The first problem is expense, something I have tried to overcome by slowly investing in nice clothing little by little. At this point I have three tops and two skirts that I really like and will probably last me through this pregnancy. Since this is my third child though that really is not that many outfits to have collected! Granted, I have dozens of more maternity tops and a few more skirts I could wear (either from thrift stores or second hand); they are just not my favorite and do not look good on me at all!
The second problem is poor quality! Maternity tops are so thin anymore! I have one top that I bought in July and it is already wearing out! I probably wore it 6-8 times and did not wash it more than twice! The third problem with maternity clothes is immodesty. I have heard women who have lots of children say that they go back to the maternity shops after ten years only to discover the drastic changes in maternity styles and fabric! Here is what a typical maternity shirt looks like now:
That shirt just wouldn't work on me! The neckline would be way lower than it is on the model (and it looks too low on her), the fabric looks like it would show the outline of a belly button and the sleeves are way too open! One option is to wear a camisole underneath. But the sleeves would still be too open or too short on some shirts. Some simple ideas that I use are to layer a long sleeve shirt underneath a maternity shirt or wear a camisole and cardigan...
Skirts are the same story! Here is a typical maternity skirt:
If you are thinking way to short you are on the same page as I am! Although they look cute on the rack or the model, maternity skirts are just not made to be worn out in public! Even maxi skirts are so slinky that they look awful when you actually try them on, usually not flattering at all! The few maternity skirts I have are a line skirts that I made myself by cutting off the top of a skirt at the hips and sewing the lower half of a camisole onto the cut off skirt to make a belly band.
Maternity tights are very expensive and thus I do not own any. I usually wear knee highs with a long skirt and that works pretty well for me. Maternity cardigans are not necessary since regular cardigans usually work just fine over a maternity top. I think that my next investment will probably be another skirt!
So to sum up, I would really appreciate some ideas for maternity outfits from my readers! It is definitely a work in progress for me!