Tuesday, June 10, 2014

getting my fix: stitch fix

I went the whole months of March and April without buying any new clothes - quite a feat for this shopping addict. In the month of May, I bought only four dresses and two of those were bridesmaids dresses. In an effort to curb my spending habits and create a closet I adore, I’ve created some strict guidelines when it comes to purchasing clothes.

1. Can I wear it to work? As a recent college grad, I found transitioning my college wardrobe into a working wardrobe has been a bit of a challenge. (I miss you Nike shorts & Chacos!) When I spend 75% of my life in business casual, it doesn’t make sense that only 25% of my wardrobe fits into that category. So, instead, I’ve been looking for pieces that can function as both professional and casual.

2. Can I wear it multiple ways? Before I buy something, I will mentally create {at least} three different outfits with it. If it can only be worn with that one skirt and that one skirt only, then it’s probably not worth the purchase. The more versatile an item, the more I can wear it. And the more I can wear it, the more it becomes worth the price I paid.

3. Is it classy or trendy? I refuse to buy anything chevron. There, I said it. I just know that in five years that particular pattern will be out, out, out, and I won’t need to replace half my closet. On the other hand, my five (count ‘em FIVE) little black dresses will still be classy and versatile as ever.

4. Will it last? And I’m not talking about style here but quality. Yes, those black Target dress pants were work appropriate, extremely versatile and classy, but they started showing signs of wear after one wash. Maybe spending more than $20 on a pair of pants is worth it in the long run...

As you can imagine, it takes a lot of time and effort to go through this process every time I shop, so I was more than excited to let Stitch Fix do the shopping for me. Short and sweet: Stitch Fix is an online personal shopper program that picks out five pieces based on your preferences and pins and mails them to your home. You try on those items, pay for what you want, and then send the rest back.

Here’s my first Stitch Fix box:

Pomelo Moni Stud Detailed 3/4 Sleeve Blouse
I absolutely loved this blouse. It's a classic fit with unique details. AND it will work great paired with work pants, skirt or with jeans.
Bay to Baubles Kimmy Rope & Gem Collar Necklace
I absolutely love this necklace. And if anyone wanted to gift it to me, I'd love it forever. However, I didn't feel it was worth it or I had enough to wear with it.
Under Skies Astair Abstract Stripe Front Pocket Blouse
Once again, a cute shirt, but I didn't really like the sleeves or shape on me. And, I wasn't sure the color was right for me. 
41 Hawthorn Daphne Scalloped Colorblock Dress
You can't tell here, but he dress was a really thick material. It would be great for fall/winter, but I didn't really like the shape of it on me. Though, it went perfect with my necklace.
Honey Punch Wakeman Crochet Open Cardigan
And finally, the crochet cardigan. Love, love, LOVE it. It's lightweight but the perfect neutral. I've already worn it three times. 

If you’d like to try Stitch Fix there’s only a $20 fee (and then that money automatically goes toward anything you choose to purchase in your box). I’m going to be completely open and honest with you - if you do choose to try Stitch Fix and you go through one of my links, then I automatically receive $25 toward my next “fix.” So, if you’re going to try it anyway, might as well help a sister out!

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