It's been awhile since I requested a Stitch Fix, and although I only have two more months as a pregnant lady, I figured it was time to try a maternity fix. Also, I got an email saying SF was waiving my $20 styling fee to entice me into another fix. It worked!
This time I told my stylist, Kelly, that I'm third-trimester pregnant and working in an office four days a week. I requested maternity dresses that work in and out of the office, no bottoms, tops that could transition into postpartum, and any accessories she could find. I am still happy with my maternity office wardrobe but now that the weather is changing, I could use a few new pieces to help me make it through the last two months!
My box arrived full of color and pattern, hooray!
And my stylist knew I was pregnant;)
I was pumped to see which five pieces she selected for me.
1. Full Moon Raja Maternity Keyhole Woven Shift Dress | $48
I love the idea of a flowy, easy maternity dress. But this just seems to wash me out and wouldn't be my first choice for color or pattern. Also, I love flowy maternity wear but this appears to be TOO unstructured and feels unflattering to me.
It's a nice length though! And very lightweight, great for spring and summer. I'm sure I could dress it up with a jacket or cardigan but the longer I wore it for these pictures, the more I knew it was not my style.
2. THML Nairi Maternity Embroidered Knit Top | $54
A long, sleeveless top! Yes!! It's a buttery smooth fabric that isn't too thin and I like the stripes combined with the neckline a lot.
I tried it with my jean shorts and then wanted to check it's office capabilities. Pairing it with black pants and my blue 41Hawthorn cardigan from my first fix seemed to work perfectly.
This is my favorite piece of the fix, but I'm not sure if I NEED it. I tried it on with a black maxi dress for the weekends or maybe the office and it fit the bill there, too. Mostly I wish it was somehow going to work postpartum, but with the ruched sides there is just no way.
Verdict: undecided. Leaning towards keeping.
3. Skies are Blue Maternity Otelia Maternity Inverted Pleat Blouse | $54
Beautiful color on this top! It's a little sheer but not too bad. Love the interesting neckline and the flowy fit around my belly. Decent length, could be a little longer to make it for the next nine weeks of pregnancy.
In order to make this piece work at the office, I'd definitely need a blazer. Which looked fine, but I don't think I'd get much wear out of it aside from black pants and a blazer.
The style card showed it working with white jeans and a denim jacket (love, but don't have either right now), and dark jeans with a white blazer (also nice, but no white blazer here).
I figure that if I don't LOVE a piece from SF, I'm going to send it back even if it's 'pretty good'.
4. Laila Jayde Bowie 3/4 Sleeve Dolman Knit Top | $58
Obsessed with this coral color and the versatility of this top. It reminds me of one of my favorites from SF, the Market and Spruce Corinna. However, this one is much more sheer (you can see my blue bra if you look closely) and it's pretty short and snug.
It's a size small, which I usually wear non-pregnant, but perhaps a medium would make this work until the end of pregnancy and beyond? It wouldn't fix the sheerness of the top, though, and isn't guaranteed to make it longer either.
I tried it with dark jeans and also shorts and I want to love this one so much. But unless I exchange for a medium and cross my fingers I think it's going back.
Verdict: likely returned
5. Gilli Shay Maternity Maxi Dress | $78
When I saw this on my style card, I was excited to try it on. I'm still getting used maxi dresses on me, pregnant or not, and am happy to report this one is super long! I like the neckline and can see that it might be nursing friendly (not sure if the maternity waistline will mean it fits strange in post partum days).
The slits on the side seem kind of high to me but do add interest. I could see this working in the office with a cardigan or blazer, and I really wish I had a jean jacket now!
But you know what? I have another Gilli maxi dress that reminds me of this one a lot. The Gilli Jessie Maxi Dress from my sixth fix last year came down from the attic, to see if it could work as a maternity dress.
I mean, it's NOT maternity but it's pretty similar aside from the patterned bottom. Again, I could wear it with a cardigan or blazer at the office and it will be fine for summer weekend attire with sandals.
I still love this neckline although I barely recognize it compared to my non-pregnant pictures wearing this dress;)
So really, do I NEED the maternity dress that is nearly $80?? Especially if it doesn't fit well postpartum, and I already have a similar dress that I know works after pregnancy? I love the patterned bottom of the maternity dress a lot, but do I love it enough to spend $80 on this version? Hmmm. Probably not.
Verdict: likely returned.
So do I keep the THML striped top? Exchange the Laila Jayde top for a medium? Send it all back? I admit to being picky and indecisive this time. ;)
(as always, here is my referral link if you want to join in on the fun).