On Tuesdays I’ve started something called “Table Talk”. Just thoughts about everyday life…. faith, family, fun, random thoughts, etcetera etcetera…
Today?? The topic is FASHION! Yay!
I realize that style and clothing are not the main things in life… there are many more important things… but I think God created us to be creative with unique personalities and this comes out in our clothing choices. Getting dressed is an opportunity to be creative and what a blessing it is to feel pretty before leaving the house. It’s a small thing in life but not the main thing. I enjoy it and thought I’d share. ♥
Choosing outfits and picking accessories is not something I would say I was always good at or even interested in. I was constantly playing sports… softball and volleyball… as a child/ teenager and I wasn’t too concerned about my style or hair and definitely not accessories. As I’ve grown older I’ve come to really like styling my outfits… however simple or casual they may be. I’ve found my style and I love it… it’s simple, classic and pretty casual with lots of neutrals. It took me a while to know what I actually liked instead of just liking what I thought other people would like.
I homeschool my girls for preschool and our outings are pretty limited to playdates, grocery/ diaper/ home shopping and the gym. Other than that… I’m at home. How dressed up do I need to be?? I do like getting dressed for the day just to feel somewhat put together. My husband & I go on the occasional date but I usually don’t get too dressed up even for that… just a little fancier maybe unless it’s a special occasion. Every Sunday there’s church and I swing on a wide pendulum for that… I love to take the opportunity to dress up, but I’m also okay wearing jeans and a (usually) a nicer shirt (there’s no dress code for worshipping God after all!) 😉 I have a couple nicer dresses for weddings (one black number in particular for really formal!), but we only attend those a couple times a year (if that) so I don’t need to much formal wear at all.
Unfortunately there is not much time or desire to shop as a mom of three who are all still at home with me everyday all day. This leads me to “Stitch Fix“!
Stitch Fix is a fashion delivery service that offers you a personal stylist and caters to your style & taste. I’ve been using it for over a year now… receiving three “fixes” last year and one already this year (January). I was signed up for a “fix” every 3 months last year and this year I’m trying it every other month at least to start out. I might switch it back?? At least I know that I can if that’s what I decide. It’s easy to change!
Today I’m sharing details about the process, what the style profile looks like, the details about my boxes from this past year, and some TIPS for getting your best “fix”!!
Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think of today’s post! I’d love to hear your questions & thoughts!
Here’s an overview of the process:
- You sign up and fill out your style profile.
- Your stylists picks items for you specifically and you pay a $20 styling fee (which you can put towards your purchase).
- You get a box delivered to your door (you choose how often this happens).
- You try on the clothes/ accessories and deliberate (you have 3 days!)
- You keep the ones you love (and I’d add… the ones you can afford!) & Send the rest back in a bag they supply
- You checkout online (you’ll get an email or just sign in to your account): Pay & Give Feedback.
Let’s take a closer look at this process!! I’ll share my experience with you…
What are they going to ask?? Well the easiest way to find out is just to fill out your own profile (even if it’s just for fun & you’re not sure if you want to sign up for a “fix” just yet!)
But I’ll give you some details…. they ask birthdate, height, weight and sizes you normally wear for your bra, dress, tops, pants, jeans, shoes and skirts. They also ask you how you like your clothes to fit the top and bottom portions of your body. They ask what length, rise and style of jeans you prefer. You tell them how you would characterize your shoulders, hips, arms, legs and torso (narrow, broad, wide, long, short, average… depending on the body part).
They also give you photos of clothing groups and ask what you think of each “look” (love it, like it, don’t really like it or hate it). There are three groups I hate, two that I don’t really like and two that I love. ♥
These are my two “LOVE IT” styles:
You tell your stylist how much you dress for specific occasions. You also specify how often you want to see pieces in these categories in your “Fix”.
Here’s what my profile reads:
I just changed “Business Casual/ Work” to “Consistently” because I’m starting real estate school & hopefully will be working with a broker to sell/ buy some homes this year. GAH!! I thought I’d better try to build my “work” wardrobe a bit. It’s been a while since I was a teacher (over 5 years now) so I haven’t really stayed “up to date” on my business casual (like… not at all). Most of the time I’ll still need Laid Back Casual looks but thought I’d make that slight change. I’ll let you know how it goes!
You tell your stylist what you like to “flaunt” and what you prefer to “keep covered”. My answers range from “Sometimes I like to flaunt it” to “Less is more. Keep it covered!” hehehehe
You tell them your budget. ALL of mine read: The cheaper, the better.
You tell them if there’s any categories, prints, fabrics or materials you’d like to avoid in your boxes. That nice, right?! Then just a few jewelry questions (ears pierced? gold? silver? both? simple/ classic? statement pieces? etc.)
FINALLY…. link up your Pinterest “Style” board and Twitter/ Linked In accounts if you have them. The more they can learn about you the more they can try to send you items that you’ll love!! Be sure to tell them about yourself… just a brief little summary of what life looks like for you… and any other details that they should know when styling you.
I have been soooooo happy with my stylist!! Love her. ♥
BOX ONE: I don’t have photos of the items from this box but I kept a pair of shorts that I love and sent the other 4 items back.
BOX TWO: ↑ I really liked all these items. The blue striped top was a favorite for Instagram followers but it had a strange rise in the front and back that I didn’t care for. Super cute looking though, right?! I kept the grayish sleeveless and sent the rest back at first. The next month I had a little extra money to spend and I wrote an email asking if I could still get the necklace AND the dress from this fix. I don’t think they usually do this but they helped me out and sent me both items. YAY!!
The sleeveless top is one of my favorite tops from all of fixes. Check out the details of this piece:
The shorts in the photo above ↑ are the ones I kept from my very first fix. They aren’t too long or too short or too tight or too loose. They are super comfy and pinstriped and I love them!
BOX THREE: ↑ GAH!!! I really liked all these items. I would have kept them all if not for my budget restraints! My favorite pieces were the cream top, the striped cardigan and the maxi dress. The cardigan was a tad bit too big but I kind of like oversized things sometimes so I decided against that. The maxi dress fit more than perfect but in the end I sent everything back except the cream long sleeve. I just love the lace detail in the back and the color and the slightly open back. I still love it and wear it often! Looking at the photo above I’m sad I didn’t keep the maxi dress too but it was the right decision for our budget at the time and that’s important too!
BOX FOUR: ↑ This is the one I just received earlier this month. My mirrors were incredibly dirty but just ignore that. The gray top on the bottom right was cute but kind of frumpy feeling although comfy. The black top was a material that I would hate to wash and would be hard to keep wrinkle free. I loved the red cords, the striped top and the earrings!! I was tempted to keep all three but sent back the cords because they were just a bit long and I didn’t want to pay to get them hemmed. I tried rolling them up but it didn’t look right to me. I could have lived with the length but I had to send one more thing back to stay within budget so into the bag they went. I’ll admit that after sealing the bag I almost had second thoughts and ripped it back open. I liked them enough to not mind the slight length problem but the decision had been made so I left well enough alone. I did keep the earrings and the striped top. Love ’em and worn both items 2-3 times already!
A few tips…
- When you checkout BE SURE to give thorough feedback on each of your items and write your stylist a note with all the details. They want you to be happy with your “fix” and you’re sure to get a better second box if you give good feedback at the beginning and after your first box.
- Keep your style profile updated to your current preferences & tastes.
- The Pinterest “Style” or “Fashion” board is really helpful if you have one!! It gives your stylist visuals of what you like! Remove any pins that no longer fit your style if they’ve been there a while! 😉
- Include a note before your fixes for your stylist letting them know about anything specific you are looking for or upcoming events you want something for.
- Tell your Stylist what stores you like to buy certain things at (like I love tops from JCrew and jeans from Abercrombie).
- Tell your Stylist about any “Style Crushes” that you have… you know, famous peoples’ style that you’re in love with??!! I have one or two of those crushes currently. 😉
- Give FEEDBACK!! Tell them why (in detail!!) you did or did not like your items. Tell them how they could make your “fix” better next time… what would make a top or pants or accessory more your style. Tell them! Be specific!
- Try Stitch Fix more than once!! After the first box (or a couple boxes) your stylist will get to know you, your style and preferences better.
Now let’s just take a moment to consider the FUN!…
- You get a package delivered to your doorstep!! I’m a sucker for pretty packages.
- You get to try on clothes in the comfort of your home. No stressful shopping with toddlers & more than 20 seconds to decide.
- Personalized style. You get to have a “Style Profile” that’s just your style. Be sure to link up your Pinterest “My Style” board!
- New Clothes!!! It’s always fun to have something new! ♥
- Earn credit. Refer a friend and get $25 credit towards your next “Fix”.
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*Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I pay for the “Stitch Fix” service myself! I do receive a commission if you try out the service using one of my links. I always want you to be “in the know” about these things. As always, all opinions are my own. Thanks all! ♥