Have dug out all my trousers from last pregnancy and the TopShop ones (i.e. with the 'discreet' side panels not full-on pregnancy pouch) look just about alright but aren't that comfortable due to CS scar. The comfortable ones from last pregnancy (i.e. fully elasticated with the pregnancy pouch thang) are downright horrible, shapeless with saggy arse etc - don't know what I was thinking frankly. Also they keep slipping down.
Please tell me about your good maternity trouser experiences. JoJo Maman Bebe seem to have a quite big range judging by the catalogue pix but who can tell from a picture what they are really like. Any ideas?
Or is a stylish and comfortable maternity trouser a bit too much to hope for?
My best pair of jeans ever (not just maternity ones) came from Blooming Marvellous - really comfy and good as new second time round - they have an adjustable waist but otherwise look pretty normal - I did find I need a belt with them though. I also got 2 pairs of jersey trousers from them - have a highly unflattering looking stretchy jersey panel, but can't be seen under tops and they are sooooo comfy.
On the flip side, I bought a pair of 3/4 length ones from M&S last time and just cannot get them to stay up - gave up in the end (by which I mean I didn't wear them, rather than just allowing them to fall down...)
Have only bought tops/nightwear from Jojomaman so can't comment on the trousers, but been very pleased with the PJs.
I got some black wide leg trousers for work from jojomamanbebe. I wore them constantly throughout my pregnancy - machine washable and they dried quickly! I don't think they were particularly expensive - maybe about 30 quid?
My maternity clothes first time round were horrible, as soon as I had DS I threw the lot of them away! This time round I've been to Gap and bought some really nice jeans, they fit really well and astonishingly are long enough (I'm 5'10"), and as they have a sale on denim at the moment (til tomorrow, I think) they were only about £20 each. Gap also had some nice looking work type trousers. The only maternity trousers I've kept from last time were some jersey wide legged black trousers from Blooming Marvellous which were really comfy although not exactly 'going out' trousers. I lived in them in the last month!
Cheers, Snowtiger, Gap maternity clothes never seemed to fit quite right last time round, but that was a couple of years ago and these things change all the time don't they so will try and catch end of sale tomorrow if poss.
Mothercare are much better than they used to be - at least they were for this spring / summer and I had a few pair of linen trousers which have lasted to 34 weeks without falling down. Unfortunately I will spend the next month in yoga pants as I can't be bothered to buy new stuff for a few weeks and all 3 pairs of jeans I have just fall down.
Have bought trousers from Jojomamanbebe - but only jeans (under bump, were great from 12-32 weeks then fell down, will be good after pg until can fitinto tolerate normal waistbands again) and yoga trousers with long thing to wrap around waist (great, but probably not what you're looking for). Also the yoga things are quite thin (bamboo maybe?) so not so good for this time of year if you are actually going outdoors!
Oh - and both pairs of trousers I've bought from them have been longer than the advertised leg length (happily for me).
I think almost all the above shops have branches in Oxford Circus, which is a relatively short journey for me so shall have to carve out a couple of hours for myself at the weekend and try on a couple of bits. Thanks for the tips all.
Alana39 agree about the last month thing, really not worth buying extra stuff at that point. I kind of felt that about the whole pregnancy, am 18 weeks now and sort of wondered if I could make do for the second half to the pregnancy but then decided that putting on saggy slacks for the next 5 months is going to get me down to much!
I found New Look jeans lasted me quite well into 3rd trimester, but had to invest in some over-bump ones from Next this week to overcome the falling down problem. I would recommend going a size down though. I now see Red Herring jeans from Debenhams also have belt loops which are always handy..
a quick thank you for all the posts. Went shopping on Saturday - tried 2 gaps but neither had sales on or any small sizes left. Settled for another topshop pair in the end - skinny flare, which sounded horrendous but they fit really snugly and are also really comfy. Just coming up to 19 weeks so no probs with bump pushing everything down yet but will report back on whether they last the full 40 weeks...