I’ve finally jumped on the Stitch Fix bandwagon! In case you don’t know what Stitch Fix is, it’s a personal styling service where you create an online custom profile about your style preferences and then a personal stylist hand selects 5 pieces of clothing/accessories to suit your tastes and ships them to your door. Once you receive your fix, you can try everything on, keep what you love and send back whatever you don’t (free shipping both ways!). There is a $20 styling fee, which is applied as a credit to anything you decide to purchase.
I wanted to try Stitch Fix a while ago but then I got pregnant and decided to hold off until after baby arrived. But lately I’ve been hearing so much about it I just couldn’t resist and had to try it out! The obvious problem is that I have a little preggo tummy (currently 21 weeks) and it’s only going to get bigger. Would Stitch Fix be able to send me maternity options? After a little digging I discovered they don’t currently carry maternity clothes but can definitely offer options that work well for pregnant women, such as “a fabulous range of tunics, dolman tops, cardigans, and maxi dresses and skirts.” I was still a little unsure but dying to try it out, so I gave it a whirl. I set up my profile with my normal pre-pregnancy sizes but added very thorough notes to the stylist letting her know how far along I am and asking her to avoid pants for now (unless they are my favorite stretchy-waisted style).
Stitch Fix is so popular and they’re growing so fast that there is a bit of a wait to get a fix. I think I signed up a couple of months ago and just received my first fix last week. Let me tell you, getting a fix feels like Christmas. You have no idea what you’re going to get and it’s so exciting to see what a stylist has selected for you. For me, I think that’s a huge part of its appeal. Some people love Stitch Fix because they hate shopping – but I love the surprise element.
When your box arrives, you’ll receive a little note from your stylist about the pieces she selected for you, along with some pictures to show you some great options for how to style those pieces.
Here’s what I received in my first fix:
1. Ezra Sansa Dotted Chevron Print 3/4 Sleeve Dress, $38 (kept it!)
I absolutely loved the print and colors on this dress. And it had enough room for my tummy! The loop holes for the tie were a little too low for pregnancy, so I moved the tie up so it hit at the top of my tummy. This may be a tad on the short side, but I could just add leggings with it.
2. Renee C Gabe Striped Maxi Skirt, $58 (returned)
I totally loved this maxi skirt – the color is great, I’m a fan of stripes, it’s super comfy – what’s not to love? The only thing is, it just fit perfectly now. I know that in like 4 weeks that waist band may not be as comfy. If my stylist had gone up one size in this, it would have been perfect and I would have kept it. Or if I had received it in my first trimester, I would have kept it. Also, I just recently purchased a striped maxi skirt in another color, so truthfully I didn’t need to keep this one.
3. Le Sample Kahlo Embroidered Racerback Tank, $48 (returned)
This was cute and totally roomy – I could have worn this a lot during pregnancy. But for some reason that little dip in the front really bugged me. I wish it was just straight across.
4. Rune Porter Basic Legging, $38 (returned)
The first thing I thought when I saw these was, “I already have a ton of black leggings – these are going back.” But once I got them on, I really liked them – they were a bit thicker and seemed to be very good quality (better than the cheapo Old Navy ones I have). I decided to send them back though because – like the maxi skirt – they just fit me perfectly now. I have a feeling they’d be too small next month.
5. Carmela Stefano Medallion Print Shift Dress, $38 (returned)
I really wish this could have worked. I love the print and the idea of a shift dress (plus the price was a steal), but the fit of this dress was absolutely terrible on me. It was roomy but not in a good way. Even with my pregnant tummy I was swimming in it. In that left picture, you can see all that extra fabric under the arm and the body of the dress has no shape (frumpy alert!). In the pic on the right, I’m actually grabbing half the dress in my hand behind my back to show how maybe it could have worked if it had a bit more shape. But who knows – maybe I would appreciate this dress at 8 months?
So did I like my first fix? Yes, I was very pleasantly surprised they were able to provide some good options for a pregnant gal. My stylist managed to pretty much nail my style and for the most part, I loved the patterns, colors and pieces she selected for me. Although I ended up keeping only one item out of the box, I was on the fence about several. After returning the items, I was able to provide feedback to let the stylist know what I didn’t like – and I’ve heard from other bloggers that this feedback will greatly help to improve your future fixes.
Would I recommend Stitch Fix during pregnancy? Yes, I would recommend trying it out – especially if you’re in early pregnancy. Sometimes in the early stages, you get to that point where your regular clothes are uncomfortable but you’re not ready for maternity – and it’s nice to have Stitch Fix select some roomier non-maternity items for you. My advice though is to indicate that you’d like your stylist to go up one size if an item seems smaller or true to size (like my maxi skirt and leggings). If the item seems roomier than normal, they could just send you your regular size (like my racerback tank). There may be some stylists that are better at deciding this kind of thing – so if you have one that seems to get it right, make sure you request that stylist for all your fixes!
For those of you who are not pregnant and have not tried Stitch Fix…what are you waiting for?! Get on it now – the soonest available fix isn’t until July! I’m pretty sure that when I’m not pregnant, I will be a monthly subscriber. I’m a little bit obsessed! If you’re ready for your first fix, you can sign up here: http://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3567113 (this link listed here and above is my referral link).
If you’ve tried it before – what did you think of your fix?