I don’t usually do reviews of services on this blog, but I loved the concept behind this company, Tog and Porter, and thought it was such a brilliant alternative to the usual (and time consuming!) shopping experience we all deal with. It’s a virtual personal stylish and shopper, which is totally something that appeals to me. I’m just too busy and don’t have the patience to put all the time and energy into my style that I’d like, and I love having the opinion of a professional stylist when I’m putting together my wardrobe.
Would you like to hear about my experience?
1. I set up a time to chat over skype with a stylist, Maureen. Beforehand, I sat and thought a bit about what kinds of pieces I need/wanted for my wardrobe and what kind of look I was going for. The stylish was really great and asked me a lot of good questions about where I shop, what my eye is drawn to, and what my day to day life looked like, what I already have too much of in my closet. We also took measurements and discussed sizes. I described myself as having wardrobe full of pieces that were ‘sweet’ (bows, polka dots, vintage, florals), and that I really wanted more sophisticated, chic, menswear-inspired looks. I want to dress like a woman, not a girl. She totally got it.
2. Then about a week later, a box of hand picked curated clothes for me arrived! I was so excited to see what was inside but had to wait until our second skype call where we opened it up together and went through each of the items individually. She gave me tips for putting the pieces together in different outfits and this style board you see above. I tried on all the clothes and spent some time with her discussing various ways to style it with other items and pieces I already had in my wardrobe. I loved this part! I totally need to spend more time putting thought into outfits and trying out things I’m a little scared of (like leopard print cardigans!).
3. You keep what works, and send back (with a pre-paid label) what doesn’t work. You’re charged for what you keep. You can also exchange items for different sizes or colors at this point as well. There’s no ‘fee’ associated with the stylist, only a $100 refundable deposit toward the clothing. See more details about it here.
A few notes about some favorites from the box:
1. Black slouchy pants with elastic at the ankle by Page Denim. These were my favorite! Super comfortable and really stylish to dress up with heels or down with flats. I love having a comfortable alternative to leggings or pjs for working at home.
2. Page Denim also makes skinny jeans that are lower rise in the front, but higher rise in the back to cover your rear sufficiently. Love that idea! My stylish heard me when I said I was tired of showing my crack to the world.
3. A green anorak jacket by Tulle. Military chic and goes well with anything, definitely not ‘sweet’!
5. Super soft white v-neck and brown tees by Splendid
Does this sound like a service that appeals to you? Would you ever consider using a virtual personal stylist/shopper?
I was compensated for my review of Tog and Porter, although the opinions expressed are my own