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.