Here we are, 39 weeks and 3 days into this pregnancy and I still have a baby happily encased in this big ol’ baby bump. I’m actually getting induced today, so things are extra exciting in the Gavin family right now. My last maternity shipment from Stitch Fix arrived a few weeks ago and it was another amazing Fix. I’m not sure why my stylist changed, but I had a new stylist Blake Lindsey last month who did an incredible job styling me for the very first time. Blake styled me once again this month and pretty much knocked my fix out of the park. There was one piece she sent that was distinctly not my style (any guesses what it might be?), but 4 out of 5 items that perfectly suit my style is pretty impressive and I couldn’t help but keep two items from my Fix this month. Nothing like going out with a bang with one final maternity Fix. I absolutely loved writing this month’s review and I hope you enjoy it too!
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Liona Maternity Flutter Sleeve Detail Blouse
Blake tempted me with a gorgeous maternity blouse in my fix last month and she did it again this month! The Liona Maternity Flutter Sleeve Detail Blouse from Daniel Rainn Maternity ($64) was simply lovely. I adored the floral print, the caramel brown color that is absolutely perfect for fall, and the sweet ruffle sleeve details. Just like every other Daniel Rainn maternity blouse I have ever tried on from Stitch Fix, the Liona Maternity Flutter Sleeve Detail Blouse was a perfect, flattering fit.
The blouse was a breeze to style with a pair of raw hem maternity jeans, the Tory Burch sandals I kept from a recent Trunk Club shipment, my favorite Kendra Scott necklace, and a brown leather beaded bracelet (similar). I quickly fell in love with this entire outfit.
Of course, temperatures are finally starting to drop in Michigan and I knew my days of sporting a sleeveless blouse without an extra layer were limited, so I added my white denim jacket to the outfit – which just made me love the blouse even more.
As much as I adored the Liona Maternity Flutter Sleeve Detail Blouse, I knew it wasn’t practical to keep for the exact same reason I haven’t kept any other blouses from Stitch Fix during my pregnancy. I rarely have a reason to get dressed up in a blouse. I don’t work outside the home, Rob and I have very few date nights out of the house, and I spend all my days in the presence of a very active toddler. I’m been more of a legging and t-shirt for this entire pregnancy and I prefer to get the use out of my many maternity dresses on the rare occasion that I want or need to dress up. What a shame though, because this blouse was a dream to try on!
Anchorage Striped Canvas Tote
Blake also included a super-cute Anchorage Striped Canvas Tote from Street Level ($64) in my fix this month. I loved the casual vibe of the bag and knew it would coordinate perfectly with the outfit I was already wearing. No need to change – I just slung the bag over my shoulder and was ready to show it off.
This was such a fun bag and was big enough to hold all sorts of baby and toddler goodies. I loved the heavy canvas, brown faux-leather details, and the casual stripes. Let me tell you, the Anchorage Striped Canvas Tote was good.
As nice (and roomy) as the Anchorage Striped Canvas Tote was, I decided to return it. All of my purses are leather or faux leather and I love how easy they are to wipe up. This ivory non-wipable, non-washable bag made me a little too nervous about what would happen to it with two small children in a busy household.
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Brynn Maternity Nursing Knit Top
Blake must know all about my love affair with stylish casual tops because she also sent a cute black and white striped Brynn Maternity Nursing Knit Top from Lux & Co ($44). There was so much to love about this top – the stripes, the dark blush trim on the sleeves and collar, and (most importantly) the fact that it was long enough to provide a little coverage with a black pair of leggings.
I started by styling the Brynn Maternity Nursing Knit Top with my trustee black maternity leggings and a pair of black converse shoes. I added my silver Kate Spade watch (similar) and a simple silver necklace to elevate the look a little. I adored this entire outfit from head to toe and was grateful to have created something that looked a little nicer than my usual solid t-shirt and legging combo. With this outfit, it really looked like I made an effort (even though I was every bit as comfortable as am on my not-so-stylish days).
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I loved the Brynn Maternity Nursing Knit Top so much, I couldn’t help but style it for a slightly elevated look. I set aside the leggings and sneakers and traded them for a pair of skinny maternity jeans, a cotton blazer that I bought from Old Navy years ago (similar here), and my black pointy toe Rothy’s. I also kept on the watch and added a chunky statement necklace (similar).
This outfit was perfection! I was still pretty comfortable from head to toe, and I loved the upscale look of this ensemble. It was such a nice change from my usual mom-at-home look and made me feel a little less like a giant pregnant woman and more like a normal person.
It will probably come as no surprise to hear that I decided to keep the Brynn Maternity Nursing Knit Top. With only a few weeks left in my pregnancy, I didn’t exactly need a new top, but this was such a refreshing change from everything else I have been wearing, I couldn’t resist the urge to add it to my closet.
One quick note for any other expectant mothers out there who are excited about a cute nursing-friendly wardrobe option: I have no idea how this top can be characterized as a nursing top. It has a tank-style liner on the inside, but no hidden pockets and I don’t see how the openings of the liner near the armpits could possibly be big enough to feed a baby. At best, it’s a very poorly designed nursing top. My suspicion is that it is mislabeled as one. While that’s annoying, it’s ok with me. I liked the top way too much to return it because I couldn’t figure out how to discretely breastfeed while wearing it.
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Wallace Brushed Cardigan
The next item I tried on wasn’t a maternity item at all. The Wallace Brushed Cardigan from Bobeau ($58) was a super-soft, light-colored camouflage, drapey cardigan. It also happened to be my favorite color palette of gray, white and soft blush.
PSA – I found the exact same cardigan on sale at Lord & Taylor for $40. Grab it at the discount while you can!
At this point, my closet didn’t contain a single camouflage item. The camo trend is one that I have secretly loved from a distance, but haven’t really been bold enough to purchase for myself. The Wallace Brushed Cardigan gave me the push I needed to finally embrace camouflage. The softness of this cardigan alone was incredible, never mind how fun it was to wear. I paired it with two layered white maternity tanks, a casual pair of skinny maternity jeans, a chunky statement necklace (similar), and my gray Keds. Oh my goodness, what a fun outfit to wear. The cardigan will be perfect to wear (and breastfeed in) once the cooler weather rolls around later this month.
As much as I adored the first look I created, I am a realist and I know my tendency to wear leggings 99% of the time. Once the baby arrives, my love affair with leggings is just going to intensify as I cozy up at home with my two little ones. With that in mind, I kicked off my shoes, took off the chunky necklace and changed into a pair of black maternity leggings.
This outfit is a perfect compromise between wanting to look nice for family visitors without sacrificing comfort. I adored the Wallace Brushed Cardigan so much, I just had to keep it. I would absolutely recommend the cardigan to anyone – pregnant or not.
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Arianna Maternity Maxi Dress
As great of a job as Blake did styling this fix, there was one item that just wasn’t me: the Arianna Maternity Maxi Dress from Gilli ($68). I always love a good floral dress, but this one just sort of missed the mark. The colors were a little too dark and rich for my personal preference (unlike the stunning Caela Maternity Cross Front Maxi Dress from Lux & Co ($64) that I received in my July fix).
I know that my belly was getting seriously huge by the time these photos were taken, but something about the cut of the dress made me feel extra big.
I realize there are many women who would absolutely adore this dress, but I just wasn’t one of them. I did the best I could to make the Arianna Maternity Maxi Dress my own by styling it with my Tory Burch sandals, a chunky statement necklace, and my white denim jacket.
The accessories helped to tone it down, but I still wasn’t really in love – which is probably for the best, since the last thing I needed at this point in the pregnancy was another maternity dress. The Arianna Maternity Maxi Dress was definitely going back to Stitch Fix.
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What I Kept and Returned from my Stitch Fix Maternity Box
All in all, I’d say this pregnancy is going out with a very fashionable bang, thanks to another great Stitch Fix maternity shipment. I splurged a little this month and used some of my Stitch Fix credit to purchase two items from this month’s fix. Here’s a quick recap of what I kept and returned to Stitch Fix this month:
Liona Maternity Flutter Sleeve Detail Blouse from Daniel Rainn Maternity ($64) – return
Anchorage Striped Canvas Tote from Street Level ($64) – return
Brynn Maternity Nursing Knit Top from Lux & Co ($44) – KEEP
Wallace Brushed Cardigan from Bobeau ($58) – KEEP
Arianna Maternity Maxi Dress from Gilli ($68) – return