A Shopping Strategy for Women Who Hate to Shop

A Shopping Strategy for Women Who Hate to Shop

When I recently wrote about how I hate to shop, I was a little surprised at how many women (and men!) agreed with me. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one!

I shared my shopping strategies with you then, but I thought you hate-to-shoppers would want to know about a new strategy I recently added to my arsenal.

It’s called Stitch Fix, and it’s an online shopping (and styling) service.

stitchfix shopping for women who hate to shop
my first fix, waiting for me on my doorstep

After hearing the buzz (and seeing the cute clothes) at the Influence Conference, I signed up online: I filled out my style survey, scheduled my “fix,” and paid a $20 styling fee. A few days later, Stitch Fix mailed me a package with 5 clothing and accessory items that they personally selected for me.

In the profile, they ask you questions like this:

This is question #31 in the style profile. It’s pretty thorough.

I tried everything on at home after the kids went to bed. I really liked being able to try everything on at home, so I could immediately see if I had shoes to match (yes), or if I would need to buy a new belt to make the shirt dress that Stitch Fix sent me work (also yes, so the dress went back).

I didn’t take pictures of everything they sent me (or at least, I didn’t take pics that turned out well enough for me to want to share!) But here’s a peek:

trying on stitch fix items in my own closet
the pretty dress that didn’t work * my daughter wanted in on the fun * the shirt dress that needed a wide belt

Here’s what was in my first fix:

1. A black cardigan. It was perfect for me–so perfect that I already had a nearly identical one in my closet! (return)

2. A jersey striped shirtdress. Cute, but not great heading into the cooler months, and more than I wanted to pay. (return)

3. A pleated tank dress. I really liked this dress, and it had the flow-y vibe I’d asked for. But it just didn’t fit my body: I’m tall, and the proportions of the waistline were way off. (return)

4. A Grecian crossfront tank. This nearly-sheer blouse was pretty and a good price, and would be festive for the right holiday party. But I don’t have a party like that on my calendar. (return)

5. A tri-strand beaded silver necklace. I’ve been needing a necklace like this–the style and length are perfect. It was about $10 more than I wanted to spend, and I’d prefer to get my jewelry from Etsy and local small businesses. But I finally decided since I was staring at a necklace that was exactly what I was looking for, I needed to fight my maximizing ways and keep it. (It’s been 2 weeks and I’ve worn it 5 times. Good call.)

the styling cards that come with each item * the necklace I decided to keep

After I decided what I wanted to keep (the necklace), I mailed everything else back to Stitch Fix (for free, in the pre-paid envelope).

I also filled out a style survey about my first fix, so they can better choose my items next time. (I also adjusted a few items on my style survey: why did I say I was okay with “moderately” priced items when I know I really want inexpensive ones? I don’t know, but it’s fixed now.)

I’ve dreamed of using a personal shopper ever since reading Laura Vanderkam’s glowing experience in her book 168 Hours, but right now that sounds like a big (and expensive) project that I don’t want to allocate the time (or money) for.

In the meantime, Stitch Fix is a nice personalized service for me and my hate-to-shop habits. I love the idea of logging in to my account to say “I need a festive top to wear with jeans and high heels for an office party (or a 4:00 wedding, or Christmas Eve church)” and knowing they’ll send me one–at the price point I request–and it will appear on my doorstep, like magic.

If you’re interested in test-driving Stitch Fix, here’s what to do:

1. Sign up. You’ll typically be put on a waiting list–I didn’t know this was normal and was bummed to be wait-listed, but I was off the waiting list and ready to go about 6 hours later.

2. Fill out your style profile, answering questions about your lifestyle, body shape, and style preferences. (It took me about 10 minutes.)

3. Schedule your fix. Stitch Fix isn’t a subscription service; you schedule a fix whenever you’re ready. (You can request the week you’d like your fix to arrive, but they can’t guarantee a specific day.)

4. Come back and tell me what you think! I’d love to hear all about your experience.

Do you ever dream of using a personal shopper? What appeals to you about it? (And by all means, if you’ve used one PLEASE tell us all about it in comments!)

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