Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Shopping without leaving the house {Stitch Fix}

The past year of so, I've tried to update my wardrobe. I'm 33 years old with two young babies, but want to look good. I began cleaning out my closet by getting rid of things that didn't fit, were stained, or didn't make me feel good. Because I got rid of things, there was room for new pieces and I wanted to be fairly choosy about what I added back into my closet.

I am a slow learner and didn't jump on the Stitch Fix bandwagon until a few weeks ago. I do not know why I waited! I've been reading about Stitch Fix for months on other blogs and even signed up but never scheduled my first fix. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, here's the Stitch Fix concept:
Fill out a clothing style profile including sizes, style preferences, measurements, and likes/dislikes. Schedule your first fix. You can receive them as often or infrequently as you'd like. You're then assigned a stylist who reads your profile, takes your notes into consideration, and checks your pinterest style board. Your card will be charged $20 for a styling fee. If you keep anything in your box, the $20 is a credit toward what you keep. Your box arrives with 5 items in it - I received a dress, necklace, shorts, and two tops in my first box. Keep all 5 items and get 25% off the whole box! Keep nothing and you're only out the $20 styling fee. Send back what you don't want in a postage-paid envelope within 3 business days. Record notes on the website so your stylist learns more about your preferences. 
Even though I'd been trying to update my wardrobe, I hate shopping and hate shopping with my two crazy kids. It's hard to dress like a grown-up if you cannot ever go shopping. The last time I needed a new purse I ordered two off of amazon.com and returned the one I didn't like. I can't order a whole new wardrobe off of amazon.com. (But that would be awesome!) Enter Stitch Fix.

I told my stylist that I was looking for stylish mom shorts, something green, a necklace, and that my lifestyle was mostly casual. She hit the ball out of the park. Here's why Stitch Fix is awesome:
  1. I got clothes that fit without leaving the house.
  2. I tried things I probably wouldn't have tried.
  3. Everything is SUPER high quality.
  4. I requested specific things and got them in my box...without going to 12 stores! 
  5. I didn't have to leave the house! (Seriously, with 2 kids that's INCREDIBLE!!!)
  6. You get suggested styles on cards with two different ways to style that piece of clothing. This is HUGE for me because I really struggle with how to put together an outfit! 
Stitch Fix is perfect for someone looking to expand their style and try something new. It's perfect for women who hate to shop, don't have time to shop, or is looking for something specific and doesn't want to go to 90 stores. Basically, it's perfect for me.

Here's what I got in my first box:
RD Style Wilton Knit Tank

The pictures don't really do this justice. This tank was awkward. The front pocket was huge. The material was faded green and too casual for my lifestyle. The neckline was very high and the arms were cut in too much - showing off my arm fat. I took this one off almost immediately and put it back in the bag.

Dear John Lillie Cuffed Short

I was super excited about shorts. I wasn't keen on the fabric, but tried them on anyway. I'm wearing them with the tank. They fit really well and were very comfortable. Unfortunately I was looking for a more dressed up short. These were black denim and sorta faded. More retro than my style. I did keep these out for a while though because I thought they would be perfect for Fridays and Saturdays with the kids. But I ended up deciding they were a little too pricey for just hanging out.

Romolo Joya bauble Pendant Necklace

This necklace was out of my comfort zone but that's exactly what I wanted. The color was perfect but it just didn't work as well with the clothes I already have. I sent it back, but am looking for something similar and will be asking my stylist for another necklace in my next box!

Market & Spruce Sam Hi-Lo Short Sleeve Tee

Love. Seriously. It's green, for one. It's comfortable - the material is lightweight and perfect for my lifestyle. Plus it can be dressed up or down, depending on the need. It was perfection. And stylish, because rumor has it the hi-lo look is in. Bam. Done.

Kasey Stripe Hem Fit & Flare Dress


I loved this dress before I even got it out of the box. It is classic, light-weight, stylish, but also looked very comfortable. I loved the style options my stylist gave me - one was more casual with sandals and a cardigan. The other was more elegant with a clutch, heels, and a beautiful necklace. I wasn't sure about the fit - the dress hits my natural waist, which is just above one of my problem areas. I felt like the dress highlighted that area. Jarrod insisted that it didn't and I decided to keep it. I wore it to a wedding last weekend and LOVED it. The only pictures I got from the wedding were just the very top, but you can see more of it in the necklace picture above. Hopefully I'll get a shot of the whole dress soon. It's really pretty and basic, but has unique and classic white stripes on the bottom.


If you're interested in learning more, please check out the Stitch Fix website. In an effort of full disclosure, if you click that link, sign up, and receive a shipment, I'll receive a credit. I'll use that credit to buy more clothes. You get clothes, I get clothes. Win win! 
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