One of my favorite things about our new house is my closet, pictured above. As you can probably tell, I’m really into clothes. However, I recently decided to commit to the following: no more clothing/shoe/handbag/accessory purchases until 2013. I’ve been experiencing way too much sticker shock as a new homeowner recently (which was only exacerbated by my closet shelving literally collapsing under the weight of my clothes and we had to shell it out for a new organization system at The Container Store—yikes), and this seemed like the responsible thing to do. I had silently tossed the idea around in my head for a while before telling my husband (who probably thought he was getting Punk’d or that I had been replaced by a long-lost twin), but now that I’m publicly committing on my blog, there is no turning back!
In theory, this shouldn’t be hard. I have a pretty extensive wardrobe (read: I will admit that I’m very spoiled) so I have more than enough to mix and match with, but it does sort of suck to resist the temptation of summer sales and inspiring fashion magazine spreads. And I think everyone can relate to that “a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear” feeling that sometimes arises when getting dressed in the morning. Luckily for me, my friend Kendall (who was previously interviewed on this blog) has the answer to those woeful moments with her startup project, StyleUp!
StyleUp (www.thestyleup.com) is an awesome site that sends a daily dose of style inspiration straight to your email. You determine your style profile by initially selecting the outfit you most enjoy/aspire to from a number of choices, and then off you go! An added perk is that StyleUp also provides you with your local weather forecast and the outfit is determined accordingly—for example, a particularly rainy day will include a trench coat or wellies. And, like any good MBA student, Kendall—a former editor at Lucky and InStyle— is all about constructive feedback, so users are encouraged to rate the daily outfit suggestion in order for StyleUp to provide better outfit recommendations. Here’s a sample of one of my favorite inspiration images that was sent to me:
I absolutely love this service and look forward to receiving my StyleUp emails each evening. It really helps you to think outside the box and try out new combinations that you might not have thought of—like having a personal stylist. You can sign up with a Facebook account, and the recommendations even come with sale updates or relevant links for you to shop the outfit pictured. Additionally, each outfit comes with a “Shop this look” option, which prompts Kendall to reply with suggestions. The StyleUp website also keeps an archive of all your past outfit recommendations, so you can always go back and peruse previous images.
I know that this isn’t really a “gift” idea in the sense of it being something you can purchase for someone—the best part of all of this is that it’s free!—but it’s a fun way for you to treat yourself to fashion inspiration each day… and, if something really strikes your fancy, it might just be a click away from your daily StyleUp!
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