Fourteen years ago, the options were hideous, tent-like hideous and overall-hideous. I actually had a pair of maternity overalls....but these weren't denim overalls. Oh no....they were this velvet, dress-up, black overalls. I actually used to wear them to work. Gulp. Let's just say, those did not get put into the "keep" pile.
Even besides the whole-tent like thing, back 14 and 11 years ago when I was pregnant with #1 and #2, most maternity shirts where of the empire waist style. I hate that style. It works on some body types...but not mine. For one thing, it only looks good when you have a sizable belly...which for me is not until the very end. I tend to not get that big while pregnant. Not that I don't gain plenty of weight....I do. However, I have a long torso and tend to carry my babies more around the side than out in front. With all my other pregnancies, even at the very end, I could still touch my toes, shave my legs, pick stuff up off the floor and overall get around just fine, up until the day of birth.
Thankfully when #3 came along, tighter fitting shirts with the ruching (I think that's the word) at the side came into style. I LOVE those shirts. I love that they work for ALL stages of pregnancy, not just the end. They don't look dorky and dumb before the belly gets really big. I love shirts that are tighter and show off the belly, rather than ones that try to hide it in loads on fabric. I don't look good under loads of fabric.
You want to know what else doesn't work on me, maternity wise. Dresses. Some moms can really pull them off. Not me. I hate wearing dresses while pregnant. You want to know why?.Of course you do, that is why you are still reading. Because my kids are smart thanks to a certain anatomical part. (Or maybe it's just good genes). I tend to think I look ridiculous with a big rear end AND a big belly sticking out of a dress. It's just not flattering. Only one side should stick out at a time...the front or the back. Not both. So, I like the the break-up of wearing separate pieces rather than all one piece of fabric when I have both a big rear AND a big belly.
So, with all that talk of maternity fashion, here's what I wore today. 17 week baby bump. Only 3 more weeks until we get to find out. I DEFINITELY want to know early. For sure. Not even a question. I do NOT get the whole surprise thing.
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