Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pampering Myself: My first Stitch Fix

A few days ago I had a mini break down.

I was getting ready to leave the house and I wanted to wear something besides lounge pants and a sweat shirt, a mere miracle in itself. However, barely anything I own fits. My pregnancy clothes are too baggy and my pre-pregnancy clothes don't quite fit my new postpartum body. The result was lots of tears, a large mound of discarded clothes on the floor, and me finally leaving the house in Josh's t-shirt and the only pair of jeans that fit comfortably.

You would think that after all that I've gone through I would have a better perspective on life. That the silly concept of poor fitting clothes would be the last thing on my mind. With all the bad news we've been receiving, I just wanted to wear something, anything, that would make me look pretty.

As coincidence would have it, I had something waiting at my doorstep just a few days later. I signed up to receive my first Stitch Fix box several weeks ago and luckily it came right when I needed it.

If you aren't familiar with Stitch Fix, it is a personal styling service that delivers five items of clothing or accessories based on your personal style and budget. You can schedule the box as often as you want. You keep the things you like and send everything else back in a pre-paid envelope. There is a $20 styling fee that is deducted from the price of the items you keep. And if you decide to keep everything in your box you get a 25% discount.

When signing up I filled out a style profile that took about 10 minutes and connected my account to my Pinterest style board. This allowed my stylist to pick out items specific to my body type and preferences.

Seems too good to be true right? Especially for the fashion-challenged like myself. To be truthful, I have no idea what is in style. I can pick out individual pieces of clothing but I'm terrible at putting outfits together. And adding accessories? Shesh. I'm a mess. The fact that they include styling cards for inspiration on how to wear the items is the icing on the cake.

So lets see what was included in my first box.

(Please don't mind these awkward photos. I actually took these for my mom and now I'm too lazy to retake them.)

1. Pomelo Florence Colorblocked Dress $68.00
I really liked the cut of this dress. You can't tell in the photo but it draws in at the waist, creating a "tucked in" look. It is modest and flattering, but a bit on the pricey side for a simple spring dress. Keep.

2. 41Hawthorn Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan $48.00
This top screams Alex. The color. The length. It's perfect. While I already have lots of cardigans, I don't have one that is quite this color. Keep.

3. Pomelo Aleah V-Neck Heathered Dolman Sleeve Shirt $48.00
I went back and forth on this one. I really liked the color but the cut was a little different. However, I feel comfortable in it as it flatters my un-toned tummy. Keep

4. Under Skies Angelica Pintuck 3/4 Sleeve Blouse $48.00
I love this top. It is almost identical to one I pinned to my Pinterest board. It is light and slightly sheer, making it perfect for spring and summer. Keep

5. Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry Lorelei Mini Round Stone Drop Earrings $58.00
These earrings are also similar to something on my Pinterest board, which my stylist recommended to pair with the Under Skies shirt. They are more expensive than I typically spend but much higher quality as well. Keep.

Thats right. I kept them all. The 25% discount, paired with the need for clothes for my new body, made the decision easy. I can't remember the last time I purchased clothes "just because" and figured I should treat myself. With all the not-fun things in my life, I needed to give myself a little pampering.

I already scheduled my next box to come in May and I can't wait. I've read reviews which say your boxes only get better as your stylist learns more and more of what you like (You comment on all the items in your box so your stylist knows what you liked, didn't like, and why).

Such a fun idea. Right?

Please use my referral link if you want to get your own Stitch Fix. It will give me $25 to put toward my next box and you will get a fun and personalized box at your front door!


  1. You are a strong beautiful lady:-)

  2. Really enjoy the colors, delight in the fact that you could try them on at home and were things you probably won't on tried on in the store, and Love the fact that you have clothes that fit, to help make you feel like the amazing woman you are!

  3. Love everything in your box and you look gorgeous in all of it! I signed up for one too. I don't like the waiting list, but super excited about seeing what's going to be in my box next month. Thanks for sharing Alex!