mash: simplify / fashion
So if you know anything about me, you know that I’m always looking for ways to simplify my life. I’m also trying to revamp my look–including my wardrobe. It isn’t OK with me to go quietly through this stage in my life, coming out the other end looking a frump. However, I’m short on time. When exactly is a full-time working woman who is a mom, wife, and blogger supposed to go shopping for that outfit that will make her look like she is Olivia Pope’s body double? Um, never!
The simple, smart solution? Hire a stylist! I mean, that how the celebrities do it, right? And hiring a stylist isn’t as expensive as you might think–especially if you have a virtual stylist. It does take some hunting to find a stylist that has the right mindset to encapsulate who you are in an outfit–but it isn’t impossible. I decided to try Stitch Fix because the upfront commitment wasn’t that bad. It was only $20 for 5 pieces hand selected by a stylist for me–plus if I kept any piece I could deduct the $20, so it would be like I didn’t pay a stylist fee. And if I kept all 5 pieces I’d receive a 25% discount.
In the grand scheme, I’d pay someone $20 to avoid a trip to the crowded mall where I may, or may not, find what I need. To me, it’s worth the investment–especially because you can tell your stylist what kind of items you’re in need of, or what kind of upcoming event you need to be styled for.
Truth be told though, I was a little leery when my first Stitch Fix box arrived. I’d already tried another company earlier that month, and did not like the outfit at all. I’d sent the entire outfit back, and was wondering if I’d be writing a Stitch Fix review explaining that I had sent back all 5 pieces.
How quickly my doubts were wiped away. I love my first Stitch Fix box! Every. Last. Piece.
And when I thought about it, I shouldn’t have been so surprised. I was given an in-depth style quiz, and asked to share a Pinterest board that was inspired by my style. Apparently someone actually looked at my responses and my board, and they compiled a wonderful personalized experience that made it hard for me to select which piece to gift myself this month.
What Was In My Box (Remember, subtract $20 from the listed price of the item to see what I’d have to pay)
Zad Adrianna Circle Bib Necklace in Silver- $34 The necklace was delicate, and definitely in my style house. As a professional woman, my jewelry can’t be louder than the words coming out of my mouth–so this piece would fit in well with my work wear.
Just BlackDean Ankle Zip Skinny Jean in Black – $78 I wish you reach through the screen and touch these jeans. They are the softest, most comfortable pair of pants I’ve ever slipped on. They have 4 pockets, and matching black thread and buttons. And the cute-factor comes in down at the ankles, which have zippers. This is an especially impressive feat to me because I am petite. My stylist found a pair of pants that were sized to the waist in inches that were also for my petite frame. Do you know how hard that is?
Eighty Sixty Ginsberg Metal Bib Striped Tank – $68 As a woman who still has a post-baby body, I loved this shirt. The flattering metallic bead work at the top drew the eye up. Also it was nice and soft, just like the pants. And it was just loose enough to keep me comfortable.
Pixley Layna Textured Fit & Flare Dress – $78 This dress was adorable! It really did fit and flare in just the right places. And the color combination–a darker blue with a lively shade of green–what great. The material itself had two different textures to it, so that lent to a very unusual look to the dress when you got up close. I’ll admit, I’m still self-conscious about my body. However, I felt completely comfortable in this piece.
Coffeeshop Iona Houndstooth Coat – $108 When I pulled this coat out of the box, Mr. Mashed Up (a huge Scandal fan) immediately remarked “That’s something Olivia Pope would wear.” And after trying it on, I couldn’t help but agree. This fully-lined wool coat hung about 3/4ths down on me, and was fitted at the top, and flared out at the bottom. The draping of the coat definitely gave it an original, high fashion look. It has a beautiful gray and white pattern, with distinctive shiny silver buttons. The quality of the craftsmanship on this coat is obviously there. It’s sturdy, well made, and very warm.
In the end, I decided that to stick to my preset budget, and I only get one item. It was actually a difficult decision, as I was pulled by almost everything in the box. However, I decided to go with the item that I’d get the most wear out of–the pants. Somehow they found jeans that fit me and flattered me perfectly, even though I didn’t try them prior. Plus they are seriously soft.
I’m definitely getting another box from Stitch Fix next month!