A few weeks ago, I got my first "Stitch Fix." If you don't know what Stitch Fix is, it's a mail order fashion styling service - you fill out an extensive questionnaire about yourself and your style, schedule a "fix," a personal stylist "shops" for you and shortly after, you receive a package with 5 items picked out especially for you. Then you have the option to keep one, some or all of the items or return them in the postage-paid envelope that's included in the package.
Pretty cool concept, right?
I had really only decided to try it out though, because I was invited to their affiliate program. My reasons were: 1) I feel like I have a pretty good sense of style, thankyouverymuch and 2) I don't need to be purchasing new items on a regular basis since my whole outlook is one of minimalism and keeping only what you really need.
But I decided to give it a go, figuring what could it hurt to try it one time? Plus, I could send everything back, postage paid.
So, I filled out my questionnaire which consists of some basic questions like your height, weight and sizes, a few questions about your lifestyle and clothing needs and then some photos of outfits that you rank on a scale of how much you like them.
I sent it off, along with a couple of quick notes to my stylist about having an upcoming Skype presentation for Tiny House Canada and a wedding that I would be attending both as a guest and the coordinator. And waited to see what arrived.
Now, I'm not going to lie... the little kid (and former shopaholic) in me did still get pretty excited when I finally picked up my box at the post office. What wonders were inside? And I would I actually like them?
Well, let's take a look at what my personal stylist sent for me based on my questionnaire...
1. Benson 3/4 Ruched sleeve blazer
I'll admit... I wouldn't have chosen this piece for myself. Not sure why, exactly. Except that maybe I would've thought it was too "preppy" for me if I saw it in the store. BUT... my smartypants stylist must've known what she was doing, because not only did I love it once I put it on, but it fit me perfectly.
Here, I am wearing it with a Merona t-shirt from Target ($5 baby!) and my favorite jeans from Buckle.
2. Radka v-neck blouse, 3. lianah bootcut jeans and 4. geonna tassel beaded necklace
Again, would never have picked out the tank top or the necklace for myself. The style of the tanktop... yes. But not the fabric. Yet, here I was again, trying them on and loving them.
And the jeans... fit me like a glove. The length was a little longer than I'd normally get too (I actually have to wear heels or wedges for them not to drag on the floor), but I actually love how that looks, as opposed to them becoming "high waters" within a few months of me purchasing them.
Ok, maybe these stylists do know what they're doing...
And then last but not least...
5. Lailya printed dress
At the risk of sounding like a broken record... I would never have picked this dress out either. I would've just glanced at the print, thought it was too "old lady looking" and moved on. Which would've been a shame, because it looks so cute and sassy on! Not to mention, it is extremely comfortable.
So yea... overall, I was pretty surprised at how well my stylist did, having never met me in person! All of the sizes were perfect and the styles all looked great on me. And I got a 25% discount for keeping all 5 pieces (woohoo!).
Now, if you're thinking "doesn't that go against minimalism though?" I thought the same thing. Like I said, that was one of the reasons I hesitated in the first place.
BUT it actually doesn't have to go against minimalism/downsized living at all.
One of the principles I teach people about maintaining a minimal or downsized life is "one in, one out." That means after you have done a major purge or downsizing process, you keep all of your hard work intact by purging one version of an item, every time you buy a new one.
So, if you buy a new pair of sneakers, then when you get home, you get rid of a pair of sneakers. Or you pick up a new cookbook at the store? Go home and purge one that you no longer use.
This prevents clutter from building back up and you ending up with a bunch of stuff you don't need again.
When I decided to keep all 5 of my Stitch Fix items, not only did I get rid of 5 items at home, but I did another mini-purge. I got rid of 3 more dresses, 6 tops, some t-shirts and several pairs of shorts. That's the thing about purging... it's a neverending process! You can always seem to find something else that you don't really need!
So, if you are curious about this whole Stitch Fix thing but you're worried about cluttering up your closet, don't worry. Just keep it balanced... one in, one out!
As for the service itself, you can choose to schedule a "fix" whenever you like. You can also set up an automatic subscription where you receive a new "fix" every 2-3 weeks, every month, every other month or every 3 months. Although a subscription is not required and there's no monthly fee!
There is a $20 styling fee and although the average item price is supposedly $55, most of mine were less than that. Probably because I selected "the cheaper, the better!" on my questionnaire. ;)
And for me honestly, the convenience of not having to go to the mall, look for parking, deal with crowds and potentially still not find anything exciting, makes it well worth it. And like I said before, they pay the return postage, so what's the harm in giving it a whirl?
If you're ready to try your first "fix," click here or on the image below!
Or if you want to give the gift of great style to a friend or family, grab a Stitch Fix gift card!
Stay fabulous and remember... keep your worries tiny and your dreams BIG!