Monday, January 28, 2013

Getting "Fixed."

Let's just get this out of the way right now.  Yes, we are done having children.  No, we are not planning on any vasectomies or any permanent "fixes" at any point in the near future. 

That's not what this post is about, so you can breathe easy!

Today I want to write about clothes.  I've been posting some What I Wore Wednesday posts for a little while now and as much as I have appreciated all the positive comments about my wardrobe, I must confess that I still have very little clue what I am doing when it comes to dressing myself.

When I was in The Limited a while back, I took three things into the dressing room and hated them all.  When the super-fab attendant asked how things went and I gave him the pouty response of, "No go on any of it," he took pity on me and asked if he could pull a few items that he thought would work.  I figured I would go for it because clearly I was no good at this!

Want proof?

I posted the photo above on Twitter while in the dressing room in desperate plea for help!  I actually ended up buying the sweater, but what was I thinking with that vest?  Oy.  Embarassing.

So I accepted help.  That sassy little fella (whose name I believe was Nathan) scampered all over that place and brought me a ton of things to try on.  And you know what?  His choices were WAY more successful than mine had been!  I wish I had more photos to share with you, but I felt creepy about taking more pictures in the dressing room and I only ended up buying the red sweater above and two of the pieces he suggested for me.  You've probably seen them together already - this asymmetrical sweater and belt:

Anyway, what's the point of all this?  I am admitting that I need HELP.  When I wander around a clothing store aimlessly, I grab things that I think will look good and most of the time I am wrong.  When I ask for the assistance of more knowledgeable people, their choices inevitable strike a better chord, even if at first glace the items are not what I would have picked up.

Knowing this, I stumbled across a little company called Stitch Fix.  I kept seeing the lovely Raechel Myers posting outfits on Instagram that made me drool.  Every time I would freak out over the cuteness factor of an outfit, she would cite it as coming from Stitch Fix, so I was intrigued. 

Stitch Fix is, in a nutshell, exactly what a clueless gal like me dreams about.  It is an online personal styling service that assigns you a real live personal stylist based on your responses to an extensive questionnaire about your size, tastes, and particular style preferences.  Once you have expressed what kind of clothes you like, what styles you are interested in trying, and chosen your budget range, you get to wait eagerly for your "Fix" to arrive in the mail!  (Raise your hand if you love getting fun mail as much as I do!)

Shipping is FREE both ways and when your box of goodies arrives, you get to sort through the items your stylist chose for you and try them on in the privacy and comfort of your home.  What you want to keep, you keep!  What you want to send back, you just re-pack in the inclosed envelope and pop it in your mailbox.  You fill out a review of your items so your stylist can tweak what they send to you next time.

How amazing does that sound?

For someone who struggles to find time to get to the mall and wander like a lost puppy dog for an hour only to come up empty-handed, I knew this was something I had to try.

So I signed up.

There is currently a little waiting list since they only add a certain number of clients at a time, but I was excited to get notified that it was my turn!  I filled out my style profile and wrote some notes about what kind of clothes I have found I like.  I was even able to include my Twitter handle and a link to my style board on Pinterest to help my stylist further understand my style.  I loved looking at these collections of clothes and rating how I liked them:

Fun, right?

After I completed my style profile, I made notes to my stylist that I wanted to find some classic, versatile pieces that would easily transition from winter to spring.  I also mentioned it might be nice to find something pretty for a romantic Valentine's Day date night.  ;)  As for my budget range, I chose "As cheap as possible" for pretty much every single category.  Because I'm cheap.  Clueless and cheap.

And then I just had to schedule my Fix!  You pay a $20 styling fee up front and then schedule when your Fix will come.  When your box arrives, you can apply that $20 toward anything in the box.  So, if I am sent a fabulous top priced at $45, it will come down to $25.  Plus, if you decide to buy everything in the box, you get it all at a 25% discount.  (Although I highly doubt I will be taking advantage of that deal too often.)

Oh, and it is NOT a required subscription!  I was very careful to read the fine print and make sure I wasn't accidentally signing up for a service that would charge me every month if I wasn't using it.  Nope, you can schedule your Fixes for as often as monthly or just try it out that one time and then never do it again.  Good to know!

So, now I wait!  My box of goodies should be coming the first week in February and I can't wait to share it all with you.  Does Stitch Fix sound like something you might like to try out with me? Sign up now and get on the waiting list so you won't be stuck anxiously wanting your own Fix after I share mine!  The link I've been using is my own personal referral link which helps earn me credit toward my own Fixes as well, so if you want to give it a shot, would you mind clicking through this link? The fashionista buried within me certainly thanks you.

I'm looking forward to showing you what Stitch Fix sends me!  It should be fun!

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