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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?

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

www.maternitybellyband.co.uk/details.asp?ID=55
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:

www.silvercross.co.uk/prams-and-travel-systems/surf/

www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_763171_langId_-1_categoryId_165763#dtab

www.kiddicare.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/productdisplayA_2472_10751_-1_45694_136162_10001_14687

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

EmmaJ28 Wed 02-Nov-11 09:54:15

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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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