When my daughter turned three months old, I realized I hadn’t been shopping in over a year.
Partially due to the fact that friends generously gifted me their maternity wardrobes and partially because shopping in a pandemic is a challenge. With fitting rooms closed and no idea what size I was postpartum, I decided to delve into something I’d been resisting for a decade:
Online (clothes) shopping.
When a friend sent me her referral link to StitchFix, I signed up! I was so excited to receive my first box and realize that it was super simple to try on everything they sent me. I ended up keeping nothing from that first box but have received several since. The price point on items is significantly higher than I would normally pay at a thrift store or outlet mall, but the ease of not having to go into the store? Worth it for some items I truly love!
- Styling Fee: $20
- Price of Items: High for me ;)
- Ease of Return: So easy since the label is already on bag! Scheduling my return wasn’t clear, but easy once I got the hang of it through the USPS website.
- Other Notes:
- I started with a referral credit of $25 from a friend (you can get the same $25 through my link here!).
- Communication with my stylist didn’t entirely get followed (I asked for all jeans), but she probably isn’t allowed to put just all one item into a box!
ThredUP Goody Box
ThredUp is an online consignment store where you can both send in items to be sold and shop for yourself! A new service they’re starting is the Goody Box program, which I enjoyed trying out next.
- Styling Fee: $10
- Price of Items: Price points much closer to what I’m used to paying!
- Ease of Return: Since I had already figured out how to schedule a USPS pick-up after my first StitchFix box, this was simple!
- Other Notes:
- I ended up keeping nothing from my first ThredUp Goody Box because the items included just didn’t fit my style, but I could see myself using this service in the future and tailoring the box more to what I want.
- I actually sent in a clean-out bag (where I cleaned out my closet and sent the items to ThredUp to be thrifted). I’m excited to see how that turns out, but the wait is long!
Amazon Prime Wardrobe
I didn’t even know Amazon Prime Wardrobe existed, but it took me exactly ten seconds to decide I wanted to try it. Only $5? Sure!
Hands down, this was my favorite experience. Almost flawless except for the return process not being as simple as with StitchFix or ThredUp. Not only did I enjoy that the stylist listened to what I wanted and picked out all jeans for me, I loved that I got to see beforehand what I was being sent! I really looked forward to receiving my box and ended up keeping a pair of jeans.
- Styling Fee: $4.99
- Price of Items: Perfect range. Especially since I got to see sneak peek the items beforehand!
- Ease of Return: This is the only thing I didn’t like. The bag the items came in seemed flimsy. Definitely not the presentation of the others! And I didn’t realize until it was too late and I had cut it open that I was supposed to put everything back in the same bag. I used a box instead and the prepaid label, of course. But I had to take it all the way to the FedEx store! I wish I had been able to schedule a pick-up through USPS as with the others.
- Other Notes:
- If not for the return being an extra errand, this would be perfect.
- I especially love that the styling fee is so low and you can preview items beforehand and thereby immediately nix items you know you dislike
Shopping online for clothes has intimidated me for a long item, but as a new mama in a pandemic, I’m so grateful for the ease and option! Let me know in a comment below if you have experience with either StitchFix, ThredUp, Amazon Prime Wardrobe or another service! I’ll take all the tips I can get. ;)