Let’s talk about clothes for a minute. Pre-baby, I loved, loved, LOVED shopping. Post-baby, different story. Shopping is not exactly “enjoyable” with a newborn or toddler, and clothes don’t seem to fit quite as well as they did pre-baby. So I can probably count on one hand the number of times I have gone shopping for myself in the two years since my daughter has been born. This was a DRASTIC change for me. To go from always having clothes I felt good in, for taking time to “treat” myself, to having none of the above.
I am wary of sounding too “cult-y” about anything. You know, when people rave about some new ‘magic’ product that changed their life and will change yours? I always hear alarm bells going off in my head when I see that. So let me give you advance warning: This post is about clothes. Nothing more. They probably will not change your life. Sometimes I feel a little guilty for how much I enjoy getting dressed up, doing my hair and makeup, etc. Like I should only care about “deeper” issues other than my appearance. But I enjoy clothes, I think that’s ok, and that is the end of my apology.
I heard about Stitch Fix a while ago, but I didn’t quite understand it and it seemed too complicated and like too big of a “risk” to try. Then a couple months ago, I talked to a couple friends who use it and they explained it all to me. I decided to give it a shot – very worst case scenario, I would spend $20 on a styling fee if I absolutely hated everything they sent.
WELL. That didn’t exactly happen. I LOVED every single piece they sent. I got jeans fresh out of the box that fit more perfectly than any pair I’ve ever owned. Seriously, how does that even happen?? The fabric of all the clothing was amazing and everything fit like it was made specifically for me. I got to try on everything in my own home, while my daughter napped, in non-fluorescent lighting. All I kept thinking was, HALLELUJIAH. Free shipping. Send back anything you don’t like. 25% discount if you keep everything. So, in a nutshell – I am hopelessly hooked.
Then I decided to go out on a limb. Some of you may not know, but it actually costs money to run a blog. You have to pay for your domain name, for someone to “host” your website, for spam protection (otherwise I would be deleting up to 500 spam comments EACH FREAKING DAY) etc. I get asked all the time to blog about products for payment, for free, or for free product. I always say a big ‘ol NO THANK YOU. Because I cannot fake an excitement about anything, you guys. But after I got the “why the hell didn’t I know about this sooner?” reaction following my first Fix, I decided to email THEM and ask if they would take a chance and run an ad on my blog page. They reviewed my blog, and I am now a fancy, official “affiliate” of Stitch Fix.
So now I have my first and only ad – one that I feel pretty passionate about. As a work-from-home mom, I definitely feel blah on more days than not. I stay in my pjs because its easy, convenient. I shower when I can, which sometimes is not that often. Having quality, comfortable, perfectly fitting clothes to wear definitely helps me remind myself that I deserve to take care of myself too.
I went back and forth on whether or not I should “announce” this. I am not a fashion blogger, and I don’t ever want to try and sell you guys anything. But truly, if you are like me and clothes are something that bring you a little joy, if you feel like you deserve to treat yourself once in a while and this is one of the ways you like to do that, consider giving Stitch Fix a try. You can message or email me any questions. I weirdly love talking about it.
They have petite sizes (which is why I think the clothes they sent me fit so perfectly), and a new maternity section (I know where I will be shopping with baby #2! PLEASE GOD DO NOT MAKE ME EVER SET FOOT INSIDE MOTHERHOOD MATERNITY AGAIN). You can link your Pinterest board and an actual physical human stylist goes through it and picks out what they will send you based on your style.
Here’s what I said I wanted: I requested clothes to wear for playdates and maybe date night with my husband. I went through a comprehensive survey of what styles I like, how I like my clothes to fit, my measurements, what parts of my body I prefer to show or keep hidden (no crop tops here, thank YOU), how much I wanted to be “nudged” to try new styles, and how much I was willing to spend (not much).
Here’s what I got:
Here’s the suggestions they sent of how to style my new pieces:
So, your going to show me EXACTLY how to wear everything so I don’t have to search through my closet for the right pairings? YES PLEASE.
So if you made it this far, click below to learn more.