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Monday, May 29, 2006

The quest for maternity wear

Today was our first proper outing into the realm of maternity wear. Claire is about 20 weeks gone now, so her bump is getting bigger literally by the day. So she's growing out of her pre-maternity clothes pretty fast. Anyway, as a bloke, womens's clothes shopping isn't the best thing to do in the world but today she experienced the pain I feel (sometimes) when we're off shopping. The selection of stuff in the shops was utter crap. It must have been a man who designed the maternity layout in the shops - it was obvious whoever did it, had not experienced what it was to be pregnant or live with a pregnant woman.

In Mothercare (of all places) the clothes were too high on the rails, in Next the selection consisted of 3 rails of polar opposite sizes, M&S doesn't stock maternity in its stores yet, Dorothy Perkins wasn't too bad - although only if you like day-glo orange or Amazonian-frog green, maternity wear hasn't come to Gap UK yet, H&M was a non starter, Debenhams wasn't too bad although it took us a while to find the single tiny dept. and last but not least House of Fraiser! Well, what can I say. I was stunned, the clothes were up on the top floor, tucked in a dark corner, and all it was made up of were about 4 pairs of jeans and a couple of floaty tops.

Needless to day we didn't get much - although we did get a pair of jeans.


  • Have you tried Old Navy? I think the bigger ones have a pretty decent selection. Or you just may need to go online and hope things fit...

    By Anonymous nettie, at 9:17 PM  

  • Unfortunately the wonderful Old Navy doesn't have any stores in the UK - they also don't ship to the UK.

    By Blogger Rocky, at 9:35 PM  

  • Saw this and thought of you... well your good lady ::

    Olly tended to beg, borrow and steal... 2nd hand fat farmer dungarees were a fav from the local vintage store.

    Ultimate insult was when she was 8 months and was able to fit into my levi's... Am I that fat?

    By Blogger headphonaught, at 2:27 PM  

  • Oh and check this shop out too ::

    By Blogger headphonaught, at 2:30 PM  

  • Thank you for the web pages. I've already had a look at them both. I think websites and mail order are the way forward seen as maternity is really not considered worthy of floor space in all the shops we've been to. Next, if you ignore the completely innacurate measurements/sizes for bottoms, Debenhams website and Jojo, Maman et Bebe seems to be the best bet so far but I'm open to other suggestions! Sorry Joel for hijacking your blog!

    By Anonymous Claire, at 5:26 PM  

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