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Maternity clothes - issues...!

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sassylassie Mon 01-Aug-11 21:33:04

Sorry, this is going to be a bit of a rant! I'm really struggling to find decent quality maternity clothes that will see me through the winter (EDD 17 Jan). I've already accepted that I have to shop online and that there is no way I'll get trousers suitable for work to fit (at 5'3 everything is way too long) and that's fine. But I'm still struggling to find suitable clothes. I bought a load of stuff from Red Herring, which are mostly great, but trousers are proving to be a real issue. I sent back a pair of "maternity chinos" which turned out to be capris and looked ridiculous on me - was a bit annoyed they hadn't been marked as capris.

I'm only finding clothes which are:
- Poor quality, really thin see-through (not warm enough for winter) fabrics or polyester/artificial materials. I'm struggling to find decent quality cotton and linen maternity trousers.
- Too casual - where is all the workwear??! Do they think we all give up work the moment we get pregnant? Why are the only trousers I can find jeans, leggings, capri pants or nasty polyester fabrics?! I need smart tops and smart trousers - I can't get away with jeans and leggings at work, where I'll be spending most of my pregnancy.
- Crazily expensive. John Lewis seems to have some decent quality smart maternity trousers, but they're about £60. Why is it that I can get a decent quality pair of non-maternity trousers for half that price? I feel as if we're a captive market so we're going to be ripped off.

Sorry again for the rant. Put it down to pregnancy hormones! blush

Any suggestions?

I'm also struggling to find strapless bras so that I have something to wear under a summer dress or strappy/strapless top. Should I just get a normal underwired one?

MrsBloomingTroll Mon 01-Aug-11 21:43:07

OP, I'm about the same height as you and with trousers I found the only solution was to buy them and then get them taken up at a dry cleaner.

I haven't been working this pregnancy but last pregnancy I had work trousers from Dorothy Perkins and JoJo Maman Bebe. If you use bump bands you can also use them to hoick the trousers up a bit, which helps.

A tight-fitting bump band can also serve well as a boob tube if you're small-chested. I've found that to be the only solution with some tops/dresses and in the hot weather. Have you tried M&S online for a strapless/wireless bandeau bra? I got one from there earlier in the year.

Also try M&S online for maternity wear basics.

Lastly, I would say not just to stick to maternity wear. Look for tops with empire lines and tunic-style tops in the normal clothing ranges.

But yes, 'tis frustrating! Good luck!

Conchita Mon 01-Aug-11 21:58:51

Hear hear, sassylassie, I could have pretty much written that post myself. I could have cried when I saw the cr*p they had on display in mothercare, and I died a bit inside when I saw the New Look maternity jeans with slogans on the label such as 'Great for... going to the bingo with the girls!'
My office is fairly smart casual so smart work trousers aren't an issue for me, but for my job it's more important to look vaguely on trend so topshop has been good for me- I think their prices are as rip-off but the quality isn't too bad. Also got some cheap long vests in H&M for covering waistbands, they have been great. I spotted a French company called Seraphine the other day- not ordered anything but looked quite elegant and good for those who need to look smart

sassylassie Mon 01-Aug-11 22:02:37

Thanks MrsBloomingTroll.

Just checked Dorothy Perkins site, but the trousers are still all polyester unfortunately. There was one white linen pair, but they wouldn't be very winter friendly and then there was a linen blend which looked OK, but they were an odd style with puffy hips (not a good look on a short, curvy girl like me). I'll have a look at JoJo Maman Bebe - I think that was one a colleague recommended too but I couldn't remember the name.

Unfortunately I'm quite big "up top" (34 F/G) so boob tubes or bandeau bras probably wouldn't do the job. I might just have to go for an underwired bra.

Crosshair Mon 01-Aug-11 22:05:03

I havent stopped wearing an underwired bra.shock

sassylassie Mon 01-Aug-11 22:07:37

Thanks Conchita. Nice to hear someone else feels the same way! I wish I could wear Top Shop clothes, but I'm just the wrong shape! Seraphine sounds familiar - I'll check it out. I think I'm going to have to accept this is only temporary and I'll just have to lump it for a bit. I do resent spending £30 on a pair of polyester/elastane trousers though, never mind £60 on a decent cotton blend pair!

BitzyVonMuffling Mon 01-Aug-11 22:08:44

I think as long as a bra fits as it should, there is no need to give up the underwire. I wore underwire throughout my second pregnancy havign endured the granny hammocks first time round, and i felt much better about myself. The saggy monoboob isn't a good look at the best of times. I used Anita underwired maternity bras too and they are the best imo. For a strapless bra, the only one I have found that stays up is a Wonderbra one, I don't know what size they go up to though.
As for maternity clothes, at 15 weeks you mit be best to just go for a bigger size for the time being. And it's only just August! I don't think shops will get their winter stock in for a few weeks yet. Don't underestimate just how hot you may get though- I am normally one to wrap up in several duvets, but pregnancy turn me into a little furnace.

Conchita Mon 01-Aug-11 22:11:06

possibly they might start offering some heavier good-quality trousers in the next month when the autumn/winter ranges are launched? Here's hoping! I hear that Gap have just launched a maternity line to may be worth looking into.
It really is galling that retailers see a chance to milk us for more money for poor quality clothes when there is so much else to shell out for.

Scaredycat3000 Mon 01-Aug-11 22:12:54

It is old advise that you can't wear underwired bras during pregnancy/breast feeding. Now women are better informed about correct fitting bras, that is the only thing they must fit, the wires do not cause a problem as they should fit round the breast not dig in.
I've just bought some 97% cotton trousers from the Jojo shop for 5 They have loads in the shop, also the top was £5. They are so comfy. Strangely fit me on the bump!

Conchita Mon 01-Aug-11 22:13:21

ps before you get too excited, the only trousers in the gap maternity range are jeans and leggings. Fail!

ShowOfHands Mon 01-Aug-11 22:17:13

The only trousers I had that were one, cotton and two, suitable for work were from H&M. I'm 5ft 3" too and really struggled. I found dresses quite good but then you have the problem of tights.

sassylassie Mon 01-Aug-11 22:18:26

BitzyVonMuffling Hehe, "granny hammocks" LOL! grin. Seriously though, thanks for the sound advice. I've heard about getting hot later in pregnancy (no prizes for guessing I'm a first-time mum to be!) so perhaps I shouldn't expect to be wearing the usual layers, thick trousers and tights in December?

Conchita Yeah, I should probably wait a bit for the autumn/winter stuff to come out and stop being so impatient. Gap sounds promising if they have a maternity line in the UK.

sassylassie Mon 01-Aug-11 22:25:48

ShowOfHands Just spent the last 5 minutes trying to find the maternity section on the H&M website. I can't find a link anywhere and there's no search function on the site. Is it just my pregnancy brain - am I missing something obvious?

ShowOfHands Mon 01-Aug-11 22:27:49

I don't think H&M put their collection online iirc.

nannyl Mon 01-Aug-11 22:28:06

i too am 5ft 3, and have to wear petite trousers

i have short trousers (well jeans) from next, mamas and papas and mothercare.

the short sizes ARE out there if you look hard enough!

BitzyVonMuffling Mon 01-Aug-11 22:31:23

I am 5 foot 7 and H and M trousers are built for GIANTS. I got some jeans in a fit of desperation from there last time and I looked like I was a toddler dressing in my mums clothes. All of their trousers are far too long.

diddygirl Mon 01-Aug-11 22:32:02

Have you tried Next for maternity trousers?

Conchita Mon 01-Aug-11 22:32:11

H&M do have their collection online but hard to find- go onto website, look for item of clothing you're after, then look down left-hand side for MAMA range (which is what they call their maternity range).
However the tops that I got weren't maternity, they were from the divided range and great for covering waistbands- about £4 each

HeatherSmall Mon 01-Aug-11 22:33:50

I had stuff sent over from Australia really nice organic cotton pieces and the postage wasn't bad either.

sassylassie Mon 01-Aug-11 22:34:17

Thanks nannyl. Actually after literally hours of searching online, I've given up on the short sizes. I'm happy to adjust as necessary. My priorities are really a) smart (i.e. not jeans, leggings or 3/4 lengths), b) good quality (i.e. not viscose, polyester or elastane) and c) not too pricey - ideally not more than £35-£40. Surely that's not too much to ask! If you have any suggestions on where I can find those that would be great. I can't wear jeans for work sadly.

sassylassie Mon 01-Aug-11 22:35:14

HeatherSmall Will consider Australia - why not?! Any particular sites you can recommend...? smile

Snowgirl1 Mon 01-Aug-11 22:40:25

Boden do a maternity range now but it's not cheap - but Boden stuff seems to sell like hotcakes on eBay so you might be able to sell afterwards to recoup some of the cost. They usually do different lengths of trousers and dresses too.

PrincessScrumpy Mon 01-Aug-11 22:44:28

I had the same issue as Blooming Marvellous is no more as Mothercare bought it - they did lovely clothes.

Just because it's winter you may find you don't want things that are too warm - I found short sleave tops and cardigans worked best (dd was born in Feb 2008).

Trousers-wise, have you tried Next or Jojomamanbebe?

Good luck. I'm 32weeks pg with twins and stuggled to find a light summer dress - ended up getting one last week in Asda for £12.50. It's slightly higher at the front due to my bump but it still keeps me decent. Dh has joked that it won't be washed until after the twins are born as it's the only thing that's comfy - he may be correct! grin

sassylassie Mon 01-Aug-11 22:54:11

This site looks great for workwear, but the prices are something else! A nice quality pair of 97% cotton smart grey maternity trousers will set you back £79.99:
Most of the high street shops don't seem to have cotton-based maternity trousers, except jeans.

Merinda Mon 01-Aug-11 23:19:47

I have given up looking for cheap, but work-appropriate matenity wear.
Ended up buying a couple of nice tops at Seraphine and Pretty Pregnant (all expensive, but on sale) as well as skirts and trousers from Gap.
Bought a maternity suit jacket on sale from Jo Jo Maman Bebe (grabbed a bargain at £9) and another one for £15 at Next. By the way, you may want to check Next online, they seem to have a selection of trousers. Gap I think have OK trousers as well, but yes, polyester mixes. I am due in December, but hope to be out of work by end Oct, so will try to survive in denim in those last months...

Merinda Mon 01-Aug-11 23:47:43

By the way, Baby and pregnancy magazine currently offers a 10% discount code for Jo Jo Maman Bebe (not much, but useful). PRC12 is the code.
Also, this shop ships for free, no delivery charge - also quite useful

redexpat Tue 02-Aug-11 00:48:49

Have you tries asos.co.uk? I haven't bought trousers from there but have bought a couple of dresses which are as you say a bit thin but fit brilliantly.

idlevice Tue 02-Aug-11 04:30:27

If you are not precious about pre-loved things you could try a maternity wear exchange place, probably online, or often secondhand baby sales also have maternity wear.

clarey2311 Tue 02-Aug-11 08:03:09

Sassylassie, I'm due on same day as you but have opposite problem at 6ft 2in, if anything, there's even less choice! Most high street shops have dumped their 'tall' ranges (M&S, DP in lots of areas), last time I was pg (sadly I mc'd) there were some online specialist sites but they too seem to have shut down/gone bust. So I'm left with LTS and Tallgirls, which seem to amount to one bump band, one naff pair of jeans and one pair of synthetic trousers! I'm wearing long floaty skirts/dresses at mo but like you am keen to get smart work wear and winter wear. So if there are any tall pg ladies out there who can lend a hand I'd be grateful for advice grin

Pastabee Tue 02-Aug-11 08:33:47

Like others I'd recommend JoJo Maman Bebe.

Got my 'weekend' clothes from yummymummymaternity and very pleased with them. Tops cut for a bump rather than just all baggy!

Clarey - I suspect they won't be long enough for you at 6,2 but I'm 5,7 which isn't tall like you but I nearly always need long length trousers on high street and had to return jojo long length for standard so think they are a bit longer than normal?

Might be worth a go especially if you can try in their shops?

WaitingForBabyD Tue 02-Aug-11 08:45:28

Asos have lots of nice maternity clothes, for all occasions

clarey2311 Tue 02-Aug-11 09:24:19

Pastabee, thanks, it would be so lovely if I was a long bodied short legged woman but my inside leg is 37-38 - no chance on high street, 36 is longest I've ever found. Capris might be ok I guess. For now I'm lucky it's still warm and skirts are doing the job :-)

jenrendo Tue 02-Aug-11 09:30:52

I lived in Jojo's stuff when I was pregnant at work. It washed and washed and washed. I didn't have a lot but I would recommend it for fit and comfort as well as being smart and not just a big tent over the bump! Some of it has done so well that I've stashed it for next time. I tried mainstream shop's lines but it wasn't such a nice cut. Bloomingmarvellous was also fabulous until Mothercare bought it. That was a very sad day for me!

G1nger Tue 02-Aug-11 09:31:17

I'm getting all mine from Seraphine. Find they're smart enough for work (well, my workplace anyway.. Who knows about yours) and are well-priced.

G1nger Tue 02-Aug-11 09:33:04

Oh and another thing: you've got to love how M&S caters to the flabby-waisted middle aged women Market. Makes their skirts pretty adaptable... I've gone quite far on those, with their stretchy waistbands smile

idlevice Tue 02-Aug-11 09:33:54

RGMaternity in the US covers tall sizes & ships worldwide.

clarey2311 Tue 02-Aug-11 10:00:26

ooh thank you idlevice, never heard of RG, will check them out

kirsty12321 Tue 02-Aug-11 10:18:17

I'm only 5 ft 2 -- really 5th 1 1/2-- grin but I'm in newlooks maternity linen trousers. In the sale for £12 ATM, the do need to be taken up a good 2 inches though...

YBR Tue 02-Aug-11 11:50:04

I'm soooo glad I'm not the only one struggling here(19wks/EDD Christmas and 5"2 btw).
Today I'm still in my old work trousers (plain black, good quality, smart from Burtons for men!) but it won't be for long.
For years I've used men's trousers (more comfortable/suitable) so know I was 34" waist. Women's sizes have me stumped - anything between sizes 10 and 18 so far. This makes shopping online very difficult.
My office gets very hot so I need loose fitting - no leggings, no jeans. Length does not bother me (OP and others: learn to re-hem things - it's very easy and can be done with iron-on tape, I have sympathy for the tall who can't do this). I don't like flares/wide leg/boot-cut either although once I bothered to un-pick and re-sew to take the excess fabric out.
Perhaps I'll buy larger men's trousers for now and get some braces to hold them up! Comedy, but it might just work!

I've a couple of nice-enough tops from Jojo, but the scoop neck is very revealing so I've had to sew in some extra fabric at the neck. I'm hoping they'll do for work for the duration.

Eviepoo Tue 02-Aug-11 11:55:58

Hi sassy check these out. trousers you may like I haven't had any maternity clothes from vertbaudet but I intend to try some of their nursing tops now I've spotted them.
My DD is almost 12 but I used their baby clothes and shoes for her and I loved the quality. I noticed that these trousers are 98% cotton, and think they'll probably do warm stuff later in the year. Most of their trousers come in 2 leg lengths 78cm or 85cm. Great for us vertically challenged ladies. The fact they do sizes 6 to 20 is a positive too. their full price stuff is £39 a pair so cheaper than your £60 option. But as you see you may pick up some sale bargains and discount on first order.

I hope this helps

Muckyhighchair Tue 02-Aug-11 12:42:15

I had the same problem

Solved by wearing dresses and tights. I worked in very smart office and tried my best to wear the correct work wear, but it's just so hard to find it. Cue a quick chat with my boss to dress a tad more comfy, but still smart. So dresses with a suit jacket or blazer. Worked a treat and my boss was very happy, think he thought I'd turn up in jeans.

Muckyhighchair Tue 02-Aug-11 12:44:11

Oh went into gap the other day, very good mat clothes in their.

Cjax Tue 02-Aug-11 12:56:09

I am 6 months pregnant live in Paris and didn't find any maternity clothes here that weren't middle-aged or super-expensive so I have ordered a load of stuff from Asos. As someone else has said, the quality isn't amazing but it is OK and the styles are really nice and the fit is good. I particularly like the French Connection range that they sell and I think that it is quite good quality. Also Asos offer free returns in the UK I think. I am lucky that I can dress quite casually at work so I bought a couple of things from Gap too and I really like them but they are not so generous, will have to abandon the black skinny jeans very soon I think.

gallicgirl Tue 02-Aug-11 13:08:39

I used yummymummy.co.uk a lot. Reasonably priced and very helpful. I also think Gap have just started to put their maternity range online.

There is a company that has a petite maternity range but I'll have to try and remember who it was.

I got a couple of black stretchy skirts from jojomamanbebe and they were brilliant - could dress up or down and smart enough that I would consider wearing them in court.

gallicgirl Tue 02-Aug-11 13:10:45


Next do shorter lengths. No idea what quality is like unfortunately.

InMyPrime Tue 02-Aug-11 13:16:33

Your problem is most likely down to the fact that it's summer at the moment so capri pants, leggings etc will be the main stuff available at the moment. If you hold off and just buy up a size for now and wait until September to buy proper maternity clothes, you'll probably get the Autumn stock back in and be able to buy jumpers, trousers etc then.

In terms of where to buy, I've found GAP to be really good. I got a pair of pinstriped maternity work-style trousers there for about £30, another pair of beige maternity trousers, which are really flattering, for £37, a long ribbed turtle-neck that was only £15 because it was Winter stock on sale in May for half-price and some tops as well. They also do a good range of maternity jeans.

MissRee Tue 02-Aug-11 13:17:52

Have you tried Debenhams? I love my Red Herring maternity jeans from there - they must do trousers too!

InMyPrime Tue 02-Aug-11 13:20:38

P.S. GAP do different leg lengths as well - ankle-length for shorter people, regular and long for taller people.

Ernie1 Tue 02-Aug-11 13:54:16

Not sure if this will help but I have found the following really good for maternity wear;
- Boden
- Serephine
- Next (hit and miss on quality but found a decent pair of work trousers in there which have been lifesavers - I get delivered to a local store and try it all on in there rather than carting it home)
- www.justmaternityjeans.co.uk

Sandra2011 Tue 02-Aug-11 14:10:19

I recently bought these linen trousers from M&S. Not officially maternity trousers but they have flexible waistband in the back. Really comfy and only £19.50.


I've also bought quite a few tunika type of shirts from M&S. All linen.

Lala29 Tue 02-Aug-11 16:59:45

Don't know about trousers, but I have quite a few smart tops from GAP, which I love and they are great for work. In fact, GAP maternity wear has been my life-saver. Fairly decent prices and an ok selection (all things considered). I too have to be smart for work and have really just invested in lots of tops. I got a skirt from topshop (just a stretchy, all-elasticated thing) and have continued to wear my normal trousers with a bump band. I am coming up to 32 weeks and they still fit fine, so definitely would recommend that option. Otherwise, embrace dresses! Mamas & Papas also do a decent, good quality range in my experience.

Saying that, I can't wait to get out of maternity wear, which seems to be uniformly black, grey or sandy coloured and get back to my usual bright colours!

AlpinePony Tue 02-Aug-11 17:15:44

Some amazing bargains on Isabella Oliver right now.

Just got my crave delivery today containing work trousers and smart shirt.

Am determined not to spend this pregnancy in jeans, tees and other assorted shapeless things. sad

notcitrus Tue 02-Aug-11 18:02:43

I'm hoping that long stretchy skirts with kneesocks will be warm enough in winter.
I have one great pair of maternity trousers (originally Next), but I'm pretty sure clothes will improve once the winter ranges come into the shops - summer is always terrible for buying anything.
I'm rather hoping to be banned from commuting to work again, which resolves all requirements to dress smartly!

Are there features I should look for in maternity coats?

sassylassie Wed 03-Aug-11 22:34:28

Wow, I haven't been able to get on MN for a couple of days and I'm overwhelmed by the response - thank you guys! I'd love to be able to reply to you all personally, but it would probably take me about 3 weeks!

clarey2311 Oh, that's rubbish. I should really count myself lucky. I don't have to worry about leg length - being 5'3 I just assume I'm going to have to turn all trousers up. Must be tough when that's not an option!

Eviepoo Wow, you've stumbled upon the holy grail - a decently priced smart pair of cotton maternity trousers that are suitable for winter. After trawling the net for days now, I'm am SO grateful!

Sandra2011 Thanks for the M&S linen trouser link. Actually I do have a pair of white (drawstring waist) linen summer trousers that I'm almost living in at the moment. I can't wash them quickly enough! They're not maternity trousers either, but the drawstring helps and hopefully they'll at least get me through the rest of the summer before the bump gets too big.

Ernie1 Yes, I love Seraphine too. Just about to place a big order, including risking some bamboo trousers - thought at least it's a nice natural fibre so hopefully comfy. No idea what bamboo feels like but it's got to be better than polyester or viscose!

Thanks to everyone who suggested GAP too. I'll check out the Manchester city centre branch when I get a chance - might wait for the autumn collection now though as a few people have suggested.

sassylassie Wed 03-Aug-11 22:39:43

AlpinePony I couldn't see any reductions on Isabella Oliver (looked quite pricey). Is there a sale section? The clothes do look lovely so I'd be tempted if there were any good discounts.

Also thanks to everyone who suggested dresses. Dresses and leggings I might just get away with, if not definitely tights. The only problem is I don't want to spend a fortune on clothes, especially when I know I'll only be wearing them for a few months!

idlevice (nice name by the way! grin) Really happy to go for pre-loved but I don't know where to look. Found one site but the clothes looked like fancy dress, they were so ghastly. Struggled to find anything much on eBay. Any suggestions for good sites?

chinateacup Wed 03-Aug-11 23:21:46

I have bought loads of fab stuff on eBay this pregnancy. Mamas & Papas good and def Isabella Oliver though their sizing isn't supergenerous especially across the chest. (not important for trousers I know!)

AlpinePony Thu 04-Aug-11 07:14:14

sassy Unfortunately I think you were just a smidgeon too late because the sale ended midnight tuesday. sad Normal prices are obscene out of my reach.

Franchini Thu 04-Aug-11 10:29:58

Hi all,

I have found it quite difficult to get Maternity wear as I am a size 18 (top) and most of the nice stuff you can get on line only goes up to a 16. Why do they think you can't get pregnant if you are over a size 16!!!!

I have found that Next are invaluable for maternity clothes - reasonably priced and good quality. (go up to a size 22 online!) Really nice linen trousers which are good for best and for work.
I have bought a couple of pairs of linen trousers from Peacocks (I'm size 14 bottoms) too which seem to be going the distance even though they have gon a bit bobbley between the legs! DP are good for casual stuff.
I have also bought a massive waterfall cardi from Debenhams which I am thinking I can wear over a t-shirt when the weather gets a bit cooler.

Catsycat Thu 04-Aug-11 10:54:49

If you are really having problems finding a specific item, you could consider having it made. I am a dressmaker (currently on an extended / self imposed maternity leave till the DDs go to school!) and am always up for a challenge! I have made maternity stuff before (a pregnant bridesmaid whose dress needed to look exactly the same as the none pg ones, even a breastfeeding wedding dress!).

If you go to someone who has a City and Guilds or some other proper qualification, they will probably have studied "non-standard" cutting during their training. It isn't an instant solution, as you would need to have one or two fittings, but a good dressmaker should design exactly what you want, help you find the fabric you like, and do you a toile in calico to check the fit and style. It wouldn't be New Look / DP prices, but if you wanted a couple of the same trouser, for example, in different colours, I would expect to pay quite a lot less for the second pair (as the design and pattern cutting would not need doing twice). Might be worth considering if you really get stuck.

jamama Thu 04-Aug-11 10:57:27

sassy, the selection at the Manchester St Ann's Sq Gap is not great (at least the last time I went in a few weeks ago). Went to Oxford St branch whilst in Ldn - completely different story, loads of choice, nice fabrics and reasonable prices. Now that they've realised that there is a market in the UK for their stuff online, might be worth a try.

TinyTear Thu 04-Aug-11 17:24:03

the problem is if you don't like buying things online you are done!

bought some trousers on mamas & papas and I am only 1,64 so also on the short side...

MissRee Thu 04-Aug-11 18:07:32

I have to say, I just bought a GORGEOUS dress on ASOS for a wedding on Saturday. It shows off my bump beautifully, has plenty of growing room left in it so can be worn right up to term i reckon and I even think I'll get away with wearing it post-preggers due to the ruching all the way down!!! Bargain at £35!

Oeisha Thu 04-Aug-11 20:23:25

sassy I'm 5ft3 also...also found it an utter bitch to find anything. EDD 18/01 fo me! smile Do I recognise you form the antenatal forums...?
Anyway, I found Next trousers gave me the best compramise. Luckily I don't have to shop for work though. So, to avoid all the stupid personal invasions of your privacy that Next will try and put you through if you sign up to their site, then just get number off the website and take it in to your local store...
Blue Jeans Over the bump
Black Jeans (actually very dark blue, but do go with black, under/on the bump.#
You'll have to pay on order, but I just tried them on when they came into store...and then returned anything that didn't fit/I didn't like.
From what I saw their work stuff wasn't bad...

I also got some bump bands from New look bump bandsto bring in those jeans a bit (I've managed to loose weight so far, but gain front) and make my current summer range last a bit longer.

As for bras, I'm a J-cup, so there's no way in hell I wasn't wearing underwires...will do so until DC is kicking the life out of my ribs, then I'll be in to external scaffolding as I have a non-wired bra for bed and can't wear it standing for too long (previously broken ribs get in the way). If you're a larger cup size D+ then I'd advise Bravissimo, they're great! Basically, if you're not suffering from bloated tum/baby kicking you in the ribs then yes you can wear an underwire...

Conchita Thu 04-Aug-11 20:49:01

Can anyone explain to me how bump bands work? Do they actually hold unbuttoned trousers up or are they more for covering up the waistband. When you wear them is it comfortable or do you still feel like you are walking about with your trousers undone? Are they worth the money? Thanks!

Oeisha Thu 04-Aug-11 21:15:55

Bump bands tend to sit on your hip up to sort of above the waist, covering bump (I'm short, so the bands are easily reaching empire line) so yes, you can hide undoing flies and trousers/skirts that aren't buttoned/zipped properly etc. If you've ever worn a boob-tube, same idea - they're elasticated and pretty comfy. No, I dont' feel like my trousers are undone, I know they are, but they're sitting nice and snug (I wouldn't want someone to test it by yanking on them). They do creep if you're hoiking stuff about a lot, but usually stay put very well. I've not noticed myself re-arranging myself any more than before pg.
They can also make a nice 'base' blank if you love a pair of trousers/skirt that fit under your bump, but you don't want to show off bump to the world.
IMHO totally worth the money.
If you're interested in the new look ones, and are a size 14 or under, go for the smaller ones (s/m i think).

Conchita Thu 04-Aug-11 22:31:36

Aha! good to know, have been getting really fed up of that 'oh great my jeans are halfway down my bum' feeling and all the hoiking!

Nanny01 Fri 05-Aug-11 12:37:59

I havd had difficulty getting clothes as I am a size 24 so bourght a belly belt that you add to your existing clothes. I am really impressed with it so haven't bourght anything else.

Sawasdee Fri 05-Aug-11 12:55:16


I bought most of my maternity clothes from Isabella Oliver when they had the sale on - amazing bargains. You might find that investing in one good quality pair of black trousers - sale or no sale - will see you through most of your pregnancy. Team them with a nice T and a cardigan (cardigan does not have to be maternity) or a wrap top / blouse for work. It was fine for me in a formal office environment.

Generally, I found I bought too much stuff and soon had my favourites which I felt comfortable in throughout my pregnancy and continued to wear for a couple of months after the arrival of DD. Check out ebay as well for bargains on second hand maternity wear.

P.S. Congratulations on your pregnancy!

Merinda Fri 05-Aug-11 23:25:00

I keep hearing about Zara maternity range, but have not been able to track it anywhere. Does anyone know if any Zara stores in London sell maternity clothes?

sarahjamie Mon 08-Aug-11 19:20:30

I can't believe how expensive everything is especially as I will only be needing the clothes for 9 months! Does anyone know if there is a website that hires bundles of clothes for work or everyday? I'm just back from the states and they hire baby clothes out there!! Great idea I think and eco friendly!

merinda zara pregnancy clothes are fantastic but it's a very small range. It's smart casual workwear and jeans/tops. Not all stores do it. I'm guessing Zara won't be much good for the 5ft 2in OP though!!

dozyrosie Wed 10-Aug-11 20:56:25

I'm 5ft exactly and a size 8 but with a big bump for 15wks. Last week I ordered 2 ruched belly bands in a size 6/8 and a belly belt combo kit (elastic extenders with various fastenings). Ruched come up long covering all my bum and bump, so if you are particularly short I wouldn't worry about getting longer fit till you get a really big bump.
They are simply fantastic as I did't stand a chance of finding decent fitting maternity clothes. I can get a few more months wear from my old pre pregnancy cloths.

thegingerone Wed 10-Aug-11 21:43:41

I haven't got any advice about where to get decent mat wear at moment. This is pg #3 and although I've bought stuff this time, it's been casual stuff. I have a decent back catalogue of work stuff. My only advice or at least the thing I realised is that..... prior to pg 1 I felt obliged to have a HUGE wardrobe of differant outfits for work. Due to the fact that pg is only 9 mths (or in my case 27 mths!!) I didn't want to spend massive ammounts of money on clothes that last a few months out of the 9. So I basically "put up" with a couple of pairs of black trousers (One cotton JoJo (ebay purchase) and one (yes polyester) DP pair) In defence of the poly pair, they didn't look too bad and they do dry quickly (for repeated use!!)
My current mat wear collection is a mixture of tops i normally wear (empire line), tops in bigger sizes, mat stuff from 2003(yikes!), stuff from Red Herring /Mothercare, lots of bump bands and the afore mentioned trousers. I also decided that buying lots of black tops for work and wearing lovely necklaces,etc means that no one notices I'm only alternating two pairs of trousers and one black dress!!
I also had no shame when it came to finding a dress that looked nice and had lots of potential to last all preg. I bought it in black and pink! I love looking well dressed, but I have had to decide that as long as I look well presented at work I'll have to "deal with" not being the trendiest person in my team for thr time being!!!
Good luck with your search!

sassylassie Wed 10-Aug-11 21:46:26

Not been able to get online for about a week so thanks for all your suggestions. smile I ended up buying some really nice cotton trousers from Vertbaudet (a black and taupe pair for about £25 each), as well as some white linen shorts. (Unfortunately at 17 weeks I already can't get into any of my pre-maternity shorts and we're going on holiday in a couple of weeks. OK, it's only Devon so to be honest I'm probably being a bit optimistic, if this wonderful "summer" weather continues.) Got a swimming costume too - way too big at the moment (lots of folds where the bump will be), so hope I can make do with my usual one until I grow into it.

dozyrosie - sounds great, I really want a belly band too so will try the site you mention.

Hi oeisha, nice to see you on here too! Yes, I'm lurking in the Jan 2012 thread but I only seem to manage to check MN once or twice a week at the moment, so by the time I've read even half of the messages since the last time I looked, it's time to go to bed and I haven't got time to actually post anything!

BikeRunSki Wed 10-Aug-11 21:56:55

Jojomamanbebe and Gap maternity saved me from a naked pg, think Gap do leg length mat trousers too,

dozyrosie Thu 11-Aug-11 19:35:04

Sassy it's definitely worth getting this kit to go with the bump bands. It's just a little bit of elastic that attaches to either side of the top button and hole of your current trousers then hidden by the bump band. My trousers have stayed up and in place for an entire 8 hour shift on my feet and food shopping after.

sassylassie Sun 14-Aug-11 11:27:30

Thanks dozyrosie. I've just finally got round to ordering a bump band and kit from that site. Great tip! Can't wait - hopefully it'll give me more wear out of my normal trousers and skirts and save me buying too many new ones. Think I'm almost set with maternity clothes for now.

Now worrying about buying baby stuff - the whole pram/car seat/carrier thing has sent my head spinning!

dozyrosie Sun 14-Aug-11 19:52:05

Oh tell me about it. I never knew there were so many kinds of prams/travel systems etc.
If you have collected your second Bounty pack yet then there is a good product guide in there, the reviews on here are good, this site was also a big help www.babycentre.co.uk/baby/buyingforbaby/ they have a mobile app which I have used religiously since week 6. If your on a budget then www.kiddicare.com has some great deals and good reviews.
After weeks of trawling the web, shops and books I've just made my mind up on a pram, car seat and cot today. With the aim of getting good quality, value for money, that will last as long as possible, I'm going for:




Sorry for the long post, but I know how confusing it can all get. Happy shopping.

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Heather55 Fri 25-Jan-13 05:05:07

I am 14 weeks pregnant and after reading many blogs, decided its high time i own maternity jeans. So I bought the Morph maternity jeans through online. They are extremely comfortable and well-fitting. I am so glad I decided to give them a try.

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