Hi friends! I just wrapped up my first maternity Stitch Fix (affiliate link!) and thought you might want to see how everything worked out. I received a Stitch Fix gift card from John’s sisters as a birthday present. This was shortly after Stitch Fix announced they now carry maternity clothes, so I was beyond excited to give it a try. As you all know, I’ve had a little trouble finding maternity clothes, so I was more than willing to let somebody else do the shopping for me :)
How Stitch Fix Works
Stitch Fix is an online personal stylist for women. They carry “regular”, petite, and maternity clothes and accessories. To get started, you fill out an extensive style, fit, and lifestyle profile (they also recommend sharing a Pinterest board showing your style preferences), including your budget. When scheduling your “Fix,” you can also include a note for your stylist about any upcoming events or items you’d like to include or exclude from your Fix.
A personal stylist will then select 5 items for you. At this point, you’re charged a $20 styling fee and this is applied to any items purchased from your Fix. Your Fix is shipped directly to you (yay for convenience!) with a note from your stylist and a styling card showing examples of how to wear the pieces.
You have three days to decide whether you’ll keep or return any of those 5 items. The $20 styling fee will be applied as credit towards any items you purchase. If you buy all five items, you get 25% off the entire purchase! Return shipping is free, so you can easily send back whatever you don’t want by placing everything in the big return envelope that comes with every Fix.
When you check out, you have an opportunity to share style, fit, and price feedback on the individual pieces your stylist chose for you, as well as on the whole process. This gives them an idea of how to make future Fixes even better for you. You can also schedule your next Fix, which I’ve already done :)
My Style Profile
To give you an idea of what my stylist was
up against working with, here’s an overview of my style profile:
- My normal weight it around 140-145, but being almost 20 weeks pregnant (as of early May) it’s more like 155-160 and gaining.
- As of early June, I’m now 24 weeks pregnant and 165 or so (I blame it on the birthday cupcakes). Since this is my second pregnancy, my belly popped a bit sooner and is bigger than when I was 24 weeks the first time.
- 5′ 5”
- 38D (pre-pregnancy 36B)
- I have a short torso, so sometimes I buy petite tops
- This also causes my belly to pop more
- Longer legs (but wear regular length pants)
- Usually mediums or size 8
Since I’m halfway through this pregnancy, I’d like clothes that I can also wear a bit after the baby is born.
Since we’re heading into summer, I’d like some casual bump-friendly dresses. I have two maxi dresses I’m wearing regularly now: black maternity (this one with a bright pink or leopard print belt) and orange non-maternity that stretches enough to accommodate my belly (see this blog post at the very bottom.
As a mom of a toddler, I’d appreciate clothes that are easy to clean/take care of.
I do plan on breastfeeding, so nursing-friendly (but not necessarily nursing-specific) articles of clothing would be nice.
Overall, I’d describe my style as classic with a twist. Our work dress code is business casual and we can wear jeans everyday. One of my ideal outfits is a blazer (at least to work), tank/tee, skinny jeans/black skinny jeans, and flats (easier to chase a toddler! Sometimes the flats are pink). Add in some jewelry or a scarf (depending on the weather) for some interest. Before I was pregnant, a button down shirt would be thrown in the mix, but I haven’t found a bump-friendly one I like yet (some seem like tents).
I also wanted to avoid jewelry and accessories since I was looking to round out my maternity wardrobe.
My First Stitch Fix
About one month later, my first Stitch Fix arrived! My first impression was that I loved everything they picked out! My stylist Jessica said in her note that she “focused this Fix on classy but fun pieces great for dressing up and dressing down!” She nailed my style :)
Here’s what was included in my first maternity Fix:
- Mavi Freida Maternity Regular Length Jean – size 8 – $98
- Pixley Avah Chevron Print Dolman Sleeve Top – size M – $58
- LA Made Maternity Catina Maternity Cap Sleeve Dress – size M – $84
- Tees by Tina Amaro Maternity Dress – size M – $98 (but I think it showed $84 at check out?)
- Pixley Torin French Terry Stripe Blazer – size M – $72
The Mavi maternity jeans fit great (the stretch panel was very accommodating) and the color was perfect. Their only drawback was the price. I know a good pair of maternity jeans is critical when pregnant, but I couldn’t justify spending $98 when I could buy a pair of maternity jeans from The Gap for about $70 (full price). Like this pair I snatched from The Gap on sale for $56.
I might have considered keeping them if I wasn’t pregnant and was looking to invest in a new pair of jeans. My current go-to jeans are the legging jeans from The Gap and they’re a little easier on the budget. – RETURN
The Pixley dolman sleeve top is a keeper! So much that I wore it to work the day after I received my Stitch Fix. The color is great as I’ve been looking to add some extra color in my maternity wardrobe. It also makes me look tan ;) After doing a little Googling, I saw that this top is technically non-maternity (yay!) so I’m excited to wear it after the baby is born as well. Also, the top hit me in just the right spot, which doesn’t always happen since I have a short torso (and sometimes buy tops in petite). – KEEP
I liked the LA Made Maternity dress, but I didn’t love it. I considered keeping this dress as it’s a pretty color and comfortable. Also, the dress looked like it could be nursing-friendly after the baby is born, but then the rest of the dress might not have fit as well. I think the thing that made me want to return the dress is the top. I wasn’t too sure about the “flap.” You can see it better in this review. – RETURN
The Tees by Tina dress fit pretty well, but I didn’t like the texture. The dress photographs nicely, but I didn’t love it on. Also, trying on this dress made me realize I’d rather buy the pink dress in this blog post in black for $48 rather than get the Tees by Tina dress for $84 or $98. – RETURN
I soooo wanted to like this blazer! It’s like my stylist read my mind with this item since I’ve considered buying a striped blazer for a while. However, I didn’t like that the lighter stripe was more cream/beige than white. And something about the fit of the blazer made it lay funny. I don’t know if it was my belly or the cut/fit of the blazer, but I didn’t feel awesome wearing it. Though it managed to photograph better than I thought it looked in real life. – RETURN
Overall, I was really impressed by my first maternity Stitch Fix. I feel like my stylist really “got” me. While some pieces were a little more than I was willing to spend, maternity pieces seem to cost more across the board. At the same time, some of the items they picked jogged my memory of other pieces I have or have considering buying elsewhere. The styling card included some good ideas on how I can mix up my maternity wardrobe.
Finally, I loved the convenience of letting someone else pick out clothes for me and ship them directly to my home. That meant I could try on everything at home with other clothes and accessories from my current wardrobe. I’ve already scheduled my next Fix for July!