So, I’m sure you’ve heard of StitchFix, right? Basically you pay $20 as a styling fee(which goes toward your purchase should you decide to keep anything in your box) and they send you a box of clothes based on a profile you fill out, and you get to try them on in your home, with anything else you own, to see how it really works for your wardrobe! I tried StitchFix one time, a few years ago, but that was before kids and I enjoyed/had time to shop.
Once you get your box you decide if you want to keep anything, which you are charged for, but if there is anything you want to return, you simply send it back in the time frame you agree to (about 3 days) and you aren’t charged anything extra. So, if the box is a total dud, you are only out $20. So essentially you are paying for a personal stylist for a very low cost.
Evereve, a brand I’ve mentioned before and have a few items from, launched a similar (like nearly exact) service called Trendsend. Since I was a little bit more familiar with the brands and clothes from Evereve, because I’ve shopped at the actual store, I was more intrigued to give Trendsend a try versus StitchFix. Although I enjoyed this so much I may give StitchFix another go just to compare the two! Also, Trendsend is free to try + free shipping!
Anyway, my first Trendsend arrived Thursday afternoon and I was SO excited to dig into it. This is what I was wearing when my doorbell rung so I was all “yeah this is right on time”.
I took selfies in front of a large mirror to show you the clothes in the boys’ playroom after they were asleep. I thought, there is no more realistic place for me to try on clothes that need to function for my mom life than surrounded by toys in the playroom!
I thought about getting my tripod and Nikon out but I was rushing so I could get my workout on, so mirror selfies were about as acceptable as I could get.
And just to clarify any potential confusion, this isn’t a sponsored post. The stylist happened to be familiar with my blog, which was a note she made in her styling notes to me, but other than that I have no connection with Trendsend.
So, as I opened the box, the first things I came to were the jewelry. I disliked both the necklaces. Plus, I almost never wear necklaces anyway. So I didn’t bother trying them on with the outfits because I knew there was no possibility that I would keep them.
Then I saw a few stripes peeking out from under the tissue paper and I got excited.
The first thing I tried on was the jeans. I really liked so much about them. I requested a size 30 but in hindsight (pun intended) I think I want to try sizing down to a 29 for the sake of stretch. I’ve got a bit of junk in the trunk, and by a bit I mean a huge amount, so I have the tight on the thigh/butt but loose in the waist issue. And I find denim always stretches out. So I’d rather start a bit tight and do some squats to stretch the jeans out a little bit than deal with my jeans slowly sliding down all day. Don’t pretend like you don’t do squats to stretch out your jeans either.
ANYWAY, the 30 was a little too big, but other than that I loved the cut and wash. I didn’t need them, and the price was a bit steep (though I do consider nice denim an investment piece) so I enjoyed them for about 30 minutes and then off they went into the return bag.
Next was a white tank and a vertical black and white stripe sleeveless blouse. I already own two of the exact tanks she sent me, so I didn’t bother trying that on, and the black and white stripe top was cute but I knew I wouldn’t wear it enough to make it worth buying. A dressy shirt like that isn’t realistic for my day to day, and I would really need to LOVE it in order to feel good about buying it.
The next shirt was good but didn’t work for my body type. I liked a lot about it, a whole lot, but the hem in the back was just tooooooo looooooong. Doesn’t work well for my derrière. Works well for others. And I loved the jacket she paired with it and had I not *just* bought a similar jacket at Marshall’s I would have considered keeping it! But I did not like how low the hem hung beneath the jacket either.
So, with a bit of reluctance, the shirt went in the return back. And the jacket.
And I was left with a chambray tunic dress. I tend to be excessively conservative with what I wear, so a tunic dress to me is a lot less dress and a lot more shirt. This would look ADORABLE with leggings and boots and a scarf in the wintertime. Adorable I tell you. My only issue was that it was a little constraining in the arms and that doesn’t work for carrying kids around. Do I sound incredibly picky yet? Yes? Well, my sister would be able to join you in your eye rolling!
So, in the end, everything is going back. But I’m left really hopeful for anytime I want to try another Trendsend box. As far as the style and look of the clothes my stylist chose for me, they were nearly on point. Only little changes would need to be made on a few items to make them perfect.
It was really fun to give Trendsend a try, and made my Thursday afternoon exciting. Shopping definitely gets tougher as the boys get older, so I really think the concept behind Trendsend and StitchFix is genius.
Have you tried either service? What did you think? I hear a lot of positive reviews of StitchFix (Trendsend is still pretty new) so I’m curious to hear if you use it and love it!