Thursday was move-all-my-regular-clothes-to-the-back-of-the-closet day. Now, all of my maternity clothes are front and center. I love how pregnancy gives me an opportunity to shop for a whole new wardrobe!
So far, my favorite place to shop is still A Pea in the Pod. I hear people talk about how this store is so expensive, but honestly I just don't see it. Yeah, their prices are higher than Target ... but from what I've seen the quality is way way way better. In my opinion, pregnancy is not a time to skimp on quality. I want to be as comfortable as possible, even if it costs me a few extra bucks.
And I am comfortable in my new pants. The best feature is the Secret Fit Belly -- a stretchy Lycra panel that covers your midsection. The Secret Fit Belly fits me now, and it will fit me in four months.
This is what the Secret Fit Belly looks like ...
The jeans I'm wearing in the above photo were $59.99 (the online price is $59.50 right now), a little more than I normally spend on regular jeans (I'm a big fan of the $30 jeans at American Eagle Outfitters) but worth every penny. They don't have a zipper or buttons, so you just pull them on. Genius! My only complaint is that they are just a little too roomy, and not in areas where I'm likely to need the room. I like how A Pea in the Pod carries smaller sizes for smaller people, but I think they need to expand their size collection even more. With that said, I highly doubt I could find a better fit at another store. So, overall, I give A Pea in the Pod four-and-half stars (out of five).
As for the one-and-only item of my maternity clothing that I didn't buy at A Pea in the Pod, well, I have mixed feelings. The item in question is a pair of Paige Premium Denim maternity jeans that I found at Bella Stella, a consignment shop in Portland.
I like how the jeans fit in the legs, and they look and feel pretty decent when I'm standing still -- but when I sit down I feel like I'm wearing a pair of too-low low-rise jeans. I know everything is covered by the belly panel, but it doesn't feel that way (you all know what I mean). And speaking of the belly panel, it is terrible compared to the Secret Fit Belly. The fabric is way less forgiving, and it has an actual piece of elastic around the waist! Elastic! I never want elastic around my waist, even when I'm not pregnant. I'm not sure why Paige hasn't joined the Secret Fit Belly revolution (I looked at their web site to verify this in case my used jeans were outdated -- they are not). Especially considering that the regular price of Paige denim is upwards of $150 (I only paid $30 for mine). Anyway, I'm not sure how much wear I'll get out of these jeans. Hey, maybe I can take them back for re-consignment?! Two-and-a-half stars.