Can you imagine what our mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and all the women who came before went through when they got pregnant?
The obvious thing that comes to mind is how much healthcare has improved since they carried the next generation in their womb, and modern amenities like plumbing, heat, electricity, and air conditioning have made the day to day of being pregnant a little less labor-intensive (pun very much intended).
But there’s another element of being pregnant that has helped women of this generation feel a little more like themselves: the ability to shop for maternity clothing online.
What a luxury it is to pick up your phone or open up your laptop and search “maternity clothing,” and within a millisecond, your screen is flooded with a plethora of options.
Is your style more laid back? Find a perfect pair of non-see-through leggings (that will expand with you and your baby), or the most comfortable jumpsuit you will ever shimmy yourself into, or grab that perfect vee neck, that drapes over all the right places while not shying away from falling perfectly on your assets.
Or, how about beach pants, like harem pants, their soft and flowy design will make you feel like you’re on a vacation…even if it’s 11 p.m., and you’re eating ice cream on your couch. Beach vibes are a mindset, right?
Do you enjoy dressing up? You don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style. Unlike maternity dresses of old, designers today know how to fashion the right shapes to work for women’s bodies.
Take this Jersey knit dress. Does it look like you could wear this to a nice dinner with your boss and their partner, discussing next quarter’s numbers while you simultaneously feel as though you could walk around your house wearing this all day? Yes to both! Again, comfort and style can exist simultaneously with maternity clothes.
That’s an item of clothing our ancestors fought hard to have; it wasn’t socially acceptable until the 1920s when designer Coco Chanel helped spark the “trousers” movement. The first documented case of women discussing wearing pants was in 1851 when the editor of the first women’s newspaper, Amelia Bloomer discussed wearing pantaloons under knee-length skirts – which people began calling “bloomers.”
So, basically, don’t get between a woman and her jeans (as the provocative then, now creepy, Calvin Klein ad broadcast to the world through Brooke Shields).
So when women get pregnant, their favorite jeans become a marker of their pregnancy. Knowing when that button stops fastening, they’ve reached a new stage of their baby’s life, and it’s time to look for maternity pants.
Enter, the most comfortable, stylish pair of maternity jeans, that you more than likely will want to keep wearing post-partum.
There’s just something about a cute, loose, but not baggy, pair of jeans that we are suckers for. Dress them up with a nice top or pair them with a casual vee-neck, and you’re the picture of versatility (a trait women are innately born with, I might add).
Cuff them, throw on some sandals or slip on some tennis shoes and you’re good to go. And hey, if you’re feeling adventurous, step into some heels to give your outfit that extra kick.
You may be thinking to yourself, “These outfits are just too casual.”
Honey, we get it. Also, good for you for having an event to go to! You deserve to have some fun.
I introduce to you, the Riviera Dress.
Why yes, this would be the perfect addition to your French Riviera vacation wardrobe!
But if you’re not traveling to that beautiful corner of the Earth, bring that style to your upcoming event.
The drapey fabric, asymmetrical hemline, sash draped perfectly above your bump, and dropped sleeves create an ethereal aura around you that will add to your already beautiful glow.
This dress is the epitome of what we discussed earlier: You don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort in your maternity clothes. It’s 2022 (at least, I see you, reader of the future!), gone are the days of oversized, boxy, dower, desexualizing garments.
We are women, growing life inside our bodies, doing the most natural and magical thing we will ever do! It’s about damn time our maternity clothing reflects that.
Which is why finding cute maternity clothing online doesn’t have to be a headache anymore.
And sure, you may only be wearing these items of clothing for a few months, but aren’t you worth it? I’m sure with all the expenses for the baby, it can be hard to justify splurging on yourself, but we think, you deserve it.
You will undoubtedly look back at this time of your life and wonder how it flew by so fast, enjoy your time, and look stylish as you go through it! All you have to do is search, “Cute maternity clothing” into your browser, and you’ll see the options you have.
Happy shopping, and happy babying!
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website’s content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra’s expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.