One win and four near misses.
Oh Stitch Fix, it’s not you; it’s me.
I asked for some casual maternity wear for this summer–some tops, plus some shorts, linen pants, or casual skirts. No jeans. No dry clean only.
They delivered! They really did!
It’s just their casual isn’t my casual. And I should have added “no hand-wash only.” And sometimes things just don’t fit.
Robbie Jogger Pants, Linen/tencel/spandex blend, size large (non maternity), by Level 99 (similar)
Verdict: Returning both.
Love the look of this outfit, but the blouse is 100% rayon and hand wash only. I just wasn’t feeling it $68 worth.
Also love the look of the pants. But they are uncomfortably snug in the legs, don’t stretch much, and are too low in the rise. Too bad.
Kaitel Maternity Boyfriend Tank, by LA Made Maternity, size large
(because this is just exactly what my boyfriend wears when he’s pregnant)
Robbie Jogger Pants, size large (non maternity), by Level 99 (similar)
Verdict: This looks better in the picture than I thought it did in person. The colors are too pale for me, and the tank is $58 –too much for this style. It’s rayon/spandex blend . . . hand wash only. Wop wop. Made in the USA though! Click on my link above to get a similar style from LA Made Maternity, via Amazon, in solid colors, for much less $$.
Verdict: Return. This top is lovely. Not my usual style but lovely. It has an attached cami underneath, though, which is too fussy and hot for the summer everyday for me. And I don’t need a dressy blouse. Also . . . hand wash. 😛
Alina Mixed Geo Print Maxi Skirt by Gilli, size large (non maternity)
Cap sleeve linen tee from LOFT, size large (non maternity)
Verdict: Keep! It’s weird because, looking at the pictures, I realize this is the least flattering outfit of them all. The loose and flowy thing isn’t my favorite look. But I feel put together, if not especially attractive.
However, the skirt is versatile and comfortable. It has a foldover panel that makes it pregnancy-adaptable, even though it’s not a maternity item. It also has an attached half slip, which is nice because the fabric is a little see-through. . . . I’ve already worn it at least three times in the six days I’ve had it. And the $58 price tag is reasonable enough.
When I think casual wear, mentally I always ask, “Will I feel comfortable wearing this at the playground on a hot and muggy day?” Only the tank top (and, just barely the skirt) passed the test. But the tank is too expensive and not a great color.
I wish more items worked out, but trying on these pieces helped me clarify what I’m looking for for my summer maternity “uniform”:
- 3 pairs shorts (like these?), linen pants (maybe these? or these?), or casual skirts (no more maxis though)
- 3-4 more solid-colored tanks and tees in cotton or linen
- Plus the 3 tops I already have that are working, the skirt from this stitch fix, and the maxi dress from my last stitch fix.
- Also, I’d love some necklaces like Anne’s (love her summer uniform).
I feel an online shopping binge coming on. Right now, for hot weather wear, I have just a few tops, the maxi skirt and dress, my now-too-snug Athleta skorts, and some yoga pants. . . . I’ve been wearing yoga pants way too much. And anyway it’s too hot for yoga pants. So some more shopping is justified right? That’s right.
I’m thinking when the weather cools down, I might order another Stitch Fix to get some maternity long pants and long-sleeve tops and sweaters. For now I’m heading to the wilds of internet commerce on my own. Stay tuned.
And thanks to all of you who have ordered through my referral link to Stitch Fix! The credit I’ve earned has paid for my skirt and will pay for future items. I truly appreciate it!