I knew that they would be more expensive than what I would normally spend. I really tried to keep in mind that this is a service and that I was paying someone to pick out clothing to me. I didn’t have to pay for shipping to receive the items or to mail them back. In order to not let price play a factor in my opinion, I decided not to look at my invoice until I tried on all of the items and formed a mental estimate of what I would likely pay if I did want to keep the item.
Moni Geo Print & Camisole Blouse – Orange is not a color I would pick out for myself. Not in a million years. But I loved the fit of this top and the embellishments on the bodice. Most times I wear this shirt tucked into my jeans. Kept.
Owen Tie Neck Blowse – Nice flowy feel, but the black vertical lines you see are woven and thus see-through. This makes the top feel very sexy, despite the coverage. Kept.
Sawyer Space Dye Dolman Sleeve Knit Top – I absolutely loved the fit of this top but the color is army green (tough to tell in the picture), and I didn’t think the color suited my skin tone. Returned.
Anita Skinny Pant – Scott loved these black pants. They fit nicely in the waist and had a good stretch to them, but they were too small in the thighs. Scott’s opinion be damned. It’s hard to tell in the pictures, but I think I’m wearing these with the orange top and the black top.
Marson Wide Leg Jean – Again, too small. Which means that I’ve likely underestimated my bottom size. Infinite sad face. Pictured (just barely) in the bottom right. Returned.
Final Thoughts: The experience was so much stinking fun. It almost felt a bit thrilling to be trying on these pieces that someone hand picked for me. With the “fix” came style cards for each item of clothing. This provides different outfit ideas for each piece. I love this little guide as I need all the help I can get.
Now about the pricing. The pants were in the $70-90 range and the tops in the $40-50 range. The jeans I’m wearing while typing this post were purchased at Target for $20 (cartwheel discount baby!). So. But both tops I kept fit well, look nice, and make me feel nice. In the end that was worth spending a little extra. There are different price points included in the fixes and you can tell your stylist what you would like to spend on pieces. I put myself around the middle. I’m not sure what pieces from the lower level would look like in terms of pricing.
Once I decided what to keep and what to return, I filled out my exit survey on Stitch Fix and told my stylist exactly what I liked and didn’t like about each item, how each item fit, and how the price fit within my expectation. I then dropped the unwanted items into their pre-paid package and dropped it in the mail. Easy Peasy.
Second Stitch Fix
Thanks to Elle for taking these pictures with my iphone. She’s a better photographer than I am. Scott took the two below with me by the tree, which is why I’m making faces. Awkward!
Carly Multi-Stone Layering Necklace – I loved this necklace and have been really trying to be better about wearing statement jewelry. This was one item that when I opened the invoice I decided it had to go back. I think it was $38. Returned.
Corinna Striped Heathered Dolman Top – So damn comfortable. Of course after a couple wearings I learned that it is hand-wash. But I love the softness and the fit. Kept.
Marin White Demin Jacket – Fun! But I didn’t know how much wear I would get out of the jacket with our short-lived spring, and I feared the little hands all over the white. Inspired by this fix, I did get a regular jean jacket last week (from Old Navy). Returned.
Colleen Straight Leg Jean – Too small and unflattering. See pictures by the tree. Returned. Jeans in top picture are from Target (Mossimo and I love them). White capris below are from Old Navy. Bought inspired by the fix.
Fallon Mixed Print Sleeveless Blouse – The colors! The design! Another top I would not have tried on in the store. It is a touch big in the chest, but works great with a tank top. I love it tucked in or out. Kept.
Right now I’m set to have a fix come every other month, or about every 8 weeks. I’m not sure if I’ll continue on this frequency, but it seems like a good interval to add a few new pieces to my wardrobe as I continue to recycle out older pieces. Honestly I would love to get rid of 90% of my closet, but the thought depresses me. Even though I don’t wear it! Baby steps. I did see that Stitch Fix has recently started including maternity and petite clothing in their fixes.
On the fence about whether to sign up or not? If you choose not to keep anything in your box, you only pay the $20 styling fee and it’s absolutely no hassle to return everything they’ve sent. If you’re on the fence, I say leap over! I’m already looking forward to my next fix!
If you do decide to give StitchFix a chance after reading this post, I would love it if you used my Referral Code.
So tell me, what’s your style philosophy? Where do you receive style inspiration?