My birthday is coming up, which by the way, I’ve decided I would rather be a senior citizen instead of my true age. I am completely freaking out about an upcoming birthday milestone. For me, the milestone is the big F-word – I don’t even want other people to say it to me. Nope. Nope. Nope. I freak out every time I think about it, and I’m fine just the way I am thank you very much. Blergh. Anyway, my birthday is coming up and I decided I needed a little bit of help in the clothing department.

My sense of fashion isn’t terrible to the extent I need to be on “What Not to Wear,” which I heard is being cancelled, but I wouldn’t mind a little help. One of my friends raved about Stitch Fix, an online personal shopper that ships five outfits or items to your front door. I love shopping and attempt to step a little outside my comfort zone. But an outfit that I might really like on a store mannequin or magazine model too often doesn’t work well on me, which kind of makes me sad (for about five minutes).

So, I really like the idea of being able to try new clothes on in the comfort of my home. I’m excited to see what my personal shopper picked out for me based my thorough fashion profile. Will the clothes be too small? Will the clothes make me feel pretty? What if I fall in love with a necklace priced at $100? Can I convince Charlie that I need it? Can I convince MYSELF that I need it (probably not)? Will I like any of the clothes picked out? I’m excited as a kid on Christmas Eve.

After trying on the five different outfits, I pick and choose what I want to keep and send the rest of the outfits back in a prepaid envelope. Each time I have a package sent to me, my credit card is charged $20 for a styling fee or personal style fee (whatever). However, the $20 can be used toward the purchase of something I like in the box – so the $20 isn’t completely wasted. Although the price tags leans a little expensive, I hope to find a good deal and maybe I find something worth the price.

As soon as I receive the package of goodies, I have three days to decide what to keep or return. All I have to do is drop the prepaid envelope of the unwanted stuff into a postal box, and that’s it! My office is seriously right across the street from the post office – how much easier could this be? And I can schedule my next package WHENEVER I want! I don’t have to sign up for a monthly box. I don’t have to commit a 12-month contract. I don’t have to worry about an account maintenance fee.

I did a little bit of research and found a few bloggers who post their Stitch Fix experience. They like the process overall, but aren’t too crazy about some of the outfits. Just reading and looking at the photos makes me wish I had scheduled my first fix sooner than later (not really sure why I chose to receive my first package toward the end of the month). I just hope the prices aren’t too crazy when I fall in love with an outfit that makes me feel pretty.

Categories: 2013 Resolution: Something New, Jennifer Elliott

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