Refresh Your Minimal Wardrobe With Stitch Fix
As you may recall, my mindfulness adventure of 2018 led me into being a minimalist (pre-Marie Kondo Netflix special, thank you very much) and it’s completely changed my outlook on… things. I used to read the first rays of spring sunshine as a sign to splurge on hundreds of dollars worth of sundresses, sandals, and other summer attire each spring. It was similar to the ritual of back to school shopping, I guess, in that everything suddenly felt full of possibility. Say what you want about the weather in Seattle, but there is literally nothing as magical as the time of year when the grey starts lifting and the fog of winter begins to disappear. It’s a spiritual experience.
This year, after an 80+ degree day a mere month after we suffered through almost a foot of snow, I began to contemplate my spring and summer wardrobe. As you’ve probably noticed, I’m not the most adventurous with my clothes. I spend so much time teaching, getting sweaty, and working from home that loungewear often reigns supreme. I mean, my uniform is basically some form of black leggings, plain t-shirt, and a beanie. If I’m feeling wild I might wear my glasses. Last year at this time I was still entrenched in my ritual of dropping hundreds of dollars on seasonal clothes that I (let’s be honest) wouldn’t wear ever again after Labor Day. This year I wanted to be a bit more strategic in the name of minimalism, but also in the name of building a more cohesive wardrobe.
I’ve been using Stitch Fix off and on since 2014. As somebody who is tall but not rail thin (as most designers seem to think all tall women are) I’ve never had a great time shopping for clothes. Once I find, after walking miles through the mall and trying on everything in site, something that works I will buy it in every color, hence my uniform. Stitch Fix has been my not-so-secret weapon in helping me dress well without all the mayhem of going to a store. Let me tell you, dear friends, after working retail all through college I have almost zero desire to shop in stores. I bought my wedding dress online, afterall. I like Stitch Fix because they understand my body type (I took a short quiz years ago and the clothes they send me still fit like a dream), they listen carefully to my requests, and I get to try on everything at home. It’s so easy. After my first few Fixes I gave up on trying to shop for myself - nothing would ever fit me quite as well as the things my stylist sent me, anyway.
Knowing this, I decided to ask my stylist (hi, Emilie!) for some pieces to incorporate into my wardrobe for spring rather than splurging on a new wardrobe large enough to outfit a bachelorette party. I’ve realized in my adventures in minimalism that a few good items can go a long way. Also as I get older I realize that nobody is paying as much attention to my clothes as I am. I can re-wear one shirt in endless combinations and nobody will care. In fact, they’re probably doing it too.
Because I bought enough sundresses last year to last me for a lifetime I asked my stylist for a few jackets that I could easily dress up or down. I added that it would be nice if one was leather, but that I wasn’t especially picky. Outside of that I hoped for a few nice tops - I love wearing a nice pair of jeans, a blouse, and sandals in the summer. It’s easy, it’s cute, and it feels like pajamas. What more could a girl want?
Here’s what I got from my stylist:
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