I sometimes hear people talk about which subscription box services they were gifted with and why they use these services instead of the services of a personal stylist. I decided to look into a subscription box myself. I chose Stitch Fix; I wanted to understand the service and price point, both for the stylist and product.
Stitch Fix appeared to be a popular service. I went online and filled out the survey using the wonderful and easy-to-navigate website. It is compelling visually and a thrill to think how easy it could be to have someone build your wardrobe box by box, month by month.
Then came my favorite part of this particular research experiment: The excitement of a box arriving at my doorstep. But when I opened the box, I deflated immediately. The colors were not very special, the fabrics were not quality, the sizes were all a bit off. (I must qualify this by saying that I am a stylist, so I hold all this feedback with the eye of a seasoned professional.) Nothing was terrible, but nothing WOWed me.
I took the five pieces and I photographed myself in them. They were not awful, but they did not have great shape or good sizing for my body. How would the stylist on the other end of this transaction know what I even looked like? I filled out a quick and general survey with basic questions. I did not submit a picture or actual measurements.
I am aware that these services offer a range of products that are just slightly shy of fast fashion. None of the fabrics were going to hold up for a long haul, probably because, to offer many women across a broad range of the population products, they have to use producers of garments at a level of ordinary mass production.
I did not have the same experience as those that raved about it. In the end, I kept one shirt and returned the rest.
How is my service different? I work with you one on one. I help you to craft your wardrobe based on your own closet and what you already own. The investment you have already made either becomes 100% useable or gets edited out.
We spend time together, and through the editing process, we learn what works best for you. We look at all aspects of how you use your closet’s contents: lifestyle, work, size, shape, coloring, scope of what you own and how to best use that investment and what you want to add in future. I can make a big change to your look for less than what you would spend on a subscription box service. I also teach you the skills to style yourself and build your wardrobe for the future. We go deep and wide in the many uses of costume jewelry and other low-cost accessories to transform your “old” clothes into new looks. When we buy, we stay on budget, but we find ways to purchase pieces responsibly with a low impact to the environment. My motto: Buy well, buy less.
I'm excited to share some of my tips with you. I run a four-week free Facebook coaching group on an ongoing basis to help you learn about the principles of styling your own body. Consider joining my group to learn more about my philosophy and how I approach the curation of a great closet.
In 2018, my big goal is to help many more women with their styling questions and concerns. I cannot wait to give you the tools to help you style yourself and use your styling talents to curate your closet while being true to your authentic self.
I'm excited to do a public Meet & Mingle on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in my little city of Beverly at Tartine on Cabot Street. Bring all your questions about fashion, style and why and how you can curate your closet. Networking. Cash bar, drinks only. If you bring a gal pal with you, get a coupon for yourself for 50% off one hour of service during March 2018. It will be fun and informal.
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A closet edit requires me to come into your home, into your bedroom and your closet, which is an intimate experience. And there are a lot of reasons why you might be hesitant, even embarrassed of what's currently in your closet. That's because we hang onto things for a number of reasons.
Maybe you're in a period of transition, and you're unsure of where you want to go. You might find that your weight is fluctuating, and so you're hanging onto things in a spectrum of sizes.
If you’re considering a closet edit and you’re just not sure if it’s going to be what you need, I’d suggest checking out some of the testimonials I’ve received. You can find videos and pictures of my clients’ process on my Facebook page, my Instagram feed and here on my blog.
Keep in mind, though, that I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. Every closet edit has to be personalized for my client's needs.
If the job’s going to get done at all, I have to ask you some hard questions. That’s what I’m there for. Always coming from a place of love and respect for the life that you lead.
We're going to find things you probably didn't even remember you had, and learn new ways to use the things you already own.
The closet edit is meant to do two things: save you time and money.
TIME - When we separate the seasons and tighten your wardrobe, you can walk into your closet in the morning and get ready pretty much on autopilot. We’ll set up outfits, including accessories, that you can throw on with minimal thought. We're going to utilize your smartphone, taking pictures of your clothes so that it's easier to select an outfit without having to shuffle through everything.
MONEY - As we build outfits, I'm going to show you how to use your accessories, your scarves, and jewelry, in new ways. You already have wonderful stuff; you're just not using it.
As we go through your closet, we’ll make a list of gaps. This is a strategic list of things you actually need to buy or upgrade. With this list in hand, you’ll be able to search for the things you know you’re missing and investment pieces, like a good wool coat, without being distracted by things you already have too much of.
If you feel that a closet edit isn't what you need, I can still help you with your wardrobe. You can bring in some older clothes and see how we can make them new. We can discuss accessory options to liven up your wardrobe. We can even plan a personal shopping trip if that's what you feel that you need.
Feel free to check out the services I offer on my website. Remember, they can be mixed and matched to fit your needs.
I’m here to help you. I started this business to help women find their authentic style. I want to help you figure out what you like, not what the fashion industry is telling you looks good. Don’t forget, it is an industry. And if we allow them, they will tell us what they’d like us to buy.
I love to teach young women to love their bodies just as they are. I also love to teach women in their forties, fifties and above, my contemporaries and peers. At this point, we should have arrived. We should be fully aware of our unique style and comfortable in ourselves.
Whatever age you are, I want to teach you to love your body right now. Not where you were when you were younger before your body changed. Not in the future when you've reached your weight goal. I want you to love who you are right this minute, and have a closet that helps you love you.
Be a more conscious buyer and avoid over-consuming!
If you're reading this post right now and we've worked together in the past, then I have a favor to ask you. Please take a moment and comment below about your experience.
I wanted to compare my closet crash service -- where I edit your closet to help you find all your professional outfits, as well as ones for everyday, from what you already own -- with Stitch Fix, the subscription box service. I realized there was only one way to do that: Experience Stitch Fix for myself.
When I work on a closet, I guarantee that I will build you at least seven rotating outfits for work complete with accessories. So what was in my Stitch Fix box? How did I feel about the process, and did it meet my own standards? Stay tuned to find out!
P.S. Check out my latest ad in the Salem News!