I wanted the very first post of my blog to be something grand. Something different. Something I could share with you that would make your day better. That didn’t really happen. Every time I sat down to write or think about a project for my first post, I got writer’s block. The only thing that is really on my mind lately is changing up my style. Profound right? It made me think of the song, “you can’t always get what you want, but sometimes, you get what you need.” So I guess I need to get this thought out before I can move on. Maybe someone else out there is on this journey too and we can go through it together.
Getting ready in the
morning afternoon is something that I always dread. As far as clothing goes, I seem to have a closet full of things that I either never wear or don’t have anything to match. I usually throw on some workout clothes and call it good. If I absolutely have to go out, I slap on the same jeans I wore yesterday and wonder why I even have other clothes in my closet. The capsule closet has been floating around the internet for a while, and I have been interested on and off with the idea. I love the idea of everything in your closet matching everything else so that you can just pull anything out put it on and look awesome. I love the idea of loving/fitting into every single piece in your closet. I love the idea of creating my own personal style. I love the idea of less is more in general. However, the idea of throwing almost everything out, shopping for a whole new wardrobe that meets the criteria above and trying not to break the bank at the same time is something I just can’t wrap my brain around. It seems an insurmountable task.
My first problem is that I don’t have very many clothes that I LOVE. That means I really would have to replace almost everything in my closet. Talk about a huge undertaking. The second problem is that I don’t love to shop, and the mere thought of trying to replace my whole closet in a short period of time makes me want to hide in my closet and cry. I also live in a small town with limited (Walmart and a few boutique stores) shopping resources. Online shopping could be an option in my situation but it also brings me to my last point. TIME. I have two small children and there is no way I would take them on a shopping trip of this magnitude. Knowing me, it would actually take many such trips to accomplish the task. I could get help, but I don’t often ask people to babysit and even having my husband watch the kids for a Saturday gives me anxiety as my youngest is still nursing. Online shopping would be even worse. There are so many pages and pages to browse that I usually give up looking for clothes online after the first hour.
Enter Stitch Fix, another popular topic of the blog world. If you haven’t heard of it, here you go.
Stitch Fix is a monthly subscription box for clothing/accessories. You pay a $20 “styling fee” and they send you 5 pieces. The great thing about the fee is if you buy anything from your shipment, your fee is applied towards your purchase. Of course, if you don’t buy anything, you are out $20. To get started, you fill out a style profile where you can tell Stitch Fix your price point, style preferences and size. Then you link a Pinterest board to your profile and ta-da! You are ready to receive you first “fix“.
I plan to use Stitch Fix to add pieces I love to my wardrobe. As I gradually get new things, I will be throwing out/donating the old. 3 articles of clothing gone for every 1 bought, to be precise. Hopefully, I will soon phase out the old me and phase in the new stylish, put together me. I’m excited to start this journey because as Unfancy says, “A capsule wardrobe represents more time and energy for what really matters (less time spent deciding what to wear / less time spent shopping / less time doing laundry or caring for clothes) more money for our dreams + helping others (less money spent on clothes that never get worn) and more contentment and happiness.”
My fix is scheduled for May 26th. I’ll let you know how it goes!
*If you do end up signing up for Stitch Fix through my link, I get a credit towards my next purchase. That doesn’t mean I won’t be brutally honest about my experience for your benefit.