That time my husband picked out my clothes for me

That time my husband picked out my clothes for me

I’ve gotten quite a few Stitch Fix boxes since the last time I blogged about it. I was on my fourth when my mom joined me on the blog, and I just got my ninth. I’ve returned more than I kept (which is a good thing, because I don’t need 5 fixes worth of clothes!) I’ve just been playing with it and seeing what they send me.

That’s a lot of clothes that have come through my door in the last two months, and it’s having a major impact not on only how I shop, but on what I decide to keep.

Except for the $8 tank I bought at Target a few weeks ago, I’m not spending any time or money shopping for clothes aside from Stitch Fix.  That’s the obvious side effect of having clothes shipped to your door on a regular basis, and it’s a welcome one since I don’t enjoy shopping.

But a less obvious result of all this Stitch Fix-ing is that my husband is providing more input to what’s in my closet than ever before. That’s neither good nor bad; it’s just interesting. And maybe a little weird.


Recent Stitch Fix rejects

Before Stitch Fix, he would only see clothes after I’d paid for them and brought them home from the store. The major exception was when I was doing online shopping–because I’m a big believer in the at-home try-on–but these days I’m doing all my shopping online. He’s seeing everything.

I’m asking him to take a look at what comes in each fix, because he’s around, and I value his opinion and, well, I want him to take photographs for me. So he’s seen the good, the bad, and the ugly, and he’s told me what he thinks. I’ve heard everything from “Are you supposed to look like a cowgirl?” to “It looks great! You’ll never wear it” to “That’s a keeper.”


Recent Stitch Fix keepers

He talks me into keeping things more than he talks me out of them. Like recently, I tried on this striped dress. Then I pulled it off and tossed it back in the box. My husband said, “that’s a keeper, right?” and I said, “I don’t think so.” And he told me it was cute and pretty and practical and I should really cut the tags and hang it in my closet and wear it on the first hot day.

So….I kept it.

Here it is:

Will I wear it? Yeah. I love dresses for hot summer days: I can feel decently put together with very little effort. I can stay cool, but still sit down on the floor with my kids without flashing anybody. And I can look pretty good while doing it.

If you’re interested in trying Stitch Fix, you can sign up here. For the lowdown on how it works and tips on filling out your style profile, check out this post on how to get a Stitch Fix box you love.

How does your significant other influence your wardrobe choices?

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  1. Carrie says:

    Oh how fun! I don’t think this would work for me because my husband *would* have me in the skirts that flash everybody. LOL! And I LOVE that outfit with the jeans and jacket on the left….

    • Anne says:

      Hahaha! Luckily they’ve only sent me long skirts. 🙂

      I loved that jacket on the left too. It’s a knit blazer and it was so cute and comfy, but not quite right for my tall-girl proportions.

  2. Sarah says:

    That’s awesome. I always think my husband’s perspective on my clothes is interesting, since (like you) I so rarely ask him what he thinks before I buy something. Plus, I know that he is brutally honest, so if he says it looks good, I can believe him!

    • Anne says:

      Brutally honest can be good, but also kind of tough. At least it can be for me when I’m the one hearing it! It’s good that you can trust him to tell it to you straight. 🙂

  3. 'Becca says:

    I like to get my man’s input on my wardrobe, too. He is particularly good at telling me what things really look like from the back or side. He also makes jewelry as a hobby and sometimes tells me that my new necklace is intended to go with a particular outfit.

    My parents have a neighbor whose husband has chosen all her clothes for over 40 years. She doesn’t like shopping, and he does. It’s funny because he’s otherwise a manly man, a Strong Silent Type who is obsessed with lawn maintenance, but he apparently enjoys choosing flowery pastel clothes for her.

    • Anne says:

      I’m a little jealous of your in-house custom jewelry maker!

      And that’s a great story about the fashion-oriented Strong Silent Type. Talk about playing to each other’s strengths. 🙂

  4. Tina B says:

    I love that your husband gives you honest feedback on your clothes – and he seems to have great taste! I suspect he (and other men too) are excited to not have to go mall-shopping with their wives/significant others and can just see the clothes quickly at home and give feedback before the purchase (or rejection).

    The clothes you’ve photographed are so cute and not all the same style either. I’d be curious what they’d do for the plus-size woman (if they do anything?).

  5. Tim says:

    My wife asks for my input on her outfits. Then she chooses whatever she wants to wear. Sometimes I think I am the negative resource: “Hmm, Tim said this top looks good with this skirt. Maybe I should go look through the closet some more.”

    Because my fashion sense is limited that way. But if you want to know whether something on the stove needs some seasoning or not, I’m your guy. In fact, just leave the stove to me.

  6. Elizabeth Kane says:

    Whoa! I agree with Mr. Darcy. You pull off that striped maxi dress well – not an easy task for most people. Work it!

    I’m a big online shopper too (haaaaate dressing rooms/in-store shopping experience with a passion). And I do the “do you like test?” to my guy too. It’s good feedback and nicer than what I give myself sometimes. I don’t know what it is with summer, but mirrors aren’t always nice when it comes to shorts and bathing suits. But I’m not giving up – we’re working through it. 🙂

  7. Tracy S. says:

    My Stitch Fix experience has been mixed. I have gotten a few things I would have probably passed over in the store, but make me feel like my wardrobe is up-to-date. My third box came a few days ago and I was disappointed. I kept the earrings, only because I hated to lose my $20.00, and then I gave them to my daughter. This may be my last one.

    The whole exercise has done me some good, though. I realized that I needed to quit bargain shopping and playing it safe. When I shop now, I buy fewer, better clothes. My husband never helps me choose, by the way. One of my daughters, the one who’s getting the earrings, gives me her opinion.

  8. My wife always asks me what I think of “this” or “that” when it comes to clothes. Your post has made me more aware of letting her know when I really think something looks good on her.

    That is all. 🙂

  9. Jeannie says:

    Enjoyed this post a lot! That striped dress definitely does look great on you; in fact I thought all of them looked good!

    To be honest, I don’t usually ask my husband’s opinion on whether I should buy or keep something. But I am a very plain dresser so I rarely wear anything which would elicit a “Is that what you’re going to wear?” reaction. Maybe I need to get out more. I do most of my clothes shopping at second-hand stores such as Value Village. And I think every single pair of pants I own (all petite length) comes from Reitmans, either bought new on-sale or at V.V. Yeah … I DO need to get out more. 🙂

  10. Anne says:

    Hi, Anne!

    I like to get my husband’s opinion on my Stitch Fixes (2 total), too. He’s really sweet about it. If he doesn’t like a piece, he’ll give a friendly “hmmmm…,” tilt his head to the side a bit, and say something positive about the clothing before saying he doesn’t like it. He’s good with the non-verbals but has a designer’s eye (he’s an artist). I just have to try on the Stitch Fixes when we are not both bone tired from the day, ha! It is also nice to have fresh hair and makeup when you try stuff on.

    Also, I got that dress, too! But I returned it. Looks super cute on you, did not on me! So it goes. Hoping for more success with Fix #3. I got one item from #1 and nothing from #2. I don’t know what else to specify in my Fix comments to get what I am looking for. Maybe I still don’t know what I am looking for! Ha!

  11. Kara says:

    I just got my third fix, and I am loving it! One of the best parts is getting my husband’s input. He hates shopping, but with Stitch Fix I can just do a fashion show for him in our living room. 🙂

  12. I love having my husband’s input. When we were dating I loved how he managed to look approachable and casual but still well put together, so i guess it was no surprise when he, on the other hand, was the one who encouraged me to bring along a different sweater when I tried to bring my grandmother’s blue and white checked blazer on a date (for some strange reason, i.e., my zero fashion skills, I thought i could make it work…i had even cut-out shoulder pads (face palm) )

  13. Clare says:

    Oh my goodness. I am so glad that someone else has said it. My husband does the same thing. His comments, and facial expressions say it all when I try on my fixes! He even said to me “Well, at least you don’t need to waste your money on clothes anymore…this fix thing is great for both of us!” (meaning, he doesn’t have to wonder exactly what I really am doing at the mall!) And I think he enjoys the fixes a little more than I do- seeing as the last box, he nearly opened it before I came home!

    By the way, my next fix comes on Friday.. what’s the name of that striped dress? I am getting a striped maxi, and if that maxi is the one that’s coming, I am so excited!


  14. Dan King says:

    I’m actually a fan of some of the Stitch fix rejects, however, I leave it to the wife to decide her dress code and sometimes mine too!

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