As Realtors we hire stagers to style a home so it sells; they bring in trendy items and accessories that accentuate and highlight the great bones of the home. It got me thinking...who styles the Realtor? Probably nobody unless you're one of the agents on Million Dollar Listing! Recently I signed up for Stitch Fix, an online personal styling service for $20 a month. It's like Christmas every month when a box arrives on my doorstep with five items for me to try. I thought everyone knew about Stitch Fix until I posted something about it on my Facebook page tonight and got tons of questions. So I thought I would share it with you, my fellow Rainers, in case your closet needs some sprucing up.
If you haven't heard of Stitch Fix it might be because it is a word of mouth business. When you click this link it takes you through a brief explanation of what Stitch Fix is and how it works. This is where you schedule your fix and indicate your style preferences (more on that later).
Once you’ve clicked the link, a personal stylist gives you a quick written “quiz” where you answer questions about your style. Do you want casual “mom” outfits, fancy party dresses, or work attire? If you’re like me and don’t know what words like "Bohemian Chic" mean, there are pictures of different “looks” and you indicate if you like/love/dislike them. This gives your stylist an idea of your personal style. Another thing I do is provide a link in my “style profile” to my Pinterest board where I pin outfits that I love. This also gives the person creating my “fix” an idea of things that I like (here is a link to my Pinterest board that my Stitch Fix stylist can access: MY PINTEREST BOARD).
I first signed up in July. When you initially set up your style profile, you indicate how much money you are willing to spend. I indicated that I probably wouldn’t spend more than $50 an item; therefore, when my fix arrives there are a variety of items around that price point. Your fix always contains five items, some of which are accessories (jewelry, tote bags, scarves, purses). The average item costs around $50, but you can go lower or higher. You also indicate how often you want a fix. I schedule one a month, but you can select more/less often. Once the box arrives on your doorstep (insert squealing like it’s Christmas morning each month when it comes), you have three days to decide upon which items you’re going to keep.
In July, August, and September I kept one item from each fix. One of the cool things about getting a fix is that they try and challenge your style with at least one item you wouldn’t typically purchase (like the leopard print skirt they sent in September, which I would have NEVER ordered, but wear constantly).
After you decide which items you are keeping, you go to their website and “check out.” This is where you leave feedback for your stylist about size, style, fit, etc. It’s also when you pay. You deduct the $20 styling fee from the price of anything you keep. If you keep all 5 items in your box there is a 25% discount. So, your only risk is the $20 styling fee. They provide a pre-paid envelope for you to return your items that go back, and you simply put it in your mailbox. Super easy.
You have a different stylist each month, but I loved my entire fix in Octobr -the stylist nailed it - so I requested to have her style my fix again in future months.
This is me in my new shirt by Tart, part of my August fix. If you tweet a pic of yourself in your fix on any given Friday with the hashtag #StitchFixFriday, you can earn a $50 credit. I’ve only done that once and was defeated by a cute girl on the west coast who got engaged. She was adorable and I couldn’t stop myself from pinning her cute Stitch Fix outfit onto my Pinterest Board.
I’m hooked on this service and know you’ll enjoy it too. Good luck with your new adventure into personal styling. And if there are any fellas who’ve actually read this entire post, KUDOS to you and consider a Stitch Fix gift card for the lady in your life. No, I’m not a paid representative for Stitch Fix, just a junkie who loves her “fix.” Get YOUR fix here: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3927407
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