I'm a big fan of monthly box subscriptions. They're basically gifts that you give yourself every month. Want fresh veggies? Awesome! Hopefully you like the shit we send you! Want to get cool stuff for your dog? There's a box subscription for that. (It's called Barkbox and it's awesome - but that's an entirely different blog post. I did shamelessly leave my referral link for you, though!)
Last May, I decided I wanted to find myself a subscription box service to help get me some fashion sense. See, if left to my own devices I'd pretty much wear black shirts or sweaters and jeans with oxfords until the day I die. One of my best friends, Cailin, has worked tirelessly with me over the past couple years to help inject some color into my life (read: she makes me buy white or something bright for every black article I purchase) and she's also made me fall in love with dresses. But Cailin can't always be there with me and I'm a pretty stubbon shopper, so I figured getting a mystery box full of clothing once a month, stamped with fashion approval by a stylist, would be the perfect thing to help me.
That's when I found Stitch Fix. It's not a typical clothing subscription: Stitch Fix isn't a clothing manufacturer, so instead of getting the latest trends from one brand, you get a curated collection from many labels. You end up paying more for this, since each piece isn't discounted (as brand-specific boxes generally art) but there's a great upside to this tradeoff: Stitch Fix hangs it's hat on being a personal stylist. So, back in May, I answered a ton of questions: specifics on sizes, kinds of clothing I currently wear, details on my lifestyle and how adventerous I was, and finally, I ranked a bunch of different clothing collections to let the stylist know what I loved and hated.
I'm not going to lie: I was expecting a lot from Stitch Fix, particularly given the fact that I was on a waiting list for over two months before getting my first shipment. But Stitch Fix came through for me and every single item they sent me looked amazing on me. They were all fairly priced, too (shirts were around $50-60, pants $78, dress $168) and since I'm keeping everything, I'll get 25% off. And - I didn't only get a personal note from the stylist explaining why she picked each piece of me - I also got a handy guide to explaining what style-deficent me should pair all these items with so I don't look like a herpderp when I wear them out in the real world.
The other bonus of Stitch Fix? The boxes are going to keep getting better. My next step is to give detailed feedback to the stylist on what I did and didn't like: I'll be able to tell her that while I loved the shirts, I don't want chiffon material anymore, and while the pants fit the waistband was a little loose and next time I might want an inch or two smaller in size. And next month? Things will be even more tailored for me. I could even say "hey, my birthday is next month, can I have a fancy outfit for my big night out?!" and they'd do that for me.
All right, enough gabbing. If you want to try out Stitch Fix, feel free to use my referral code - I'll get loot if you do. In the meantime, check out my impromptu fashion show, complete with me making funny faces.