Shopping for clothes. Whether you love it, loathe it, or [like me] just don’t have time for it, it has to be done. Having clothes that are good quality, appropriate for the situation, and fit well are a must for all successful people. Okay, maybe not while you’re working from home or watching marathons of Sex and the City on Sunday, but for the office, date night, PTA meetings, etc., you want to make a great impression, and that starts with your appearance.
Lately, I’ve found myself with a closet full of clothes that are either:
a) Only good for one season – it was trendy 2 years ago/quality was clearly not a buying factor
b) Maternity clothes – time to put the elasta-waist into storage
c) Too big – hey, I’ve lost weight and toned up. This is a good thing.
d) Never fit right to begin with – but I just HAD to have it
I’m ready to clean out and donate, or put into storage (if only I had the time to do all this!). It’s time for not necessarily a major overhaul, but a little investment shopping and new life into my closet.
Enter the “new” way to shop.
Online shopping is nothing new. But it can be hit or miss, and sometimes returns are a royal pain. But I think 2 different models in online retail are totally changing the way successful people shop. Filed under the category of “why didn’t I think of that?” is the RENT IT model. My standby for every special occasion these days is Rent the Runway.
I have been a RTR devotee for probably 4 years, including about 15 weddings. Especially when you are often attending events with the same group of folks, I just wouldn’t get enough wears out of a dress to make it worth the price tag. Renting dresses allows me to try new styles and designers, without the commitment. They send you 2 sizes, provide personal stylist assistance for accessorizing, and take care of all the dry cleaning and shipping. Sold! I have had so much success with RTR (only 1 occasion where I had an issue and they overnighted me a couple different options in time for my event), that I realized recently that I don’t actually own any cocktail or formal dresses that weren’t bought before somewhere around 2008.
More recently, I’ve discovered the concept of Online Personal Shopping through the likes of Stitch Fix.
It’s an inexpensive way of having a stylist pick items for you, based on your preferences and body type, and then keep what you want and send back what you don’t. I love the idea of someone hand-picking items for me that I maybe wouldn’t have picked myself. When you have limited time and opportunity to shop, you tend to default to the same stores, same styles, same color palette, etc. I can’t really afford a personal stylist… until now! I’ve signed up and haven’t received my first “Fix” yet, but I can’t wait to see what awaits me. It’s like Christmas in a box! I’ve heard many great success stories thus far.
And not to leave the men out… a similar concept to Stitch Fix is Trunk Club. Let’s be honest… no one could benefit more from this idea than the busy, successful man. Let someone else pick it out, don’t make me go to the mall, make sure I’m wearing the right size… and I don’t have to commit? Brilliant. Again, why didn’t I think of that?
How do you like to do most of your shopping these days? I recently just conquered the most feared shopping process of all — swimsuits! But I did it the old fashioned way. And it felt pretty good too!