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#1 of 12 Old 08-05-2007, 07:19 PM - Thread Starter
 
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so my waist is expanding some.... and if i try on clothes one size larger they fit my waist but look terrible (crotch to the knees, etc...) i teach school and i need some decent looking clothes. i'm not big enough for panel pants although i did find one pair that wasn't horrible. i don't plan on telling anyone at work for at least another 4 weeks.....

where is a good place for maternity (but they don't look like maternity) clothes????? jcpenny has about 6 racks, target about the same, old navy in my area does not have maternity....

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You know, children's consignment stores and thrift stores are actually a good place to start, as they would carry many varying brands of maternity clothes, and whether you buy there or not, you would have the opportunity to explore the brands you prefer, and then go to those stores. That rather than going from store to store to store.

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walmart and kmart have some if you're desperate. Motherhood is always an option. And try online. Buy your size now. I hate doing that, but we're really remote so don't have an option and I've had ok results. Also try the trading post here, I've found lots!

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Jillybeans -- Where's the trading post here? Would it be in my tribe?

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This is the first pregnancy where I'm not teaching . Anyway what I did in the early stages was just the rubberband trick around the pants loop, with a not tucked in shirt.

You can also get some nicer yoga type pant and wear them with nice shirts.

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And can't the bella band (jillybeans, you know this, I think) be worn over unbuttoned pants to hold them up, and then layered with an overshirt so it looks like you're wearing a tank underneath?

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yup, they can be. The huggalugs I got are way too long for me now, so I'm on the lookout for some bella bands. They are shorter.
Amanda: I believe you have to have 500? posts to see the trading post. It will be listed above the WAHM well at the bottom of the main page.

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I think the trading post requires 50 posts and membership for 3 months (or is it 6?).

I have some maternity pants that have tabs with buttonholes and buttons on the side so they can expand as you grow - this kind might work for you. I'm afraid they are all from Old Navy though.
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I've heard that ebay can be a good place to stock up on clothes. I'm counting on hand-me-downs, but I may have to break down and buy a skirt and some jeans in a week or two, before I have access to the hand-me-downs. Fortunately a cousin of mine had her baby in February two years ago so can pass on a winter coat and stuff like that.

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eBay is a wonderful resource for maternity clothes. In fact, right before I found out I was pregnant, I foolishly put up a number of my maternity clothes on eBay and it makes me want to cry to think how little I sold them for! I literally found out I was pregnant the day my auctions were ending. I have no idea what I was thinking!

But anyway, I've been buying and selling on eBay for a while, and I think it's a real buyer's market in maternity clothes right now. Do a search for the word "transition" and you might find some nice-looking pants that don't have the giant full panel. As for brands...my favorite transition maternity clothes that I own (and that I wear before I'm willing to tell anyone I'm pregnant) come from Gap, Old Navy, Babystyle, and Meet me in Miami (mostly bought at thrift stores and eBay). Oh, and how could I forget my favorite stretchy jeans skirt -- it's from Liz Lange for Target. It totally doesn't look like maternity.
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I went down to the local thrift store and picked up some jeans that I will add an elastic waist too. I have lots of maternity clothes, but sadley most of them are too small for me since I gained some weight since the last pregnancy. So if you want some cute size sm pm me LOL.
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One friend took her work clothes to a tailor and had a panel added. It was cheaper than buying new work pants.

I found a couple of great pairs of elastic waist dress pants by Pea in the Pod at a local consignment store. They look very professional.
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