If you are already “living in style” in part to Stitch Fix, then it’s likely you have felt that tinge of guilt associated with having a personal stylist. It happens to the best of us. Unless you’re one of the luckies to split the big Powerball jack, like me, you may be spending the majority of your hard-earned dollars on the important things like groceries, utility bills and wine. It’s also possible you are reading this as one of the unluckies who quit their job because they thought they won the jackpot, later to find out your numbers were for the previous week’s drawing. You can watch their video here. Ouch. 🙁
However, there does exist a worldwide posse of stylish middle-class women dashing home on their lunch hour to intercept their Stitch Fix boxes before their spouses get home. It’s childish and emotionally stressful to keep it up, so the information in the following post is dedicated to anyone who logged in to their Stitch Fix account and changed their delivery schedule to receive an earlier shipment. You know who you are! If you’re feeling pretty smug right now because you aren’t using a personal stylist and can afford more wine, let us introduce you to this life-changing service. You can go here to find out what Stitch Fix is and how it works, and here to find out who is using it and how they look, and here to find out how to make the most of your experience.
Top Five Ways to Ditch Stitch Fix Guilt
Number 1: Timing
Stitch Fix is all about attention to detail, and one of my favorite details is their unbelievably “timely” delivery service. You can pick any date that mail gets delivered, and then relax knowing that with miraculous precision you will receive your Stitch Fix box on this day, without fail. Which means if a person is thinking ahead, they can schedule their Stitch Fix to arrive when spouses are otherwise occupied, thus saving the lunch-hour dash. Upcoming fishing weekend? Fantasy draft? Business trip? Big game day? Golf tourney? (more on this one later in the post)… any time you hear your honey is scheduled to be doing something else is a great time to schedule to receive a Stitch Fix, with the added bonus that this gives you time for your “reveal” experience too!
Number 2: Balance
Once you receive your second shipment it starts to feel like a commitment; a commitment to personal decadence that you might not be used to. In my opinion, this can upset the balance of the universe and is something that needs to be fixed asap! I choose to restore balance by getting to a thrift shop as soon as possible and buying something I don’t need at a ridiculously low price. I always feel much better after taking this step, and it means that I am doing my part to keep extra waste out of the landfill and to maintain the balanced energy of the world. For these reasons, Stitch-Fixing and Thrifting go together for me like raspberry and chocolate. Okay, sorry, I had this Timberline Lodge dessert for my Dad’s birthday last week and I can’t get it out of my head…
Chocolate Decadence from the Timberline Lodge Cookbook
Number 3: Social Media
When I first started using Stitch Fix, I felt kind of alone in the world, because none of my Galentine’s were spoiling themselves in this way. So long to those days! I’ve done my part to share my love of this service with everyone I know, along with the rest of the Stitch Fix sisterhood, and today we have a full on social movement.
For those of you just getting started, the odds are ever in your favor. If you’re out and about in 2016, you are likely to hear regular conversation about Stitch Fix, which is very different from shopping. Shopping gets a bad wrap, but stitch-fixing is a modern new activity without strings attached, much in the same way xeroxing is completely different from photocopying. Anyway, you get the idea. So relax, its totally normal, everyone has a personal stylist these days. You just have to help your sisters by sharing your Stitch Fix love with your friends and keeping the social media up. A great way to do this is to wear your Stitch Fix clothes, and wait for people to ask you where you got them. 🙂
Another social media opportunity is a great new idea I got from a coworker. Imagine checking your mailbox at work, and mixed in with budget docs that have deadlines, expense reports that need to be reviewed, and all other kinds of work responsibility mail, is a single page of outfits from a women’s magazine with a note that says “These styles looked like you.” Genius! Giving attention to a friend is a great way to give back, and helps to release Stitch Fix guilt. Girlfriends, you can all expect to see thoughtful style notes coming your way!
Number 4: Forgiveness
Its a scientific fact that most of the world is naturally uncomfortable when they feel like they “owe.” The minute you do something nice for someone, they immediately start thinking of ways to re-pay you, as shown in this video clip about the Reciprocity Norm. Secretly, I kind of like this psychological effect, because it keeps us close, and leads us to do nice things for each other. This is a new-to-me discovery, but I think forgiveness might be the same way. It makes people really uncomfortable waiting to be forgiven, which means they are craving the opportunity to forgive you!
This came up at our house last year when my son started golf lessons.
My husband was taking him to hit balls 2-3 days per week, and one night after practicing my son said “Mom, I need to tell you something…”Dad bought new golf clubs and he told me to keep it on the “down low.” So please don’t say anything.” In previous years, I would have gone bat-nuts crazy hearing my spouse made a big, expensive purchase without consulting me, but this time I chose a different path and it worked beautifully. Not wanting to break my son’s trust, I used the opportunity to book a Stitch Fix. I made sure my husband was the one to discover the box, and when he asked “What is this?!!” I said, “Oh, those are my new golf clubs.” He just smiled and basked in the sunshine of forgiveness. Perfect. Even better than this, is if you can plan to do some good deeds for your family the day before. It’s the icing on the cake to not feeling guilty when your doorbell rings.
Surprise! There is no number 5. Really, you expected I could actually think of five ways to ditch Stitch Fix guilt?! Nonsense.
Seriously though, it can take a while to master the tricks of releasing your Stitch Fix guilt. In the meantime, if you are still relying on the lunchtime dash, I highly recommend you make sure to pack your significant others’ lunch, or at least ask them what they are doing for lunch. It’s a rookie mistake to get busted trying to cover up your evidence. Fair warning from a Stitch Fix sister in training. 🙂
So what are you waiting for?! Today is a great day to embrace your freedom and meet your stylist with a clear conscience, because guilt is like a pair of bad shoes, it’s terrible for your health.
Yours in Style,
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