Maternity Clothing Rant

Update: See follow-up post “Maternity Clothing: Ideas and Resources” here!

I loathe maternity clothes. I dred getting dressed. I normally take delight in choosing my outfits. When I found out that I was pregnant I searched high and low for cute maternity ideas. I imagined that during pregnancy I would wear tight shirt dresses. But in those visions it was always summer. I’ve ended up being pregnant during all cold months instead. I have heard about Hatch and other modern online boutiques from some sweet friends but they all strike me as overpriced and the designs are way too tent-like for my taste. I have decided that there really are no good options when it comes to pants for pregnant women.

About 701,000 other women feel the same way.

This image above from Lucky magazine is such a joke to me. What are those pants? I don’t know what person would want to have buttons and other metal work pressing into their tight bulging belly??? Those would obviously fall down if they were under the belly. Also, $165.00 is a ridiculous amount to spend on a pair of pants you can only wear for a few months. That skirt looks so uncomfortable and I would never wear kitten heels! The only thing here that I can say is practical is that Jansport backpack. On our trip to San Francisco I was sporting a book bag!

A really cool friend gave me a bag of her maternity clothes to borrow and two pairs of jeans that another friend had given to her. I’ve been getting by on these and have purchased 2 of the low-end maternity pants (one from Motherhood and one from Gap Maternity). Both pairs are a joke. I can only stand wearing them for a few hours and then I feel like my skin is crawling. I’m also the type that has always invested in expensive “designer” jeans. That’s because I’m so tall and thin that I have to buy jeans that are long and lean. I also prefer skinny jeans. Now, I’m forced to wear baggy high waters! I know this sounds silly, but I do feel incredibly dorky most days.

I wonder if I should consider starting a maternity line or engineering some better options? How is it 2012 and we still don’t have good options for this?

And again…update post written: See follow-up post “Maternity Clothing: Ideas and Resources” here!

Image above from a post by Joanna Goddard of A Cup of Jo

6 comments on “Maternity Clothing Rant

  1. Margaret February 27, 2012 11:20 pm

    This is very disappointing to hear, Stephanie. I’m sorry to hear you are having a rough time with this. I didn’t know it was that hard? How are pregnant women supposed to maintain a reasonably decent look without having to resort to wearing a tent or being uncomfortable?

    Have you thought of any design solutions? That reminds me of the movie Juno when her stepmom cuts off the top of her regular old jeans and sews in a stretchy cotton band. Voila!

    What kinds of clothes would you design?

    • Steph February 28, 2012 11:33 am

      I haven’t really thought of any design solutions YET…but I’m going to work on it! I kind of have always wished I could design clothing, even though I can’t sew at all. I should learn. I would try to make pants that fit super, ultra comfortably in nicer fabrics. Will keep you posted on that one!

      And yeah, Lucky mag is all ads, right?

  2. Margaret February 27, 2012 11:21 pm

    PS — What is wrong with LUCKY MAG these days??

    • Steph February 28, 2012 3:24 pm

      Hahaha yes.

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