Have you ever wished you could have a personal shopper? Someone who would pick out clothes for you, tell you what goes with what and how to style your outfits so you look current and stylish?
Many department stores offer that service, but really, who has time to go shopping anymore? I used to love spending my days roaming the mall but these days I can barely find time to pick up groceries, to say nothing of perusing the mall for the perfect outfit.
But what if you had a virtual personal shopper? Wouldn’t that be cool? If you could send a picture of yourself to someone online and describe your personal style and what you’re looking for, and they did the shopping for you and mail it right to your front door? And you could keep what you want and return the rest for no fee? How cool would that be!?
Someone should invent that.
Oh wait. They did! Ha! I crack myself up.
Meet Cakestyle — your very own personal stylist.
I was recently invited to try out Cakestyle to see what I think. Not one to turn down a chance to shop, especially when I don’t have to leave my house, I agreed to receive a box and experience Cakestyle for myself.
Basically you go in and make an account and fill in some information about your personal style, all your sizes, and what your lifestyle is like. Then a stylist reaches out via email and you can explain any special events you have coming up or if there is something in particular you are looking for. This stylist has a profile on the site so you can see who she is, what she looks like, etc. (It’s not some frumpy hausfrau hiding behind a computer screen, in case you were wondering!)
Then she puts a box together for you and sends it out. It includes return shipping labels and even packaging tape, and you have 10 days to return anything you don’t like.
Now I’ll be honest, that part is a challenge for me. I’m SO bad about procrastinating a trip to the post office. In fact, I still haven’t returned my Cakestyle box yet, and I received it at least two weeks ago. I’m famous for allowing my window of opportunity to run out when it comes to returning merchandise I order online, so if this is you, you really have to be disciplined because your credit card is on file and after 30 days, they will charge you for anything you haven’t returned.
The other caveat I have to mention is that the products are definitely high end designer brands — Theory, Paige Premium, Trina Turk, Milly . . . to name a few. These are gorgeous pieces, but they aren’t a fit for everyone’s budget.
As for the experience itself, I loved it. I love having someone else shop for me, and she picked out items I wouldn’t have pulled off the rack, but I was determined to try on every piece. Rather than take pictures this time, I made a video. Check it out! (And please excuse my disaster of a bedroom. I’m such a slob.)
So the red Trina Turk blouse I showed in my Daily Mom Style post this week was one of the items that came in my Cakestyle box. It costs more that I would typically spend on a top, but I felt like it was special enough to warrant the price. Cakestyle did give me a gift card to use to try out their service, but I will end up going over that if I keep anything else. I still haven’t made up my mind. The gray dress is quite spendy, but I really like it, and so did my husband. And the coral jeans are adorable.
What do you think? What should I keep, and what should I return?
Another nice thing about shopping with Cakestyle is you have someone available to help you style your pieces if you’re unsure about something. I emailed Kait, my personal “Cakestylist” and she replied within 24 hours:
I’m so glad you like the red top, it’s really a beautiful piece. I love it untucked with jeans, a nude or white cami worn underneath would work really well. For a casual look I like how it looks with a tank left out a bit so you get a little pop of white. If the tank is nude, I would tuck it in since the colors won’t look right untucked. It also looks great tucked into a pencil skirt, black would be really sharp or even a black leather skirt!
I especially appreciated the advice about the tank — I was having trouble figuring out what color to wear under the top and whether or not it should be tucked in.
All in all, I think Cakestyle is a brilliant idea. It is the perfect solution for a working woman who needs a professional wardrobe and doesn’t have time to shop, or for the woman who isn’t confident in her own abilities to pick out clothing for herself and wants a little extra help.
You can also purchase a gift certificate and treat some special someone in your life to the Cakestyle shopping experience.
So I’m interested to hear, do you think you would use Cakestyle? Have you ever tried anything like this before? What are your thoughts about a virtual personal shopper?