Being a women entrepreneur doesn’t leave a lot of time – if any – for shopping. Between wearing all the hats and trying to have a personal life, driving to the mall and trying to find clothes in my size is entirely too much of a pain in the neck. So, I don’t. But if you have to meet with clients, attend networking events, or go to conferences, you do need some good pieces. That’s where Stitch Fix comes in.

How it works

It’s really easy to get started on Stitch Fix, even for busy women entrepreneurs. I filled out a profile, selected when I wanted my Fix to be delivered, and paid a $20 styling fee (which goes toward the purchase of your items). I requested some items for specific occasions and to complement my general laid-back casual style. Stitch Fix sends five pieces that their stylists think you’d like.

What happened

Full disclosure: my second-ever Fix was a bust. I was pretty disappointed – the stylist sent me pieces that absolutely did not fit my profile or personality. However, I got to test out Stitch Fix’s customer service, which credited me the styling fee and sent me the goodies I spread out and photographed (below). Here’s what they sent me, based on my need for casual-ish pieces with a little polish that I could wear with skirts or pants (L-R):

StitchFix sends curated picks to customers. Photo: Christine Parizo

StitchFix sends curated picks to customers. Photo: Christine Parizo

  1. Papermoon Almeria Eyelet Cotton Top: This blouse can be dressed up or down. It’s a pretty salmon color, and I like wearing it with skinny jeans or a denim skirt and wedges. It adds a bit of polish to my look.
  2. Kut from the Cloth Aviva Boyfriend Jean: I liked the look of these jeans, until I tried them on. I wear a lot of jeans, and it’s hard to find jeans that fit properly (I have an athletic body). Kudos to my stylist, Erika, for finding me a pair that I would have LOVED had they not gaped at the waist. They were so cute, though, and I would have worn them to my Toastmasters group.
  3. Papermoon Holden Top. This top is a winner. It’s cute with jeans – but it also looks great with a skinny black pant or pencil skirt. And the lightweight fabric is perfect for Houston summers.
  4. Collective Concepts Izzi Tie Waist Blouse. Oh my gosh, I loved this blouse! It tied at the waist, and the delicate pattern would have looked great with pants or a skirt and could have been dressed up or down. I sent this one back, though, because it was dry clean only.
  5. Loveappella Zola Asymmetrical Striped Dress. I love, love, love this dress. It’s lightweight jersey, and it’s very soft. But it also looks great dressed up or down, and I can see myself wearing this to networking events or to casual meetings when I pair it with a cardigan.

I really liked the pieces in this fix, so much that I requested another for an upcoming speaking engagement. This Fix convinced me that, yes, I do need Stitch Fix in my life. It’s a great service for busy women entrepreneurs, and if it means I can spend less time at the mall and more time on my life and my business, I’m all for it.