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Maternity wear is boring .... any secrets or tips?

(42 Posts)
newbabyinthestow Sun 10-Feb-13 15:35:47

I am pregnant with my second baby, and have realised (again) how uninspiring official 'maternity' clothes are. I remember I actually wore many things that were not proper maternity wear, but high street things that worked for a pregnant shape. I particularly hated all the big baggy, bump hiding stuff, as it just made me look massive, and I unexpectedly preferred to wear more figure hugging things. My biggest tip is American Apparel, a store which is SOOOOO not going for the maternity market but I have found some excellent things in there, as it is mostly stretchy and hugs the bump, so flattering and great for basics. Here are my two top buys so far....anyone got any other high street non-official-maternity secrets to share?

Randomly, this is BRILLIANT for pregnancy and then for breast feeding due to the wrap over top bit: http://store.americanapparel.net/product/?productId=rsa8344

Love this dress and got it when I wasn't pregnant, but intend to wear it and accessoriese with bump: http://store.americanapparel.net/product/?productId=rsapo300

elsabel Sun 10-Feb-13 15:54:35

Hi newbaby i am of the same opinion as you in that i havent been shopping at the usual places for maternity wear but managed to get away with normal baggy clothes so far. I am only 24 weeks but have quite a bump already, ive been living in leggings, loose fitting long tops and jumpers, tights with dresses etc. I have found topshop do some nice maternity wear though which is quite flattering

Pocket1 Sun 10-Feb-13 16:32:35

I was in the same place but someone recommended www.seraphine.com/. I bought a few things this week which are nice styles, good quality and resasonably priced. Some of the bits i ordered arent that nice on and will go back (but theres a no quibble refund policy).

ThreeWheelsGood Sun 10-Feb-13 17:01:33

H+M have some good bits. Bright, close fitting T-shirts and dresses for example.

I also found AA stuff good, wore a couple of their skirts until the bump got too big!

ThreeWheelsGood Sun 10-Feb-13 17:04:17

I found some good long vest tops from Oasis with a baggy sheer T-shirt over the top was a good look until bump got too big.

Habanada Sun 10-Feb-13 17:06:27

Great post, thanks smile
I'm perplexed where slebs get their maternity wardrobes from, they always look amazing whilst I look like a big boring unappetising potato.

I want to look sleek and neat!

TheCountessOlenska Sun 10-Feb-13 17:08:12

I agree about figure hugging being more flattering - i am feel massive at 36 weeks and have been living in this for the last few weeks

Got it in navy blue and black, it's v fattering and comfy

Rache1S Sun 10-Feb-13 17:08:40

I treated myself to this denim skirt. It is proper maternity wear but is so flattering, comfy and most importantly is not boring! grin

StuckOnARollercoaster Sun 10-Feb-13 17:37:20

I love my isabella oliver wrap dress - comfortable and looks really pretty on. (ps managed to get it on ebay for much less than the original price!)

I think dresses make you feel so much nicer than the usual staple of leggings/jeans and a long loose top, but on days when I am just lounging then thats what I go for as I don't want to spoil my 'nice' outfits!

CityDweller Sun 10-Feb-13 17:49:17

I have that same Next dress Countess. It's super flattering, and great for work or going out, even if it's not the most 'on-trend' silhouette. And not too expensive either...

Splinters Sun 10-Feb-13 18:19:28

Fat Face do hip-length stretchy vest tops that I've been collecting in various colours -- lots of their long-sleeved tops are also long enough that they work really well over a bump. Def agree, official maternity tents (was given a few second hand) make me feel like a sack of potatoes, but have made it to 38 weeks having bought just one pair of maternity jeans, a few other FF bits that I'll still be able to enjoy wearing when not pregnant, and nothing else (I'm not particularly tiny either).

june2013 Sun 10-Feb-13 19:47:31

I've found nice stuff in Jojomamanbebe or is it mamanjojobebe?? Including a mini skirt, tight fitting wrap and very comfy sexy jeans! Also reasonably priced I thought.

The Heat tech tshirts in Uniqlo are also a favourite staple! They're big and stretchy, really comfy and affordable. I've heard that you get really hot in pregnancy but this hasn't happened to me, so the warming bit of the tshirt is a godsend in this weather!

redwellybluewelly Sun 10-Feb-13 19:59:16

I didn't buy much last time as I wore some next linen trousers which I already had and a few kew dresses. Bought more when I was breastfeeding! However I worked from home and so lived in yoga pants.

This time I have a bigger bump but slimmer so going bigger sizes makes me frumpy and fat. Ive bough jenas from JJMB (so sexy and fab I'm ordering another pair tonight) and a pair of leggings which are again brilliant. The jeans I ordered from Vertbaudet were awful but I suspect I needed a smaller size.

I also got some beautiful summer clothes last time from mummy and little me.

Springforward Sun 10-Feb-13 22:49:25

Am loving H&M stuff this time around, actually looks like stuff you might want to wear if you weren't pregnant.... Their skinny bootcut (prob. not called that) jeans are fab, IMHO, and ridiculously comfortable as a bonus.

utopian99 Mon 11-Feb-13 03:25:31

I know what you mean, it's really frustrating - i was pregnant while all the detailed jeans were in the shops last autumn and none were in maternity styles!

I found you can keep wearing normal jeans and tops longer if you buy a bump band and trouser button extenders (although asking for the latter in the shop really made me feel like I'd eaten all the pies!)

Also i second Seraphine and Isabella Oliver; I'd say these two made up 3/4 of my wardrobe and keeping it all for the next. Fitted styles much better than massive loose ones..

Beatrixpotty Mon 11-Feb-13 09:32:10

Agree with springforward ,I have lived in their maternity skinny jeans the last 2 times.Also they have some long stretchy vests which cover the bump and can then be used under tops for bf afterwards.And got a couple of White Company long line/wrap cardigans (in sale & ebay so not too ££) & found All Saints drapey jumpers /tops are good for bump coverage without looking like maternity wear.

suzyrut Mon 11-Feb-13 10:18:07

I am living in Topshop maternity clothes, their skinny jeans are very comfy but flattering and a lot of their tops although large are cut in a way that don't make you feel huge. I have a couple of their blazers from non-maternity times which do nip you in a bit too. To be fair I used to buy a lot in topshop anyway so maybe you have to like their style to like their maternity clothes!


MortifiedAdams Mon 11-Feb-13 10:20:39

Another vote for h&m. Im still wearing their maternity tights and dd is 1.1 as they are v.comfy.

They were also the only store local to.me that had more than one rack of clothes!

elsabel Mon 11-Feb-13 10:40:38

I agree with you suzy i am a topshop girl anyway and now that im pg ive carried on shopping there, i live in their loose fitting t shirts/jumpers as theyre usually quite long and go over thr bump. The store card has taken quite a hit though!

JessieEssex Mon 11-Feb-13 11:31:50

asos are really good for maternity stuff, I've got this dress in black which is very similar to the Next one that countess linked to, and also this top which I wear with Gap skinny maternity jeans. I'm 33 weeks now and hope I don't have to buy anything else. When I was pg with DD1 (august baby) I bought a lot of summer stuff from asos as well (form fitting maxi dresses etc)

As for non maternity wear, Sainsburys do really good long stretchy vests for about £4-5 which I wear layered under off the shoulder t-shirts etc. Also have a black cable knit poncho from Next that is great to chuck over jeans. And scarves, lots of scarves.

flyingsprocket Mon 11-Feb-13 11:54:30

Loving all your tips ladies, great links. I'm just at the stage where my regular jeans are getting too tight but am not at maternity trousers stage yet. Am going to dig out my "fat" jeans later!

Has anyone used bump bands or waist extenders?

I do some work from home too so am lounging in yoga pants, so comfy!

utopian99 Mon 11-Feb-13 12:33:29

Yes, I used both and v useful. Also carried on wearing my hollister/jack wills vests right up to week 40 as they're long and v stretchy!

JessieEssex Mon 11-Feb-13 12:40:16

I had bump bands and the button extender thing, but my bump is pretty low and I find that the waistband digs in regardless. I'm much more comfortable in over the bump jeans (which my Gap ones are).

CityDweller Mon 11-Feb-13 13:11:28

flying I used bump bands and home-made waist extenders (i.e. a hair band) for quite a while until the non-stretchy waist band of my regular trousers got too uncomfy/ digging in. Was a good way to put off buying mat gear and also to avoid buying stuff too early that wouldn't fit later (although that has happened w/ one pair of Gap skinny cords I bought around wk 18 that are now a bit snug around the thighs)

lizbobtaylor Mon 11-Feb-13 13:17:44

Gap and topshop maternity are awesome..

TheEndTisHere Mon 11-Feb-13 15:44:59

3rd pregnancy here, I hated the clothes last time round only wore a few items asos was good and I found this site last week selection don't know if you know already but no need to go around all the shops to buy but not all maternity stuff is on it. DD1 I didn't show till I was about 5 months, DD2 10 weeks and this baby I'm only 8 weeks and blob is starting show already!

Kilkers Mon 11-Feb-13 16:06:04

Just wanted to add that Primarni have some nice long sleeved stretchy tops at the moment up to a size 20. They come down quite long so I reckon they'd cover a bump for some months, £3.50 or £4 depending whether you like a stripe or not smile

CackleALot Mon 11-Feb-13 16:24:44

Hi just wanted to add that I have bought some lovely maternity clothes from New Look, very reasonably priced. You can buy online then pick up in store for free smile I've also bought lovely fitted tunics (not maternity) which are elasticated under the boobs and then fit over my 38wk bump, these are very comfy and can use afterwards too.

Paradisefound Mon 11-Feb-13 16:54:40

I have bought lots of non maternity clothing from the likes of phase eight, boden, next, Dorothy Perkins .. Mainly tunics, trapeze style ..still fit into them at 31 weeks despite huge bump... Will still be wearable after pregnancy too. It's a good idea to look around at non-maternity clothing and think about what might work.

redwellybluewelly Mon 11-Feb-13 17:42:23

I bought a lovely tunic in the Seasalt sale

redandyellowandpinkandgreen Mon 11-Feb-13 21:24:03

Doesn't non maternity stuff end up shorter at the front when you're in full bloom?

Beatrixpotty Tue 12-Feb-13 15:09:36

redandyellow you are right,normal tops do end up too short but longer line things are generally still ok,I've only got 4 weeks left and although I could not be without maternity jeans I'm still wearing some normal tops that were long in the first place

scaredbutexcited Tue 12-Feb-13 15:33:29

Hi. I have found some great "non baggy" things, including skinny jeans in Mamas and Papas. Plus the sale is on!

I also treated myself to one lovely evening dress from Tiffany Rose. I like it because the fabric means that it looks good with the bump but I can wear it afterwards too (especially during the "waiting for tummy to go back down" stage) smile

chinadoll87 Tue 12-Feb-13 23:33:28

TheEndTisHere that site you recommended is pretty good, it had most of the major brands on there, I wish it was around when I had my first - would have saved me trawling through/comparing all the sites.

What about getting a belt band expander, so you can just add a bit of extra width onto your jeans? I always find it so hard to find decent jeans so my first time around I tried to stay in my comfy jeans for as long as possible! Then a basic vest top?

I got some fairly cheap isabella oliver products of ebay, then resold them after too!

FranglaisMaman Wed 13-Feb-13 11:52:35

So glad I found this thread! Having real issues with clothes and feel like my prego shape is very weird! I was always a slim size 8 and 8 stone pre-prego, with a tendency to gain weight more on thighs and hips (curse of the pear shape). So, now I'm pregnant with my first, at 25 weeks I still have quite a small bump but feel my boobs, arse and thunder thighs are huuuuuuge! Gutted as I was hoping to be all bump, but alas no. So normal clothes now cling in the wrong places, and maternity wear hangs off my front and is too long, as they seem to be designed for people with more prominent bumps :-/

Have just ordered a few maternity range things from New Look, mostly dresses for over tights, so will see what they're like when they turn up. I have a funeral to go to next week so also bought a black shift dress from Seraphine which looks lovely on the website, so hoping it'll fit ok when it turns up :-/ Seraphine have some lovely dresses and tunics.

Gave up my jeans a long time ago, even maternity skinny jeans are way too uncomfy for me!

jayne99 Mon 10-Jun-13 07:19:01

A friend recommended Morph maternity to me recently. So I decided to give it a try and believe me, their maternity wear is fantastic! The stretchy fabric accommodates the growing belly and is extremely comfortable.

Kelly1814 Mon 10-Jun-13 10:14:49

asos.com is your friend! loads of great stylish stuff, not too pricey. and there's always maternity stuff in the sale section.

i've got some nice body con type dresses from there and some swing ones for work. not a tent in sight!

sw25 Mon 10-Jun-13 11:03:56

Asos is by far the best place for nice unfrumpy stuff, plus H&M.Primark are doing comfy maternity jeans now too, for under 20 quid.

SeriousStuff Mon 10-Jun-13 13:13:14

I'm 22+2 and on Saturday I bought the first lot of maternity wear from Topshop.

* Bleach jeans - very comfortable (and great to have something that isn't leggings!)[[http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=1&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33057&storeId=12556&productId=10378106&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=208537&parent_categoryId=203984&pageSize=2000&refinements=category~[209831|208537]&noOfRefinements=1]]
* Maxi dress - not maternity so can wear it again www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33057&storeId=12556&productId=10366755&langId=-1&categoryId=&searchTerm=maxi%20dress&pageSize=200
* Pink dress - good material and cut for covering lumps and bumps [[http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=1&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33057&storeId=12556&productId=10290251&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=208537&parent_categoryId=203984&pageSize=200&refinements=category~[209827|208537]&noOfRefinements=1]]

Also, I bought a maternity denim shirt which I can wear post baby and a blue top with rolled up short sleeves that I can also wear after baby. Great stuff but quite expensive for the sake of 3 and a bit months...

Daffodill27 Mon 10-Jun-13 13:23:24

Asos has loads of maternity wear and it's not expensive, but still on trend smile

drawohamme Mon 10-Jun-13 20:27:14

It's not proper maternity wear but if you like American apparel try monki.com for the loose equivalent. They're the same company as Cos but a bit younger.

LouiseD29 Mon 10-Jun-13 23:15:16

I hate official maternity clothes. And why is it that maternity jeans all seem to be skinny jeans? Skinny jeans didn't suit me when I wasn't pg, and they don't now! I am also too tall for most maternity stuff, so I have been living in maxi dresses in the hope I will still be able to wear them after.

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