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Why are maternity clothes so ugly??

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 

What brands do you like?  Is there something out there that I am missing?  The only stuff I can seem to find that I even sort of like is Gap maternity stuff.  Have you bought maternity clothes yet?  What are you wearing?? 

post #2 of 25

this made me laugh because I hate maternity clothes, too!  The only ones that I like are gap, and old navy has some okay ones... that are affordable!  I am lucky in that we have some cute resale shops where I can et gap, etc. for much lesser then retail.  Because otherwise it is too expensive!  I tend to just find a couple things that work: simple black dress with leggings, pain of chords, pair of jeans, and a few shirts.  And just try to make it through!  Towards the end I don't really care if I am wearing the same thing, as long as it is comfortable!

post #3 of 25

Agree wholeheartedly. Any chance you've an H&M near you? They have maternity that's affordable and ok, plus a lot of non maternity sweaters and shirts that usually work for most of the pregnancy. 

I ordered a gap maternity shirt the other day and it's nice except not very stretchy so not sure how it will last past thanksgiving?!

my challenge is looking good/feeling confident at work. My office isn't formal but it's kind of hip... Business casual... And it is hard when all I want to wear is yoga pants (already!)

I actually just splurged and bout some cords and work pants from A Pea in the Pod. Can't really justify except for the work confidence thing... eyesroll.gifThey were like $70!! But so much nicer than typical too baggy awkward maternity pants and I'm fairly certain they will last trough the winter... Ay yay yay...

 

 

post #4 of 25

I have found cute ones at Ross, and at resale shops but the cutest are always the most expensive, too..  Motherhood has cute stuff (online too) but it's expensive by my standards, anyway.  Old Navy is good too.  Does Gap have maternity in stores or only online, do you guys know?

post #5 of 25
Ugh. I hate maternity clothes too.
When I was skinnier and pg with dd1, I liked gap maternity - I still have a super cute pair of cords (the real waist kind) and a great pair of jeans (back when they made the long and lean cut which was my fave)...sadly...they're size 4 and I ...am NOT a size 4 these days.
I pulled out the pair of secret fit motherhood jeans I bought last year right before I lost that baby at 12 weeks...they're working for now but they fall down every time a take a step. When I hike them up and stand still they look great, but then by the time I've walked half a block, the crotch is at my knees and that's not good for anyone.

These days even target is expensive by my standards so...blah.
My best advice is take a day, bring a trusted friend and go try stuff on. I've found cute stuff at motherhood before but I think most of their stuff is heinous and cheaply made. Old navy is hit or miss, especially because few of their stores carry the full maternity line. I like buying looser tops and sweaters from h&m and forever21...but on pants, despite my non-existent clothes budget right now - I tend to think that it might be worth it in the long run to buy one or two pairs or awesome, reliable, good quality bottoms...but wait until you're a bit into your second trimester if you're like me and lost weight in the beginning. I always end up having buy two sets of maternity clothes because I lose a bunch of weight in the beginning and then inevitably get enormous towards the end.

If you spend the $ and buy the good stuff (nice jeans, etc), you can always re-sell later....or use it again if you have another baby. :-)

Also - in my area we have something called maternity xchange where people bring maternity clothes (I think they specify brands GAP quality and above) and buy used. That's where I'm going to look if I can figure out when theyre having the next one. Look around on craigslist or local mom boards - maybe you'll even find other local moms who want to have a maternity clothes swap. :-)
post #6 of 25

I second H&M and Gap (they do have good sales sometimes online) as decent, affordable stuff. Ebay is also a great place to look for maternity clothes.

 

I remember when I was pregnant with my first, I was so eager to wear maternity clothes...I guess it just made it feel like something was happening. This time around, I'm hanging on to my normal clothes as long as possible! Maternity clothes are a bummer. There are cute brands out there, but most of the really nice stuff is correspondingly expensive. I just can't justify it, especially since I don't work outside the home anymore. This time I'm going to invest in one pair of really nice jeans that won't make me cry or feel like a frump, but for the most part, I'll stick with what I already own. I'm also going to use this pregnancy as an excuse to wear yoga pants and leggings as much as humanly possible. smile.gif

 

Oh, Janellody - Gap does sell maternity in some stores, depending on where you live. There are at least two Gap locations in my city that have a maternity section.

post #7 of 25

I don't like most of the maternity clothing I've seen. I bought a couple basic t-shirts from Gap maternity, and they're ok. I'm personally not really into the Gap, and H&M's maternity line (from what I've seen) doesn't work for me, either (but I'm still wearing/going to wear some normal, loose H&M pieces that I have). A Pea in the Pod has some ok stuff, but the quality isn't consistent with the price imo.

 

I bought a pair of Paige maternity skinny jeans and they're fine, though I still prefer the Bella Band with my normal jeans. I've been focusing on buying higher-quality pieces that I can wear during and after pregnancy - tunics are great. This is my latest purchase: http://www.shopolivine.com/products/your-orbit-by-prairie-underground-colors I have a jacket by this company and it looks like new after years of wear and dozens of washes. I browse through the ShopBop and Revolve sites for non-maternity pieces, too (free shipping and returns!) I know it's pricey, but I really think it's worth it if I can wear it for a while after pregnancy too. And I can't imagine myself wearing most of the maternity clothes I've seen. It's just not me.

post #8 of 25

oh! and I forgot to mention ASOS (http://www.asos.com) for on-trend maternity clothes. I can't speak to the quality, though (I've read mixed reviews).

post #9 of 25

I went shopping with my pregnant friend at the Motherhood outlet in a nearby town and got a bunch of clearance items (extra 30% off this weekend!) and some "as-is" items for a good discount.  I got about 5 tops for $63, so I thought that was pretty cool.  And they are super cute!  I think the sale might be going on through today?  Not sure but it's an online sale also, if anyone is interested.

post #10 of 25

Nothing at Motherhood fits me, since they don't really do plus sizes.  For us plus sized mamas, it's even harder.  Gap and Old Navy have some cute stuff, and some horrid stuff, but most of it is very cheaply made.  My fave maternity shirt is from ON, I believe, and the (teeshirt) fabric is so thin it's nearly transparent.  It's not meant to last through multiple pregnancies (I got it late in the last one, which is the only reason I can still wear it). 

 

JC Penney's also has some stuff.  Like Gap and ON, it's hit or miss, but the quality tends to be better (although not great).  My main beef with all of them is that all their pants are for tall people.  I hate hemming pants, but I'm short.  So I have 2 pair of maternity pants that I hemmed last time (1 jeans and 1 dress), and that's gonna be it.  Other than that I can wear a lot of my pre-pg stuff throughout - exercise/yoga pants, my fave slacks have great elastic, stretch pants, etc.  A friend loaned me a pair of overalls.  And last pg I just went shopping looking for particular styles and bought bigger sizes.  Look for princess waists (under the bust), longer hems, uneven/jagged hems, cross overs, etc.  They all work great for pregnancy.  I bought about 6 or 8 tops off a clearance rack with those types of styles in 1-2 sizes larger, and they got me through just fine.  But then because I'm fluffy to begin with, I never really look all that pregnant (I don't get a basketball, I just get rounder). 

post #11 of 25

That's funny.  I can assure you, Cristeen, that the pants are NOT for tall people.  I am one of those and deal with constant high water pants throughout every pregnancy.  And I have long arms, so all the sleeves are too short.  I gave up trying to look good a long time ago, and now just strive not to look ridiculous. 

 

I guess stuff is made for some set "average" size that nobody really is.  So annoying.

post #12 of 25
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That's funny.  I can assure you, Cristeen, that the pants are NOT for tall people.  I am one of those and deal with constant high water pants throughout every pregnancy.  And I have long arms, so all the sleeves are too short.  I gave up trying to look good a long time ago, and now just strive not to look ridiculous. 

 

I guess stuff is made for some set "average" size that nobody really is.  So annoying.



 

LOL!  To me, most people are tall.  ;)

 

I can (and do) wear capri pants as regular pants.  Because they tend to be the right length for me. 

post #13 of 25

I too dislike most maternity fashions, and what I do like is way out of budget.  So, I am trying to sew more things (but I love to sew and am pretty accomplished at it).

Have you seen this blog about how to make use of what you have? http://aurajoon.blogspot.com/2011/02/dressing-bump-2nd-trimester.html

post #14 of 25


 

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That's funny.  I can assure you, Cristeen, that the pants are NOT for tall people.  I am one of those and deal with constant high water pants throughout every pregnancy.  And I have long arms, so all the sleeves are too short.  I gave up trying to look good a long time ago, and now just strive not to look ridiculous. 

 

I guess stuff is made for some set "average" size that nobody really is.  So annoying.



This is so me! Not looking like a complete idiot is my goal :) I am almost 6 feet tall. I just got some cute stuff from Old navy and Gap. Spent about $100 total but got 3 dresses to wear with leggings and 9 tops. I bought some jeans on ebay. I can use some of my stuff (tunics, cardigans and such) for a while. Currently loving my yoga pants :)

post #15 of 25
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oh! and I forgot to mention ASOS (http://www.asos.com) for on-trend maternity clothes. I can't speak to the quality, though (I've read mixed reviews).



I LOVE their stuff!  Thanks for sharing!

post #16 of 25

I went to Izzy Maternity today and got some amazing leggings. They were outrageously expensive for leggings IMO -- about $60. Normally I would never shell out that kind of money for leggings, especially ones that I'm only going to be wearing for 6 more months. But I tried them on and they felt so soft and comfortable and supportive. The panel makes my bump look amazingly round and perfect (hides any bit of pudge on top!) and they are adjustable too! http://www.izzymaternityclothes.com/store/noppies-legging-dillingham.html They didn't look like anything special on the hanger but when I tried them on I was hooked. I had to have them. Then I got home and felt guilty for spending that much, but they have a no-return policy so i'm keeping my new leggings :-) I'm going to have to check out some consignment stores for tops to go with them. 

post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by EmTheWife View Post

I too dislike most maternity fashions, and what I do like is way out of budget.  So, I am trying to sew more things (but I love to sew and am pretty accomplished at it).

Have you seen this blog about how to make use of what you have? http://aurajoon.blogspot.com/2011/02/dressing-bump-2nd-trimester.html



This is FABULOUS! Makes me wish I had more dresses hanging around that I could do this with.

post #18 of 25

I am feeling victorious today, though it doesn't have much to do with actual clothes for me.  Today, for the first time, I successfully sewed a shirt for my ds.  A button up shirt with a collar!  That means that I am no longer so worried about tearing into a project for myself.  I have made a bazillion skirts, wrap pants, and clothes for the kids (excepting that dress shirt pattern, of course), but the shirts just scare me.  So, now I have more confidence in it. 

 

The real problem is the darts...women aren't flat like little boys...

post #19 of 25
Thread Starter 

That blog is so great, thanks for sharing!  It helps me know what to look for when I am thrift store shopping.  I can't believe I forgot about consignment shops, that is where I got my few maternity clothes last time.  eyesroll.gif

post #20 of 25
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That blog is so great, thanks for sharing!  It helps me know what to look for when I am thrift store shopping.  I can't believe I forgot about consignment shops, that is where I got my few maternity clothes last time.  eyesroll.gif



Natalya, Love the Remus and Romulus!  And I second the consignment shops.  I've scored the best items there!

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