I’ll admit it. After a long week at work, all I want to do on the weekends is curl up in pj’s and sip a glass of wine – or two. The idea of transforming myself into a party-ready fashionista, can quickly turn me into a couch potato. But everyone knows that you have to get yourself out of the house sometimes for a night out with your significant other or a party with your friends. The good news — finding stylish and versatile looks that will make you want to get out the door doesn’t have to be a long, painstaking process, if you know where to look and how to solicit help. Check out our preferred list of fashion and beauty services that make dressing and beauty a cinch.
Stitch Fix blends stylists with technology to create a personalized shopping experience for men and women. Take a style quiz and a fashion expert selects five outfits to fit your lifestyle, taste, and budget. No two clients receive the same curated box, which is delivered on-demand. From everyday classics to party pieces, you’re only charged for what you keep. [No current promotion]
Trunk Club is a Nordstrom subsidiary that not only pairs customers with dedicated stylists, but also prioritizes customer service. “Trunks” arrive at your doorstep within three to six days, after you sign off on your stylist’s recommendations. They also offer plus sizes, maternity, and will customize your party suit or frock. [Cost: $25 upfront fee, credited toward your purchase. Average price point $100-300; comparable to Nordstrom ready-to-wear. Price matching offered.]
Rent the Runway is ideal for women who want to feel like a celebrity for the night. From flirty cocktail dresses to decadent gowns, they rent thousands of couture looks starting as low as $30, for a four to eight day rental.You’ll spend around $200-300 to rent that $1500-2000 designer dress from brands like Harve Leger, Narciso Rodriguez or Donna Karan. Each item comes with a free backup size, on the date of your choice. Search filters, like “Parties’ and ‘New Year’s Eve,’ make event pieces easy to find, paired with customer photos and notes on fit. [Cost: Rental fees vary, shipping costs if outside of Manhattan. Free return shipping. $139 unlimited monthly plan available for super shoppers.]
Hire On Demand Hair & Makeup Stylists
Vive allows you to schedule last minute blowout appointments, with just 30 minutes in advance. They have over 350 member salons throughout Los Angeles, Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Hamptons, and Chicago. Customers select three salons on the Vive app and are matched according to availability and proximity. [Cost: Tiered membership plans are available starting at $39 per blowout.]
Glamsquad sends carefully vetted hair stylists, makeup artists and nail professionals seven days a week, from 7 a.m.- 9 p.m. to help you get ready in the comfort of your home, hotel or office. Want to look like a “bombshell” at your next party? Choose from a variety of themed styles, or work with your beauty professional to customize your look to feel like the best version of yourself. Operating in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami, appointments can be booked in advance or same day on-demand. [Cost: Services range from $35-95. They also are happy to accommodates groups or schedule recurring weekly appointments to keep you looking amazing all year long. Now through Dec 31 you can get 50% off your first blowout with the coded JOYST.] Looking for similar offerings outside of Glamsquad’s coverage area? Try The Glam App, which is offered in 22 cities nationwide and let’s you choose what level stylist you want book.
Shortcut provides on-demand barber and grooming services for men in New York and Los Angeles. The vetted and professional barbers are available for home visits seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to midnight. Hailing from top shops, they cut a variety of lengths and textures. They also travel with drop cloths, so they won’t leave a mess. [Cost: $50 per haircut, $40 for a clipper cut]