I'd always thought, "I don't want to spend a lot on maternity clothes because you only wear them for such a short time." But had I realized that wearing them for 6 months or so of pregnancy, plus 6-12 months afterward, times 6 for all 6 of my full-term pregnancies... and actually, I've probably worn my maternity clothes more than I've worn my regular clothes over the last decade.
Hindsight is 20/20, as they say.
Anyway, that's how I ended up with a pitifully small maternity wardrobe. I store it all (summer and winter stuff) in one of those enormous diaper boxes from Costco, if it gives you any idea.
The day I brought that box up from the basement, my heart sank. I pulled the tired old clothes out and hung them up in my closet and thought sadly, "That's it, Self. That's all you're going to be wearing for the next year."
Not only is it small, it's painfully outdated. Most of my maternity clothes date back to my first pregnancy in 2004. They weren't as bad as the shapeless maternity tents that my mother and her friends had to wear, but... close.
This was before the invention of that wonderful stretchy lycra material that pulls up nice and snug over your belly, so I still have (some) maternity pants with the ugliest, bunchiest drawstring waist you will ever see.
|Wearing these, I feel as attractive as Danny DeVito when he played the Penguin in Batman Returns. Which is not very.|
So you can imagine how thrilled I was when my friend Katy graciously allowed me to rifle through her stash of maternity clothes and borrow whatever fit.
Not only did she double the size of my maternity wardrobe, she has the most wonderfully stylish stuff. So goodbye, bunchy waistbands! It's the back of the closet for you.
Just take a look at some of these:
I wore this to church the other week. The cardigan and shoes are mine (and believe me, becoming the owner of a pair of stylish ballet flats was a shocking development in itself,) but the skirt and shirt are Katy's.
|Bonus: my toddler sat still on my lap during the entire service saying "Ball!" and pointing out all the little beads on the front of the shirt.|
I'm still not entirely sure horizontal stripes are the right decision for someone the size and shape of a small planet, but I think this sweater is awesome:
|Favorite feature: Does not scream "I was purchased over a decade ago!"|
I've always been scared to purchase one of these baggy-sleeved garments in what I call "a flying squirrel cut" (which I just Googled and it's actually called a Dolman sleeve.) But I know they're all over the place right now and guess what? I love this sweater.
|Flying squirrels, unite!|
I realize I'm sort of starting to sound like the plot of Single White Female, so I think I'll just end it here by saying: thanks, Katy. From the bottom of my rapidly expanding belly.