For about a year now, a handfull of my friends have been raving about StitchFix. You may remember we mentioned it an earlier post on options for updating your wardrobe when you have no time to shop. For the unfamiliar, StitchFix is a monthly clothing subscription service. You fill out an online style profile, you’re paired with a stylist, and the stylist will select five items of clothing – including handbags and jewelry if you’d like – and send it all your way. You have three days to decide what to keep, and you can send back anything that doesn’t work for you. (Shipping is free both ways, yay!)
About two months ago StitchFix expanded the service to offer maternity clothes. I’m just shy of five months pregnant, and in dire need of some clothes I can wear to work (my regular dark denim jeans with rubber band holding the button closed are starting to feel not super professional), so I decided to give it a whirl.
First of all, I have to say the packaging is really cute. It was fun to open it up – like getting a treat in the mail.
And here are the clothes!
I am not going to show you pictures of me trying everything on, because (i) I am not that brave (Heather is our perpetually camera-ready, naturally pretty CluckCluck founder), and (ii) I am sort of a disappointing pregnant person. I don’t have a cute round bump, I just look weirdly chubby until about 7 months when suddenly one morning I wake up looking gigantically pregnant.
But although this post contains no pictures of me, I will show you what StitchFix sent me. For context, I told my stylist I needed business casual clothes, ideally things I could wear both during pregnancy and for the first few months postpartum. Here we go!
- Royal Blue Shirt
First up, this cute blue shirt, which is not technically a maternity shirt.
I almost didn’t keep this, because it’s very similar to a shirt I bought at J. Crew last year. But it fits beautifully over my belly, and I think I should be able to wear it until close to the bitter end, so into my closet it went. I wore it to work yesterday, as a matter of fact. Win.
- Gray Polka-Dot Shirt
Next up was this soft gray shirt with white polka dots, also technically not a maternity shirt.
It’s admittedly very close to the blue shirt, but I kept it anyway. I am desperate for work shirts that aren’t tight over my belly, and this is really lovely and flattering on. Plus I don’t tend to gravitate towards patterns, and this was a nice change of pace while still being subtle. Keeper.
I have to admit that at this point, I was pleasantly surprised by StitchFix. When I placed the order, I sort of suspected I’d be sending back all five items. But these two shirts were right on the mark.
- Fun Shiny Necklace
Oooooooh, pretty necklace! One the one hand, I was sort of disappointed to get something that wasn’t pregnancy-appropriate clothing, because, well, I really need clothes. But I am easily distracted by shiny things, and I love this necklace. Keep, keep, keep.
Unfortunately, here’s where things started to turn.
- Black Pants Perfect for a Non-Pregnant Person But Wholly Inappropriate for a Pregnant Person
These pants are admittedly adorable and made with stretchy material, but they are non-maternity, and high-waisted. They are even listed on the little card StitchFix enclosed as such. In my stylist’s defense, I told her I wasn’t showing much, but even so these were a misfire. High-waisted pants are not appropriate for pregnancy unless we’re talking about those giant stretchy over-the-belly maternity pants.
I managed to squeeze these on, and they were cute but painful. Two weeks from now, there’s approximately a 4% chance I could get them on my body. If they had been low-waisted so that they sat below my belly, they would have been great. But…no.
That being said, if I wasn’t pregnant, I definitely would have kept these. They’d be fantastic for the office.
- Stretch Maternity Dress With Horizontal Stripes
Fifth and finally, I received this terrible, terrible dress.
Amusingly, this was the only item that was technically “maternity” clothing. And perhaps not coincidentally, it was the worst, by a mile. Even my five-year-old daughter looked horrified when I tried it on. It was really short, super tight, and honestly, narrow horizontal stripes don’t do anyone any favors (other than probably Heidi Klum who can wear anything). It had sort of a cute keyhole detail near the back neckline, but other than that, this dress was irredeemable. No body-con maternity mini-dresses for me, please and thank you.
This dress made me suspect my StitchFix stylist is a cute little 25-year-old who has never been pregnant.
Overall, StitchFix gets full marks for the two shirts and bonus sparkly points for the necklace. My sense is there are some kinks to work out with their maternity service, but I’m planning on giving them another chance next month. I’m excited to see what they send. Several people told me it takes a couple of months for the stylists to really get your style, which makes a lot of sense – clothes are very personal, after all.
And wow is this a great service for someone (me) who doesn’t have time to shop.
So what do you think, dear readers? Have any of you tried StitchFix? If so, we’d love to hear your feedback!
Note, this is not a sponsored post. I paid for all my own clothes. The opinions expressed herein are mine alone. Thanks! Love, E