Treat Yoself: My Stitch Fix Experience
Recently, I stepped out of my normal M.O., took Donna and Tom’s advice from “Parks and Recreation” and indulged in a little treat yoself moment. As a stay at home mom with 2 kiddos in 2 years, my attempt at style and fashion has gone downhill at a pretty quick pace. I gained almost 50 pounds with both pregnancies (yes, I ate right and exercised with both boys, no not everyone gains 25 pounds and loses 15-20 pounds in the first month postpartum, even if they follow the rules), and my body shape changed immensely after each birth. Also, not having a job outside of the home to go to, I found myself throwing on huge tee shirts, a pair of leggings and calling it a day. I found myself avoiding mirrors and feeling downright frumpy all the time. Yet, mom life distracted me from this and I went on feeling uncomfortable in my new skin.
A few months ago, I decided enough was enough. I have no clue if or when my body will be where I “want” it to be. Maybe it never will be - nonetheless, I should embrace where I am now and enjoy what I’m wearing. I did a major clean out of my closet - I said goodbye to clothes that don’t work for me anymore. It was hard parting with a few pieces, but seeing them in my closet and not being able to wear them (or wearing them and feeling so uncomfortable in them because they no longer fit the way they used to) made me sad, if I’m being completely honest. I made peace with the fact that they served their purpose, and sent them on their way. I also did a major clean out of the ridiculous amount of baggy tees that I throw on too often. This was hard to do, but I’m glad I committed as I knew this was the push I needed to actually make an effort when getting dressed in the morning. And then, drumroll please…. I went online to Stitch Fix and signed up for a stylist to help a sister out!
The process was a breeze. After entering my measurements and completing a few visual style surveys, I selected the amount I’d be comfortable spending on individual pieces (I chose the most economical option though you can scale up to designer pieces only). Then, I paid my styling fee, and that was that. A few days later, my Stitch Fix box arrived at my door, and I eagerly opened it up to see what they sent me!
I loved every single piece that was chosen, so I gladly kept them all! If you don’t like any of the pieces selected, you can mail them back in a prepaid envelope. If you keep them all, however, you get 20% off your entire purchase, so that was an extra win! Each piece the stylist chose was practical with a little extra something - I don’t think I would have picked any of the items out if I had gone shopping myself, but that may be why I love them. They even sent style guides with suggestions of how to wear the pieces they sent my way. The packaging was beautiful, and the whole experience brought a smile to my face! The process was a reminder to me, silly as it is, that I deserve to feel and look pretty, even in this messy and many times not incredibly flattering time of life.
Even though I have an incredibly supportive and generous husband who always encourages me to indulge when I can, I rarely do. I think when you become a mama, you rewire a little bit and pour all of your focus onto everyone else. In the process you might lose yourself in a sense. I just want to remind you that you deserve to focus on yourself - focusing on you doesn’t make you a selfish parent - in fact, it can make you better. If you fuel yourself, even in a small way, you’ll be helping fuel to your family as a result too. You deserve it - I promise!