There are two schools of thought on maternity clothes. One batch of newly expecting mothers can’t wait to jump into baggy overalls and elastic waist jeans. The other will try for months to find comfortable “real” clothes in an often losing battle to stay completely stylish and feel trim. Neither party is better off, although those in maternity wear at six weeks are most likely more comfortable.
The Stigma of Maternity Wear
For years maternity clothing was pretty slim pickings. Bows and ties were style dejour and trendy fabrics and styles were not available for the giant bellies of the world. Panels to accommodate your belly went to your bustline and to find a flattering fit you either shelled out big bucks for designer labels or had your clothes made by a custom designer.
The New Maternity Wear
Today you can buy maternity clothing that is almost indistinguishable from current fashions at large retailers such as Target and Old Navy. The Gap, Old Navy and Target also sell maternity wear online. Finally, pregnant women can feel cute (even when swollen) without breaking the bank.
When to Buy Maternity Wear
Eventually you will need some form of maternity wear. Even the smallest baby bump won’t be covered by a regular shirt by the third trimester. You can buy larger shirts, but you may look dumpy with gaping arm holes and misplaced darts. You’d do far better to take advantage of the cute maternity fashions available and invest in a few basic staples to get your through until delivery.
After that, you just may find you’re so comfortable without stiff denim and button flies, you stay in your maternity clothes a bit longer than expected. Most likely, however, you’ll be like most moms and find anything you can that is not maternity but still large enough to fit the moment you deliver.
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