Real quick… can you really not turn sound notifications off in google hangout?
(If they want me to use this for my gchat interface they better come up with a resolution real quick!!)
I like fashion. I don’t pretend to be a genius at it, but I have a definite style and I like to look good. But honestly, I’m really busy as a professional in DC and I rarely get the time to do regular shopping. I also am towards the beginning of my career and I don’t have a million dollar budget for my wardrobe!
When I heard about stitch fix — a service that boxes up 5 items that fit your “profile,” delivers them to your door, and you keep what you want and send back the rest — I was a little wary. I’d heard of Trunk Club (a related service for men) and I’d heard it was very expensive. But I filled out a 10-minute style profile – they ask you to rate different outfits, tell them types of clothing what you wear most often and for what occasions, and put in details about my sizes. The two best pieces of these profiles: questions about how much you usually spend on a given item (i.e. $50-100 for business dresses, “as cheap as possible” for tops), and a link to your fashion board on Pinterest! Ingenious.
Another view of the profile…
Then, you schedule a fix. You can sign up to get them once a month, or only when you want them. You add a note to your stylist letting them know if you want anything in particular this time around. In my case, I had just started a new job at a government agency and needed conservative neutrals. They did GREAT with that request! They charge $20 for a fix, so you lose that if you like NOTHING, but if you do keep anything, it is deducted from your cost as a credit. And trust me, you will want to keep something.
I have gotten quite a few fixes now (monthly, for a while), and I generally keep 2-3 of the 5 items each time – dresses, sweaters, earrings, etc. My stylists have done a great job picking items that I have a really hard time sending back: that are unique, versatile, would make me stand out just a little, and are a good value. They have sent me some dresses that are under my desired budget, even! Of course, occasionally there are items I am just not interested in, but that is okay. ;) At the end, you rate the clothes they sent you, put the items you don’t want in a pre-paid envelope and drop it in your nearest mailbox. So easy!
If you are interested in having someone pick out clothes for you every month or two, I HIGHLY recommend this. You will get interesting pieces of great quality from good designers that you might not have looked at on your own… but fit your style, because your stylist has a continuously improving profile on you.
Here’s a video for more information:
What more would you like to know?