Post # 1
So, I’m plus sized, about a size 18-20. I carry a fair amount of weight in my tummy, which I hate. Most of the shirts I find (even in plus sizes) don’t have enough tummy room and that makes them super unflattering. And if I were to size up, they’d be too big in the arms/chest. Now, I LOVE empire-waist tops. If I could find enough cute ones, my whole wardrobe would be empire waists. They really work for me because they’re snug enough in the arms and chest and still have enough room for my tummy without clinging to it. I had this crazy thought today because I wore a sweater that was not very comfortable over my midsection. What if I tried a maternity top? I mean, they’re all basically empire waists, right? I wouldn’t get any SUPER obvious ones, but I could really see myself wearing some of the more subtle ones. Like this one. I think it’s really cute and I’ve been wanting an empire waist sweater, anyway. I think it could work because my tummy isn’t so big that I look pregnant, or anything, so I think that’ll help the shirt just look empire, and not maternity, ya know?
So what do we think? Have any non-pregnant bees worn maternity tops?
I know it’s a strange thought, please be kind 🙂
Post # 3
I’ve never worn maternity clothes…but I do know that after people have their babies they don’t just throw their whole wardrobe away….a lot of women continue to wear their maternity stuff and no one ever notices…I think its a great idea if its what you like.
Post # 4
One of my girlfriends wears maternity tops cos she said she was more comfortable in them as she too carried her weight in her tummy, she never looked pregnant in them and I wasn’t aware they were maternity til she told me so I guess if you try them on and they look flattering go for it…in the end it is just another cut and if it flatters you then it is the cut for you…
Me on the other hand I look pregnant apparently in normal clothes (I get asked all the time eeek more embarrassing for them now than me I am used to it hahaha) so I don’t think I could wear them as it wouldn’t go with my shape 🙂
Post # 5
If you find a shirt that works for you, I say go for it! The only thing is, maternity wear can get kind of pricey. I have a plus-sized friend who works at a maternity clothing store and she wears the stuff ALL the time (and doesn’t look pregnant).
Post # 6
Thank you guys for your responses! I think I will try one and see how it looks. I have a feeling I’ll like it because I’m soooo comfortable in empire waists.
Post # 7
@Juliepants: Yeah, I noticed that they’re more expensive than the regular women’s tops, which sucks. But I’m used to buying plus-sized clothes, and those are typically more expensive too.
Post # 8
I have. I carry my weight there as well (thanks a lot PCOS) and I’m an 18-20 as well. I don’t have a ton, but I do have two. The only comments I’ve gotten are how nice my shirt looks. 😉 No one has to know. And you’re right, maternity tops DO cost more but so do plus-size clothes in general. As long as it’s beautiful and not clearly “maternity,” why not?
Post # 9
@CarolinaCola: I will so not laugh at you! I used to work at old navy and maternity stuff goes crazy on clearance. So, I would just buy some things in a size smaller than usual and it would be fine. I have a little black dress that I wear a lot that is maternity ha! I really have only bought maternity because it was crazy cheap and have not bough them since i stopped working there due to fear of being asked “when are you due?” when buying it. LOL But I say go for it. If it is what flaters you do it! Also, with maternity dresses they tend to be longer which is nice is you prefer your dresses to be at knee or just below the knee….instead of above the knee. 😀 I say go to the store and try some on!
Post # 10
I have a pregnancy skirt that u wear when my stomach issues flare up and I eng up REALLY bloated.
No one knows or notices 😀
Post # 11
One time in Target I found a sweater on clearance (not in the maternity section) and it was the empire style cut you were talking about. I tried it on and it was SO flattering and perfect, and I was in the checkout line and I notice the “maternity” line on the tag…oops. It was a little embarrassing, but hey the sweater still looks great, and not mommy-ish or overtly maternity at all!
Post # 12
seriously. I have totally worn maternity shirts. I have gone to Target and there work maternity shirts i have bought because they are just a little.. loose! instead of tight! 🙂 haha i have a short torso and thats where i carry my weight. I have small arms. so yes i have done it and i love the one you linked in! 🙂 cute!
Post # 13
I have a few things that I wore when I was prego with my son that I still wear. Mainly because the mommy belly wont go down. But also because they are forgiving, soft, and comfy! I was actually at Target last night looking at a maternity top because it was super cute and totally my style.
Post # 14
Girl, I still wear lots of my cute maternity shirts (my daughter will be 3 in a couple months, lol)! They’re comfy and still fashionable IMO. 🙂
Post # 15
If it flatters you and you feel comfortable in it, go for it. I’m sort of big all over, but do have a generous tummy and not much of a waist. I’ve actually done well with sheath type dresses and blouses, then pairing them with jackets that are nipped in at the waist. It actually makes me look like I have figure.
Post # 16
I’m not plus-sized but I have a few “maternity” things! Mostly because Target puts the clearance racks too close together and I’ll be darned if I put back a cute dress just because it says maternity inside. If it looks cute, rock it.