Do you constantly roll out of bed, throw on a pair of mom jeans or yoga pants, tussle your hair into a some sort of bun, and then proceed to morning drop-off followed by, uh hem … the rest of your day? Me too.
At least, until recently, when I upgraded my morning-actually-all-day-yoga pants to a sporty chic look that was equally quick and easy, but massively upgraded my confidence to levels unseen since before my husband and I were DINKS (dual-income no kids).
The struggle is real y’all.
Morning-after-morning I found myself schlepping into my mom jeans or yoga pants for a number of reasons. These included:
- I felt comfortable and they were stretchy.
- I had zero additional energy to spend on myself let alone figuring out what to put on body as I head out the door.
- Despite the fact that I had a lot of clothes in my closet, I didn’t like the way any of it looked on me.
- I couldn’t put together a relaxed, fun outfit to save my life. #ThisIs40
Enter Stitch Fix.
Stitch Fix is an amazing service that gets to know how you like to dress and then sends you a box each month (or however often you request it), acting as your personal stylist.
Okay, okay. I realize that I might be the last mom on earth to try Stitch Fix. But, if you actually are the last mom on earth who is yet to try Stitch Fix, here are the details on how it works.
- Stitch Fix is a website and mobile phone app (click here for the iPhone app – sorry, no Android app!).
- Once you log into the site, it prompts you to answer questions to identify your clothing and style preferences.
- It then takes those preferences into account by assessing them in its algorithm and sends you a glorious box of up to 5 total items including clothes, shoes, outerwear, and accessories based on your results.
- You pay a monthly fee of $20 and if you buy anything in the box the fee is credited toward your purchase. If you buy everything in the box, your fee is credited and you receive an additional 5% discount.
Here’s the thing. I didn’t like Stitch Fix. Not. One. Bit.
The drawback of Stitch Fix for me was the algorithm. It never really understood my style. (Perhaps, I am a conundrum. Possible.) I received four boxes, with five articles of clothing in each, and only purchased two pairs of pants. In total, I tried 20 pieces of clothing with only a 10% success rate. I like more success.
The one benefit of Stitch Fix is that, if you can find clothes styled in a way that you love, they are reasonably priced! You can indicate the price range you are willing to spend on each type of clothing. So, if you find something you like to fit your body, it will also fit your wallet.
Even though Stitch Fix ultimately was not for me, it has worked well for friends who swear by it. You can give Stitch Fix a spin by clicking here.
Exit Stitch Fix. Enter Trunk Club.
While I was experiencing Stitch Fix, a good friend (who is also quite stylish) suggested Trunk Club as an alternative.
Trunk Club is the bomb y’al
Bye bye yoga pants. Hello confidence, it’s nice to meet you again.
Why? Because, once I set up and logged into my account, I was instantly messaged by a real person. Actually, a real personal stylist. Yep, there was someone on the other end of that mobile app talking to me about me and my style or lack thereof.
Here are bunch of absolute wins you get with Trunk Club. The very ones that got me to ditch my yoga pants (most days).
Trunk Club Wins.
#1 They’re thinking about what you’re not. That informative and kind Stylist on the other end of the mobile out knew my friend who recommended me, and connected me with her stylist so that she could ensure we don’t show up at school or church in the same outfit.
WHAT? Who even thinks of these things? Not me. But, I was glad to find out someone else did. You can imagine the awkward moments that could have ensued-ish.
#2 Actual conversations not just an algorithm. My new stylist messaged me and set up a time to call me to have an actual conversation about my clothing preferences and needs. When she called, we talked for an hour, during which she questioned me about my style, but at the same time, made me feel like I was talking to an old friend. An old friend who is a former NFL cheerleader. I’m just saying.
#3 You’ll get social together. Trunk Club will link your Pinterest account with your Trunk Club app so that your stylist can see all the styles you love when you pin them to your boards.
#4 Join your stylist for a free style session with cocktails or coffee. During our phone chat, my new bestie invited me to come into their studio to try on clothes, get a sense of my fashion comfort level, which sizes work best for me, and have a coffee or a cocktail. Hello? Um, yes. If you live in Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, and D.C., you may promptly make a visit to your Trunk Club ‘Club House’.
#5 Beyond the call-of duty-customer service. The morning of my scheduled style session at the D.C. Club House, was a regular morning in our household. I got the boys ready to go to school, while trying to get a few things done for work. Eventually, we all made it out the door and to school on time. As I ran a few errands, brimming with anticipation of my approaching style session that afternoon, I received a call from my son’s school informing me that he was ill. Bingo. You’ve scored the flu.
Totally bummed, I called my stylist to reschedule. Instead, this angel girl quickly packed up everything she had pulled for me to try on, grabbed her keys, and headed to my house for my own personal in-home style session.
When she arrived at my house, she quickly went through my closet, examining what pieces I had and determining what would work well with the new styles she was introducing me to. She assessed the situation and paired my articles of clothing with the clothing she brought for me, which included a mountain of goodies to try: heels, booties, sneakers, blazers, shirts, blouses, sweaters, pants, and jeans.
Beyond the call-of-duty customer service.
#5 Discover your style. I’m not kidding, you still have one. Not only did I love my personal stylist, and the way she catered to my needs so specifically, but I also loved the clothing and how she worked with me to piece them together into a style that fit my lifestyle and my personality. It was casual, comfortable and easy, but also fun and gorgeous.
I purchased seven articles of clothing, and put four on a wish list for later.
My favorite discovery was that shoes make all the difference.
I discovered nude pumps. Who knew a skin-colored pair of heels could make you instantly feel taller and more confident with each step?
I also discovered white sneakers. When I sported a new pair of white Adidas kicks, our eight year old saw me astonished and blurted out, “Mom, that is a fashion statement YES.” I’ll take all the yeses. Will you?
One Trunk Club Bummer.
I found only one drawback to Trunk Club. The clothes are more expensive than those from Stitch Fix and the styling fee is $25 (versus $20 for Stitch Fix). However, you still have the opportunity to provide your stylist with your ideal price range to work in.
Step outside your comfort zone. I mean yoga pants.
If you’re ready to stop being tortured by your closet and fall in love with your wardrobe again, I totally recommend Trunk Club. Click here to take it for a test drive. You might just discover a little piece of your confidence along the way.
P.S. If you’re ready to ditch more than your yoga pants each morning, get into a routine that tames your morning chaos, and feel amazing waking up and all day again, read this.