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#1 of 30 Old 01-13-2005, 03:54 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I dont know why this is so hard! I am tall so need a 34" inseam and apparently no one makes size 8 with a long inseam. I finally found Land's End online which has some pants that you can choose the length of but no jeans.

I wasnt working during my last pregnancy so all of my clothes are very casual - and summer clothes. And in this horrible transition stage (where my clothes are too small but mat. are a bit too big still) I could wear sweats every day. I NEED work/winter clothes! I am down to 2 pair of dress pants that I can button.

I have tried Old Navy, Gap, Target, Hannah Anderson and a few others. The Pea in a Pod near me moved to far away and I havent been up to a shopping trip on the weekends so havent made it to Motherhood or Mimi yet.

I just dont think this should be so hard!

Oh but another MDC mama did tell me about www.belly-jeans.com where you can send your own jeans and they make them maternity for you so I am hoping that will work. It seems like such a great idea!
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I found some long jeans!!! From Mimi - at Maternitymall.com Now let just pray they fit!

In all of maternity mall (which is a bunch of different stores) they carry 1 pair of long inseam, underbelly pants - thats it! One! There is some sort of tall person descrimination conspiracy going on out there
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I am not tall at all, in fact I'm just a plain ol' medium girl. But I still think the selection out there sucks. I broke down and bought some jeans at motherhood last week that are still too big, but I'll fill them out soon enough. I think about opening my own maternity shop all the time, because there is nothing cute out there, much less is it organic and fair trade.
The hanna stuff looks nice, kind of boring, but probably great quality. I think I'm going to make some stuff. My mom has patterns from the '70's that are soo cute and look so comfy. Luckily, I'm a sahm, so I can slough around in sweats if I have to, but that makes me feel gross. It is hard to be in between.
Babystyle.com has a whole transition line. Some of their stuff is cute, and okay quality. I've had to send stuff back before that seemed cheaply made, though. I would check it out, especially because you are working, they have some good basic stuff.

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Gap.com has tall maternity pants. Or long I guess. LOL Whatever they call it. I have them and they are long.

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I have the opposite problem -- I'm really short -- but I think the same solution might apply. May I suggest dresses and skirts? I went to April Cornell and bought two non-maternity dresses in heavy corduroy, a couple sizes too big. I stuffed a sweater in there to be sure they'd fit for a few more months of belly, and I'm reasonably sure they will. Can you switch to dresses for a while? Maternity tights work, or just plus-size tights too.

Good luck?
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Hi ladies!

I'm having the same prob! I'm 6'1'' and I know what you're going through! I got some really cute jeans online from JcPenny. They are super long, I'm so stoked!!! They've got a few choices for long (34-35") pants. I also got some cords and I love them. I was sort of iffy about jcpenny because I normally don't care for their stuff too much, but these pants rock. And they are the Under the belly fit, which I prefer. I hate that horrible belly panel thing!! It's casual day at work today, I'm wearing my jeans, they look really cute! HTH

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Um, I have a question regarding that under the belly thing (which is new since I was pg 4 years ago). I got some gap jeans with that. And I also got some gap shirts. I am 6 feet myself, but most of my height is in my torso, though, I do have to get tall jeans/pants or they are too short. Anyhoo, my shirts don't really cover the waistband thing. Is that okay? LOL I mean, is it "fashionable" to see that underbelly waist band? Maternity clothes are much "sexier" than they were 4 years ago. LOL I also feel like my pants are going to fall off with the underbelly thing. I am trying to get used to it. Gosh, I am starting to feel old! LOLOL

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Well I got the Lands End pants in the mail yesterday and they fit really well. They run big so I had to get a size smaller than I usually am but I think they will fit until close to the end and are plently long enough (34").

I also got a pair of brand new Liz Lange jeans from a mama here - on the trading post. They fit pretty good too - a bit too big but long enough and probably not to big for long since I am sure my legs and butt are going to get bigger.

The Mimi jeans havent come yet but I have my fingers crossed they will work well too.

Leosmama - I am not sure about the underbelly thing showing. I am not at the height of fashion of course lol! but I think its supposed to be covered up. Can you find longer shirts? I hate how hard mat. clothes shopping is! The Liz Lange jeans I got from the trading post dont have a panel at all - they have elastic in the back and extender buttons so the front looks just like regular jeans. REALLY cute - maybe look for some of those. They have them at Motherhood online too.

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I've seen some really pretty underbelly bands that are floral. I say, ROCK IT, mama! I think maternity fashion is just like nonmaternity fashion- anything goes. I can see a pretty underbelly band looking great with a tank top and cardigan, definitely. Now the plain navy blue bands I'm not so sure about. I would liken the difference to seeing the top of a pretty pair of undies peek out as opposed to some huge crazy looking undies showing out of the top of some low rise jeans (oh, and I think I've been guilty of this one before!). Well, maybe it's not that bad, but certainly the pretty ones are nicer to look at than the navy blue ones.
BTW- I don't understand why all the panels are navy??? Is it b/c it's sort of a denim-y color?

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i'm having a horrible time finding anything i LIKE! when i'm not pg, i see lots of nice maternity clothes, but when i am pg, i hate all of it. i absolutely hate most of what i have from last time. there isn't much there though anyway, and plus it's all winter stuff, so i will have to buy some summer stuff anyway. but there's only a couple racks in each dept. store, and usually i can't stand any of it.

so not so much that i can't find anything that fits, i just can't find anything i even want to try on! i'm, for lack of a better word, a "goth", so finding anything that is remotely "me" is just pretty much impossible!

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I'm due in early Aug, so have been lurking on the July boards for a while. My tummy popped over the course of a week, which meant I had 1 day of frantic shopping to find maternity pants before going on a trip. I'm pretty average height (5'5"), but very long legged, and I found some really long--even too long!--super comfy professional looking pants at H&M. I don't know if H&M is just a NYC thing, but it's worth checking out their maternity section--it's not huge, but I had great luck there and they were having a sale. They also had jeans that were the perfect cross between underbelly and panel, so I think I'll be able to wear them longer.

What's weird now is that my normal shirts and sweaters are too short to hide the belly band on my maternity pants, so when I lift my arms it shows--guess I won't be keeping mum at school for too much longer.
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I got the Mimi (long) jeans in the mail yesterday and I LOVE them! They fit everywhere and are stretch denim so super comfy and are WAY long - perfect for wearing with boots! I am wearing them today - I have a feeling I will be living in these jeans! Now if only they made MORE in long lengths.

All you tall mamas check them out - I found them at maternitymall.com under the Mimi stuff.
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I had a terrible time while pg with ds. I was living in a small town in Britain and although most of the clothing shops stocked a few items, they only had the most popular sizes.

I am 'leggy'. I don't fit in 'short' or 'regular' trousers - they look ridiculous on me. In the end I gave up and bought some pants with drawstrings from a 'big woman' shop. They weren't elegant, but they worked and were cheaper than any maternity pants. With that I wore men's shirts.

This time around I am in a big city in Sweden, so I hope I can find something that fits me. The hunt starts next week!
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I went hog wild at Old Navy---bought 4 pairs of pants (ranging from $18 down to $8), a turtleneck sweater for $10, 4 t-shirt tops for only $4 each! I am very excited.

I find the elastic panel pants to be so comfy, I think they should become a new fashion trend for all women.
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I just won two GREAT lots of maternity clothes on eBay for under $6 each! One lot had a Belly Basics (fancy expensive brand!) twin set in blue, a black Belly Basics skirt, and a target brand black sweater, and another lot has a shorter black skirt also by Belly Basics, a nicer black tshirt by Belly Basics, and a lovely reddish 3/4 length sleeve fancier shirt by a brand I hadn't heard of. Both lots were previously worn, but the clothes were in GREAT shape and with shipping, I got all this stuff for under $20!

Do a search on ebay for "belly basics" in quotes, if you like stuff that's a little nicer made, or just search for other maternity brands. A lot of times you can find stuff that was barely worn, or even brand new, for REALLY cheap!!!

Good luck!
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Have you guys checked out www.babystyle.com ? They often have really good deals in their clearance section and super cute. I'm not preggo right now but that's where I got all my maternity clothes. There and Target : or I just bought bigger sizes, I couldn't wear pants during my pregnancy so I wore a lot of skirts and they're always easy for sizing. And I love seeing pregnant bellies, so I say show 'em off!
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I just won two GREAT lots of maternity clothes on eBay for under $6 each! One lot had a Belly Basics (fancy expensive brand!) twin set in blue, a black Belly Basics skirt, and a target brand black sweater, and another lot has a shorter black skirt also by Belly Basics, a nicer black tshirt by Belly Basics, and a lovely reddish 3/4 length sleeve fancier shirt by a brand I hadn't heard of. Both lots were previously worn, but the clothes were in GREAT shape and with shipping, I got all this stuff for under $20!

Do a search on ebay for "belly basics" in quotes, if you like stuff that's a little nicer made, or just search for other maternity brands. A lot of times you can find stuff that was barely worn, or even brand new, for REALLY cheap!!!

Good luck!
I have searched ebay too - the trouble is that almost nothing is long enough. Everything is average length and I need long.

Same problem with Old Navy - online the only stuff they have available is large (I need med.) and no longs available.

Its hard being tall :
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Its hard being tall :
Yes, it is! How tall are you? I'm around 5'9".

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Yes, it is! How tall are you? I'm around 5'9".
I am 5'9 1/2" or 5' 10" depending on who measures me lol! But I have a 34" inseam so that is the tricky part.
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My mom is in town visiting and she brought methis great set. I am 6'1'' and the pants are perfect!!! It comes with a 3/4 sleeve shirt, a sleeveless shirt, a dress, a skirt, and LOOOONG pants!!! I love it, the material is so comfy and stretchy. And it looks really nice, too. Just wanted to pass along the word! Good luck on your searches!

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OK, so maybe it's rough being statuesque when it comes to maternity clothes, but for everything else, you know it's great. Why else do women suffer in heels, except for the illusion of height?
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OK, so maybe it's rough being statuesque when it comes to maternity clothes, but for everything else, you know it's great. Why else do women suffer in heels, except for the illusion of height?
I wish! Its hard to find non-mat. pants in my length! But mat. is worse - way less selection.

I love being tall I just wish clothing manufacturers would realize that every woman doesnt have a 30" inseam regardless of size. I found pants I liked online - they came in sizes xs-xl and ALL had 30" inseams!
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My mom is in town visiting and she brought methis great set. I am 6'1'' and the pants are perfect!!! It comes with a 3/4 sleeve shirt, a sleeveless shirt, a dress, a skirt, and LOOOONG pants!!! I love it, the material is so comfy and stretchy. And it looks really nice, too. Just wanted to pass along the word! Good luck on your searches!
Thanks for posting this! I bookmarked the page so I could get one later!
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I hear ya on the inseam length. I feel lucky to find clothes that have a 32in inseam, and would swoon if I found pants with a 34in inseam. It's especially hard when you are plus sized, as clothing manufacturers think all fat people also have short, fat legs.

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I luckily have been able to squeeze into my regular clothes up to now, but can see it coming. The weight is finally starting to come on. So far only 4 pounds total though. I finally went out yesterday to pick up new bras. I could not stand it anymore.

I peaked in the maternity store in the mall and I can tell that it is going to be tough to find cute things to wear during the rest of the cold months, but this spring there should be lots of cute things to wear. I don't know where else to look. I am weary of buying clothes online, I always have been. I am so darn picky when it comes to clothes. I can shop all day long and only find two or three things that I like enough to take home with me.
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That boxed set thing from Penny's looks awesome. I may have to get that!

Okay, back to my belly band http://secure.www.gap.com/asp/shops/...tion=90&inst=2 I am going to try these and ROCK IT! like the mama said! LOL I like the layered look. I usually layer a tank under everything because I have a very long torso and stretch marks from my first pg that noone needs to see!

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That boxed set thing from Penny's looks awesome. I may have to get that!

Okay, back to my belly band http://secure.www.gap.com/asp/shops/...tion=90&inst=2 I am going to try these and ROCK IT! like the mama said! LOL I like the layered look. I usually layer a tank under everything because I have a very long torso and stretch marks from my first pg that noone needs to see!

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How funny! I just saw these on another board I go to and ordered them! I posted about them here before checking this thread! Arent they so cool! I love that they fit throughout pregnancy and also after AND that you can use the band for the layered look - so fun!
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Sympathetic tall mama butting in from the April club! Try Target. SOmetimes they have jeans that are long.

Make sure if you buy talls or longs that you can return them, especially if your height is all in your legs. Some brands the waist is too high above the crotch to fit me by the time I get the legs long enough. Then the butt and crotch sag horribly.

What really would be nice is if womens and maternity pant were sized like mens! DH couldn't understand what my problem was until I expained the randomness of pant lengths! The maternity pants I saw on-line ranged from 30" to 32" inseam!?!
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Okay, I tried ordering but couldn't figure out what was available. LOL I am sure they will get some more in in the next few weeks and try then. Let us know how you like them!

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So I finally got around to shopping for some maternity trousers on Thursday. Imagine my surprise to find that ALL of them were long enough! I guess really are taller in general than Brits.

I ended up with 3 pairs and was very pleased with my selection. The only problem was that I couldn't find any jeans-style ones that fit. I tried on one of those jeans overalls and it just looked hideous on me. I looked about 6 months pg even though my bump is varely showing yet! Besides, it came with about a gazillion buttons - very impractical when you KNOW you are going to have to pee every half hour by the time you are 8 months along.
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