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post #41 of 57

Buko -  you could try to wear a coat that doesn't zip and a really warm/wide scarf to cover your belly ? 

 

i'm about to outgrow both of the coats i have that still zip (both regular XLs that happen to not be huge in the shoulders) neither are 'real' coats, more like a heavy fleece.. just kind of dealing with it.. it hasn't been THAT cold and i don't ever go that far outside though so that helps.. 
 

post #42 of 57
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This weekend, when I was at the mall, I peeked in Target, Motherhood and Macy's.  Macy's has no kind of maternity section, Target didn't have a good nylon maternity coat (I hate to do wool, because my cat's hair gets all over it), and Motherhood's stuff is SO CHEAP (quality).  I mean, when you aren't even up to par with Old Navy, you know you're pretty cr@ppy.  Just flimsy and falling apart, and not even warm.  And even at 30% off, Motherhood's coats would have been $63.  Errrrrggghhhh...

Glad it's not just me!  I can't believe how flimsy some of their stuff is, and the prices that go along with it.  It's crazy.  That said, I did buy a winter coat from them because I had a coupon deal thing and the coat I got is actually pretty nice quality wise.  But now that I am bigger, I just look like a walking tent with it on  LOL.  I know I'll have to wear it eventually but for now our weather has been pretty mild so I've been just using a zip up hoodie of my husband's and resisting trying to buy more clothes.

post #43 of 57

Staci, I could give it a shot for a while, anyway... maybe until after Christmas/January, when I know the winter coat discounts will be deep.

 

Jenny01-- I'm completely convinced it's a racket, like bridesmaids' dresses, KWIM?  They know you will only wear it for a little while (and who knows if you'll need one for a subsequent pregnancy?), so they put like two stitches in the entire thing.  But they also know you'll NEED it, and that theoretically (even though you may never get more use out of it), paying $50 or $100 for a winter coat isn't outrageous, so...

 

Man, I am still mad I didn't buy that ON coat!  I could have had it weeks ago for like $45-50, or when it went on super-sale last week, if I hadn't wanted to save an extra $2.  hammer.gif

post #44 of 57
Thread Starter 

I went into Motherhood this weekend when I was at the mall. I gathered 6 things to try on, went to the dressing room, and then decided I was too exhausted to undress to try them on! So I just sat in the dressing room for 10 minutes and texted friends. Haha. And I agree, even stuff on sale seemed like a rip-off given the quality.

 

My mom scored a 40s wool coat for me that actually buttons over my belly! It's a little large in the chest/shoulders, but I'll take it! I was making do with not zipping my coats, but it gets pretty cold here, so it's nice to have something that really encases my entire body.

post #45 of 57

I'm surprised you got away with sitting in the dressing room at Motherhood.  The last (and only) time I went there, the sales lady was SUPER pushy and made me "model" everything for her.  I ended up getting 2 pairs of leggings which ripped within the first month (the "secret belly" part ripped away from the rest of the leggings- and this was before I even had much of a belly!).  Luckily I have some limited sewing ability and was able to sew them back together.  For nearly $20 I would expect them to last!

 

Most of my clothes have come from ebay/ thrift stores.  They may not be awesome quality, but I'm okay with that since they were cheap.  I live in the city and found that thrift stores in the suburbs had MUCH better maternity clothes- better selection and less "worn" clothes.  Also, ebay was great- I found someone who was selling 3 pairs of maternity pants that fit me perfectly.  I know it's a gamble to get stuff online without being able to try them on, but it worked really well for me!  As far as shirts go, I'm pretty "lucky".  I used to weigh 100lbs more than I did pre-pregnancy, so I actually had a lot of  shirts in storage that were too big before but fit pretty well now.  Mostly empire waist shirts that fit my belly and my boobs thumb.gif

post #46 of 57
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Originally Posted by iamkateiam View Post

I'm surprised you got away with sitting in the dressing room at Motherhood.  The last (and only) time I went there, the sales lady was SUPER pushy and made me "model" everything for her.  I ended up getting 2 pairs of leggings which ripped within the first month (the "secret belly" part ripped away from the rest of the leggings- and this was before I even had much of a belly!).  Luckily I have some limited sewing ability and was able to sew them back together.  For nearly $20 I would expect them to last!

 

Most of my clothes have come from ebay/ thrift stores.  They may not be awesome quality, but I'm okay with that since they were cheap.  I live in the city and found that thrift stores in the suburbs had MUCH better maternity clothes- better selection and less "worn" clothes.  Also, ebay was great- I found someone who was selling 3 pairs of maternity pants that fit me perfectly.  I know it's a gamble to get stuff online without being able to try them on, but it worked really well for me!  As far as shirts go, I'm pretty "lucky".  I used to weigh 100lbs more than I did pre-pregnancy, so I actually had a lot of  shirts in storage that were too big before but fit pretty well now.  Mostly empire waist shirts that fit my belly and my boobs thumb.gif

Me too,and I've never been back. I cant stand sales people at clothing stores that just wont go away. 

post #47 of 57

yep, the motherhood maternity girls are SO pushy! whenever i go in to browse, i make it very clear that i want to just look and be left alone. 

post #48 of 57

i have that target tank- but i got too big a size and it keeps sneaking down lower than my gigantor bra.  which does almost come up to my clavicle... my daughter tried to pull it up and said "mommy, your shirts aren't supposed to be this low!"  i sighed and was like " i know honey, i know."  but she couldn't get it to behave either.  i don't want to wear the giant bras, they're uncomfortable, and unflattering, and i hate the wires which are up under my chin and in my armpits, but i'm afraid i actually have about shot the elastic out on my 2 go-to bras!  i'm in denial.  thank goodness my panties make me happy!!!  

 

coats/jackets- i have a felted wool London Fog coat, size 8, that is amazing and fits completely over my belly.  i can't find it online (i don't shop!  i love hand-me-downs and my sister-in-law found this one for me) it's a looser style, has a inside cincher, and i would guess it came out a long time ago, around Lord of the Rings as it's style is rather elvin.  Also have a super thick sweater w/ lining, that is stretchy and zips (both zip!) and that is really cute except i need to replace the zipper.  both are very thick and work great.

 

I had a Steve Madden coat i used in the fall, but it's not warm enough for our current icy weather, and it no longer buttons....  :D

 

prior to this pregnancy, i've used men's wool peacoats (it's COLD UP HERE) and just let myself look a little homeless for the sake of being warm!

post #49 of 57
Thread Starter 

I think I avoided the wrath of the sales ladies because it was SO packed in there with holiday shoppers.

post #50 of 57

I've been ordering a bunch of maternity/nursing nightgowns online from Motherhood Maternity in anticipation of having a house full of guests and needing to not just be wandering around in undies in the night. I have this one in black which has enough of a dress look that I can answer the door in it and a few of these. I've also been ordering random maternity/nursing bras online and giving a few brands a try. Not really loving any yet but I have quite a little stack here now that I should write a review on. So far still in maternity clothes I bought around 25 weeks that were a bit big back then. Since I'm pretty housebound I'm hoping those hold out!

 

Just for fun this is a nice line of Maternity wear from ASOS (UK). I like their dresses better than anything I'm seeing from a Pea in a Pod or Motherhood Maternity. Might order one for my baby shower :)


Edited by typebug - 12/18/12 at 5:48am
post #51 of 57
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I've been ordering a bunch of maternity/nursing nightgowns online from Motherhood Maternity in anticipation of having a house full of guests and needing to not just be wandering around in undies in the night. I have this one in black which has enough of a dress look that I can answer the door in it and a few of these. I've also been ordering random maternity/nursing bras online and giving a few brands a try. Not really loving any yet but I have quite a little stack here now that I should write a review on. So far still in maternity clothes I bought around 25 weeks that were a bit big back then. Since I'm pretty housebound I'm hoping those hold out!

 

Just for fun this is a nice line of Maternity wear from ASOS (UK). I like their dresses better than anything I'm seeing from a Pea in a Pod or Motherhood Maternity. Might order one for my baby shower :)

asos has such nice stuff. i ogle over it often. 

post #52 of 57
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Originally Posted by typebug View Post

I've been ordering a bunch of maternity/nursing nightgowns online from Motherhood Maternity in anticipation of having a house full of guests and needing to not just be wandering around in undies in the night. I have this one in black which has enough of a dress look that I can answer the door in it and a few of these. I've also been ordering random maternity/nursing bras online and giving a few brands a try. Not really loving any yet but I have quite a little stack here now that I should write a review on. So far still in maternity clothes I bought around 25 weeks that were a bit big back then. Since I'm pretty housebound I'm hoping those hold out!

 

Just for fun this is a nice line of Maternity wear from ASOS (UK). I like their dresses better than anything I'm seeing from a Pea in a Pod or Motherhood Maternity. Might order one for my baby shower :)

ugh!  house full of people and modesty!  we had houseguests for a month, and are totally enjoying the fact that once the kids are in bed we don't have to wear anything!!!!

 

making cracks about it actually- husband just read that in some times and cultures, the inability to be naked together was grounds for divorce.  he laughed and said our marriage and family seemed pretty safe from any such divisions!  

 

cute black dress- i have a similar in lavender.  and it has a little housecoat. maybe for christmas i'll look for some nightgowns/housedresses- in anticipation of staying home.  since i never get to stay home more than 2 days a week!

post #53 of 57
Thread Starter 

I love ASOS stuff, but the one time I ordered from there (non-maternity) the sizing was all off and I had to return. So I'm scared to order again as I'm really bad about returning stuff.

post #54 of 57

Here are my solutions for right now. I refuse to buy any more maternity stuff--especially since twins can come early and I just can't bear the thought of spending $$ on something to wear for 5-6 weeks!

Coat-haha. I wear hubby's. Now he is 6'4" so all his coats are plenty long; they're too long in the sleeves but I don't care. I refuse to buy a maternity coat. Again, maybe if I knew I would wear it for a solid 3-4 months, but for 1-2 more, no sirree.

Lounge/pj's--again, hubby's. I highly recommend just getting thermals in men's tall sizes if you can find them at Target or wherever. I mean a thermal "maternity" loungey shirt at Motherhood is $27. To wear around the house? I don't think so.

Pants--haha. Leggings and yoga. Leggings for work, yoga for at home and anything in the evenings. If I can't wear yoga pants, I'm not going to that event/restaurant/etc. My maternity jeans stopped fitting long ago and I never found another pair I liked.

Tops--dresses I got from Old Navy for $15. I figure even at the very end they can pass as tunics. Mostly I do dresses over leggings. Here's a link to the dresses; I got them in 3 different colors. I should have gotten the other 2 to be set for a 5-day workweek, but I do still have a couple of long tunic type tops, also from Old Navy, that are fine. Dresses (still priced at $15 plus they have like 25% off right now; material is soft and stretchy: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=48687&vid=1&pid=255069022

Tunics: (now marked down to $8, I see) http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=5807&vid=1&pid=286559042

Shoes: I broke down and bought a nice pair of Naturalizers in a bigger size. Then I have a pair of shoes that stretched with me. At home I'm barefoot. I am really depressed at the idea of having to buy a whole new shoe-drobe once the babies are here and have avoided these thoughts. Mostly because I have plenty of shoes in good condition and can't bear the thought of having to get rid of all of them and get new flats, sneakers, boots, etc. Arg!

 

Another thing I refuse to buy: twin-specific maternity clothes. I have found two sites that offer multiples-specific tops and the like, and they are all priced at like $75. For a cotton tunic. Give me a break.

post #55 of 57

I hate all of my clothes right now.  Hate them.  And they do fit poorly.  But I have 4.5 weeks left at work and then I'm going to sit around at home in flannel pyjamas waiting for baby.

post #56 of 57

I was relatively happy with my small selection of maternity clothes which included 2 black Old Navy and Target tops, maternity leggings, and some of my non-maternity skirts with very elastic bands.  Now I'm down to only the leggings, one of the shirts (hard to decide if the tent look or the well-defined truly enormous belly look is more flattering), pajamas and socks.  The socks are the only creative option for the next 2 months, and even some of those don't fit.  Telling myself that if I don't buy anything else now, I can treat myself to something new after the baby comes. 

post #57 of 57
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ugh!  house full of people and modesty!  we had houseguests for a month, and are totally enjoying the fact that once the kids are in bed we don't have to wear anything!!!!

 

making cracks about it actually- husband just read that in some times and cultures, the inability to be naked together was grounds for divorce.  he laughed and said our marriage and family seemed pretty safe from any such divisions!  

 

cute black dress- i have a similar in lavender.  and it has a little housecoat. maybe for christmas i'll look for some nightgowns/housedresses- in anticipation of staying home.  since i never get to stay home more than 2 days a week!

 

I have family in the house from March 4th right up till our move at the beginning of June. They have some side trips but it's going to be a lot of people in our little place for a good long chunk of time. I was planning on buying everyone one of these Balinese light weight cotton robes which is marvelous for incognito naked lounging. ;)

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