If you’re new here (Hi!) then here is the deal: a little over a year ago I had this big revelation about clothes and Jesus. And then I gave away basically all of my clothes and started my huge wardrobe makeover.
The reasons were: A) I read the book 7 and decided I wanted to own less stuff in general. B) I figured that if I was going to live with much, much less then I wanted the things I did have to be things I really loved, not just sort of liked and C) I decided it was time to stop shopping for clothing at stores that cater to teenagers on account of how I was about to turn thirty and all.
(Click READ MORE to continue reading, see lots of awkward photos from my childhood + leave a comment if you’d like a Stitch Fix discount code)
My goal was/is to fill my closet with pieces that are mostly timeless but still a bit on trend in colors and styles that I could easily mix and match to create several go-to outfits with. Essentially: more outfits but less pieces of clothing. So I cleaned out the closet, purchased my friend Hayley’s book The No Brainer Wardrobe, broke out my old copy of The Lucky Shopping Manual and signed up for a Stitch Fix subscription to get me started.
One of the things that Hayley recommends in her book is creating a Look Book comprised of your actual looks. Not just inspiration photos but the items that you have in your wardrobe and the different ways that you can pair them. I am an extremely visual person (hello, Pinterest addiction!) so this concept really appealed to me. When my first Stitch Fix box arrived, I discovered that they send you a card that features the article of clothing they sent you styled in two different ways with instructions so that you can see how to wear it with multiple items.
So, being the complete geek that I am, I decided to combine my love of the library and my longterm dream of having a computer program dedicated to my closet like the one Cher had in Clueless (RIGHT?!) and create my own card catalogue for my clothes.
Here is what I did: First I bought a binder. Any binder will do but I picked up this 8×8 We R Memory Keepers album on clearance at Target for just $4.98. I waited two weeks for this to get marked down that much, y’all! I was very serious when I said I was hardcore about how I shop the Target clearance sales. It came with these page inserts that are perfect for holding my Stitch Fix style cards as well as photos of my clothes.
I cut down some heavy cardstock, added some embellishments and punched holes to create my own dividers for different sections.
Then came the time consuming part: cataloguing my outfits. This is still a work in progress.
As I am typing this I am feeling as though it seems really obsessive and possibly neurotic (although only slightly.) My end goal is to be able to feel polished and put together quickly. You know, before someone starts wiping maple syrup on the walls. The second I turn my back…
Plus, this is small enough to throw in my bag and take along while shopping so if I am wavering back and forth about an article of clothing I can quickly flip through my book to see if it fits my new purchasing criteria, which is: A) Do I love it? and B) Does it work well with at least three other items that I already own. It’s also helpful because you know how sometimes you’re holding up a top and wondering if it is going to go with the skirt you’re envisioning it with and you’re wishing that you had remembered to bring said skirt with you to try stuff on with? BAM! There’s a picture of it in your book.
It’s also been a good visual aide for me as I define my style. I can flip through and see the colors and patterns I tend to be drawn to and the outfits that I feel most confident in. And being confident in how I look hasn’t always been a thing for me. Here is some evidence of that for you:
I know. I can’t even either. And y’all wonder why I still feel awkward having my picture made some fifteen years later.
I’ve learned a lot of things by doing this, like that I’m always drawn to red clothing in the store but I was never really wearing any of the red tops that I had and they just languished in the back of my closet because I don’t actually look good in red. I look better in shades of pink or coral. So now when I reach for that cute striped red nautical sweater, my book is all “STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE! BEFORE YOU BUY THAT SHIRT!” or something.
(My book and I are tight, y’all. I prefer to call it “BoooOOOOOK” like in the best Halloween movie of all time, Hocus Pocus.)
So that’s where I’m at and why working with Stitch Fix has been great over the past year because I wrote them a novella with all of my wardrobe hopes and dreams and also all the things I don’t like about my body, which is awesome and makes me not at all hard to work with. So having someone who is good at that sort of thing helping me out has made the closet overhaul easier.
In related news: When I went to the blogging conference a few months ago Stitch Fix gave me some discount codes to share with other conference attendees. I have some left over and they agreed to let me give them away to some of my blog readers who want to try them out (so they are for first time users to get a box!) I’m not going to do a giveaway or anything, I’ll just email them to the first 25 amount of people that leave a comment letting me know that they would like to have a code. The codes are for $10 off your first Stitch Fix box 🙂
UPDATE: The codes are gone now! I tried to cut it off right at 25 comments but I think a few extra slipped in- I’m going to go through and email the first 25 to comment with their codes! Enjoy!
(You can see my past Stitch Fix reviews here: Getting Stitch Fix(ed) Up, Winter Video Review, Spring Video Review, Stitch Fix Sister Style, Lots Of Instagram Pics, Tiffany’s Stitch Fix. No one paid/perked me to write this post, it’s just a reader request )
(This post contains referral links because it’s expensive to rebuild your entire wardrobe from scratch, y’all.)
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