Last weekend, I took my son to the bookstore for a post-illness treat (a book and a new toy). He was getting over the flu, and after a few days holed up on the couch we needed a little sunshine and a change of pace.
On our way back to the car, I caught a glimpse of myself in a window reflection. I was mildly horrified. Tired eyes. Unbrushed hair. Basic tshirt and jeans.
Who the hell is that??
I used to LOVE getting dressed. I worked for several boutiques in my 20s, so it was kinda part of the job.
I teetered around in platform heels and artfully “mismatched” pieces. I took on styling clients. I designed window displays. Work was about inspiring others with the art of fashion. T-shirts and jeans were strictly for behind-the-scenes.
Then I got a job in a very casual corporate office. I bought flip-flops. I wore jeans. I got lazy. When I was pregnant, I rallied. Maternity dressing was surprisingly fun! I wore tons of cute dresses. I even wore heels…at least until I hit 8 months, when my feet became unrecognizable marshmallows.
I knew I was going to breastfeed, but as a newbie I had no idea what that meant in sartorial terms. Have you SEEN the nursing wear that’s available? It’s a nightmare of frumpy jersey tops.
And so it happened. My fun, eclectic 20’s wardrobe got smooshed to the back of the closet to make room for…?
Nothing. Crap. Frump! T-shirts and basic cardigans. And that’s where I am today. The worst part is, I KNOW BETTER!
So this week, I FINALLY took action. I lugged an Ikea bag full of old clothes to Buffalo Exchange. I packed a Balikbayan box full of MORE clothes to send to my cousins in the Philippines. I prepped a rack full of vintage pieces to sell on Etsy.
My closet is bare. It’s kind of exciting. But now what? I don’t really have time to go shopping. Well, actually…I really really hate going shopping. There, I’ve said it.
Stitch Fix to the rescue!
I’ve been hearing about this service for about a year now, and I’m pretty excited to finally try it out. My first Fix is arriving next week, so after I get it I’ll be sharing with you what I got, what I kept, and why. I’ll also share my thoughts on a functional mama wardrobe that is NOT frumpy.
If you’ve tried Stitch Fix already, I’d love to know what you think of it. And if not, I’ve added a link over to the right so you can try it with me!