How Fashion & Health Are Connected [+ My First Stitch Fix]

by lydia on February 7, 2016

I decided that in 2016 I would build a new wardrobe that truly expressed and complimented both my inner and outer beauty. My desire is to get up daily and find items of clothing that make me feel happy. When we feel happy that happiness feeds our soul and ultimately our health. It was also high time this momma took some time for this piece of self-care in her life.

In the fall of 2014, I invested in a course called ‘Dressing Your Truth‘. It was actually amazing in how well it tied together, finding your personality and how to wear clothing that expresses you well. I started to really play around with what I had learned in the program but never really built a new complete look or wardrobe. I just started creating a few key outfits here and there, especially for some photos I needed for my business.

Stitch Fix Collage

After spending some time (a little over a year actually) really allowing myself to be in tune with my desire to express myself through what I would wear, I decided I wanted to create a ‘capsule wardrobe.’ The idea appealed to me in both it’s streamlined organized approach as well as the fun of building something new each season. In past I always found it very difficult to shop for clothes, and honestly, I was never adequately prepared for each season. I’d look for something I liked in the stores, and then feel stuck with a few pieces I loved but nothing to wear them with. I also hated shopping – it literally depressed me. With all my new found excitement and taking the Dress Your Truth course, I now feel better equipped to shop for what works for me. Shopping has now become both exciting and purposeful.

The beauty of a capsule wardrobe is that you are driven to make good choices because you have a plan laid out for you. I chose to have approximately 37 pieces in my winter capsule, which includes pants, tops, dresses, skirts, jackets and shoes.  It does not include active wear, pajamas, under garments or accessories (bags, scarves, jewelry etc.). When I went through my closet, I had to laugh at that number realizing how very generous it was (yes, generous). My current whole wardrobe for the entire year barely consisted of 37 items in total (not even joking).

I think one aspect of health is learning to love ourselves and nourish ourselves through self-care. So to me, creating a wardrobe of carefully selected items to adorn my outer body is just an extension of the health I am creating for myself.

When I joined Stitch Fix I was beyond elated. Over the moon with joy in fact. I always love a new endeavor to more fully express myself in who I am becoming. Basically my first two Stitch Fixes I received in January were a Christmas gift to myself. I had been stalking Stitch Fix for many, many months.

The first thing I did once I joined Stitch Fix was print out a Capsule Wardrobe Planner I found at Unfancy and take inventory of what very few items I was keeping. Then I started to write a list of things I wanted. Then I created a Pinterest Board of styles of things that attracted me, so my Stitch Fix Stylist could better choose items that I would love. I allowed myself time on the weekend to do this activity and found it to be a ton of fun. Not only was it fun but productive.

I felt like I finally knew how to plan a wardrobe and build it slowly and selectively. This allows me to be prepared ahead rather than never have quite the right thing for an upcoming event, a date, a conference or even just to show up at my kids school for an activity or meeting. The moral of my story is having this all start to fall into place made me feel like more of a whole woman. Does that sound weird? Perhaps it may, but when you’ve struggled with any area of your life that deep down was waiting to be resolved and it starts to finally ‘make sense’ and ‘work functionally,’ you feel like a million bucks.

As a woman, a mother, single parent and health professional, having what you feel on the inside expressed on the outside is indeed empowering. It’s like giving yourself a makeover. I’m sure you’ve watched the makeover shows – you see the tears of joy and the awe and wonder when the friends and family members see their loved one made over to a beautiful visual of what was really there all along. It’s such an amazing thing to behold.

I, for one, feel like a caterpillar that has become a butterfly. And with that in mind, I want to share my joy with you. As well as share with you my own practical tips on this journey I’ve started this year.

But for now, I’d love to share my Fixes with you. I also figured out how to purposely shop and build my wardrobe through online sites I know I love and catching sales to get key items. Each weekend I now look for another item or two (or three) to add that I’ve already purposely chosen knowing I need it specifically to compliment the outfits I have. This also makes good financial sense vs. the buy something quick and cheap and have to replace it sooner than later.


1st Fix

I love how they send style cards with each fix to help you see how you can work with each piece. This was my first fix and I only kept three pieces and actually wear them all the time. They were great core pieces for me.  I kep the poncho (see my collage photo above), the open drape cardigan, and the boyfriend jeans (which I am totally smitten with). The other two items I did not keep as they were totally not my style at all; they were great pieces, just not for me.


2nd Fix

The photo of the Style Card for my second fix above is a bit hard to see. I kept all five pieces this time.  The infinity scarf was perfect; I knew immediately I would wear it a lot and that color is a good one for me (see collage photo above). The Memphis Lace Overlay shirt looked funny to me at first, but I tried it on and was able to pair it with items in my closet for a cute ‘night out’ outfit.

The black striped top has a cute style to it that goes with a ton in my wardrobe and was great with my boyfriend jeans from my first fix as well as the infinity scarf. The Berneen Dolman Knit top struck me as a bit bold when I first took it out of the box, but when I tried it on, I loved the fit and it pairs beautifully with the Emer Jacquard Print pant (also super comfy and a great fit). Aren’t they both so fun?!!


A number of the items from both of my fixes were predominantly BLACK and gray, which is my normal comfort zone. BUT since I am trying to move away from so much black, I wrote to my stylist to let her know for my next fix. That’s the cool thing about it all is the more specific you are, the better your fixes will be. She also sent me pieces that I likely would have never picked for myself (like the outfit above),but ended up loving them anyway. So far, everything has fit me perfectly and  I only sent two items back (from three fixes total – 3rd fix to be posted soon, stay tuned).

That’s the beauty of Stitch Fix – if it doesn’t fit or you do not like it, you are not committed to it and can easily return items. They send you a labeled postage paid mailer to make any returns extremely easy. Just pop them in the mail within 3 days. The best deal is when you purchase all 5 items you save 25%. So with this in mind, communicating what you want to your stylist and what you did or didn’t like about your fix is so important. Also, commenting on your Pinterest Board goes a long way as well.

Now that I’ve shared how fashion affects health, let me also say what you wear can affect how well you work. And I think this has some truth to it. While I work from home and could wear my PJs if I wanted, I find that getting dressed in the morning sets me up to be more effective in my work. I take myself more seriously even though no one actually sees me (except my assistant). This also goes for mommas who stay at home and don’t work or are raising littles or homeschooling. It’s not something I personally valued until now. All the years of having babies, raising kids and starting over as a single mom wore me out, that I spent years recovering. It takes good vitality to ‘care’ more about yourself and that certainly has shown to be true as my health continues to improve.

Stitch Fix is a lot of fun! If you give Stitch Fix a try and sign up through my link, I can earn $25 credit. Then you can too if you order, purchase and share with friends. It’s a great way to spread the Stitch Fix love and keep building your own wardrobe.

Now I’d love to hear from you! Did this post resonate with you or give you something to think about?  Would you like to see more posts like this? Have you tried Stitch Fix yet?

This post contributed to the Fashion Friday Link Up at Jo-Lynne Shane’s Blog and Crazy Together’s Stitch Fix Link Up.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Sherry M February 7, 2016 at 12:41 pm

You look fabulous!! It take quite a bit of stress out of your day when you know that there are easy items to pick from and put together! No more standing there staring at a closet full of clothes and feeling like you have nothing to wear!


lydia February 7, 2016 at 1:13 pm

Thanks Sherry!

I think part of the ‘nothing to wear’ issue is, nothing we feel excited to wear that makes us feel alive, vibrant and beautiful. At least I know that was the case for me…..


Julie February 7, 2016 at 2:34 pm

As women we are only as good to ourselves as we feel we deserve. If we don’t ‘deserve ‘ decent clothes we probably don’t ‘deserve’ to spend the time and money needed to be healthy either. And if we don’t see our own worth neither will the other people in our lives. Clothes may seem irrelevant but it really isn’t. When we start to believe we have value that’s when we are really on our way to wholeness and health.


lydia February 7, 2016 at 3:11 pm

I love how you always get right to the punch, don’t mince words and are SPOT on Julie!


Stephanie April 7, 2016 at 7:58 am

Can I jump in on this? Because I can struggle here. My husband has given me carte blanche on buying clothes for myself because I just don’t do it. Partially – I think it’s my weight (which is irrelevant right now being pregnant), but here’s my struggle with DESERVE: Years ago I worked in philanthropy. We worked with the MEGA-RICH giving millions if not billions away each year and helped them to get their dollars where they would be he most effective, which was in the developing world, where people survive on less that $2/day. I think I can sometimes feel stuck between those two worlds and feel like I just don’t NEED it. That being said – I somehow find it easier to invest in maternity pieces and like having a capsule wardrobe of sorts with that. I tried to capsule wardrobe before getting pregnant, but I was like you Lydia – I needed to by way more to get anywhere near the limits for the season. I’ll have to come back to this after the baby comes and try again.


lydia April 9, 2016 at 8:10 am

I hear you on this – but apply that to any area of your life – like high quality organic food or toys for our kids or vacations and trips etc…. do we technically ‘need’ those things or could we live without them. Because other people have less than we do and can’t have nice clothers should we then live less than what we should/could or want to?

I think the more we say yes to ourselves the more we empower others to do the same.

I actually never got to finish my winter capsule this year – but I’m so glad I was able to get as many pieces as I did and can’t wait to wear them again next year and fill the gaps in more.

By the way – I am SO happy for you and can’t wait to see that baby!


Janet Webster February 8, 2016 at 10:57 am

I love the Emer Jacquard Print pants! The top is great too, but the pants look super comfortable. The older I get the more comfortable I want me stylish clothing to be! 😀


lydia February 9, 2016 at 4:47 pm

Janet -the pants ARE super comfy and they have an elastic band, ha! I love them they fit so perfectly! I agree – I want comfy and stylish all in one.


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