As promised when I announced the news that I am expecting this winter, this isn’t going to become a baby blog or a mom blog and all baby posts will be posted at ShopMamaDaily.com. That said, over the course of the next 6 months or so I wanted to talk about something I haven’t seen featured on too many blogs thus far: Plus size maternity style.
Let’s be honest: The market when it comes to maternity apparel of any size is lacking, to say the least, so you can imagine that if the market is lacking in “traditional” maternity clothing, the situation is even more dire when it comes to plus size maternity clothing.
When I first found out I was pregnant I started thinking about building a maternity “wardrobe” (aka a few pieces to get me through) and thanked my lucky stars that most of my pregnancy will occur over the fall and winter, which means I’ll spend a lot of time in leggings and tunics. But then I realized I didn’t even know where to start shopping for those basic items.
I spent some time googling and browsing Pinterest for things like “where to buy plus size maternity clothing” and was amazed (not in a good way) when I actually found an article suggesting that plus size women just buy regular clothing…but go up a size.
Hold the phone.
This is my first time being pregnant, but nearly all of my friends have had babies and while I’m no rocket scientist I have noticed that their bodies haven’t grown in ways that wearing a medium versus small would alleviate, so I’m not sure why the assumption is that curvier bodies would grow in such a manner?
This article really gave me pause and I have to admit that I was a bit incensed at how insensitive I found it. (Wait till you see the photo I post later – at just four months I am ALL belly and I honestly don’t know what I’d do without maternity jeans even at this early date.)
Ultimately, though, what that article and the lack of information on plus size maternity clothing did was motivate me to go in search of stores not just selling maternity clothing or plus size clothing, but stores selling plus size maternity clothing. As in, clothing specifically made for plus size women expecting babies. (I say this because I was surprised at how few stores I found selling these items.)
Ultimately, the stores I found that sell actual maternity clothing for plus size women are as follows:
Plus Size Maternity Clothing
These stores have also been added to our list of plus size stores and will continue to get updated over there as we find more stores catering to this specific market. (Note: The one exception to this list is that ASOS does not sell plus size maternity but their sizes tend to run so large that I believe many women can fit into their styles.)
Over the next few months, starting this afternoon, my goal is to share some plus size maternity style posts. Now, I’m not a fashion blogger and I rarely photograph what I’m wearing, but showing that there are actually some fashionable plus size maternity clothing options out there is something I’ve grown to feel quite passionate about over the past couple of months.
Being pregnant is hard work. Being pregnant and thinking that there aren’t cute clothing options in your size is downright depressing. My goal, over the next few months, is to have some fun with fashion and to hopefully provide a bit of inspiration to any of you that are in a similar situation, either now or in the future. It’s also a challenge to myself to kick off the yoga pants that are my daily uniform and try something new.
I hope those of you that aren’t pregnant and/or aren’t plus size don’t mind this small change from the usual. I promise that, for the most part, it will be business as usual around here.
Full Disclosure: I don’t strictly wear plus sizes. Since starting this site I’ve fit into both traditional and plus sizes, which in one sense means the shopping world is my oyster and in another means that finding correct sizing can be difficult. While I can wear XL tops and dresses, pants definitely need to be plus size. (I just want to put that in the open because I do occasionally post about wearing and purchasing non-plus size items and will likely continue to do so.)