Wednesday, August 22, 2012

"Just wear your husband's clothes"

So when people approach buying maternity clothes, it's usually with an attitude of "well, yes, it would be great to have a whole new super-stylish pregnancy wardrobe but unfortunately I don't have all of the money in the world." This gives ways to tips on how to make the most out of what you have, how to buy super-versatile pieces and almost always, the tip to "raid your husband's wardrobe."

I just don't get that last one. Unless I'm missing something here, becoming pregnant does not change your body in such a way that you become more like a man. For example, most women I know are anywhere from a few inches to a lot of inches shorter than their husbands. Which means that their husbands are wearing shirts that are several inches longer, but not just in the stomach area that maternity clothes would be. In all the areas. So the shoulder seams are farther down, the arm holes open farther down, nothing works.

Or maybe your husband is the same-ish height as you. But now, that still won't work. If he's slightly bigger than you, his shirts probably won't be cut to accommodate a growing belly and bosum. If he's larger than you, his shirts might fit you in the belly and the chest, but the sleeves are going to be a hilarious mismatched, awkwardly bunched up piece of fabric, with the shoulder seams probably hanging down past your shoulders.

But, I will say I did find one article of clothing I can borrow from my husband - his undershirts. He has some extra long tank tops. The tank top stretches a little awkwardly on the bottom (I'm getting around this by using a black one so the shadowing isn't too noticeable) and the cut is still not designed for women, but it's comfortable. Still, it's hardly the money-saving, wardrobe-stretching tip that's this one's made out to be.

So I guess someone must have had success with this at least once for it to continue to be a thing. Tell me about it.

1 comment:

  1. For the record, it looked lovely on you the other day. I wouldn't even have guessed it was Smiley's. :)