Have you ever bought an item at a store, even tried it on in the fitting room, only to come home and realize it just isn’t right? Maybe that shade of gold is really a brassy yellow in the light of day, or the hem of the skirt just doesn’t work with your favorite pair of knee high riding boots. Either way, the thought of driving back to the store to return the chameleon item in question is just kind of exhausting (especially when it’s the season of mob scenes at the mall, ugh!). I recently tried Stitch Fix, a personal styling subscription service that lets you try clothing on in the privacy of your own home instead of the poorly lit, cramped and lonely fitting rooms most stores have. (By lonely, I mean you don’t have the input of real live people to tell you that yes, you are a bit advanced in age for a particular midriff-baring sweater – although I frequently text my “style team” photos from the fitting room, that’s what best friends are for!)
Here is how Stitch Fix works:
Head to the Stitch Fix website and fill out an online style and size profile. They currently accommodate sizes 0-14 (XS-XL).
Schedule one “Fix” to arrive on a certain date; you don’t have to “subscribe” to one a month, but that is an option if you prefer to receive regular shipments. It costs $20 to schedule a Fix, but that fee is will be applied toward any items you decide to keep.
The stylist sends you five items based upon your style profile PLUS photo tips on how to style the pieces.
You try everything on at home and return what you don’t want and keep what you do. You’ll receive a 25% discount for keeping all 5 pieces.
Returns are free but must be completed within 3 days of receipt of fix or you will be charged for all of the items
Let’s take a look at the profile, shall we? Be prepared to provide in-depth answers to get the best Fix possible!
The nitty gritty:
They ask all the basics, your height, weight, DOB, bra size, dress, shirt and pant size.
They ask how you want your clothes to fit specific parts of your body- ex: long pants, loose tops, rise on jeans, and proportion characterization of all parts of your body. I love the fact they added these questions in as most of these weren’t on the profile the first time I scheduled a fix.
They give you 7 different outfit style sets and ask you to rate them:
Don’t really like it
Now on to lifestyle questions – occupation classification, if you are a mom (I SO wanted to say no to this question for fear they would style me in tunics only, but answered honestly), and frequency of specific occasions like Business, Cocktail, Casual, Date Night.
I am a fan of the fact they ask what you would like to avoid, be it specific types of clothing, accessories/jewelry, colors/patterns and what areas of your body you like to flaunt vs. cover up.
All about the money:
They ask your ideal price range for different items, here are the categories (BTW, each piece they send out tends to cost around $55 on average):
The cheaper the better
Let’s get social:
THIS is where I think you can truly let your stylist know what is on your wish list. You can enter your social media profile links (Twitter, Pinterest and Linkedin).
They have an open comments section that I used every single character of, here’s what I told my stylist verbatim:
I have a TON of holiday events so would love maybe a classic dress that I can wear to multiple events by adding accessories. I am very fashion-forward, so don’t be afraid to add in unique pieces! Would love a trendy statement necklace/statement earrings. A coat would be fabulous, but I do have broad shoulders for my size. Take a look at my Fall 2014 Pinterest board for inspiration! http://www.pinterest.com/cjleahy/fall-2014/ Into chunky knits, love sweater dresses, micro pleats, window pane and buffalo plaid!
Imagine a box of clothes and accessories, hand-picked for you by a stylist who shopped at stores such as Anthropologie, Nordstrom and Shopbop, arrived on your doorstep. You could wear them as long as you wanted, then shove them back in a box for someone to clean or keep the items at a sweet discount if you couldn’t bear to part with them. You then get a new box of similarly gorgeous clothes just a few days later.
Yep, my fashion dreams have come true- welcome to Le Tote.
Signing Up for Le Tote
When you sign up for Le Tote, you must fill out a style profile that includes body shape, measurements, height, birth date and more. Then you create a virtual closet with items that appeal to you, which is an extremely painless process. You are basically selecting items that you would like to wear, as well as telling the stylists more about your personal style. Each item you add to your closet is then signified with a little heart next to it so you remember what you picked while browsing. You can go back and add more items to your closet at any time. I drop in a few times a week just to “window shop” and check out all the recently added items.
Clothing items include dresses, tops, cardigans, jackets, sweaters, skirts and pants. Accessories include necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and scarves. Le Tote automatically populates your size in all clothes according to your size profile. What I love is that they tell you the retail price of the items, then list the Members Price (aka the price you would pay if you kept the item) next to it.
Last night was one of my favorite television viewing nights of the year. As I said last week, I can’t imagine ever missing the Oscar Awards as I love the pageantry a little too much!
The fashions on the Oscars Red Carpet certainly didn’t disappoint this year, although in my opinion there were just a few too many nude/metallic gowns and not enough color. For this reason, I was REALLY loving the guys! Many men went the untraditional route this year, which was fantastic to see, so for the first time ever I have nearly as many men on my list of best dressed of the night as I do women!
Here are my picks for Best Dressed at the 2014 Oscar Awards:
I fell in love as soon as I saw Lupita Nyong’o’s light blue Prada dress hit the red carpet. And then I fell in love again when her dress hit the light and you could see that it was covered in tiny crystals (or metallic threads? I’m not sure). Lupita looked like an absolute dream and showed everyone in Hollywood how to wear color this awards season. She wore new colors and new styles at every event she attended and stunned in all of the looks, but this Prada was an amazing highlight.
Charlize Theron never looks bad on the red carpet, and this Dior dress fits her perfectly and looks absolutely amazing. There was surprisingly little black on this year’s red carpet, which I thought made this dress stand out even more. It’s anything but basic.
Michael B. Jordan wasn’t nominated for an award, but he still went all out (and I have a feeling he’ll soon be earning his own nominations). He looks amazing in his Givenchy tuxedo, but those metal-plated shoes are extra special. Also, he just looks beyond thrilled to be there and a smile just might be the best accessory of all.
Truth: I’ve never seen My So Called Life, but that doesn’t stop me from having a crush on the former Jordan Catalano and what he pulled off in Dallas Buyers Club. I know that everyone isn’t a fan of Jared Leto’s perfectly flowing ombre locks, but I think he is absolute perfection in his Saint Laurent tuxedo with the red bow tie.
So, I might be a little obsessed with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I spent a good part of the day yesterday looking at darn near every item included in the sale and doing a little bit of mental shopping. I put together a few posts filled with my favorite things, which was both a good thing and a bad thing. On the plus size, I’ve never so thoroughly scoured any sale. On the opposite end, I now want to spend a whole lot of money. Whoops.
What’s awesome about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is that it features fall items, so it’s a great time to stock up for the coming cooler months and save a bit in the process. The sale runs through August 4, 2013 and it looks like they’re adding new picks constantly.
Here are a few of my favorite fashion finds from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:
I live in brighter, breezier tops and flirty dresses and skirts – after all, it’s hot and I want to stay comfortable and chic. The summer collections are out in full force at designer stores as well as high street retailers so luckily there are a lot of choices for summer.
So how do you choose what to buy? Don’t get tempted to get a bright top in a few colors or a different pair of sandals every time they are on sale. If you step into a store and know the basic summer essential pieces that you need, you can build many outfits stylishly and affordably.
Here are my classic summer pieces:
A white t-shirt/blouse is a building block of so many great outfits; pair this classic with your choice of bottoms – jeans, shorts or skirts and your outfit is the epitome of summer casual chic; a brightly colored top can also be quite versatile. A few fashionistas feel that James Perse is worth the price ($50-$100) but a blog buddy of mine has also recommended Zara for an affordable, long-lasting options.
I am all about hats. They both hide frizzy summer hair and provide much needed protection from the sun. A perpetually chic fedora suits many different face shapes and my go to place for fedoras is H&M (seriously I’ve gotten a ton of compliments on my hats) but stores that typically have younger consumers like Wet Seal have a great variety too.
It’s time to ditch the socks and find a pair of good sandals. While the type of sandal depends on your lifestyle, you can always find great options at Nordstrom’s (free shipping and no time limit for returns = great chance to find your perfect pair!)
Does anyone like their pants sticking to their legs?! I love shift or t-shirt dresses because they are cut generously and can easily be dressed up or down with accessories. Uniqlo aka Japanese casual chic retailer is my new favorite places for casual dresses (I just got two in NYC last month and one was a collaboration with Velvet!) A longer length maxi dress is great as well!
Every retailer makes sunglasses so you can afford to either get a few pairs or splurge on a luxurious pair or two (not going to lie, I love my Tom Ford sunglasses!) But when I want a great pair for a great price, I head to H&M or Zara for some fashion forward options.
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I happen to love this picture of Olivia Palermo, Exhibit A of how my favorite color combo, black and navy, can and do go together.
She’s got all the right pieces for a chic, eclectic ensemble: black leather, peplum, navy silk, cap toe pumps, and a top handle chain bag. But, her bag along costs over $3500! After scouring the internet I bring to you Olivia Palermo chic for under $100 each piece. Enjoy!
Through February 20, 2012 plus-size shopping destination Torrid is offering up to 75% off all clearance items, plus you can get an additional 10% off your entire order with code “2AF12OFF“. Combining these two offers leads to some pretty fantastic prices!
There’s still some time to get some use out of winter clothing and this Grey Fair Isle Open Front Cardigan will do the trick nicely. Originally $48.99, it’s now on clearance for $9.99. After the additional 10% discount it costs just $9!
While the colors are more fall than spring this Olive Hooded Twill Jacket is a great seasonal transition piece. Originally $58.50, it’s now on sale for $19.99. After the extra 10% discount the price drops to $18.