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A Stitch Fix Story Part One

It’s a cliché, but one thing I think most women reading this have been guilty of at some point is staring dolefully at a full closet and groaning, “I have nothing to wear.” 

It’s how I’ve been feeling about my wardrobe lately. Step one in curing my closet blues was a thorough cleaning. I was more ruthless than I’d ever been in weeding out my wares—anything that was too past its prime became a rag or joined a massive pile destined for Goodwill and the nicer things were set aside for friends to pick through or for trying to sell at Crossroads Trading Co.

With a significantly lighter load, it was time for step two: joining Stitch Fix. 

I first heard about the website from a friend who tried and loved it. It’s basically mail-order personal styling in a box. Simply sign up for free on the website, fill out a thorough questionnaire, and request a shipment. Awhile later (their popularity means a sort of long wait time), a box arrives on your doorstep filled with clothing and accessories that were handpicked by a Stitch Fix stylist for you. You try it all on, keep (and pay for) what you like, and return what you don’t. If you don’t pick anything, there is a $20 styling fee.

In my current wardrobe-weary, style-slacking state, this sounded like music to my ears. 

I have yet to receive the box (so the full verdict on this service will come in part two of this blog), but I was pleased with the ordering process. The “style profile” (questionnaire) covers the basics—height, weight, and clothing sizes—and then moves into the details. For instance, they want to know the answers to questions like “How do you prefer clothes to fit the top half of your body?” and how often you dress for certain occasions (such as work, nights out, etc.).   

I’m guessing the most elucidating section for the stylist is the visual portion, in which you rate seven looks from “Hate It” to “Love It.” I rated three looks with “Hate It,” two with “Love it” (the two looks pictured here), one with “Like It,” and one with “Don’t Really Like It.”

You then have the opportunity to specify what it is you’re looking for in your shipment (dresses but no jeans, for instance), how revealing or modest you like different types of clothing, your price range for each category of items, and much more. As a vegan, I appreciated the section that allows you to rule out materials you don’t want, like leather.

I can’t be sure how well the styling will be executed, but so far I can say that they make sure to get all of the information they need to do a good job. They even give you the option of sharing a Pinterest board with them (which I didn’t utilize, but perhaps should have). 

Will Stitch Fix be the style boost I’ve been looking for? I’m hoping so, but I’ll be sure to tell you all about it either way with part two.


Pinterest Holiday Gift Guide

Follow The Penny Rose's board Holiday Gift Guide 2014 on Pinterest.

We've created a Pinterest Holiday Gift Guide just for you, our readers. We love Pinterest, and we know you do, too, so here are our favorite things this season. Any woman in your life would be thrilled to get a pair of these Samantha Pleet boots, a Hipsters for Sisters belt bag, a Penelope Bangle from The Penny Rose and Blank Verse Jewelry, or our favorite bubble bath from Tokyo Milk. It's all in one place: our Holiday Gift Guide.


Discovery of the Week: This is Ground

The holidays are closing in and the new year will be upon us in no time. Insted of waiting until Dec. 30 to buy a day planner and get myself organized, I'm going to try something new. No more procrastination. I'm getting things put together early so when January rolls around, I won't have to clean out my purse. 

One way to do that is to get a folio of some sort that can store your laptop or tablet, headphones, chargers, cell phone, business cards, a notebook, and more. Making it a stylish one is even more inspiring. 

That's where This is Ground comes in. The company has created a slew of stylish, innovative, organizational products including a laptop case (lower left), the "Cordito" (lower right) which is a rollout case for cords, the "Cargito Air Charging iPad Case" (upper left) which includes a battery pack, and the "Leatherback Writer 2" (seen in gold, upper right), which houses your phone and a notebook. 

I'm especially eyeing the Leatherback Writer 2 in gold as well as the Mod Tablet Air (for the iPad Air), to get my life in order for the new year. 

Cheers to organization. 


Not your '90s Plaid


Playing with Plaid

Frequently, when I think plaid, I think flannel, '90s era grunge. Eager for a new image, I set about finding a way around my own ingrained ideas about what plaid looks like. And voila!, a plaid shirt when tucked into a soft suede pencil skirt and topped off with a glittery belt, is elegant and chic for the office. Keep the look simple with d'orsay heels and crystal and lucite jewelry. Comfort is key for the weekend and the same shirt with moto look track pants and sneakers will see you through all your errands, but it's the addition of the scarf and the bold plaid on plaid that keeps the look fresh.


Jewelry Find: Young in the Mountains

I first discovered Young in the Mountains at Legion, a boutique in San Francisco, and I was instantly a fan. Creator Mariele Ivy says on her website that her line of jewelry and ceramics is, "Where there is only room for simple, purposeful, and inspired design, and everything else is gone with the shift of the breeze." Beautifully straightforward, these are pieces that are unique (so you stand out), but versatile (so you can wear them everyday). 

Find Young in the Mountains at various Bay Area stores including Legion, or online here