It’s time for another peek at what was inside my most recent Stitch Fixes (affiliate link!)! This time, it’s a double dose since I received a box about one month before Alex was born and another one month after he was born.
Back in late-August, I forgot that I had my Fixes set to be delivered every month, so I didn’t realize I had one on its way in September until I got an email saying there was still time to leave a note for my stylist. By then, it was too late to reschedule the Fix, so I left a note asking for post-partum friendly items (also say nursing-friendly in my style profile) and hoped for the best. The worst that could happen would be losing the $20 styling credit. Fortunately, I had some referral credits (thanks, friends and readers!)
Boy, was I glad to receive the September Fix! Straight out of the box, I was really impressed. Janet did an amazing job selecting versatile pieces that work while pregnant/4th trimester/nursing-friendly and then later on (fabric with stretch is key). My initial reaction was that I wanted to keep 4 out of the 5 pieces. After trying everything on, I decided I would get the most use out of 2 of the pieces. Here’s what I received:
Pixley Montgomery Cross Front Knit Top – $48
I love the cross front top and wore it to work the next day! It fits great and is a fantastic color. Since it has some stretch, I was able to wear it the last few weeks of my pregnancy, as well as post-baby since it’s nursing-friendly. I’ve worn this top with my favorite skinny maternity jeans and gray skinny maternity jeans. Now that the weather is getting cooler, I’ve also worn it with my Bobeau Fleece Wrap Cardigan, which is great for nursing! I can also see myself wearing this top with leggings or black skinny jeans once I can fit into them again and the blazer also included in this Fix. – KEEP
Kensie Rebekah Contrast Detail Blazer – $88
I specifically requested this blazer after reading this blog post because I don’t have a “casual” black blazer. And it has a black and white polka dot lining! At 36 weeks pregnant, it didn’t fit perfectly, but neither did the blazers I currently own (and wedding rings!). So I compared the Stitch Fix blazer to a J. Crew one in my closet. The sizing is similar, so I kept the black blazer :)
At two weeks post-partum, I wore the blazer to a wedding with my favorite black non-maternity (but bump-friendly) dress, black tights, and black booties. (I’ve been listening to Johnny Cash lately.) And then I wore it about 4 weeks post-partum to an XY Planning Network meet-up in Chicago with a gray tee, jeans, sneakers, and the scarf I received below. – KEEP
Pixley Alicia Printed Pencil Skirt – $48
I strongly debated whether to keep this skirt or not. It’s comfortable and stretchy so it worked while pregnant with that black maternity tee. And I could pair it with a chambray shirt later on. I ultimately decided to return it since I wasn’t sure if I had enough other pieces to wear with the skirt to justify keeping it. Also, I didn’t like that the pattern didn’t match at the seams, even though Stitch Fix offered to exchange the skirt or give me a discount on that one. – RETURN
Market & Spruce Corinna Striped Dolman Top – $48
After doing a little Googling, it seems like the Corinna top is a super crowd favorite. Stitch Fix has a whole Pinterest board for this top! I could be a good basic to have come fall/winter to pair with jeans, leggings, or black pants and long necklace. But I decided to return it since it felt a little frumpy at 36 weeks pregnant (it photographed better than I felt). And I would have preferred a different colorway (even just a lighter gray with white stripes). Also, I didn’t like that the stripes on one of the seams didn’t match up. On the plus side, the price was fairly reasonable at $48, so I might request it in the future. – RETURN
Gilli Sina V-Neck Printed Maxi Dress – $74
The top of this maxi dress fit GREAT, but the bottom was too busy for my liking. Plus, the pattern hit my super-bump in funny spots, so I felt huge. Also, I’m not too sure about purple and orange together and whether I would wear it very often post-baby, especially at $74. – RETURN
After my September Fix, I was really looking forward to my late October/post-baby Fix. Unfortunately, this one was a bit of a dud. Some pieces didn’t seem worth the price or they fit terribly. Sorry, Matthew. You really missed the mark on nursing-friendly. I basically kept the scarf so that I wouldn’t lose my styling fee. At least I like scarves…
Octavia Tina Checkered Infinity Scarf – $34.00
As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, I’m a big fan of scarves and didn’t have one in this color. But I don’t really need more. At least I’ve been able to put it to good use with the colder Chicago weather – KEEP
Mavi Willamet Embroidery Detail Knit Top – $54.00
This top fit ok, but I would have preferred if it was a touch longer.
Plus, the embroidery wasn’t really my style and it was practically the same color as the rest of the shirt. Finally, I didn’t think it was worth the price. – RETURN
Renee C Jemdy Striped Dolman Sleeve Jersey Knit Top – $38.00
Straight out of the box, I was excited to try this on since I liked the stripes. Plus, I like the Pixley dolman top from my very first Fix (I wore it home from the hospital!). Unfortunately, the cut of the Renee C top was awful.
The Pixley dolman is much better since the top is more fitted than the Renee C one. – RETURN
RD Style Calandra Side Button Hooded Poncho – $68.00
I don’t even know where to start with this poncho. It was so unflattering on me! And it had built-in sleeves… – RETURN
Market & Spruce Trace Tie Waist Cardigan – $78.00
This cardigan was a little meh. I still have a little bit of a baby bump, so the cardigan felt a little too bulky right now. And it definitely wasn’t worth the price to me. – RETURN
My next Stitch Fix is currently scheduled for mid-December, so I’m going to have to get really specific in my style profile and note, especially if I want something in particular to wear for Christmas. And I might even request a specific stylist.
New to Stitch Fix? Here’s how it 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 (so convenient!) 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.