I had so much fun sharing my last Health & Fashion post with you and got a lot of great feedback. Clearly, this a topic that we ladies can resonate with and make the connection to our overall well-being is pretty amazing, wouldn’t you say? My good friend Julie-Anne summed it up nicely in a comment on my last post – she always gets right to the punch and the heart of things.
“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 they really aren’t. When we start to believe we have value that’s when we are really on our way to wholeness and health.” ~ Julie-Anne Morris
The truth is, there is more to what we wear than meets the eye. Read some of the psychology behind our fashion choices and how they impact us and others. #30 on the list was my favorite: “Choosing the right clothes can make a person less anxious and less depressed.”
When I decided to finally, fully and completely tackle this area of my life, it felt ah-mazing! I felt like I was giving myself a huge gift and all of a sudden, I felt my confidence soaring higher and higher. I gave myself permission to prioritize myself. Why now? Why did it take me until I reached the age of 41 to get to this point? (more on that in future posts).
The truth is there is a huge mental/emotional piece when it comes to how we shop for clothes and choose them and the patterns we end up in when it comes to our wardrobe and what we wear. When we are comfortable in our own skin and confident in who we are, it starts to manifest on the outside. When this happens, we become more willing to invest in ourselves in this way, and ultimately, it allows our bodies to heal as well.
So, all that shared, are you ready for some more fashion? I want to share my journey with you and hope that you, too, are willing to say yes to yourself in this area of your life.
Here is one of the notes my stylist sent that comes with the Style cards they send with every Fix:
My third and fourth were both fun; they work well together so I’ll be sharing both today. My third Fix was full of brightly colored pieces. Color has been something that was lacking in my wardrobe. I think I never chose bright colors because I didn’t want to stand out. Now I’m trying to invite color and stand out a bit. Two of the pieces I asked for specifically and was happy to see them in my box. The other three pieces were not something I’d likely have picked, but I loved them.
I really debated on keeping the pieces; they all looked fabulous on me and fit like a glove, but I had nothing to go with them. So, I wrote to my stylist asking for pieces to go with them in my fourth Fix. I was excited that the pieces could carry over into spring a bit as well. On the east coast, our transition to full on spring and warm weather is quite slow.
This outfit, I likely never would have put together on my own. I asked my stylist for clothes for a quick weekend getaway to the beach. The shirt and vest from Fix #4 went well with my bag from Fix #3. I already had the jeans and my Merrill boots I got from Amazon. My 13-year-old son told me I looked like a pirate in this outfit; I think he really meant a sailor. Too funny!
Rowan Quilted Vest | Shevlin Boat Neck Top | Carter Zipper Detail Satchel
This lovely blue cardigan came in my third Fix and the black skinny pants came in my fourth Fix. I knew right away this sweater would be a great one to wear to concerts, plays, and school meetings, etc. I wore it this past weekend to a middle school play. It’s the total ‘mom cardigan.‘ Typically, I would have chosen black or gray so I was glad to add this ‘pop’ of color to the mix. You can’t go wrong with a nice bold blue. It had a cute 3/4 sleeve with a bow at the end, which makes it interesting. The skinny pants were perfect, fit like a glove and have some good stretch to the fabric, as well as an elastic waistband. I love how comfortable these pants are and I know I’ll get a ton of wear out of them.
Johanni Bow Sleeve Button-Up Cardigan | Rizzo Skinny Pant
Every girl needs the perfect little black dress, right?! I had asked my stylist for a black sheath dress to potentially go with my blue cardigan and she sent me this dress. The fabric is soft with a bit of stretch with some textured striping. It’s great because it’s flattering, but also not skimpy at all. It will pair with so many things too. I chose to try it on with the jean jacket I got in my Trunk Club box (more on that in a future post) and my burgundy boots from Keen. It also looks pretty cute all on its own. I can’t wait to find many excuses to wear this dress.
RD Style Gia Dress
Another item I asked for was a pencil skirt. I got this cute one in my fourth Fix. It has a cute subtle pattern to it and an elastic waistband. Of course, it fits like a glove! I love that it can be dressed up or down. I paired it with this beautiful cream cashmere cape sweater I got in my Trunk box (more in a future post) and my Teva boots. It also looks great with my navy organic cotton v-neck and some ballet shoes or sandals. I am pretty sure I will be able to wear this any season of the year.
Margaret M Christiana Pencil Skirt
I had asked my stylist for some nicer sleeveless tops and she sent me this Dorado blouse. It’s quite lovely and again, not something I’d necessarily have picked off a rack at a store myself. That really is one of the big selling points for Stitch Fix is that I get to expand my horizons and try new things. I love this blouse and the possibilities are endless. It pairs well with jeans and I can see me wearing it with white skinny jeans and a jean jacket, or a denim pencil skirt and flip flops or sandals.
Last but not least, is this funky Lyla Chevron Print Dress. When I first saw it, I had an ‘oh my’ moment, as it looked so bold and not like something I would ever pick myself. However, I did try it on and fell in love. Not only did it look cute on, it fit like a glove and was insanely comfortable. I paired it with a jean jacket I grabbed on the cheap at Marshall’s and what I call my Pocahontas boots (they are UGGs -not sure they are available currently). I paired this dress with the Bay to Baubles Mitzi Leaf Pendant Necklace. My stylist picked that necklace out just for me since she saw I had pinned several similar to it (see my Pinterest board here). This outfit is so comfy and fun. I wore it to a party at my youngest son’s school – it’s just the right amount of dressy casual.
How Stitch Fix Works
Stitch Fix is the first fashion retailer to blend expert styling, proprietary technology, and unique product to deliver a shopping experience that is truly personalized for you. Simply fill out the Stitch Fix Style Profile and their personal stylists will handpick a selection of five clothing items and accessories unique to your taste, budget and lifestyle. You can buy what you like and return the rest!
1. Fill out your Style Profile
Begin by filling out the Style Profile. This helps them understand your size, style, shape, budget and lifestyle. Completing your profile should only take about 10 minutes.
2. Pick the date you’d like to receive your shipment
They’ll send you a selection of five clothing items and accessories handpicked by personal stylists on the date you choose. At the time your stylist selects your items, you will be charged a $20 styling fee. That $20 will be applied as a credit toward anything you keep from your shipment.
3. Try everything on in the comfort of your home
They encourage you to try on everything their personal stylists pick for you because you just never know what will look great on! Create new outfits by pairing what’s in your shipment with the items that are already in your closet.
4. Buy what you like and return the rest
- Take three days to decide what you’ll purchase and what you’d like to send back. You’re only charged for these items when you tell them what you’re keeping and returning.
- Check out by logging into your account to pay for those items you want to keep. The $20 styling fee will be applied as credit towards any items you purchase. If you buy all five items, they will give you 25% off the entire purchase!
- Simply return the items you don’t want in the pre-paid mailing bag and drop it at any USPS mailbox. Stitch Fix clients enjoy free shipping both ways as a benefit of using the service!
5. Tell them what you think!
Don’t forget to give specific feedback on each of the items you receive. The personal stylists are able to send you better selections when they know what did and didn’t work for you, and why. Their blog offers a number of tips on the best ways to communicate with your personal stylist.
If you choose to receive regularly scheduled shipments, they will automatically schedule the delivery date for your next shipment. You can always choose an alternative date that better suits your needs or opt out of regularly scheduled shipments entirely. Stitch Fix does not require a membership fee or a monthly subscription.
How is Stitch Fix Different Than Shopping Online or in a Store?
The Stitch Fix experience is not merely curated, it’s truly personalized to your taste, budget and lifestyle. Personal stylists handpick a selection of five items just for you. In fact, no two clients have ever received the same selection of items!
Stitch Fix makes shopping not just convenient, but effortless. Like other online retailers, Stitch Fix saves you a trip to the store by shipping items directly to you. But their personal stylists also save you the time and trouble of selecting clothing and accessories.
With Stitch Fix, your home becomes your dressing room. They encourage you to try everything on in the comfort of your home and see how the items we send work with what’s already in your closet.
Returns are easy at Stitch Fix. Simply slip the items you’re returning into the prepaid mailing envelope and drop it into any USPS mailbox. Shipping is always free at Stitch Fix!
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