with Susan Wagner
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It’s been eight and a half years since I was last pregnant, but I can still remember how hard it was to find maternity clothes I really liked. Everything I could afford was poorly made, while the pieces I really liked were out of my budget. I made due with regular pieces in larger sizes; when I outgrew the waistband on my pants, I would rubber band them closed (I cannot tell you how many times the rubber band broke while I was in the middle of teaching a class — awesome).
These days, there are much better options for stylish, affordable maternity wear; every time I walk through Target, I see all sorts of adorable, well-priced pieces, and fast-fashion chains like Forever21 and H&M are carrying maternity wear that almost makes me want to have another baby.
But not quite.
GAP maternity jeans (these did not exist when I was gestating, sadly)
Maternity wear has come a long way since my last baby — certainly the biggest improvement has to be in maternity jeans. I hated every pair I had during both my pregnancies; the polyester-based fabrics were horrible, and the “maternity panel” typically covered everything from my crotch to my bra. Not a good look.
I get a lot of emails about the best maternity jeans, and I have to confess that I’m at a loss to answer them, not having worn maternity clothes since 2002. But I know that some of you are well — and recently — versed in this, and so I’m turning it over to you. Who makes the best maternity jeans? Is it worth it to splurge for a high-end pair, or can you be chic and comfy with something more mid-priced?
Help the pregnant mamas out, girls. Leave your suggestions in the comments and let’s see what brands are really the best.
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