Have you ever tried to shop with kids in tow? I actually pulled it off ONCE when my second baby was about 6-weeks old. I was desperate to find some nursing tops and had a gift certificate to a local shop. The dressing rooms were clean and the dressing curtain was a fabulous colorful filigree pattern. It was perfect for just sticking my baby on a blanket next to the curtain, and letting him kick his legs while I frantically made my selections before the ticking-time-bomb that is a baby went off.
These days he squawks on first sight of the inside of a mall, and don't even get me started on the wailing that ensues if I wheel the stroller into my favorite store, The Container Store. Needless to say, there is no time to fit in clothes shopping.
Enter Stitch Fix. Its a must-have service that saves you time, gives you confidence, and just makes you plain happy!
You get the convenience of shopping for clothes from your own home during nap time or after kids go to bed. And not just any clothes, but threads that are personalized for you based on your style profile and preferences.
As outlined on their website:
1. Get Started with a Personal Style Quiz.
Now don't worry if your current style is yoga pants with spit up and splash of apple sauce. Also don't worry if instead of looking like the the girl in the picture below, you fill out the quiz amongst crumbs and toys and looking a little more sleep deprived. You may not even know what "style" you are, but the quiz is easy and I found it easy to identify what I DON'T LIKE and then rank the styles that I didn't find offending.
In the "Notes to Stylist" section, you can tell them what specific pieces you are hoping for. When I first started with the service, I was nursing and was not quite back to my pre-baby shape, so I asked for layering pieces and nursing-friendly tops. In my most recent request, I asked for some fun clothes that I can wear to a wedding weekend in Florida like a maxi dress, maybe a long skirt, and casual chic clothes.
2. Receive Five Personalized Pieces, Delivered to your Door
This is the fun and exciting part. I would wait till nap time or bed time before even opening the box and make it fun "me" time. Model the clothes for yourself and even if it turns out that you don't like it on first glance, give it a try! You might be surprised once its on that it actually looks good and is comfortable.
I've had great luck recently with a purple dress I wore to a recent wedding, a blazer I wear when visiting clients, and some fun bright Nest Happy turquoise pants I wear pretty regularly.
3. Keep what you LOVE, and send back the rest
You also fill out a quick survey of each item, like how it fit and whether or not you liked it. They say that the more feedback you give, the better future boxes will be.
I found this to be true. At first when I tried the service, I also feel like as a company, Stitch Fix was just growing a little bit too fast and the stylists didn't really pay attention to previous feedback. However, I am happy to report that after I took about an 8-month break, I gave them another try and the selections were AMAZING and they really listened to my preferences and what I wanted.
Overall I do agree with all the benefits of the service:
They have shoes!!
Oh, Stitch Fix carries a full range of apparel, shoes, and accessories AND they also carry petite and maternity sizing. Almost sways me to get pregnant another kiddo. Almost....
* Please note that some images used in this post are from the Stitch Fix website. At the time of this post, links give mutual credit for fun clothes, making trying the service risk-free :)
4/23/2016 07:42:22 am
Great article Sarah! This is such a helpful reference! Thanks for sharing the wisdom :)
12/16/2020 02:08:03 am
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