Just after I found out Baby I will soon be Big Sister I, Stitchfix sent me a very well-timed email notification that they now carry maternity wear! My birthday was coming up, so I had no choice but to schedule a fix immediately.
If you’ve never seen one of my Stitchfix posts, here’s the deal: Stitchfix is a subscription/personal styling service. When you sign up, you fill out a style profile with what you like to wear, what you’d like to incorporate into your wardrobe more, what sizes you wear, and how much you’d like to spend. You can even link a Pinterest board so your stylist can get a better idea of what would be in your dream closet! You pay a $20 fee, and they ship you a box with five pieces. You have three days to try on everything, and you just keep what you want and send back what you don’t. The $20 fee counts toward what you keep, and if you keep then whole box, you get a discount! Stitchfix also has a referral program, so if you decide to sign up for the first time, please use my link so I can get a little credit toward my next fix 🙂
So by the time I got my fix, I was showing, but kind of in that is-she-or-isn’t-she type of way. I knew I wanted some roomy pieces to expand into, but I also didn’t want to look like I was hiding in a tent. It’s no longer scandalous to show off a baby bump, and that’s what I wanted to start doing! The other thing is that this pregnancy, I have not wanted anything constrictive around my middle. In the first trimester, it contributed to my nausea, and now it just makes me uncomfortable. With all that in mind….onto the show.
My rules for maternity style:
1. Plan for the future
Most women begin needing maternity wear long before their bumps reach maximum bumpiness. So, it’s really smart to shop with your expanding waistline in mind. While I wasn’t crazy about this top on me at the moment I tried it on, I did love the back detail and the unusual color I wouldn’t have otherwise picked (this is the beauty of Stitchfix!) and there was ample room for more tummy in front.
2. Black is Still Sleek
Whether you’re trying to conceal a burgeoning bump or you just want to look lean and sleek, I think black is still THE color to get the job done. Especially black with a fun detail. This dolman top fit the bill, and it was so soft!
3. Layering is Key
Not only is layering practical (especially in my area of the country, where the weather can change drastically during the course of a day) but I’ve always enjoyed the layered look. It just looks effortless and cool, I think. Layering is even more important in pregnancy, when raging hormones can produce hot flashes quickly. This vest is the perfect top layer. Plus, I just think it rocks.
4. Try Going Monochrome
Typically I prefer lots of color in my wardrobe, but sometimes I just want to look long, lean and chic. Opting for one all-over color definitely accomplishes chic, especially when that color is black. To be honest, I was a bit nervous when I saw that Stitchfix sent me a pair of maternity leggings, because it can be sort of difficult for me to find suitable pants even in stores with tons of selection. But these fit like a dream, and they are more pant than legging. I only wish I had more cool days to enjoy them – I’m afraid summer is coming on fast where I live!
Who doesn’t love a fab accessory? Maybe this isn’t necessarily the most practical maternity wardrobe tip, but take it from me: maternity shopping can be a bit frustrating at times. You’re much bigger than usual, and you don’t have very much time to adjust to your changing body before you have to somehow shop for it. Sometimes it’s just nice to add something to your wardrobe that will be fabulous…and doesn’t have a size.
Yep, I kept the whole shebang! I was so happy that Stitchfix started offering maternity pieces, but I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of selection and quality. Well, they nailed it. My Stitchfix pieces are my favorite maternity pieces ever!
What do you think? Did I make the right decision by keeping the whole box? Would you try a service like Stitchfix for specialty lines, like maternity wear?