Since the cats out of the bag that I’m expecting my second child in December, I can finally share what I’ve been giddy to share with the world for the past 5 months. I’m relieved and excited to share with you today, something very near and dear to my heart. No, I don’t have a fancy pregnancy shoot to share, and no I won’t be sharing “a conception story” (why though?)…
Truth be told, I’ve been dying to openly bitch and complain about something! I need to vent and get this off my chest.
Ladies, we haven’t come far from the days of our own mother’s pregnancies. I’ve seen the pictures, my beautiful mother, with her perm (LOL), wearing a tent with a table cloth pattern during all three of her pregnancies in the 80’s. No offense to my mom, or your mom, in the 1980’s there wasn’t much else to choose from. In the 80’s the goal of maternity fashion was to hide the bump, and the rest of your body I guess. Although today the styles have thankfully changed, I would say that respect for pregnant woman is still lacking in the fashion industry.
Variety, availability, and range of sizes. Personally, these are my three grievances with maternity fashion. I was pregnant in 2014 and now in 2017 and to be honest, things have gotten worse!
“Maternity” stores here in Toronto are lame. There I said it. The styles are more like something a 14-year-old would wear, there is nothing chic. I couldn’t hide my anger when I last visited one with my mother. My main complaint was that the cuts of the clothing and the patterns they used were juvenile, nothing I would wear even though keep in mind I’m not dressing for a work environment (I’m a stay at home mother). WHAT the F do woman wear to the office when they are pregnant? I shed a tear for them.
I admit there are several online options, such as Asos, but I personally have an issue ordering online when you can’t see the material, check out the quality and try on the item. Especially when you’re, not your usual size, and certain ahem, areas are much larger than they used to be. I’ve been reluctant to purchase online maternity clothing for these reasons.
Most woman I know, including myself, fight the need to purchase maternity clothing until they are in their third trimester. Why do you think they invented those stupid belly bands that are meant to keep your “regular size” jeans up even when you’re smuggling a basketball under your shirt? The inventor of that contraption just knew there was a pregnant lady, somewhere out there, weeping in the Maternity section of a major department store because the selection was so shitty. A woman definitely designed the belly band. I know this because most men I’ve encountered in a retail environment are so clueless about how to dress a pregnant chick.
Last week, after visiting 3 H&M locations only to be told they don’t all carry the maternity line. So I drove out of my way to visit a location that supposedly does. My mother and I both searched the entire store twice over then concluded there was not any maternity clothing at said location. That’s when a helpful 20-something dude informed me that H&M has “Hidden the maternity stuff way in the back over there, right beside the newborn boy section, in the corner over there, do you see it?” Are you bloody serious?
The “maternity section” consisted of 20 pairs of black jeans (keep in mind it’s late July) and some t-shirt half hanging off hangers. I bought a pair of black jeans. I was desperate. H&M won.
Out of frustration, I took to the fashion blogs I follow. A lot of the girls I follow are pregnant or have just popped out a baby. I did some creeping on their sites and on Instagram only to discover that they too are avoiding actual maternity clothing. Zara, Aritzia, Club Monaco, these are not maternity lines. Yet every fashionable mother I’ve encountered online is exclusively wearing these lines until around 20 weeks. That’s exactly how many weeks I am today. So I guess I’ve reached the point of WTF!?
If you’ve been pregnant or know someone who was pregnant and still able to dress fashionably, and affordable please feel free to share your experience and shopping tips below. In the meantime, I’ll just be over here wishing I could get my hands on one of those table cloth tents from 1983.