This month, I jumped on the subscription box bandwagon when I signed up for Trendsend by Evereve. I love clothes and looking cute, but shopping is kind of a pain. Conditions have to be pretty much perfect for me to actually go anywhere, shop for, try on, and actually purchase clothing. Like, we’re talking “moon in the second house and Jupiter aligns with Mars” kind of perfect.
In other words, it doesn’t usually happen.
Normally, I shop in one of two ways. Either I go into Target, grab a bunch of stuff, buy it, try it on at home and return what doesn’t fit. Or, I shop online. So this idea of somebody with a heightened sense of style sending things directly to my house seemed like a winner.
I chose this company over others like StitchFix for a couple reasons. First, they are a company founded by moms for moms. That really appealed to me. Second, there is no styling fee! They don’t charge you at all for the service of sending you a box, so really, unless you keep any items, there is no monetary risk involved.
Also worth mentioning is that you can sign up for a box to be delivered once a month, every two months, every three months, or on demand. I chose the every three months option. I figured that was a good way to start off as it means I’ll get a box once a season. Also, the pieces tend to be a little more expensive than what I’d usually buy. Splurging four times a year seemed a better fit for my pocketbook.
So, what did I get?
Let me say that one of the items they sent will never see the light of day. There will never, ever be any photographic evidence of me wearing such an ill-fitting piece of clothing. Horizontal strips, detail that accentuates the mom pooch, and a mini-skirt…BAD IDEA. That’s all I have to say about that. The others were pretty good considering this was the first attempt. Take a look!
Top – Peyton Jensen Lou tank (Evereve) || Skirt – Peyton Jensen twisted knit skirt (Evereve) || Necklace – Waterlily Wrap Bracelet (Trades of Hope || Shoes – Comfort Plus (Payless)
My kids’ first comment when I cam down the stairs in this was, “Mom! Where are you going?” Because, no. I don’t normally dress like this. The clothes were comfortable, the tank was soft, but it just wasn’t me. I have a hard time with tanks in general because, if they fit across the chest, they’re usually too big at the arm holes (see above). The color on this was perfect, but in addition to being too big, it was too expensive, too. I couldn’t justify spending $50 on a tank top whether it fit or not.
The skirt was just meh. It’s hard to see in the pictures, but there was a gathering detail at the left hip which just didn’t do me any favors. And with my hips and rear end, I tend to shy away from pencil skirts in general.
Needless to say, this outfit is OK, but pretty much got a hard pass from me.
Sweater – Ribbed Up Cardi by Billabong (Evereve) || Jeans – American Eagle Outlet skinnies || Shoes – Dr. Scholl’s Madison (DSW) || T-shirt – made by a friend
Let’s just say this was the most expensive bathrobe-looking sweater I’ve ever tried on. It was voluminous and went down past my knees…and I’m a tall girl! When I first saw it, I was really unsure what to put it with. I think I did OK in the outfit assembly, but it still wasn’t really me. Not only that, but I live in Florida. My window for wearing big sweaters like this is pretty short…and I’m pretty sure this year’s window has already closed. If I lived up where it’s cold for more of the year, I probably would’ve considered it more before putting it back in the NO pile.
Top – Peyton Jensen Rocky Brushed Pullover (Evereve) || Jeans – Kut from the Kloth Mia Skinny with Stars (Evereve)
Frump-a-dump. That’s how that top made me feel. It was super soft and I liked the color, but wow. Lumpy McLumperson is not a good look for anyone. Going back onto the website, though, I saw that they just sent me one that was too big. A large would’ve worked much better for me than an XL in this case (I frequently bounce back and forth between the two).
Those jeans, though. You guys and gals who follow me on Facebook may have seen my Live where I opened up the box and gave my first impression thoughts on the contents. And, I will readily admit that at first sight, I laughed at these jeans. I think I said something along the lines of “my 10 year-old daughter would wear these.” Well, I eat my words!!
These jeans fit like they were made just for me and I love them! Still a little hesitant, I asked my husband/photographer what he thought. “Well,” he said, “You probably think that a 40 year-old shouldn’t wear jeans with stars on them. And I say that’s what an old 40 year-old would say. You are a young 40 year-old, so you should absolutely get them.” My 16 year-old son threw in his agreement with his dad. And then my best friend chimed in the same. I’m sold! I just wish maybe he hadn’t used the term “40 year-old” quite so much.
Sweater – Stitches and Stripes lace back cardigan (Evereve) || Top – Tek Gear (Kohl’s, but old) || Leggings – Hue (Nordstrom’s, but old)
This sweater was the first item I pulled out of the box and it was love at first touch. It is super soft and totally dreamy. And when I came down the stairs in this outfit, my two girls both chimed in that this outfit looked the most like Mommy. I’d have to say they were right. This heather gray color is subtle and lovely and the style is going to be super versatile. I think this tunic-length sweater is going to get lots of wear in the coming years. It was a definite YES.
2 out of 7 ain’t bad
All in all, I’m super pleased with this whole process of box-try-photograph-blog-return/buy. And the fact that I’m actually keeping two items out of the first box is impressive enough to me to keep going! I can’t wait to wear these two pieces and to see what the stylist sends in April!!
Now, if you want to give Trendsend a try, click on the picture below. Full disclosure, if you use my link to sign up to receive a box, I’ll automatically get 20% off my next order. So cool!!