The UX of a Brand New Wardrobe

I was never one to think about “fashion” or “dressing nice” or “image”. (All air-quotes)  Last year, a co-worker told me that he has paid a personal consultant to help pick out a wardrobe.  The truth is: he looked good!  I looked at myself in the mirror and it struck me:

  1. My clothes don’t fit well.
  2. The material was poor quality.
  3. I didn’t look good.
  4. I wanted to look nicer.

I really didn’t know where to start.  I didn’t have much fashion sense.  I found Trunk Club, which seemed compelling.  They do a skype with you and a consultant and send you a truck of clothes.  You keep what you want and send the rest back.  For some reason though, I never followed through with it.

Then a co-worker volunteered to go with me to the Stanford Mall and shop.  She had good fashion sense, so we gave it a go.  We went to Nordstroms and Macy’s.  I basically was a mannequin, but I did my job well.  I didn’t get impatient or frustrated.  This is impressive (to me) because it was a 5 hour marathon.

In the end, I spent about $2,000 on clothes which should last me (hopefully) a year.  Although I heard I might need to do it a little more frequently.  The clothes fit.  They are made of better materials.  I look good.  When I got back, I put my old clothes in a box for Goodwill.

OK, here is the UX part.  I feel so much better when I walk around.  I feel better when I see myself in the mirror.  My chest sticks out a little further.  My mind does not get distracted with thoughts of how I look.  I just feel more confident.

I didn’t expect this.  Truthfully, I wasn’t sure how the new clothes would affect me.  The end result for me was an significant change for the better.  I don’t think I am ready to shop for myself, but having the new clothes has been great.  This has been the first time in my life that I have done this.  Call it a mid-life crisis, but it seemed to work.  Also, it was cheaper than buying a sports car.

4 Replies to “The UX of a Brand New Wardrobe”

  1. Hmmm…not sure what “the UX part” of this story really is. Is it the part where you had others decide what you should be wearing, based on an objective look at your needs? If this was truly a UCD process, which results in an optimal User Experience, your friend (your co-shopper) might have begun the process, days
    earlier, by observing your daily routine, behavior, and lifestyle…identifying what issues your current wardrobe was causing, and how it affected your mood…as well how
    others perceived you (vs. how you wanted them to perceive you). Good luck with your new threads. New clothes always make one feel better about themselves.

  2. Promise you’ll post the wardrobe pics!! By the way…I almost tried Trunk Club myself. I believe it was way too cost-prohibitive, however. Cheers.

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