I’ll admit, when I first heard of Stitch Fix, I was a little turned off. The idea of having new clothes sent by mail every month just sort of goes against this whole decluttering, simplifying, and contented living thing I’m going for. I mean, I spent a YEAR getting rid of the clutter in my closet and figuring out how to make a minimalist wardrobe work for me. So I had no interest in Stitch Fix.
But it kept popping up – in my Facebook and Pinterest feeds, even in conversation with family and friends. Then one day I was doing some browsing on my favorite shopping websites for some capris. Just simple, neutral colored capris. They had been on my wardrobe wishlist for a while, and I wanted to get some before the weather started to get warm. I thought they’d be awesome for my summer capsule, plus they’d transition well into fall. Next thing I knew, I had like 20 tabs open on my browser with clothes I wanted to buy. T-shirts, skirts, maxi dresses, shoes… Nothing that was on my wardrobe wishlist, but lots of cute stuff I suddenly felt like I really needed.
That’s when I realized shopping can be dangerous, even with my wishlist in hand! Keeping my wishlist in front of me while I shop is one little trick I use to prevent impulse buys. But it wasn’t working on that particular day, maybe because I had a lot on my plate and my willpower was waning.
Stitch Fix, on the other hand, takes the browsing out of the equation. So I started doing a little research and decided to check it out. After receiving a couple of fixes, I’m sold. I think this is an awesome way to build your minimalist wardrobe. I know, I know. That sounds completely counter-intuitive. Just hear me out…
Use Stitch Fix to Build Your Minimalist Wardrobe
Using Stitch Fix is basically like having a personal shopper. You let them know your personal style, your lifestyle, and your wardrobe needs, and they select items they think you’ll love. If you are trying to live a more simplified lifestyle, that may sound a little excessive. But if you are prone to impulse shopping, it really helps to NOT be browsing, either online or in stores. Aside from that, having a stylist select items based on your personal needs saves a ton of time! With a little intention, you can easily use Stitch Fix for building a minimalist wardrobe of staple pieces, completer pieces, and statement pieces that reflect your personal style.
Give Lots of Detail
When you complete your Stitch Fix profile, you will have the opportunity to give some detail about your lifestyle and your wardrobe needs. Be as detailed as possible! When I filled out my profile, I was still pregnant. I could have simply said that I’m a work-at-home mom who dresses rather casual. But instead, I made sure to explain that I was about to have a baby and that I was looking for clothes that I could continue to wear while I lose my “baby weight”. I also mentioned that I would be breastfeeding and that nursing friendly clothes were a big plus.
I am in love with this wrap-style maxi dress I got in my last fix! It isn’t a true wrap dress, so I don’t have to worry about anything accidentally coming undone (important as a mom of littles). The best part, though, is that the wrap-style top is fantastic for nursing. I’ll easily be able to include this dress in my spring and summer capsules, and possibly even fall.
If you are looking for specific staple pieces, be sure to tell your stylist. That is actually very helpful and they’ll look for whatever you tell them you need. When you use capsule wardrobes, basic staples that can transition between seasons are your best friend.
I was looking for a patterned midi-skirt that I could wear in spring, summer, and fall. I was so pleased with this skirt I received in my last fix! On top of having a color palette that can easily cross those three seasons, it has a soft waistband that is very forgiving of my postpartum belly. This skirt will be perfect for me as my body changes post baby! And this sleeveless chambray is just perfect. I was so excited when I saw this in my fix. I LOVE a good chambray and I didn’t have a sleeveless one. This shirt will serve me well in my capsule wardrobes all year!
Share Your “My Style” Board on Pinterest
There’s a place on your profile to share a Pinterest board where you’ve curated a collection of looks you love and would like your stylist to use as inspiration for you. You should totally do this, and make sure you’ve got plenty on your board. But be sure to only include looks you truly love and would love to try. My stylist clearly used my Pinterest board as inspiration for my latest fix (which I loved!).
This dress is so lovely. It’s not exactly nursing friendly, and it’s a bit short to wear while chasing kids. But it is so totally my style and it’s very comfy. I was a little unsure about keeping it at first because I know I won’t be able to wear it in my everyday life. But I decided to because it will be great for date nights and such, and I needed a dress that was a bit more forgiving in the waist. And I may try to figure out how to wear this with leggings or something so I can wear it for more than just date nights.
Give Honest and Detailed Feedback
My first fix was not a success. I kept one top in hopes that I’ll be able to wear it once my waist line slims down some. But every top that was included was on the short side and not exactly flattering on my postpartum body (I’m not one of those women whose belly bounces back to normal right after baby — especially since this was baby number 3!). I also received a maxi skirt that I did like, but the color palette was very bright and not quite my style.
I was very detailed in my feedback when returning those items. And it was clear that my feedback was taken into account when I received my second fix. I kept everything that time around!
Only Schedule Fixes When You Need Something
This is really important for me to remember. Now that I’ve had a great experience, I really want another fix. It was so much fun to receive a surprise in the mail! But like I said before, I spent a lot of time and energy decluttering my closet and learning how to make a smaller wardrobe work for me. So I’m not planning to get a new fix sent to me for a few months. I’ll probably do some thorough reviewing of my overall wardrobe as I get ready to put my fall capsule together and figure out what I need based on what fits and what doesn’t.
Have you tried Stitch Fix? If you have any questions about how it works, feel free to ask in the comments below, or you can always email me at laura(at)littlebitsofgranola(dot)com!