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I’ve had good luck updating my wardrobe using a clothing subscription service, but I’ve always ended up getting something conservative, instead of going out on a limb.
After trying out a box from Trendy Butler, though, I’m thinking about making a few more bold choices.
If you’ve tried a subscription box before, you’ll be familiar with the mechanics of how this one works: You sign up for an account, and for a monthly fee of $65 you’re sent clothes valued at around or over $100.
While signing up, you’re asked about your general style, color preferences, sizes, height, weight, profile, and favorite type of shirt. Again, I usually err on the side of conservatism with my clothes — if I can’t wear it to work, I probably won’t buy it. But I took a gamble and set my style to “casual and stylish.” At the very least, these clothes would be an upgrade over the band T-shirts and jeans I wear on the weekends.
When the package arrived it included all the clothes I’d usually wear: a white button-up, slacks, and a long sleeve shirt, but also a loud, Hawaiian-themed short-sleeve button-up. Everything fit well and felt nice, but to properly test each piece of clothing out, I decided to put them through a little test.
I wore each one to the office over the course of a week, but the one to get the most notice (and compliments) was the short-sleeved shirt.
Part of that was probably because I don’t usually dress in loud clothing — at least to work — but the compliments were nice nonetheless. It made me consider adding similar pieces to my closet to round out the sea of (mostly blue and navy) gingham or solid shirts.
If the purpose of Trendy Butler was to broaden my horizons a little while also doubling down on my staples, it succeeded.
Testing out a new style can be tricky and intimidating, but if you’re willing to give Trendy Butler a shot, it has two benefits over traditional retail. The first is a very liberal return policy: If you don’t like something you receive, or it doesn’t fit right, you can exchange it for something else at no additional cost.
The second is that by going out on a limb with your style preferences while signing up, you’ll get professionally-selected items instead of searching for them on your own. When taken together, there’s almost no reason not to try something new.
I’m not going to completely change what I wear, and my personal style is still largely the same, but using Trendy Butler opened me up to options I hadn’t considered before. If you’re looking for a painless way to get a little more fashionable one month at a time, I think it’s definitely worth it.
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