Post # 1
I have worked very hard over the last year to lose 35 pounds, and have been shopping for new clothes. I keep finding shirts and dresses that are so big over the abdomen that they will make ANYONE look pregnant. I can’t imagine they are flattering on anyone. I am not looking for skin-tight, but want something flattering and somewhat form-fitting. Why is this so hard to find?
Post # 3
Congrats on your weight loss lady! that is amazing!
I have wondered the same ting about the “maternity style” that has been going on for years! Especially the shirts. ugh. If it makes the model look fat or pregnant I know it gonna make me. However, I do not like fitted clothing for modesty reasons. I get a lot of my blouses at Lands End. They have tons of different fit shirts and it always tells you which fit category their clothes are in. You can usually find lands end at sears but they have a way bigger collection online.
Post # 4
Seriously! I totally agree. It’s super frustrating while shopping…especially online :/
Post # 5
I think it depends on where you shop. I have noticed some styles that look like maternity clothes in the stores where I shop but there are also other stlyes to select from there as well. I don’t know your taste in clothing/stores but I get most of my “non maternity look” clothing from Marshall’s, T.J. Maxx, J.C. Penney and Filene’s Basement.
Post # 6
I actually prefer my clothes to fit pretty loosely, so I appreciate the trend! Have you tried going down a size when something like that happens?
Post # 7
I love the flowy shirts. I have a bit of a pot belly that will not go away no matter how skinny I am, and these flowy tops hide it so well. I think the’re flattering. even when I see thin girls wearing them, I think they still look thin, I don’t think it makes them look pregnant at all. it’s best to pair them with skinny pants or leggings. don’t wear them with trouser or bootcut pants.
can you wear sizes from the juniors (teenage) department? that’s definitely where you are going to find more fitted things. and the prices are usually cheaper too 🙂
Post # 8
Aw. I thought this thread was going to be about skanky maternity clothes. Haha. I should learn to read.
Annnnywayyy. I’m a huge fan of empire-waist, flowy tops. I’m assuming that’s what you’re referring to. I feel the most confident in a top that is tight in the bust and long and flowy from under the bust to the hem, because I don’t have to worry about my tummy showing so much and making me uncomfortable. I think lots of plus sized women do, but I’m not sure what size you are.
I’m sorry you’re not having luck finding tops that fit to your liking. Sending good shopping vibes your way!! 🙂
Post # 9
@janie-janie: Aw 🙁 I wear my flowy tops with bootcut jeans. I really don’t like skinny jeans and I don’t think anyone wants to see my big ass in leggings. Haha. I guess I’m a fashion faux pas.
Post # 10
Some flowy tops can be really flattering, and yeah, some have given me no shape and make me look 20 pounds heavier (and I gained 20 pounds this year, so this is not appreciated).
Because it seems that the 2 major options are either flowy maternity or tshirt, I’ve started wearing stretch polos. They’re form-fitting, classic, appropriate for many occasions, and I get lots of compliments when I wear them.
Post # 11
I like flowy loose tops, but I do agree that a lot of clothing these days is… how shall I say… shabby (and I don’t mean shabby chic.)
I prefer a little more structure to my clothes.
Post # 12
It’s kind of funny…I am pregnant and cannot seem to find anything flowy and empire- waisted that isn’t from an actual maternity line. I was just thinking how the trend must be dying out. Maybe I’m looking in the wrong places?
Post # 13
Ugh. I hate the flowy stuff. I’m *really* busty, and so shirts without a defined waist tend to come out over my breasts and then just hang off the end of them. The result is that the shirt hangs a good four inches further out than my waist and other non-boob parts of my body. I end up looking ridiculously fat. I hate the style so much. Even if I wear a belt to suck the shirt back in, I just end up looking like a balloon animal: you know, a big fat section, one very short and tiny area that’s tied off, and then another big fat section. It’s just so unflattering.
I’ve lost a lot of weight over the past year and a half, and even though none of my old clothes fit me anymore, I haven’t bought any new ones because I can’t find anything that makes me look any better than the crap that’s falling off me.
Post # 14
Flowy tops make me look pregnant too. BUT I have found that if they are cut for my particular body that they are insanely flattering. I just have to be really careful with that style. I’ve had the best luck with flowy tops at white house black market. They’re flowy but hit you at the right places that really enhance your waist.
Post # 15
I completely 100% agree, the empire waist or baggy midsection look is totally dominating fashion and it’s extremely difficult to find anything that is slim cut. I’ve been dealing with this for years because I am petite and cannot pull off the ‘baggy’ styles – I just look like a little girl wearing my MOm’s clothes or something.
I joked with my family a couple years ago saying that I can’t wait until I”m pregnant because finding clothes will finally be a snap! All I’ll have to do is buy a couple of wrap dresses and flowy tops and I’m good. I might not even have to set foot into a maternity store, lol!
Post # 16
I agree. On the bright side, when a woman becomes pregnant, there are tons of things that can double as maternity-clothes. 🙂