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Anyone else distinctly underwhelmed by maternity clothes?

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OhTheDrama Thu 17-Apr-14 18:13:10

So my trousers are getting tight and I'm starting to think about accumulating a few maternity bits but there's very little catching my eye, most of it looks a bit dowdy if I'm honest. Granted, the choice is better than the last time 6 years ago but still not great. Anybody else feeling the same or am I just being fussy?

TheBookofRuth Thu 17-Apr-14 18:15:46

Ugh, it's all hideous. Frumpy and dowdy and the colour of sludge. Even two years ago when I was having DD it wasn't so bad, now fashion seems to have decided we should hide ourselves away in Sacks of Shame.

AhoyMcCoy Thu 17-Apr-14 18:18:11

ASOS seems to me to be one of the better places, but it's still all a bit meh. I'm not a whale FGS, I don't want to hide my bump under a smock, I'd love some stylish on-trend stuff to wear but am definitely struggling.

Have a verrrrryyyyy posh wedding to go to next months when I will be 36 weeks too, and am utterly stumped on what to wear!

Buffy81 Thu 17-Apr-14 18:23:05

I have found it very limited and it doesn't help that I am a plus size so even less to chose from. I have a couple of bits on asos, matalan and new look, but sometime even then it was black or white

OhTheDrama Thu 17-Apr-14 18:24:13

TheBook yes I've noticed that! Even the high end stuff is non-descript, bland and a bit shapeless. I'm a similar body shape to Kim Kardashian with big boobs and bloody huge looking ample sized bottom but tiny waist, so have to be really careful with the stretchy jersey dresses and tunics and that doesn't really leave much. I don't want to be having any fashion disasters!

EssexGirlLottie Thu 17-Apr-14 18:25:27

I agree but then How have I managed to buy so much!

I like Seraphine - not cheap but would be good for a wedding. Isabelle Oliver looks nice but is v expensive and think I've actually ended up sending it all back. Next and New Look for cheaper bits and also Mothercare and Mamas and Papas for jeans and t-shirts etc. I ventured into H&M the other day and walked straight back out. Yuck.
Good luck

ohthegoats Thu 17-Apr-14 18:27:27

It's all awful for short people, like wandering around in a tent. I don't do skinny jeans due to fat thighs, but all other maternity jeans are baggy and hideous.

I've bought two pairs of trousers from jojomamanbebe, navy and black, and took them up. Also one little dress from h&m - total spend 40 quid. I'm not wearing them yet, still getting by on harem pants, dresses, leggings and dresses, but I'm not looking forward to having to wear them.

OhTheDrama Thu 17-Apr-14 18:32:56

Ahoy I have two weddings as Sod's law would have it but think I have it sorted with this, not too pricey and I actually quite like it! Just everyday stuff I need inspiration for!

squizita Thu 17-Apr-14 18:48:14

UGH yes it's hideous! Especially as anything of more 'upmarket' value = hideously frumpy Gap cloned beige. angry Like "Oooh aren't I a virtuous mama, I don't care that I look like the back of a bus!". And then boy-oh-boy the prices!

Well I'm not virtuous!! grin

I've been looking at:
Heavenly Bump (patterns that aren't just SPOTS!!)
Topshop maternity
Big baggy band t-shirts (primark have some) to go over leggings/maternity jeans
Maxi dresses with a lot of stretch (from anywhere I see them) in a size up from usual

...and padding it out with 'Purpless' basics (dirt cheap plain t-shirts and leggings off EBay shop).

If anyone knows ANYWHERE one can buy indie/retro/rock style maternity PLEASE SHARE!! grin grin grin

squizita Thu 17-Apr-14 18:53:40

Affordable for weddings - Debenhams! I have a prom (to chaperone) and a wedding coming up - this range looks good value and not too sacklike:

Plateofcrumbs Thu 17-Apr-14 18:53:49

I'm clearly a minority of one here but I've really enjoyed dressing up the bump! I have gone way overboard on my maternity wardrobe and have been actively looking forward to growing into my maternity clothes. I've gone ASOS mad for the most part plus a couple of Isabella Oliver dresses from eBay.

Mabelandmaude Thu 17-Apr-14 19:08:59

If I see another wrap dress I'm going to go mad. Everything is so frumpy

whereisshe Thu 17-Apr-14 19:12:25

squiz cafepress do maternity tees that aren't all cutesy.

squizita Thu 17-Apr-14 19:14:15

Thanks whereisshe! smile

peeapod Thu 17-Apr-14 19:42:15

I love this articles suggestion from the guardian on altnerative maternity clothes..

MrsMonkeyBear Thu 17-Apr-14 19:42:41

Squiz I just ordered some funky maternity tshirts from amazon.

Other than that everything on the market is really awful. I might resort to making my own stuff. Haven't used my sewing machine in a while but it will give me something to do.

Ferreroroche123 Thu 17-Apr-14 19:46:23

Yes! So frumpy, and why can't I find one decent pair of white linen trousers for warm weather. Last time I was pregnant 5 years ago I lived in a pair of new look wide leg linens when I got really big and they were a god send. This year... Nothing. On really tailored. Skinny ones which I know will annoy me within two minutes.

I got one pair of new look floral floaty trousers but even the elasticated waist on them is abit tight and will dig in.

Other than that I am going ASOS so far, cheap, free delivery (good as I am house bound) and their jersey dresses are soooo comfy. My mum has also got me a few bits of eBay (1 top shop dress and a mothercare dress) and I am using a couple of her authentic Japanese kimono jackets over tops as they are perfect shape for expanding bump. She sells them on eBay but I managed to convince her to give me two.

Ktay Thu 17-Apr-14 20:16:31

I got lots on eBay, partly as I was being tight but also because it gives you access to stuff from previous years so broadens the choices a bit. Topshop was generally my best bet. Saw a few nice smart things by a brand called 'queen mum' but didn't buy any.

whiteblossom Thu 17-Apr-14 20:55:41

ferrer- mothercare have wide leg linen trousers in store, stone and black. hth

AhoyMcCoy Thu 17-Apr-14 21:53:31

Those with the good wedding outfit suggestions, thanks so much!! thanks I shall get googling and find something I'm sure now!!

Boogles91 Thu 17-Apr-14 22:07:47

Ive found the trousers and jeans will fit your bump but hang off the rest of you! I think they should make them like different back size but right cup size. So if your a size 10 or 12 they could just make the bump part a size 14-16 but the legs stay the same size. And obviously make more stylish aswell. Its like they discriminate pregnant women, we already feel crap enough when we get big and stuff so it would make us feel so mich better about ourselves if we had some nice clothes to wear that we dont have to feel uncomfortable in x

sleepdodger Thu 17-Apr-14 22:21:52

I lived in topshop Leigh black smart skinnies with a smarter top or luxe tee with jacket/ jersey jacket on top, then low heels or cons on my feet!
Never found a problem tbh
unlike bloody suitable tops for bf!

theborrower Thu 17-Apr-14 22:25:44

Yes, and I'm already starting to get bored of wearing the same clothes on rotation. I just think it's not forever, but I'm already looking forward to wearing my old wardrobe again (if it still fits me afterwards! sob), and maybe tarting myself to new stuff then too.

theborrower Thu 17-Apr-14 22:26:06

Tarting myself?? Treating myself.

Catflap1 Thu 17-Apr-14 23:22:36

God it's awful, only thing I have brought are some H&M Skinnys that are fab and prefect fit, why is it that you go to a shop for size 6-8 jeans and they just add inches extra on bum and legs?

I also can't stand tops with solans on like "made with love" etc

So far just been wearing my usual tops as I'm still very small at 18 weeks

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