This week, I’m here to talk about my first Stitch Fix, and to share some guidelines I’ve created for myself as I rebuild my wardrobe from scratch. Since this was my first Fix, I didn’t really know how it would work out. I loved getting a box of goodies (who doesn’t), and I LOVED not going to the mall. But I was a little bummed that I didn’t like everything.
Here’s what I got:
- 2 jersey knit tops–one with a cowl neckline, and one patterned dolman sleeve top
- 1 patterned knit skirt
- 1 burgundy “fit & flare” dress (Winner!)
- 1 gold bracelet
The dress was adorable. Everything else was just…meh. But I had a realization: In my Style Profile, I never mentioned that I don’t like knits! Its something I don’t think about when I shop for myself, because I don’t LOOK for knits (unless they’re chunky sweaters, then I’m all over it). So after returning my items, I updated my profile.
In the end, I liked and kept only one item. I know, whomp whomp, right? But I’m going to stick with it! Here’s why: It’s like meeting a new friend, and then asking her to go shopping for you. My Stitch Fix stylist doesn’t know me yet! Sure, she has a basic idea of my general style, but as she gets to know my likes/dislikes, each Fix will get better. And if we become besties, I may never have to enter a shopping mall again. (Fingers crossed.)
In the meantime, I still need to rebuild my wardrobe. I’ve been thinking a lot about style and function. I want to get dressed without having to think too much about it. I don’t want to “do” my hair. But I still care about my appearance. I’m not ready to embrace yoga pants (although let’s be real, I wear them all the time).
So here are my new Wardrobe Rebuild Rules:
- Affordable: most items must cost less than $100. I would say “all”, but I’m willing to cross (slightly) into 3 digits for quality staple items like a handbag, a wool coat, or maybe a basic cashmere sweater.
- Adaptable: can be dressed up or down, and suitable for at least 2/3 of these scenarios: Work, Play, or Night Out.
- Reasonable: No skyscraper heels. No skirts that threaten to flash panty. I mean…was that ever ok?
- Presentable: Even if I only have time to roll out of bed and throw something on, that should not be apparent to anyone else. Why? Because the day that I go to Target in rumpled clothes and no makeup, is inevitably the day I’ll run into someone I know.
- Stylish: As a seamstress, designer, and vintage enthusiast, I want my new wardrobe to still reflect my eclectic style. Minimal Eclectic? Let’s make that a thing.
I’ll receive my next Fix next month. Until then, I’m checking out the Everlane Home Try-On (I’m in love with their affordable, quality basics), and I’m thinking about snagging one of these Strawberry blouses from PopBasic. I’ll keep you posted on my progress!