Pregnancy is no reason to have to give up your own personal style. Gone are the days of draping yourself in oversized mumus and outfits that resemble camping tents; more and more women are enjoying keeping their own unique look without compromising comfort. Designers are taking note of this, with more and more options emerging for all stages of pregnancy. While it’s becoming easier to find trendy clothes to suit standard tastes during pregnancy, it’s still quite a challenge to find clothing for alternative ladies or those who simply want something a little more unique. There are a few great options out there though!
Not Your Mother’s Maternity Store
Pregnancy is being embraced by more and more members of various subcultures and more stores than ever before are emerging with that in mind. One of the first and most popular is MamaSan Maternity. They carry a wide variety of items–not just things for during pregnancy, but also after including nursing covers and baby clothing. Their clothing is designed with both comfort and style in mind. Due to the cut and fabrics used, it’s also a great option for a post-pregnancy wardrobe.
Online stores like CafePress are an excellent place to find maternity t-shirts and tank tops for any stage of pregnancy. It may take a little searching, but there are literally thousands of results, so you’re sure to find something you like.
A Custom Fit
Websites like Etsy and Store Envy are a great resource to find anything you might need during pregnancy. Most sellers offer options for customizing their items to tailor-fit your pregnancy. Not only are you sure to get exactly what you want, but it’s also a fantastic way to support a small business. Searching for things such as “gothic maternity” or “punk pregnancy” is a quick and easy way to get started.
Second hand shops are full of great vintage items that will compliment any pregnancy. Scouring the racks at the local Goodwill or other charity store is a great way to build an alternative wardrobe while maintaining a budget. Ebay is also a great resource; it’s possible to find just about anything you could ever want, usually at a great price. Pregnancy related items are very prevalent and easy to find.
Knowing how to do some basic sewing and dying clothes is a great asset to have not just for tailoring goth or punk clothes during pregnancy, but also as a skill that you will use time and again with children. Adding skull buttons, punk patches, or rows of studs and spikes to basic maternity and pregnancy items is a quick and easy way to add an alternative edge.
Think Outside the Box — And the Belly!
There are a lot of stores and designers that carry items that can be easily adapted to fit into your wardrobe for before, during, and after pregnancy while still maintaining your personal style. Torrid and Forever 21 are both chock full of clothes that can fit nicely over a growing pregnancy belly. Even more traditional plus size retailers like Lane Bryant and Newport News are a great place to buy basic items to build your wardrobe on.
Some independent designers are expanding the range of sizes they carry, and are sometimes willing to do custom work. For instance, Jessica Louise uses fabric with a great amount of stretch that can show off any body during pregnancy. She hand-cuts a lot of her items, so it’s usually possible to get measurements adjusted if necessary. I personally wore the Cupcake Scallop Skirt and Jessica Louise Top constantly.
Maintaining your own personal style during pregnancy is an important and easy way to feel good about yourself. This is becoming easier and easier for goths and punks who want to have an alternative-styled pregnancy. With a little creativity, there’s no reason to sacrifice your rockabilly, gothic, or punk style just because of your pregnancy.