Mamas, I've been meaning to post about Stylemint for quite some time now. However, I owed it to you dear readers, to figure out how to successfully decline the monthly tee from what is basically a modern version of a CD-of-the-month. But with t-shirts. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
T-shirts, you may have noticed, are a pretty big deal these days. This wardrobe basic has come into it's own, and is often the focal point of an outfit. Much like denim was revolutionized when "Sevens" came into existence, the simple t-shirt is now anything but. Designers like Alexander Wang are turning out tees that are gorgeously drapy, with interesting little details like rolled hems, a slightly asymmetrical neckline or a flyaway shape. These new tees manage to retain the casual charm of a classic tee "this old thing?" but they work equally well as part of a dressy ensemble.
(photo credit: T by Alexander Wang at Shopbop)
My issue, however, is that many of these tees are dry clean only, and most have a price point range of $60 - $120.
Which, OK, isn't horrible for something that you could wear every day. The price-per-wear works out pretty well. But the dry-clean thing doesn't work. At all.
And while I'll admit there are other places to find tees (J.Crew's tissue tees being one of my favs)...when compared with the high-end tees, they don't quite measure up. There's just a little more style, a better drape, and a few more interesting details in the higher-end tees. Sometimes, you do get what you pay for.
I was hesitant, upon hearing about Stylemint's business model, simply because I was burned one-too-many times by the CD-of-the-month clubs as a kid. (OK - just one time. But my Mom said, "NO MORE!" and that was that.) And I'll admit that Stylemint is hardly upfront about how things work. Here's what they say:
You're in Charge
- It's FREE to look! Get a FREE StyleProfile. Never an obligation to buy!
- Start your membership with your first purchase!
- All T Shirts are just $29.99 each!
- You only receive what you order. We'll email you at the beginning of every month with your Showroom based on your StyleProfile.
- Choose to buy or skip a month in the first 5 days at
no charge! [emphasis mine]
- Shipping is always FREE!
- Returns are EASY!
Ok - so I guess they do infer that you need to do something at the beginning of each month. But it took me a few months (embarrassing, but true) to figure out how. HOWEVER....the tees are so fabulous that I almost didn't care.
Mamas, these tees are soft, drapey, and oh-so-crazy-chic. They are, without exaggeration, the new workhorses of my closet. I've been wearing my Stylemint tees constantly, and the price-per-wear is now shockingly low.
Here are a few of my favs:
I love how these tees are so chic that they work equally well hanging out with the kiddos as they do on date night:
(wearing: on left - Stylemint Camden tee, J. Brand mid-rise cords, Gap leopard-print socks....on right Stylemint Camden tee, Windsor Store leather-look leggings, Nine West Booties, J. Crew moto sweater and glitter purse, Stella & Dot heart necklace)
Many of these tees come with either styling suggestions or (my favorite) a video. The video really tells you much more about the tee than their slightly stiff models (my biggest complaint with Stylemint).
For example, this tee looks pretty bad...
Aaaannnddd...this looks awesome:
The. Same. Shirt. Which I'm now coveting.
But Mamas, these things sell out fast. I'm finding that if I wait even a day or two many of my favorite items sell out (restock Perry Sweater! restock Perry Sweater!)
So here's how to join:
- Go to Stylemint and sign up. You must give them your credit card. You'll take a quiz about your style preferences....this basically determines the order that they display the goods. The quiz doesn't really matter - you'll still have access to all styles.
- That's it for now. Browse, etc. Buy, don't buy. No biggie.
- THEN - here's the fine print. At the beginning of each month, Stylemint will send you an email that says, "Shana Your March Showroom is Ready" (insert your name, obvs). This email means YOUR CREDIT CARD WILL BE CHARGED IN 5 DAYS UNLESS YOU PHYSICALLY LOGON TO OUR SITE AND CHOOSE TO SKIP THIS MONTH.
How to skip the month?
If you, uh, forget to skip the month? They will charge you $29.99, and a credit will show up in your account to be used any time. It's a credit that you paid for. It's not, say, a welcome gift. Nor is it some kind of buy one get one deal. So don't be fooled. Like, uh...some people were.
So Mamas, check it out. It's one of the best deals I've found in terms of both style and price. And as the weather gets warmer, I'm excited to see what they come up with...although I haven't been disappointed yet.
ps. Most of the Stylemint links in this article will give us some kind of credit (in free tees) for sending you. If that really bugs you, then just go to www.stylemint.com. If it doesn't bug you - thanks!! If we do actually get a bunch of free tees we'll do a reader giveaway or something.