Sometimes you just get a stylist who nails it out of the park and that’s exactly what happened with my Stitch Fix Maternity box this month. My stylist consistently tries her best to send items that she thinks I will love, but I am a very picky shopper and I don’t blame her a bit when I just feel lukewarm about some of the clothes she sends my way. My rule for purchasing any clothes (in-store or via styling service) is that I have to absolutely love something if I’m going to allow myself to keep it. I’m a creature of habit and any clothes that I just kinda like always get shoved and forgotten in the back of my closet. Rob and I also strive to keep a tight budget that doesn’t have a lot of room for mini shopping sprees each month, so I never complain about only loving 1 or 2 items in a Stitch Fix box (since it makes my decision so much easier if I don’t absolutely love everything, but can only afford to purchase one item). This month’s Stitch Fix box really made things difficult because it was filled with so many great items that are just my style.
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The funny thing about this particular fix was that I was actually a little underwhelmed when I opened the Stitch Fix app on my phone to preview what my stylist had sent my way. It’s not that any of the clothes were particularly bad or ugly, they just didn’t make me feel very excited to try anything on. That’s the funny thing about sneaking a peek at the clothes before they arrive – you can only tell so much from a single photo of a hanging garment. The clothes are always so much more beautiful and special once you try them on (or look at photos of someone else actually wearing the clothes.) Here’s a quick look at each item that came in my fix before I had a chance to try them on.
I don’t know about you, but I just didn’t love the clothes at first glance. Excited or not, I tried on each item and Erika Christine snapped photos along the way. Let me tell you, this was one of the best fixes I’ve had in a while (if I wasn’t diligent about our family budget, I would have bought it all) and I’m still in awe of how great this fix was. It wasn’t quite perfect, but four of the items were good enough that I would have happily bought the the fifth piece to snag the 25% buy-all discount on my entire fix. I won’t keep you waiting any longer. Here’s my full review of this month’s maternity fix!
Caela Maternity Cross Front Maxi Dress
When I first saw the Caela Maternity Cross Front Maxi Dress from Lux & Co ($64), I thought it was quite pretty. I just didn’t need a new maxi dress. I already have three floral maxi dresses that are very bump-friendly. Two of those dresses (the black one seen here and the green one seen here) are also short sleeved with a very similar floral print. (I can’t help but reflect on how well my stylist nailed my exact style with this dress. I purchased my previous two dresses through Wren & Ivory and she had no way of knowing that they were in my closet. But I loved the similar style and print enough to purchase it in two different colors.)
I was pretty sure that this dress would be going back to Stitch Fix as soon as I saw it in the preview. I tried on the dress so I could share a few photos and my thoughts with you and immediately fell in love. The colors were beautiful, I love a romantic floral print, and the dress was long enough to reach my feet without dragging on the floor. I am forever tripping on my other two long floral dresses because they are too long, but it’s so inconvenient to go to a tailor. Another great feature was that the skirt was lined to the knee so I didn’t have to worry about wearing a slip under the Caela Maternity Cross Front Maxi Dress. I wanted to play up the romantic details of the dress, so I paired it with the bracelet, necklace, and shoes I wore on my wedding day (similar here, here, and here.)
Even though I didn’t need this dress, I decided to keep it. The fit and color were perfect and it just so happened that Rob and I had a special date night to celebrate our anniversary scheduled for later that evening. I was already fretting about what to wear to dinner at the waterfront Italian restaurant (since my other two short sleeve floral dresses still need to be hemmed and there was no way I was going to wear any sort of a heel). Thanks to Caela Maternity Cross Front Maxi Dress, that problem was solved! I also love that the wrap-style front makes this dress a great nursing-friendly wardrobe option after the baby arrives.
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Abrienne Maternity Split Neck Kit Top
I love a good casual top that is just a little more special than a t-shirt and those kind of tops are incredibly difficult to find in maternity styles. Luckily, my stylist Jenn found the perfect dressy/casual top for my bump! The Abrienne Maternity Split Neck Kit Top from Daniel Rainn Maternity ($54) featured sweet blue and white contrasting prints that are perfect for summer.
The top was soft, breathable, comfortable, and oh-so-stylish. I also loved the subtle pop of contrast from polka dots in front and stripes in back.
This Abrienne Maternity Split Neck Kit Top top just seemed to scream “summer baseball season” to me and I styled it accordingly. I wore a dark pair of skinny maternity jeans (these Liverpool pull-on jeans are a great non-maternity option), my white Converse Shoreline sneakers, a simple silver and white Kendra Scott necklace, and my silver Kate Spade watch. It is easy to feel less-than-put-together these days, but this top made me feel so much more comfortable in my own skin.
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Mira Maternity Skinny Jean
My stylist sent a pair of Liverpool maternity jeans in my previous Stitch Fix maternity shipment, but they were a little too baggy for my style and I requested pants in a skinny cut this time around. She delivered on my request and sent a pair of Mira Maternity Skinny Jeans from Liverpool ($78) in a really pretty light wash for the summer season. I kept on the Abrienne Maternity Split Neck Kit Top and softened my accessories by changing into a pair of white t-strap sandals and a silver Kendra Scott bracelet.
I was so excited to get a pair of jeans in a lighter wash and Liverpool jeans are always such great quality. Even better, this particular pair was super-soft and exceptionally comfortable.
Prior to this, I only had two pair of maternity jeans in my rotation and I was frustrated because the dark pair that I had just purchased slipped and sagged far more than I would like to admit. This pair fit so well and were so comfortable, I couldn’t resist the temptation to purchase them. You can imagine my disappointment when I discovered that the Mira Maternity Skinny Jeans were also prone to sagging after wearing them for a full day. I love the look of these jeans, but so wish that they stayed in place a little better.
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Lottie Pleated Maternity Blouse
I have gotten so many gorgeous floral Daniel Rainn blouses from Stitch Fix over the years and was happy to see a very pretty maternity blouse in my fix this month as well. The Lottie Pleated Maternity Blouse from Daniel Rainn Maternity ($64) had a white background with pink and purple flowers. This blouse was exactly my style and there were so many things to love besides the print – like the pleat details on each side of the slit and the properly proportioned armholes (which can be so hard to come by!)
I absolutely loved the Lottie Pleated Maternity Blouse and styled it with a pair of dark wash skinny maternity jeans and simple neutral t-strap sandals (similar here). I played up the dark center of the flowers by styling a Kendra Scott necklace and bracelet (similar) with dark stones.
This was such a great blouse and I was so tempted to keep it. I had to remind myself that I have an equally beautiful Daniel Rainn floral blouse in my closet from my first pregnancy that I haven’t worn once this time around because I rarely have a reason to get dressed up (and when I do have a special occasion, I often gravitate toward a comfortable dress). I reluctantly decided to send the Lottie Pleated Maternity Blouse back to Stitch Fix.
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Temma Denim Jacket
The fifth and final item included in my maternity Stitch Fix shipment this month was a surprising one: a brown Temma Denim Jacket from Liverpool ($88). I love a good denim jacket and Liverpool makes fabulous jackets and jeans, but this particular jacket was a little heavy for summer – and it was brown.
Even though summer has barely begun, I pretended it was fall and styled the outfit for cooler weather. I wore the Temma Denim Jacket with my maternity jeans and the Lottie Pleated Maternity Blouse. I kept on the same necklace and bracelet (similar) and polished off the look with my Matte Black Tieks (find out why I love my Tieks in this blog post.)
The finished outfit was very cute and I appreciated receiving a non-maternity item that I could use during and after my pregnancy. The Temma Denim Jacket would be a great option in September, but I just wasn’t feeling it right now. This one was definitely going back to Stitch Fix.
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What I Kept and Returned from My Stitch Fix Box
I was so tempted to keep every single item from this Stitch Fix maternity shipment. The pieces were so good and deciding which items to keep was a lot more difficult this time around. I have some Stitch Fix credit floating around in my account that was a gift from the company, but I am every bit as frugal with the credit as I am with my own money because I know that I’ll be right back to making room in our family budget the second it runs out. It’s true that I wasn’t in love with the brown denim jacket, but thanks to the Stitch Fix buy-all discount, I could have saved 25% on every item in my fix (in which case it would have been cheaper to buy it all and snag the discount than to keep four items and return the jacket).
In the end, I decided to keep two items from my fix this month, which was a bit of a treat to myself because I usually just keep one! Here’s a quick breakdown of what I kept and returned from my Maternity Stitch Fix shipment this month:
Caela Maternity Cross Front Maxi Dress from Lux & Co ($64) – KEEP
Abrienne Maternity Split Neck Kit Top from Daniel Rainn Maternity ($54) – return
Mira Maternity Skinny Jean from Liverpool ($78) – KEEP
Lottie Pleated Maternity Blouse from Daniel Rainn Maternity ($64) – return
Temma Denim Jacket from Liverpool ($88) – return
I may have decided to be practical and not keep everything from the shipment, but this was such a great Fix to try-on and I’m already excited to see what my stylist sends next time. In the meantime, I would love to know which items you would have kept from this shipment!