Friday, July 17, 2009

Who on earth designs this shit?

I spent the last two afternoons searching for the Holy Grail: a dressy maternity top that isn't more than $100 and doesn't look like a tent.

Is it so much to ask that Old Navy or Target or the Gap add a little spice to their T-shirts and tank tops? I mean I appeciate a good everyday shirt as much as the next woman, and God knows I do love me some smartass pregnancy T-shirts, but I am going to the big BlogHer conference next week and I have nothing to wear.

I know people complain all the time that their closets are bare and they have nottthhhhiiiiiiing to weeeaaaarrrrrrrr, but I really don't. I am scheduled to attend several fun parties and I am going to show up in a T-shirt if someone doesn't come to my rescue but quick.

This has been a problem for me with each pregnancy -- I find everyday stuff I adore but it's the going-out stuff that presents the challenge. Trying to justify spending a serious load of cash on stuff I will only really wear a few times is hard. Especially since, as I am constantly reminded, someone else makes the money and all I do is spend the money.

I have tried local boutiques BellyDance and Kickin'. My favorite store during previous pregnancies, Swell, is out of business. Sob. I have one more option -- Krista K -- that I am checking out tomorrow and then I give up. That or Josh is going to have to pony up $100 for a shirt I am going to wear about three times. And then I will be contacting attorneys to fight the divorce filing he will drop on my ass. So that would just cost us all way too much money in the long run.

Please, oh readers of my blog, help dress me for BlogHer! I prefer black, or if it can't be black then another solid color, and tight-fitting. I like people to know I am pregnant, not guess what I am smuggling under a tent. But at this poing, I can't be picky and I will be happy with something that just looks nice. Bonus points if I can buy it somewhere in the Chicagoland area. I would even be happy with express shipping to get it here by Wednesday.

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Blogger Holly Olivia and Caroline said...

do you ever shop Check it out! Expensive but you can get stuff on sale and very cute!

July 17, 2009 9:33 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

How about something like this?

or this

I like a lot of their tops, actually.

July 18, 2009 6:47 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

do you have a motherhood store near you? I always thought they carried nice stuff and didn't break the bank.

July 18, 2009 8:38 AM  
Blogger Chris N. said...

Japanese weekend has good stuff. I actually like Belly dance in wicker park, and found some cute kimono style shirts there that weren't outrageously priced.

July 18, 2009 2:03 PM  
Blogger Mary Jo said...

WOW... are there no maternity shirts under $60?! I can't believe the cost! What a rip-off. Good luck!!!

July 18, 2009 9:01 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I have a shirt that might work for you. I will email you a picture of it. If you want to wear it, just let me know.

July 19, 2009 1:25 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Did you check out Hot Mama? They have maternity clothes along with mom clothes. I found it today in Naperville. There are two other locations in the Chicago area and they have a website ( The maternity clothes were very cute and there was a good sized sale rack. While there are expensive pieces, not everything is ridiculously priced.

July 19, 2009 1:52 AM  
Blogger CC said...

I know someone probably already said this, but Motherhood maternity is amazing, they have really cute tops and skirts, shorts, jeans, dresses all for real cheap. I bought a pair of jeans there for 20$ and pretty much wore them the whole nine months. They website is
Hope that helps!

July 19, 2009 5:49 AM  
Blogger Bailey said...

Did you try Target? I lived in the Liz Lange for Target stuff when I was pregnant. Check the website too.

July 19, 2009 4:38 PM  
Blogger Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Love your blog....just found it while blog hopping....

July 19, 2009 5:41 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

OMFG-- I KNOW! I bought some seriously impractical maternity clothes with both pregnancies because I had no choice. I have a lovely gray maternity suit--blazer, skirt, funny stretchy pants-- that I wore exactly twice (the skirt option both times) and at least 3 cocktail dresses that looked like tents with doilies on the collar.

What about a cute empire waisted(non maternity) sundress with jeans? Also, the H&M at Woodfield has super adorable trendy maternity clothes if you want to brave the burbs.

July 20, 2009 7:32 AM  

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