I had so much fun putting together my Style Rut post that I had to write a follow up piece to expand on one of my eight tips. As I stated last week, subscription boxes changed the game for my style reboot and reignited my passion for fashion. If you haven’t checked out my previous post, please review it before diving into the subscription box breakdown!
What is a Subscription Box?
Good question! A subscription box allows customers to pay a fee to receive items at home adding an element of convenience to our busy lives. For those of you who dread going to the mall, these services use a combination of questionnaires, technology, and personal stylists to curate looks that work best for your body. Best of all, most of them offer free shipping and returns! After trying a few of these services, I discovered some strategies to make the process smooth, seamless and effective.
Be Honest About Your Numbers
Most services start with a questionnaire assessing a client’s likes and dislikes in addition to body measurements. Do yourself and potential stylist a favor and be honest! It may feel good to say you’re size 8 when you know those last pair of pants purchased were a size 12. Have a friend help you record bust, waist, and hip measurements for your style profile to keep you honest about your sizes!
Become Good Friends with Pinterest
Pinterest serves as a way to communicate with your personal stylist from services like Trunk Club and Stitch Fix. Create a board with pins of styles you would like to try; for example, I created a board called “Stitch Fix for Leslie” to help my stylist get to know my preferences. By adding lots of pins, the stylist has more options when deciding what to ship to your door!
Rent Versus Buy
Two things to review before you decide on a service that allows clients to rent versus buy new items; 1) budget and 2) commitment. I found the monthly rental fee with Gwynnie Bee was out of the budget if I decided to purchase items I rented. It felt like I would pay for the item twice so I decided not to continue the service after the free trial. The great thing about Stitch Fix and Trunk Club is the styling fee of $20-$25 I paid up front would be credited toward my purchases. When I chose what to keep, I made sure the total did not exceed my monthly fashion budget, a total win! But I also knew these were items I wanted to add to my wardrobe; not just wear a few times and send back. If you just want a few trendy items to try for a season then a rental service is for you; but if you are ready to keep some fly new pieces, a purchase service has your name written on it!
Ask For What You Want
I found Stitch Fix to be the best at delivering fashion pieces I requested. Before I receive a fix, I can type a quick note to my stylist requesting items I would like to try. For this to work, be specific and offer alternatives! I may ask for a pair of linen pants but in case none are available, I requested a few colorful knit tops instead. Trunk Club allows a detailed chat with a stylist before preparing a trunk; however, my stylist and I were not on the same page. The first trunk was not only too expensive, the colors were boring and drab when I requested fun and colorful. She took my feedback and created a second trunk that was just as boring; luckily, I got to review the trunk before she charged the fee and mailed the trunk. I politely declined and canceled the service. The customer service team offered to pair me with a new stylist but by then I decided Stitch Fix would be my subscription service of choice based on stylist accuracy with selections and meeting my budget. Here we are six fixes later and I still use the service!
Go ahead and give Stitch Fix* a try and let me know your thoughts! Which fashion subscription boxes have you tried that work well? Please share with me! See you next week when I switch gears to talk about my road trip to California!
*Disclosure: a referral credit may be paid to the author of this post.