Monday, July 13, 2015

Twice!

As a former style blogger I have felt … drab this past school year. 

Finding outfits that not only fit my foreign postpartum body but were also pumping friendly, flattering, and professional has been hard. 

I used to love getting dressed and putting outfits together for work. 

Nope, not any more – I pretty much threw on what fit and what was clean.  To sum up this last school year my clothing was boring and probably had more dried milk or boogers on it than I would like to admit. 

I have been sitting back watching my sister, friends, and even my mom try stitch fix.  But, I just couldn’t pull the trigger at $65 an item on average.  Maybe someday I will sign up, I do love the idea, the style, and the confidence that comes out of a stitch fix box.

I started googling alternatives to Stitch Fix.  I found a few, but one that stood out was Twice.  Now, it doesn’t pick out clothes and send you them nor is it a subscription box, but it is a lower cost alternative to beefing up your closet. 

Twice is basically an online upscale thrift store.  They only sell certain brands.  J Crew, Banana Republic, Cole Haan are all available but Target and Forever 21 are not.  Now, don’t get me wrong Target, Forever 21, and even Wal-Mart all have a place in the fashion world (and in my closet) but better brands hold up much better. 

I love thrifting and I am pretty good about spotting quality garments among the masses of crap.  But, with a toddler running around shopping, especially at a chaotic place like a thrift store, doesn’t go very well.

I love the idea behind Twice and decided to give it a try.  There is no stylist, you pick your own clothes so it is not really the same idea as Stitch Fix but I love the fact that you try it all on in the comfort of your own home and send back what doesn’t work. 

I expected to return more than half of my purchase.  I loaded up my cart with color, texture, and mainly pattern.  I love color but I am not a fan of pattern so I wanted to step out a little and get some pattern into my closet.  I ended up with 14 pieces, 6 tops, 4 dresses, 3 pairs of jeans in various sizes, and a pair of shorts. 

It took no time at all to get here – I am very impressed with the speed of shipping and the packaging.

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Each item came in its own little bag.

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Avery loved the little bags!

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I tried everything on while my little helper was sleeping. 

Some didn’t fit, some fit great, and some I was on the fence about. 

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I ended up keeping four tops.  This is what I kept, notice the color … or lack of color I should say. 

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But the pattern!  I normally don’t buy patterned clothes, but I made sure to add things that I wouldn’t normally choose. 

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From left to right:

black blouse with white pattern (Ann Taylor Loft) $19.95 – love the flowy cut sleeve length

black and white faux wrap (White House Black Market) $27.95 – the fit of this is amazing!  Most expensive top, but I love the fit!

black short sleeved top (Daniel Rainn) $21.95 -  very loose fitting style (good at hiding my mum tum) and I love the texture

print sleeveless top (Ann Taylor Loft Outlet) $10.95 – pattern and a tiny hint of color (brown)

I used at 40% off code so after the returns I spent $57.67.

That is much more than I would expect to pay at the Goodwill, but I didn’t have to go to the goodwill totting a toddler.  So, the extra price is worth the convenience of Twice.

One thing that I didn’t like was the strong laundry scent on the White House Black Market top – I only use this detergent which does not have an overwhelming smell but I have washed it two times and set it outside to air out and I cannot get the smell off.  Maybe I have a sensitive nose or maybe I should have returned it.  

There is free shipping with a $50 purchase and free return shipping.  You are charged for the full amount of your purchase

I loved buying from Twice so much that I also cleaned out my closet and sent in some items and got a $35 credit.  It was very easy to do and now I have more space for new items (that fit my post baby body)! 

Have you tried Twice or a similar site?

**This post was in no way sponsored by Twice.  If you click on my referral link here you will get $10 for buying and an extra $10 when you sell!  Pretty great if you ask me!**

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