I'm a pregnant snowflake. Help me dress myself.
June 14, 2014 6:38 PM Subscribe
The past 3 years of my life have brought both steady weight gain and financial instability, leaving me with a very sparse, heavily-worn and ill-fitting wardrobe. The financial strain has finally lifted, so yay! time to get some new clothes. The problem? I'm 10 weeks pregnant, teetering into plus sizes, and trying to strategize my purchases for maximum future wear.
posted by ohisee to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (21 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Even before I got pregnant, my weight was hovering just at the point where I could fit into the largest sizes at the regular stores, but sometimes the 14 (US) pants were a little snug. I am aware of the Bellaband, but even unzipped, my thighs aren't fitting into my nicest pair of jeans. I have a decent amount of leggings, but they're getting holes in them at this point. I have only one shirt I actually enjoy wearing and feel good in. I have a lot of tanktops that I've been wearing to keep my belly from sticking out under my shirts, but my shirts are just getting too tight.
I'm really more fat/chubby than actually showing right now. Even without the pregnancy, my body is drastically different than it was the last time I had a proper budget for clothes shopping, and the styles that used to look really good on me aren't flattering anymore. I miss the days when I had a "uniform" of basics from The Gap or American Apparel with fun pieces from local vintage stores or Anthropologie's sales rack mixed in. I'm primed to splurge and re-build my closet, but am a little lost on which basics are the best to buy at this point. I don't love shopping, and hate buying cheap clothes at Target and H&M just to have them look like crap after a season of wear.
I realize that clothes that fit now won't fit when my belly is huge, but are there things I can buy now that will still work post-baby? Is it actually wise to buy a new wardrobe of ruched tops? Where's a lady to get a decently priced tunic that's not made of rayon? Are there any good tips on transitioning into the plus-sizes in general? And if I'm only plus-sized on the bottom, how do I best deal with that?
Most of all, now that my go-to stores aren't working, where should I shop? I strongly prefer natural fibers, will err on the side of comfortable, but don't want to totally give up on style. If I've outgrown most vintage store clothes, but don't have the patience for GoodWill, where do I get cool things to add some life to my wardrobe? (Bonus points for being in Portland, OR and/or not expensive) I mostly work from home, but need to look (creative) professional for client meetings.