The Latest Couture In The Maternity Ward

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The Latest Couture In The Maternity Ward
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It wasn’t long ago when becoming pregnant also meant losing all the style your wardrobe once had.  Maternity fashion, if you could call it that, was often times the section of the store you would find in the way back that featured mannequins wearing the equivalent of grocery sacks and elastic wasted pants in pastel shades that should only be allowed on Easter eggs.

Thankfully, today’s maternity fashion lives up to the description.  Fashionable items are much easier to find and you don’t have to spend a fortune.  A recent article from the Associated Press, “Hot Mama! Pregnant Women Can Still Have Style” discusses the maternity fashion revolution that has taken place over the last couple of decades.

Rebecca Matthias, president of maternity wear store A Pea in the Pod, discusses how with the women’s movement we have seen more stylish clothing become available to pregnant women.  Matthias said, “It was a sociological change that led to a fashion revolution.  Women had to dress nice when they were pregnant.  They could afford to, and they were probably earning their own money.”  In today’s fashion world, a pregnant woman can find the same skinny jean or designer business suit in maternity fits as she could have when she was sans baby in belly.

With new maternity styles, trends also began to shift among pregnant women.  Celebrities began flaunting their burgeoning bellies on the red carpet rather than hiding them under a caftan.  Liz Lange, who began designing maternity wear for Target, discussed how fitted clothing is a lot more flattering.  Lange realized the fitted style as more becoming to a pregnant woman when she witnessed her pregnant friends trying to squeeze into non-maternity dresses. 

Lange felt her friends looked a lot better in the closer fitting fashions than the maternity wear that tended to hide every curve, the good ones and the bad ones.  Lange said, “It may seem like the opposite is true, but when you wear something fitted, close to the body, it is so much more flattering.  It shows you have some new curves, but also where you don’t.

 

What do you think of the latest maternity fashions and the way they have changed over the years?

Do you agree that the women’s movement has had an effect on maternity wear of today?

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  • bigjules911 By bigjules911
    06.17.09  

    I had a baby a few months ago and during my pregnancy I bought a few basic shirts and pants and one really nice blouse. I did spend more money on those things than I wanted to and I now they just sit in my closet. I agree with Morkoor about the way stars dress. Yes, pregnant is beautiful but wearing a belly shirt when you're 9 months along just looks trashy to me.

  • Morkoor By Morkoor
    06.16.09  

    I'm sure woman in the workplace have effected the designs of maternity clothes. Pregnant women should be able to feel attractive and sexy but some of the way some of the stars dress is disgusting. I don't feel it is necessary to bare your belly. I'm 51 and have a belly of my own, I'm sure you won't appreciate me exposing. It looks no different than most pregnant womens'.

  • srg1214 By srg1214
    06.15.09  

    I love maternity fashion, and I believe that women have had a major influences over the industry. I think that the styles are very attractive, and they are designed to showcase your baby bump instead of hiding it. I also love how you can find tops and dress without strings tied across your back. When I was pregnant, I always shopped clearance. I found a lot of cute tops for $10 and under at Destination Maternity, which has three stores in one. I also shopped at Target, and I am a regular ebayer. I think you can pull of maternity fashion at a reasonable price if you are a bargain shopper. The only thing I really splurged on was a new pair of jeans. I prefer an under belly style. The were pricey, but they lasted my whole pregnancy and are still in excellent condition for the next time I have a baby.

  • scalcagno By scalcagno
    06.13.09  

    Though I do not have kids, I have to say, I have found myself at target spotting a cute dress or sweater from across the clothing isles only to find its in the maternity section! It's comforting to know that whenever I make the decision to have a child of my own, I will still have the opportunity to feel confident and look professional when I go out.

  • WINDI_H By WINDI_H
    06.12.09  

    I have a 2 month old. The fashions are getting better! If you can afford the great designer styles... they are the best! I think the companies are on the right track!

  • lughead13 By lughead13
    06.02.09  

    Finally, a great fashion trend towards stylish maternity clothes. Please add more clothing to the petite line...after the price of an item (usually on sale), I have to factor in the tailoring costs for being 5'1" tall.

  • amymarquez By amymarquez
    05.31.09  

    Yes, I do agree that the women's movement has influenced maternity fashion today...for the better! I'm so glad that there are more options out there for a pregant women wanting to look fashionable. I had a baby about eleven months ago, and when I was pregnant, I was happy to learn that maternity clothing actually looks nice now.

  • rfuqaha By rfuqaha
    05.31.09  

    I have 2 baby s 4 and 1 but I never really bought to many maternity clothes because they were to pricey for me so I never bought any

  • chasity_863 By chasity_863
    05.29.09  

    I am early into my fourth pregnancy so I haven't been maternity shopping for this one yet. However, reading this article and some of the comments has got me starting to feel a little relieved! My oldest is almost 11, the middle is 9 and my youngest is 6. It wasn't until my third pregnancy that I did finally break down and buy some maternity clothes. The style and patterns and designs that were out with my first two were so horrid they made sweat-pants look appealling!! To know that they are finally realizing that pregnancy is beautiful and the clothes should show it off (in a decent way of course!) is absolutely wonderful!

  • bonnieb118 By bonnieb118
    05.29.09  

    Thank God for stores like this one. Whenever I get pregnant, I know I will want to dress fashionable. I just hope they're not too expensive.

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