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Get your stitch fix

Shopping takes on a new set of challenges once you’ve had a baby. First, let’s face it, who has the time? Clothes fit differently so the staples you once ran into the store to grab now have to be tried on. And of course, there’s a child you’re totting around or need to get home to so the clock is ticking. Loudly. There’s also a lifestyle change. You’re now looking for things that make you look and feel good but allow you to easily get down on the floor, bend without too much exposure and wash without too much hassle.

VIRTUAL PERSONAL SHOPPER

My babies aren’t babies anymore yet 6 years later, shopping still isn’t the consistently carefree experience it once was. So a friend of mine suggested I try the personal shopping site, Stitch Fix. Stitch Fix is a women’s clothing retailer that sends its customers boxes of clothes chosen by a combination of personal stylists who assess your needs, style and body type with the help of a personal style questionnaire. The box includes 5 pieces and a prepaid, pre-addressed return envelope so you keep what you want and easily send back what you don’t by simply dropping the envelope off at any post office box.

COST

The first thing that typically steers me away from services like this is cost, but the only thing Stitch Fix charges is a $20 styling fee and that gets applied to any item you keep. Also, if you keep all 5 items they send, you get a 25% discount. Finally, after each order, you get a form to fill out and one of the questions is “Was this item too expensive?” so they get a good idea of what you’re willing to spend.

 

 

THE GOODS

I’ve tried Stitch Fix a few times and have always received at least one thing that I absolutely love. It helps – and you are encouraged – to talk to your stylist through the reviews and a pinterest page where you can post items and looks that you covet. So if you have a cruise coming up, post a bunch of cruise wear looks that you like and see what they come up with for you. It truly is fun to get a package in the mail and best of all, with no monthly fees, there’s really no downside. If you don’t want your box one month, you just reschedule or skip that month all together.

GIFT YOURSELF OR A FRIEND

Reimagining your wardrobe could actually become something you look forward to in the new year.  And if not, at least with the help of a computer and a stylist, you won't have wasted a whole lot of time trying. 

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