On Maternity Clothes
I think I am missing a girl gene. No really, I think I am. Brace yourselves for what I am about to say.
I hate shopping. I’m also not the biggest fan of makeup or high heels (well, except these heels, that I was obsessed with). But really, I hate shopping. And I hate shopping with other people. If I’m going to clothes shop, I’m usually on a mission. I like to get in, get out, and not browse.
I guess I should clarify a little: I like shopping for home goods and such. But I absolutely despise clothes shopping and would prefer not to do it. Like, ever. Half my wardrobe comes from clothes my sister is getting rid of (she is a self-professed clothes horse), so most of the time, I actually don’t have to shop.
Maternity clothes, on the other hand, are a different story.
So far, I’m surviving on:
one pair of maternity jeans
two pairs of maternity shorts (one dressy, the other casual jean shorts)
three Old Navy Maternity tanks (in gray, navy, and black)
three Liz Lange for Target maternity t-shirts (in white, gray, and pink)
…and that’s it. I supplement by using most of my regular shirts still (which work just fine as long as I have some sort of tank underneath them to give them length). I also have two maxi skirts, a jersey dress, and a jersey skirt that are stretchy enough for me to use. Oh, and I still haven’t bought new bras. I tried some on one afternoon and got so fed up I said to hell with it…and went home still wearing my now pretty obviously ill-fitting pre-pregnancy bras.
I think the problem for me, is two-fold. One, the aforementioned missing girl gene, aka hating shopping. And two, I am cheap as hell when it comes to clothes. I would rather spend money on stuff for the new house or the nursery. Maternity clothes are expensive, and even if you go to Target or Old Navy, it can add up really fast!
It also helps that my office has a very lenient dress code (we don’t deal direct with customers and our office is not open to the public), and I can wear t-shirts, jeans, etc. 5 days a week. So I really have no need to dress up (though sometimes I wish we did have a stricter dress code, because I would like to dress up. Then I get up in the morning and think, nah. Comfort wins every time!). I try to dress nicely—you know, tees with cardigans, darker jeans, and nice flats and jewelry, but it’s by no means your typical office wear.
So, people who love shopping, this is your chance to dress me. I am looking for pieces that can hopefully go with me through the end of my pregnancy—do those exist? I know I’d like to get at least one pair of leggings that aren’t see-through and can last me all the way until November, but that’s about it. What else should I add to my wardrobe? What are your favorite brands? Most importantly, can I order online or do I really have to drag myself into a store? How do I even size myself these days?! HELP ME!