While browsing Facebook a month or so ago, I came across an ad for OutfitEZ. "Hate shopping for clothes?" it asked. Why yes, I do! I checked out the website. It's a service that picks out and sends clothes for you to wear once every quarter. The idea is that someone with more taste than you picks out outfits that are coordinated and they get delivered right to your door. A dream come true, right? What I found funny is that the makers of the site decided there's no point even mentioning that the service caters exclusively to men. (Though now, fanlain is a little bit jealous.)
It sounded tempting, and I decided to try them out. The price isn't cheap: $100/month, but it works out to roughly $40 per item of clothing, inclusive of shipping and tax (well, there's no tax charged unless you're in Colorado). They also have plans for $50 or $150, though the per-item price stays the same. You get to select your size, your profile (I picked Cool Nights), and some other things, like whether you live in a warm or cold climate, your complexion, etc.
My first shipment arrived a couple of days ago, but I finally got to look through it this evening. The collection includes:
- A striped shirt
- A paisley shirt
- A patterned long-sleeve shirt
- A mock turtleneck
- Black pants
- Designer jeans
- A tie
- A belt
One of the reasons I liked the idea of OutfitEZ is that it would be a way to leave my comfort zone and try something new; this shipment definitely did not disappoint in that respect. I think other than the pants, and maybe the belt, I would not have bought any of the rest of the things myself. But I'm pretty sure I'll keep most of these things. You're allowed to return items you don't like, but they recommend you get a second opinion before discarding an item. So this is where you come in.
We were both scared by the prospect of a paisley shirt, but turns out that it has a very subtle pattern and it's a very nice color, so it may be the one we like the most. The patterned shirt we both kind of reeled from at first and will probably end up returning. But fanlain thinks it could work with a sweater, and who knows, maybe there'll be an occasion where loud is called for. The "coordinated outfit" seems to consist of the pants, belt, striped shirt, and tie. fanlain thinks that the tie and the shirt clash, while I think it's not so bad. In any case, we don't have to wear them together.