One of the things on my Second Trimester Checklist post was Maternity Clothes and have been looking at websites online to purchase some. Ever since I found out I was pregnant I was constantly worried about clothes that would fit me. My first trimester was OK considering you don’t gain any weight, rather you lose some (at least that’s what happened with me). So now that I’m in my second trimester, some of my jeans and tops have started getting tighter from the waist so every now and then I go on-line and look for maternity clothes. But to be honest, some of the website I view have downright hideous clothes for pregnant women. Hideous. I cannot stress the word hideous enough because they really are. I mean who designs those clothes?
There’s so little on offer on these maternity clothes, both on-line and off-line, given the number of pregnant women in every country. Well, I’m sure there are better options in other countries, but not here. Although there are brands like Mothercare, Babyoye etc. but the (online) stores that I visited in Chandigarh and Mumbai have nothing special to offer, nothing that would make you feel happy about shopping. You might want to buy it because that’s what your need is, but I don’t know really. Both the sizes and shapes seem a little off. I’m still hoping that I get hold of better stock of clothes the next time I visit these stores.
Another thing on my mind is that what you buy today will no longer fit you 2 or 3 months later. So there’s no point wasting tons of money on purchasing branded items of clothing for pregnancy. One of the articles I read on businessoffashion was how most designers don’t think this is a good enough market for them as there are more non-pregnant customers to purchase their stuff than pregnant ones. No wonder we’re left with little choice here.
I just want to buy maternity clothes that make me feel nice. And confident but there is dearth of such clothes.
Another thing this article talked about was how rental companies could turn this business around. Personally, I’m not sure I’d want to wear used clothes. Yes, it could save you tons of money but the idea of wearing clothes already worn by a number of women before doesn’t just sound appealing to me. I mean who knows how properly cleaned/washed those clothes are when you wear them? I’d rather steer clear of second hand clothing to be honest.
So what options do we have:
- Wear loose or larger sized non maternity clothes
- Buy nice and soft fabric and get a tailor to make me some according to size and liking (perks of being in India maybe?)
- Mix and match non-maternity and maternity clothes (like maternity bottoms which you can’t do without along with a lose flow-y top)
And what else? I’m going to do more research on this because we have to have a solution for our maternity clothes worries. At least us women in India. I’m going to do a tour of stores now nearby and see what options we have. Maybe the stock has changed? I’m just hopeful.