Friday, 26 May 2017

Tips on buying plus-size maternity wear in the UK

Given that this is my second pregnancy, 3 years apart, I feel like I'm becoming a dab hand at buying plus-size maternity clothes.  I did hope that this time around, the choice of clothes would be much better, but in reality, nothing has really changed. I'm starting to live in dresses (with 3/4 length leggings underneath), and when I'm at home, it's all leggings and vest tops.

For me, one of the biggest issues is that if you're anything like me, you might not have legs you want to show off. And what I struggle to find, is plus size non-skinny jeans - THEY'RE ALL SKINNY, WHY?! I honestly don't understand... I've had to buy normal jeans a size bigger that are wide legged - but this means it doesn't accommodate my bump very well.

The other big issue is that there is NO high street shop you can go to, to buy plus-size maternity clothes, your only option is online. On the back of that, I've found the sizing varies massively, and I mean, really massively.  I've had to go down 2 dress sizes to get things to fit, compared to my normal clothes - and that's not just across my bump, that's the arms and boobs too.

Anyway, rant aside, here's where I've found the best places to be for buying plus-size maternity clothes.

When I was pregnant with Squidge I bought a pair of plus size maternity jeans from them that lasted me really well, they were so comfortable and a really flattering cut, and not crazy expensive. This time around I've bought 2 maternity tops - both wearable now, and after the baby is born as they're suitable for nursing.

While I was disappointed that they don't stock their maternity range in store, I was pleased to see that another brand is now doing maternity clothes, therefore more choice. They have a nice range of tops, dressed and leggings, but if like me, you don't want to show off your legs, the only option they have is palazzo trousers (no thanks). I did order a maternity dress from them in my normal size, but when I tried it on it was 2-3 sizes too big, so I sent it back, but didn't re-order. I really do like the look of this one though, but looks like it could do with a belt for under the boobs to give the dress some shape.

I would give a special mention to Curvissa too, but on looking, all of the plus size maternity clothes I saw were all BonPrix ones, so never-mind :P On my travels I did find another site called Mojo Maternity, but they have a very very small range - all decent sizes (over size 20), but not much choice - could still be worth a look though :) 

It's pretty amazing just how niche plus size maternity clothes are, if only more brands would champion it!
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