I’m plain Jane. I hate clothes shopping! I hate clothes shopping because I have no sense of style, plus clothes normally do not fit right on me…well because I’m only 4’11”. It’s always a challenge. Nothing worse than finding a pair jeans or pants only to have pay someone $30 to get them hemmed. Same with dresses, sleeves or straps on shirts. It’s frustrating and now take into account after 4 kiddos, I have quite the mom belly to hide, it can be less than joyous to shop for clothes. Even before kids, I’ve just never been much of a fashionista. The latest trends never seemed to look right on me. Nothing like wasting hours shopping to come home empty handed and discouraged.
I think Michael was tired of hearing me complain :) So for my birthday, he signed me up for Stitch Fix (Clothing and accessories hand-selected by a personal stylist, delivered to your door. I know, sounds too good to be true!). He heard me mention it a few times, so he finally took the initiative and signed me up because I wouldn’t do it myself! I kept making excuses about losing more weight first and that I wouldn’t like whatever they sent me anyways, so why bother, or whatever they sent wouldn’t look right on me anyways.
On my birthday, he signed me up, despite my pleas not to, because as a guy he rationally reasoned, “What’s the worse that could happen? You’re out the $20 styling fee. Or you might actually like something they send you.” I do like how guys are so rational about things, whereas women can be so emotional and indecisive.
About a month later my Fix arrived! I wasn’t really excited about it as I was pretty sure it would be a major fail. I recall filling out the style profile and thinking they’re not going to find anything for me! No where did I seem to get across that my want-to-be style is un-frumpy and stay-at-home-mom-esque. I’d love to dress like Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper or Kate Middleton. Just put together, timeless and modest. But I was pleasantly surprised. My fix included a note from my stylist, Nick, and style cards for more outfit ideas on the items they sent me.
Upon initial glance…red pants! Okay, they’re not like bright red, more a soft red, almost coral color. I wanted a great pair of jeans, but my stylist noted they didn’t have any in my size…bummer! But the more I looked at them, I kind of liked them; I just wasn’t sure I could pull off wearing them.
I loved all the tops they sent. They were flowy and cute, in different patterns and colors that I probably wouldn’t have picked out shopping on my own. The two on the right were my favorites! I love cardigans and this was a great departure to the classic gray I always seem to go for. I also loved the first top pictured, but it is actually too big, especially in the straps. I think if I, I mean if my mom, takes them in though it will work. The blue top was my least favorite, I just didn’t think it was very flattering on me.
Overall, I’m glad Michael made me try this out. The pieces weren’t necessarily timeless, but they did take me out of my comfort zone and let me have fun with some color without being over-the-top crazy. Plus, 3 out of the 5 pieces were super kid friendly, meaning they could handle four baby boys climbing all over me during the day :)
I thought the price point was reasonable as well. Don’t get me wrong, I love clearance and deals, but I also realize you get what you pay for and many times I come home to find something I bought doesn’t withstand the wear my clothes go through. For all 5 pieces it totaled to $157, that was with a 25% discount for keeping all 5 items and the $20 stylist credit (you get to keep the stylist fee if you keep one or more of the items). That’s about $31 per piece. Not too bad, especially since that included pants and cardigan. Plus, it saves me from the time and trouble of shopping store-to-store and finding nothing anyways.
So what did I keep? The pants, cardigan and paisley top! Those all totaled $130, so I didn’t get the 25% discount, but still saved a bit. As much as I loved the first top, with the cute red and pink pattern; overall I thought it was too big everywhere, especially in the straps and even with the straps fixed it would still show bra straps and that would drive me crazy. I wanted to love the blue top, but the back was razor back style, so again bra issue and I just didn’t find it all that flattering. I knew I would never wear it.
I’ve already scheduled my next Fix…I need some cute, modest shorts that will look great on my 4’11” self…hope Nick can pull through for me again!!! Michael might be regretting his decision to have me try this out after all :)
So if you’re in a fashion slump, like me, or would just like the convenience of clothes sent to your door, personally picked out for you, I encourage you to give it a go. Worse case, you’re out $20! And if you decide to try it out, I’d totally appreciate you using the link below, as I’ll receive a $25 credit, which would make Michael so very happy :)