Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Maternity Musings Part 2

Disclaimer - Before these 2 maternity posts start a flurry of speculation and rumors, let me just reiterate that NO I'm not pregnant.  Moving on...

Yesterday, I posted about a couple of tall maternity lines.  All of this preggy talk got me thinking...what was it like when my two favorite tall ladies (my mom and my big sister - both 5'11) were pregs?  I was curious about the availability and evolution of tall maternity clothes over the years, so last week, I did a little informal interview with them and here are their answers.


My beautiful "big" sis (who is 3 inches shorter than me but don't remind her because it's a touchy subject) has 2 kids and was last pregnant a year and a half ago.

1. Where did you primarily shop or find clothes when you were pregnant? 
Target and Old Navy.  I didn't see any tall maternity stuff at Target and Old Navy.  I did a tiny bit of shopping at Gap and I believe I got some tall jeans from there.

2. Were there any tall maternity lines that you were aware of?
Nope.

3.  Do you remember getting frustrated with your clothing options?  Did you ever throw a hormonal fit?  If you do remember getting frustrated, what was the most annoying thing? 
Pants were what I got most frustrated with.  Hard to find tall ones.  I don't remember throwing a fit. :) [Author's note...she's a lot more level headed than me.]  At the end of the third trimester, my shirts definitely were borderline short. 

My lovely mom also has 2 (grown up) kids and was last pregnant long, long ago.


1. Where did you primarily shop or find clothes when you were pregnant?     
There were very few stores period for maternity clothes other than Sears and JC Penny. So of course my few outfits were made by my mom.

2. Were there any tall maternity lines that you were aware of?
I do not think that there were any tall maternity clothing lines at all when I was pregnant.  

3.  Do you remember getting frustrated with your clothing options?  Did you ever throw a hormonal fit?  If you do remember getting frustrated, what was the most annoying thing?
Yes it was frustrating because even the patterns that we had to choose from were limited and the styles were just very basic. Not really stylish at all. There is so much more nowadays. You have to remember that even up into the 70s and early 80s, pregnancy was all about being subdued and not drawing attention to the fact that there was a baby in the hopper. It wasn't until the late 80s maybe and 90s that pregnancy was all about showing off your expanding waistline and the fashion for pregnant women was more varied and stylish. For my day and age it was basically the "tent" style in tops and dresses. I would have loved to have had some choice back then. I was very grateful for grandma that she was willing to sew some outfits for me. I feel sorry for any tall gal back then who didn't have the resource I did.

I'm taking 2 things away from these interviews. 1) I'm glad that the tall community (blogs, clothing lines, info websites etc.) is growing so that we can spread the word about resources such as tall maternity clothes. 2) I'm glad that nowadays we don't have to wear the "tent tops" my mom described in an effort to hide our pregnant shape.  I think this quote from the founder of Mommy Long Legs sums it up nicely "My husband and I decided there needed to be more [maternity] choices available for women of lengthy proportions. After all, we all deserve the simple pleasure of quality, affordable and stylish apparel." Yah we do!!!

Are there any tall maternity lines that I missed?  Leave a comment and let me know! 

Also, I noticed that Laura at allthetallthings.com has a couple of maternity posts on her blog.  And while you're over at All the Tall Things, check out this post featuring yours truly.

4 comments:

Mommy Long Legs said...

Thank you for this great insight into the world of those tall and pregnant. And thank you for mentioning my little company. I'm so proud to be part of the movement that brings more awareness to all the tall, amazing, women out there. Keep up the great work!

BAM said...

You're welcome! I must say - knowing that there are companies out there such as yours eases any anxieties I might have regarding maternity fashion. And I really applaud those tall folks who see or experience a problem firsthand and do something to help fix it!

Feminist Gold Digger said...

Omg you're preggeroo?????

Har har

BAM said...

har har. Nowhere close. =) Just scouting maternity fashions for when I do decide to birth a child in about 40 years. Although your kid was pretty stinkin cute and it's kids like that that almost make me want one right now but not quite.