The one where a cardigan broke my heart

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DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by Stitch Fix. All opinions are my own.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more and more disenchanted with the idea of driving to the mall and shopping. Don’t get me wrong – finding new clothes I love is the best, but have you DEALT with mall parking? It is literally the worst. Literally.

Enter: Stitch Fix. Stitch Fix is a styling service that uses your personal style and budget to match you with five pieces at a time that you’re sure to love. It’s easy, it’s fun, and it even lets you try on new clothes with clothing and accessories you already own. Bonus: no mall parking to deal with.

Last week, I got to try my very first Stitch Fix, which resulted in a cardigan breaking my heart. Yes, really.

You see, my stylist sent me five amazing pieces. Two incredible tops, a dress, jeggings, and a cardigan. The problem is that I’m trying really hard to be financially fit (learn more about creative ways I make money here), and I had already decided before receiving my Fix that I would only be purchasing one item.

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And the first thing I tried on were these amazing (AMAZING) jeggings. Jean leggings. Except they’re real denim, and they fit my hard-earned lifting legs and booty perfectly. They’re a darker wash, and will go perfectly with so many tops I already own, so, I had to keep the jeans.

But then there was the cardigan. Big, chunky, soft, and cozy. Incredibly luxurious feeling for a steal of a price point – $88. A cowl neck with a snap front that was to die for. It would have been so perfect to keep for the fall and winter, and would have been incredible in my cold classroom.

But alas, I’m being budget conscious, and I had to ship that gorgeous cardigan back. My loss could be your gain, though, when you schedule your first fix. It’s just $20 for the styling fee, which you can apply directly to any item you purchase.

Here’s the skinny on how Stitch Fix works:

Step one: Create your style profile on Stitch Fix’ website. You’ll be asked a series of questions about your wardrobe wants and needs, your budget, and your style. It’s fun and easy to take! Be sure to be honest about your budget – if it comes in your box, you’re going to want to try it on, and trust me, you don’t want to fall in love with an adorable cardigan that’s out of your price range.

Step two: Wait patiently for your Fix to make its way to your door. Your personal stylist will draw inspiration from your style quiz and social media accounts (if you’ve connected them) to pick out five pieces you’ll love. I loved that my stylist noticed that I was an Orioles fan on my Pinterest board and included the most adorable orange and gold top. Your Fix costs $20 for a styling fee, which is applied to your clothing purchase when you choose to keep one or more piece from your Fix.

Step three: It’s like Christmas! Your Fix will arrive, nicely packaged, and ready for you to try on. Your stylist sends a note, outfit inspiration, a price list, and your five pieces, wrapped nicely in tissue paper.

Step four: Your bedroom becomes a dressing room. Once your Fix arrives, you have three business days to try on all five pieces and decide which you love and which you just like (because trust me, they’re all good). And here is my most favorite thing about Stitch Fix, the thing that truly sets it apart from simply buying your clothes at the mall: you can try on your new pieces with favorites from your own closet. There’s no guesswork about whether that top is going to look amazing with your favorite pants or if your shoes go with that new dress.

Step five: Decide which pieces to keep. As mentioned, you have three business days to try your pieces. Once you’ve chosen, you head to your Stitch Fix profile online and update it with feedback on fit, style, and price for each piece. It’s easy to check out, and you’ll only be charged for the pieces you choose to keep (minus your 20% styling fee). Stitch Fix sends a prepaid Priority envelope so that whichever pieces you send back have a one way ticket back to their warehouse. Simply package, seal, and send via USPS. Bonus: If you choose to keep all five pieces, you get a 25% discount!

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