I also discovered that I apparently do all of my shopping online at night when I can't sleep. Now that I've switched jobs, I actually sleep at night, and I started business school, so I have even less time than before. I used a personal shopper at J. Crew before, which was great, but was very time consuming. So, I decided to outsource dressing myself to strangers on the internet -- and there were a lot of options!
First, I tried Golden Tote, which has two options. You pay $49, pick one item, and they will pick 2-3 more. Or, you pay $149, pick 2 items, and they will send you 4 - 5 more. There are no returns, unless you return the whole thing. Golden Tote was originally conceived as an overstock solution for Puella, a brand which is sold at Anthropologie, which is really brilliant. There were offering a baseball sweater, I had been looking for one for a while, and I also picked a striped sweater. Because, you know, I didn't have any striped clothes in my closet yet. In my tote, I received a sweatshirt, a ridiculously awesome striped maxi dress and two tops that didn't fit, which I gifted to friends. I did the tote a second time, getting a vegan motorcycle jacket and a chunky sweater. I received an okay striped dress, two striped tops, and two tops that didn't fit that I gifted to friends.
Verdict: It was okay. I was forced to try new things. However, I received even more striped items, which was not helpful for getting me out of my comfort zone. The bonus items were hit or miss and both times, I ended up only being able to use 4. I probably won't do this again unless there were two items I really loved (or one for the smaller tote) and spend money on things I want.
Next, I tried Elizabeth and Clarke. They offer a quarterly subscription where you pick 1 ($30), 2 ($50), or 3 ($60) shirts. You get to pick the shirts from a limited selection. Returns are allowed. For my first subscription, I picked these shirts:
|Shirts I now own
Verdict: Do it. The shirts were super cute and really wonderful quality. Since I got 3, the price was really reasonable. I wasn't as wowed about the next selection (which I'll get in a few weeks), but they are definitely out of my comfort zone, which is great.
|Shirts I'll receive in a few weeks
Next, I tried Stitch Fix. Stitch Fix will send you 5 items upon request or monthly. It costs $20 for the box, plus the cost of whatever items you want (you get to subtract the $20 from the cost of the items if you keep something). You get to tell the price you want items to be at (up to $150 for pants, etc.) and fill out a style quiz. You return the things you don't want. The first time I tried this, I kept one item. The second and third time, I kept all five, though I would have kept four for the second box, but it was cheaper to keep the item, since you get a 25% discount if you keep all five items. The fourth box, I kept nothing. Each item also comes with a card showing two looks you can create with the item.
|Look at me, following instructions!
Verdict: Do it. Though this last box was a total bust, they have mostly sent me things that looked great on me and worked with my wardrobe.
|Part of my lookbook