Whew, this post has been a long time coming! I’ve been wanting to publish it since October 4th. That was over two months ago when I was a naive little 12-week pregnant mama who couldn’t wait any longer to try out Stitch Fix maternity clothes. I was still keeping the bun in the oven at the time, so I ordered my first Stitch Fix maternity box, snapped lots of pics, and then promptly filed this blog post under “for the future.”
Looking back at these photos… is cracking me up. At the time, I thought I had the start of a baby bump, but in hindsight, it really just looks like I ate a Chipotle burrito! I definitely didn’t need maternity clothes back then (like I do now at 23 weeks!), but I was eager to try out Stitch Fix to see if their maternity clothes were as fun to receive as non-maternity. My goal was to find a couple things that could grow with me in the coming months. Here’s what arrived in my box:
1) RD Style Jana Poncho Pullover $78
To say I love this poncho would be a massive understatement. I adore it. Everyone needs one super cozy sweater in their closet, and this fits the bill perfectly. Bonus points because I can wear it over leggings or dress it up — yay for versatility!
I know that some women are all about accentuating the bump with tight clothing, but hey, we all need some loose items in our closet, too. This poncho is loose yet still chic and will fit me for months to come. KEPT.
2) Loveappella Hartley Knit Maternity Dress $68
Woof. Call me crazy but I tend to avoid fitted dresses that cling to every body part, lump, panty line, etc. I can confirm: I’m still avoiding them in my pregnant body! This polka dot dress is a stretchy jersey material with no magical maternity ruching — nothing — just straight lines that hug your bump, butt, and hips.
Let’s pretend for a minute that I did like fitted dresses: even then, there was no way it was going to fit a month later. It would only grow tighter in the belly and rear, making be wonder, is this even a maternity dress? SENT BACK.
3) Just Black Adorra Maternity Skinny Jean $88
One of life’s hardest tasks is finding pants that fit. And finding good-fitting pants online? Well, that’s impossible. Except! It’s not! These burgundy skinny jeans with a nice over-the-belly waistband showed up and they felt like Christmas morning. A perfect fit. And a perfect color, too.
I knew that I didn’t need a ton of pants in pregnancy (it’s all about the leggings!), but I could easily picture these matching a ton of different tops. The price tag was a little steep — I normally spend a modest $40 on jeans — but between the amazing fit and convenience, this was an easy decision. KEPT.
4) 41Hawthorn Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse $48
This top had me again wondering: is this even a maternity shirt? I think Stitch Fix needs to improve that ambiguity and get real: pregnant women need maternity brands.
This blouse was a chiffon material with zero stretch. The length was nice but the fit around the waist was dicey. And by dicey, I mean, it barely fit me at 12 weeks, how could this fit anyone’s growing belly or bust? Plus, the color was also nothing special and the material wrinkled easily. SENT BACK.
5) RD Style Colton Marled Knit Cardigan $64
In theory, I liked this goes-with-everything cardigan. Unfortunately, it looked better on a hanger than on me. I felt like I was wearing one of my dad’s sweaters.
It was too big, too long, too beige. (Sidenote: I’m wearing the awesome Just Black jeans in these pics; they are sooo great!). Despite my love of cardis, this one was a bust. SENT BACK.
In short, I wasn’t over- or- under-whelmed with this box. Perhaps I was just “whelmed?” When I step back, receiving two great items out of five is pretty good odds, so maybe I should be happy with that! However, I can’t help but think: Stitch Fix has 9-ish months to make their pregnant customers happy — that’s a pretty small window of time to get it right. For that reason, I wish that a more personalized touch went into their selections and they sent items that were extra special during such a special time (either in style, color, exceptional fit, etc).
Right now, I have enough maternity clothes for months 6-7 of my pregnancy. But if the belly keeps growing (grow baby grow!), I’m willing to give their maternity services another shot during my third trimester. Stay tuned!
Have you tried Stitch Fix maternity? I’d love to hear your experience with it — leave a comment below!