Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Devil Wears Prada

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.

10 comments:

  1. My favorite maternity wear shopping place? Old Navy! I got a pair of maternity overalls that I lived in until I got so big that even my shoes didn't fit anymore. :P

    And yay for you enjoying your pregnancy and all that goes with it! I loved the first 5 months...getting a belly...I'd let it hang out there. I loved that look.

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  2. As long as there weren't HUGE bow ties or arrows pointing in directions, I was happy. With Gert I just went out and bought stretch pants a couple sizes too big... they worked just fine....

    And I agree, good for you for realizing that it's COOL to be big when you're preggers!

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  3. I'm with you. I didn't mind my maternity clothes at all, and I don't get the girls who complain about them. But, I also wasn't trying to dress professionally for work - I was just shleeping around the house! Maybe that makes a difference?

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  4. I agree with you, I loved my belly and I didnt mind the maternity clothes at all. In fact, I liked the clothes that made me look pregnant because I didnt want to look like I was just a fat ass. Sadly vain, I know.

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  5. I'm with you, I LOVED wearing maternity clothes. I liked the tie-back styles, because you could get them really tight to accentuate your belly. I thought maternity jeans were so comfortable, too! You just had to pull them up like stretch pants and were done.

    I tried to buy styles that I might be able to wear post-pregnancy, but I was fooled. I ended up looking silly trying to get away with wearing most of my stuff. All of my maternity clothes are washed and safely packed away for another day and another baby.

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  6. I agree, Old Navy has some great, affordable stylish stuff! I loved showing my belly, every. little. curve...with my last one only! LOL

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  7. I LOVED Old Navy for maternity clothes. I admit, I lived in my giant lat 80s/early 90s oversized sweaters and sweatshirts for part of my pregnancy. But it was nice to have some stylish options. You don't have to go broke either.

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  8. I always liked maternity clothes. It's after I have the baby and am still wearing those clothes-that's the time I hate!

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  9. I could not WAIT for the time came when I could wear Maternity clothes. I was 35 during my first pregnancy...so I was excited OVER ALL THINGS maternity clothes, the stretch marks, the aches and pains were even good because I could look at those three d sonograms and know it all was worth every moment. LOVE and cherish every single minute!

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  10. You're right! I enjoyed showing off my belly too.

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