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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?

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 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 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)

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.

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