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I really resent these companies.<br>
3.5 years ago, the trend was tight and belly skin showing tops.<br>
I was overweight and didn't want to sow my belly skin to the world.<br>
I wrote the company and was told their clothing trends are set by the trends in Hollywood.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br>
I responded that that's wonderful that they take what women sized 0-2-4 max are wearing and force pregnant women to also wear them.<br>
But I live in a family oriented suburb in Canada. DUH!!<br><br>
FF to yesterday.<br>
I went into Tyme. EVERY darn top was either sleeveless or cap sleeved.<br>
I asked what was up with that and the woman rolled her eyes/shook her head and said I KNOW I KNOW. We have told them over and over. They won't listen. She also said I was FAR from the first woman to complain about this. She also said that women can't wear these clothes to work (not professional) without a jacket/sweater. But it's SOOOO hot/humid here in the summer... So I guess it's not only the store managers they are ignoring. It's their customers too.<br><br>
Yesterday I also went into the Gap. Today I went into Motherhood Maternity. I bought so much there (Motherhood) the first time b/c it wasn't so trendy.<br>
Well again--EVERY SINGLE TOP was sleeveless or capped. That manager also agreed with me.<br><br>
I...HATE...MY...ARMS. They are fat, flabby and spotted. I wouldn't wear these tops at home, let alone in public.<br><br>
I feel held hostage. I can feel ugly and self conscious wearing these tops, or I can feel ugly wearing DH's tees. Gee, what a choice!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
I lost 50 lbs over this past year and was feeling pretty good about myself and now I feel like s#it. I feel fat and frumpy. All because there is NO choice out there for anyone who isn't willing to be dictated to. GROWL.<br><br>
Guess I'm going to have to hit my weight machine a big harder than I thought. JUST to wear clothes this summer.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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Sorry, mama. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
I don't like my arms, either.<br><br>
I did find these: <a href="http://www.oldnavy.com/browse/category.do?cid=5798&pageID=-1" target="_blank">http://www.oldnavy.com/browse/catego...5798&pageID=-1</a><br><br>
Scroll past the 90 million tank tops to "short-sleeved tees." There are some really cute ones. Even further down are the LS tees.<br><br>
I want elbow-length sleeves on all my shirts when I live in Perfect World.
 

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I totally understand. The stuff I had when pregnant with dd was perfect. They were the loose cut t-shirts and hid what I wanted but made it apparent that I was pregnant.<br><br>
When I was preg with ds everything was made from stretch fabric so it would fit tight against my stomach. It looked terrible.<br><br>
Hopefully if we have another the trend will have moved back.<br><br>
Perhaps look at consignment stores because the clothes might be older and looser.
 

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I wore Old Navy Ts and long sleved Ts. Glamourmom also has maternity tanks now. Even for me mat tops are too short for the third trimester. If all else fails you can get pretty Scrubs; You'll just look like a pregnant doctor. Of course that does't work for a job or dressy occasion.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">EVERY darn top was either sleeveless or cap sleeved.</div>
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This isn't about maternity clothing, but clothing in general. Last year I had to go to a formal<br>
wedding. I went to Lane Bryant to look for a dress. I looked around and couldn't find one so<br>
I asked a sales lady. She said they didn't have any dresses. NOT ONE DRESS. They only had<br>
separates.<br><br>
I think when something is in style stores tend to go overboard, and forget that not everybody<br>
looks good in the same thing, and we still need VARIETY!
 

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I hate cap sleeves too! They don't look good on me at all. I want that long-lasting trend to PASS!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This isn't about maternity clothing, but clothing in general. Last year I had to go to a formal<br>
wedding. I went to Lane Bryant to look for a dress. I looked around and couldn't find one so<br>
I asked a sales lady. She said they didn't have any dresses. NOT ONE DRESS. They only had<br>
separates.<br><br>
I think when something is in style stores tend to go overboard, and forget that not everybody<br>
looks good in the same thing, and we still need VARIETY!</div>
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No kidding, I've been looking for a dress for DD for 3 years, there aren't any!!! (she's very picky about fabric and the only thrift finds are the fabric she won't wear) I've been seeing a dress here and there, I hope they're "coming back"<br><br>
Hollywood sucks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I'm sorry MLM <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I love cap sleves (love my arms) and fitted shirts so that isn’t an issue. But my biggest problem with maternity clothes are tops that assume you wont wear a bra. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: You actually <i>cant</i> wear a bra with a lot of tops because it will show and look tacky/trashy. Spaghetti straps, low backs, halter tops, etc are super cute but pregnant women have <i>breasts</i>. Also wrap shirts and dresses are problems too maternity or not. So much cleavage shows that it makes it inappropriate to wear to work. I’m all for sexy, fitted, cute, spendy, trendy clothes, but please lay off on the skin.<br><br>
I will seriously break out the sewing machine when I get pregnant.
 

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I think they might. I just bought a highly overpriced, yet gorgeous dress because I was just so stoked to find one that I liked. It seems like I always need a dress for something, but can never find one in the store. Better yet - I can nurse in it! None of those funky nursing flaps either!
 

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I know. It sucks. Thank goodness for hand-me-downs from several years ago and the Trading Post here on MDC. And Motherwear's clearance section. And Target. That's wear all of my maternity clothes come from.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This isn't about maternity clothing, but clothing in general. Last year I had to go to a formal<br>
wedding. I went to Lane Bryant to look for a dress. I looked around and couldn't find one so<br>
I asked a sales lady. She said they didn't have any dresses. NOT ONE DRESS. They only had<br>
separates.<br><br>
I think when something is in style stores tend to go overboard, and forget that not everybody<br>
looks good in the same thing, and we still need VARIETY!</div>
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I so hate that too!<br><br>
Why can't people make cute close that flatter a fuller figured body? I don't understand it.<br><br>
As for maternity wear, I was forced to wear all black to my baby shower (pants and a top) because I looked like crap in every dress in ever maternity store. I was like so huge pg and nothing made me look any smaller than a freaking house. Plus what is with all the floral and country wear? Can we just have some dresses in solid colors? I mean, not everyone can wear horizontal striped and all floral patterns. Nor can we afford to shop at the "high end" maternity shops where they actually produce beautiful clothes that We can't fit into anyway.<br><br>
I mean towards the end of my pg I was well beyond an xtra large.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I love cap sleves (love my arms) and fitted shirts so that isn’t an issue. But my biggest problem with maternity clothes are tops that assume you wont wear a bra. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: You actually <i>cant</i> wear a bra with a lot of tops because it will show and look tacky/trashy. Spaghetti straps, low backs, halter tops, etc are super cute but pregnant women have <i>breasts</i>. Also wrap shirts and dresses are problems too maternity or not. So much cleavage shows that it makes it inappropriate to wear to work. I’m all for sexy, fitted, cute, spendy, trendy clothes, but please lay off on the skin.<br><br>
I will seriously break out the sewing machine when I get pregnant.</div>
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Ughhh I feel you there! My once perky boobs now hang way too low! I can't imagine going braless much less in some of those spaghetti strap tops. It would be indecent....at least for everyone who had to look at me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I hate cap sleeves too! They don't look good on me at all. I want that long-lasting trend to PASS!</div>
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I'm so there!<br><br>
I'm a naturally muscular person and these things make me look like a man, baby!
 

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Lane Bryant just doesn't carry dresses. Like, ever, not just with styles coming and going. Occassionally some stores will have them (like around Christmas I think) but they just don't "do" that-- they are all about casual and work clothes. I dunno <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">:<br><br>
I HEAR YA on the mat clothes, though! I was lucky to be buying mine this time through the winter, I guess. Even so, pretty sucky selection, and LOTS of stuff I didn't look twice at b/c of those cap sleeves!
 

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OK I have the opposite gripe.....I am 4'11" and I am the size of a 12 year old kid essentially. I wear a size 4 shoe in the kids department. I HATE trying to find maternity clothes to fit me!
 

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I got a short-sleeved (not capped) v-neck tee from Target that worked well in my 8th and 9th months. They had decent arm coverage, was long enough, and didn't go too low in front. I also got a nice dress from Old Navy. Motherwear sucked, all their clothes fell apart before the end of my pregnancy. I'd like to find some sweatshop-free clothes for my next pregnancy but I think I may have to sew my own for that.
 
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