Unless I’m really deliberate about consistently organization and purging, I feel like my closet is yelling at me.
I used to be terrible about getting rid of clothing items, until I realized how much it reduced the noise of my closet. Between the things that don’t fit well and the items that are too worn or have holes, purging my clothes on a regular basis began to feel like a relief. It’s much easier for me to choose my outfits when I know that I love everything in my closet and it all fits me well.
On the other hand though, I also have a hard time buying things for myself, even when I really need them. And those “missing” items then become noise-makers too, because every time I need something I don’t have because I’ve just put off buying it, it also makes it a lot harder to get dressed for various occasions. I feel unprepared for events that are coming my way.
I realized when I began packing for the She Speaks conference over the summer, that my “nice” wardrobe was really lacking. I never feel the need to buy a really nice top or a business casual ensemble because of how rarely I need it, but as I’m starting to attend the occasional meeting here or there, or a conference, or a speaking engagement, I’m seeing a bigger need for those items.
So this week, I…
1) Cleaned out my closet and dress of items I hadn’t worn in way too long.
2) And I caved: I signed up for StitchFix.
If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a personal online styling/shopping service, where you fill out a profile and they send you 5 items. There’s no obligation to buy anything, and you just send back what you don’t want to keep.
My friend Geri started raving about StitchFix about a year and a half ago, and since then, I have seen so many people jump on board. I’ve enjoyed reading my blog friend Mary Evelyn’s StitchFix posts…and then she tried to peer-pressure me to sign up on Twitter
And then my best friend Kristin signed up, and I felt like every time I would compliment her outfit, she’d say ” Thanks – StitchFix!”
So I’m giving it a try, hoping that I can snag a few new items every season or so, without having to actually take 2 small children to the mall. Because the noise of the mall is a whole other story. (My first “fix” will arrive at the end of November, so I’ll report back on my experience!) I’m hoping that it will push me outside of my comfort zone – which usually entails neutrals and stripes – and give me some dressier pieces to wear when I ditch the kids at home and hit the town
Have you tried StitchFix? What’d you think?