I was at a pregnancy board/forum a while back and a 24 year old first time mom-to-be had a whole post about maternity clothes and how she hated them. She said she didn't like looking all soccer momish and that she was a bit of a tomboy and enjoyed jeans and a polo shirt. Then several other people joined in about the clothing and the styles and how they were squeezing themselves into their old clothes for as long as possible.
I guess in that conversation I would have been the minority...because I quite enjoy my maternity wear. I live in my shorts! I purchased two pairs of dressier capris and if I can find cute shirts for cheap I am all over them. I happily like showing my belly and don't mind looking a bit bigger than I am. I believe that was a big complaint, how the tie in the back or empire shirts make you look HUGE. I don't mind, it's the only time in your life that you can look huge and have a good reason for it.
This is not to say that all maternity wear is fabulous, because I have seen plenty of shirts that are just hideous! The mix of colors and prints in one word, fugly. And I know for many women there isn't always a great selection of stores to shop maternity at, but I think getting a few basic pieces isn't so bad. I have my bootcut secret fit belly jeans as my go to jeans and can still wear a few of my BP (before pregnancy) tops. But let's be honest, what girl doesn't like having to shop for new stuff? And after it's all over, you can pass the clothing on or sell it on ebay.
Of course there is always the option of higher end maternity clothing and stores, like Pea in the Pod, Mimi Maternity and Isabella Oliver. I've perused their sites, looking for a deal...sadly there were none to be had. I can't see spending over 100$ for maternity jeans, when I didn't spend that much before pregnancy. Or 100$ shirts and t-shirts. If money was flowing freely, maybe, but when every $ counts, not so much.
Anyway, I didn't comment on the post about the evil that is maternity wear, just read and laughed and wondered what these girls (cause most of them that chimed in were younger than me by at least 7 years) would find next to complain about.