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I cannot for the life of me find maternity clothing that fits me. I swear I've tried just about everything.<br><br>
BOTTOMS:<br>
I have found 1 pair of pants that fit me, so I bought them in 2 colors. I have 1 pair of jeans from when I was preggo with dd that I can wear until I start getting bigger. I have 1 pair of velour pants I can wear until the weather starts getting warmer, but then they will be too heavy for summer work wear.<br><br>
Everything I try on is either too small, or so big it just falls off. If it is marginal (i.e. almost fits when I put it on, or heck, in one instance almost skin tight), then within a couple of hours of wearing it, it becomes so big it falls off and I'm constantly pulling them up - even the ones that start out skin tight.<br><br>
I've tried every pair of bottoms at Motherhood, Old Navy, Kohls, and Penneys.<br><br>
TOPS:<br>
Why are most of the tops designed to criss cross in front at the chest? I can't wear those kind of shirts because they just gape open exposing my whole chest. Why are all shirts (even the T-shirts and tank tops) either skin tight revealing every detail (even my belly button and waist line of my pants) or they are huge like a tent?<br><br>
I've tried top after top too from all the stores mentioned above.<br><br>
DRESSES:<br>
Again what is with the criss cross top? I can't wear that. I also hesitate with dresses because I can't find shoes that fit my very hard to fit feet. The only shoes that fit are sneakers and that just doesn't work with dresses. I have bought 2 from Motherhood, but 1 has the criss cross top, so I can't really wear it in public. And it hasn't been warm enough yet to really wear them either.<br><br><br>
I am so frustrated that I can't find anything to wear!
 

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Have you tried Target? I haven't been recently...but my last pregnancy I got some nice maternity yoga type pants and capris as well as quite a few nice t-shirts that weren't cross top...just regular t-shirt with a rounded or v-neck. Made from knit and sized decently.<br><br>
This time....I've taken to making my own!!! What bothers me is the lack of 'fabric'. I am long waisted and so I try on a medium top...okay...it fits right now....but there is BARELY enough fabric to cover my 6 mos pregnant belly! Where is the REST of it supposed to go? So, I try on a larger one, and end up realizing I should buy an XL to get enough 'front' coverage....but then it is huge up top. Then I'm tall...so jeans are too short and capris look like some shorts gone wrong or something.<br><br>
Do you sew? If so...Kwik Sew has some really nice easy maternity patterns!! You don't have to be a master seamstress to make them. I bought organic cotton knits from Hancocks and make myself tops for about $10 each and capris with organic cotton twill for about $15 each. I was able to use the 'medium' top and make the length XL just like I needed! Here is the first <a href="http://pics.momufactured.com/atemp/shirt01.jpg" target="_blank">one I made</a>, but it was too short, so I lengthed in it up in <a href="http://pics.momufactured.com/atemp/shirt02.jpg" target="_blank">this one</a>. I wanted some NICE and long ones for later in pregnancy when I'm sure to be a blimp!
 

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I am plus size to begin with so I feel your pain. I cannot find plus size maternity clothes unless they have big floral or striped patterns on them... not really my style. I have been just buying clothes from Lane Bryant in larger sizes than I normally wear.
 

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I had the same problem with bottoms, and like CrunchyClark said, I went to Target. I think they fit better because they carry sizes (rather than S M L). I now have a bunch of pants that are all pretty comfortable - though not as cheap as I would have liked.<br><br><br>
I can't wear any top with the horizontal cut under the boobs because it falls at my nipples!<br><br>
Keep looking, you'll find a comfy spot ;-)
 

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I feel your pain. Seriously, I do!<br><br>
I have had a horrid time finding maternity clothing..but I have a horrid time finding regular clothing too..so I knew this was not going to be fun.<br><br>
I have finally found some things that work..but it took me FOREVER and much return postage--since I had to order most of it online.<br><br>
I am rather petite..short (5'4) and really thin....nothing, NOTHING fit. Motherhood was a waste of time for me..it was all too big. Old Navy shirts fit me sometimes..but not all..and their pants are waaay too long.<br><br>
I ended up having to buy pants from the Gap..even though they are rather pricey (but they have FABULOUS sales! I bought a pair of khaki maternity pants for work a week or so ago and they were normally 68$...I got them for 29.99 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ). But, the Gap has "ankle" length..<br><br>
However, the Gap does not work for me when it comes to Maternity Tops...oh no, they are waay too big in every way possible. ...except in length where they are just waay too short (starting to think I have really short legs and a longer torso! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ).<br><br>
I have found the maternity shirts (and even the non-maternity shirts have worked wonderfully for my pregnant belly up until I started getting huge in the belly a week or two ago) at this place to be WONDERFUL fits--<br><a href="http://www.shadeclothing.com/" target="_blank">http://www.shadeclothing.com/</a>
 

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I don't have any helpful suggestions, wish I did. But I'm having trouble too. My problem is that I'm short, so most pants are too long in both leg length and in the crotch. Jeans are the worst! They hang between my legs all baggy, I hate it. I don't mind the tight tops, though, I'd rather wear them than the tents, which are really hideous imo. Most of my clothes have come from Old Navy, since they're cheap. I wish I could sew!!<br><br>
Actually, I do have advice for criss-cross tops. I don't like them either, because I'm somewhat big-breasted, so they make me look a bit obscene. My cleavage right now looks like a butt, I'm not kidding, so I don't exactly want to show it off. What I do is wear a lightweight layering cami or tank top under those kinds of shirts. It makes me feel more covered up.<br><br>
Luckily, it is already pretty warm here, mostly in the 70's and 80's, so I've been wearing maternity sun dresses and my Birk flip flops. Super comfortable! They're all one piece and just hang without touching tightly, but they don't look like a tent. I got them at Old Navy and The Gap. I don't normally like to shop at those places, but right now I don't have a lot of options.
 

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Thank you. I'm not alone! I haven't had problems with shirts yet. I just wear my old shirts that are stretchy, but pants are a pain. I can still wear old pants, completely unzipped, but the maternity jeans, yuck.<br><br>
Pair #1: Motherhood Maternity elastic banded, size small are always falling down. I was using a belt, but belts no longer fit. I'm tempted to buy rope and just tie it around my waist to hold the pants up. Before they start falling down, they look good.<br><br>
Pair #2: Target elastic banded in my normal size have these annoying buttons to adjust the elastic. The buttons hurt my hips/butt. Also, there is too much space for my butt in the pants, however the next size down was like sausage casings. I can't win.
 

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I mainly wear skirts -- I have roll-waist maternity skirts as well as non-maternity elastic waist skirts (worn under the belly). They're comfortable, look nice, and stay up (unlike maternity pants!). Oh and they're nice and cool, and comfy for tailor sitting.<br><br>
Then I usually wear a tank top (also non-maternity) with built in bra in a stretchy fabric about a size larger than my non-pregnant size.<br><br>
I put a "criss-cross" shirt on top or a buttoned shirt, partially unbuttoned. When I'm at home I just wear a tank top & a skirt and skip the top layer.<br><br>
It seems to work!<br><br>
I do have some dresses but that requires some serious trial and error to find one that doesn't make me look like a circus tent or pregnant street walker.<br><br>
So many maternity tops & dresses are WAY too low-cut or breast-accentuating. I don't flaunt it when I'm not pregnant; I'm definitely not about to start now.
 

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I seem to do better in regular shirts that are a size larger than usual, instead of "maternity" shirts.
 

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I've been buying non-maternity shirts at TJ Maxx. The look in the junior dept this year is very preggo friendly, shirts that blossom out a bit below the boobs or shirts that are stretchy and extra long. I for one can't take wearing alot of those tied in the back maternity shirts. I don't mind accentuating my belly but I'd rather not have a big bow in the middle of my back. Some of my favorite shirts are long and tight but that stretchy cotton material.
 

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i was so worked up about this last sunday, when i spent an abominable amount of time in motherhood trying on clothes that looked hideous, didn't fit, and exposed my cleavage in an unprofessional way. both the criss-cross and non-criss-cross options. it felt like fashion designers felt like the only the worthwhile about us was our boobs. many things looked like total tents on me. i was so bummed...<br><br>
so far, i have had the best luck with burlington coat factory, of all places. i expected the stuff to look cheap, but i was desperate and the prices can't be beat. i was pleasantly surprised. no, it's not high quality, all nsatural fibers, etc., but tis more than a step above some of the sh*t i saw at motherhood.<br><br>
i have maternity jeans from old nsvy that keep sliding down. bella bamds are your solution.<br><br>
target has dresses in business-like solids that don't emphasize cleavage, but they are unflattering on me -- total tents.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've been buying non-maternity shirts at TJ Maxx. The look in the junior dept this year is very preggo friendly, shirts that blossom out a bit below the boobs or shirts that are stretchy and extra long. I for one can't take wearing alot of those tied in the back maternity shirts. I don't mind accentuating my belly but I'd rather not have a big bow in the middle of my back. Some of my favorite shirts are long and tight but that stretchy cotton material.</div>
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This has mostly been my solution. Last weekend I went to Target and found a t-shirt and a tank that are nice and long, and also quite stretchy. I also found a pair of knit "gaucho" pants with a wide but lowish waistband that sit below the belly and are beyond comfortable. Other than that, I've been living in non-prego yoga pants from old navy and tanks that are very long from urban outfitters, covered up with sweaters and sweatshirts that don't quite fit but I make do because at least I'm covered underneath. I even got complimented by one of the moms in my class...she said that I had such cute maternity clothes, and I had to admit that almost nothing I wore was actually maternity. Oh, I also found some good big and long shirts at Forever 21. The junior-department/stores are full of tops that work pretty well for maternity.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I mainly wear skirts -- I have roll-waist maternity skirts as well as non-maternity elastic waist skirts (worn under the belly). They're comfortable, look nice, and stay up (unlike maternity pants!). Oh and they're nice and cool, and comfy for tailor sitting.Then I usually wear a tank top (also non-maternity) with built in bra in a stretchy fabric about a size larger than my non-pregnant size.</div>
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This has also been working really well for me! Old Navy tanks are long and stretchy.
 

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I've had an awful time trying to find bottoms that fit this pregnancy. I finally have 3 pairs of shorts, a skirt and a pair of capris and a pair of sweat type pants. They're either all too big or a little too small but were the closest I could get. I was frustrated for awhile!<br><br>
I've had the best luck at Target for finding clothes, I just wish they had a bigger selection. I've bought a lot of my clothes there and it sucks that while I'm waiting for my prenatal appointment, 2 other women walk in wearing the same top from Target. LOL<br><br>
I can't stand the the crisscross type tops either! My boobs are just too big!
 

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Those criss-cross tops can easily be fixed if you know someone who sews. All you have to do is sew them together right along the seam of the one in front. Even a novice sewer should be able to do this as long as they know how to work a sewing machine. If you're a talented handsewer you could do it as well. I did it to the one I have.
 

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Also, about the crisscross tops, if you can get one of those skin tight tank tops, wear that underneath. It covers up the top of the cleavage. (I think that's what the designers intend, if you look at mainstream fashion too) I've been lucky in that DF stretched out one of my tank tops and it still fits now.<br><br>
I've been very lucky for bottoms. Check out the cheaper stores (no suggestions, sorry I'm in Canada and have been loving Zellers!) as I got two pairs of tummy panel pants with a drawstring, which helps keep them up while you are still littler and gives you room to grow. I also got given a lot of stuff, so I've got a good selection.<br><br>
Also, now that I think about it, check out the thrift stores. No one wears maternity clothes for _that_ long, and you can generally get a good selection of stuff, that's not too old, for cheap!
 

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I have better luck in skirts and shirts that are in a larger then normal size but non-maternity.
 

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i sew closed all my criss cross shirts as well.....and i am sooo not crafty or talented like that....i just try to hide the stitches underneath the seam of the outside cross and that works well for me!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've been buying non-maternity shirts at TJ Maxx. The look in the junior dept this year is very preggo friendly, shirts that blossom out a bit below the boobs or shirts that are stretchy and extra long. I for one can't take wearing alot of those tied in the back maternity shirts. I don't mind accentuating my belly but I'd rather not have a big bow in the middle of my back. Some of my favorite shirts are long and tight but that stretchy cotton material.</div>
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YES!!! I got a few at JCPenney, and some more at Walmart. The only problem is my huge belly combined with my long torso . . . my belly is beginning to peek out from the bottom of the shirts already (even the actual maternity ones). I thought I was done buying maternity clothes but now I'm going to have to search for even longer ones.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
Jeans . . . I have ONE pair of maternity jeans. I'm tall with long, thinnish legs and I have only found one pair of jeans that don't make me look ridiculous - and at forty bucks, I refuse to buy more than one pair! They're the kind with the stretchy cloth belly panel, but my belly is ginormous so I already have to roll down the panel, which makes the jeans eventually work their way down and I risk serious plumber-butt. At home I live in an old ratty pair of yoga pants that only fit because the elastic around the waist is pretty much gone. Or DP's pajama pants.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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all my maternity pants slide down (and i have junk in the trunk).... i have given up and know that anyone near me will get a good look at my undies!!! i just try to wear a longer shirt. i can't wait until the weather gets better so i can get into skirts and dresses!
 
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