stitch fix: with a bump! (help!)

by kacia on 16 Jun ’14 · 40 comments

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Goodness, it’s been a while since I shared a Fix with you, and it is because it’s been a while since the mailman has brought one to my door!  It’s not exactly the first Fix I’ve received while pregnant….. remember this one?  Rachel actually thought I maybe looked a little bit too pregnant, so she edited a few to make sure.  I was so paranoid someone would notice if I swapped them out, so I left them the way they were.  

So I’m curious! Did anyone have an inkling after seeing the tops that I kept that maybe it was a little more than bloat or too many donuts for breakfast? 

I am still loving those tops I got in that last fix!  They fit really well, but I’m probably going to retire them somewhat soon — I ruined a few tops when I was pregnant with Harlow.  I guess I thought after being stretched to the max for 3ish months they would go right back to normal…. eh. Maybe not, Kac.  So this time around I’ve packed away some of the tops that I know I want to enjoy wearing in their original state after September rolls around.  I knew if I had them hanging in my closet that I would be tempted to stretch them over this growing bump!

But back to this Fix.  I have a few tips on what I did to best communicate my bump-needs to my stylist!  I have to say: this Fix is one of my absolute favorites to date!  

  1. Go up a size.  This tip was my immediate change to my style profile after receiving my last Fix in March.  Even thought I might have been able to stretch some tops or dress in the current size I’d requested, I knew that length would be a factor.  I’m so happy I went up a size! 
  2. Explain how many weeks you will be.  Are you not really showing, but wanting items that can be worn during your entire pregnancy?  Are you nearing the homestretch?
  3. Tell your stylist what you’re comfortable in.  This tip should be something you communicate whether you are pregnant or not, but be sure to let your stylist know if you’ve changed the way you’re dressing.  No more short dresses, only jersey shirts/material, etc.  
  4. Be creative!  When I first tried on a few items from this fix, I really didn’t like them!  Then as I paired them with various accessories and styled them differently, my opinion began to change!  The jury is still out on a few of them, so let’s get to it!! I need your help!!

Devon Crochet Back Maxi Dress

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The first piece I tried on was the Devon Crochet Back Maxi Dress.  Let’s just say there was a bit of love at first sight when I pulled it out of the box.  A dramatic, “oh my goodness this dress” might have come out of my mouth for no one to hear but baby boy and me.  

I love it.  

The jersey is extremely soft.  The crochet detail is open, yet hits in a spot that feels sophisticated — I don’t feel like I’m showing off too much skin.  I do think I might chop it a little shorter, however.  I am going to wear it a few times long to see what I think, but I want it to be about 2″ longer….so my answer to that might be to chop it shorter.  I know, that reasoning doesn’t make sense at all.  I love the idea of it hitting just a bit above my knee.  

What do you think?  Keep? Am I delirious for loving it so much?  Chop it short? Keep it long? 

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Calapsia Spacedye Twisted Seams Tank

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The next piece I tried on was the Calapsia Spacedye Twisted Seams Tank.  Meh.  It’s crazy soft, but I just don’t think the shape is flattering at all on me.  

I took it off about as quickly as I put it on, but I’d love to hear what you think!


Gabriel Floral Print Cross-Front Top

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I love when I pull an item from my StitchFix box and think, “eh, no thanks” only to be pleasantly surprised when I try it on!  This top–the Gabriel Floral Print Cross-Front Top–was one of those scenarios for me.  It almost feels like it is a maternity top–I’m curious to see it not worn on a bump!–and I love the high-low shape of it too.  It’s not too drastic, and it’s not too short in the front.  I’m just not sure if it’s me enough or not.   

Yay?  Nay?


Jo Maxi Skirt

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I am still working out my feelings about maxi skirts and pregnancy bumps.  Maxi dresses? yes please.  Maxi skirts…. still deciding.  

I can’t figure out what is flattering and what just looks awkward!  Blerg.  This Jo Maxi Skirt is soft, it’s comfortable — and oh, did you notice it’s bright? I’m a little nervy about that fact for sure.  My hair already turns neon-blonde in the summer, so I’m not sure I need another thing screaming, “here comes Kacia!!” when we are walking around the city or heading to the park.  

But it’s comfortable.  And right now?  I like comfortable.  

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Rylee Waist Twisted Maxi Skirt

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Another maxi!  More confusion!

I am a difficult StitchFix customer… I know that about myself!  I’m ridiculously picky, so my average pick count is definitely one item.  Maybe two.  Maybe.  

I like unique, but I like timeless.  I like classic, but I like to be on trend too.  See?  You would hate being my stylist.  

The Rylee Waist Twisted Maxi Skirt caught my eye immediately because of the gorgeous twist detail in the front.  I should have snapped a photo of it, but it also has a short skirt/lining as well!  I often find maxi skirts are jussssst a little too sheer and adding layers or wearing a slip in the hot summer is just dumb. 

So back to this skirt.  I put it on and immediately picked up my style cards: was it a dress? A skirt?  is it made for giants?  The skirt is crazy long.  Like a good 6″ too long if I wear it on my “natural” waist.  I’d love to see how people are styling this skirt sans bump! 

I sadly almost gave up — it was so unflattering worn this way that I thought for sure it was a send-back.  But then my crazy pregnancy brain said, “a dress! Make it a dress!” 

So I hiked it on up and tried it as a strapless dress and also a maxi skirt worn above the bump.  

Now I’m kind of swooning over it.  

But still confused.  Because that’s how I roll.  Lots of confusion.  Lots of love/hate when it comes to styling this bump.  

Meh? or high kicks? happy dance?  

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So seriously.  

Help a girl out!  I need to send it back tomorrow, so my wishywashy mind needs to be made up.  Whenever I post after I send stuff back, you all make me wish I’d kept different items!  You are wise, so don’t be afraid to share your opinions!

 

Have you tried StitchFix?  See more of my past fixes and tips here!  Have you had a Fix with a bump?  I’d love to see what you received and how you styled it — any tips to add?

xo
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I labeled each of the photo collages below in case you keep a Pinterest board for your stylist — or just want to remember the name of the piece!  I talk a bit more about why it’s a great idea to have a Pinterest board to link your StitchFix stylist to here!

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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

Amber West June 16, 2014 at 8:34 am

The maxi dress is super cute – and I think I’d probably want to shorten it a bit too, although it looks great long.

I like the floral top, but I’m surprised at how much I LOVE the long twisted skirt! I thought it was just ok until you hiked it above the bump. It’s adorable like that AND as a dress. If it were me, I’d be keeping that one!

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kacia June 16, 2014 at 10:45 pm

I know, right!? it was kind of this, “meh. not sure this will work…and wha!?!? love.”

I think i’m going to keep it :)

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Mandy @ This Girl's Life June 16, 2014 at 8:37 am

The twisted waist maxi skirt is really gorgeous – I love how it looks over your bump, and I can imagine that it would be very flattering post-partum since the folds in it would camouflage the belly. :) I also love the pink skirt! :) Isn’t Stitch Fix great? I recently received my first box and kept two pieces.

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kacia June 16, 2014 at 10:46 pm

That’s what I’m thinking! i might need to shorten it after baby…. but I think it would be GREAT for those first weeks afterwards — need to cover that unsightly belly a bit!!

I love just keeping a few items :) it means more frequent fixes, right!?!?

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Amanda June 16, 2014 at 8:37 am

First off love your blog! Have been reading for a few months and I am a huge fan of all of your sewing. Beautiful work!

So, I LOVE the maxi skirts on you. The bright pink one is so fun, youthful, and fits that bump perfectly! And the gray twisted skirt is an updated, versatile look. My vote is to keep them both!

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kacia June 16, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Aw!! Thank you, Amanda!! let me know if you ever are wanting anything type of tutorial in particular! or if you have any questions!!

I’m torn on the pink skirt…only because I think I can find something similar elsewhere — and if I keep four..it’s usually cheaper to keep 5! Because you get 25% off if you keep all 5! AHHH!! decisions!!

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Becky @ bybmg June 16, 2014 at 8:40 am

I’d keep the twisted maxi and send back the rest. If you have to shorten the dress, I think that’s a lot of work for the cost of it! I bet you can find a different dress you love without the work.

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kacia June 16, 2014 at 11:05 pm

I totally agree — except the grey dress doesn’t even have a hem! it’s a really fine jersey, so I think I can literally just cut it!

I might actually keep it until after the bump :) i don’t want to stretch it out, i love the back detail so much!

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Alison June 16, 2014 at 8:55 am

I just laughed reading the other comments, because I was gonna say keep everything except the twisty skirt :)

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kacia June 16, 2014 at 11:06 pm

Hahahha!!! I’m cracking up!! I DEFINITELY love hearing how opinions can differ SO much and the reasons behind them all!! Too TOO funny!!

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Natalie June 16, 2014 at 8:57 am

Such a great fix, Kacia. You look radiant!! Loving that maxi dress!!! And I like the length, too! I can see this becoming a summer uniform :) I think both maxi skirts are beautiful (especially the twisted waist) and when worn above the bump! Very versatile and can transform into casual or dressy. I love both tanks but I’m not sure how much wear you’ll get out of either with your growing bump. Can’t wait to see what you pick. I can see what it’s not an easy decision – you look good in it all!

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kacia June 16, 2014 at 11:07 pm

You are a good convincer :) I’m torn about the floral one too — for the exact reason you stated! Just not sure how much longer it’ll fit over this bump!! What i do like, is that it’s not a stretchy material….so when it’s too small, it’ll be too small! And i can safe it for afterwards. I’m excited to see how others are styling/wearing it sans bump!!

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Megan B June 16, 2014 at 8:58 am

If you feel the best in the crochet maxi, go for it. It’s lovely. I really really like the bright maxi skirt! It looks amazing on you! I like the twisted maxi as a dress, but I’m not sure how well it would stay up/how comfortable you would feel in it. That one would depend on price for me. The floral shirt is cute, but it looks like it may end up being too short in a few more weeks of growing? And yeah, that other shirt is kind of weird. Like a tent.

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kacia June 17, 2014 at 7:00 am

Yeah! I”m curious to see the teal shirt styled without a bump — i bet it could be cute! just not me….so I don’t have any idea where to even start!

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Amanda June 16, 2014 at 9:04 am

The grey twist maxi is insane. It looks so chic and elegant pulled up over the bump. What a fun and unexpected twist (haaaaa ha) and an amazing staple for a pregnant summer!

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kacia June 17, 2014 at 7:00 am

Bahahahaha! Yes. Let’s all try to use the names of the items again in the following sentence :) I’m keeping it — too unique and different not to!

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Morgan June 16, 2014 at 10:09 am

What an awesome fix!!! Everything looks really amazing on you, but I think I would return the pink maxi skirt and blue top. They are cute, but a little more predictable and you could probably pick them up for half the price at Old Navy. Best of luck!! :)

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kacia June 17, 2014 at 7:03 am

:) you and I think alike! I think that’s what I”m doing to do!!

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aduke June 16, 2014 at 11:03 am

The gray maxi is lovely, very versatile, keep that. I also really like the light blue tank. It looks really good for those days you want to run errand in town, feel free, but not give up style

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kacia June 17, 2014 at 7:04 am

I wish I felt more confident in the blue tank! I’m afraid it’s going to just be WAY too short…..I might send it back, but try to get something similar post-baby-bump. I think it would be really comfortable then!

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Becca @ One Girl June 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm

You really scored on this stitch fix I think! I love the floral top but I wonder if it will become too short fast. I like the pink maxi worn above the bump and the waist twisted maxi is adorable – especially as a dress!

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kacia June 17, 2014 at 7:06 am

Yeah – i agree about the floral!! I think it’ll probably be something I Need to wear a lot of now — so I should probably take the tags off and start wearing!!

I like that it’s not a stretchy fabric, so hopefully I won’t ruin it by trying to stretch it over my bump, so that way I can wear it post partum too! i’m excited to see it styled by others without a bump!

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Cotille June 16, 2014 at 1:44 pm

I LOVE the floral top and the twisted maxi! You are just so darn cute! xoxo

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kacia June 17, 2014 at 7:13 am

Kept! and KEPT!!! love you!!!

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Niki June 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm

I am loving this fix!!! I was just thinking this morning that I’d like to sign up, but wasn’t sure if being pregnant would cause a problem. The tips you shared are fantastic, and I think I’m definitely going to try it out!

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kacia June 17, 2014 at 7:14 am

AH!!! please, pretty please, show me pics!! I can’t wait to see!!!

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Katrina June 16, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Oh my gosh. You are the cutest little pregnant person, ever! Love the floral tank, too! :)

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kacia June 17, 2014 at 7:14 am

:) thank you, love! I don’t always feel so cute!! playing dress-up definitely helped!

I kept it :) in fact, I think I”ll wear it today!

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sarah goodman June 16, 2014 at 8:48 pm

YOU ARE SO CUTE!
absolutely to the twisted maxi skirt! i like the pink one too, so if i were you i would decide between that and the grey maxi dress. super cute floral tank too!
im semi new around here, so congrats on your pregnancy!

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kacia June 17, 2014 at 7:16 am

Hi Sarah!! Thank you for your sweet comment — and welcome :) hope you’ll stay a bit!

I just checked out late last night…and I’m going to send back the pink and teal. so it was the crochet back dress that won out over the pink!

Thank you for your congrats as well! xooxox!

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hildy June 16, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Gosh, you’re a pretty pregnant lady! I love the dark grey maxi skirt/dress, especially with the knotted front making the fabric cascade over the bump. So flattering! You’re right; the aqua shirt is pretty “meh,” but I do like the flowered top, too-looks like it would be great post-baby, maybe layered with a cardigan? Also, I joined stich fix because of you-thanks for the honest reviews!

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kacia June 17, 2014 at 7:17 am

Aw!!! thanks, Hildy!! I’d love to see any fixes you’ve posted, so I’m going to hop over to your blog now to take a peek :) :):) :)

I totally agree about the floral top being great for post-baby! I think with a cardigan it’ll make a great nursing top because of the neckline, or a top to wear over a nursing tank!! Plus the looser fit at the bottom will cover the post partum flab for a bit :)

xoxoxo!

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jacquelynn June 16, 2014 at 10:29 pm

Keep the first maxi dress with the lacey embroidery on the back and that pink skirt! Seriously, the skirt looks so cute and is so flattering!

Also, I was wondering if you were pregnant with some of your pinterest posts and your more “flowy” shirts :) You are rocking it, girl! I can’t wait to see that baby boy!

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kacia June 17, 2014 at 7:20 am

you are a smarty-pants! :) :) :) :) :) I definitely was sporting some pregnant bloat if nothing else in that last fix!!

I’m definitely keeping the maxi dress! I’m weird and unsure of the slit in the pink maxi skirt! blerggggg.

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This Domesticated Diva June 17, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Okay, so here are my thoughts on your fix. 1) The grey dress is lovely. Leave it long or chop it short…it will be adorable either way. AND you can wear it after this babe is born. 2) The pink maxi is fabulous. I think I would go above the waist, but I’m not sure. Pinterest search preggo maxi skirts and see if you get any inspo :) It kinda makes me laugh that you are worried about it being a head turner (you know, ‘cuz I have purple hair and wear bright colors borderline too much! :) Haha). 3) The grey skirt/dress is awesome. I like it right under the bust or as a dress though. 4) If you are only keeping two, I would suggest the grey ones :) Does that help??? No? Okay, well you look fabulous in everything so don’t sweat it :)

Mimi
http://thisdomesticateddiva.com

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Daily Mom Style June 20, 2014 at 10:37 pm

I don’t think you could be cuter if you tried. And that bump —- ahhhh yes, that bump is perfection. I miss being pregnant!

Nell

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kacia June 21, 2014 at 12:15 pm

AW!! Thanks, Nell!! the warm weather is helping me stay a lot more active!

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Melanie July 7, 2014 at 4:17 pm

The floral print is adorable! It isn’t a piece I would have ever picked it up, but it does look super cute on! Other than that I like the gray crochet maxi!

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kacia July 7, 2014 at 6:53 pm

SAME thoughts on the tank! I love it! I do need to shorten the straps a bit, I’ve realized, after wearing it a few times! Just gets a little bit too low!

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