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i know it's kinda trivial but maternity clothes?? Is Dorothy Perkins 'avin a laugh???????

(66 Posts)
iclaudius Sat 16-Mar-13 21:11:18
scarlettsmummy2 Sat 16-Mar-13 21:13:54

I quite like them for a night out

iclaudius Sat 16-Mar-13 21:14:30

i know i'm not great on the computer but to my eye they have THREE items in maternity..

Fairy130389 Sat 16-Mar-13 21:16:45

I know! I have found this too - also, when you can find them they seem to be meg expensive!

Have you had a look at ASOS, they have some nice stuff, or H&M?

scarlettsmummy2 Sat 16-Mar-13 21:17:38

Only looked at the first page. I didn't buy maternity clothes either pregnancy, apart from some beans in gap. Just wore wrap and jersey dresses a size up and jeggings from primark with long line tunic tops.

sleepyhead Sat 16-Mar-13 21:17:57

I got loads of good stuff from DP when I was pg with ds 7 years ago. This time around, in store and online, nada. They seem to be paying lip service to having a "maternity range" but I see little evidence of any actual clothes hmm.

Whyriskit Sat 16-Mar-13 21:21:21

Yes, got a few nice bits last time but nothing from there this time. Am mostly getting stuff from ebay, a few bits from H&M.

ceebeegeebies Sat 16-Mar-13 21:21:30

I agree with a previous poster - when I was pregnant with DS1 7 years ago, I got loads of stuff from DP's - they had a really good range (and I think they still did when I was pg 5 years ago with DS2).

I think the best ones now are Next and H&M smile

iclaudius Sat 16-Mar-13 21:45:35

dp only appears to sell THREE things though??

sleepyhead Sat 16-Mar-13 21:56:02

That's three more things than my local branch.

iclaudius Sat 16-Mar-13 22:33:37

Sleepy - yes. I went to our nearest huge city and only gap had ( about 3 hideous) any stock

I seem to have managed well with next, mamas and papas and mothercare. And eBay!

Twinklestarstwinklestars Sun 17-Mar-13 06:00:51

I got some maternity skinny jeans from dp but I'm a 16, my tops were from new look and h&m and I've managed in leggings but will need some other trousers soon!

pixi2 Sun 17-Mar-13 06:20:39

My last pregnancy I ended up with 1 pair of red herring maternity jeans, two mothercare dresses and a few size 12 tops from primark with wrap over cardigans (size 10). I had a couple of Isabelle Oliver knits from previous pregnancy. I needed to layer at work as it starts off cold but warms up (large open plan office).

That was it. Both summer babies so I would just wear dresses on hot days and take a cardigan with me in case it turned chilly.

SilverSky Sun 17-Mar-13 06:21:43

DP used to have maternity clothes instore, only online now. Makes me think its not a big earner, they are trying to move away?

H&M are my differ go to retailer.

ceebeegeebies Sun 17-Mar-13 06:47:36

I got my maternity clothes instore at DPs 7 years ago...now we don't even have a store anymore in town sad

KatAndKit Sun 17-Mar-13 09:36:28

Ebay search on JoJoMamanBebe. quite expensive but there is usually a fair bit of it about second hand.

I'd second H&M and ASOS. Most H&Ms have a decent range in store too, you just have to find it, normally in with the baby clothes.
Or eBay. Lots if things on there I'll be listing mine later

I've bought lots if tops from New Look which we're all pretty cheap and are literally falling apart now. I still have tops I bought from expecting dd 6 years ago, wore with ds and again now (size bigger hence having to buy 10 and 12's but now I'm in those 14's!!) from Next look as good as new. Had to order everything online apart from H and M fir leggings and winter coat but nearest shop 25 miles away so still ordered online!

hokeycakey Sun 17-Mar-13 14:22:33

I think DP are in major trouble as closing stores & constant big money off promotions they used to have loads of good stuff but no more sad
ASOS is great but comes up a bit big I find H & M stuff really boring TopShop has nice stuff too but I only buy stuff on ebay at the mo as much cheaper

redandyellowandpinkandgreen Sun 17-Mar-13 19:07:42

I'm hating all maternity clothes at the moment. Roll on summer when I can live in dresses. Have got over bump jeans (they fall down) and under bump jeans (they fall down). Feel like everything just fits really badly, this stage is horrible where normal clothes are too tight but maternity clothes just look silly.

iclaudius Sun 17-Mar-13 20:43:49

Me too redandyellow - just fat but not fat enough!!!

PhieEl06 Sun 17-Mar-13 21:11:01

Haven't read the whole post but I work for DP & yes it's ridiculous, about a year ago we were told that all maternity clothes were coming out of stores & going online as it wasn't making enough profit, we have so many people coming in & asking for maternity & we have to direct them to online saying that we still do it online & have click & collect delivery & returns in store, however I didn't realise until getting pregnant how poor a selection I was directing people too. Also as part of my job we have to be up to date with current fashions & have something called uniform, where we're allowed large discounts on 3 items every season so we are wearing the current trends, however I am putting in a complaint as well let's face it what am I supposed to wear?! Maternity clothes from a lot of places is awful at the moment, the only place I've found that I like the clothes & that fit well is ASOS.

awful sad
when I was pg, (ended 15mo ago) I couldn't find anything and in fact all of my maternity clothes were given to me, some by mners, some by friends.
I bought a swimmingcossy from mothercare that was hideous and frumpy, but other than that couldn't find anything nice.
I did wear a size bigger in a bias cit dress whicg worked quite well


Twocatsandcounting Mon 18-Mar-13 09:10:35

Yes it's rubbish. Friends have told me Next is good but in fact they too have dropped maternity. M&S is awful too - nothing in their Oxford st branch and very scant online. M&s can't even manage to sort their bras out. Mothercare - which I had naively assumed would, well, care for mothers, is utter rubbish. Had to return a pair of smart work trousers I bought online from them as was constantly getting electric shocks from the static caused by the 100% nylon fabric. Who on earth wants to wear nylon when pregnant? Rubbish. Best places so far have been Mamas and Papas (great sale offers) and New look online. Everything else is just naff. Feel there's a real gap in the market there for decent budget clothes (with natural fibres please - having a summer baby!)

Muser Mon 18-Mar-13 09:35:47

The selection at DP is ridiculous. I got a few things from there my first pregnancy, and now they have nothing. I don't understand why they are even bothering. I have been living in leggings, a skirt and 2 dresses from JoJo, and some bits a friend sent. Best thing has been some leggings and a dress friend gave me from Boden. I am not normally a Boden shopper, but these are very comfy and well fitting.

NandH Mon 18-Mar-13 09:42:05

H&M , asos, mothercare!!!

That's where I got my maternity clothes smile

MrsSlocombesPussy Mon 18-Mar-13 09:57:50

Red Herring have some maternity stuff at Debenhams, not sure how much is available instore though.

BeCool Mon 18-Mar-13 10:12:09

Have you tried Red Herring @ Debenhams. I got all my best maternity bits from there - cheap too!

I thought the DP stuff strangely designed. Maternity tops that finished at the waist anyone????

BeCool Mon 18-Mar-13 10:12:49

H&M were also great.

BraveLilBear Mon 18-Mar-13 11:14:50

Have to say I was also apalled by the selection available on the high street. I live in an average-sized city, which has a flagship shopping mall featuring New Look, DP, Next, H&M etc. Went into every one and only the H&M had any maternity clothes, all of which were casual only and a very poor selection.

Went to the other New Look in the city and found a small mat section, which enabled me to get some work trousers that fit perfectly (I swear angels started singing). It seems that barely 9 months ago I was making a point of not wandering into mat sections in case someone saw me and started gossiping (a tad immature, perhaps, but was in a new job and wouldn't have been good).

Now I'm looking and there's nothing. Went into Mamas and Papas and was shocked by the prices. They're simply unaffordable - why pay £45 for a jersey dress you will only get a couple of months wear out of?

Online shopping is all well and good if you're at home for delivery and return, but if you work, you have a 3 and a half hour window to get to a post office on a Saturday morning! If it wasn't for a similar-sized friend lending me some of her mat gear I'd be stuffed.

Lamazeroo Mon 18-Mar-13 11:21:34

I got most of mine at Isabella Oliver and Seraphine; would totally recommend both for fashion and quality.

iclaudius Mon 18-Mar-13 11:39:44

Becool I did try red herring but found the quality awful - again the nylon content in a long sleeved t shirt was 90% which is just not nice

iclaudius Mon 18-Mar-13 11:43:44

Muser I so agree!
Brave - I agree about online shopping but even DOING it online and doing it quite persistently and covering all shops I gave been unable to find a half decent pair of fashionable looking jeans in a size 10
No stock anywhere apart from boot cut or shorter legs
I never normally have any problem buying jeans!

I even broke the bank in Isabella Oliver but was HUGELY disappointed. Found their tops too short in the body(!!) I'm 1.72 so no giant - and also found their sizing out ...
Feeling frustrated

lagoonhaze Mon 18-Mar-13 14:42:48

Do funmum still exsist? Trousers were great.

iclaudius Mon 18-Mar-13 17:18:04

Lagoon hmmm will look I once had a top from there I liked so thanks for the heads up

Tubegirl Mon 18-Mar-13 17:23:44

There is very little about I found. I am now only just back in normal clothes after having DS. I could not believe the scant offerings available. I bought a few bits from New Look - the quality is appalling, DP didnt' have anything, H&M had very little and all of it only appeared to come in denim black or white. I had a few things from Matalan but again poor quality. My last pregnancy I could have afforded Seraphine or Isabella Oliver as I was working but this one, not a chance. In the end I bought things on ebay. I have no idea why you can't get any decent reasonably priced maternity wear on the high street. In my local city the place is choc a block with pregnant ladies - so why aren't they catered for?

I actually complained in m&s about gow crap it was that we had to shop online for maternity clothes.
I believe I emphasized very strongly that pregnant women are hormonal and stressed and really wanted to fjnd something in the shop after traipsing round for frigging hours. they do not want to have to shop online, wait for days find it doesn't fit right and have to sendit back to start again.
whoever made these decisions has clearly never been a pregnant woman!

iclaudius Mon 18-Mar-13 22:59:47

I too complained in m and s and the woman recommended next !!!

It's not a great feeling for the feminists amongst us is it? You could jump to conclusions!

I bought two pairs of trousers from Next and Mothercare. Wore them for about 2-3 months. Both were falling apart by the time baby arrived.

Tops - I wore my 'normal' tops for ages, got a belly band to cover the gap between my top at my jeans. Only bought two maternity shirts from Mothercare that made me look like a heffalump, and were worn about 3 times.

I've just received the new H&M catalpgue for spring/summer, and the maternity section looks really good. there aren't many, and the trousers are below-bump, but the dresses and tops are really nice smile

harleyd Tue 19-Mar-13 08:52:49

dp are crap! ive bought a pair of jeans from new look, which are awful. got a swimming costume from mothercare which is awful. a few random bits from ebay, not too bad. and a couple of skater dresses from new look, which arent maternity but are doing the job sofar.

theshooglypeg Tue 19-Mar-13 09:18:03

I found Mothercare had the nicest maternity clothes, which surprised me: I expected it to be really frumpy. I tried all the others, H&M, Next, DP etc and found them poor. I was particularly frustrated at not being able to get maternity trousers in a shorter size - I complained to Next about this, pointing out that although my tummy was getting bigger, my legs weren't getting any longer. But I don't think they really took it on board.

Funny you should say that thehooglypeg - Next was the only place I could find short-leg maternity jeans.

harleyd Tue 19-Mar-13 10:03:50

new look do short leg, but they only had sizes 12 and above left when i was in

some New Look's look a bit teenage mum for me but they've also got some more grown-up styles.

what's this about then? are the chains becoming more serious about Maternity, or are they just covering summer?

they're doing Blooming Marvellous at Morethercare online now

it really looks like you can't get anything in the High Street, it's all online sad

iclaudius Tue 19-Mar-13 12:18:25

It's size 10 jeans I struggle with and conversely in a longer leg

I've been pregnant a LOT and never had any problem getting clothes!

jollytummywobbles Sat 13-Apr-13 14:45:55

DP no longer stock maternity wear, even online. M&S are reducing their range to just swimwear, underwear and nightwear.

It's a nightmare.

KiBe Sat 18-May-13 11:01:46

Looks like Asda have stuff online too?

PixieBaby Sat 18-May-13 22:34:36

I tried various shops but the winners for me have been gap online (prompt delivery/easy returns) for casual clothes and then seraphine for work tops that look smart with suits. Mamas and Papas also do reasonably priced dresses for evenings.

I am pear shaped and found the gap 1969 jeans a perfect fit - bought a second pair! No luck with finding tailored trousers for my shape so I bought a belly band on Amazon and just used it with trousers the next size up.

FoofFighter Sat 18-May-13 22:42:11

And why is 70% of maternity wear striped??

At a time when you don't want to look any wider than you do, why oh why have everything in horizontal stripes New Look I'm looking at you!!

BabyHMummy Sun 19-May-13 07:39:52

I have had same probs. H&m are dodgy on sizing, mothercare and m&p just too pricey and new look only does t shirts and their size 18 is about everyone else's size 14. Am stuck in the one thing I said I didn't want...bloody leggings and oversized tops.

Wishiwasanheiress Sun 19-May-13 07:45:00

I got told by staff in Next that maternity "wasn't an important line to sell in shops"

So I banished myself from the store in my plainly embarrassing and appalling pregnant state as directed and as yet haven't been back for my, dh or anything for 2 dds.

Try asos. Unfortunately everything is now online only. Apart from red herring in debenhams

nowgotosleep Sun 19-May-13 07:55:31

This may help, in the past week I've noticed that both Zara and Primark have started stocking maternity clothes.
When I was pregnant, 2 years ago, everywhere had maternity ranges. I had 2 fab pairs of jeans from river island-I see they've stopped stocking maternity too, and loads of great stuff from H&M. eBay is probably going to be the easiest place to find stuff now though!

frogchops Sun 19-May-13 08:09:12

My purchases so far have been in h&m, asda, red herring and peacocks. Try peacocks, they're priced reasonably.

adagio Sun 19-May-13 08:39:24

I got a lovely maternity coat (last year) from Top Shop, rest of my clothes (work wear) were jersey dresses from Mothercare and Next, old non mat jersey dresses for about the first 25 weeks fitted OK, casual one pair of jeans, one pair mother care leggings and maybe 2 or 3 mat tops plus some old tops I didn't mind stretching.
My fave purchase was maternity PJs - lived in them in the evenings!

hedgehogpickle Sun 19-May-13 09:10:04

Most of my tops were H&M and red herring. Managed to stay in my normal jeans throughout, with them under a high bump - good thing too as I never found maternity trousers long enough! Bought one dress as I knew I'd wear it loads over Christmas & New Year and a lovely coat from M&S (their maternity range online dwindled even in the 4-5 months I was looking!)

Was appalled at Next having nothing in store & told them so. Hate clothes shopping online normally with all the hassle of being in for/collecting the package & then having to return stuff/post it back - even worse when you're pregnant and have no idea what size you are from one week to the next! Dreadful that these "women's clothing stores" can't seem to be arsed to cater for a certain group of women at all or only make a token gesture of doing so sad

BeCool Sun 19-May-13 09:19:36

I had some DP maternity tops. They stopped at waist. shock

Splatt34 Sun 19-May-13 09:35:24

next and h&m

Excited85 Sun 19-May-13 13:55:00

Went hunting today and found sweet FA. Shocked at H&M section, the whole store is full of lovely summer clothes, bright pretty and floral and the maternity section was just navy and black, few long sleeved tops and cargo pants. Horrible. If only I could sew there's a definite gap in the market for trendy and nice fitting mat clothes!!!

2Labradors Sun 19-May-13 14:52:05

excited I thought that about H&M. I got a navy blouse for work and that's it.

I have short legs and noticed that next have maternity wear in short leg but every time I check they're out of stock in my size (I'm 14 on bottom and 12 on top - pear)

I managed to get a pair of black work trousers from Peacocks and my mum has taken the legs up on them. They were only £14 too and pretty comfy.

I've ordered some items from New Look online. Got some 3/4 jeans which are pretty good, ready for summer! And got a dress which seems nice.

I'm at that in between stage at moment, normal clothes are too tight and the bobble trick is no longer working but I'm not big enough for maternity really. But size 16 bottoms don't look right. Such a pain.

nowgotosleep Sun 19-May-13 16:19:50

H&M have loads of nice bits online, but unless you live near a huge store, the selection instore is very basic. I had to travel 30 miles to a store that was big enough to have a dedicated maternity section. The only problem with H&M is that the sizing is crazy so it's a risk buying online!

ExscooseMeMrOfficer Sun 19-May-13 16:33:22

I got loads of things from dorothy Perkins when pregnant with dd 3 years ago. I also found the red herring at debenhams maternity range really good.

jayne99 Wed 31-Jul-13 06:03:47

I recently decided to switch over to maternity jeans and tried out the Morph maternity jeans. It was amazing! They fit so well and are so comfortable.

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